Every year, CCAR sponsors a walk in Bushnell Park in Hartford. It's a great day of fellowship, fun, music and food. We need your help. Visit our Recovery Walks! page.
A Recovery Coach is anyone interested in promoting recovery by removing barriers and obstacles to recovery and serving as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking or already in recovery. Training is available. If you would like to be a Recovery Coach volunteer, visit our Recovery Coach Academy page.
To date, there have been 3,854 recoverees that have received Telephone Recovery Support calls. Last year alone, CCAR signed up 1,709 new recoverees. If you would like to join our Telephone Recovery Support group of volunteers, click here for more information.
A Recovery Community Center (RCC) is a recovery oriented sanctuary anchored in the heart of the community. Currently we have 3 recovery centers in Connecticut.
To join our efforts as a volunteer helping others in the community, and to learn more about what we do, visit our recovery center pages.
In 2005, CCAR made a conscious decision to move to an organizational culture that completely embraced volunteerism. We hired a full-time Volunteer Coordinator, and this person has been instrumental in CCAR's success. After researching many venues, we modeled our Volunteer Management System (VMS) afteCT Judicial Branch Community Service Program-Wheeler Clinicr large hospitals including applications, interviews, background checks, job descriptions, training, supervision, and celebration. Early on CCAR encountered some resistance to the idea of performing background checks on our volunteers. People argued that most of the people we work with and who were currently helping out with CCAR had a criminal record so they would be disqualified from volunteering. Management assured that this would not be the case. Long criminal histories could be viewed not as liabilities, but as resumes.
In 2009, 273 CCAR volunteers contributed 15,216.50 hours of service, with a richness of diversity and lived experience rarely found in non-profit agencies. At staff meetings, public presentations, and in conversations with the recovery community, we emphasize the importance of our volunteers, because an active volunteer force generates more positive results than paid staff can possibly accomplish alone. Recoverees not only gain from the collective wisdom of the CCAR volunteer force, but have the opportunity to become a CCAR volunteer as well, in accord with the time-honored recovery principle, “You can't keep it unless you give it away.”
As a result of the untiring efforts that the volunteers put forth, CCAR presented 34 Presidential Awards at our 2010 Volunteer Recognition Dinner. In addition, Attorney General Richard Blumenthal acknowledged the Presidential Award recipients with an Official Citation.