Beth-El Center is NOT accepting any new volunteers at this time and operating with reduced staffing however donations including in-kind donations and flexible dollars are essential to supporting our crisis response and ongoing services (updated 3/16/20).

Handyman/Maintenance Volunteer Needed

We are seeking a volunteer with experience/skills in any of the following areas to help us maintain our facility:

  • Building maintenance
  • Carpentry
  • Construction
  • Electrical
  • Grounds keeping
  • Locksmith
  • Painting
  • Plumbing

Hours are flexible, based upon your schedule.

Office Volunteers Needed

Objective: Support the administrative and Center staff by performing reception duties and various clerical tasks while maintaining professionalism and confidentiality at all times.

Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Answering phones & directing callers as appropriate
  • Reception of visitors
  • Receiving & logging in-kind donations
  • Preparing thank you letters & cards
  • Preparing bank deposits 
  • Word processing tasks
  • Internet searches & other research as requested
  • Assisting w/input on donor database
  • Assisting w/preparation & mailing of monthly Board packets
  • Assisting w/fundraising projects
  • Making copies as needed
  • Maintaining center bulletin boards
  • Assisting w/updating forms as needed
  • Assisting w/supply inventory
  • Maintaining reception area
  • Errands and other tasks as needed

Soup Kitchen Volunteers Needed

Volunteer Breakfast Coordinator

A volunteer is needed to coordinate Sunday morning breakfasts (6:30-8:30am).

QUALIFICATIONS: Experience working with homeless or other disadvantaged population. Person needs to demonstrate maturity, good judgment and ability to respond quickly & calmly in crisis situations and to follow directions. Strong communication skills, conflict resolution skills, and crisis intervention skills are required. Food service experience preferred.

1. Maintain proper supervision and order within the soup kitchen during the work shift.
2. Implement all health and food safety methods as written by State of Connecticut Public Health code.
3. Implement breakfast program in accordance with outlined breakfast program schedule.
4. Maintain security of soup kitchen and safety of all residents by:
   a.) handling any crisis situations in a calm manner & communicating
   with supervisor(s) for guidance and/or direction.

   b) evaluate and respond to substance use using Housing First principles through a behavioral     based model

   c) calling the police (911) in the event of unruly/violent behavior

   d) issue warnings to residents as needed; notify the appropriate Case Manager in writing.
5. Complete all necessary paperwork (ex: meal numbers reporting).
6. Other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor and/or Executive Director.

Soup Kitchen Driver Needed

Beth-El Center's Soup Kitchen is looking for a volunteer driver for approximately one hour on Tuesday mornings to pick up donations from the Big Y in Milford. Must have a valid driver's license and be able to lift 30 lbs.

Meals to Go Volunteers

Meals to Go volunteers needed to prepare and package our bagged meals to go. We need volunteers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30-6:00pm. Our bagged meals are distributed weekdays from 5-6pm when there is no evening meal served.

Driver needed to pick up donations on Mondays and Thursdays 9-10:30am from local merchants using the Beth-El Center Van; must have valid driver's license and be able to lift 30 lbs.

Kitchen volunteers:

  • Assist in preparation and/or cooking of luncheon meal
  • Set up dining room area
  • Serve meal to clients and clean up after the meal service
  • Monitor parking lot during or after meal time.
  • Monday through Friday 9am-2pm

Volunteers must be 13 or older to serve food, 18 or older to cook food.

Group Volunteering

The Soup Kitchen is looking for groups from businesses, corporations, faith communities and service clubs to prepare and serve dinners on Mondays and Fridays during the late afternoon/evening hours of 4-7 p.m.

Volunteers preparing the meal and setting up the dining room would arrive at 4:00 p.m.
Volunteers interested in serving the meal to the clients would arrive at 4:30 p.m.

This is a great service project and/or team building exercise.

If you're interested in this volunteering opportunity, contact Camille at 203.876.0747.

Download the volunteer application:

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