Volunteers are an important part of the Domus family. We couldn’t meet our goals without the many good people who offer their time, talent, and treasure in service to Domus. We have a wide-range of volunteer opportunities for you or your group, and we’re happy to work with you to find the right fit.
(Left: Volunteer’s assembled hundreds of backpacks full of school supplies for our youth. Top Right: TCS employees handmade over sized Thank You cards that we give to corporate supporters and donors. Bottom Right: NBC Sports Group making a delicious dinner for the young men at Domus House)
For more info on any opportunity, email Julia!
Schedule your fall cleanups now.
LEND A HELPING HAND
|Weekly, July 3-Aug 4, 2017 (subject to change)||Between 12:00p-4:00p||Special talent/skill: Bring your special passion to camp! Our 350+ elementary school campers would love to learn a skill you want to share: knitting, lacrosse, hula hooping, karate…pitch us your idea! (Stamford – East Side and West Side camps)|
|Flexible||before 4:30p||Domus Meal Program: Purchase food and prepare a nutritious evening meal for 10 group home youth and staff; in your kitchen or our commercial kitchen on Lockwood Avenue. (Stamford) Click here for the program overview, FAQ, and menu suggestions.|
|March-November every year||Flexible||Cleanup/Beautification: Bring your team of 5 to 100 to work cleaning, painting, planting, organizing, and more. Filling slots for Fall 2017.|
|Any Saturday||10a-2p||Are you artsy/craftsy? Help us make the massive handmade thank-you cards we give to corporate supporters and donors who do wonderful things for the youth in our care. Each 30″ tall foamcore board card needs to be decorated–make it unique and help our partners feel the love! You bring your friends–we’ll bring the pizza and bevvies. Check out a pic of a few volunteers and cards here.|
|Occasionally||Flexible||Job Readiness: Help our high school students practice job-seeking skills in our Work & Learn program or in your professional space; review their sample applications, cover letters, and resumes, provide feedback, or be a mock interviewer (lower Fairfield County)|
|Any Monday through Thursday||Flexible||Do you work in the health care, construction or other non-degree trades such as an electrician, plumber, ultrasound tech, mechanic, seamstress, landscaper, dental hygienist, or stonemason? Please come to our youth employment training program and share your story: How you got into the business and what you need to stay there.|
JOIN THE FAMILY!
WEEKLY DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR
|NEW! Tutoring High School Kids||Weekly||Flexible||Help our Special Ed teacher expand her reach by working one-on-one with a high school student. Retired Special Ed teachers or parents with a special needs child are ideal, but all interested adults are welcome.|
|Mentor||Weekly||Flexible||Become a trusted resource for elementary and middle school students. Click here for more information.|
|Book Lovers Delight||Flexible||Flexible||Two opportunities to help: Our Book Lady needs help for a couple of hours on Monday mornings. Also, we want to put a book cart in front of Stamford Academy on North Street for our students and the surrounding community. Help to find books and create a display that invites people to peruse the shelves. Best done as a team. Time of day and day of week up to you. Check out our amazing book carts in front of Trailblazers Academy here.|
|Administrative Help||Any Monday through Thursday||Flexible||Opportunities are available to help leadership for a few hours doing a variety of tasks- bulletin board, data entry into a spreadsheet, filing, document conversion…and we’re just getting started! One day a week. Time of day dependent on the director’s needs and your schedule.|
|Murphy Academy Afterschool Support||October 2017-May 2018||3:45-5:45pm||Tutor elementary aged kids for the first hour then lead an enrichment activity (such as building with Legos) in the second hour at KT Murphy Elementary School in the Cove. Teens and adults welcome. Click here for more info.|
|Classroom Help||Once a week||Mornings||Help a classroom teacher at Trailblazers Academy. Activities may include working one-on-one or with a small group of students, reading with students, and problem solving. Subject matter expertise not necessary. You will be placed in a classroom that makes most sense for you and the teacher.|
|Mindfulness meditation||Flexible||Mornings or Afternoons||Two opportunities to help: Do you practice mindfulness? Facilitate a small class of middle school girls and boys in mindfulness in the morning. Or work with elementary kids in our afterschool program. Training provided.|
(Top left: Lori Stapleton, aka the Book Lady, sharing her treasures with CLC. Top Right: Gravel day in Kelli’s Garden. Bottom Left: St. Thomas More’s Youth Group generously contributing to Domus, Bottom Right: Happy TCS volunteers at the NINER)
ON THE CALENDAR
|Date||Time||Event||Number of Vols Needed|
|Sunday September 17, 2017||8:00a-11:30a||Domus NINER: Located on Point72’s gorgeous grounds, the annual Crossfit athletic competition and fundraiser is as much fun for volunteers as it is for athletes. Click here for more information.||130|
|Friday October 27, 2017||9:00a-12:30p||Stamford Academy Career Conversation: We are seeking volunteers with a nontraditional career path. Ask our kids about their lives and use your experiences to talk about strategies to set a goal and achieve it. Click here for more information.||45|
|Saturday December 23, 2017||9:00a-6:00p 2:15 minute shifts||Domus Holiday Mall: The Mall is a special day for parents of Domus kids to “shop” in a loving, safe environment without feeling like they are being given a handout. And because every youth is known to the staff, the gifts match the desire. It’s a remarkable day and experience. Click here to see the flyer.||350|
|November and December||Flexible||Everyday Food Pantry When you struggle to make ends meet, the holidays can be a stressful time. Help our families manage their budget by donating everyday food items. Click here for the food list. Email Julia to discuss drop-off.||n/a|
Domus works with all types and sizes of groups from 4 to 200. We offer a menu of activities aligned to your needs, mission, and resources. Projects can be identified and coordinated within as little as two weeks. Spring and fall are great times to get your group out of the office and engaging in team-building while you help the kids of Domus. Research shows robust workplace community engagement builds loyalty to one’s employer and makes for happier employees–a win-win for all!
Mentoring is the highest calling for a Domus volunteer. A successful match has been shown to improve a mentee’s grades, attendance, and relationships with peers, other adults and family members. It is often one of the most meaningful relationships in a mentor’s life as well. At Domus we approach our young people’s needs holistically, focusing on their social and emotional issues as well as academics. Using a best-practice model as defined by the Governor’s Prevention Partnership, the Domus Mentoring Program is able to take advantage of Domus family and education advocates. Because of their intimate knowledge of the mentee’s circumstances, they act as the liaison for the mentor, mentee, and parent; guide goal setting; and are available to address concerns or challenges throughout the relationship. Domus mentors support children in elementary and middle school.
– Only one hour a week (four hours a month) for one school year
– A thorough background check is required, including fingerprints
– 5-hour training is mandatory. In addition, ongoing training and networking opportunities are offered.
For more information or to volunteer, email Julia Wade or call her at (203) 249-4110.