Volunteering opportunities in and around New Haven

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Sewing Cloth Masks

Good evening all,

Connecticut Mental Health Center is organizing sewing volunteers to make masks for the people we serve, all of whom are poor and have serious mental health and/or substance use problems. We want to make sure they are protected.

We have already made over 1000 and are embarking on another 1000. CMHC annually serves about 4000 people.

We will provide the pattern, an instructional video and all the materials. We just need people who can sew. If you know of anyone who would like to get involved in this project, please have them contact me.

Thanks and peace,


Kyle Pedersen, Director
Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation
34 Park Street, Suite 144
New Haven, CT 06519

State-wide help needed

Governor Ned Lamont is urging Connecticut residents to consider taking on a volunteer role in their communities to help respond to the COVID-19 crisis if they are able to. While the state already began a campaign seeking out volunteers who have health care experience, yesterday, Governor Lamont launched a campaign seeking volunteers from the general public who are needed for other services at many different types of providers, such as food banks, deliveries to the elderly, shelters, and more. Visit to sign up and you will be matched with a provider in need in your area.

New Haven Help with COVID

New Haven Help with COVID is a New Haven-wide volunteer management website where residents can volunteer in-person or remotely and local non-profits and government can post volunteer needs:

Urgent Short Term Volunteer Needs – United Way of Greater New Haven

Our ministry to the pandemic ridden world can be acted on by responding to the deep and growing needs of the Greater New Haven community. If you can do so safely (with proper PPE and continued social /physical distancing), please explore the opportunities as listed on the website of the United Way of Greater New Haven.

Donate to Christian Community Action

We are living in unprecedented times, confronting unprecedented challenges. CCA has remained open, because we provide essential services at our Food Pantry and Hillside Family Shelter.
CCA continues to serve families in our shelter because we offer family coaching and apartment-style housing, instead of communal living. These allow the families to be together, and be safe.
We have seen a marked increase in people coming to our Food Pantry. No family has been turned away, including new ones. This is depleting our food supply faster than it can be replenished.
Last March/April, CCA helped 96 families through our Food Pantry. In contrast, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have helped 192 families, including 100 first-time recipients.
A contribution of $25, $50, or more, will go directly toward supporting the safety of the families in our shelter, and mitigating the rise of food insecurity in our community.
The gift you give today will feed a family in need, or help a family without a home. It will give them hope, hope that they can get through these difficulties even during a pandemic.
This crisis could not have been foreseen. However, the needs we face are real. You can provide instant help & hope to the families we serve at a very frightening time.
Your emergency gift of $25, $50, or other amount, is needed now. CCA cannot do this without you. Go to our homepage and click on the “Donate” menu item.

–Rev. Bonita Grubbs

Creative Sector Relief Fund

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

New Haven Mutual Aid Fund 

(organized by Semilla Collective of New Haven for labor and immigration justice)