Volunteer

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Ann’s Place has hundreds of helping hands which play an integral part in our community. If you are interested in volunteering please:

  • Fill out the form on this page or download the paper volunteer application. Please have your volunteer application filled out before attending an orientation. Paper copies can be emailed to
    lynn @ annsplace.org.

  • Sign up for an orientation by calling 203-790-6568 or emailing
    lynn @ annsplace.org. Our next orientations are at 5:30 PM on September 18, 2019, October 29, 2019 and December 4, 2019.

Some positions require an interview and background screening. There are some volunteer positions described below the Volunteer Application.

Some Ways you can volunteer are:

  • Facilitators: We require a master's degree in Counseling, Social Work or equivalent, and we supply you with incomparably rich experiences in working with cancer survivors. Plan to give us a couple of hours a month and it will be one of your most rewarding commitments.

  • Experienced wellness practitioners: for yoga, reiki, healthy movement, and art, plus other new areas–we are always looking for new offerings from our clients. Previous practice in working with cancer survivors is a plus.

  • Event volunteers help make our many functions run smoothly.

  • Gardening: If you enjoy gardening or landscaping, come help out for seasonal projects that are needed around our beautiful site and work with our horticultural expert.

  • Handyman (or woman!): If you are handy with a screwdriver or drill, come help with small repair jobs in our 17,000 sq. ft building.

  • Corporate Volunteers: We host many corporate teams on their special team-building and community support days. Think of Ann's Place the next time your company wants to help out in the community. We usually book our group projects several months in advance. We always appreciate when companies can provide funding for the supplies. We can provide space for a team gathering before or after the volunteer event but the company would provide the refreshments.

  • Festival of Trees Committee: A full description is below!

  • Receptionists: Be the first one someone sees or hears when they come to Ann’s Place.


Festival of Trees Committee

Join us for our largest fundraiser of the year, Ann’s Place Festival of Trees!

Festival Overview

The Festival of Trees is the largest fundraising event, now in its 17th year, to benefit the operation of Ann’s Place, Danbury’s community-based cancer support center, founded in 1991.  Festival takes place the weekend before Thanksgiving, Friday through Sunday, Nov. 22-24. Special adult events include a Taps & Trees craft beer tasting night and an Opening Night Party.  General public hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday offer a Handmade/Quilter’s Corner, Marketplace, Specialty Artisans & Holiday Lane Vendors, live entertainment, display and grand raffle of over 100 decorated trees and 100 raffle prize items.  On Saturday and Sunday, numerous activities abound for children.  A 20-member Leadership Board meets monthly from January to November to plan the Festival.  The staff Event Specialist, Community Engagement Specialist, and the General Festival Chair support department chairs and their committees.

Sponsorship Subcommittee Volunteer

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Sponsorships are the heartbeat of this event.  The goal is to expand our outreach to increase participation from companies, individuals, and organizations.  A year of effort goes into creating a stunning holiday setting for thousands of families to enjoy as their annual holiday tradition.  Your role is to connect new sponsors to our great mission to underwrite the free professional services Ann’s Place provides to people diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones.  We need new committee members to take it to the next level by building on our well-established foundation.  Recruitment begins in spring and continues through October.  Meetings as needed after initial training.

Qualifications:  Strong people skills, ability to network, collaborate, recruit, confirm and report.  Ability to update spreadsheets, provide follow-up with department chair and/or general chair. Presentation skills are an additional plus, but connecting with people one-on-one is invaluable.

Sponsorship members:

  • Recruit new and re-engage past sponsors. Past contact lists will be provided.

  • Attend Leadership Board meetings and bring a detailed progress/status report. Send report in advance to Festival Chair if you need to miss a meeting.

  • Update the Event Specialist on progress/status from committee; submit paperwork in a timely way for the creation of print materials and signage to recognize sponsors.

  • Confirm sponsors and provide details on payment methods and submission of artwork.

  • Thank sponsors and whenever possible, thank sponsors again in person onsite during Festival.

  • Coordinate with Leadership chairs for specific departments to support their individual events with appropriate sponsors.

 Apply to: Jack Bouffard, jack @ annsplace.org, 203-790-6568.