Help make a difference


As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, we continue to adapt to ensure everyone’s safety. In light of the Governor’s executive orders on 3/12/20, Chrysalis Center has suspended all volunteer activities starting Monday, March 16th.  Our volunteers are a critical part of our mission and help provide our clients with delicious food, programs and other supports to help them live their best lives. We look forward to having them back onsite soon. Thank you!

Volunteer / Partner with Us

Volunteering with Chrysalis Center is a wonderful way to connect with and give back to help others in your community. From one-time to ongoing weekly or monthly projects, we have a variety of volunteer opportunities that suit a wide range of abilities and interests.

Many volunteer opportunities are seasonal, and we are not always able to fill volunteer requests right away. If you need immediate assistance, please contact the Volunteer & Outreach Manager at (860) 263-4419.

Volunteer Opportunities

Whether it’s individual or groups, community service or corporate team building, we have a number of opportunities to volunteer at Chrysalis Center and help make a difference:


Freshplace is our innovative client-choice/fresh food/case management food pantry located on our main campus in Hartford. Freshplace serves up to 100 families living in the poorest neighborhoods in the North End of Hartford. Volunteers greet clients, assist with shopping, food pantry inventory and organization of the shopping area. Volunteer shifts available: Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Fridays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. (Great for individuals or small groups)


Chrysalis Center has various housing sites throughout Greater Hartford, and each has a raised bed or food forest to help our clients learn how to harvest and grow their own foods, as well as make them available for Freshplace and Homestead Farmers’ Market. Volunteers plant, harvest and upkeep gardens. Volunteer shifts are seasonal. (Great for groups)

Bingo/Crafts/Game Night

Grab some colleagues or friends and host a monthly bingo, game or crafts night for the residents of one of our supportive housing sites throughout Greater Hartford.  Volunteers meet clients, share a pizza and have fun! Volunteer shifts available M-F evenings only, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. (Great for groups)

Teach a Class

Chrysalis Center’s Recovery & Empowerment Center provides members with wellness and social activities, as well as life-skills classes. Do you have a special talent? A knowledge about computers, budgeting, mindfulness? We are always looking for seasoned volunteers to work with our clients daily. Volunteers meet with clients during the day only, anytime between 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. (Great for retirees, professionals with time)

Host Fund or Collection Drive

Host a fund drive or collect items for Chrysalis Center clients at your office, on campus, or with friends online. Set a realistic goal and challenge others to participate by donating money or goods to benefit Chrysalis Center. Encourage them to get their friends and family involved. Tip: You can work with your Human Resources, Community Relations or Student Outreach department to get everyone involved and make this an annual event.