New Haven Promise Service Requirements


Community engagement and service outside the school are components of Connecticut’s implementation of a Student Success Plan, which values a broadened awareness of self within a global context. To qualify for either the Promise Scholarship or Passport to Promise Scholarship, a student must complete 40 hours of community service during high school. Many New Haven public high schools require community service as a graduation requirement and service performed in the New Haven community can be counted toward a student’s Promise requirement and graduation requirement. Hours must be reported directly — BY THE STUDENT — to and documentation (signed by the supervisor at the nonprofit) must be emailed to

New Haven Promise (NHP) staff will determine those hours which will count toward the requirements. Generally, service must be performed with valid New Haven non-profit charitable organizations or community or school festivals within the city or pre-approved by NHP. Hours associated with partisan political activity, religious practice, in-school staff assistance and personal service for family, friends and neighbors will not be authorized as Promise service hours. Among the key reasons for Promise’s service requirement is to get students to expand outside of their comfort zones and into the community to build networks and experience, not to have an insular experience at their school or church. To ensure successful completion of the Promise community requirement, below are dozens of opportunities.


Community baptist church

In partnership with Nutrition Security Solutions, Community Baptist Church in New Haven has a monthly grocery giveaway that takes place every 3rd Saturday of the month in their parking lot from 12 to 1:30 pm. They will need assistance preparing the food in advance, setting up, breaking down, and distributing food. To volunteer, sign up here* OR contact Janice Williams *Registration link is updated once a month.

New Haven public schools homework club

Do you need volunteer hours? If so the Homework Club is here to help! They are looking for High School students (grades 9-12) to tutor and help middle school students with homework. The hours are 3:30-6:00 pm at Hill Central on Mondays & Thursdays and Wednesdays & Fridays at Conte West Hills. Students can choose which days and locations they would like to volunteer. If you are interested please email Carletta.coe@k12,


Love farmers? Markets? Like to meet your neighbors and local farmers? You can volunteer for CitySeed in New Haven. CitySeed — with its wide variety of ways to engage the community in growing an equitable, local food system — looks for volunteers to help with farmers market operations. A brief training, and commitment of hours is required. Must be at least 16 years of age. If interested, click the above link or email the organization.

The Diaper Bank

The Diaper Bank of Connecticut has opportunities for high school volunteers to help repack and organize diapers throughout the year. For opportunities, contact: Jenny Kohl at or (203-934-7009).

Sanctuary Kitchen

Sanctuary Kitchen partners with refugee and immigrant chefs from Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, Iraq, Mauritius, Nepal, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ghana to provide employment, professional culinary training, and community building through food. We welcome volunteers to serve in all aspects of our programming, including assisting chefs in the kitchen, curbside pickup, and farmers market sales. Volunteer opportunities are available on weekdays (morning and after school hours) and Saturday/Sunday (New Haven Farmers Markets). To volunteer, sign up here. Contact: Donna Golden (203-562-4927)

New Haven Free Public Library

The NHFPL Volunteer Services Program supports the library in a variety of ways. There are volunteer offerings for book repair, helping with programs, tutoring, teaching computer skills, homework help and much more. Special talents — from Lego enthusiasts to knitters and painter to chess player to florists to linguists – can find opportunities. NHFPL’s commitment is to match skills and interests to projects which suit schedules and availability. Contact: Kate Cosgrove (203-946-7001).

Creative Arts Workshop

Creative Arts Workshop is a nonprofit regional center for creativity that has served the Greater New Haven area since 1961. As an anchor institution located in the heart of the award-winning Audubon Arts District, CAW offers a wide range of visual arts classes and engagement in creativity in its own three-story building with fully-equipped studios in eight disciplines, and an active exhibition and public programming schedule. Donating time and energy to the Workshop is a great way to meet interesting people and support our mission. Friends, students, and faculty giving their time and energy behind the scenes is a vital component of our community. To volunteer, sign up here. Contact: Jan Daddona (203-562-4927)

City of New haven peace commission

The City of New Haven Peace Commission (NHPC) is a volunteer municipal board whose mission is to foster a culture of peace in New Haven and around the world. NHPC works with the Board of Alders, Mayor’s office, community and youth groups on reducing all forms of violence including war and street violence. Members also work in conjunction with the New Haven Board of Education, New Haven Free Public Library and other educational institutions in New Haven to develop youth programming, peace curricula and other educational resources.

The NHPC is looking for student volunteers to plan community events and to design projects that engage youth and other community members in efforts to focus on creating peace in the world – this can mean ending wars, decreasing community violence, a celebration of Earth Day, or an art, music, poetry, theater, or dance project that communicates peace and reconciliation in the community and/or world. This service opportunity would grant a minimum of 10 community service hours with the opportunity to earn more. Students can work together in groups and all get the same number of service hours. Interested students must send inquiries to Erica Holahan

Urban Resources Initiative

Urban Resources Initiative is looking for volunteers to help maintain their Greenspaces and New Haven’s Botanical Garden of Healing Dedicated to Victims of Gun Violence. In November they’ll be doing several garden clean-ups to help prepare for winter. Two available opportunities are linked below. It’s advised to wear closed-toe shoes and clothes that can get dirty. Bring drinking water and work gloves. Sign up at Greenspace Workdays or Botanical Garden of Healing. Sign up as soon as possible, space is limited. If you have trouble finding the appropriate contact or opportunities, please contact Anna at (203) 432-6189.

Columbus House

Volunteers provide a critical role for Columbus House to achieve its mission of serving people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing shelter and more. Volunteers assist the staff throughout the year, with opportunities from serving meals to painting to general office assistance. Without that dedicated core of volunteers, Columbus House would be unable to provide the scope of services currently offered. Contact: Visit the link above for volunteering options or call (203) 401-4400.

JCC of Greater New Haven

The JCC of Greater New Haven — located just on the other side of the Wilbur Cross Parkway in Woodbridge — is looking for volunteers to help with scorekeeping for basketball and volleyball. Those interested should contact former Promise scholar Rachel Whitfield.

Yale New Haven Hospital

Established in 1933, Yale New Haven Hospital has one of the oldest organized hospital volunteer programs in the country. The hospital’s 2,400 volunteers contribute more than 200,000 hours of service annually. 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 work behind the scenes. Click the link above for more about the opportunities. Due to the pandemic, YNHH has paused its volunteer program.

Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services

Volunteers are an invaluable part of the IRIS team, helping welcome and walk alongside refugees as they begin new lives in Connecticut. Volunteer applicants must be 17 years or older and able to commit to a minimum of 6 months. Positions are filled on a rolling basis. Please note that all positions are unpaid, and occur primarily Monday through Friday in the morning, afternoon or evening. Visit the above link for more or email IRIS here.

New Haven Leon Sister City Project

New Haven Leon Sister City Project is supported by an array of volunteers who are a key part of the team and the opportunities range from office work to event organization to public awareness raising and fundraising. Volunteering with us is an opportunity to develop new skills and make new friends while committing to end poverty and injustice. Those interested should visit the link above.


Artspace — a non-profit organization championing emerging artists and building new audiences for contemporary art — offers service opportunities in various ways, including hanging and repairing paintings and working with young people and office staff along with event assistance. To volunteer, sign up here.

New Haven Promise

New Haven Promise has two major events per year where it seeks volunteers. One is the Internship & Fair Career in early January and the other is the Annual Scholar Celebration, which takes place in August. Students who demonstrate diligence and commitment are able to claim additional hours as the need arises throughout the year. To inquire about opportunities, please contact Jorgieliz Casanova (203-776-6473)

Yale Center for British Art

Volunteers are vital in shaping a positive visitor experience at the Yale Center for British Art as well as carrying out the mission of informing and educating the public about the Center. Volunteers must by 18 years old. More can be learned at the website link above or by contacting the volunteer coordinator (203-432-9491)

Yale Peabody Museum

Volunteers are vital to the success of the Peabody Museum from behind-the-scenes activities to working directly with the public as they provide support in all areas of the Museum. Some engage the public through the Museum’s educational programs, special events, or community outreach, while others are behind-the-scenes. Training is provided when necessary and volunteers must be 18 years old. Contact the Museum (203-432-3731) for more details.

New Haven Counts

New Haven Counts is creating space for the next generation of thinkers, innovators, and creators! We provide opportunities for high school volunteers to work with K-8 students on math, personal finance, and entrepreneurship. You do not have to be an expert to join the movement. Students work with their mentors and coaches to translate skills into their own sustainable business idea. Mentors are encouraged to commit to one hour a week or two days per month after school at Truman School or Wexler-Grant Community School. Unable to mentor during our after-school programs? We encourage you to sign up for our Summer Entrepreneurship Fellowship: LIFE Lab. See our website for more information! Contact: Ronald Coleman Jr (203-980-4996)

New Haven Reads

An hour a week makes a huge difference in the life of a child. New Haven Reads welcomes support from volunteers across the community, but volunteers must be 16 or older. Volunteers are the soul of New Haven Reads, which seeks volunteers to expand the organization’s impact. Contact: or 203-752-1923.

Yale-China Association

The Yale-China Association (雅礼协会) inspires people to learn and serve together. Founded in 1901 by graduates of Yale University, we foster long-term relationships that improve education, health, and cultural understanding in China and the United States. Yale-China’s work in New Haven centers around its annual lunar new year celebration in February called Lunarfest, as well as general administrative and project-based work throughout the year. To sign up fill out a volunteer application and note that you are applying as a New Haven Promise student.

Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven

Literacy Volunteers (LVGNH) provides free literacy tutoring to adult students, both for native English speakers and people learning English as a second language. They are in need of volunteers. For more information or to volunteer, visit:

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen

The Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) works with more than 1,000 volunteers across Greater New Haven each year. Their volunteer opportunities include meal service, dinner and lunch preparation, dining room set-up, inventory and stock-room work, and community outreach. For opportunities please visit the link above.

Christian Community Action, Inc.

Christian Community Action, Inc. offers volunteer opportunities afterschool (3 pm-5 pm) Monday through Friday at a local shelters. This is a great opportunity for juniors and seniors. Contact CCA via email or by calling (203) 777-7848

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry & Clothing Closet

Loaves and Fishes located in Downtown New Haven, provides food, clothing, and community to neighbors. Volunteers are needed to help deliver and package the resources. There are many opportunities for New Haven Promise applicants over the next few months. Spots are limited. Students under 18, must be accompanied by a guardian. To sign up, email Volunteer details and the sign-up link will be sent to you once you email us.

Connecticut Food Bank

The Connecticut Food Bank welcomes individual and group volunteers who want to help fight hunger here at home. Contact Delores Wisdom (email or 203-741-9074) to help alleviate hunger in Connecticut. CFB Mobile Pantry will be onsite to provide fresh food for those in need. Bring your own grocery bags. Information: 203-469-5000. To volunteer click here.

American Red Cross South Central Connecticut

Volunteering for the Red Cross is a great way to do something for your community. What you may not expect is what it can do for you. Every day, the American Red Cross helps people in emergencies… whether it’s half a million disaster victims or one sick child who needs blood. You don’t need special skills to be a volunteer. The Red Cross will train you.

New Haven Pride Center

The purpose of New Haven Pride Center is to provide educational, cultural and social enrichment for the LGBTQ+ community, its allies, and members, to make a positive contribution to the entire community of Greater New Haven. The Center has no paid staff and relies on volunteers to get the work done. Click the above link to learn more about the opportunities and to connect with the Center or call (203) 387-2252.

The Friends of Edgewood Park

There are outdoor volunteer opportunities with the Friends of Edgewood Park (720 Edgewood Avenue). Tools and gloves are provided. Contact S. Fitzgerald to inquire.

The Friends of East rock park

The Friends of East Rock Park (FERP) was formed in 1982 and reinvigorated in 2008. FERP volunteers provide ongoing stewardship beyond the scope of the Parks Department. We host work days throughout the year during which we perform a variety of tasks: pick up trash; remove invasive species; devine to protect the tree canopy; plant trees, shrubs, flowers and bulbs; mulch garden beds; and help maintain safe access to trails. Schedule: 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month in October // 2nd Saturday only in November and December from 9am until noon. To volunteer, contact: David Shimchick

Fellowship Place

The mission of Fellowship Place is to serve adults living with mental illness by offering a full range of therapeutic support and rehabilitation services that promote independence, wellness, and a meaningful life. The volunteers must have the ability to connect with and enjoy interacting with people, and must exhibit a willingness to be flexible and accommodating, to programmatic needs. Contact Mary Guerrero (203-401-4227 x1201) about volunteer options.

United Way of Greater New Haven

From the United Way of Greater New Haven: Give an hour. Give a Saturday. Give your best. We all have special talents. Things we can do to help. And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. Whether it’s preparing a community garden for planting, leading financial literacy classes for hard-working families, or participating in a kindergarten canvass, there are hundreds of volunteer options available every day. Click the link above for opportunities. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Dennis Velasquez 

The Heritage Chorale of New Haven

The Heritage Chorale of New Haven, Inc. is a non-profit choral organization that seeks to preserve music of the African American liturgical tradition through presentation with other musical forms from classical to contemporary. The group often provides guest appearances with other groups or organizations, as well as being host for the same. Meetings are on Mondays from 6 pm to 8 pm. Contact: Deborah Dozier (203-676-0749)

Music Haven

Music Haven empowers and connects young people through music education, mentoring and performance thus giving all kids a chance to play. Students can volunteer as a mentor, but it is limited to those over the age of 18. Contact: Kathleen Cei (203-745-9030)

Shubert New Haven

New Haven’s Shubert Theatre is looking for volunteers who are interested in the arts. Among the volunteer opportunities are patron services, ushering, hospitality attendants, administrative assistants and backstage tour guides. Contact: Education & Outreach Assistant Janie Alexander (475-220-2443)

Gather new haven

Come support community agriculture across New Haven! Volunteers are needed: Wednesdays from 5:30pm – 7:30pm and Saturdays from 10am – 12pm. Opportunities vary for each community garden and farm across New Haven. To volunteer or if you have any questions, contact OR visit

Christmas Caroling Ministry Tour, Inc.

The Christmas Caroling Ministry Tour, Inc., is passionate about Christmas, teenagers, younger children and those who need Christmas cheer in various communities in New Haven County. Activities performed with New Haven nonprofits who collaborate with CCMT will qualify for New Haven Promise. CCMT offers year-round community service opportunities for students. Whether you love to sing or not, there are options to use talents for things like social media, finance, fundraising, secretarial or cleaning. Carolers must be able to commit to weekly rehearsals and at least a 30-stop tour. Carolers sing at nursing homes, churches, emergency response locations and door-to-door. Watching faces light up when they answer the door as we sing says it all! To volunteer, complete the ‘Contact Us’ form on the page.

Fish of greater new haven

FISH of Greater New Haven  Is seeking volunteers to assist with food packaging and delivery drivers to deliver food to homebound clients. Please reach out to Yomaira Candelario for more details at

Bradley street bicycle co-op

The Bradley Street Bicycle Co-op is a community bike shop working towards an equitable New Haven by getting people on bikes. Volunteers safely work alongside other volunteers and mechanics to repair bikes so that we can get them back into the community. If you are interested in volunteering, reach out via their website at

Community Placemaking Engagement Network’s (CPEN)

Community Placemaking Engagement Network’s (CPEN) Youth Smart is for youth who have a desire to serve their community through service projects, and in doing so, become better individuals with confidence and advocacy skills. Youth Smart meets every Thursday (5:30-7 pm) and every Saturday (9 am-12 pm). Students must attend each session and submit an attendance log. For details or questions, please contact / 203-819-8398.

To inquire about other opportunities with the New Haven Climate Movement, please contact Young In Kim.

sunrise free breakfast cafe

Sunrise provides a safe space for New Haven’s food insecure and unhoused to rest, have conversations and prepare for the day’s challenges with a full stomach. The mission of Sunrise Cafe is to develop and nurture deep connections – connections among guests, between guests and volunteers and between guests and the community. Sunrise’s free nutritious breakfast is served to all with warmth, friendship, compassion, kindness, dignity, support and respect. For many guests, the Cafe is also the entry point for housing, mental and physical health, and job placement services provided at the Cafe by partner organizations. To volunteer, register online.

Yale Sustainable Food Program

Everyone is welcome to volunteer on the Yale Farm (345 Edwards Street). No gardening experience required. Just bring a water bottle and wear weather and work-appropriate clothing. Upon arrival, find a student intern wearing a YSFP wheelbarrow t-shirt. These interns are in charge of the workday, will sign you in and explain the day’s work before assigning you a task. What you’ll do depends on the day and the season. You might be helping to harvest tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli and kale in the fall; planting garlic in the winter and tulips for spring. If you are a group of more than five people, you must give a week’s notice of your visit. To learn more you should contact the staff via email or by calling (203) 432-2084



Mt. Calvary Deliverance Tabernacle (151 Newhall Street, New Haven, CT) will be feeding 100 families from 12-2:00 pm this Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022. They need help with setting up, cleaning up, data collection, and flyer distribution.

– Set-up is at 10 am at 151 Newhall Street (Rear Entrance).
– Clean-up will be ongoing, throughout the event, and will end around 4 pm.
– Data Collection will be ongoing, throughout the event, and will end around 4 pm. It will consist of writing the names/numbers of attendees in a notebook and/or tablet.
– Flyer distribution will be from 10 am until 12 pm (noon) on Saturday, Sept. 17. Flyer distribution consists of door-to-door knocking in the neighborhood and passing out flyers.

Registration is not required. Volunteers must bring a document to verify their hours.

Rock to Rock

Rock to Rock’s annual community event – hosted on April 30th, 2022 – and relies on an amazing team of volunteers to plan it and make it run. Rock to Rock will work to make sure all volunteer activities are safe and follow City public health guidance. It takes nearly 100 volunteers to pull off all the fun on event day:

  • Ride guides help keep the riders on all our routes safe (8 am-3 pm).
  • Volunteers pitch in with setup, registration, at East Rock Park (Orange and Cold Spring; 7 am-11:30 am).
  • Drivers help operate our support vehicles and run lots of errands (8:30 am-4 pm)

Join the Rock to Rock team on this day and sign up TODAY!

New Haven caribbean heritage festival

Come enjoy and help on Sunday, June 26, 2022, on the New Haven Green while we celebrate Caribbean Heritage with music, food, fun and People. Masks and Social Distancing is encouraged. Volunteers are needed for the entire duration of the event. Shift options are listed below.

  • Morning Shift – Arrive at 11 am to assist with setup
  • Afternoon Shift – Arrive at 12:30 pm to assist with arrivals and the program
  • Closing Shift – Arrive at 5 pm to assist with breakdown
Students can volunteer for multiple shifts. Interested students must complete the Volunteer Registration Form at For New Haven Promise, your affiliation is: Your School Name / New Haven Promise. All volunteers MUST check in and check out for their hours to be confirmed. If you have any questions, please contact Shermaine at 203-606-2752 or

day of environmental service

Make a positive impact with Rock to Rock’s Day of Environmental Service on April 9, 2022, by cleaning up a park, removing invasive weeds, maintaining hiking trails, making art, and more. For more details and to register for Day of Environmental Service, click here.

Cherry Blossom Festival

The 2022 Cherry Blossom Celebration – to be hosted in Wooster Square Park on Sunday, April 24 – welcomes volunteers to assist with the flow of the day. It will be a scaled back Celebration of the Cherry Blossoms this year with Music and socially distanced food trucks around the park – from 12 noon-4:30 pm. Among the volunteer opportunities will be early set-up, replenishing health and safety products, program distribution, and break down & clean up. There are three shifts (10 am-12 pm (noon);12-4 pm; and 2 pm-5 pm), but volunteers are welcome to spend the day with us! Contact Sarah Greenblatt with your availability and please mention that you are a New Haven Promise applicant.

The Connecticut Foodshare Walk against hunger

Registration is now open for the Connecticut Foodshare Walk Against Hunger. The Walk will take place on Saturday, May 21 in-person at Dunkin’ Donuts Park — home of the Hartford Yard Goats!

The Walk is a fun-filled event with live entertainment and giveaways, hosted by local media personalities Renee DiNino and Scot Haney. Join us as we continue to bring awareness to the issue of food insecurity in Connecticut. The Walk not only benefits the work of Connecticut Foodshare, it also benefits partner programs throughout the state. These partners help serve the estimated 1 in 8 residents and 1 in 7 children who struggle with hunger.

Register as an individual, join a team or create your own! It’s easy! Your efforts will help Connecticut Foodshare as we work towards their vision of a thriving community, free of hunger! Sign up now at Questions? Contact

2022 New Haven Earth Day Clean-Ups

Spring is upon us! Come join your neighbors and help clean up New Haven’s parks and public spaces. Supplies (tools, gloves, bags) will be available for those who need them. Volunteer certificates will be given to students for community service hours! For locations and times, click here. To volunteer for a site, register here.

25th Annual Westville Village Artwalk

ArtWalk has transformed to ARTWEEK. The 25th Annual Westville Artwalk runs Monday, May 2, through Saturday, May 7. ArtWalk is seeking volunteers to help with set-up, clean-up, ushering/parking, booths, arts & crafts, pet parade, and more. There are more than 90 volunteer spots available. ArtWalk would love your help! To see and register for a volunteer role click here. If you have any questions, please contact Lizzy Donius.

NeighborWorks® New Horizons

NeighborWorks® New Horizons is a non-for provide agency dedicated to developing quality affordable homes and supporting community-building initiatives in New Haven, Fairfield, Southern Hartford and New London Counties. Founded in 1992, NeighborWorks® New Horizons has developed and manages 650+ housing units of affordable rental properties and 12 commercial units where residents have a leadership role. The organization is currently digitizing its files and is looking for about five students who need their service hours to assist with this task. The project will be after school and will take about 2 months to complete. Contact: Michelle Lee Rodriguez (203-562-4514 x120)

Save The Sound

Each year Save the Sound coordinates coastal cleanup events in communities across Connecticut, including in New Haven. You can sign up to join an established shore or watercraft cleanup, or register as a Cleanup Captain to organize your own beach cleanup team! Click above to learn about all the volunteer options or contact Annalisa Paltauf for details.

The International Arts & Ideas Festival

The International Festival of Arts & Ideas (IFAI) is a year-round organization that culminates in an extravaganza of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that takes over theaters and open spaces in New Haven each June. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas. As 85% of the events are free to the public, the IFAI relies on the passion, commitment, and support of community members for help. The schedule for the 2022 neighborhood festivals is as follows:

  • Fair Haven Neighborhood Festival – Sat., May 14, 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Hill Neighborhood Festival – Sat., May 1421 2:00-4:00 pm
  • Newhallville Neighborhood Festival – Sun., May 22, 2:00-4:00 pm
  • West Rock/West Hills Neighborhood Festival – Sun., May 29, 3:00-5:00 pm
  • Dixwell Neighborhood Festival – Sat., June 4, 2:00-4:00 pm

To volunteer and/or for more opportunities, contact Marisette Cruz.

LEAP Annual read-in

LEAP is celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer! They have much to celebrate, including being able to hold their annual Read-In in its original location on the New Haven Green! Come volunteer to read to kids in LEAP’s summer program and be part of this special tradition of sharing the joy of reading! The Read-In will take place on Friday, July 15th from 10:00 am-11:15 am on the New Haven GreenRegistration closes Wednesday, July 13th. For more details or to volunteer, click here.

Long Wharf Theatre

The Long Wharf Theatre (222 Sargent Drive) has an exciting opportunity for students to engage with theatre and its audiences as it looks for volunteers to help with the pre-show experience for ‘On the Grounds of Belonging.’ The shows run from Oct. 9-Nov. 3 and show dates and expected volunteer arrival times are available on this Google spreadsheet.

Fair Haven Family Stroll

The Friends Center for Children and the Elm City Montessori School organize the Fair Haven Family Stroll, which starts with a 1.5-mile walk along the Quinnipiac River, is followed by live entertainment and an information fair with local organizations. This year’s Stroll is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 and they’re seeking volunteers to help with the event (setting up, guiding guests, breaking down, and other event support roles). Available shifts are below. To sign up, please email with your shift selection by April 28.

Park Set-Up: 7 am-11 am
Tabler: 8:30 am-10:30 am
Stage & Entertainment: 8:00 am-2:30 pm
Take-down: 2 pm-3:30 pm

Newhallville Community Easter Hunt

Volunteers are needed for the 7th Annual Newhallville Community Easter Hunt, which will take place on the afternoon of April 4th at the Lincoln-Bassett Field. To explore the opportunities, email Kim Bivens-Little of the Newhallville Community Management Team.

Common Ground Farm & New Haven Ecology Project

You can volunteer at the Common Ground Farm (358 Springside Avenue). They are out there — rain or shine — weeding, planting, making compost, cleaning the animal pens and contributing to growing healthy food for the community. From April to November on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, students can meet at the Pavilion next to the parking lot. Drop-ins are welcomed. There are other available times for regular weekday volunteering or groups. For more information, please email here.

New Haven Family stroll & Festival

The New Haven Family Stroll & Festival are delighted to announce its 10th annual New Haven Family Stroll & Festival on May 14, 2022 (rain date May 21st). Since 2011, the New Haven Family Stroll & Festival has helped raise awareness of our community’s need for high-quality early childhood education, while showcasing our strong network of local, family-friendly resources. If you would like to volunteer, please reach out to Kathy and Maggie at

New Haven Farms

New Haven Farms — which looks for volunteers for the spring — exists because of volunteers who want to be a part of something great. Whether it’s getting one’s hands in the dirt, assisting with the Farm-Based Wellness Program or sharing other skills such as graphic design or social media expertise, anyone can find a place to have fun and contribute to the New Haven Farms community. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator by email or phone (203-997-6152) or visit the website linked above for more information.

Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center

In conjunction with the Connecticut Food Bank, the Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center (428 Columbus Avenue) will host three ‘Pop Up Pantries’ over the next three months. The events — each slated from 4:30 pm to 6 pm — will be Friday, October 18; Monday, November 18; and Monday, December 9. Those looking to volunteer or interested in more information should email or call (203) 503-3163.

Friends of the Green New Haven

You can earn Promise hours and serve our National Historic Landmark — The New Haven Green. The Friends of the Green have “Clean the Green” opportunities on Saturday, April 13th, from 10 am to noon, and on Saturday, May 4th, from 9 am to 10:30. On the 4th the clean-up will be followed by the annual Wake Up the Green Spring Festival & Powder House Day, which includes a book talk and signing with Robert & Kathleen Hubbard on their newly released “The Hidden History of New Haven.” To learn more about these opportunities, email Geri.

Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven

Every year volunteers contribute more than 2,500 hours of time — either individually or as part of a group — to assist Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven accomplish its goal of eliminating poverty housing in the New Haven area. Volunteers participate in a range of activities on behalf of Habitat, including volunteering on our construction sites or in the office, serving on one of our committees or working on special events. To volunteer, follow the link above or call the volunteer coordinator (203-785-0794 x110) with questions.

New Haven Youth Tennis & Education

As a young and dynamic organization, New HYTEs relies heavily on volunteers to leverage its impact on the youth it serve. New HYTEs currently has opportunities for tennis instructors, academic tutors and special projects volunteers. For position details visit the website link or contact Executive Director Mavi Sanchez-Skakle

Fantasy of Lights

The Fantasy of Lights —sponsored by Goodwill of Southern New England — relies on community volunteers to man the entryway, collect fees and welcome visitors each night from Nov. 18-Dec. 31, 2021, at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven. This is a great opportunity for students in need of community service. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Nancy Shapiro (203-777-2000 x1228).

Continuum of care

Continuum of Care helps more than 2,000 individuals go from hopelessness, homelessness, or destitution to living lives with hope, direction, and empowerment. Continuum’s mission is to enable people who are challenged with mental illness, intellectual disability, Autism, and/or addiction to rebuild meaningful lives and thrive in the community. On Saturday, November 13, 2021 (10 AM-4 PM), Continuum of Care will be hosting its annual Holiday Bazaar, a fundraiser to expand their work in rebuilding the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our community. They are looking for students ages 16 and above to help at the Holiday Bazaar. There are various shifts available. For more information or to volunteer, visit

Long wharf war memorial Fall clean up

In partnership with the City of New Haven, American Legion Post 210, VFW Post 12150, National Veterans Council for Legal Redress, and Yale Veterans Network, join us for a Long Wharf War Memorial Fall Clean Up on Saturday, November 6, 2021 (9:00 AM-11:00 AM). Materials will be provided by the New Haven Public Works Department. Please bring your work gloves, shovels, brooms, and gas or battery-powered blowers or trimers. This event is sponsored by the Yale Veterans Network (YVN). To sign up contact (203) 432-9667 or For more details, visit


Any inquiries, corrections, or additions* to this page should be directed to Jorgieliz Casanova of the New Haven Promise staff. *Must be a New Haven or state-wide nonprofit (501c3) organization (i.e. CT Food Bank, American Red Cross, etc.).