P2P offers help, hope, and opportunity thanks to your generosity.
Our success depends on the involvement of each and every one of you. With the generous support of all who contribute their time, talent, or treasure — individuals, businesses, foundations, schools, congregations, and community organizations — P2P is able to provide food (three food pantries and mobile food delivery), emergency financial assistance, clothing, caseworker support, and a mentorships/scholarship/campership program to 28,000 residents in lower Fairfield County.
Your involvement with P2P has a direct impact on the well-being of our collective community.
P2P is a 501 ©(3) organization; tax ID # is 06-1422248. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
I Want to Volunteer
P2P relies on a network of volunteers to make its extensive programs happen, from our food pantries, Door2Door mobile food delivery, clothing center, receptionists, and at our main site. In other words, P2P relies on you to help bring our programs and services to life for the thousands who rely on us each week. Volunteer opportunities exist for individuals, groups, and businesses.
Whether an adult, in high school, middle school or college, retired or working full-time, there is an opportunity for all who would like to volunteer. Students should be 14 or older to volunteer without an adult, but students as young as 11 are welcome with a parent. We have Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning volunteer times specifically for students. We particularly welcome volunteers with multiple language skills, including Spanish and Haitian Creole.
Whether you have a few hours to share or want to volunteer on a regular basis, we’ll find the opportunity that best meets your needs. Most volunteers commit to a 2 – 4 hour weekly shift, but many options are available to volunteer more or less often. Those unable to make a regular commitment are welcome to join our on-call volunteer list.
Volunteer hours are Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM and Saturdays 9 AM – 12 PM.
Absolutely! We want you to have a wonderful volunteer experience with P2P. We invite you to try out different volunteer roles to find what you love. Whether working in our food pantry or clothing center, delivering groceries to our home-bound clients, answering phones as a receptionist or driving our van to pick up donations and rescue food, there’s something for everyone. We also need volunteers to help at food drives, special events and fundraisers, as well as become college mentors.
No experience is needed for most volunteer jobs. We will provide all the training you need to be an expert volunteer! The most important thing our volunteers bring to the ‘job’ is themselves. The second most important request is to come with an open heart and an open mind, and treat all staff, volunteers, and clients with dignity and courtesy.
Some volunteer opportunities have special requirements. For example, our Door2Door home delivery drivers and van drivers require a valid driver’s license and picking up donations requires the ability to lift 35 pounds while twisting and bending. We also will provide special training for some roles, such as our volunteer receptionists and college mentors.
A typical day will depend upon the volunteer role you choose, but we promise you will leave feeling fulfilled. No matter how you volunteer, you will meet a lot of wonderful people. Many volunteers make lasting friendships and find the bonds they form with other volunteers transcend their time at P2P. You will also get to meet many of the kind, funny, hardworking and grateful people who come to us every day for assistance. You will get to know a little bit about the many obstacles they face and how resourceful they are in overcoming them. As a P2P volunteer, you are part of the solution that promises a brighter future as our clients move toward stability.
Darien (1864 Post Road)
- Office Reception volunteers (Spanish speaking encouraged)
- Pantry Pre-packers (multiple weekday shifts available)
- Drive-thru Pantry Reception (weekdays)
- Drive-thru Pantry Fulfillment (weekdays)
- Van Drivers to pick up donations from local retailers
- Door2Door home delivery drivers
- For Darien opportunities please contact Site Manager Patty Salgado at 203-621-0708 or email pattysalgado@p2pHelps.org
Norwalk (76 South Main Street)
- Reception Volunteers (Spanish speaking encouraged) — urgent need!
- Door2Door Home Delivery Drivers
- Food Pantry Pre-packers
- Shoppers for Self-select
- For Norwalk opportunities please contact Site Manager Greg Dobbs at 203-621-0722 or email gregdobbs@p2pHelps.org
Stamford (425 Fairfield Avenue)
- Pantry Pre-packers
- Warehouse Food Sorter (Sort and store food deliveries. Prepare shelved inventory for next morning food pre-packers)
- On-site Distribution at Local Sites (Yerwood Center, DOMUS, Building One Community)
- For Stamford opportunities, please email Rick Nixon at ricknixon@p2pHelps.org.
Clothing Center (Temporary Site at 98 South Main Street, Norwalk)
- Volunteers Needed to Sort and Organize
- Contact Leah Quinn at leahquinn@p2pHelps.org
My Organization Wants to Partner With P2P
The more the merrier!
P2P welcomes volunteer groups of all sizes, from scouting troops, church groups, schools, community organizations, to businesses.
P2P has been fortunate to be on the receiving end of thousands of hours from volunteer groups. Groups make quick work of sorting clothing donations, sorting food drive donations, setting up clothing pop-up shops, preparing for annual events like our Holiday Toy Store, and much more.
Please contact Juri Garone at jurigarone@p2pHelps.org to learn more.
I Want to Host a Drive
Food Drive. Household Goods Drive. Diaper Drive.
Community drives are an essential source of helping P2P stock our shelves with the most requested items from our clients, from food, to household items and diapers. As you know, these items can be expensive, so community drives play an important role in helping P2P manage our costs while being able to support our clients in the best way possible.
Drives may be hosted by an individual or a group. Either at your location or at a P2P site. Please contact Juri Garone at jurigarone@p2pHelps.org to learn more and get your drive started.
Calendar of Events
P2P hosts a number of fundraising, client, and community events throughout the year. Please refer to our calendar for up-to-date information. If you have an event you’d like us to consider listing, please email the details to development@p2pHelps.org.
OPUS for P2P
OPUS for Person to Person is a fundraising and public awareness arm of P2P. In its 25 year history, OPUS for P2P has made significant contributions to our community for 25 years!
During that time OPUS has raised over $6.5 million to help local families meet essential needs. Simultaneously the group fostered an amazing community of women committed to giving back, with more than 300 local members and alumni.
OPUS oversees fundraising for a number of programs, including Baby Basics and Summer Camperships. Learn more at opus4p2p.org