Volunteering Can Make A Difference!
We often think of volunteering as helping someone else. In reality, all of us are benefiting from the efforts of volunteers who help make New Haven’s neighborhoods better. Volunteering not only gives you a chance to get to know other people who care about their community but also to learn about the diversity of our neighborhoods. When you volunteer you can see powerful, meaningful change happening with every small action you take. The sense of well-being and belonging that you get from helping your neighbors and yourself is well worth the effort! Remember: Community starts with you!
Contact Stephen Cremin-Endes, Director of Community Building & Organizing to get involved in a volunteer effort!
Check out recent volunteer events, below, that have made an incredible, positive impact in our communities!
March - UNH Alternative Spring Break
Students from the University of New Haven braved a cold and snowy week to help the community in many different ways. On Monday, we spread wood chips in Beaver Ponds Park. Tuesday brought a powerful snow storm that blanketed the city in about a foot of heavy snow, so then on Wednesday the students worked alongside Emerge to shovel several driveways in Newhallville, as well as the sidewalk around the Ivy Street Community Garden. On Thursday, the students helped assemble educational packets for one of our financial literacy classes. Finally, on Friday, we canvassed the neighborhood to get the word out about our Multicultural Family Festival on May 13th.
April 1st and 2nd - Yale Chi Psi and Alpha Epsilon Pi
Dwight Hall connected us with two great fraternities this year, so our first weekend in April became more of a 'Greek-end'. All puns aside, both groups accomplished a tremendous amount in the community, which was a great way to make the most of our first warm weekend of 2017. Among the accomplishments were cleaning out planting beds in the Davenport Children's Garden and spreading woodchips in Beaver Ponds Park.
April 8th - Dwight Hall, Rock-to-Rock, and Quinnipiac
Dwight Hall and Rock-to-Rock helped coordinate what turned out to be a huge volunteer event. Students from Yale and Quinnipiac converged on Beaver Pond Park to continue the work of beautifying the space.
April 13th - Common Ground High School
Students from Common Ground continued the work of spreading mulch and also cleared a large thicket of Japanese Knotweed near the baseball field. Last year, the area was completely overgrown with obnoxious knotweed, and it will be an ongoing effort to completely eradicate it.
NeighborWorks Week - Bike & Build + Hopkins
This year's NeighborWorks Week featured many large groups, and luckily we had some big projects for them! For several days, we worked with seniors from Hopkins to further develop our Sherman Parkway Urban Oasis. On the final day with Hopkins, participants in the Bike & Build program joined us. Both groups did an incredible job of cleaning up and beautifying this new park.
March - Common Ground at Ivy Street Garden
Students from Common Ground High School helped with the seasonal preparations in the Ivy Street Garden. There was lots of trimming and clean-up to do, and no shortage of leaves to rake up from in and around the plant beds. With great enthusiasm, the students made short work of the spring gardening tasks! We're looking forward to seeing what the rest of the season brings!
On this Monday, NHS was delighted to have nine volunteers from Yale Chaplain Spring Break Immersion Program come to volunteer with us. Equipped with a good number of shovels, the volunteers and the NHS staff headed to NHS-owned properties at 39 and 45 County Street to shovel snow and ice in the driveways and walkways around the homes. Later on in the day at the group lunch, discussions included housing issues, socio-economic inequalities and community development in New Haven. The entire day with the Yale Chaplain group was engaging and very productive!
For this MLK Day of Service 50 volunteers from Dwight Hall at Yale, Squash Haven and Public Allies came to serve at Hallah Eduatainment. With the supervision of adults, the volunteers were able to de-nail reclaimed wood for a stage, remove ceiling tiles for a video recording room, and clear out space for a student discussion area. In the middle of their hard work the volunteers enjoyed a break that consisted of tasty donated food and watched a 40-minute video of The Children’s March of 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama. This Day of Service was a success and we look forward to working with these groups again next year!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Volunteers from Squash Haven partnered with NHS and some Newhallville residents to rake and collect leaves throughout the area surrounding St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Lincoln-Bassett School.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Six wonderful volunteers from Squash Haven came to the NHS campus over the weekend and did work outside to improve the campus. They did some work in the Demonstration Lot on Hudson Street and also helped mulch the front lawn of the NHS Campus.
Friday, November 8, 2013
New Haven Education Project VISTAs, VISTA Leaders, and their supervisor all joined us at a home in the Dwight neighborhood of New Haven. The group, totaling 17 volunteers, were able to complete many tasks, including: preparing and staining a ramp to make the home accessible to one of its residents, preparing and staining both sides of the neighboring fence, painting multiple rooms upstairs for future rental use, and staining the kitchen cabinets upstairs as well.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Students and faculty members at Yale University joined us on a beautiful fall day at the Church of Macedonia in the Newhallville neighborhood. There, with the guidance of Mother Bordeaux, we painted the panels lining the sides of the church, as well as their bulletin board out front.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Fifteen employees spent seven hours volunteering with us at a blighted property on Orchard Street and the Ivy Street Community Garden, totaling 105 volunteer hours! Thank you Wells Fargo for helping to clean litter and trash from a blighted property, as well as raking, weeding, and other general landscaping. The group was also able to repair and stain the next door neighbor’s fence!
Friday, September 7, 2013
A group of first year students at Yale University accompanied by VISTAs serving at Dwight Hall at Yale, spent their day of service at the Church of Macedonia in the Newhallville neighborhood. Together they worked with church and community members to paint the foundation of the church.
Friday, August 23, 2013
Six students from the Yale Divinity School participated in their Day of Engagement by volunteering at the Ivy Street Community Garden in Newhallville. The students prepared and stained a picnic table and some benches in the garden and also assisted with minor landscaping and cleanup. The students also assisted the Ms. Ida Felder next door by arranging and repairing parts of her fence.
Monday, August 19- Thursday, August 22, 2013
What a week! CB&O staffers spent four days with five students involved in the Yale FOCUS Program which promotes student involvement in the New Haven community, beyond the campus. Projects included landscaping and litter removal with residents on W. Division St, Harding Pl and Sherman Pkwy, surveying along Lilac St, Newhall Ave and Ivy St, and weeding and fence staining at the Stevens St garden in the Hill neighborhood.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
A new group of students from the Yale University Explo Program came out to visit a local community garden in Newhallville. Volunteers, along with the Ivy St gardeners and NHS staff set to work together, weeding, mowing and watering the many vibrant vegetables that can be found on the large corner lot.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Ten students from the Yale University Explo Program joined NHS staff at West River Park to spread the word about an upcoming community festival. Students and staff canvassed the West River neighborhood to pass out flyers about the West River Water Festival and to connect with local residents.
Monday, June 3- Thursday, June 6, 2013
A perfect situation occured during this time, where NeighborWorks Week and the Hopkins School Week of Service coincided. All day volunteer projects were planned, and groups of 30-40 students came each day to participate. Projects included landscaping labor on a garden lot, exterior stair and porch wood staining, street cleaning and litter removal, and door-to-door flyering to inform residents about the URI street tree program.
Saturday, June 1, 2013
NHS staff members volunteered a morning, as is done annually on this weekend, to contribute to some neighborhood project. This year we invited all residents on W. Division Street to join us in some street cleaning and major landscaping. Litter was removed, soil turned, mulch layed and both trees and bushes planted.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
A group of Yale President’s Public Service Fellows spent a half day contributing to the beautification of Blake Street. This involved litter removal, mulch laying and tree/brush trimming.
Tuesday, April 16, Wednesday, April 17, 2013
18 branch and assistant managers from Wells Fargo spent two days gutting and painting both interior and exterior surfaces of a home on Orchard Street.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
17 students from Dwight Hall came to assist with three different community projects. One group of students got involved with painting, sanding, and staining the interior of a homeowner's house on Orchard Street. Another group set to work in the Hill neighborhood, helping an Arch Street homeowner to organize and clear out a large backyard space. The third group made its way to Newhallville to help one resident on Lilac Street, and another close by on Winchester Avenue. Here they worked together to dig out trenches in the residents' front yards, so that lamp posts could be installed.
Sunday, March 10, 2013
A group of the Yale University Chaplaincy Fellows participated in painting and street-cleaning to support existing homeowners and long-term residents of a row of brick houses at Portsea Street in the Hill.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
24 branch and assistant managers from Wells Fargo spent two days cleaning and painting the interior and exterior of a home in West Haven.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
30 high school seniors and chaperons from the British School of Boston participated in a street beautification project on Blake Street, raking leaves, picking up litter, trimming trees, and laying mulch.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Tabor Youth Camp, a group of about 500 young people accompanied by adults from Lutheran Churches located across the country, painted two houses at 329 and 331 W. Division Street in Newhallville. They also bought new outdoor porch furniture and hanging flower baskets for the residents.
NeighborWorks Week, June, 2012
Residents of West Division Street in Newhallville worked with community leaders and NHS staff to install footings for new lamp posts to help improve the image of the block of 14 houses, and to improve the safety and ability of residents to interact outside their homes.
A group of the Yale President’s Public Service Fellows participated in painting and street-cleaning to support existing homeowners and long-term residents of a row of brick houses at Portsea Street in the Hill.
Yale students helped to paint a basement with water-resilient paint in one of NHS’ recently renovated houses prior to its being sold to a new homebuyer.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Managers from various branches of Wells Fargo came-together for a full day of raking and planting. They set a new record with 56 full leaf bags and almost a dozen new shrubs and trees planted!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
The folks from Seward and Monde helped out in a big way by doing some street cleanup on Winchester and West Division Streets.
Friday, November 11, 2011
The Yale Chaplain's Office put-together another great group of volunteers to help out at Lyric Hall. There was a desperate need to clean out a basement following a flood.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Faculty and staff from the University of New Haven finished the painting job in the basement of 653 Winchester, and there was much rejoicing.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
The guys and gals from Walsh/PCL made tremendous contributions to the community garden on Stevens Street.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
A large group of high schoolers from the Hammonasset Youth Gathering finished up a painting project, cleaned up garbage, and helped out in many other ways on West Division Street.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Students from the Yale Divinity School helped clear out a recently acquired property on Frank Street.
August 22-25, 2011
Yale FOCUS on New Haven returned for another week of high-impact volunteering.
Monday, July 18, 2011
A small group of "pencil-pushers" from Sikorsky came over to Portsea Street to do a quick clean-up and paint job.
NeighborWorks Week 2011 (Jun 6-11)
Every day featured some sort of activity, from street clean-ups to classes on home energy tune-ups. Thank you, everyone, for making this such a successful NeighborWorks Week.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Students from Hopkins High School came to our campus and pitched in everywhere to beautify the campus and help us get organized for a long summer of community gardening. They also created signboards for us to post on our properties.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Two volunteer photographers captured the charm and beauty of our two houses for sale on Winchester Ave.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Members of the Yale Secular Student Alliance demolished an old garage on Carmel St.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Students from the Yale Divinity School completed the waterproofing job on W Division St.
Friday, February 18, 2011
Yale Students from the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity applied a waterproof paint to the basement walls of our house on W Division St.