Volunteer

Open Doors is able to provide dynamic holistic services to the most housing fragile members of the Greater Norwalk community through the expertise, dedication, and hard work of volunteers. Opportunities to get involved exist on many different levels.

If you’re looking for more information about ways to make a difference, please contact Erin at emcdonough@opendoorsct.org or 203-866-1057 x129.

Volunteer Opportunities

Open Doors runs multiple programs that have ongoing volunteer needs. In order to help prevent transmission of COVID-19, we are slowly phasing in volunteer opportunities and having all volunteers schedule their spots in advance. Please contact us if you’re interested in volunteering with these programs or if you’d like to be notified when other programs like our kitchen open to volunteers.

There’s a particular need for volunteers who speak Spanish or Haitian Creole, from basic skills to fluent speakers

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Help our meal program team serve meals to shelter guests and to the community!

While the kitchen renovation is underway (mid-June through mid-August), this is an outdoor opportunity.

Help people select the food they need for themselves and their families as part of our grocery pantry program. Volunteers also help restock shelves and organize the pantry.

Our community closet is a free store that's open to low-income households so they have access to clothing, shoes, and other household essentials. The community closet team holds two shopping days a week (by appointment so we're able to maintain distancing), and volunteers help people find what they need and restock the clothing racks.

Make a difference for children dealing with homelessness. Our after school program lets kids learn and have fun in a supportive environment. We ask that After School Buddies volunteers commit to a regular schedule to help provide consistency for the students.

*Everyone who volunteers at Open Doors does need to wear a mask and follow health and safety rules, including a touchless temperature check upon arrival; we have masks for everyone who doesn’t have one available.

Host a Donation Drive

Donation drives hosted by our community make a huge difference! If you’d like to collect funds, food, or other necessities that make a difference for our neighbors dealing with homelessness and housing insecurity, we would love to work with you.

Linens Drive List

Make your neighbors more comfortable by providing bedding and bath towels.

Food Drive List

Help fill Open Doors’ pantry shelves with our most-needed items.

Housewarming Drive List

Help households get started as they move from emergency shelter to their own homes.

Short Term Projects

Throughout the course of the year, Open Doors has volunteer opportunities related to short term projects such as holiday meal drives and distributions, gardening and beautification of shelter spaces and affordable apartments, data entry, graphic design, or other seasonal or short-term projects.

Ambassadors

Understanding that the impact of Open Doors could be significantly magnified by rethinking the organizations’ relationship with individuals and families in the surrounding communities, we created meaningful and impactful engagement opportunities that match organizational needs and ambitions and with skills, experiences, and interests of community members.

If you’re looking to do more to make an impact, our Ambassadors team may be a great fit!