Person-to-Person provides emergency assistance to families in New Canaan, Darien and Stamford. The organization needs volunteers for its emergency food pantry, community clothing center, van drivers and reception center. Training for all areas is provided and flexible hours are available. Volunteer opportunities are available for regular weekly shifts, or for one day projects or events such as the food drive from 1 to 4 p.m. on May 14. Person-to-Person is located at 1864 Post Road in Darien. Call Kathleen Bordelon at 203-656-4631 ext. 152 or visit

FSW Literacy Volunteers needs volunteers to help mentor their students as well as tutor. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator at 203-853-7437, or visit

Christian Community Action, Norwalk is in need of volunteers to help with daily food distribution from the South Norwalk food pantry. The pantry is open from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday and one Saturday each month. Volunteers arrive a bit early to be sure the shelves are stocked and then greet clients and collect and bag the food they will take home to their families. Volunteers also take care of food donations and help place these items on the pantry shelves. CCA also has an ongoing need for furniture movers to pick up donated furniture and deliver it to the CCA storage room or directly to clients. This can be a one-time volunteer opportunity or ongoing. To volunteer for any of these activities, call CCA at 203-899-2485. Groups and families are encouraged to volunteer.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk needs volunteers at least 15 years old to work as gallery guides and for office and special-event assistance. Interviews for potential volunteers will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. A training session will follow this spring. A $40 fee covers the costs of training materials and uniforms. To sign up or for more information, email or call 203-852-0700, ext. 2225.

Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center in Westport needs adults and older teens to assist with the following activities: sales help in the volunteer-run gift shop; trail and grounds maintenance; publicity; caring for animals; collecting and testing water samples through Harbor Watch/River Watch; and assistance at public events and fundraisers. Contact or 203-227-7253 for more information.

Animals in Distress in Wilton needs volunteers to help take care of rescued cats for two hours either every other Saturday morning, Sunday morning or Wednesday morning. Call 203-762-2006 for more information.

For more information on the Voluntary Action Center of Coastal Fairfield County, a partnership of Human Services Council and United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, visit or contact Sara at 203-339-6310 or If your organization would like your volunteer opportunities listed, please email with your organization's name, location, contact person and details about your volunteer needs.

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