Partnering with Volunteer Organizations
To help persons with disabilities become contributing members of their communities, CSI seeks opportunities for community service.
Many of the people we support contribute volunteer resources and their skills to diverse non-profit organizations, including soup kitchens, food pantries, thrift shops, animal shelters, animal rescue leagues, recycling centers, and others. Examples are:
- a gentleman in Northern Virginia carries meals to persons with critical illnesses in cooperation with Food and Friends
- a gentleman in Massachusetts works in cooperation with a consignment shop, Finders Keepers, to organize and transport unsold clothing to needy families, and
- persons in Connecticut volunteer at the Marathon Health Center, to forge friendships with nursing home residents and assist in the activities program.
Sometimes volunteer opportunities become large-scale and involve many persons supported by CSI. For example, CSI-CT has established a long-term relationship with the Verizon Wireless HopeLine Program. Persons supported by CSI work together to create and distribute cell phone collection boxes throughout northwestern Connecticut. To date over 2,000 used and discarded phones have been collected by CSI-supported persons. Verizon rehabilitates the phones, supplies them airtime, and gives them to law enforcement agencies and women’s shelters to benefit women at risk of domestic violence. Persons supported by CSI have been honored by Verizon for their dedication to the program.
Persons supported by CSI-CT also participate actively in the CUREchief program in partnership with the Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Harwinton. CSI creates, decorates, and places collection boxes throughout the community seeking fabric donations. Fabric is delivered to church members who create the CUREchiefs for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. CSI-supported folks create and add a card of best wishes in each CUREchief packet and deliver assembled packets to inpatient and outpatient cancer treatment centers throughout CT. The American Cancer Society has expressed its appreciation for CSI’s partnership with Sacred Heart.