Volunteer Program

Improve your mental health in 2017. Studies show that volunteering is linked to reduced depression, lower blood pressure and longer lifespans. 

Without volunteer support, Laurel House could not achieve its mission of recovery. It takes time, money and commitment to provide people with a place to work, learn, and be with others and to provide employment and educational support, housing, and to serve nutritious meals. By being a volunteer, you are helping to make a difference in someone’s life.  For many, Laurel House is their only family. Recovery takes people working together; no one can do it alone. 

You can help support mental health recovery by volunteering at Laurel House. Help is needed in the food service, supported education, and specialized workshop (artists, writers, cooking, Treasure Hunters thrift store) programs.

For a list of Volunteer Job Descriptions download our volunteer brochure.

For information about current volunteer needs, contact our
 general email with the subject "Volunteer Oppertunities"

Diane Cohen Schneider, 2017 Power of One Award Winner

On Wednesday, June 28th, Laurel House recognized Diane Cohen Schneider, a Stamford resident, for her volunteerism at a dinner in her honor at Columbus Park Trattoria.  Each year Laurel House publicly honors one volunteer with its “Power of One” award for his/her outstanding dedication to improving the lives of Laurel House program participants. Diane began volunteering in the Resource Center café two years ago, cooking delicious meals for Laurel House program participants every Tuesday.
“I’m not a professional chef but I have always loved to cook. In my family, cooking was always a celebration, it would bring us together.” said Diane. “The wonderful thing about volunteering here at Laurel House is that I get to work directly with the participants. That is definitely the best part of the job.”
A Laurel House program participant who works at the Resource Center café with Diane says that being around Diane is always fun. “Diane is always there to listen. She is always in a good mood, always cheerful and great to be around.”
Ray Lopez, Laurel House Food Service Manager, says that he wishes he had more volunteers like Diane. “We need 3 more of her,” said Ray. “She is incredible. She takes over the operation of the kitchen like it’s her own, like she’s been here forever. It’s wonderful.”
Diane said that she is also amazed at how adventurous Laurel House participants are with food and are willing to try any dish that she makes. “I once tried to make lasagna and it was more of a lasagna soup, but all the participants were so sweet and told me it was delicious. Everyone here is so nice and I know I am appreciated when I come and volunteer here. That means a lot to me.”

Past Power of One recipients are: Nancy Fahey, Betsy Varian, Chitra Ramcharandas, Cindi Richardson and Laura Ryan.

Our Mission

Laurel House provides resources and opportunities for people living with mental illness to lead fulfilling and productive lives in their communities throughout Fairfield County. 

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