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Summer volunteering opportunities Looking for some last minute summer plans? Maybe it’s time you take a different route this summer by giving back to your community. Instead of taking a trip or going to camp, commit to helping others. Although it sounds self-sacrificing to give up your usual summer for the benefit of others, the reward can be double-sided; you will feel a surprising sense of fulfillment.
Do you... A
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enjoy helping people in the community? get along well with children? love animals and nature? have a knack for the arts? want to go green?
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Offer your help at the Shelter for the Homeless in Stamford. After filling out an application and going through an orientation process, you can work with people in literacy, English as a Second Language, basic education, computer skills, and more, depending upon your strengths. For more information, contact Peggy Lutz at (203) 406-0017, ext 301.
Volunteer with Camp Healing Hearts at BreakThru Fitness at 48 Union Street Stamford. It is a recreational camp for pre-teens and teens with special needs that gives typical teens the chance to work as volunteers. The camp takes place July 26 to August 20 from 1-4 p.m. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Kim at (203) 708-0076.
Become a volunteer with Tailor’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary Inc., which is devoted to rescuing, rehabilitating, and then releasing injured or endangered wildlife. To participate in this rewarding project, contact Florence Chiappetta at 203-5242189, or head on over to Tailor’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary at 1000 Hope Street in Stamford.
Volunteer at the Westchester Medical Center by brightening the lives of its patients and easing their stress with your musical gift. Put your talent to good use this summer. You’ll be able to do what you love while making a difference in someone else’s life. For more information or to get involved, contact Isabel Dichiara at 877-WMC-DOCS.
Participate in a river clean-up through the Voluntary Action Center of Mid-Fairfield Organization at One Park Street in Norwalk. The task involves removing trash and litter from rivers, planting shrubs on the site you’re working on, and establishing relationships with riverside landowners. For more information, contact Joan Monte at (203) 849-1111.
Lend a hand at Brighton Gardens, an assisted living facility which is located on 59 Roxbury Road couldn’t be more convenient for us Westhill students. The staff is happy to welcome new volunteers to help with its array of musical activities, art-related activities, and outdoor activities. Take the opportunity to participate in something that you’re passionate about while brightening the summer of a senior citizen. You can reach Brighton Gardens at (203) 322-2100.
Lend a hand at the Boys and Girls Club in Stamford. First, you will have to fill out an application online at www.bgcastamford.org or in person. Then you will be interviewed, and the Boys and Girls Club will match you with a volunteer project that best suits your interests and strengths. You will be able to enjoy your passion while sharing the joy with children that may not otherwise get the opportunity to participate in such activities.
Call up the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. The Nature Center accepts unaccompanied volunteers starting at age 14. There are many ways to get involved there. You will most likely find opportunities to interact with the animals, preserve the natural exhibits, and deal with the artwork there, depending on your own interests. If you’re interested in learning more, contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Cathryn Oulighan at (203) 3221646 with the extention 6530.
Become a volunteer photographer for Richmond Community Services in Yonkers and take portraits of disabled residents. Get some real practice in the field and feel what it’s like to be hired for an event! You’ll also be giving the residents an opportunity they wouldn’t normally be able to experience. If you’re interested in taking your hobby to the next level while doing a service to the community, contact Elyse Allbee at (914) 968-1900, ext 5080.
Help protect the Long Island Sound by working with Sound Waters. There are many volunteer opportunities with this organization located at Cove Island Park. Call the volunteer program at (203) 406-3302 or e-mail email@example.com. Another way to clean up the sound is to participate in a beach clean-up. Bring trash bags and pick up all the litter you see. This is an easy way to make a big difference for the environment.
COMPILED BY KATIE ZABRONSKY AND Elissa Miolene / Supplement Editor and Photo Editor
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