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"

Eppie Eilets, 2018 Power of One Award Winner

Stamford – On Thursday, June 14th, Laurel House, Inc. will recognize Eppie (Esperanza) Eilets, a Stamford resident, as its 2018 Power of One Award winner. Each year Laurel House publicly honors one volunteer for his or her outstanding dedication to improving the lives of Laurel House program participants. Eppie began volunteering at Treasure Hunters Thrift Store three years ago, helping Laurel House program participants and customers’ find vintage clothing, gently used furniture and antique items. Proceeds from the store support operating expenses and other Laurel House programs.

“I’ve learned what kinds of items that clients who shop here frequently are looking for and I put those items aside for them. It brings a smile to their face,” said Eppie. Geno Lupinacci, Treasure Hunters Thrift Store Manager, said that since Eppie started volunteering at the thrift store his job has been a lot easier. “Eppie is great at organizing the items that come in, helping out anyone who comes into the store and supporting anything else needed with the store. She is also just so caring and excellent with the clients. They all love to come into the store and talk with her; that’s what it’s all about.”

Eppie said that the best part about volunteering at Treasure Hunters Thrift Store is the numerous relationships she has built with Laurel House program participants over the years. “Laurel House participants come into the store and tell me about their day and just talk about really anything that’s on their mind. They do a lot of talking and I do a lot of listening, it’s a good combination.”

Past Power of One recipients are: Diane Cohen Schneider, 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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