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Organizations Seeking Volunteer Board Members

For more information on volunteer opportunities with The Community Foundation or other nonprofits in the region, please contact Jackie Downing at jdowning@cfgnh.org or view the list of local nonprofits (below) actively seeking volunteers for service on their Boards.

By Name

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Organization: APNH: A Place to Norish Your Health
Mission:  We provide services for those who face stigma or challenges in receiving culturally competent care.  Our vision is a community where everyone has access to high quality, relationship-based, holistic care to inspire health and well-being and to empower people at risk of, or impacted by, HIV, substance use, mental illness and related conditions.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Networking, Legal Advisement, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency:  Every other month
Contact for Board service:  Chris Cole, 475-441-7017

Organization: Arts Council of Greater New Haven
Mission:  Providing leadership and support to our diverse arts community.
Desired Skill Sets:  
Fundraising, Community Engagement, Finance
Board Meeting Frequency:  7 times per year
Contact for Board service:  Daniel Fitzmaurice, 203-772-2788

Organization: Artspace
Mission:  To connect artists, audiences, and resources; To catalyze artistic activity To redefine art spaces.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Networking, Computer Programming/IT, Operations/Physical Plant, Personnel, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency:  5 times per year
Contact for Board service:  Andrew Giering 

Organization: Beth-El Center
Mission:  To alleviate homelessness and hunger in the Milford area through shelter, 
support services, advocacy and community education in partnership with the faith-based community and public and private organizations.
Desired Skill Sets:  Networking, Financial Management, Operations/Physical Plant, 
Personnel, Investment Management
Board Meeting Frequency:  Monthly
Contact for Board service:  Jennifer Paradis

Organization: Bridges
Mission:  To provide a broad range of community-based behavioral and healthcare services to the residents of our area. We respond effectively to the needs of adults, children and families with a comprehensive range of prevention, mental health and addiction recovery programs. We are committed to creating a Healthcare Home for all the people we serve.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Financial Management, Networking, Advocacy
Board Meeting Frequency:  Monthly with a summer recess
Contact for Board service:  Marcy Hotchkiss, 203-878-6365  x359

Organization: Casa Otoñal Inc.
Mission:  The mission of Casa Otoñal is to create a community which functions as an extended family by providing an array of housing, social, cultural and educational services with a focus on strengthening the Hispanic community.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Networking, Computer Programming/IT, Financial Management, Accounting, Operations/Physical Plant, Marketing, Special Events, After School Programs; Child Care Training; ESL; Elder Care
Board Meeting Frequency:  Monthly in the middle of the month; generally after 4:30 p.m.
Contact for Board service:  Elmer Rivera Bello, 203-773-9849

Organization: Center for Children's Advocacy
Mission:  CCA improves the child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, health and education systems' responses to the needs of poor children by 1) providing holistic legal services to poor children in their communities and 2) improving legal representation of poor children.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Networking, Marketing, Special Events, Investment Management
Board Meeting Frequency:  Four times per year in person + additional meetings by telephone
Contact for Board service:  Susan Stein, 860-570-5327 x231

Organization: Central Connecticut Coast YMCA
Mission:  To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Marketing, We are particularly interested in recruiting community leaders in New Haven who can help us in expanding our mission
Board Meeting Frequency:  Ten times per year
Contact for Board service:  David Stevenson, 203-777-9622

Organization: Children In Placement- CT
Mission:  The goal of Children In Placement, a statewide child advocacy and youth empowerment program, is to see every child in Connecticut in a safe and permanent home preparing for life outside of a state system.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Networking, Computer Programming/IT, Financial Management, Accounting, Marketing
Board Meeting Frequency:  Every other month
Contact for Board service:  Janet Freimuth, 203-784-0344  x202

Organization: Citywide Youth Coalition
Mission:  Citywide Youth Coalition is building a courageous community in which all youth can succeed.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Networking, Computer Programming/IT, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency:  11 times per year (not in August)
Contact for Board service:  Addys Castillo, 203-464-7838

Organization: Columbus House, Inc
Mission:  The mission of Columbus House is to serve people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing shelter and housing and by fostering their personal growth and independence.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Networking, Financial Management, Investment Management
Board Meeting Frequency:  Monthly, except December and August
Contact for Board service:  
Jim Barra, 203-401-4400 x105

Organization: Covenant to Care for Children
Mission:  Covenant to Care for Children provides a safety net for abused, neglected or impoverished children in Connecticut by providing essential support in moments that are critical for a child’s ability to thrive and a family’s ability to stay together. We fulfill this mission by partnering with State agencies, faith-based communities,  and other organizations that share our dedication to improving the lives and futures of at-risk children in Connecticut. Through our collaborative system of program delivery, we mobilize the generosity of caring individuals and leverage the resources of social service agencies to provide direct assistance and critical goods to families struggling to meet the basic needs of their children.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Networking, Personnel, Special Events. The #1 priority for us is jumpstarting fundraising activities by the Board in all forms
Board Meeting Frequency:  Monthly for now
Contact for Board service:  David V. Santis, 860-243-1806 x501

Organization: Family Centered Services of CT
Mission:  Prevent child abuse and serve those affected through home visiting, parenting education, counseling and advocacy. Goals to improve child health and developmental outcomes. Mission is now:  Ensure that every family is a safe and nurturing place where children can succeed.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Accounting, Operations/Physical Plant, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency:  Monthly with a summer recess
Contact for Board service:  Angel Peterson 

Organization: Farnam Neighborhood House
Mission:  Farnam Neighborhood House will play a leadership role in helping the community to be cohesive, successful and productive.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Computer Programming/IT, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency:  Monthly, except July and August
Contact for Board service:  Dr. Tamiko Jackson, 203-999-2260

Organization: Fellowship Place
Mission:  To serve adults with mental illness by offering a full range of therapeutic support and rehabilitation services that promote independence, wellness, and a meaningful life.
Desired Skill Sets:  Marketing, Fundraising, Public Relations & Promotions, Accounting, Real Estate Development
Board Meeting Frequency:  Monthly, except July and August
Contact for Board service:  Andrew McLaren 

Organization: FISH of Greater New Haven
Mission:  The primary mission of FISH of Greater New Haven is to provide grocery delivery service to homebound individuals in Greater New Haven. We deliver free bags of nutritionally sound groceries to households in New Haven, West Haven, and Hamden.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Networking, Accounting, Personnel, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency:  Semi-monthly
Contact for Board service:  Sarah Welinsky, 203-217-9515

Organization: Guilford Art Center
Mission:  Guilford Art Center is a nonprofit organization that inspires and promotes community participation in the visual arts, through education, exhibitions and outreach. A comprehensive and inclusive community environment for arts education and appreciation on the shoreline and in greater Connecticut, Guilford Art Center provides: classes in the visual arts in a wide range of media with professional instructors; gallery exhibitions of contemporary American art; a shop of unique works by local and nationally-recognized American artisans; and events for the community that creatively engage and inspire.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Networking, Legal Advisement, Business, Finance
Board Meeting Frequency:  Monthly, the final Wednesday of the month at 8:00 a.m.
Contact for Board service:  Maureen Belden, 203-453-5947 x12

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Organization: Hamden Land Conservation Trust
Mission:  The mission of the Hamden Land Conservation Trust is to protect and preserve open space in Hamden through purchase or easements, and to educate the public about conservation issues.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Networking, Volunteer Coordinator, Education, Outreach
Board Meeting Frequency:  Monthly
Contact for Board service: Gail Cameron

Organization: Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc.
Mission:  The Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc. changes the lives of under-represented college bound students and empower, encourage, and equip them to obtain a post-secondary education.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Legal Advisement, Marketing
Board Meeting Frequency:  Bi-Monthly, the 3rd Tuesday of each month for about 2 hours (meetings are in-person and through video conferencing)
Contact for Board service: Chaka Felder-McEntire, 475-55-3117

Organization: Hope After Loss
Mission:  The mission of Hope After Loss is to help those who experience pregnancy and or infant loss to find the inspiration of hope by providing connections, comfort and care.
Desired Skill Sets:  Event Planning, Fundraising, Networking, Health Care, Financial Planning, Marketing, Bereavement
Board Meeting Frequency:  At least 4 times each year
Contact for Board service: Christina Mailhos, 860-208-4265

Organization: Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfeild County
Mission: To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Special Events, Networking, Marketing
Board Meeting Frequency: Every other month
Contact for Board service: Bernadine Venditto, 203-382-0180 x 13

Organization: Junior Achievement of Southwest New England
Mission: To empower young people to own their economic success.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Special Events, Marketing
Board Meeting Frequency:  
Contact for Board service:
Jeremy Race, 860-525-4510

Organization: Leila Day Nurseries
Mission:  Leila Day is an accredited nonprofit child care center that serves children of diverse backgrounds from greater New Haven. Our program fosters children’s optimal social, emotional, cognitive and physical development within a warm and nurturing, environment with an emphasis on nature and outdoor play.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Computer Programming/IT, Financial Management, Marketing, Legal
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Contact for Board service: Kim Bohen, 203-624-1374

Organization: Liberty Community Services Inc.
Mission: Liberty Community Services' mission is to end homelessness in Greater New Haven. We offer services to homeless individuals who are living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness and/or addiction. Liberty Community Services began operating in New Haven in 1987 and originally named the Connecticut AIDS Residence Program (“CARP”), our focus was providing housing for people living with HIV/AIDS. In the 1990’s we changed our name and expanded our focus to serve those living with HIV, dealing with mental health issues, substance use disorders or other chronic health issues. Our continuum of housing and support services includes over 12 core programs focusing on three primary areas: housing, health, and income.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Legal Advisement, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: 6 times per year
Contact for Board service: Jim Pettinelli, 203-495-1749

Organization: Literacy Center of Milford
Mission: The mission of the Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut is to provide services at no cost to any individual who wishes to learn the English language or enhance their reading, writing, speaking and math skills necessary to lead productive lives in our community.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Financial Management, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: Once a Month
Contact for Board service: Tami Jackson, 203-878-4800

Organization: Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven
Mission: To foster partnerships with adult learners, tutors and communities to enable individuals and families to achieve educational, career, and quality of life goals. Our vision is a future in which the power of literacy enables all adults to thrive in their communities.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Legal advisement, Finance, Fund Development, Technology, implementation of Strategic Plan, special events
Board Meeting Frequency: 9 times per year
Contact for Board service: Louis D. Perno, 203-776-5899

Organization: Marrakech
Mission: To provide residential, employment, support, referral, and advocacy services to people with disabilities and people with similar service needs, to assist them in exercising their human rights as citizens and as contributing members of society. Our Vision is that each person we serve will live and work in the community and be accepted by their neighbors, co-workers, family, friends and acquaintances for their individual qualities and contributions.
Desired Skill Sets: Government, Media, Fundraising, Real Estate
Board Meeting Frequency: 5 times per year
Contact for Board service: Heather I. LaTorra, 203-389-2970 x1004

Organization: Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, Inc.
Mission: Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven (NHS) was incorporated in 1979 with a mission to revitalize and stabilize selected residential neighborhoods in the City of New Haven and to provide affordable homeownership opportunities to low- and moderate-income families. In 2001 the New Haven HomeOwnership Center (HOC) was opened as an NHS related company to provide prospective homeowners with extensive pre- and post-purchase homebuyer education programs that include financial literacy training as well as several savings programs. Following the 2008 recession, the HOC mission focused on providing foreclosure intervention assistance to homeowners who were at risk of losing their homes. At the present time the HOC has expanded the array of services it provides to include all of the programs noted above including landlord training for buyers and existing owners of multifamily properties. The combined mission of NHS and the HOC is to stabilize and revitalize New Haven’s neighborhoods through increased homeownership; to develop affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families; to provide homebuyer education and financial/credit counseling to prospective homebuyers in New Haven; and to preserve homeownership by providing loss mitigation counseling and foreclosure intervention assistance to homeowners at risk of losing their homes.
Desired Skill Sets:  
Board Meeting Frequency:
Monthly, except in August, October, and December
Contact for Board service: James Paley, 203-562-0598 x214

Organization: Neighborhood Music School
Mission: Creating community, sparking potential and sharing joy through the arts.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Computer Programming/IT, Financial Management, Marketing, Special Events, Investment Management
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly throughout the academic year and possibly once over the summer
Contact for Board service: Shannon Murnane, 203-624-5189 x17

Organization: New Haven Ballet
Mission: To provide the greater New Haven Community with exceptional classical ballet training, performances, and outreach programs, which nurture appreciation of ballet and foster the joy of dance.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Computer Programming/IT, Financial Management, Accounting, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: Every other month
Contact for Board service: Ruth Barker, 203-782-9038

Organization: New Haven Chorale
Mission: The Mission of the New Haven Chorale is to present excellent choral music to the greater New Haven region through public performance and community outreach, to enable singers to improve their musicianship, and to be an integral and active member in the cultural life of its community. At the heart of the New Haven chorale's mission is SERVICE: service to its members, to its larger community, to its mentoring of young singers and to the corpus of historically significant and outstanding contemporary and classical choral repertoire.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Legal Advisement, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Contact for Board service: Linda Waldman

Organization: New Haven Folk (dba CT Folk)
Mission: CT Folk seeks to entertain, inform and engage a diverse audience through music and conversation, and to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable community. (Accounting, Computer/IT, Financial Management, Fundraising, Legal, Major Gifts, Marketing, Networking, Operations/Physical Plant, Personnel, Special Events, Other)
Desired Skill Sets: Financial management, website/IT and marketing. Most key, we are looking for a treasurer for the coming year (ramp-up training provided); diverse, young professionals
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly, until this year, when we shifted to meeting 5 times a year (including our annual meeting). We are re-visiting frequency, so that we may meet at least 6 times per year as a full board next year (2020).
Contact for Board service: Lisa Kaston, 203-859-4487

Organization: New Financial Life Corporation
Mission: To increase the economic security of low and moderate-income individuals and families living in the Greater New Haven area through a combination of multi-lingual financial education and asset building services.
NFL provides programs such as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC), Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN), Access Benefits Online (ABO), and Access Health CT(AHCT).
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Personnel, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: Presently, the Board meets monthly but will be meeting on a Bi-monthly basis. Committees meet more frequently on an as needed basis.
Contact for Board service: Jerald Barber, 203-787-6735

Organization: New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Mission: The New Haven Symphony’s mission is to increase the impact and value of orchestral music for our audiences through high quality, affordable performances and educational programming. Our musicians inspire, delight, challenge, and unite larger and more diverse communities.
Desired Skill Sets: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Community Engagement, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Networking, Fundraising/Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: 8 times per year
Contact for Board service:
Elaine C. Carroll, 203-865-0831 x12

Organization: Orchard House Medical Adult Day Center
Mission: To restore, maintain or improve our clients' abilities and enhance their quality of life in a home-like setting that encourages independence and friendship. Likewise, we provide peace of mind and respite to families and caregivers.
Desired Skill Sets: Legal Advisement, Fundraising, Computer Programming/IT, Personnel, Marketing, Advocacy
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Contact for Board service: Al Canosa, 203-483-4598

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Organization: 'r kids  Family Center
Mission: The 'r kids Family mission is permanency, safety and stability for vulnerable children and their families.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Financial Management, Special Events, Marketing, IT, Social Media
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly - Third Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Contact for Board service: Randi S. Rubin Rodriguez, 203-865-5437

Organization: Squash Haven, Inc.
Mission: Squash Haven empowers New Haven youth to strive for and maintain school success and physical wellness, and to forge a path through higher education to engaged citizenship.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Law, Networking, Computer Programming/IT, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: 4 times per year plus subcommittees
Contact for Board service: Julie Greenwood, 203-464-8644

Organization: The Animal Haven
Mission: The Animal Haven, Inc.is a no-kill animal shelter whose mission is to provide a temporary, safe, caring and humane refuge for homeless, adoptable cats and dogs and to subsequently place these animals in quality, adoptive, permanent homes.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Marketing and Communications, PR experience, Grantwriting
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly, every third Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. (holiday exceptions)
Contact for Board service: Linda Marino 

Organization: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-Connecticut Chapter
Mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Accounting
Board Meeting Frequency: 4 times per year
Contact for Board service: Lori Glowacki, 203-388-9169

Organization: The Nature Conservancy of Connecticut
Mission: To conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
Desired Skill Sets:  
Board Meeting Frequency:
4 times per year
Contact for Board service: Ann Budzynski, 203-568-6286

Organization: True Colors, Inc. Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services of CT
Mission: True Colors works to create a world where youth, adults and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed. We challenge all forms of oppression through education, training, advocacy, youth leadership development, mentoring and direct services to youth and those responsible for their well-being.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Financial Management, Marketing, Special Events. Individuals can also join a committee of their interest
Board Meeting Frequency: 6 times a year, with a committee meeting and a phone check-in in the intervening months
Contact for Board service: Robin P. McHaelen, 860-232-0050

Organization: TEAM Inc.
Mission:
To strengthen our communities by educating, supporting, and empowering individuals and families.
Desired Skill Sets: Human/Social Services, Family Services, Child Development, Elderly Services, Legal Advisement, Financial Management, Anti-Poverty Initiatives
Board Meeting Frequency: Every other month, plus one annual meeting
Contact for Board service: David Morgan 

By Interest Area

Arts & Culture

Organization: Arts Council of Greater New Haven
Mission: Providing leadership and support to our diverse arts community.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Community Engagement, Finance
Board Meeting Frequency: 7 times per year
Contact for Board service: Daniel Fitzmaurice, 203-772-2788


Organization: Artspace
Mission: To connect artists, audiences, and resources; To catalyze artistic activity To redefine art spaces.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Computer Programming/IT, Operations/Physical Plant, Personnel, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: 5 times per year
Contact for Board service: Andrew Giering 


Organization: Guilford Art Center
Mission: Guilford Art Center is a nonprofit organization that inspires and promotes community participation in the visual arts, through education, exhibitions and outreach. A comprehensive and inclusive community environment for arts education and appreciation on the shoreline and in greater Connecticut, Guilford Art Center provides: classes in the visual arts in a wide range of media with professional instructors; gallery exhibitions of contemporary American art; a shop of unique works by local and nationally-recognized American artisans; and events for the community that creatively engage and inspire.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Legal Advisement, Business, Finance
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly, the final Wednesday of the month at 8:00 a.m.
Contact for Board service: Maureen Belden, 203-453-5947 x12


Organization: Neighborhood Music School
Mission: Creating community, sparking potential and sharing joy through the arts.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Computer Programming/IT, Financial Management, Marketing, Special Events, Investment Management
Board Meeting Frequency:  Monthly throughout the academic year and possibly once over the summer
Contact for Board service: Shannon Murnane, 203-624-5189 x17


Organization: New Haven Ballet
Mission: To provide the greater New Haven Community with exceptional classical ballet training, performances, and outreach programs, which nurtures an appreciation of ballet and foster the joy of dance.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Computer Programming/IT, Financial Management, Accounting, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: Every other month
Contact for Board service: Ruth Barker, 203-782-9038

Organization: New Haven Chorale
Mission: The Mission of the New Haven Chorale is to present excellent choral music to the greater New Haven region through public performance and community outreach, to enable singers to improve their musicianship, and to be an integral and active member in the cultural life of its community. At the heart of the New Haven chorale's mission is SERVICE: service to its members, to its larger community, to its mentoring of young singers and to the corpus of historically significant and outstanding contemporary and classical choral repertoire.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Legal Advisement, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Contact for Board service: Linda Waldman 

Organization: New Haven Folk (dba CT Folk)
Mission: CT Folk seeks to entertain, inform and engage a diverse audience through music and conversation, and to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable community. (Accounting, Computer/IT, Financial Management, Fundraising, Legal, Major Gifts, Marketing, Networking, Operations/Physical Plant, Personnel, Special Events, Other)
Desired Skill Sets: Financial management, website/IT and marketing. Most key, we are looking for a treasurer for the coming year (ramp-up training provided); diverse, young professionals
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly, until this year, when we shifted to meeting 5 times a year (including our annual meeting). We are re-visiting frequency, so that we may meet at least 6 times per year as a full board next year (2020).
Contact for Board service: Lisa Kaston, 203-859-4487

Organization: New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Mission: The New Haven Symphony’s mission is to increase the impact and value of orchestral music for our audiences through high quality, affordable performances and educational programming. Our musicians inspire, delight, challenge, and unite larger and more diverse communities.
Desired Skill Sets:  Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Community Engagement, Strategic Planning, Human Resources, Networking, Fundraising/Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: 8 times per year
Contact for Board service: Elaine C. Carroll, 203-865-0831 x12

Basic Needs

Organization: Beth-El Center
Mission: To alleviate homelessness and hunger in the Milford area through shelter, 
support services, advocacy and community education in partnership with the faith-based community and public and private organizations.
Desired Skill Sets: Networking, Financial Management, Operations/Physical Plant, 
Personnel, Investment Management
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Contact for Board service: Jennifer Paradis

Organization: Columbus House, Inc
Mission: The mission of Columbus House is to serve people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing shelter and housing and by fostering their personal growth and independence.
Desired Skill Sets:  Fundraising, Networking, Financial Management, Investment Management
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly, except December and August
Contact for Board service: Jim Barra, 203-401-4400 x105
 

Organization: FISH of Greater New Haven
Mission: The primary mission of FISH of Greater New Haven is to provide grocery delivery service to homebound individuals in Greater New Haven. We deliver free bags of nutritionally sound groceries to households in New Haven, West Haven, and Hamden.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Accounting, Personnel, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: Semi-monthly
Contact for Board service: Sarah Welinsky, 203-217-9515
 

Organization: Liberty Community Services Inc.
Mission: Liberty Community Services' mission is to end homelessness in Greater New Haven. We offer services to homeless individuals who are living with HIV/AIDS, mental illness and/or addiction. Liberty Community Services began operating in New Haven in 1987 and originally named the Connecticut AIDS Residence Program (“CARP”), our focus was providing housing for people living with HIV/AIDS. In the 1990’s we changed our name and expanded our focus to serve those living with HIV, dealing with mental health issues, substance use disorders or other chronic health issues. Our continuum of housing and support services includes over 12 core programs focusing on three primary areas: housing, health, and income.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Legal Advisement, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: 6 times per year
Contact for Board service: Jim Pettinelli, 203-495-1749
 

Organization: Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven, Inc.
Mission: Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven (NHS) was incorporated in 1979 with a mission to revitalize and stabilize selected residential neighborhoods in the City of New Haven and to provide affordable homeownership opportunities to low- and moderate-income families. In 2001 the New Haven HomeOwnership Center (HOC) was opened as an NHS related company to provide prospective homeowners with extensive pre- and post-purchase homebuyer education programs that include financial literacy training as well as several savings programs. Following the 2008 recession, the HOC mission focused on providing foreclosure intervention assistance to homeowners who were at risk of losing their homes. At the present time the HOC has expanded the array of services it provides to include all of the programs noted above including landlord training for buyers and existing owners of multifamily properties. The combined mission of NHS and the HOC is to stabilize and revitalize New Haven’s neighborhoods through increased homeownership; to develop affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families; to provide homebuyer education and financial/credit counseling to prospective homebuyers in New Haven; and to preserve homeownership by providing loss mitigation counseling and foreclosure intervention assistance to homeowners at risk of losing their homes.
Desired Skill Sets:  
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly, except in August, October, and December
Contact for Board service: James Paley, 203-562-0598 x214

Organization: TEAM Inc.
Mission: To strengthen our communities by educating, supporting, and empowering individuals and families.
Desired Skill Sets: Human/Social Services, Family Services, Child Development, Elderly Services, Legal Advisement, Financial Management, Anti-Poverty Initiatives
Board Meeting Frequency: Every other month, plus one annual meeting
Contact for Board service: David Morgan 

Civic Vitality & Social Justice

Organization: Arts Council of Greater New Haven
Mission: Providing leadership and support to our diverse arts community.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Community Engagement, Finance
Board Meeting Frequency: 7 times per year
Contact for Board service: Daniel Fitzmaurice, 203-772-2788


Organization: True Colors, Inc. Sexual Minority Youth and Family Services of CT
Mission: True Colors works to create a world where youth, adults and families of all sexual orientations and gender identities are valued and affirmed. We challenge all forms of oppression through education, training, advocacy, youth leadership development, mentoring and direct services to youth and those responsible for their well-being.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Financial Management, Marketing, Special Events. Individuals can also join a committee of their interest
Board Meeting Frequency: 6 times a year, with a committee meeting and a phone check-in in the intervening months
Contact for Board service: Robin P. McHaelen, 860-232-0050


Organization: Center for Children's Advocacy
Mission: CCA improves the child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, health and education systems' responses to the needs of poor children by 1) providing holistic legal services to poor children in their communities and 2) improving legal representation of poor children.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Marketing, Special Events, Investment Management
Board Meeting Frequency: Four times per year in person + additional meetings by telephone
Contact for Board service: Susan Stein, 860-570-5327 x231

Economic Success

Organization: New Financial Life Corporation
Mission: To increase the economic security of low and moderate income individuals and families living in the Greater New Haven area through a combination of multi-lingual financial education and asset building services.
NFL provides programs such as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC), Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN), Access Benefits Online (ABO), and Access Health CT(AHCT).
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Personnel, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: Presently, the Board meets monthly but will be meeting on a Bi-monthly basis. Commitees meet more frequently on an as needed basis.
Contact for Board service: Jerald Barber, 203-787-6735

Education

Organization: Leila Day Nurseries
Mission: Leila Day is an accredited nonprofit child care center that serves children of diverse backgrounds from greater New Haven. Our program fosters children’s optimal social, emotional, cognitive and physical development within a warm and nurturing, environment with an emphasis on nature and outdoor play.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Computer Programming/IT, Financial Management, Marketing, Legal
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Contact for Board service: Kim Bohen, 203-624-1374

Organization: Literacy Center of Milford
Mission: The mission of the Literacy Volunteers of Southern Connecticut is to provide services at no cost to any individual who wishes to learn the English language or enhance their reading, writing, speaking and math skills necessary to lead productive lives in our community.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Financial Management, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: Once a Month
Contact for Board service: Tami Jackson, 203-878-4800

Organization: Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven
Mission: To foster partnerships with adult learners, tutors and communities to enable individuals and families to achieve educational, career, and quality of life goals. Our vision is a future in which the power of literacy enables all adults to thrive in their communities.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Legal advisement, Finance, Fund Development, Technology, implementation of Strategic Plan, special events
Board Meeting Frequency: 9 times per year
Contact for Board service: Louis D. Perno, 203-776-5899

Environment & Animals

Organization: The Animal Haven
Mission: The Animal Haven, Inc.is a no-kill animal shelter whose mission is to provide a temporary, safe, caring and humane refuge for homeless, adoptable cats and dogs and to subsequently place these animals in quality, adoptive, permanent homes.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Marketing and Communications, PR experience, Grantwriting
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly, every third Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.  (holiday exceptions)
Contact for Board service: Linda Marino 

Organization: Hamden Land Conservation Trust
Mission: The mission of the Hamden Land Conservation Trust is to protect and preserve open space in Hamden through purchase or easements, and to educate the public about conservation issues.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Volunteer Coordinator, Education, Outreach
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Contact for Board service: Gail Cameron 

Organization: The Nature Conservancy of Connecticut
Mission: To conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.
Desired Skill Sets:  
Board Meeting Frequency: 4 times per year
Contact for Board service: Ann Budzynski, 203-568-6286

Health & Wellness

Organization: APNH: A Place to Norish Your Health
Mission: We provide services for those who face stigma or challenges in receiving culturally competent care.  Our vision is a community where everyone has access to high quality, relationship-based, holistic care to inspire health and well-being and to empower people at risk of, or impacted by, HIV, substance use, mental illness and related conditions.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Legal Advisement, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: Every other month
Contact for Board service: Chris Cole, 475-441-7017

Organization: Bridges
Mission: To provide a broad range of community-based behavioral and healthcare services to the residents of our area. We respond effectively to the needs of adults, children and families with a comprehensive range of prevention, mental health and addiction recovery programs. We are committed to creating a Healthcare Home for all the people we serve.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Financial Management, Networking, Advocacy
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly with a summer recess
Contact for Board service: Marcy Hotchkiss, 203-878-6365  x359

Organization: Casa Otoñal Inc.
Mission: The mission of Casa Otoñal is to create a community which functions as an extended family by providing an array of housing, social, cultural and educational services with a focus on strengthening the Hispanic community.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Computer Programming/IT, Financial Management, Accounting, Operations/Physical Plant, Marketing, Special Events, After School Programs; Child Care Training; ESL; Elder Care
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly in the middle of the month; generally after 4:30 p.m.
Contact for Board service: Elmer Rivera Bello, 203-773-9849

Organization: Fellowship Place
Mission: To serve adults with mental illness by offering a full range of therapeutic support and rehabilitation services that promote independence, wellness, and a meaningful life.
Desired Skill Sets: Marketing, Fundraising, Public Relations & Promotions, Accounting, Real Estate Development
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly, except July and August
Contact for Board service: Andrew McLaren 

Organization: Hope After Loss
Mission: The mission of Hope After Loss is to help those who experience pregnancy and or infant loss to find the inspiration of hope by providing connections, comfort and care.
Desired Skill Sets: Event Planning, Fundraising, Networking, Health Care, Financial Planning, Marketing, Bereavement
Board Meeting Frequency:  At least 4 times each year
Contact for Board service: Christina Mailhos, 860-208-4265

Organization: Marrakech
Mission: To provide residential, employment, support, referral, and advocacy services to people with disabilities and people with similar service needs, to assist them in exercising their human rights as citizens and as contributing members of society. Our Vision is that each person we serve will live and work in the community and be accepted by their neighbors, co-workers, family, friends and acquaintances for their individual qualities and contributions.
Desired Skill Sets: Government, Media, Fundraising, Real Estate
Board Meeting Frequency: 5 times per year
Contact for Board service: Heather I. LaTorra, 203-389-2970 x1004

Organization: Orchard House Medical Adult Day Center
Mission: To restore, maintain or improve our clients' abilities and enhance their quality of life in a home-like setting that encourages independence and friendship. Likewise, we provide peace of mind and respite to families and caregivers.
Desired Skill Sets: Legal Advisement, Fundraising, Computer Programming/IT, Personnel, Marketing, Advocacy
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Contact for Board service: Al Canosa, 203-483-4598

Organization: Partnerships Center for Adult Day Care
Mission: Partnerships Center For Adult Day Care, Inc. is committed to enabling its participants to remain living at home, supporting the quality of life for participants, family members and caregivers.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Marketing
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly
Contact for Board service: Diane Sarro 

Organization: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society-Connecticut Chapter
Mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Accounting
Board Meeting Frequency: 4 times per year
Contact for Board service: Lori Glowacki, 203-388-9169

Youth

Organization: Central Connecticut Coast YMCA
Mission: To put Judeo-Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Marketing, We are particularly interested in recruiting community leaders in New Haven who can help us in expanding our mission
Board Meeting Frequency: Ten times per year
Contact for Board service: David Stevenson, dstevenson@cccymca.org  203-777-9622
Organization: Children In Placement- CT
Mission: The goal of Children In Placement, a statewide child advocacy and youth empowerment program, is to see every child in Connecticut in a safe and permanent home preparing for life outside of a state system.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Computer Programming/IT, Financial Management, Accounting, Marketing
Board Meeting Frequency: Every other month
Contact for Board service: Janet Freimuth, 203-784-0344  x202

Organization: Citywide Youth Coalition
Mission: Citywide Youth Coalition is building a courageous community in which all youth can succeed.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Computer Programming/IT, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: 11 times per year (not in August)
Contact for Board service:  Addys Castillo, 203-464-7838

Organization: Covenant to Care for Children
Mission: Covenant to Care for Children provides a safety net for abused, neglected or impoverished children in Connecticut by providing essential support in moments that are critical for a child’s ability to thrive and a family’s ability to stay together. We fulfill this mission by partnering with State agencies, faith-based communities, and other organizations that share our dedication to improving the lives and futures of at-risk children in Connecticut. Through our collaborative system of program delivery, we mobilize the generosity of caring individuals and leverage the resources of social service agencies to provide direct assistance and critical goods to families struggling to meet the basic needs of their children.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Networking, Personnel, Special Events. The #1 priority for us is jumpstarting fundraising activites by the Board in all forms
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly for now
Contact for Board service: David V. Santis, 860-243-1806 x501

Organization: Family Centered Services of CT
Mission: Prevent child abuse and serve those affected through home visiting, parenting education, counseling and advocacy. Goals to improve child health and developmental outcomes. Mission is now:  Ensure that every family is a safe and nurturing place where children can succeed.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Accounting, Operations/Physical Plant, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly with a summer recess
Contact for Board service: Angel Peterson

Organization: Farnam Neighborhood House
Mission: Farnam Neighborhood House will play a leadership role in helping the community to be cohesive, successful and productive.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Computer Programming/IT, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly, except July and August
Contact for Board service: Dr. Tamiko Jackson, 203-999-2260

Organization: Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc.
Mission: The Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Programs, Inc. changes the lives of under-represented college bound students and empower, encourage, and equip them to obtain a post-secondary education.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Legal Advisement, Marketing
Board Meeting Frequency: Bi-Monthly, the 3rd Tuesday of each month for about 2 hours (meetings are in-person and through video conferencing)
Contact for Board service: Chaka Felder-McEntire, 475-55-3117

Organization: Junior Achievement of Greater Fairfeild County
Mission: To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Special Events, Networking, Marketing
Board Meeting Frequency: Every other month
Contact for Board service: Bernadine Venditto, 203-382-0180 x 13

Organization: Junior Achievement of Southwest New England
Mission: To empower young people to own their economic success.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Special Events, Marketing
Board Meeting Frequency:  
Contact for Board service:
Jeremy Race, 860-525-4510

Organization: 'r kids  Family Center
Mission: The 'r kids Family mission is permanency, safety and stability for vulnerable children and their families.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Financial Management, Special Events, Marketing, IT, Social Media
Board Meeting Frequency: Monthly - Third Thursday, 6:00 p.m.
Contact for Board service: Randi S. Rubin Rodriguez, 203-865-5437

Organization: Squash Haven, Inc.
Mission: Squash Haven empowers New Haven youth to strive for and maintain school success and physical wellness, and to forge a path through higher education to engaged citizenship.
Desired Skill Sets: Fundraising, Law, Networking, Computer Programming/IT, Marketing, Special Events
Board Meeting Frequency: 4 times per year plus subcommittees
Contact for Board service: Julie Greenwood, 203-464-8644

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Jackie Downing

Director of Grantmaking and Nonprofit Effectiveness 203-777-7072 Email Jackie

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