Volunteer & Donation Opportunities


Donations to the Baldwin Center

If you would like to make a donation to Stratford Senior Services please mail checks to: Stratford Senior Services, Raymond E. Baldwin Center, 1000 West Broad Street, Stratford, CT 06615. Donations are greatly appreciated.

In addition to monetary donations, we accept yarn and craft items, some books and recent magazines. Other donations (for example, someone has a collection they would like on display for a few months) can be discussed with Lauren Donovan or Diane Puterski by calling 203-385-4055.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Baldwin Center

Volunteers play a vital role in the day to day activities of the Baldwin Center. Please look through the volunteer opportunities listed below, and see if one would fit your special skills. Click here for volunteer application.

Commission on Aging

Commission members are appointed by the Mayor and make recommendations on behalf of senior Town residents. They assist with advocacy and research regarding concerns of older adults in the Stratford Community. Contact person: Diane Puterski, Director of Senior Services.

Coffee Shop Assistant

The Coffee Shop, a vital part of Baldwin Center, is open 5 days a week from 8:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Coffee Shop attendants serve hot drinks, soda and bakery items, which are sold at a reasonable price. They assist with refreshments for meetings and socialize with customers. A real "people person" position! Contact person: Lauren Donovan, Program Supervisor.

Center Shopper

Shopper purchases items needed for coffee shop, C.A.R.E.S. program and social activities at the Center. Supplies are generally purchased at Costco or local supermarkets. Contact person: Lauren Donovan.

C.A.R.E.S. Program Assistant

Assists frail elders in social and recreational programming. Activities include lunch aide, activity leader, craft assistant and much more. Contact person: Erin McLeod


Answers phone and greets Center visitors. Contact person: Lauren Donovan, Program Supervisor.

Information Desk Attendant

Assists with new member registration, orientates members to computer check-in, handles registrations for special programs and activities, provides general information about Center activities. Contact person: Lauren Donovan, Program Supervisor.

Community Cafe Assistant

Prepares, serves and assists with Salvation Army Nutrition Program at the Center, which is the largest meal site in the region. Contact person: Okimesoy Fernandez (203-377-4991)

Friendly Visitor

Visits frail, homebound seniors on a weekly or monthly basis. Even one visit can make a difference. Contact person: Mary Balog, Outreach Coordinator.

Friendly Shopper

Lends a helping hand for elders who can no longer do their own food shopping. Contact person: Mary Balog, Outreach Coordinator.

Program Presenters

Travel, magic, arts, crafts, music, literature, history, hobbies, etc. Share your talents! Contact person: Lauren Donovan, Program Supervisor.

Center Decor Team

Assists with seasonal decorations in Center lobby, waters plants, designs and decorates bulletin boards in lobby. Contact persons: Diane Puterski, Director or Lauren Donovan.

Service Clubs

Benefit the Center and the Stratford community through vital Center organizations such as Men's Club, AARP, Social Planning Committee and Community Service Committee. Contact persons: Diane Puterski, Director and Lauren Donovan.