Volunteer

Ann’s Place has hundreds of helping hands which play an integral part in our community. Ways you can volunteer are:

  • Event volunteers help make our many functions run smoothly. Some of our major events are: Festival of Trees, Golf and community fundraisers.
  • 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.
  • If you are handy with a screwdriver or drill, come help with small repair jobs in our 17,000 sq. ft building.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Peer Mentors are cancer survivors who want to assist others on their journey. As a peer mentor you can receive specialized training to support the newly diagnosed.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Would you like to be a member of our reception team, volunteer at an event, join the landscaping team, help with maintenance, have a corporate community day? Then contact Lynn Stubbe at lynn@annsplace.org or 203-790-6568.

To volunteer as a facilitator, peer mentor, wellness practitioner, or in other clinical area, please contact Su Murdock at su@annsplace.org or 203-790-6568.


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 16th 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. 16-18.  Special adult events include a Taps & Trees craft beer tasting night and a Gala 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.

Community Trees Committee Volunteers

Community Tree donors are essential to the success 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 attract new tree donations for our incredible annual display and Grand Raffle. Your help translates to funding 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.  Your involvement begins in spring and continues through November.  Committee communication includes a few initial planning sessions, then processing information through email and phone follow-up as needed.

Qualifications:  Strong people skills, excellent writing skills to clearly relay information during tree sign-up process, ability to network, collaborate, recruit, confirm and report.  Experience with CSV/Excel and G-Mail/Google Docs is essential as we download reports and transfer data. Data validation is essential for accuracy. Ability to identify and track information and create labels.

Provide follow-up with your department chair. Presentation skill to build awareness of Ann’s Place is an additional plus; however, connecting with people one-on-one is invaluable.

Community Tree Members or Co-Chairs

  •      Recruit new and re-engage past tree donors.  Past donors will receive email alerts and tree instructions, as well as reminders as Fall approaches. Utilizing social media can be helpful.
  • Collaborate with your committee chair and keep status current. If you are interested, there is a possibility to move up to co-chair the function in the future, which includes additional reporting and organizational responsibilities.
  • Critical updating occurs in November to generate print materials and recognition signage.
  • Be available to answer donor email or phone questions on tree delivery and other details.  
  • Be available for Tree Check-in on November 11th, and on the 12th if possible.  Thank donors in person. Update their data profile and organize tree tagging.  If available, assist with winner prize and tree pick-up on Sunday, Nov 18, from 4:30 to 9 pm.
  • Coordinate Check-in with the lead tree designer, the Community Tree Chair and on-site volunteers to ensure processed trees are delivered to the correct area for display.

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.