Community Service Contacts

Below is a list of local, regional and national organizations that may need help. Please contact them directly for more information. For a list of current Volunteer Requests students should check their Morning Announcements email.

Organization

Contact Person or Location

Contact Information

Description

American Cancer Society

Website

www.cancer.org
1-800-227- 2345 option #4 - volunteering

Ongoing opportunities. October is a busy month for volunteers

American Diabetes Foundation

Website

https://www.diabetes.org/
https://www.diabetes.org/get-involved/volunteer

Awareness and fundraising, Walks

American Heart Association

Website

716-243-4600
www.heart.org/en/

Ongoing opportunities

American Legion

Website

www.legion.org/volunteers

Ongoing

American Red Cross

Website

https://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer.html

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire/prevent-home-fire.html
www.ctredcross.org

Sign up for a local event online. Disaster relief, fundraising, blood drives etc. Host a Fire Safety campaign

American Rivers

Website

202-347-7550 www.americanrivers.org

Protects and restores rivers for the benefit of people and wildlife

American Vet Dogs

Website

866-838-367, www.vetdogs.org

Trains and places guide dogs for disabled and active veterans and first responders

Appalachian Mountain Club

Website

617-523-0655, www.outdoors.org

Promotes the protection and enjoyment of trains, forests

Autism Speaks

Website

www.autismspeaks.org, 781-461-8868

Increase awareness and advocate for the needs of affected families

Backus Hospital

Email
Volunteer
Coordinator
Norwich

860-823-6320 or backus.volunteers@hhchealth.org
https://backushospital.org/for-volunteers

Jr Volunteer Program applicants in Feb for the summer program, Check website for details. Must be 16

Be the Match Foundation

Website

763-406-8670
www.bethematchfoundation.org

Supports the National Marrow Donor program

CARE

Website

800-422-7385, www.care.org

Working around the globe to save lives, defeat poverty

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Website

https://www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/

Start a fundraising or phone raising campaign!

Citizens Helping Animals in Need (CHAIN)

Ledyard CT

860-287-3504, ledyardchain@gmail.com, www.facebook.com/ledyardchain
https://www.ledyardchain.org/volunteer

They do not have the animals but they donate and help support animals

CT Cancer Foundation

Website

www.ctcancerfoundation.org 860-388-0788

Provides funds for patients rent, mortgage, utilities, transportation etc

CT Coalition to end homelessness

Website

860-721-7876, www.cceh.org

Help combat homelessness in CT

CT Dept of Energy and
Environmental Engineering

Website

https://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2688&q=322354&deepNav_GID=1511

List of opportunities are on the web page.

CT Forest & Park Association

Website

860-346-8733, www.ctwoodlands.org

Protect forests, parks, walking trails and open spaces

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation CT Chapter

Website

www.cff.org/Connecticut
800-632-7300

Walks and fundraising

Day Kimball Hospital

Janet Johnson, Putnam

860-928-6541x2279 jjohnson@daykimball.org

Jr Assistants, sign up in Winter for Summer. Must be 16

Disabled American Veterans

Website

www.dav.org

Ongoing

Do Something Web page

Website

https://www.dosomething.org/us
Lots of ideas to start something new!

Easter Seals of Norwich

Website

https://www.easterseals.com/hartford/get-involved/volunteer/
Various Eastern CT Locations and events. List of current events on their website

First Congregational Church Griswold ChurchOrganization

Frank Quinn

376-3883
Help with the Griswold Senior Center breakfast on the last Saturday of the month

Friends of Pachaug Forest

Ryan Snide

rsnide83@yahoo.com
Help Clean up various places around town

Gary Sinise Foundation

Website

888-708-7757, www.garysinisefoundation.org
Helping veterans, defenders, first responders and their families

GES PTO

Ashley McKinney

gespto@griswoldpublicschools.org or Text Ashley at: 860-912-8184

As Needed for Basket Raffles, Book Night, Reading nights, Harvest Festival

GHS School Store

Jodene Bromley

jbromley@griswoldpublicschools.org Room 4213

Before School or during lunch help at School Store

GHS Sports Game Streaming & Production

Kyle Gunderman

kgunderman@griswoldpublicschools.org
Contact Kyle Gunderman

Needs help to Live Stream GHS sports, commentators, Camera people, audio, video, music, art, graphic design etc

GMS PTO

Sherri Marchand

gmspto@griswoldpublicschools.org

As Needed for events

Goodwill

Website Norwich

www.goodwill.org/volunteer/

Help in stores

Griswold Boosters

Melissa Wooten

Melissawooten

860-287-2861 or email mlwooten17@gmail.com

Help out at Football Concessions

Griswold Senior Center

Tina Falck, Jewett City

376-2604
griswoldseniors@yahoo.com
22 Soule St, Jewett City

Last Saturday of the Month Community Breakfast and in December Big Breakfast and as needed

Griswold Sports Network

Griswold High School

Kyle Gunderman kgunderman@griswoldpublicschools.org

Camera people, video editors, graphic designers, commentators needed to help stream all Griswold Sports all year

Griswold Student Match or GES Recess Activity Coach

Michele Walworth at

GHS

mwalworth@griswoldpublicschools.org Room 4214,
860-376-7640 x 4214

Match up with a student at Griswold Elementary. Half year or full year commitment. Either after school 2:19 – 2:50 or ½ hour once a week during your study hall or be a Recess Activity Coach

Griswold Sunflower 5k

Melissa Wooten

860-287-2861 or email mlwooten17@gmail.com

Late summer 5k event to support Make A Wish. Help organizing, cutting sunflowers and help on day of the run

Griswold Youth Center

Ryan Aubin, Ashland Street, Jewett City

860-213-1524 text or
after 1pm 860-376-7026

Help organize ongoing activities with kids, basketball help after school, help with GMS and GES afterschool clubs. Ongoing help

Humane Society of CT

Quaker Hill

860-442-8583 169 Old Colchester Rd, Quaker Hill
www.cthumane.org

As needed. Call for more information

Habitat for Humanity

377 Broad St
New London

www.habitatect.org

(860) 442-7890

communication@habitatect.org

As needed. Plainfield Store located at: 808 Norwich Rd. Plainfield
Phone: 860-564-7507
Email: restorene@habitatect.org

HayBurr Inn Equine Rescue

169 Black Hill Rd, Plainfield

860-213-1028
https://www.hayburrinn.org

Help clean stalls, brush horses, build things around the barn

High Hopes Therapeutic Horse Riding

36 Town Woods Rd, Old Lyme

atripson@highhopestr.org, Amy Tripson, (860)434-1974
https://highhopestr.org/volunteers/prospective-volunteers/

Must be 14 years or older. Can help brush, clean, walk, help with programming

Hole in the Wall Gang Fund

Ashford, CT
Website

203-772-0522, www.holeinthewallgang.org

Camp experiences for seriously ill children

Jewett City Boy Scouts Troop 20

Pete Dameron, Troop 20

peterdameron@att.net

Help with Fundraisers and Troop activities

Jewett City Cub Scouts Pack 20

Preston Johnson
Pack 20

johnson.c.preston@gmail.com

Help with Fundraisers and Troop activities

Jewett City Fire Department

Lou Demicco

Lou Demicco 860-884-2765 call/text

Wash firetrucks every week, Annual food and toy drives in December, dinners etc

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Website

www.jdrf.org/community/volunteer/signup-new/

Fundraising, walks etc

Kitty Harbor

Griswold
2263 Glasgo Rd, Griswold

860-376-9062

Help with shelter cats and kittens as needed

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Website

www.lls.org/volunteer

Fundraising and awareness

Lisbon Fall Festival

Lisbon School

Denise Howard bestwellness4you@gmail.com

Annual Fall event in September with chowder and vendors

Lisbon PTO

Email

lisbonpto@lisbonschool.org

Various school events

Lisbon Senior Center

11 Newent Road, Lisbon

860-376-2329

Help with events and as needed

Neighborhood Watch Program

Website

https://www.bja.gov/publications/nsa_nw_manual.pdf

Read the PDF online and set up your own neighborhood watch

Norwich Arts Center

60 Broadway Norwich

Karen Staples Office:860-887-2789

Participate in Community Arts Events, book signings, etc

Norwich Rotary Community Corps

UCFS Meadows Shopping Center 47 Town St Norwich

http://rccofnorwich.org

Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of every month @ 6 PM We do a mixture of community projects. Most are in assistance to other local organizations

Madonna Place

240 Main St Norwich

860 886-6600, www.madonnaplace.org

Collect clothes and items for agency, etc

Make-a-Wish Foundation

Website

800-722-9474, www.wish.org

Creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Note Buttonwoods in Griswold does a benefit every year

Meals on Wheels

Website

www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/americaletsdolunch

Deliver meals

Mobile Food Pantry

Joy Smith,
Jewett City

jsmith@griswoldpublicschools.org
Located behind the former St Mary’s School in Jewett City

Every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 3:20-5:30, lifting food, organizing, handing it out. Rain or shine

Mystic Aquarium

55 Coogan Blvd, Mystic

https://www.mysticaquarium.org/learn/teens/teen-volunteer-opportunities/
860-572-5955
info@mysticaquarium.org

Counselor in Training program (Ages 16-18), Youth Volunteer Program and Youth Conservation Corps. Conservation, education, interaction

National Wildlife Federation

Website

800-822-9919, www.nwf.org

Nature and conservation education

New London Homeless Hospitatliy Center

Website

860-439-1573, www.nlhhc.org

Help homeless folks

Norwich NAACP

Website
Franklin Street Norwich

http://norwichbranchnaacp.org/advocacy-research/civic-engagement/ Email them at: http://norwichbranchnaacp.org/contact-norwich-naacp/

Addressing Voter Empowerment, Increasing public awareness and civic participation in Federal, State, and Local Agencies, Ensuring Equal Representation

Operation Paperback

Operation Paperback

Operation Paperback

Operation Paperback

Operation Shoebox

Website

http://www.operationshoebox.com/how-you-can-help/care-packages/

Start a campaign to send supplies to Troops

P.R.I.D.E – Youth Coalition

Miranda Mahoney

naglemiranda@gmail.com

Help with the Youth Coalition Leader to help spread drug and addiction awareness and resources for help. Graphic design, help in the community and at events

Partnership for Strong Communities

Website

860-244-0066, www.pschousing.org

Dedicated to preventing and ending homelessness and building strong communities in CT

PETCO Foundation

Lisbon Landing
Website

https://www.petcofoundation.org/
860-376-3700 Lisbon Store

Help at local adoption events

Quinnebaug River Church

Email Pastor Josh

pastorjosh@gotorc.org

Various tasks

Race for a Cure

Website

https://ww5.komen.org/RaceForTheCure/

Start a Team!

Relay for Life

Website

https://secure.acsevents.org

Start your own team!

Roger Williams Zoo

Providence RI

http://www.rwpzoo.org/volunteer-teens or Contact: Manager of Volunteer Resources at Volunteer@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext 356.

Help with Zoo visitors and programming and events

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Website

630-623-7048, www.rmhc.org

Creates and find programs to improve the health and well being of children and their families

Salvation Army - Norwich

Cheryl McCollum

Norwich

(860) 889-2329
http://ctri.salvationarmy.org/SNE/Norwich
Cheryl.McCollum@USE.Salvationarmy.org
169 Franklin Street, Norwich

Various tasks to support Salvation Army

Slater Library

Rebecca Jusseaume
Main St

860-376-0024

Book sales and as needed

Special Olympics

Website

https://www.soct.org/get-involved/become-volunteer/

Must be atleast 15 years old and accompanied by an adult. Help at sporting events and fund raisers

Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD)

Website

https://ct.sadd.org/

Start our own Griswold Chapter

St. Mary’s Food Pantry

Father Ted Tumicki or Kathy Avery

foodpantry.hscc@yahoo.com or
Shelia Landry at saintmary.secretary@yahoo.com

Help organize, stock shelves and hand out food items

Sunflowers for Wishes

Buttonwood
Farm, 473 Shetucket Turnpike, Griswold

https://www.buttonwoodfarmicecream.com/sunflowers-for-wishes

Occurs in July every year along with the Make A Wish Foundation. Help at the annual week long event

Susan G Komen Breast Cancer

Website

860-321-7806
Www.komennewengland.org

Awareness and donations for scientific research

Teen Life

Website

Search the website for ideas! https://www.teenlife.com/blogs/50-community-service-ideas-teen-volunteers

50 great ideas for teens!

Terri Brodeur Breast Cancer Foundation

Website

https://www.tbbcf.org/
https://www.tbbcf.org/tbbcf-walk-information/tbbcf-volunteer-opportunities/

Raise awareness and funds for breast cancer. Annual walk.

Trevor Foundation

Website

310-271-8845, www.thetrevorproject.org

Crisis and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth

TVCCA

Website

http://www.tvcca.org/volunteer/# 860-889-1365

Meals on wheels

Unicef

Website

https://www.unicefusa.org/

Attend an event or raise donations

United Community Family Svc

Human Resources

860-376-7040, Located in Griswold

As needed, check with Human Resources Dept

United Way of SE CT

Website Norwich

https://www.uwsect.org/https://www.uwsect.org/volunteer
Helping throughout the community Food drives etc

Volunteer Match

Website

www.volunteermatch.org
Sign up with your email and you can search for local opportunities

VFW

Jewett City

860-376-5226 263 Taylor Hill Road

Monthly Breakfasts and other tasks

Warm up America

Website

https://warmupamerica.org/

Knit or Crochet blankets and items for homeless people or people in need. Start up a new campaign!

Water for People

Website

720-488-4590, www.waterforpeople.org

International organization promotes development of drinking water and sanitation to all

Wings of Freedom Animal Rescue

Email and Web page

860-428-0807 WOFARinc@gmail.com http://www.wingsoffreedomanimalrescue.org/Volunteer.html

Help with various events

Wounded Warrior Project

Website

https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/give-back
877-832-6997

Helping veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001.

Wreaths Across America

Website

877-385-3504, www.wreathsacrossamerica.org

Placing wreaths on veterans gravestones in all 50 states to remember and honor the fallen