Members in Action

AIA Connecticut is excited to share all the ways that our members are
volunteering in Connecticut communities!

Whether it’s cleaning up hiking trails, maintaining campsites, working on non-profit housing, or planting flowers in public spaces, volunteering is a valuable service to the community!

J Geiger and the New York Elevation Church Love Week Outreach Team

J Geiger serves year round with Helping Hand Rescue Mission in Huntington Station, Long Island, NY. This is from their LOVE Week 2021 which is always the 3rd week in July.  J Geiger will be serving them again in a much greater capacity this year.

As a witness to the love of God, the Helping Hand Rescue Mission seeks to improve the spiritual and temporal conditions of the children, families, and people of the communities they serve by providing excellent service to all who come, whether they be rich or poor, high or low social status. They are here to love, to serve, and to give.

Pickard Chilton team members pitched in for Rock-to-Rock Service Day

They spent the morning cleaning up the playground, trails, and removing invasive vines in East Rock Park. It was a great way to celebrate Earth Month and give back to the City of New Haven.

J Geiger volunteering with Lighthouse Mission in Bellport, Long Island, NY

This photo is also from the Elevation Church LOVE Week 2021.

The Lighthouse Mission exists to feed the hungry and help the homeless by sharing God's love with people in need in practical ways. Their commitment is to feed the poor, but the goal is to empower people to overcome poverty and live purpose-filled lives.

Svigals + Partners volunteers with Babbidge and the YMCA

To help deliver amazing experiences to children this summer, the YMCA/Svigals/Babbidge team constructed and installed archery shooting platforms that allow the expansion of the archery activity to more campers of differing age groups. We also repaired a much-loved footbridge and added code compliant guard rails; painted, repaired, and expanded existing seating in the Council Ring; and painted graphic signs featuring the organization’s core values. Leaving no stone unturned, folks planted and mulched a flower garden, constructed yard games, and assembled furniture for several camp buildings.

These tasks required a variety of skills from mixing concrete to carpentry to painting. Diligent preparation and planning ensured we harnessed our member’s skillsets to deliver the highest quality workmanship possible to this great cause.

A total of 28 Svigals volunteers attended this year’s community service event, representing over 90% of our total staff. Honored to be recipients of the 2022 Adult Volunteers of the Year Award by Hamden/North Haven YMCA, we eagerly anticipate the opportunity to contribute again next year.

Are you looking for opportunities to volunteer?
Become a Member in Action by participating in any of these
volunteer opportunities we have gathered for you:

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut is holding their annual STUFF THE BUS school supply drive. Donations will be delivered to students across central and northeastern Connecticut. This is a great way to become involved in AIA CT's Members in Action Initiative!

To assist United Way, school supplies donations can be dropped off at the AIA Connecticut office Monday through Thursday from 9am-4pm. We are accepting donations through September 2, 2022.

School supplies needed include: crayons, erasers, glue sticks, highlighters, markers, pens, #2 pencils, pocket folders, and spiral notebooks. Questions about dropping off supplies? Email

Connecticut Foodshare
Fairfield, Hartford, New Haven,
New London, and Tolland

United Way
Opportunities available across Connecticut

EHI Equestrian & Therapeutic Center
Looking for help in the design/build of a
new Mary Fields Museum 

This one of a kind urban riding center serves the
youth, families, adults and veterans through
equine-assisted psychotherapy, therapeutic riding,
and a variety of youth programs.
Contact Patricia Kelly, President/CEO

Habitat for Humanity (North Central Connecticut)
ooking for groups of 8-10 people with a
donation of $2,000 for the Corporate Build Option
Corporate Build Dates available:
July 15, July 29, July 30, August 10, August 11, August 19, August 20, August 24, August 25, August 26
Contact Suzanne Feola, Director of Development
for more details or to sign up

Keep checking back here for more volunteer opportunities as they come our way!

If you or your firm/organization participates in volunteer activities,
AIA Connecticut wants to showcase it on this NEW Members in Action webpage!

  • Simply send 2-3 photos and a short blurb (no more than 250 words) about the community service projects that your firm/organization has worked on or is planning on starting this year to
  • We will add it to this webpage to demonstrate the importance of community and hopefully inspire others along the way!