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Finding Family Volunteer Opportunities in Fairfield County

Volunteering as a family is a great way to teach youngsters the benefits of volunteering while spending quality time together. Studies show that when children give back they grow up to be life-long volunteers! 

Below are suggestions for giving back together:

Prepare a dessert or meal for Operation Hope

Operation Hope

Operation Hope
Donna Schmidt, Volunteer Coordinator
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636 Old Post Road
Fairfield CT 06824

Operation Hope provides meals in their shelter twice a day, 365 days a year. They also provide patrons of their food pantries with prepared frozen dinners when available. Preparing a meal for Operation Hope's is a great way to spend time together as a family and pass on the value of volunteering. Depending on the size of and ages in your family, have each person choose and be responsible for a course. 

For Operation Hope's Shelter:

Meals should be made for 45-50 people and include: 1) main course 2) Salad/Vegetable 3) Starch 4) Dessert 5) Drinks. All courses should be labeled and delivered to the shelter on 50 Nichols Street, Fairfield. For recipe ideas, sample labels and answers to other questions, click here for the Operation Hope's Meal Preparation Manual.

For Operation Hope's Food Pantry:

Meals may be prepared for individuals, couples or families of 3-6. Meals should be labeled with: 1) what they are 2) list of ingredients 3) how many it serves 4) when it was prepared. Meals should be delivered frozen to the Food Pantry 636 Old Post Road, Fairfield. For recipe ideas, sample labels or answers to other questions, click here for Operation Hope's Frozen Meal Preparation Manual.

Jewish Senior Services (The Jewish Home)


Jewish Senior Services (The Jewish Home)

Darlene Miakos, Director of Volunteers
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175 Jefferson Ave, Fairfield, CT (See Map)


The Jewish Home welcomes families who want to volunteer together with their children. They have a wonderful new program where families can bring their own books (children’s books welcome!) and read to residents. 

Organize a Beach or Park Clean-Up

Choose your favorite park or area of the beach. All you need are some rubber gloves and plastic bags! Have your children create a flyer of the "Where" and "When" to help recruit friends and family to help.

For more information call your local Parks and Recreation Departments.

Organize a Drive

Organizing a drive (food, book, clothing, toiletry) is a great way to volunteer as a family. These items are always in need and for more drive ideas check out our "Urgent Needs" page or check out wishlists of area organizations located on the homepage.

Tips on starting your drive:

  • Decide what you are going to collect and who is the end recipient
  • Decide how long your drive will run. 2-4 weeks is best - any shorter and there may not be enough time to get the word out, any longer and people will either forget or put it off.
  • Market! Have colorful collection boxes, colorful and informative signs. (Include, what you are collecting, who is receiving your collection, why you are collecting and collection end date)
  • If possible, give updates on your collection.
  • End your collection with a total collected and a Thank You!
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