TIME AND TALENT
Recurring Volunteer Opportunities – Recurring opportunities are structured as clubs and are available on a regular basis – weekly, bi-monthly or monthly on weekdays and allow for rotating groups of volunteers to participate. If you are excited about the arts, whether literary, dramatic, visual or culinary, join or start a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly club and share your talents.
- Move It Mondays – Monday afternoons, 1:30-2:30 P.M. at Gini’s House. Volunteer an hour of your time as a certified Zumba or Yoga instructor to lead a small class of women to stay fit and balanced.
- Tuesday Crafts Club – Alternate Tuesday evenings, 6:00-7:30 P.M. at Families in Recovery Program (FIRP). Bring your crochet hooks or knitting needles, paints or sketch books and creativity while sharing some quality time with moms in FIRP.
- Fitness Fridays – Fridays afternoons, 3:00-5:00 P.M. at Liberation House – Are you a certified yoga or Tai Chi instructor, or just like to shoot some hoops? Inspire Recoverees to be physically active and benefit from the physical and mental health rewards that come from exercise.
Seasonal Volunteer Opportunities – Help Celebrate Recovery All Year ‘Round
Help provide a sense of community and belonging for Recoverees. Throw a holiday party, hold a barbeque, or host a baby shower or birthday party. Women who come into the Families in Recovery Program (FIRP) who are expecting often have little or nothing to care for a new baby. Many come into the program with everything they own in one small bag. It is also not unusual for there to be 10 or more children living in FIRP with their mothers, as well as children who come to visit their moms as part of a reunification process from foster care. A party will provide a bright, unexpectedly nice event for both moms and kids – many of whom have never celebrated a birthday. Whatever the occasion – Valentine’s, Christmas, Hanukah, or even Mother’s Day – organizing a party is a special way to say you care.
Program Support – General program support, organizing, collections and drives
Provide clerical and administrative support around the office, including for special events. Provide food for intensive outpatient groups, or a donation drive for Thanksgiving food. Organize a collection for baby and children’s toys for the birthday closet; gather toiletries or new coats and warm winter gear.
- Collection Drives for Families in Recovery – It is not unusual for a woman to arrive at FIRP with only the clothes she is wearing. This could be the case for her children as well. Providing basic everyday basic items is an ongoing need from soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, to feminine hygiene products, diapers, baby wipes—even a comb or brush. The need extends to NEW twin sheets, towels, blankets and pillows. Items specific to young children and babies are also needed. See the Wishlist for needed items.
- Feast and Fun
Provide a meal for the Families in Recovery Program or Liberation House and add in a dose of whimsy with a fun activity. A game of Pictionary, Charades, or an easy art project like creating greeting cards for friends and family at the holidays offers the chance for quality time spent with recoverees who need and appreciate your company.
- English to Spanish Translation
Do you speak fluent Spanish? Help translate Liberation Programs’ materials from English to Spanish on an as-needed basis.
- Keep It Organized
Provide general office support including filing and assisting with media projects. Share your organizing skills and dazzle us with your expertise in Microsoft Office Excel and PowerPoint.
- Collection Drives for Liberation House – The same goes for the more than 300 men we serve through the Liberation House residential program in a year. Many come from incarceration or the streets – without a change of clothes. New socks, sweat pants, shirts, underwear and sneakers are in demand and always needed. See the Wishlist for needed items.
- Outpatient Services – Food For Thought – It’s hard to think about recovery when your stomach is growling. Liberation conducts more than 300 Intensive Outpatient (IOP) groups each year in Stamford and Bridgeport combined. Each group meets three times a week for three hours that span lunchtime. Providing three lunches one week for an IOP group (9-10 people) is a huge help and provides the only daily meal many of our Recoverees will have. Even providing healthy, non-perishable snacks or baked goods is a tremendous help.
One-time projects Perfect for small groups to come and help improve the landscape, clean a courtyard, paint a fence or meeting room. Invite your co-workers, outreach group or family and friends to support the recovery process by creating a beautiful, inspiring and healing environment.
To find out more about volunteering, please contact Elaine Osowski, Resource Specialist, at 203.604.1144 or firstname.lastname@example.org