The following is a list of Middletown area Community Service Agencies that work with various communities and issues:

  • Adult Education and Literacy
     

    Literacy Volunteers of Central Connecticut
    20 High Street
    New Birtain, CT 06051
    860-229-7323

    Mission: To promote and increase literacy and proficiency in the English language in the greater Middletown area.

    Opportunities: Upon an 18-hour training program, which instructs volunteers in a variety of proven teaching techniques, tutors are matched with individuals seeking to learn or improve upon their English (reading, speaking, or writing) or math (basic math skills up through algebra).

    There is also opportunity to volunteer at the Family Literacy Center with children aged 6 months - 3 years. Must be available during weekday mornings and complete orientation and a background check.

    Executive Director: Maria R. Simao

    Contact Person for Volunteers: Lynne Prairie

  • Advocacy

    Community Renewal Team (CRT)
    44 Hamlin Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-347-4465

    Mission: CRT will address the causes and effects of poverty by advocating for those in need and assisting people in obtaining the skills, knowledge and resources necessary for self-sufficiency and dignity.

    Opportunities: Volunteer at the day care center, assist teachers, read to and play with kids; work one on one with children with behavior problems.

    Contact Person for Volunteers: Visit their website to learn more or contact Krista Mazzuca, Director, Human Resources, 860-560-5661

    NEAT (North End Action Team)
    654 Main Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-346-4845

    Mission: The North End Action Team (NEAT) is a neighborhood organization that began in 1997 to develop grassroots leadership in the North End. NEAT is made up of residents, business leaders, property owners, and stakeholder groups. NEAT's mission is to provide neighborhood-based participation and leadership, to identify concerns, define strategies, and develop resources to improve the quality of life in the North End. By raising a collective neighborhood voice, the North End can bring about positive change.

    Opportunities: Work on community issues in the North End of Middletown; canvas neighborhood to share information and gain input; assist with the community garden.

    Contact: neat@neatmiddletown.org

  • Animals

    Cat Tales
    PO Box 901
    Middletown, Connecticut 06457
    860-344-9043

    Mission: Cat Tales, Inc. is a non-profit no kill organization consisting of volunteers dedicated to improving and enriching the lives of homeless cats and kittens.

    Opportunities: Become a foster home, feed feral colonies, sponsor a cat, assist in transporting cats to vets, act as a plumber, electrician or carpenter, help at a fundraiser, become an animal advocate.

    Contact:
    Fill out the volunteer application

    Valley Shore Animal Welfare League, Inc.
    647 Horse Hill Road
    Westbrook, CT 06498
    860-399-7561

    Mission: Alarmed at an increasing number of abadoned and homeless dogs and cats, a small group of area residents created the Valley Shore Animal Welfare Shelter in 1972. Continuing its initial priorities, the league encourages spaying and neutering to reduce the number of unwanted animals, many of whom lead a tortured existence. The league owns and operates a small shelter and finds good homes for cats and dogs.

    Opportunities: Provide hands-on care (cleaning, grooming, walking, playing, etc.) for animals, or help with office/maintenance work.

    Contact: Call Christy Moore at 860-399-7561 or fill out the form at the bottom of this webpage

  • Art and Theater Arts

    Kidcity Children's Museum
    119 Washington Street
    Middletown, CT 06459
    860-347-0495

    Mission: Kidcity Children's museum celebrates a child's natural curiosity by offering a downtown hands-on play space where children come with parents and other significant adults to learn through play.  Kidcity is a safe and enriched educational environment which fosters the development of problem-solving skills and creativity.  As a child-friendly public space, Kidcity will support every parent's effort to be the best parent they can be.
    Opportunities: Kidcity needs a lot of individuals to interact with kids. Opportunities available seven days a week, supervising children at play.  People are also needed to design interactive children's projects for Kidcity. Volunteer with some friends or take the initiative and organize the project!
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Jennifer Alexander, founder, Executive & Creative Director 

    Green Street Teaching and Learning Center
    51 Green Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-685-7871

    Mission: Green Street's mission is to serve as a cultural and educational resource for community residents of all ages, particularly children, and to develop their talents, skills and abilities. Green Street offers programs for children and educators of Middletown and greater Connecticut. As part of Wesleyan University, they also offer opportunities for faculty members and college students to engage with the community off campus. 
    Activities: Their 12,000 sq.ft., three-story educational facility includes a sound recording studio, black box theater, computer and media labs, and dance and arts studios. Their performance studio seats 65 auditorium style and is a great space for shows and meetings. Most classroom spaces are flexible and accommodate Discovery AfterSchool classes just as well as teacher workshops
    Opportunities: Students can create and teach AfterSchool classes and help with a variety of other jobs; opportunities vary by semester
    Executive Director: Sara MacSorley
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Sandra Guze, Education and Program Coordinator
     
    Middlesex County Historical Society
    151 Main Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-346-0746
    Mission: The goal of the Middlesex Historical Society is to encourage the preservation, study, and enjoyment of our community's past.
    Opportunities: Work on local Middlesex County history; work on museum exhibits; oral histories; original research; cataloging.
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Deborah Shapiro, Executive Director
     
    National Theatre of the Deaf
    139 North Main Street
    West Hartford, CT 06107
    860-607-1334
    Mission: The National Theatre of the Deaf is a professional acting company made up of deaf and hearing actors. Established in 1967, the National Theatre of the Deaf brought sign language out of the shadows and into the world spotlight, raising it to the level of an artform. Deaf people reached new potential as actors and were perceived in a new light as intelligent, employable, and most of all, equal. 
    Opportunities: National Theatre of the Deaf offers collaborative opportunities for individuals interested in theatrical work with deaf and hearing actors.
    Contact: Info@ntd.org
     
    The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts & Cultural Center
    P.O.Box 71
    605 Main Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-347-4957
    Mission: The Buttonwood Tree is a small community-based arts organization that maintains a versatile arts venue, performance studio, exhibit space, and bookshop. 
    Opportunities: Opportunities exist immediately for newcomers to get involved as community service volunteers, organizers, artists, and interns.
    Contact Person for Volunteers: thebuttonwoodtree@gmail.com
     
    Oddfellows Playhouse
    128 Washington Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-347-6143
    Mission: Oddfellows Playhouse is a non-profit theater and performing arts program that serviecs 2,500 young people annually. Playhouse programs are designed to give young people the chance to develop their creative abilities and to learn about commitment, cooperation and responsibility in a non-competitive environment.
    Opportunities: Assistance with youth theatre, Main Stage productions and stage management; volunteer with the circus performers program; TA weekly classes.
    Contact: info@oddfellows.org
  • Persons with Disabilities

    Best Buddies
    28 Washington Ave, 2nd Floor
    North Haven, CT 065473
    203-234-3996

    Mission: Best Buddies is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment.

    Opportunities: Best Buddies Colleges pairs people with intellectual disabilities in one-to-one friendships with college students.  With more the 280 chapters in the United States, our college program matches college students in one-to-one friendships with people with intellectual disabilities. A student volunteer manages each chapter with support from a member of the school's administration, an intellectual disabilities professional, and a group of officers (treasurer, buddy director, etc.) comprised of other students.

    Contact: connecticut@bestbuddies.org

    Gilead Community Services, Inc.
    222 Main Street Ext.
    P.O. Box 1000
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-343-5300

    Mission: Gilead Community Services assists individuals who have experienced a severe disruption in their psychiatric and behavioral disruptions to live independently in the community of their choice. Gilead provides residential services, community treatment, an outpatient psychiatric clinic, housing services, and social/vocational rehabilitation. 
    Opportunities: Support Gilead programs with your time, energy and enthusiasm by engaging clients in activities; support the advocacy team with your writing, communications, and media skills; support the Development Department by lending your communications and event planning skills to Gilead’s fundraising efforts.
    Contact Person for VolunteersHuman Resources Assistant or fill out the volunteer application 
     

    High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
    36 Town Woods Road
    Old Lyme, CT 06371
    860-434-1974

    Mission: High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. was founded in 1974 by Mary "Sis" Gould on the knowledge that riding, driving and caring for horses significantly improves the lives of individuals with physical, emotional, and developmental disabilities. Our mission is to provide a secure, challenging, and companionable environment that brings the extraordinary benefits of therapeutic riding and equine activities to a wide range of individuals through the sharing of our knowledge, compassion, experience, and inspiration.

    Opportunities: Volunteer with children who have special needs, using horseback-riding as a type of therapy. No riding experience is necessary.  Barn help is also needed for those with barn experience.

    Contact Person for Volunteers: Marie Manero, Volunteer Coordinator (ext. 112)

    Kuhn Employment Opportunities, Inc.
    1630 North Colony Road
    Meriden, CT 06450 
    203-235-2583
    Mission: Kuhn is committed to developing quality skill enhancement programs which provide meaningful community employment so that persons with disabilities will become independent, gain self esteem, and be accepted by the community. For the past 33 years, Kuhn has worked with developmentally, emotionally, and physically challenged people.
    Opportunities: Kuhn provides transportation, teaches safety training with persons with disabilities.
    Executive Director: Robert Stephens
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Ben Fisher, Director of Programs

    Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center
    874 Millbrook Road
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-685-0008
    Mission: Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center is committed to improving the well-being of children and adults living with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional special needs through the benefits of equine-assisted activities.

    Opportunities: Those without horse expeirence are welcome to join as Sidewalkers who aid participants during lessons. Individuals with solid previous horse experience may train to become Horse Leaders for therapeutic lessons.
    Contact Person for Volunteers: m&mvolunteercoordinator@hfsc.org

    MARC: Community Resources
    Administrative Offices:
    124 Washington Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-342-0700
    Mission: MARC runs recreation programs, day programs and residential programs for persons (mostly adults) with developmental disabilities. 
    Opportunities: Volunteer opportunities include one-to-one interaction in day and recreational programs, and tutoring and acting as a "buddy" in residential programs. There are also opportunities to serve on a number of key committees, including special events.
    Contact: Call the Development Department (ext. 215)
    Mosaic
    100 Sebethe Drive Ste. A2
    Cromwell, CT 06416
    860-632-2814
    Mission: Mosaic is a faith-based organization serving people with intellectual disabilities. We believe that every individual is a person of worth. Together Mosaic staff members, volunteers and the people we support work as partners.
    Opportunities: Volunteer in group homes, working with people with disabilities.
    Contact: Fill out this form 
    State of Connecticut Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind
    184 Windsor Avenue, Suite A
    Windsor, CT 06095
    860-602-4000
    Mission: Services for the Blind provides a comprehensive program of services for legally blind Connecticut residents of all ages, and numerous services for visually impaired persons, particularly for visually impaired children. Comprehensive statewide services and programming include counseling and referral, broad educational services, vocational rehabilitation, rehabilitation teaching, industries and sales, low vision, orientation and mobility instruction, vending facilities, Optacon instruction, eye health, supplementary relief, consultation, public education, and certification of legal blindness.
    Opportunities: Help a blind community member by driving, shopping, reading, transcribing, sorting their mail, or visiting with them.
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Lori St. Amand, Volunteer Program Coordinator, 860-602-4129
  • Eldery

    One MacDonough Place
    One MacDonough Place
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-358-5811

    Mission: Combining the assisted living services and social atmosphere seniors deserve with the special quality of life in our area, One MacDonough Place offers all the benefits of independent living — with the security of knowing that caring, nursing assistance is always available. Short-term, long-term, residential and vacation assisted living stays are all available.
    Opportunities:
    Work with elderly residents one on one or in a small group with various interactive activities such as music, arts and crafts, or current event discussion; be a bingo caller on Saturday afternoons. Also, play cards during Friday afternoon social hour.
    Contact Person for Volunteers: David Frankel at 860-358-5811

    St. Luke's Community Services
    163 College Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-347-5661
    Mission: St. Lukes provides support services to homebound elderly in Middletown, offering assistance with grocery shopping, medical transportation, volunteer "friendly visitors," and a recreation program in addition to the social work services that they provide. 
    Opportunities: Volunteers who are willing to visit elderly in their homes are particularly welcome. Volunteers can also work one on one with a senior to help with daily living chores including grocery shopping and friendly visits.
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Complete the volunteer application or call 860-347-5661 

    Village at South Farms
    645 Saybrook Road
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-342-8033

    Mission: Providing retirement living, assisted living, and innovative Alzheimer's care to the Southern New England region.
    Opportunities: Opportunity to interact with seniors living at this assisted living community, specifically with early stage Alzheimer's patients doing therapeutic programming and arts and crafts.
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Fill out this web form
  • Environment
    City of Middletown Recycling Program
    P.O. Box 1300
    245 DeKovan Drive
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-344-3526
    Mission: Reduce by purchasing only what you need and using what you buy. Reuse products and materials whenever possible. Recycle to decrease the amount of municipal solid waste entering our landfills or being incinerated. Rethink the way you live.
    Opportunities: Opportunities to educate local residents and businesses about recycling issues.
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Kim O'Rourke
     

    Rockfall Foundation
    DeKoven House
    27 Washington Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-347-0340
    Mission: The Rockfall Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 1935 by Colonel Clarence S. Wadsworth. Continuing his tradition of philanthropic activity in Middlesex County, the Rockfall Foundation holds and manages open space property, preserves and operates the historical Dekoven House as a community center, and supports environmental projects, grants and educational programs.
    Opportunities: Grant opportunities and groups interested in preserving/enhancing the environment. 
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Fill out this webpage
     

    Connecticut Forest and Park Association
    16 Meriden Road
    Rockfall, CT 06481
    860-346-2372
    Mission: The Connecticut Forest and Park Association provides recreational and educational services to state citizens, and program priorities include efforts to ensure the continued management and preservation of Connecticut's forest lands; the acquisition and protection of public parks and recreation areas; the establishment and maintenance of the CFPA's Blue-Blazed Hiking Trail System; and the preservation of the woodlands.
    Opportunities: Trail maintenance; legislative activism; office assistance
    Contact: Fill out the Volunteer Information Form
  • Health
    American Cancer Society
    825 Brook Street, I-91 Tech Center
    Rocky Hill, CT 06067
    203-379-4700
    Mission: The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
    Opportunities: Blood donations, disaster relief, health and youth issues; volunteering in the local transitional living shelter; office volunteers with computer skills.
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Susan Dumbrowski or visit this webpage

    American Red Cross
    Connecticut Chapter office:
    209 Farmington Ave.
    Farmington, CT 06032
    877-287-3327
     
    Mission: The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its congressional charter and the fundamental principles of the international Red Cross movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster, and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
    Opportunities: Browse local opportunities here, including assisting with blood drives, becoming a disaster responder, and more
    Contact: Create a Volunteer Connection profile
     
    Community Health Center
    635 Main Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-347-6971
    Mission: The Community Health Center provides health care in the larger Middletown area to anyone in need. It continues to make real every day its belief that "Health Care is a Right, Not a Privilege." Available are medical, dental, shelter, mental health, child guidance, and home-based services.
    Opportunities:
    Family Wellness Center - Assist with child care and play group while support groups are in session. 
    Contact: Nat Holmes, 860-347-6971, ext. 3662
    New Horizons Domestic Violence Shelter - Volunteer support for a battered women's shelter; need long-term commitment for hotline volunteers. Call 860-344-9599 to learn more about direct service and community fundraising event opportunities
    Oasis Center - The Oasis Center is a community and resource center dedicated to serving those who are living with HIV infection and AIDS. Oasis provides a variety of programs and services, all free of charge, to support its members as they take charge of their lives, take care of themselves and empower each other to face the challenge of living with HIV/AIDS. Opportunities include: assisting with creative and supportive programming at this living well center. Contact 860-347-6971 and ask for the Oasis Center
     
    Hospice & Palliative Care Program at Middlesex Hospital
    28 Crescent Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-358-6955
    Mission: The Hospice & Palliative Program is committed to caring for patients and families who face serious or life-limiting illnesses, helping them manage pain and symptoms, while focusing on emotional and spiritual comfort and supporting them in making important decisions and enhancing their quality of life.
    Opportunities: Hospice volunteers provide support to patients and families at home, on the Weiss Hospice Unit and during the bereavement period. 
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Jaclyn Thurnauer, Hospice Volunteer Coordinator
     
    Middlesex Hospital
    28 Crescent Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-344-6735
    Opportunities: Middlesex Hospital offers volunteer opportunities in non-patient, patient-related, and patient-intensive areas.
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Kate Kearns
  • Hunger and Homelessness
    Amazing Grace
    16 Stack Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-347-3222
    Mission: A program of St. Vincent de Paul Middletown, Amazing Grace Food Pantry offers free groceries to low or no income families in Middletown. You can choose one day a month to come in and choose the food items based on the size of your family that they would like to eat.
    Opportunities: You can help by volunteering to stock shelves, escort shoppers around our “store”, or help people when they come in to learn about other social services in our area. 
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Kathleen Kelly, 860-347-3222
     
    The Connection
    100 Roscommon Drive
    Ste. 203
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-343-5500
    Mission: For more than 40 years, The Connection has been one of Connecticut’s leading private, nonprofit human service and community development agencies. The Connection offers child welfare-focused case management, and supportive housing services providing stable, loving homes for all children. We also have supportive housing programs for single adults with histories of chronic mental health issues and homelessness; youth and young family support programs; and several women and children’s centers where young mothers can receive the help they need to be successful, independent parents.
    Opportunities: See the full list of Family Support Services, Behavioral Health Services, and Community Justice Services
    The Eddy Shelter -  The Eddy Shelter is an emergency homeless shelter for single adult men and women in Middlesex County, located on the grounds of the Connecticut Valley Hospital in Middletown
    ContactMackenzie Tyson, Program Manager at 860-343-5520
     

    Middlesex Habitat for Humanity of Connecticut, Inc.
    34 Shunpike Road
    Unit 24-26
    Cromwell, CT 06416
    860-343-9179

    History: Middlesex Habitat for Humanity brings families and communities in need together with volunteers and resources to build decent affordable housing. It is a not-for-profit, non-denominational Christian organization dedicated to the goal of eliminating poverty housing. They consider those with the greatest need first and ask that families provide a "sweat equity" of 200-400 hours. Habitat for Humanity welcomes volunteers from all faiths, abilities, races, ethnicity and sexual orientation who are committed to this goal. 
    Opportunities: Volunteer at ReStore (a unique retail store for the home) or help on construction or non-construction jobs
    Contact: Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at 860-398-6490
     
    St. Vincent DePaul Place
    P.O. Box 398
    617 Main Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-344-0097
     
    Mission: St. Vincent DePaul Place is a soup kitchen and social service agency serving the Middletown community. It provides 250-300 meals per day and also serves as a food pantry. Currently the organization is engaged in social service management for the recently renovated Liberty Commons low income housing project. People with an interest in social work, counseling, and civic relations are encouraged to volunteer
    Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to provide support in preparing the soup kitchen's daily meals for the local and homeless and hungry. Help is also needed to organize food and clothing drives as well as stack shelves with food at Amazing Grace (see above listing).
    Executive Director: Ron Krom
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Lydia Brewster, 860-344-0097, ext. 18
  • Mental Health
    Connecticut Valley Hospital
    1000 Silver Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-262-5000
    Mission: Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) is part of the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. CVH's goal is to provide general psychiatric, forensic, and substance abuse services to adult residents of CT. 
    Opportunities: Volunteers are needed to bring patients to physical therapy, to tutor, entertain, visit, and assist staff in the library and with recreational activities.  Offer support for individuals with psychiatric and other mental health disabilities; volunteer work may also include support in the new treatment mall and other campus surroundings.
    Contact Person for Volunteers: 860-262-5000
     
    Gilead Community Services, Inc.
    222 Main Street Ext.
    P.O. Box 1000
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-343-5300
     
    Mission: Gilead Community Services assists individuals who have experienced a severe disruption in their psychiatric and behavioral disruptions to live independently in the community of their choice. Gilead provides residential services, community treatment, an outpatient psychiatric clinic, housing services, and social/vocational rehabilitation. 
    Opportunities: Support Gilead programs with your time, energy and enthusiasm by engaging clients in activities; support the advocacy team with your writing, communications, and media skills; support the Development Department by lending your communications and event planning skills to Gilead’s fundraising efforts.
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Human Resources Assistant or fill out the volunteer application 
  • Substance Abuse
    Rushford Center, Inc.
    1250 Silver Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-346-0300
     
    Mission: The Rushford Center is dedicated to meeting the behavioral and mental health needs of adults, children, and families by providing prevention and treatment services that are accessible and affordable. They have in patient and out patient services as well as a variety of prevention programs. Some of the prevention programs are located in different school systems in middle schools in Middletown.
    Opportunities: Volunteer opportunities include working on substance abuse prevention programs; mentoring opportunities for local youth (after school and evening run).
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Sheryl Sprague, Prevention Manager, or call 860-346-0300
     
    The Shepherd Home
    112 Bow Lane
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-344-0766

    Mission: The Shepherd Home provides 24 months of transitional housing with support services in a drug free environment. The program is designed for single adults who are currently homeless and have been served by an emergency shelter within the past six months. Residents at Shepherd Home work on a plan of action designed to promote goal achievement an ultimately a move into independent living.
    Opportunities: Assist with transitional living for the homeless in areas such as life skills building and tutoring for GED; work on food and clothing drives. Volunteers are also needed to staff the office; monitor the front door and answer phone calls. 
    Contact Person for Volunteers: 
    Damion Baker, House Operations Manager, 860-344-0766
  • Women and Families
    New Horizons Domestic Violence Services
    635 Main Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-344-9599
     
    Mission: New Horizons is a temporary shelter for women and their children who have experienced violence in their homes. New Horizons offers two volunteer training programs a year, and all volunteers, upon completion of the training, are certified.
    Opportunities: Assist with shelter needs, fundraising, events, community outreach, counseling, child care, research, and newsletters. If you wish to provide direct service to women and children in the shelter, you must complete a five-day training to become a Domestic Violence Counselor. 
    Contact People for Volunteers: Kelly Tea, Community Educator
     
    Women and Families Center
    100 Riverview Center
    Suite 150
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-344-1474
    Mission: The Women and Children Center is a long-term treatment facility for pregnant substance abusers and their children. The Women and Children's Center provides a structured, safe, and positive environment where women are encouraged to develop increased personal awareness, to appropriately express feelings, and to constructively channel their energies.
    The Sexual Assault Crisis Service:
    Mission: The Sexual Assault Crisis Service provides 24-hour, 7 day a week crisis counseling, information and referral, advocacay for children and non-abusing parent, short time counseling for victims and their family and/or friends.  Support groups and community education programs dealing with sexual assault as well as community prevention programs dealing with safety concerns are also available. SACS aslo provides police and court advocacy.
    Opportunities: The Sexual Assault Crisis Service needs women for the Sexual Assault Crisis Hotline. Training is provided. Two to four shifts per month - an average of twelve hours per month. Hotline counselors provide information, crisis intervention, advocacy, and counseling on the telephone. They also may be called to meet a victim at a hospital emergency room or police station to provide advocacy and support. Volunteers may also provide clerical assistance in the office.
    Contact: Carissa Conway
  • Youth
    Big Brothers/Big Sisters
    30 Laurel Street
    Hartford, CT 06106 860-525-5437

    Mission: Big Brothers/Big Sisters serves disadvantaged youth age 6 -14, from single and two parent family households. The BB/BS program matches children with appropriate volunteers in a one-to-one relationship. Big Brothers/Big Sisters charges no fees for this service.

    Opportunities: The appropriate adult volunteer acts as a confidant, role-model, mentor and friend, helping to guide the child along a path which will help him or her to realize full human potential. The volunteer will provide mentoring to local youth or tutoring program at Farmhill School. Initial commitment is 6 months.

    Contact: Visit this website to learn more

    Boy Scouts of America
    Several packs exist in Middletown - visit their website to learn more

    Mission: It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and in other ways prepare them to make ethical choices over their lifetime in achieving their full potential. 

    Opportunities: Volunteers are needed for mentoring with local youths and for general work with local troupes; community outreach; and programmatic opportunities.

    Contact Person for Volunteers: Visit this website to learn more

    Children's Community Programs of Connecticut
    446A Blake Street
    Suite 100
    New Haven, CT 06515
    203-786-6403 ext. 117

    Mission: Children's Center Community Programs Youth Mentoring Partnerships works with children age 13 - 21 that are in the care of The Department of Children and Families.  The children reside in group homes, residential facilities or foster care homes.

    Opportunities: The One on One Mentoring Program provides a volunteer mentor for youth who are involved with either the Department of Children and Families or Court Support Services Division. The Children’s Community Programs of CT, Inc. recruits, screens, approves, and trains prospective mentors to become volunteers with our agency. Once approved the mentor is then matched with a youth for at least one year. You must be 21+ years of age and have access to a car.

    Contact Person for Volunteers: Patricia Nicolari

     
    Ädelbrook Behavioral & Developmental Services
    60 Hicksville Road
    Cromwell, CT 06416 860-635-6010

    Mission: Ädelbrook Behavioral & Developmental Services provides hope and healing for young people and families in a Christian environment. Meeting the developmental and behavioral challenges of children, young adults and families through a range of professional, educational, residential and therapeutic options, Ädelbrook aims to continue its growth in order to provide a continuum of care and meet the ever-changing needs of those we serve.
    Opportunities: Volunteer with the buddy program, tutor residents in the Learning Center, help with the activities program, help staff events, or volunteer in the office.
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Bernice Jalbert, Volunteer Coordinator, 860-635-6010, ext. 363

     
    CT Juvenile Training School
    1225 Silver Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-638-2400

    Mission: CT Juvenile Training School is a residential school for adjudicated juvenile delinquents. 

    Opportunities: Volunteers who are interested in working with troubled youth are needed to tutor and mentor. A mandatory training program is offered every semester.

    Contact Person for Volunteers: Noah Barth 

    CRT: Head Start Early Care and Education Program
    44 Hamlin Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-347-4465

    Mission: CRT will address the causes and effects of poverty by advocating for those in need and assisting people in obtaining the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary for self-sufficiency and dignity.

    Opportunities: Volunteers at the day care center, assist teachers, read to and play with kids; work one on one with children with behavior problems.

    Contact Person for Volunteers: Visit their website to learn more or contact Krista Mazzuca, Director, Human Resources, 860-560-5661


    Kidcity Children's Museum, Inc.
    119 Washington Street
    Middletown, CT 06459
    860-347-0495
    Mission: Kidcity Children's museum celebrates a child's natural curiosity by offering a downtown hands-on play space where children come with parents and other significant adults to learn through play.  Kidcity is a safe and enriched educational environment which fosters the development of problem-solving skills and creativity.  As a child-friendly public space, Kidcity will support every parent's effort to be the best parent they can be.
    Opportunities: Kidcity needs a lot of individuals to interact with kids. Opportunities available seven days a week, supervising children at play.  People are also needed to design interactive children's projects for Kidcity. Volunteer with some friends or take the initiative and organize the project!
    Contact Person for Volunteers: Jennifer Alexander, founder, Executive & Creative Director 
     
    Macdounough Elementary School
    66 Spring Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-347-8553

    Opportunities: Volunteer to provide mentoring, tutoring, academic enrichment and computer technology to students in grades K - 5.

    Contact Person for Volunteers: Steve Woznicki, Principal

     
    Middletown High School
    200 LaRosa Lane
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-704-4500

    Mission: It is the goal of the program to provide students with the knowledge and skills they will need to participate as competent and productive members of both our American democratic society and of the increasingly interdependent global community. The educational program expands students' intellectual and creative capabilities, develops their cultural and aesthetic awareness, cultivates a sense of personal responsibility, and fosters their emotional and physical well being.

    Opportunities: Middletown High School runs a tutoring program for students, including SAT tutoring and help with the college application process. Volunteers are needed as teacher's assistance, after-school tutors, and mentors for high school students.

    Principal: Colleen Weiner

    The Neighborhood Pre-School
    115 High Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-685-3710

    Opportunities: Assistance with the local day care center on campus; conduct games and creative play with kids.

    Contact Person for Volunteers: Susan Rozelle, Director

     
    Northern Middlesex YMCA
    99 Union Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-347-6907 

    Mission: The YMCA provides a wide variety of activities for Middletown youth, including sports, after-school, and summer programs.

    Opportunities: Volunteers needed for tutoring and enrichment program at Middletown Public Schools, special needs, before and after school programs and mentoring.

    Contact Person for Volunteers: Visit the front desk or call 860-347-6907

     
    Oddfellows Playhouse
    128 Washington Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-347-6143

    Mission: Oddfellows Playhouse is a non-profit theater and performing arts program that serves 2,500 young people annually. Playhouse programs are designed to give young people the chance to develop their creative abilities and to learn about commitment, cooperation and responsibility in a non-competitive environment.

    Opportunities: Assistance with youth theatre, Main Stage productions and stage management; volunteer with the circus performers program; TA weekly classes.

    Contact People for Volunteers: info@oddfellows.org 

    Salvation Army
    515 Main Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-347-7493

    Opportunities: See their website for a complete list; some opportunities include serving holiday meals, conducting food/clothing/toy drives, mentoring in an after-school program, and more.

    Contact: Complete the volunteer form

    Snow School
    299 Wadsworth Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-347-2579

    Mission: Establish long term relationships with students in the community.

    Opportunities: Volunteer in the after-school tutorial and enrichment program for a selected group of 3rd - 5th grade students.

    Contact Person for Volunteers: Jennifer Cannata, Principal

    Upward Bound
    41 Lawn Avenue
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-685-2970

    Mission: The Upward Bound Math-Science Program is designed to help low-income and first-generation college students recognize and develop their potential, to excel in math and science, pursue post secondary degrees, and ultimately careers in the math and science professions.

    Opportunities:
    Act as a tutor/mentor/instructor for youth in local area elementary, middle, and high schools; summer opportunities working with middle and high school students.

    Contact Person for Volunteers: Kathy Krywinski, Administrative Assistant

     
    Woodrow Wilson Middle School
    1 Wilderman's Way
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-347-8594 

    Mission: Woodrow Wilson Middle School is committed to providing opportunities for our young adolescent students to explore and create and think about who they are are and what they can be.

    Opportunities: Volunteer as a tutor/mentor for at risk youth; also provide basketball coaching assistance to the girls' basketball team; assist in special education.

    Principal: Cheryl Gonzalez


    YMCA: Phelps Ingersoll Day Care Center
    99 Union Street
    Middletown, CT 06457
    860-343-6227

    Mission: Early intervention/school readiness program working with infant - 5 year olds.

    Opportunities: Tutoring, arts and recreation, interaction and playing with kids at the 21st Century learning Center; some special needs.

    Contact: Contact the general inquiries email address