Hi everyone! I am so excited to be writing the first blog for our new “Volunteer Blog”.
Help make a difference
In light of the Governor’s May 20th “Reopen Connecticut” Phase 1 initiative, Chrysalis Center is prepared to welcome volunteers back slowly into some areas and has taken every measure necessary to provide a safe and healthy environment. We are going to begin allowing 1-2 volunteers a day in our Freshplace food pantry, as well as in our outdoor gardens. We will invite our volunteers back to our supportive housing sites at a later date to be determined.
In keeping with CDC Guidelines, volunteers must be 18 or older, and not at risk, including the following: those who are immunocompromised, over 60, showing symptoms of COVID-19, or live with or care for someone in any of those categories.
In addition to safety measurements which have been in place since the onset of pandemic, we have increased our safety precautions, including:
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.
Whether it’s individuals 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)
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)
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 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.