Where do we serve?
New Haven is filled with opportunities to serve with others, whether it be education or the provision of food and shelter. You will serve anywhere from 30-35 hours per week as a corps member volunteer with a social service agency in New Haven.
More about Some of our Partners
Having a Saint Hilda’s intern has been a tremendous help to us. In the first weeks of his internship with us, Caleb has, in addition to preparing and serving our lunches, helped publicize our walk-a-thon, created a new website, prepared appetizers for our annual reception, shopped with us a the Food Bank, attended a neighborhood organization meeting helped deliver meals to our satellite sites, and has thoroughly enjoyed working with our volunteers! - David O'Sullivan
We partner with a diverse array of non-profits throughout New Haven, depending on both their needs and ours. To help address poverty, lack of education, lack of affordable housing, food insecurity, and so many other issues, you will be serving in a number of possible community placements. Below is a list of a few of our community partners:
The Community Soup Kitchen is a non-profit agency which provides free, nutritious meals to anyone in need. The Soup Kitchen receives no city, state or federal money for our operation. They rely upon the community to support their mission. They have been in operation since 1977. In 2009, together with associates at the Saint Luke's Lunch Program for Women and Children, and five breakfast sites, they provided 67,396 meals. They also act as a host site for the Hill Health Center that offers health services to guests.
Columbus House is a not-for-profit organization that offers a broad array of programs and services for the homeless of Southern Connecticut.
Last year over 100,000 meals were served to over 4,000 people. Each year, Columbus House is able to help many chronically homeless adults break the cycle and overcome their addictions, obtain mental health treatment and find housing. Their success is attributable to a wonderful staff of over 85 people, all of whom are compassionate and are credentialed and certified as necessary.
integrated refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS)
IRIS is a refugee and immigrant resettlement not-for-profit agency in New Haven. In fiscal year 2016, the U.S. government invited 97,263 refugees from all over the world to come to this country, after a rigorous Department of Homeland Security screening process that can take up to three years. Over 900 came to Connecticut, where they were placed with one of three refugee agencies, including IRIS, which welcomed 475.
Refugees come from many war-torn countries, including Sudan, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Their needs are significant and IRIS is their primary resource as they begin to rebuild their lives after years of persecution and displacement. IRIS helps refugees on the road to self-sufficiency by providing lifesaving support during their transition to life in the United States. IRIS case managers greet refugees and take them to apartments–rented by IRIS and furnished with donated furniture.
Aids Project new Haven
Aids Project New Haven provides education, non-judgmental comprehensive and holistic services to individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Their goals are to increase public awareness, promote prevention through educational programs and advocacy, and secure funding for the support services we provide for our clients.
APNH provides services to individuals throughout the state of Connecticut, including:Branford, Clinton, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Milford, New Haven, North Haven, Orange, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Haven, and Woodbridge.
Christian Community Action
Christian Community Action (CCA) is a faith-based not-for-profit ecumenical social services agency in New Haven, Connecticut. Their mission is to provide emergency shelter and transitional housing, food, advocacy and leadership education and training and other support to those who are poor, in particular families that are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. CCA seeks to encourage these families and individuals in their efforts to attain economic self sufficiency and financial independence and to work with them to change systems that perpetuate unemployment/underemployment, homelessness, hunger, poverty and injustice and to promote community building and social change.
Junta for progressive action
JUNTA empowers the Latino and low-income community to take control of their economic and social well being, while civically engaging in the community. JUNTA promotes a culture of community involvement and advocacy through our programs and initiatives. Offering adult education, children’s programs, economic development, family management, immigrant rights and cultural appreciation.
JUNTA’s family comprises of members of the Board of Directors, staff and volunteers. Serving a diverse organization, representing Puerto Rico and nine countries including Argentina, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, Peru, and the United States.
To fail to recognize Christ in the hungry and thirsty, in the stranger and the naked, in the sick and the prisoner, is to deny the Incarnation. Fr Kenneth Leech