CMHC. Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation, Inc.

Connecticut Mental Health
Center Foundation, Inc.

34 Park Street, Suite 144
New Haven, CT

Phone: (203) 974-7089
Fax: (203) 974-7719



Volunteer Opportunities


Puppet making workshop with artist Susan Clinard

How can volunteers get involved?

Please click here to see the Volunteer Brochure

CMHC Summer Volunteer Internship

Please click here to see application and more information.


Puppet making workshop with artist Susan Clinard

Puppet making workshop with artist Susan Clinard

How to volunteer

The Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation and the Connecticut Mental Health Center depend on volunteers like you.  Please give your time and talents in any of the following ways:

CMHC Program Support - Volunteers who enjoy working with clients and staff can select from a variety of direct service opportunities at CMHC's 34 Park Street location and other affiliated clinics and programs.  Opportunities include social, recreational, spiritual and arts programs; research projects; and educational and tutoring projects.

*Please note, at this time there is a 6-8 week waiting period from applying to be a volunteer to being able to start. We would love for you to volunteer with us, but because of state-mandated background checks, there is a delay to getting started.

CMHC Foundation tent at Hill Farmers' Market

Board of Trustees - A core group of dedicated community volunteers give their time and leadership to the CMHC Foundation's Board of Trustees.  The board meets approximately 10 times a year as a full board and also in various standing committees including:  Strategic Planning & Governance, Finance, Development, and Program & Education.  Board members contribute financially and with their time, expertise, and community connections.

Office Support - We are a small staff and can always use people to help sustain our daily operations.  If you like to sort, stuff, mail, and count, we have projects waiting for you throughout the year.

Special Projects - Volunteers with unique talents and interests are always welcome to share their gifts.  Recent volunteers have been involved in landscaping, horticulture, cooking, tutoring, computer skills training, and friendly visiting.

CMHC Courtyard Garden

Special Events and Public Programs - We always needs hard-working volunteers who will seek out auction items, recruit special guests and presenters, help with finding venues, planning and decorating, selling tickets, helping with promotion, serving food, or thinking of new and unusual events for us to try!

For those interested in practicum or internship experiences for graduate school, note that those placements are coordinated through the specific discipline area at CMHC (i.e., social work, psychology, nursing).  We are generally unable to provide those experiences through Volunteer Services, but welcome your interest and enthusiasm in working in a volunteer capacity.

CMHC Courtyard Garden


Contact us

We need your hands, your imagination, and your community connections!  For more information, please contact Sharon DeGenaro, Assistant to the Director, at 203-974-7082 or








Looking to the future of the CMHC Foundation, we see a bright road ahead of us. There are many possibilities available to make meaningful and sustainable improvements in the lives of people in recovery in the Greater New Haven area. Our central focus will involve raising awareness on a number of levels. We will explore ways we can promote greater awareness of mental health as a health issue with a larger goal of changing attitudes and reducing stigma associated with mental illness. We will raise awareness-both inside and outside the Center-about programs, opportunities, and initiatives made possible through the Foundation. We will also improve our capacity to measure and communicate the impact that we have on individuals and our community.

Now is a very exciting time to be a part of this progressive, innovative organization that is committed to making a difference! We are grateful to all our donors and partners, and we look forward to the next twenty years with you.


David Tate, PhD

President of the Board, CMHC


Kyle Pedersen, MAR

Director, CMHC Foundation









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