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Perhaps you would like to help by preparing or serving meals in our community kitchen, particularly the noon meal Monday thru Friday.  The shift schedules during the week are 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. for the evening meal.  We can also use help on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  If you would like more information, please contact Gerry Waldo, our Kitchen Director, by phone at 860-225-0211, x-110, or write to Gerry via the “Contact Us” function on our website.

Screen_shot_2011-08-22_at_3.47.49_PM.pngWalk With Us

Create a walk team of friends, family, congregation or work colleagues and join us in the annual Walk Against Hunger on the first Sunday in May.  The Walk is the Friendship Center’s major fundraiser, and all funds raised help to feed our shelter residents and soup kitchen guests all through the year.  Or, join the Friendship Center “Archangels” walk team. It’s great fun! 
For more information, contact Barbara Lazarski, our Director of Communications and Development, by phone at 860-225-0211, x-202, or write to Barbara via “Contact Us.”

Screen_shot_2011-08-22_at_3.48.00_PM.pngHop On Board

If you have a skills and an interest in non-profit governance, Friendship Center of New Britain’s Boards of Directors and Trustees might be your cup of tea.  Directors meet monthly and Trustees meet quarterly in the Mabel Yeterian Board Room at 85 Arch Street. 
For more information, contact Ellen Perkins Simpson, our Executive Director, by phone at 860-225-0211, x-213, or write to Ellen via “Contact Us.”

Screen_shot_2011-08-22_at_3.48.09_PM.pngBe A Friend

The Friends of the Friendship Service Center are the “icing on the cake” when it comes to volunteers.  The Friends meet monthly on second Tuesdays at noon (except during the summer).  The auxiliary adopts thoughtful and creative projects that give an added and important dimension to Friendship Center life. 

For more information, click on Friends on our navigation bar above.


Here is what some of our volunteers have to say...

"I have learned that the problem of homelessness is more widespread than I had ever considered and that it does affect every segment of our society.  Given the right set of circumstances, it coould happen to you or me or friends with little warning."

"I have learned that people become homeless for many reasons, and assuming they are homeless because they are drug aaddicts, criminals or don't want to work is not a good thing.  These are hard times and regardless of the situation, all people want the basic things such as safety, security, food, health and understanding."

"This expeirence helped me to gain a better understanding of the issue of homelessness and the population that I served.  I learned that the homeless population is diverse.  There were all diffrerent ages, from young children to teens and then older adults."

"My volunteer experience gave me a greater awareness of the need for services that the Friendship Center provides and the people who need those services.  I also feel that experience has given me a greater appreciation for the quality of my own life and the potential that I have to help others less fortunate."