Volunteer 


Family & Children's Agency works with nearly 800 volunteers, each year who generously donate their time in support of our mission to building better lives for families in Fairfield County.


Our dedicated volunteers are diverse men and women who are in all stages of life. If you are interested in one-time volunteer opportunities for your corporation or family, or if you are looking to volunteer long-term based on your interests or passion, we offer a variety of ways for you to become involved and make a difference in our community.

 

 

Below is a list of our current volunteer opportunities:


Join a dynamic team of committed volunteers who provide guidance and homework help to middle and high school students in our ASPIRE after-school program at Norwalk Community College. Homework helpers are needed Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the academic year. ****No experience is necessary and volunteers can choose to volunteer one afternoon a week for a minimum of three months (academic year preferred). Adults and high school students are welcome.


This seasonal opportunity is great for individuals who are looking to volunteer after work hours for a defined period of time. VITA provides free income tax preparation to low-to-moderate-income individuals and families earning less than $52,000 a year. VITA, a nationwide initiative sponsored by the IRS, provides training to ensure all volunteers are comfortable with the basics of tax preparation and the tax preparation software. A financial background is helpful, but not necessary and basic computer skills are required, as tax returns are completed online.


Several FCA programs utilize volunteers to help with general clerical assistance, including preparing information packets, answering phones, and sending out references. Computer knowledge and outstanding customer service is required.

This is a fun and easy way to get your family and friends involved with volunteering. Opportunities are available for volunteers to purchase and deliver snacks for clients in various FCA programs. Healthy options are preferred (fruit, crackers, granola bars) and due to health regulations, all snacks must be in their original package when delivered. Healthy snacks are regularly needed for women in our recovery program, students in the ASPIRE after-school program, and for homeless adults in our Community Connections program.


Host a collection or drive for necessity or toiletry items for our clients in need. Volunteers typically hold collections through an organization such as their work, school, youth group, or religious group. Volunteers may ask parents, neighbors, family, and friends to donate, but we discourage soliciting strangers door-to-door. We ask for new items only. Collection drive item suggestions are:

  • Baby items (diapers, wipes, diaper cream)
  • Personal care packages for homeless clients (deodorant, hair products, dental care)
  • “Welcome” baskets for newly-housed clients (linens, utensils, cups, plates)
  • Home cleaning supply baskets (cleaners, sponges, paper towels, detergent)
  • Personal care packages for teens (chapstick, scented lotions, hair care products)
  • Seasonal clothing for homeless adults (new blankets, new seasonal clothing, socks)
  • Gift cards for families (Stop & Shop, Shoprite, Walmart)
  • Journals for Foster Care children
  • Daily planners for women in recovery

    • Volunteers can also host a “loose change” collection or office blue jean Fridays and collect money for items like Wheels bus tokens or listed items.

       


      Support youth exposure to the arts, theater or sports by sponsoring a group activity or field trip! Children in our ASPIRE after-school, Foster Care, or Family Support programs would benefit from participating in a social activity, such as learning about marine life at the Maritime Aquarium or hanging out with friends at a Bridgeport Bluefish game. Volunteers are encouraged to attend and FCA program staff will always be present to supervise. There are many local possibilities and we are happy to work with you to coordinate a great experience for the youth in the program.


      Do you have a skill to share or want to be a guest speaker? Family & Children’s Agency welcomes individuals to teach clients new skills, including: yoga, sports, knitting, photography, art, music, etc. We are also looking for volunteers to speak/teach on special topics, including budgeting, time management, nutrition, organization, etc. Volunteers can make a one-time presentation or teach a scheduled class over a series of weeks. Days and times are flexible. Hours will vary depending upon program.


       

      Volunteer Application


      Some volunteer positions require an application process, which includes references, background checks, and a volunteer orientation. If you are interested in individual, group or corporate volunteer opportunities, please complete the inquiry form below or contact Lisa Habasinski, Manager, Community Engagement at 203-855-8765.

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