Volunteer Opportunities


At the Town of Southbury, we believe an involved citizenry is an indication of a strong, vibrant community and an effective government. Many residents have stepped up and served in many different ways through the years. New opportunities await anyone who would like to volunteer their time and talent in shaping Southbury government or helping a local organization.

Here's a current list of volunteer opportunities in the Town of Southbury.

Boards and Commissions Openings

 Elected Positions:

Appointed Positions:

For more information about Boards and Commissions and Special Committees, call the First Selectman’s office at (203) 262-0647.

Southbury Senior Center

There are many volunteer opportunities offered at the Senior Center for individuals regardless of age, ability, schedule or talent. Volunteer opportunities can be either long or short-term. Consider joining the excitement at our Senior Center in one of the areas below or if you have another idea we would be open to discussing it.

  • Class Instructors
  • Meals on Wheels - Delivery & Drivers 
  • Newsletter Mailings Help
  • Senior Café Help
  • Transportation Phone Call Support

Please click here for more information. (PDF)

Southbury Public Library

The Southbury Public Library welcomes volunteers to help support specific services and to help with special projects. Currently volunteers are needed for:

  • Shelving
  • Book repair

Please click here for the Volunteer Policy and more information. (PDF)

Southbury Film Commission

The Southbury Film Commission welcomes volunteers, either as members or just helping with particular tasks. At the moment, we especially need help with:

  • Assisting filmmakers
  • Photography
  • Creating merchant directory
  • Developing special events

Please click here for more information (PDF). If you're interested, please contact the SFC Chair at southburyfilm@southbury-ct.gov or 203-912-3266 .

 

OTHER LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS:

 

Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

The Alternatives to Violence Project is a global non-profit organization that works to prevent violence by providing conflict resolution workshops for youth, community groups and prison inmates.

Volunteer Conflict Resolution Workshop Facilitators – We are seeking facilitators for the AVP program at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury (click for more information). The training involves taking three weekend workshops. No special qualifications are required except completing the training workshops and a desire to reduce violence. Facilitators are expected to lead at least two workshops per year.

Contact Fred Feucht at 203-405-6103 or fredfeucht@gmail.com for the dates of training workshops.

American Cancer Society

We are looking for volunteer drivers for our “Road to Recovery” transportation program. Join our mission in saving lives by driving individuals to their cancer treatments. Getting involved is easy and has a tremendous impact. Drivers must have clean driving record, use of their own automobile and fuel. There is an especially high demand in the Southbury area for patients in need of traveling to Danbury hospital for treatment.

Contact John Watkins 203-913-1814 or john.watkins@cancer.org to get involved.

Audubon Center at Bent of the River

Volunteers are essential to the success of the Audubon Center at Bent of the River. Whatever your interests or skills, you can help! Every volunteer is important and very much appreciated! Current needs:

  • Office help
  • Help with designing and implementing displays
  • Indoor painting help

Please click here for more information. (PDF)

Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust

Flanders is a nature center and land trust with conservation properties in Woodbury, Southbury, Middlebury, and Bethlehem. Our mission is to acquire, preserve and manage land; and to use the land to promote the understanding and appreciation of nature, art and the environment.

Please click here for volunteer opportunities (PDF) with us.

Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition

Help keep our water pure and plentiful! Volunteers are essential in the work to keep our local rivers, streams, groundwater, and drinking water clean and healthy. Whatever your interests or skills, you can help! Our volunteer needs include:

  • General help around the office
  • Planning community and fundraising events
  • Water sampling (spring and fall)
  • Stream stewardship and improvement projects
  • Assisting with outreach and education programs

Please click here for more information.

Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, Inc.

The mission of Random Hacks of Kindness Junior, Inc. (RHoKJr) is to empower students to use technology to positively impact the challenges facing local nonprofits in their communities. We do this by hosting one-day hackathons around the state where students (4th-8th grade) are paired with computer science mentors and nonprofit representatives to develop prototype smartphone apps for local charities. Volunteer needs list:

  • Event assistance (weekend, single day commitment of about 9 hours)
  • Computer mentoring (need to have some experience with computer programming, available for training if needed, and then a single day commitment of about 9 hours on a weekend)
  • Social media and website design (a larger commitment initially of about 3 hrs/wk)
  • Fundraising (a larger commitment of about 10 hrs/month)
  • To connect and recruit local nonprofits to participate (about 3 hrs/wk per event for about two months prior to an event)

Please click here for more information (PDF) or contact Patrice Gans, Executive Director at pgans@rhokjr.org.

Southbury Ambulance Association

Southbury Ambulance Association, Inc. (SAA) is a non-profit volunteer ambulance service helping residents of the Town of Southbury and its visitors along I-84 from Exit 13 to Exit 16. When a person dials 911 for a medical emergency, a crew is dispatched to assist the patient. There are many exciting ways you can volunteer with our organization and help your neighbors in their time of need. Currently we need:

  • EMTs or anyone with an interest in taking a class (monetary incentives offered)
  • Help with light clerical duties

Please click here for more information. (PDF)

S.M.A.R.T., Inc. (Southbury & Middlebury Acting Responsibly Together)

S.M.A.R.T., Inc. (Southbury & Middlebury Acting Responsibly Together) is a grassroots parent/caretaker/community non-profit organization.

Our mission is to promote the healthy development of children and families in our Region 15 community and the surrounding towns. We sponsor events and initiatives that focus on Youth-Community Involvement, Family Education, and Community Advocacy. These areas of focus are realized through Community Education, Collaboration and Empowerment.

In February 2013, with the approval of the Region 15 Superintendent and the First Selectmen for both Southbury and Middlebury, S.M.A.R.T., Inc. became the Local Prevention Council (LPC) for Region 15. In 2014, S.M.A.R.T. has again received this endorsement. We are currently in need of:

  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Call Corina O’Dea at 203-228-4450 or email noelfederle@msn.com if you would like to help.

Please click here for other opportunities and more information. (PDF)

Southbury Historical Society

Volunteers are vital to the Southbury Historical Society’s overall functioning and mission. Throughout the year the Society holds special exhibitions, lectures, period and military reenactments, tours and fundraisers. If you would like to volunteer your time to the Society, please contact us at info@southburyhistory.org or call 203-405-3124.

Click here for the Southbury Historical Society's website.

Southbury Land Trust

Southbury Land Trust has an office in Bennett Square and open space preserves throughout town. No matter what time of year, there’s always something to do at SLT! For further information, call the SLT office (203)264-4441 or email@southburylandtrust.org.

  • Volunteer outdoors: Stewardship (Trails maintenance; Invasive plant removal; Land monitoring; Hike leading)
  • Volunteer indoors: Office (Mailings; Data entry; Archiving; Volunteer coordination)
  • Around town & online: (Events help; Trail maps and newsletters distribution; Website updating)

Please click here for more information. (PDF)

Southbury Training School Thrift Shops One and Too

Volunteers are needed to help run our thrift shops at 1461 South Britain Road in Southbury. All monies made go to help pay for the extras for the clients of Southbury Training School.

  • cashiers
  • sorters
  • pricers
  • customer service
  • office work

Please contact Carole Grimes, Director of Volunteer Services at 203-586-2485 or carole.grimes@ct.gov.

YMCA Camp Oakasha

YMCA Camp Oakasha, operated at the Adventure Center at Southbury Training School, is a traditional, non-profit summer camp operated by the Greater Waterbury YMCA. This camp serves or 100 children per week, providing ample opportunities for growing, learning, friendships, and belonging. Scholarships are available to all of those in need. We inspire campers to learn and demonstrate positive values such as caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility through positive role modeling and recognizing important "teachable moments".

We are currently in need of: Marketing/Fundraising, Office Assistance, Arts & Crafts Assistance, Carpentry Assistance, Gardening Education

Please contact Cori Behm, Camp Director at cbehm@waterburyymca.org or 860-274-4820. www.campoakasha.org.

EVENTS:

Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition - outreach@pomperaug.org | 203-263-0076

Volunteers Needed for Cedarland Park Cleanup! Help the PRWC remove invasive plants and beautify the park. This is an opportunity to learn more about our environment and to help keep it healthy, everyone is welcome. Cedarland Park cleanup days: June 25 (8-10am), June 28 (4-6pm), June 30 (8-10am), July 6 (4-6pm), July 8 (8-10am). Volunteers will meet at Cedarland Park. Bring a water bottle, a pair of work gloves and garden tool of choice such as a shovel, garden rake, or spade.


Submit your Volunteer Needs

If you wish to submit your volunteer needs please complete the Volunteer Submission form and email to webmaster@southbury-ct.gov.