There are many ways you can help.
If you want to work behind the scenes, for example in our administrative office please contact us to discuss opportunities. We are especially interested in volunteers who have skills such as document organizing, graphic design, inventory control or other work a small organization like the NLCMC needs help with. If this sounds like you, please reach out and share your interest with us.
Of course we have a need for ongoing volunteers for our meal service. These jobs also afford a chance to work with the the kitchen "team" and the public. A little bit more detail as follows:
This includes for example, turning donations of fresh vegetables into part of a meal, buttering bread for a dinner side, or portioning out desserts.
Help us get meals out the door to individuals, families and partner organizations
An essential part of every meal served
We would love to hear from you!
Meet our December volunteer of the month: Terri McTigue. Terri is a long time volunteer at the Meal Center. She has been an active participant at the lunch meal with the Niantic Community Church on the fourth Saturday of the month for over 25 years! Terri's love of the Meal Center and its patrons is evident by the fact that once she retired (about 6 years ago), she also volunteers every Monday and Thursday at the lunch meal. Terri is a real people person and considers the patrons and volunteers another family. She enjoys interacting with the patrons and serving on the meal line. Terri's passion and compassion for people are evident in the joy that she brings to her service. She believes that everyone deserves a nourishing and delicious meal and is grateful that the Meal Center is here to provide that service. Thank you, Terri, for the love and caring that you bring to the patrons of the New London community.
From Our volunteers
I volunteer because the people that come to the meal center are having rough times, and it can happen to anyone. I feel it is important to help people who are less fortunate, and it is really important to treat people with dignity. We are not just feeding them. I get the satisfaction of knowing I am helping people.
I volunteer because I can. I had a life and a career where I was fortunate to do well. Now that I am retired I want to spend my time giving a step up in the simple form of a meal to someone who did not have all the advantages I have had in my life.
I volunteer because it is a way of giving back to all people who helped me throughout the course of my life. I do it to give back, to pay it forward. Also, I do get personal fulfillment that is wonderful. I feel good about volunteering.