Several au pairs have informed me that they are interested in volunteering and have asked me for recommendations for organizations that they can volunteer at.
First, let me say that I think that volunteering is a wonderful experience. Not only will you be helping organizations and people that really need assistance, you will also be gaining invaluable work experience and giving back to the community.
In order to identify a place to volunteer, it is important to think about what areas you might be interested in volunteering in.
Here are a few ideas to consider:
- Helping children
- Working with seniors and the elderly
- Animal welfare
- Environmental protection
- Health and safety
- Poverty and homelessness
- People with disabilities
- Human rights
- Veterans and soldiers
Here are some ideas of places to approach about volunteering:
- The American Cancer Society
- Animal shelters and Humane Societies
- The United Way
- The Food Bank
- Habitat for Humanity
- Churches and synagogues
- Homeless shelters, such as Inspirica
- Career Resources in Bridgeport
- The Yerwood Center in Stamford
- Boy and Girls Clubs
You may also want to contact the Human Services Council which partners with The Voluntary Action Center of Coastal Fairfield County (VAC) and the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County. They help promote and coordinate volunteerism in the towns of Brdgeport, Darien, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stratford, Trumbull, Wilton, Weston and Westport.
For more information on volunteering, contact the Volunteer Center of Connecticut
You can also search the volunteer database on Idealist.org by area!
This is a great way to make a difference in the lives of many people and can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience for you!