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: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church’s Youth Group lending a helping hand at Trailblazers Academy, Top Right: TCS employees handmade over sized Thank You cards that we give to corporate supporters and donors. Bottom Right: Just some of the volunteers from our 2017 NINER event)
Volunteer for the eighth annual Holiday Mall. It 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. See the flyer for shifts and more information.
Contact Julia Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-249-4110.
For more info on any opportunity, email Julia!
LEND A HELPING HAND
|Sunday, December 17||Between 12:00p-4:00p||Chester Addison Community Center needs someone to organize their Person-to-Person Dove Box program that delivers much needed food and treats to neighborhood seniors. POSITION FILLED!|
|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. The activity can be customized to fit you needs.|
|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.|
|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 be successful.|
JOIN THE FAMILY!
WEEKLY DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR
Math Tutors for High School Kids
|Weekly||Flexible||Individual students at Stamford Academy and Stamford High are in need of extra math help. If you use math in your everyday work, you qualify! 🙂|
Literacy Based Tutoring for High School Kids
|Weekly||Flexible||Work one-on-one with a Stamford Academy Special Ed 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.|
|First Light Mentoring Project||Weekly||Wednesdays
|For Veterans and First Responders: meet with Stamford Academy youth, in a facilitated conversation, to explore and heal from the affects of gun violence. Check the flyer out here. POSITIONS FILLED. STAY TUNED FOR SPRING DATES!|
|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.|
|HR Data Entry||Any Weekday||Flexible||The Director of HR is looking for a volunteer to help with data input. Must be detail oriented and fun!:)|
|Administrative Help||Any Monday through Thursday||8:30a- 12pm||Our own Ms. Denise Donald, Trailblazers incomparable jack-of-all-trades, is seeking help one or two mornings a week. Tasks include: typing, organizing, data entry, and updating bulletin board monthly.|
|Murphy Academy Afterschool Support||October 2017-March 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 sense for you and the teacher.|
|Mindfulness Meditation||Fridays||Afternoons||Facilitate a mindful experience with elementary aged kids at Chester Addison. Training provided.|
(Top left: Lori Stapleton, aka the Book Lady, sharing her treasures with CLC. Top Right: St. Thomas More’s Youth Group generously contributing to Domus, Bottom Left: Gravel day in Kelli’s Garden. Bottom Right: Happy youth 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. Stay tuned for 2018 info.||130|
|Friday November 17, 2017||9:00a-12:00p||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.