Volunteering is a rewarding way to meet new people and become a part of the community. You can use volunteer opportunities to strengthen skills you already have or learn new skills in a field that interests you. This can be particularly appealing for spouses and partners who are ineligible for employment in the U.S. due to immigration status.
Short-term and long-term volunteer positions are available on campus and at local non-profit organizations throughout the year. Whether you are interested in mentoring youth, taking care of animals, helping health workers, or building houses, you can find a meaningful way to be involved in your new community!
General Volunteering Resources
- The Office of New Haven and State Affairs maintains an online list of community partnerships between Yale and New Haven.
- Local soup kitchens and food banks
Local Non-Profit Volunteer Organizations
This list is provided for informational use only. Yale OISS does not officially endorse any of these organizations.
101 Ashmun Street, (203) 946-8605
Volunteers work closely with the Coordinator of the DYCLC to develop and schedule programs for the community learning center. They may also assist in the educational programs of the Center, which include tutoring, mentoring, and computer training.
311 Temple Street, (203) 809-8770
For nearly 25 years, the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) continues to consistently provide free direct food programs to the citizens of the New Haven Community. DESK‘s great community value is in its commitment & capacity to grow as the face of hunger grows.
143 Elm Street, (203) 432-2420
Dwight Hall coordinates volunteer efforts between the Yale community and New Haven. Visit them to obtain an excellent booklet that lists nearly 200 volunteer opportunities and resources in the New haven Community. Subscribe to the Dwight Hall “Holler”–an email list that will keep you up-to-date about volunteer opportunities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request to join.
235 Nicoll Street, (203) 562-2095
IRIS resettles approximately 200 refugees each year. IRIS also provides some services to asylees and other immigrants.Volunteers serve in their office or one-on-one directly with a refugee and commit to 3+ hours per week for a minimum of three months. Volunteer roles are filled on a rolling basis and not all roles are open at all times.
4 Science Park, (203) 865-3867
This group is seeking native English speakers to help provide free student-focused tutoring to speakers of English as a second language. Their mission is to change lives through literacy. You can email them at email@example.com.
133 Elm St, (203) 946-8130, ext. 33
NHFPL is always looking for individuals to help with library duties and services.
45 Bristol St, (203) 752-1923
New Haven Reads, founded to “share the joy and power of reading,” increases the literacy skills of children to empower their academic success by providing individually tailored one-on-one after-school tutoring, educational family support, anda community book bank, all at no cost to participants. Tutors provide one-on-one reading instruction for students ages 6-18. Complete their volunteer form online to sign up.
84 Orange Street, (203) 387-2252
The New Haven Pride Center serves the needs of the GLBTQI community and its allies. NOW is the time to get involved! The Center has no paid staff and welcomes volunteers to get its work done. There are many ways you can help. You can help with programming, fundraising, grant writing, and more.
80 Hamilton Street, (203) 946-6950
Through the NHPS, you can volunteer to work in a public school in New Haven. The New Haven Board of Education, however, requires that all volunteers register and complete background screening through New Haven Public School Foundation, Inc. prior to placement in New Haven Public Schools. NHPS Foundation will serve as the central point of entry for volunteers in the New Haven Public Schools, tracking registration, monitoring criminal background screening and volunteer hours.
501 George Street, (203) 777-5683
This is a temporary “home away from home” for families of children who are being treated at nearby hospitals and health care facilities -only a 10 minute walk from the hospital. You can help prepare a meal for the families, or volunteer on a regular basis or for special events.
At Sanctuary Kitchen, we believe that sharing a meal and personal stories is a strong and meaningful gesture of welcome and acceptance, an intimate space in which simple and genuine cultural exchanges can occur. We believe in community and we hope that our programs will cultivate authentic connections between local residents and new arrivals. Food brings people to the table, enriches lives, and fosters mutual understanding across diverse cultures in the most delicious way possible.
46A Blake Street, (203) 786-6403
The Children's Community Programs of CT, Inc. is a private, non-profit, multi-service agency. They are committed to providing diverse and creative support services to children and families throughout Connecticut to ensure that every child counts. CCPC welcomes volunteers with a passion for working with children.
81 Fournier Street, (203) 946-8110
The New Haven Animal Shelter is the second largest municipal animal shelter in the State of Connecticut, with over 65 dog runs, attracting over 3,200 visitors annually. The Animal Shelter takes in about 1,400 dogs and cats each year. Through its partnership with the Humane Commission, Friends of the New Haven Animal Shelter, and the North Shore Animal League, the Animal Shelter has sponsored several adoption events throughout the year, leading to an adoption rate of 75 percent, or roughly 1,500 dogs and cats. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
370 James Street, Suite 403, (203) 772-2010
United Way of Greater New Haven is focused on changing the odds so that every child and family has the opportunity for a good life. They are bringing people together to create a thriving community for all of us: the kind of place where you want to live, to work, and to raise a family. To get there, they are focused on innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges in our community around education, income, health and basic needs.
1080 Chapel Street, (203) 432 9491
Information volunteers staff the information desk, welcoming and orienting visitors to the Center and its collections, exhibitions, facilities, and programs. Volunteers answer a wide range of questions about the Center, Yale, and the Greater New Haven area. For further information about volunteer opportunities available, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at email@example.com.
170 Whitney Ave, (203) 432-3731
Volunteers provide support in all areas of the museum.Some volunteers engage the public through the Museum’s educational programs, special events, or community outreach, while others are behind the scenes supporting collections research and libraries, assisting in Museum administration, and in many other capacities. Most volunteers get involved in multiple areas. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
301 Prospect Street, 3rd Floor, (203) 432-2084
The Sustainable Food Program is the steward of two small farms used for learning and research, one on Yale’s main campus and the other at Yale’s West Campus. They support both curricular and extra-curricular learning, and serve as a hub to connect and provide opportunities for study and practice in food, health, and the environment. For further information, email email@example.com.
York Street Campus, 20 York Street, EP 1-612, (203) 688-4363
Saint Raphael Campus, 1450 Chapel Street, Main 138, (203) 789-3480
The Volunteer Services Department needs and welcomes energetic volunteers of all ages and skills on the York Street and Saint Raphael campuses. Volunteers generally give a minimum of four hours a week for at least six months. There are a variety of volunteer roles to fit individual time schedules, abilities and interests. Volunteers may work directly with patients or choose work behind the scenes.