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urgent needs

From time to time Operation Hope has an urgent need for volunteers on an ongoing basis or for one-time opportunities. At this time, we are looking for the following ongoing help:

- Help with our Community Garden: we need people to water, weed, and harvest so that our food pantry patrons can share fresh produce with their families.

- Help in our Food Pantry, restocking shelves and assisting clients

For more information, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Donna Schmidt or 203-292-5588 ext. 207.

events

Operation Hope holds numerous events throughout the year where volunteers are needed to assist in a variety of areas. Some of the opportunities include serving on the event planning committee, assisting with various pre-event tasks (including helping with mailings, phone calls and arranging event details), assisting at the event itself and assisting with post-event needs.

Annually, we would love your help with these events:

Postal Service Food Drive: Volunteers are needed to sort and transport food donations at the Fairfield Senior Center in May at the annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. Please contact Volunteer Program Manager Donna Schmidt or 203-292-5588 for details and to lend a hand.

Annual Tag Sale: Volunteers are needed to help organize and staff this annual fundraiser, which is held in July or August. Please contact Volunteer Program Manager Donna Schmidt or 203-292-5588 for details and to lend a hand.

Annual Golf Outing: Volunteers are needed to help staff this annual fundraiser, which will be held in the fall. Please contact Business Administrator Paula Morthanos or 203-292-5588 for details and to lend a hand.

Events include: Postal Service Food Drive (May), “An Evening of Hope” Gala (May), Tag Sale (July/August), Golf Outing (October) and Hope for the Holidays program (December).

student opportunities

We have many opportunities for students to get involved with Operation Hope. Students 16 years and older can help serve lunches or dinners in our Community Kitchen at our Shelter at 50 Nichols Street or help sort, shelve and distribute food/toiletries at our Food Pantry at 636 Old Post Road. Students are also able to help at many of our events including Hope for the Holidays, Postal Service Food Drive and our Community Tag Sale.

We are grateful for and proud of our student volunteers! Students like Fairfield Ludlowe High School’s Matt Jessen can really make a difference to our clients. Matt raised almost $1,000 and used the funds to purchase food for the Food Pantry. Read his story here.

Even our youngest volunteers can help! Sisters Teagan Church and Brea Church, and sisters Annie Gabriele and Katie Gabriele are cousins who held a lemonade stand over two days, raising $179. $179 will go a long way…it can feed a family of five for a month…it can shelter an individual for a month. Read the cousins’ story here.

Students of all ages can assist us by running food and toiletry drives and preparing meals and baked goods for both our Shelter and our Food Pantry. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Donna Schmidt or 203-292-5588 ext. 207 if you’d like to lend a hand in any of these ways!

family opportunities

Many families find that volunteering together can be a rewarding experience. Families with children over the age of 10 can help serve lunches or dinners in our Community Kitchen at our Shelter at 50 Nichols Street or help sort, shelve and distribute food at our Food Pantry (children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian) at 636 Old Post Road. Families are also able to help at many of our events including Hope for the Holidays, Postal Service Food Drive and our Community Tag Sale.

Families with younger children assist us by running food and toiletry drives and preparing meals and baked goods for both our Shelter and our Food Pantry. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Donna Schmidt or 203-292-5588 ext. 207 if you’d like to lend a hand in any of these ways!

group opportunities

We have many different opportunities for groups to assist us with various projects. We have limited opportunities for groups to help with general maintenance and gardening projects. These needs are best for small groups of 4-5 individuals. Companies, such as The Nielsen Company’s Wilton office, like to contribute as a team-building activity and to support their corporate giving day. In June 2015, the team painted the Men’s Dormitory at our 50 Nichols Street Shelter, making our Men’s Dormitory look brand new once again. Read the story here.

Groups both large and small also get together at their own locations and prepare large meals for our Community Kitchen or smaller meals for our Food Pantry. They also work together to run food and/or toiletry drives to supply our Food Pantry.

Many groups assist at our events such as the Postal Service Food Drive, Hope for the Holidays, Tag Sale, and Gala.

Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Donna Schmidt or 203-292-5588 ext. 207 if you’d like to lend a hand in any of these ways!

ongoing opportunities

Operation Hope depends on many volunteers to assist us with our day to day operations on a weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or as needed basis. These ongoing opportunities include serving lunches and dinners in our Community Kitchen, assisting in our food pantry, providing receptionist help, weeding, watering and harvesting vegetables at our Community Garden or picking up donations.

professional services

Operation Hope sometimes utilizes professional volunteers to act as on-call consultants. We would welcome anyone with skills in Business Management, Strategic Planning, Marketing, Development and Procurement, Legal Services, Human Resources, Professional Development, Public Speaking, Writing/Editing or related areas that are willing to share their expertise.