Nov 22, 2014

'Tis the Season to Serve!

AmeriCorps Alums are no strangers to giving back year-round, but there's something about the cold in the air that reminds us of how lucky we are to be able to share our time and love with our fellow community members. We've highlighted a few opportunities below to do just that - if you know of any more, please let us know at

City of Bridgeport Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 4th: Set-up from 2-4:00 PM, event 4-6:00 PM, clean-up 6-8:00 PM. Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one two-hour shift
Missed Boo Bash? Ready for another event at the Arcade?  Come help out at the City of Bridgeport's Tree Lighting Ceremony. Volunteers will help with set-up, crafting, staffing the photo booth, and serving refreshments at the FREE public event.

One very special volunteer will also have the chance to play the part of Santa, walking the Arcade and posing for standing pictures with young and old alike - costume will be provided. Contact to volunteer or for more information (tell them we sent you!)

Wrap Holiday Gifts to Help the Homeless in New Haven 
Weekend and weekday shifts are available. Volunteers are asked to commit four hours. See link for shift selections.
From Black Friday to Christmas Eve United Way of Greater New Haven will be leading a Holiday Gift Wrapping drive to raise funds to continue the work of housing our region's most vulnerable people and continue the progress made through the 100-Day Challenge to End Homelessness. Holiday cheer, T-shirts and training will be provided. Register now at to secure your spot!

Eat For Equity Stamford is hosting their final community feast and fundraiser on December 6th to benefit Kids Helping Kids CT. Do you enjoy cooking for large crowds, talking to awesome people or just generally having fun? Check them out at and let them know if you want to make this night even more awesome -

Have a holiday service opportunity you want to see highlighted? Email us at with details and we'll spread the word to over 300 alums right here in Connecticut!

Nov 13, 2014

Spooky, Scary Service - Connecticut Celebrates #MDDay!

AmeriCorps Alums, members, and Raven 1 with Boo Bash
organizers Gabby F. and Natalie Pryce (kneeling)
It’s the question that’s been on all our minds. Who will win Halloween of 2014—Princess Elsa or the Ninja Turtles?

We got a sneak peek when, on a beautiful fall day in New England, eighteen AmeriCorps alums and members sprayed ourselves down with glitter and strapped on cat ears to be a part of the 5th annual Boo Bash Bridgeport in honor of Make a Difference Day.

Started by friends and local business owners Gabby F. and Natalie Pryce, Boo Bash is an opportunity for youth from across Bridgeport, CT, to celebrate the Halloween season with games, face painting, and plenty of candy. Every year the event has grown, spreading to include partners and local businesses from across the city.

This year over 500 community members joined in the fun, spending the afternoon exploring the city by trick or treating at local establishments, decorating pumpkins on McLevy Green, visiting the BookMobile, and having spooky scary fun with us in the Arcade Mall.