Dorothy Day House could not exist.
Here are some ways to help out:
Shelter volunteers -- our greatest volunteer need:
Shelter volunteers arrive
at 9pm at the same time as the guests.
Assisted by a shelter coordinator, who is
always present at the
beginning of the evening, they check in guests and pass out linen and
shelter coordinator leaves around 10pm, at which time the lights go out. Shelter
volunteers do a load of guest laundry in a commercial washer, and can
generally catch a few hours sleep (a bed is reserved for the volunteer,
or they can sit up in a chair) prior to getting the guests up at 5:30. Guests and
volunteers leave shortly after 6am.
Shelter volunteers must be 21 years old.
Most are men (but women are welcome), and all volunteer no
more than one
night per month. If
interested, please contact Mike Murphy at email email@example.com
or phone 203-240-9276.
More info for prospective volunteers is in the attached shelter
brochure. Click here to see brochure.
Kitchen volunteers are
organized into crews comprising 8 to
12 people. There are
approximately 20 crews, with most crews working one day a
month (ex. 4th Thursday).
Volunteers arrive at the kitchen shortly after
noon, and get to work preparing the meal, which is served from 3:15pm
to 4:45pm Cleanup
is usually finished by 5:30pm.
No special culinary talents are
If you want to volunteer in
the kitchen, you will be assigned to a crew and should be willing to
commitment to work one day a month. For more
information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
...Please be sure to state when you are available (ex 1st Tuesday) so
we can direct you to the appropriate coordinator for that day.
Please do not bring in sandwiches unless you know that someone is
expecting you to bring them.
We provide sandwich bags for guests to
take with them as they leave the afternoon meal. Generally the kitchen
crews for the day make the sandwiches, but sandwich donations are
particularly welcome. During the warmer months (April 15 through
November 15 we need 60 meat sandwich bags containing two meat
sandwiches and a dessert plus 25 additional peanut butter &
jelly sandwiches. During the colder months (November
15 through April 15) we need 80 meat sandwich bags plus 25 peanut
butter and jelly sandwiches.
Many groups have recently expressed an interest in making sandwiches
(thanks!!). Almost all days are covered but occasionally we
need sandwiches made for a
partcular day on a one time basis. If you are interested in
making sandwiches, send an email to. email@example.com
number of local supermarkets have graciously made their expired baked
goods available to us, but we use volunteers to pick up donations and
deliver them to Spring Street.
we do not need volunteers to pick up bread
Shelter from the cold volunteers:
During the winter months
(Nov 15 through April 15), we run a program at St James AME Church
(William St in Danbury) from 6 to 8:30pm to give guests a
place to get out of the cold for a few hours until the shelters are
open. Volunteers open up the
kitchen, serve hot drinks (and leftover food, at their discretion) and
do a quick cleanup. Generally two or three volunteers are needed.
Volunteers generally come a specific day of the week (ex. Wednesdays,
every other Wednesday). Please contact Lynn Taborsak (203-297-3572 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
open up the shelter showers twice a week to give homeless people not
staying at the Dorothy Day House shelter the opportunity to get a
shower. Volunteers are needed for 1-2 hour shifts. If
interested, please contact Lynn Taborsak at 203-297-3572 or email@example.com.
During the winter, the
First Congregational Church of Danbury hosts an overflow shelter in
Pilgrim Hall. Volunteers are
needed to spend the
more information, call Kathy Bardes at 203-470-8825. Kathy
looking for someone to help her with scheduling overflow shelter
volunteers. Please call her if you can help out.
Although it is the
responsibility of each kitchen group to
leave the kitchen clean prior to departing,
a group of especially dedicated volunteers meets the second Saturday
(note this used to be the first Saturday) of each month at 9am in the
kitchen for some serious in-depth cleaning
The group cleans the walls, shelving, fans,
refrigerators, etc. If
you would like to help out on a Saturday, please call Joe Simons at
203-482-6359 to make sure the group is meeting.
Charities runs a breakfast program at the kitchen every day from 6:30am
to 9am. Additional volunteers are needed -- if you can help,
please call Catholic Charities at 203-349-2428.
are stopping by Dorothy Day House and would like to see the kitchen,
donation storage area and shelter, please call Betty Ballard
(743-7368). If she is available, Betty will be glad to show you or your
group our facilities and explain more about our work..
Ideas for elementary and high school aged children:
Here are some things you
can do to help out at Dorothy Day House:
1) Conduct a food drive. See the "wishlist" on our
2) Make sandwiches -- see above
3) Have a bake sale or other event to collect money
volunteer opportunities for young people ages 11-18 can be found
through the Youth Volunteer Corp of Western CT. This is a
service of the Volunter Center of United Way of Western CT.
203-797-1154 or www.volunteerdanbury.org