April is Volunteer Appreciation Month!



Please watch this message of gratitude to our volunteers from Margaret Middleton, CEO

Read our October Thank You to Volunteers

To keep everyone safe, we had to suspend most on-site volunteer activity at each of our locations back in March 2020. You are sorely missed by the clients and by staff. We desperately look forward to the day when the doors will be open, gloves, masks and thermometers are a distant memory and you and the rest of our committed volunteers are back doing what you do best! Until that time, the work of serving the most vulnerable in our community continues – just in a different way.


Please reach out to Sheree at sdimario@columbushouse.org to discuss the various ways you can help today so that, together, we may continue the quest of eliminating homelessness throughout Connecticut. Thank you

As the situation with COVID-19 evolves, we continue to adapt to ensure everyone’s safety. In light of the Governor’s executive orders on 3/12/20, Columbus House has decided to suspend volunteer activities starting Monday, March 16th. Click for more info



Please view more thanks to our volunteers during the pandemic:

8/31/22: As the Seasons Change (PDF)

6/27/22: Rays of Hope (PDF)

4/30/22: You Are Extraordinary (PDF)

2/28/22: On This Last Day of February (PDF)

1/21/22: You Did It Again! (PDF)

12/28/21: You Make the Winter Warmer (PDF)

10/30/21: You Have Been Busy (PDF)

8/30/21: Your Kindness & Caring Changes Lives (PDF)

6/23/21: You Make the Days Brighter (PDF)

4/19/21: A Thank You Video for YOU! (PDF)

3/5/21: 1 Year - You Make All the Difference (PDF)

2/5/21: Holiday Heroes (PDF)

12/18/20: You Are a Lifesaver (PDF)


9/18/20: 259 Housed and Counting (PDF)

7/10/20: 170 Housed and Counting! (PDF)

5/14/20: We Are Overwhelmed By Your Support (PDF)


Our volunteers are a critical part of our mission. Over 1000 volunteers assist our staff throughout the year doing everything from serving meals to painting and general office help. Without a dedicated core of volunteers, Columbus House would be unable to provide the scope of services currently offered.


Serve a Meal
Most evenings, groups from throughout the community purchase, prepare, cook and serve an evening meal for the clients at our New Haven Shelter. These are often church groups, businesses, high schools, civic clubs, and families who come on their chosen evening(s). Many come every month and have been serving meals since our doors opened in 1982. Working in coordination with our kitchen staff, most groups plan their own menu, purchase the food, and prepare and serve the meal while others use what's in the Columbus House pantry. It's up to you! To learn more please contact our Development Associate at (203) 401-4400 ext. 131 or info@columbushouse.org.

Organize a Drive or Fundraiser

It's easy and it's fun! Rally support from your friends, neighbors, co-workers, or those with whom you worship. Help Columbus House continue its mission of saving lives by conducting a drive or fundraiser. Supporters of all ages have held drives or bake sales, collected aluminum cans, and solicited pledges at overnight sleep-outs. For information on how you or your group can begin planning a drive please contact our Development Associate at (203) 401-4400 ext. 131 or info@columbushouse.org.

Other Opportunities

Throughout the year we have a variety of volunteer opportunities including those working with clients as well as general office support, and everything in between. Seasonal donation drives and regular fundraising events also provide many ways to help out by donating time and talent. 
Volunteer Interest Form

For more information on how you can volunteer at Columbus House, please contact our our Development Associate at (203) 401-4400 ext. 131 or info@columbushouse.org.


Work with our professional staff in social work, business, fund development, marketing, communications, and public relations. You can gain valuable, real-world experience while learning about the root causes of homelessness and what organizations like Columbus House are doing to help people who are homeless identify and overcome those causes. We will also work with your instructor to try to help you satisfy specific course requirements when applicable. For more information about internships, please contact our Development Associate at (203) 401-4400 ext. 131 or info@columbushouse.org


Watch our volunteer appreciation video

Click to see our volunteers in action on Facebook