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Volunteer COVID Updates – December 2020
Volunteers are the heart and soul of Chrysalis Center. They are wonderful ambassadors of our mission and through their dedication and commitment help us transform lives! In light of the pandemic and CDC guidelines, Chrysalis Center has had to restrict onsite volunteer opportunities to provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone. Currently, we only are allowing 1-2 volunteers a day in our Freshplace food pantry, as well as to help with outdoor projects weather permitting.
However, we are excited to announce our newly created VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER track (see below) which allows you or your group to help make a difference remotely during this challenging time! Great opportunities for young people as well!
Freshplace is our innovative client-choice, fresh food and 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 help unload donated food, food pantry inventory and organization of the shopping area. Volunteer shifts available: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Chrysalis Center currently has gardens at its main campus in Hartford, and a two-acre food forest at Cosgrove Commons, our supportive housing site in Hartford. These gardens help clients learn how to harvest and grow their own foods, as well as make them available for Freshplace and Homestead Farmers’ Market and La Cocina Catering. Volunteers plant, harvest and upkeep gardens. Volunteer shifts are seasonal.
Hosting a Food Drive, or another type of collective drive for Chrysalis Center clients is a wonderful way to volunteer and give back to help others! We are in need of food & toiletry items. Check out our list of needed items HERE for ideas.
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 Monday through Friday evenings only, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
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 Monday through Friday mornings.
We are excited to announce NEW REMOTE volunteer opportunities for both youth and adults which will help our clients! Virtual volunteering gives youth under 18 who are not able to volunteer onsite at Chrysalis Center the opportunity to mobilize their passion for helping others and make a difference! It is also great for adults who prefer not to volunteer in person at this time. Below are a few ideas, and we welcome other suggestions:
* Collection drives – organize a collection drive with your neighbors, friends or family! We are in need of food & toiletry items. Check out our list of needed items HERE for ideas.
* Kindness Rocks – grab some friends and paint rocks! Get creative! Fun pictures or words of hope! We will then hide them around our supportive housing sites for our clients and families to find. Finding a rock can make such a difference in someone’s day and can be held onto to and taken out when they need a positive affirmation!
* Birthday Boxes – fill a box or large bag with everything needed to help bring a birthday party to a family who can’t afford one. Fill a box (or bag) with items such as: dry cake mix, candles, party hats, etc. You can even host a drive with friends to collect items or funds to purchase them and then assemble together.
* Relax Bottles – very easy to make with a few ingredients and fill a water bottle or mason jar. They are similar to a snow globe. Watching the glitter fall slowly can be very relaxing. Our clients will LOVE them! Check out these instructions for a suggestion on how to make the bottles.
* Butterfly Feeders – create butterfly feeders which we can then install in our outdoor gardens and grounds. They will be a beautiful addition – helping to attract butterflies for pollination and give our clients a chance to experience their beauty. Link here for instructions: Try these great ideas!
* Kindness Bags – fill a large zip lock back with toiletries and other essential items for clients who are in need. You can also include a handmade card with words of inspiration. Ideas to fill the bag are: mini toiletry items (toothbrush & toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, mouthwash, comb, soap, etc.), mini Kleenex, small snacks; and optional: socks or gloves