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The Volunteer Hub
Granting Opportunity

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Our Volunteer Hub is a complimentary service for all Darien residents who are interested in finding the ideal volunteer position. Our Hub Host will personally guide participants to the organizations that best match their skill set and areas of interest.

Why volunteer?

The benefits of volunteering are many: meeting new friends, expanding your network, learning new skills, connecting with and positively affecting your community, and instilling a sense of satisfaction, accomplishment and pride.

What kind of volunteer positions are available?

It depends on the particular interests of each volunteer and the needs of the organizations. For example, if organizing special events is appealing, Hub hosts will attempt to match the volunteer with an organization where that need exists. Or if working with animals, or youth groups is of interest, Hub hosts will assist volunteers to find the appropriate organizations.

We have a roster of more than 100 local nonprofit organizations who need help - and that list is growing.

How do volunteers get started?

The Volunteer Hub's priority is to provide an exceptional volunteer experience. The Volunteer Hub is an extension of The Community Fund of Darien's values: impact, excellence, partnership, professionalism and integrity. Interested volunteers should call The Volunteer Hub at The Community Fund of Darien at 203.655.8775 or complete a confidential Volunteer Interest form online. One of the Volunteer Hub Hosts will respond within 24 hours, if not immediately. Screening includes a one-on-one conversation which may take place in person or via telephone to better understand the volunteers interests. From there, an introduction to the Volunteer Manager at the organization which best suits the applicant. The volunteer and organization take it from there. Hub hosts follow up within a week and again in a month to see how placements are doing. We are invested in ensuring that volunteer and organization relationships work for all parties!

Who are the Volunteer Hub Hosts?

Jessica Brokaw Cahill grew up in Darien and is the daughter of Ned Brokaw, who founded Volunteer Square. Jessica is passionate about matching highly talented Darien residents with meaningful volunteer experiences. She is a former Massachusetts Assistant District Attorney and is the mother of three children. 

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