Auxiliary Gift Shop

If you like retail and enjoy being with people, the "Little Store", our auxiliary gift shop may be the place for you. We offer flexible hours to accommodate your schedule. This is a great opportunity to interact with employees, patients, and visitors.

Child Care Center

Assist classroom teachers with preparation and implementation of educational and play activities for children ranging in age from infants to preschool.


Stamping, filing, collating and copying  to support various departments.

Equipment Exchange

Volunteers are needed to assist with the receipt of the donated equipment, as well as to coordinate and fulfill requests from individuals needing items. Hours are flexible and training is provided.

Information Desk

Share your outgoing personality when you volunteer at the Information Desk, the hub of the hospital. You will be the first point of contact for visitors to experience the friendly, caring atmosphere that makes Hospital for Special Care unique. You will receive training about many aspects of the hospital and will be able to respond professionally to visitor’s needs. Consider volunteering with a friend; teams of two are always welcome.

Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding

Manes & Motions Therapeutic Horseback Riding provides many physical, emotional and cognitive benefits to people with disabilities. Join as a "sidewalker" or "leader" to guide the horses. Other volunteers serve behind the scenes caring for the horses, maintaining the facility or helping in the office with clerical tasks.

This therapeutic riding program is located at 874 Millbrook Road, Middletown, CT 06457. Call 860.685.0008 for more information.


College students interested in gaining experience in the pharmacy profession can provide clerical support to the staff, including organization and delivery of medications, while under the supervision of a pharmacist.


Graduate and undergraduate students will have opportunities to participate in directed research projects. They may interact directly with patients and assist with data collection.

Sports and Fitness Programs

At Hospital for Special Care we believe that people living with physical disabilities should have opportunities to participate in sports, both competitive and recreational. Volunteers help with evening practices in basketball, track and field, swimming. Skiing takes place in January and February on Friday afternoons. Volunteers build friendships, encourage athletes, and share the excitement of their accomplishments. Volunteers can also help with competitions; our teams win national titles!

Thrift Shop

This retail thrift store is located at 89 West Main Street in downtown New Britain and offers affordable gently-used clothing, jewelry, and hard-cover books. The staff has a lot of fun working together, helping people in the community and raising money for the hospital.