Community Service Opportunities

Why wait until tomorrow when you can help someone today? Sometimes the best gift to receive is a kind word from a stranger or a thoughtful gesture. Whether you enjoy helping children, working with the homeless, or just want to give back to the Bridgeport Community, we will help you find a location that is good fit for you, below are some of the opportunities available. For more information please contact the office at 203-576-4274 or communityservice@bridgeport.edu.

Thomas Merton Center
Merton House is a community soup kitchen and day shelter serving the women, men and children of a Greater Bridgeport.  Volunteers and workers seek to provide basic needs of food, clothing and temporary shelter as well as a peaceful atmosphere and friendly conversation. Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve food, provide care for children and work in the food pantry.

Alpha Community Services YMCA
850 Park Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604
203.334.5551
Community support services, transitional housing, emergency family shelter.

American Cancer Society

BAYM

The Bridgeport Area Youth Ministry, Inc. is a non-profit organization established in 1990.  Our mission is to provide a safe environment for urban young people to develop life and work skills.  BAYM’s activities are aimed at building positive characters as well as igniting an entrepreneurial spirit.  BAYM offers an alternative approach to traditional programs for our next generation of workers and gives them reasons to stay in Bridgeport, to work in Bridgeport and to be responsible citizens.  Some of the opportunities offers at BAYM include:

  • Learn to Work prepares young people for business.  It teaches teenage employees to form good work habits by learning about business from professional contractors and entrepreneurs.
  • Genesis is an interdisciplinary technology program for teenagers.  Young people learn all aspects of PC technology from repair, manufacturing, network administration and customer service.
  • Wilderness and Outdoor is an alternative recreational program that offers seasonal camping and canoeing trips to inner-city young people.

Best Buddies

Best Buddies is an international non-profit organization that provides opportunities for friendship between people with and without with intellectual disabilities. The relationship the pair forms is always unique and special. There are two ways to become involved with Best Buddies at Sacred Heart University:

Big Brother, Big Sister
BBBS of Southwestern Connecticut, Inc.
2470 Fairfield Ave
Bridgeport, CT 06605-2647
bbbsswct@bbbsswct.org
(203) 366-3766

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is a national organization with more than 480 affiliated agencies. For over 85 years, volunteer Big Brothers and Big Sisters have been helping boys and girls from single-parent families make the sometimes difficult transition into adulthood. The Big Brothers Big Sisters philosophy is that the quality time an adult spends with a child does make a difference in the child’s life. Members support the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization by providing opportunities for ‘big’ and ‘little’ brothers and sisters to come together for days of fun and games at Sacred Heart University: e.g., Halloween, Christmas, and Spring Fling parties.

Boy Scouts of America

Bridge House
880 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
(203) 335-5339
info@BridgeHouseCT.org

Bridge House serves over eighty adults a day, six days per week.  It provides prevocational and transitional employment services, a social and recreational program and two residential programs. Volunteers are needed for secretarial and office services, transportation and recreational staff.  Volunteers need to be mature, and ready to handle major responsibilities.

Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition
Help Bridgeport’s children by participating in forums or events that feature important issues for Bridgeport’s children. Please contact Catherine at conyemelukwe@bcacct.org for more information.

Bridgeport Rescue Mission

Cardinal Shehan Center
1494 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone 203.336.4468
Programming

  • General After School Program
  • Homework Help
  • Tutoring (certified teacher or extensive experience in field/education majors)
  • Sewing instructions
  • Cooking help
  • Recreation & more

Board Committees

  • Fundraising
  • Investment
  • Finance

Fundraising Events

  • Spelling Bee for Adults
  • Red Ribbon Ball
  • March Madness
  • Men’s Golf
  • Dodge Ball for Adults
  • Women’s Golf
  • Golf Marathon
  • Celebrity Breakfast

Caroline House

574 Stillman Street
Bridgeport, CT 06608
Phone: (203) 334-0640

Caroline House is located on the East side of Bridgeport and is an educational center for women.  Skilled volunteers are needed to teach English as a second language, writing and reading skills to women who want to enter the workforce for the first time.  Volunteers are also needed to watch over the women’s pre-school children while they are in class.

Educational Programs: English as a second language, basic computer programs, life resource learning skills, support groups, counseling and networking opportunities.
Early Childhood Program: Women who attend Caroline House can have their preschool children participate in this program.  The goal of this program is to have the children sufficiently able to attend all English speaking classes when they enroll in school.

Discovery Museum
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport CT 06604
203-372-352

The Discovery Museum, Inc. mission is to educate, excite, and engage visitors in the exploration of science, technology, and ideas through interactive experiences that promote new insights. The Museum seeks to enhance public understanding of science and technology by providing instructive experience through participant interaction with hands-on physical science exhibits, Planetarium programs, the Challenger Learning Center and various educational programs. The Museum provides a broad range of educational programs in science and technology, as well as in the area where the two disciplines interact. We draw individuals and school children from across the Tri-State area.

Friends of the Bridgeport Animal Shelter
Connie – (203) 373-7858

The organization was begun during the Ganim administration as a cohesive volunteer organization which assisted the City of Bridgeport’s Animal Shelter in the care and maintenance of their pets, to assist in planning and development and was the overall commission to assist the City in fund raising and providing the best possible conditions for the pets. However, as of 2005 FOBAS is no longer associated with or working with the Bridgeport Animal Shelter. Being an independent rescue organization, FOBAS, continues to help the public directly and other area shelters with their pet needs. Each pet listing has a sponsor me tag, your assistance is greatly appreciated and completely tax deductible. We apply all funding 100% to the animals.

Girl Scouts of America

Groundwork Bridgeport
510 Barnum Ave., Suite 304
Bridgeport, CT 06608
(203) 335-6126

Committed to working with local residents to create a partnership that will bring real and sustainable environmental changes to our community

Habitat For Humanity ReStore
1785 Stratford Avenue
Stratford, CT 06615-6442
(203) 383-4358

Jewish Home for the Elderly
175 Jefferson Street
Fairfield, CT 06825
203-365-6495
sberman@jhe.org

Volunteers are needed to help in the dining room and transport the elderly.  To be a volunteer at this location, they would like a minimum of a twenty hour commitment per semester, and there is an interview required.

Junior Achievement

Kennedy Center
2440 Reservoir Avenue
Trumbull CT 06611
203.365.8522

The Kennedy Center is a vocational rehabilitation center for clients with special needs.  Volunteers can assist in recreational programs or act as vocational aides assisting in training.  Weekend programs as well as residential center and group home volunteer opportunities are also available.

Bridgeport Lighthouse Afterschool Program
Mary Ray
Mary.Ray@Bridgeportct.gov
The mission of the Lighthouse Program is to provide youth within the City of Bridgeport with opportunities to learn and grow in a structured environment. Objectives include providing 3,500 youth with quality after-school and summer educational and recreational programming in a structured setting; providing a minimum of 100 high school youth with meaningful year round employment opportunities; and increasing current advocacy and marketing efforts.

March of Dimes

Mercy Learning Center
Bridgeport, CT 06604
(203) 334-6699

This literacy program provides instruction to low income families and teaches skills to women in the Bridgeport area.  The center provides training in math, basic computer skills, literacy skills, English as a second language and GED preparation using a holistic approach in a compassionate, supportive environment.  Their motto is “Educate a woman, educate a family.” Volunteers are needed to tutor twice a week.  Volunteers are also needed for preschool child care.  An interview is required.

Prospect House
392 Prospect Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604-4625
(203) 576-9041

The mission of the Prospect House is to provide emergency services to those in need without regard for individual circumstances.  They also provide life’s basic needs: food, shelter, clothing, health care and a safe, secure living environment.  Prospect House provides warm beds and hot meals for thirty-two men and women who experience homelessness.  The shelter’s individualized and comprehensive case management program offers counseling, referrals, crisis intervention, networking and guidance to help clients become more independent.

RYASAP
2470 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06605
(203)-579-2727

RYASAP’s mission is to be a catalyst in communities to ensure the safe and healthy development of youth, young adults and families.

RYASAP is an urban/suburban collaborative for solving community problems in greater Bridgeport and throughout Connecticut. RYASAP has programs in youth and young adult leadership development; juvenile justice advocacy and diversion; health promotion; training and replication; and human services and education systems and policy reform.

It is RYASAP’s intent to be the community table where issues of importance to young people and families are discussed, analyzed and solutions are developed. RYASAP facilitates decision making as to who will address the needs; building collaborative solutions; assuring youth, family and community engagement; and systems reform.

St. Vincent’s Hospital
2800 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06606
(203) 576-5111

Our volunteers provide assistance in many departments throughout St. Vincent’s Medical Center, including the main lobby as Greeters, in the Emergency Department, Short Stay Department, The Seton Gift Shop and many other various areas and departments.

Roosevelt Elementary School
680 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, Connecticut
(203) 576-8032

Hope School
283 Lafayette Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604-5724
(203) 576-6773

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