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Whether you are searching for a place to volunteer on campus or in the community, we can help.  Browse the list of organizations below or use the search box to narrow the results.  Click each listing for more information.  Students are welcome to contact these organizations directly to inquire about volunteering.  Because some service agencies and organizations are small and have limited staff, we sometimes recommend that students also check with our office to inquire about the agency or department he/she is interested in.

FAQ Plus IconA Meal and More

Services:

A Meal and More, Inc. has been serving people in need since 1979. With the help of a retired professional chef and many volunteers they serve, free of charge, hot, well-balanced, nutritious meals to as many as 100 or more guests every Wednesday and Sunday in a safe, inviting and clean environment. Guests include the homeless, disabled, unemployed, elderly, children and anyone needing a helping hand at this time in their lives. In addition to a hot meal the agency also offers clothing and personal care supplies. At Christmas, guests receive a gift bag with necessary items. They also offer guests moral support and encouragement in coping with their situations. In some cases, guests may be referred to other agencies for emergency shelter, public assistance or job opportunities, and given them a list of additional soup kitchens in the Rochester area.

Volunteer Opportunities:

To volunteer at A Meal and More email volunteer@amealandmore.org with your volunteer preferences and availability. Generally, volunteers help to set tables, serve food, arrange desserts, and breads, and help with making salads. All volunteers must cover their hair in order to assist with these jobs, and wear closed-toed shoes and gloves to keep food satefy and kitchen safety protocol met. Note that a baseball hat with hair pulled back is fine to meet the covered hair requirement.

http://amealandmore.org/

FAQ Plus IconAction for a Better Community

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As a "community action agency," ABC's programs touch upon the health, education, safety, employment, and housing of our region's families, individuals, teens, and toddlers. ABC has aided thousands of individuals/families to move from public assistance to a gainfully employed, tax-paying status.

Volunteer Needs:

Volunteer jobs range from direct service to our program participants to agency leadership as members of our Board of Directors. Programs include: Head Start, job readiness and placement, alcohol and substance abuse counseling and prevention, energy conservation, and community advocacy.

Contact this agency by emailing volunteer@abcinfo.org or calling 585-325-5116 .

http://www.abcinfo.org/community/volunteer

FAQ Plus IconAl Sigl Center

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Service areas include: The ARC; Mary Cariola Children's Center; Medical Motor Service of Rochester & Monroe Co.; Rochester Area Multiple Sclerosis Inc; Rochester Hearing and Speech Center; Rochester Rehabilitation Center, Inc.; United Cerebral Palsy Association. There are numerous volunteer opportunites at each of these locations. ON BUS LINE

http://www.alsigl.org/

FAQ Plus IconAlzheimer's Association-Rochester Chapter

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Assisting the family caregiver to maintain a normal, productive lifestyle. They provide support, information and education to family and professional caregivers of those individuals affected by dementia. supports local and national research.

Volunteer Needs:

Current opportunities include: advocacy, gardening, graphic design, health fair representative, office support, peer-to-peer outreach, photography/videography, special event needs, and support group facilitator. In any of these roles you will see your impact through the support that's provided to families, the awareness raised for the cause, the changes in public policy, and the funds that are raised. To apply to be a volunteer complete the form at the link below or call 585-760-5400.

http://www.alz.org/rochesterny/in_my_community_volunteer.asp

FAQ Plus IconAmerican Cancer Society

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Volunteers are needed for patient services, information distribution, Cancer Control Network, health fairs, Hope Lodge maintenance and grounds keeping, special events throughout the year and clerical assistance.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Opportunities vary throughout the year, however, look for things such as: Relay for Life, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Hope Lodge, Road to Recovery, and other local events that appear annually. Additionally, check the link below for opportunities in administrative and clerical work, community events, education and advocacy, fundraising, online and social media help, patient services and support, retail and hospitality, and sports and recreation assistance.

Sign up to volunteer using the online form at the link below, or call their help number at 800-227-2345.

http://www.cancer.org/

FAQ Plus IconAmerican Diabetes Association-Rochester Chapter

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Services include support groups; information and referral; patient, public and professional education programs; chilren's summer camp program; speakers bureau and materials/resources for people with or at risk for diabetes.

Volunteer Needs:

Visit the link below for volunteer opportunities in the Upstate NY region. Additionally, advocacy and support help to spread awareness of the cause. Visit http://www.diabetes.org/advocacy/?loc=adv-slabnav to see how you can become an advocate here at RIT, in the Rochester community, or even back in your hometown community! 

http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/volunteer-opportunities/volunteer-opport...

FAQ Plus IconAmerican Heart Association

Services: Dedicated to the reduction of disability and death from heart disease and stroke. Provides education programs and funds life saving research.

Volunteer Needs:

Heart Walk - annual 5k walk held in March to fundraise for education and research. RIT has a team that students are able to join and support through our office which will be announced close to the event date. Volunteers are also needed to help out during the year with office work, mailings, special events, advocacy, and fundraisers. Call Robbin Anello at the Rochester office at 585-371-3112 or email at robbin.anello@heart.org for more information on any of these opportunities. 

http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/Rochester/New+York/Home_UCM_FDA109_Affil...

FAQ Plus IconAmerican Lung Association

Services: Prevention, education, advocacy, and research in the areas of asthma, lung cancer, COPD, emphysema, influenza, tobacco control, environmental health and other related lung issues.

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to: advocacy efforts, medical expert roles, professional roles such as serving on the board or leadership team, tobacco education and the Freedom From Smoking program, and other special events. Visit the link below and follow the sign up form to find an opportunity for you!

http://www.lung.org/get-involved/volunteer/

FAQ Plus IconAmerican Red Cross

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Services include disaster relief; health and safety courses (CPR, First Aid, water safety, back injury prevention, HIV/AIDS education); community heating funds; job readiness training; community food and nutrition services; school programs.

Volunteer Needs:

Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to: taking a leadership role, supporting the Red Cross Blood Team through recruitment efforts, blood drives, and driving, helping during a crisis, educating others, assisting with fundraising efforts, advicating for the cause, providing office and warehouse support, and more! Students are also able to take on internship and National Youth Council roles, as well as, assist in international efforts. Visit the link below for more information on any of the opportunities mentioned here and for several more! 

http://www.redcross.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities

FAQ Plus IconAmerican Red Cross-Henrietta

Services: The Rochester Area Red Cross is headquartered in downtown Rochester and offers a variety of services including CPR training, blood drives, walk-in blood donations, and warehouse and office jobs. They work to serve our local area along with several other local offices which are a part of the Rochester Area Red Cross network. 

Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer Opportunities vary depending on need and time of year, however, some regular needs are blood drive hosts, ambassadors and advocacy. For more specific roles and ways in which you can get involved visit this link:

http://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer#step2

or call the Rochester headquarters at: 585-241-4400 .

 

 

http://www.redcross.org/ny/rochester

FAQ Plus IconArc of Monroe County

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Provides high-quality programs for individuals with developmental disabilites and or mental retardation. Program services offered include: residential, clinical, vocational, day treatment, family support service coordination and transportation services.

Volunteer Needs:

Volunteer opportunities include: teaching basic computer skills, assisting on special events committees, becoming a mentor or friend to agency participants, and more. To volunteer contact Kim Lombardo at klombardo@arcmonroe.org or 585-672-2202. If you're looking for a little more work, feel free to ask about the Arc of Monroe internship program as well!

https://www.arcmonroe.org/how-to-help/volunteer/

FAQ Plus IconAssociation for the Blind & Visually Impaired: ABVI Goodwill

Services:

The mission of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI)-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester is to "assist people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their highest level of independence in their social and vocational lives."

Each year, the staff at ABVI-Goodwill touches the lives of more than 3,000 individuals, newborn to older adults, who are blind or visually impaired. In any year, more then 1,000 individuals will receive low vision screenings and examinations in Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region.

Other services include employment training, daily living skills, orientation and mobility training, counseling, computer training, social opportunities, children's programs, evaluations, and prescriptions for visual aids.

Volunteer Needs:

Volunteers make a real difference in the lives of individuals who are blind or visually impaired by providing rides to doctors’ appointments, assisting with social outings for people who are blind, helping with various special events, or a variety of other ways. ABVI’s volunteer program can utilize the time and talents of volunteers in a variety of unique and rewarding ways, including: drivers to transport individuals who are blind to medical appointments, shoppers to help people who are blind or visually impaired do the things they cannot do independently, such as shopping for groceries, readers to help individuals read their mail, pay bills, keep up on current events, etc. Additionally, volunteers can assist with Special Events to help provide sighted guide and volunteer support to ABVI at events such as quarterly social and recreational events for people who are blind, the annual Scouting for Food and Clothing program, or our Annual Celebration fundraising event.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with ABVI, or would like a volunteer application, please call (585) 232-1111.

 

http://www.seegreatthings.com/WaystoHelp/Volunteer.aspx

FAQ Plus IconBig Brothers Big Sisters

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A Big Brother or Big Sister is a mentor, friend, and a true role model who helps a child develop the self esteem and life skills necessary to become a healthy, productive adult. The service to youth is based on the concept of one-on-one relationship between an adult volunteer and a child.Trained and screened adult big brothers and big sisters provide children with adult guidance and companionship on a one-to-one basis. Time requirements and screening process required.

Volunteer Opportunities:

To become a Big Brother or Big Sister you must apply at the following link to set up an appointment to meet with a staff representative: https://aim.bbbs.org/einquiry/einquiryzip.aspx?t=2 . Once a staff is in contact with you, you will be required to go through training, an interview process, and a background check before becoming a mentor (for the safety of the children). Mentors are required to stay with their Little for one year, meet with them for 3 hours minimum per week, and own a car for transporting their Little to the various sites. For more information please visit any of the following:

info@bbbsr.org
http://www.BeABig.com
(585) 442-2250

http://www.bbbsr.org/

FAQ Plus IconBirthright of Rochester, Inc.

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Free and confidential services include pregnancy testing; non-judgemental counseling; follow-up support; childbirth and infant care classes; material assistance; referrals for medical, adoption, legal, schooling and housing needs.

Volunteer Needs:

For more information on how you can get involved at the local Rochester office please call: 585-385-2100.

http://birthright.org/en/

FAQ Plus IconBoys and Girls Club of Rochester

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The Boys and Girls Club of Rochester is set out to inspire and enable young people of all backgrounds to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. They provide youth development programs that enable young people to acquire the skills and qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders. Empowered with these positive developmental experiences and opportunities, Boys & Girls Club members have continually demonstrated their ability to overcome negative, failure-oriented environments and move toward fulfilling their dreams. Since its inception, the Boys & Girls Club Movement has provided mentoring and leadership specifically designed to change the lives of youth who face daily challenges such as poverty, broken homes, crime, unemployment, prejudice and difficulties in school.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Opportunities include, but are not limited to: program volunteers who work directly with kids in a variety of program areas from sharing billiard techniques in the game room to teaching guitar to tutoring a student, drivers needed to transport kids to off-site programs, special event volunteers provide the people power needed to organize, set up and staff various recognition and fundraising events throughout the year, board members at the governor and director levels set the policies and procedures for the organization and lead its fundraising efforts by providing leadership, planning and financial management, technical support for our computer lab and website, literacy volunteers, music recording experts, career exploration volunteers willing to bring employees to the Club or have us come visit their business to learn more, and coaches for our sports programs. Have questions? Please call Cathy Watson, volunteer coordinator, at 585-328-3077 x111.

https://bgcrochester.org/Get-Involved/Ways-To-Volunteer

FAQ Plus IconBreast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

Services:

The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester's mission is to make eradication of breast cancer a priority through education and advocacy, to empower women and men to participate fully in decisions relating to breast cancer, and to promote and focus research into the causes, prevention, treatment and cure of breast cancer.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Main opportunities for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester include: P.A.L.S. Mentor Program, Office Volunteers, and Regional Volunteers. As a mentor you need to have received a breast cancer diagnosis yourself, and will then be paired with someone facing a new diagnosis to help them on their breast cancer journey. As a volunteer in the office you will be stuffing envelopes, entering data, and more - your time goes to services that make it easier on the survivors! As a regional volunteer you could be working at seminars, signing people in at events, promoting programs, delivering newsletters, and working with community spaces. To volunteer for any of these positions please call 585-473-8177 or email the Regional Outreach Director at tracy@bccr.org .

http://bccr.org/how-to-help/volunteer/

FAQ Plus IconCalvary St. Andrews Emergency Food Program

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Calvary St. Andrews Presbytarian Parish is proud to support a food pantry serving more than 2,000 people through Foodlink's helping hands. The pantry strives to search healthy food to those in need through many opportunities including their mobile food pantry and on-site community garden.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers can help in many ways. The most personalized way is through volunteering at the Emergency Food Cupboard on-site. This location is open five days a week and requires the sole help of volunteers to stay open. Without the help of volunteers, this site would not be able to remain open for the community. Additional on-site help also includes the community garden site, which could use help with picking, weeding, and more. If you'd like to stay off-site, consider hosting a food drive with the help of the shelter's organizer, or making a personal donation of food, personal items, or money. For more information on these opportunities please call: 585-325-4950, or email calvaryandrews@gmail.com .

http://www.calvarystandrews.org/emergency-food-cupboard/how-can-i-help/

FAQ Plus IconCameron Community Ministries

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Cameron Community Ministries is an Urban Christian Outreach Center based in northwest Rochester in the Lyell-Otis Neighborhood. They help to meet the needs of a generaly poor neighborhood community. Services include:Youth After-School, Summer programs, a free hot meal program that serves lunch daily, an emergency food pantry, and a closeing house that serves community members in need of clothing and housewares.

Volunteer Opportunities:

There are many opportunities to become a volunteer at Cameron on a regular basis, or to come just for a few hours! Some of these opportunities include: hot lunch server, clothing house volunteer, after school program/summer program volunteer, program volunteers for things such as the kids cafe, the food pantry, holiday programs, and more. If you are interested in volunteering for Cameron Community Ministries please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Jennie Papkin, at ccmvolunteerc@gmail.com, or 585-254-2697.

http://www.cameronministries.org/boy_scout_and_girl_scout_projects0.aspx

FAQ Plus IconCamp DayDreams

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Camp DayDreams is a youth development program that assists children as they grow both as individuals and as members of a community through participation in an education-based residential summer camp experience and year-round support programs. Their year round "Camp and Grow" program provides otherwise at-risk 8-17 year old kids with recreational, social & educational opportunities including: summer camp, monthly enrichment events, community engagement, peer mentoring, and more!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers are at the heart of the summer camp program, so if you're around for the summer consider helping out! All volunteers must complete a volunteer form at the following link: http://www.campdaydreams.org/volunteers/ , and be at least 17 years old to help out. Additionally, if you'd like to assist with other programs, or need more information on the summer camp, please feel free to call at 585-328-3077 ext 113, or email at mail@campdaydreams.org.

http://www.campdaydreams.org/

FAQ Plus IconCamp Good Days and Special Times, Inc.

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Camp Good Days provides residential camping programs at our beautiful Recreational Facility, located on the shores of Keuka Lake in Branchport, New York, as well as year-round recreational and support activities, in the Rochester, Buffalo, Ithaca & Syracuse, New York areas for children with cancer and the entire family.  At Camp Good Days, participants have the opportunity to regain some of what cancer has taken away from them.  While a vast majority of our children reside in NY, Camp Good Days has no geographical boundaries and accepts children from all 50 states and all over the world.  No child with cancer is ever turned away from Camp Good Days. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

Camp Good Days and Special Times prides itself on the quality of its volunteers. Volunteers come from all walks of life and strive to improve the quality of life for children and adults in our programs who are diagnosed with cancer and other life challenges. There are a variety of ways people can volunteer at Camp Good Days. To get involved at the local office please call 585-624-5555 or 800-785-2135. To get involved at another office in NY please visit the locations page at the following address for contact information: https://www.campgooddays.org/directions#mendon .

https://www.campgooddays.org/volunteer

FAQ Plus IconCatholic Family Center

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Catholic Family Center dates back to the early 1900's when it was founded to assist immigrants. Still, today, the Center works to resettle refugees, strengthen families,and provide emergency housing and shelters to those in need. Additionally, the center has expanded to provide services for aging adults, adoption and foster care, substance abuse treatment, and behavioral health services.

Volunteer Needs:

If you're looking for a long-term volunteer opportunity, Catholic Family Center has a variety of opportunities for you! Check the link below for a current listing of postings and then contact the center at 585-262-7044 or cgill@cfrochester.org for information on how you can apply. Long-term volunteers must committ for at least six months for their position. Those who would like a shorter committment, or are looking to bring a group, can consider cleaning and organizing, fundraising, meal prep, or enrichment program opportunities that only require a one-time participation. If this seems more appealing to you, contact 585-262-7044 and note that you are looking for a one time experience while discussing options.

http://www.cfcrochester.org/volunteer/

FAQ Plus IconCommunity Place of Greater Rochester

Services:

A community-based human services agency providing services to youth, families, adults, and develpmentally disabled individuals. Our activities range from providing education enhancement for kindergartners to food and clothing for families, and some family activities.

Volunteer Opportunities:

To volunteer, visit the link below and complete the volunteer form linked on the page. Volunteers are welcome to participate for a couple hours, a full day, or for longer, as desired! The Community Place values any time and effort that volunteers can give and will work around your desires to make the most of your time.

http://www.communityplace.org/get-involved/volunteer/

FAQ Plus IconCompeer

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The Compeer Program matches community volunteers in friendship relationships with children and adults who are receiving mental health treatment. Consumers are are referred to the program by mental health professionals. Community volunteers, who are trained and screened, visit their friend for a minimum of one hour per week for a year and provide rehabilitative social support, advocacy, educational and vocational mentoring, and access to community resources. On-going training, supervision and support are also provided.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers at Compeer are carefully matched into a mentorship role based on mutual preferences, and receive comprehensive, customized training and support throughout the program. There are a variety of programs that a volunteer can be paired with including: the Adult Program, the Youth Program, CompeerCORPS, Compeer calling and E-Buddies, and the Family Mentoring Program. Depending on your needs and preferences, the Rochester staff will pair you into the best program for you!

http://compeerrochester.org/volunteer/

FAQ Plus IconCURE (Childhood Cancer Assoc.)

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Helps children and families dealing with cancer or coping with loss.

Volunteer Opportunites:

Whether it's helping in the office with administrative tasks, tending to the garden, or lending a hand at events or family programs, every volunteer has a special place at CURE and is truly appreciated. To view a current list of events that you could get involved with visit the link below. If you are interested in volunteering in any that you see, contact Kiersten Kunick at kiersten.kunick@curekidscancer.com to set up your volunteer opportunity!

http://curekidscancer.com/newly-diagnosed/volunteers/

FAQ Plus IconCystic Fibrosis

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The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. For those unfamiliar with the disease, cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe overtime. People who develop the disease require frequent treatments and medical attention due to symptoms and side effects.

Volunteer Needs:

At the Rochester Chapter there are a number of ways that you can get involved. The largest event that people generally choose to participate in is the Great Strides fundraising walk which raises funds for the Foundation. Other opportunities include a range of other events offered over the course of the year and serving on leading committees for the Foundation. Please call 585-924-0319 or 800-334-4823 ext 774, or email pschwarzweller@cff.org for more information on any of these wonderful opportunities to get involved!

https://www.cff.org/Chapters/Rochester/Get-Involved/

FAQ Plus IconDelta Environmental & Adopt-A-Stream Program

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Delta Environmental is a not for profit environmental organization that provides education, guidance and resources for communities and individuals in order to preserve and protect our natural resources and the environment.

For 45 years, Delta Environmental has tested the water quality of Upstate New York's rivers and streams. We have preserved bodies of water and fought hard to clean them up. We have taught children to value this precious resource.

We invite you to join us in protecting the environment where you live.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Help out by participating in on-site action, education/information, mailing volunteer, board of directions, or be being an event coordinator or volunteer. Your participation in any of these opportunities could help to clean up a shoreline, distribute information to others, review programs and progress, or help bring people together for the cause.

For more information please fill out the online form on the site below, or call 585-234-1726 for their main telephone line.

http://www.adopt-a-stream.org/volunteer

FAQ Plus IconDimitri House

Services:

The Dimitri House serves the homeless of Rochester, helping on their journey towards self-sifficiency. Services offered through the house include, but are not limited to: food cupboard, emergency shelter, drop-in-center, health advocate and recovery house. Through each of these services, the house looks to bring each of their guests back to a self-sufficient lifestyle which will raise them above the obstacles of homelessness and bring them back to a safe and healthy lifestyle.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers can help out the Dimitri House in a variety of roles. Drop-in volunteers can assist with serving food, washing dishes, and cleaning. They are also encouraged to engage in activities and conversations with guests at the house. To volunteer at the food pantry, you could be answering the door, welcoming clients, preparing food bags, or helping to support the "Client Choice" program which helps clients choose their own food from the pantry. If interested, please call the Dimitri House at 585-325-1796, or email at generalinfo@dimitri-house.org for more information.

http://www.dimitri-house.org/#!volunteer/c1va

FAQ Plus IconEast House

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The mission of East House is to assist individuals recovering from mental illness, substance use disorder, or both, to live healthy and fulfilling lives. They strive towards meeting this goal through opportunities such as their residential programs which offers supportive housing for those in need, and recovery services which focus on establishing a healthy lifestyle and a continued path to recovery.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer opportunities at the East House can be tailored to your needs and can take as little as one hour of your time! Every volunteer at East House goes through a quick screening process to assure that volunteers are fit for the opportunity that is available, and then a brief orientation will be done at the beginning of each volunteer experience. Additionally, all volunteers are well-supervised during their time at the house. For more information on how you can get involved, please email ees@easthouse.org.

http://www.easthousecorp.org/

FAQ Plus IconEmpire Justice

Services:

Empire Justice protects and strengthens the legal rights of people in New York State who are poor, disabled or disenfranchised through: systems change advocacy, training and support to other advocates and organizations, and high quality direct civil legal representation.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers can assist in a number of roles which are associated in running a public interest law office. Before getting involved, all volunteers are asked to complete a brief volunteer form which can be found at the following link: http://www.empirejustice.org/assets/pdf/volunteer-interest-form.pdf . This form is designed to better match you with an opportunity that meets your needs as a volunteer. Additionally, several volunteers annually work with the C.A.S.H. program (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) to work to improve life for low-income families in Monroe County. To volunteer for this program, check out the following link and then follow the link on that page to the volunteer interest form for more information http://www.empirejustice.org/cash/volunteer-intern-opportunities/ .

http://empirejustice.org/

FAQ Plus IconEpiscopal Senior Life Communities

Services: Volunteers are needed to work with senior residents in different areas during the week and on the weekends.

https://episcopalseniorlife.org/

FAQ Plus IconFood Not Bombs

Services:

Food Not Bombs/Rochester (FNB Rochester) is an informal co-op that sprouted up within the last few years. FNB is a refreshing difference from the traditional, long established supper programs and agencies that have provided meals for decades. Every Sunday the young people of FNB offer the community the free, vegetarian meals available to anyone who wishes to partake.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers are critical to the success of Food Not Bombs, as they are at the heart of this organization and are what keeps it running. To assist in volunteering please email

rocfoodnotbombs@googlegroups.com

to get in contact with the local group, or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/90101442867/ . Most volunteer opportunities will include going to a weekly "serve" and prepping or serving food. These opportunities can be found through the Facebook group or through emailing the group's email.

http://www.foodnotbombs.net/

FAQ Plus IconFoodlink

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Foodlink is a regional food hub and the Feeding America food bank serving 10 local counties, including RIT's own, Monroe County. Their operations specifically target the root causes of hunger, distributing food to a network of agencies, seving meals through their kitchen, and offering a variety of food-related programs.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer at the local warehouse where food is collected, sorted,and weighed before being distributed to those in need. Groups and individuals are all welcome, and volunteer opportunities generally occur on Saturday mornings. If you have questions about volunteering in the warehouse at Foodlink, or are interested in signing up to volunteer, please contact either 585-413-4097 or email volunteers@foodlinkny.org .

 

http://www.foodlinkny.org/

FAQ Plus IconGilda's Club Rochester New York' Affiliate of the Cancer Support Community

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Provides cancer patients, their family and friends with suport, education and advocacy; offers health education, smoking withdrawal, professional education and minoriy outreachprograms; runs a day-camp for children with cancer and their siblings, men and women.

Volunteer Needs:

Volunteers are an integral part of what makes Gilda's Club Rochester such an important place for people who have been impacted by cancer. The energy and enthusiasm that volunteers bring help to encourage others and make the programs run smoothly as a result! Some roles that volunteers can take include: Noogieland Team members that help out with children who have been touched by cancer, Cancer Survivors and Family Survivors that help with mentoring and guidance, Clubhouse Team members provide a range of assistance at the clubhouse location, and Special Events and Outreach volunteers who help in the planning and execution of special events throughout the year. All volunteers must complete the volunteer form before volunteering (which can be found at this link: http://www.gildasclubrochester.org/sites/default/files/VolunteerApplicat...) and can contact the volunteer coordinator at 585-423-9700 with any questions that may still exist after filling it out!

http://www.gildasclubrochester.org/give-support/volunteer

FAQ Plus IconGirl Scouts of Western New York

Services:

There’s greatness in every girl and Girl Scouts helps her find it. Girl Scouts seeks to introduce girls to inspiring role models, offer unique skill-building opportunities in a safe environment, and set the stage for lifelong friendships.Their mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place, and their programs are all developed with that goal in mind!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteering with Girl Scouts is designed with you mind - offering a variety of opportunities to fit every schedule and passion possible. Opportunities include: becoming a troop leader or co-leader, volunteering with the annual girl scout cookie sale, becoming a mentor, and assisting with camp and seasonal events. For more information on how you can get involved, email girlscouts@gswny.org or call 1-888-837-6410.

http://www.gswny.org/

FAQ Plus IconGRASP

Services:

GRASP (Greece Residents Assisting Stray Pets) is committed to reducing the number of homeless pets in Greece, NY by descreasing dog and cat reproduction, promoting responsible pet ownership, and placing homeless dogs and cats into compatible, loving, and permanent homes.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers are needed in a variety of roles at GRASP. Specifically, volunteers can help by donating their time or fostering animals, fundraising, helping at adoption events, transporting animals to and from appointments, adoption events, and foster homes, educating the public, or collecting and donating supplies. For more information on how you can get involved contact the Volunteer Coordinator by using the following link: http://www.graspinc.org/contact-us/16-contact-forms/23-contact-volunteer... , or visit their volunteer page on their Facebook for more opportunities: https://www.facebook.com/GRASPinc/app/160430850678443/ .

http://www.graspinc.org/

FAQ Plus IconHabitat for Humanity

Services:

Flower City Habitat for Humanity's (HOH) mission is to bring people together to build houses, communities, and hope. Since 1984, HOH has built or renovated over 200 homes in Rochester, helping families achieve their dreams of home ownership and strengthening local neighborhoods one home at a time.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers at the Flower City Habitat for Humanity can help in a variety of roles. Those who want to assist in building houses, check out the on-site, construction roles. For those who are more excited about the behind-the-scenes work, there are a variety of office volunteer roles, special event programs that require assistance, and special committees that you can become a part of. Additionally, volunteers can assist in raising funds for the program through helping out at the Habitat ReStore, which is a retail store that helps fund the program. Sign up for volunteer through their online registration system (http://www.volunteerup.com/ProjectCal.asp?o=238), or email their volunteer coordinator at Volunteering@RochesterHabitat.org or call them at 585-546-1470 ext 312 for more information on how you can help!

http://www.rochesterhabitat.org/

FAQ Plus IconHeritage Christian Services

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At Heritage Christian Services, people always come first. It’s what the founding parents insisted on, and it’s still the backbone of the culture more than 30 years later. Because of that dedication, the agency upholds the highest standards of care for people with developmental disabilities, and when needs arise – like respite care for overextended families – HCS steps in to fill the gap. That’s why the agency has grown from one group home in 1984 to now serving more than 1,800 people through residential support, day programs, service coordination, respite, community habilitation, employment supports and licensed home care services.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Heritage Christian Services offers a variety of fun and interesting volunteer opportunities to match each and every volunteer's needs. Opportunities range from those that will take only a few hours of your time, to those which are on-going and require more training. Additionally, opportunities allow for individuals or groups to assist. Contact the volunteer coordinator at 585-340-2000 for ways that you can get involved in the variety of programs that Heritage Christian Services has to offer.

http://www.heritagechristianservices.org/

FAQ Plus IconHill Haven

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Is a nursing home affiliated with Rochester Health Care which has virtually unlimited volunteer oportunites, here are a few; friendly visitor, escort service, hostess, creaft assistant, Bingo caller, librarian, music librarian, accompanist, photographer, office assistant, indoor gardener, card/game players, show a hobby and special interests.

https://www.rochesterregional.org/services/seniors/skilled-nursing/hill-haven/

FAQ Plus IconHillside Family of Agencies

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Hillside Family of Agencies provides comprehensive health, education, and human services for children and families whose challenges threaten their ability to realize their full potential. Whether in residential treatment, in schools, in homes, or in the workplace, Hillside is committed to delivering the right care, in the right setting, to ensure success.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers at Hillside Family of Agencies are a critical component to the running of the agency. Opportunities include: volunteering at local events, holding drives and collections for supplies, hosting special events, working as a youth mentor, and assisting in pre-kindergarten classes. If interested in being a mentor contact Hillside Family of Agencies at info@hillside.com or 585-256-7500. Other volunteer opportunities can be arranged by email through hcf@hillside.com .

http://www.hillside.com/

FAQ Plus IconHope Lodge Hospitality House

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Hope Lodge is designed to provide free or low cost housing to patients and caregivers traveling far from home for cancer care.  The house is presented in association with the American Cancer Society and is set-up to feel like a home away from home for local cancer patients and families.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Hope Lodge offers a variety of options for their volunteerings, working with their times constraints and volunteer preferences as closely as possible. Some examples of what you could be doing while volunteering at Hope Lodge include: making meals, socializingwith  and entertaining house guests, organizing activities, and performing upkeeping on the facility and surrounding grounds. To volunteer sign up online at the following link: https://www.cancer.org/involved/volunteer/app/sign-up-to-volunteer , or call 800-227-2345 for more information.

http://www.cancer.org/involved/volunteer/hope-lodge-volunteer

FAQ Plus IconHumane Society at Lollypop Farm

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Committed to the humane treatment of animals through education, prevention of cruelty and promotion of responsible pet ownership. Lollypop offers a variety of programs for the general community and pet-owners alike, welcoming everyone into their doors. For those non-pet owners, Lollypop also has an extensive adoption program where you can adopt anything from cats and dogs to farm animals and reptiles!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers at Lollypop Farm must apply to acknowledge preferences and time committments before being matched with the perfect opportunity for them! With the great variety of opportunities, ranging from office work to working with the animals, there is certain to be something for everyone. Fill out the volunteer application form at the following link: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=2043852437 , in order to be contacted about opportunities that fit best with your needs and wants. Have any questions, call the volunteer manager at 585-223-1330, or email at kstolt@lollypop.org .

http://www.lollypop.org/get-involved/volunteer/

FAQ Plus IconIbero-American Action League, Inc.

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Provides comprehensive bilingual services targeted to Latinos and other in Monroe and surrounding counties: family counseling; senior center; educational and employment; housing; developmental disabilities services; community development; adoption services.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Interested in volunteering at Ibero-American Action League, Inc. ? Contact the office at 585-256-8900.

http://www.iaal.org/

FAQ Plus IconJewish Family Service of Rochester

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The mission of the Jewish Family Service of Rochester is to strengthen individuals, families, and communities through their comprehensive social service opportunities. Services offered through this agency are said to be built upon the Jewish traditions of dignity, kindness, and tiffun olam, or improving the world. These services include, but are not limited to: adoption programs, mental health counseling, care for elders, educational programs, and emergency needs assistance.

Volunteer Opportunities:

The Jewish Family Service of Rochester works to place all of their volunteers into a unique position on their "Kindness Corps" - a group of volunteers who work to help the Jewish community in a wide variety of ways. Their biggest volunteer placements are at the Brighton Food Cupboard, the Brighton Your Wardrobe, Concierge Connection at Golisano Children's Hospital, and Various locations for the elderly and aging populations. Additional opportunities include special events and seasonal happenings which require the help of volunteers. To make sure that you are volunteering on your schedule and in a capacity that suites you best, fill out the following form to sign up! https://www.jfsrochester.org/Default.aspx?rd=3526&rn=Online%20Volunteer%...

http://www.jfsrochester.org/

FAQ Plus IconJunior Acheivement

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Junior Achievement is focused on helping the young people of Rochester. With the goal of preparing young people for the real world, Junior Achievement works to teach money management, job seeking skills, entrepreneurial skills, and more. They use active learning to show youth that their knowledge from the program can truly make a difference on their life and in their communities.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Claiming that all they need from their volunteers is enthusiasm, life experience and a willingness to teach, Junior Achievement is happy to have volunteers at their programs! Since opportunities will all be dealing with children, Junior Achievement does require an application form and training for all volunteers, but this is a one-time thing per person. To begin this process, fill out the form at the following link and you will receive a follow-up in regards to training. https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-cuny/volunteer-now

https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-cuny/volunteer

FAQ Plus IconKiwanis Club

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The six primary values of the Kiwanis Club which guide and impact every club nation- and worldwide are: to give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life, to encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships, to promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business and professional standards, to develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship, to provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service and to build better communities, and to cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and goodwill. Through these values, the Kiwanis clubs work together and accomplish more service than any, one individual could do alone.

Volunteer Opportunities:

For more information on the local chapter of Kiwanis email info@brightonkiwanisclub.org or check out their website for meeting timess: http://www.brightonkiwanisclub.org/Brighton_Kiwanis_Club/Welcome.html .

http://www.kiwanis.org/

FAQ Plus IconLifespan

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Lifespan helps older adults and caregivers take on the challenges and opportunities presented by a longer life. For more than 40 years, Lifespan has been helping older adults and their caregivers approach aging with greater information, supportive services, and the guidance to make the most of the years ahead!

Volunteer Opportunities:

There are many ways in which Lifespan could use your assistance! Each opportunity can be signed up for through phone call or email as follows:

Give a Caregiver a Break - call Eve at 585-287-6398 or email emoses@lifespan-roch.org

Help Older Adults Prevent Devastating Falls - call Sara at 585-287-6439 or email sotis@lifespanrochester.org

Advocate for the Cause - call Deb at 585-287-6378 or email dfrink@lifespan-roch.org

Help with Financial Management Tasks - call 585-244-8400

Give Someone a Ride - call Sr. Anne at 585-287-6442 or email aguerin@lifespan-roch.org

Help Someone Live Healthier - call Sara at 585-287-6439 or email sotis@lifespanrochester.org

 

http://www.lifespan-roch.org/volunteer/

FAQ Plus IconLifetime Care

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Lifetime Care provides in-home health support services (home health aide, nursing, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy and speech therapy) to the ill and homebound patients in their own residences. Their focus is on delivering compassionate and personalized care to each of their members, assisting in a variety of ways to best meet their needs.

Volunteer Opportunities:

To assist at Lifetime Care, all volunteers must go through a training process. All trainings occur locally at the Center for Compassion and Healing, 3111 Winton Road South and scheduled dates are available on the front page of the lifetimecare.org website. For more information on these training sessions, or to sign up for a training session, please contact rose.fletcher@lifetimecare.org.

http://www.lifetimecare.org/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=68

FAQ Plus IconLiteracy Volunteers of Rochester, Inc.

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Literacy Volunteers of Rochester, Inc. (LVR) is Rochester’s community leader in the cause of literacy. They provide tutoring and classroom instruction in reading, English language and math. Understanding the Digital Divide, they also focus on advancing digital literacy in Monroe County. Finally, they advocate for public policy changes that improve literacy in the community and across the nation.

Volunteer Opportunities:

At Literacy Volunteers of Rochester there are three primary ways in which a volunteer can get involved. These include: tutoring, navigating, and helping with special projects and events. In each of these roles you will assist in promoting the efforts of the group through either working with a participant, group of participants, or spreading the word of the programs. Your help matters greatly to the group. To begin assisting contact 585-473-3030 to sign up for a training session and begin the process of becoming a volunteer.Those seeking a one-time volunteer opportunity can view the following webpage for current needs and contact the associated staff member for more information: http://literacyrochester.org/special-projects/#.V5kMIXpCh3g .

http://www.literacyrochester.org/

FAQ Plus IconMake-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York

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Make-A-Wish inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. It compels us to be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid. It drives us to make our donated resources go as far as possible.

Most of all, it's the founding principle of the Make-A-Wish vision to grant the wish of every eligible child.

Wishes are more than just a nice thing. And they are far more than gifts, or singular events in time. Wishes impact everyone involved - wish kids, volunteers, donors, sponsors, medical professionals and communities. The impact varies. For wish kids, just the act of making their wish come true can give them the courage to comply with their medical treatments. Parents might finally feel like they can be optimistic. And still others might realize all they have to offer the world through volunteer work or philanthropy.

Volunteer Opportunities:

All volunteers must complete an application and training process. For more information, visit the following link and follow the instructions presented to you: http://wny.wish.org/ways-to-help/volunteering/become-a-volunteer . Opportunities that you could fulfill include: assisting with wish granting, public speaking opportunities, special events assistance, medical outreach assistance, helping in the office, providing translation help, and recruiting other volunteers. For more information on volunteering please contact Volunteer Resources at volunteer@wny.wish.org .

http://www.wny.wish.org/

FAQ Plus IconMargaret's House RIT

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Child care facility at RIT. This is an on campus opportunity.

Volunteer Opportunity:

For more information on how you can get involved please contact

Margaret's House at 475-5176 (Voice/TTY) or email rxdhcc@rit.edu.

http://www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/margaretshouse/

FAQ Plus IconMarine Corps Reserve - Toys for Tots

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The mission of Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is to assist the U. S. Marine Corps in providing a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas.  This assistance includes supporting the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program by raising funds to provide toys to supplement the collections of local Toys for Tots campaigns, to provide promotional and support material and defray the costs of conducting annual Toys for Tots campaigns.  Other Foundation support includes providing administrative, advisory, financial, logistic and promotional support to local Toys for Tots Coordinators; managing funds raised and monies donated based on the use of Toys for Tots name or logo; providing other support the Marine Corps, as a federal agency, cannot provide; and conducting public education and information programs about Toys for Tots that call the general public to action in support of this patriotic community action program.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Toys for Tots annually collects toys at local business around Rochester. If you'd like to donate a toy, check back on the Toys for Tots site (below) closer to the holiday season to find a list of local areas where you can drop the toy off. If you'd like to assist in a number of other roles, such as helping in the local warehouse or helping distribute toys, visit the following link and complete the form to be contacted further: http://rochester-ny.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/lo... .

http://www.toysfortots.org/

FAQ Plus IconMary Cariola Children's Center

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Mary Cariola Children’s Center is a special place in Rochester, NY, that serves children with multiple, complex disabilities; public and private schools aren’t able to accommodate these children. It was founded in 1949 by Mrs. Mary A. Cariola, along with parents and friends of children with significant disabilities. Over the years, the Center has evolved from a day care to a nationally renowned agency that strategically maps out a customized plan—clinically and educationally—for every child who walks through their doors.

Volunteer Opportunities:

If you're interested in volunteering at Mary Cariola Children's Center, please email info@marycariola.org with your volunteer interests and availability, and you will be contacted with next steps. Mary Cariola is open to taking groups as well as individual volunteers, so do not hestitate to contact them with group information if you need a group opportunity!

http://www.marycariola.org/

FAQ Plus IconMeals on Wheels

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Comfort begins by staying in familiar surroundings and being cared for by caregivers who have become like family. At Meals On Wheels, the participants always come first. They strive to improve health and independence to all – regardless of their ability to pay. Often in the program, participants do not have the ability to pay for service. Contributions and donations in memory of loved ones assist us in providing a hot, nutritious meal to everyone, especially those who cannot pay.

Volunteer Opportunities:

A variety of roles are available for those who would like to volunteer with Meals on Wheels. Opportunities include: program driver/server, becoming a seasonal substitute, becoming a route captain, and providing clerical assistance. In order to volunteer, you must complete the volunteer application at the following link: https://www.vnsnet.com/meals-on-wheels-volunteer-application . After completing the form, you will be contacted with further information regarding the role. If you have any questions or would like more information on the program and volunteering, please call 585-787-8326 or email mow@vnsnet.com .

 

http://www.vnsnet.com/meals-on-wheels/volunteer

FAQ Plus IconMonroe Community Hospital

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Our volunteers provide a variety of important services, including working in the MCH gift shop, assisting with visitation and pastoral care, transporting residents to special programs within the building, providing musical support, or providing assistance to various departments and nursing units. Each volunteer opportunity allows people to share their unique talents and personality with others in our community.

http://www.monroehosp.org/

FAQ Plus IconMonroe County Libraries

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The Monroe County Library System regularly serves Rochester and the surrounding cities by providing a variety of books and resources for members to borrow and use as needed. Additionally, the local library system regularly offers events, programs, and opportunities for their community to get involved, learn, and explore what's around them!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer Opportunities vary per library location and per time of year. In order to get the most accurate sense of when and where you can volunteer, select your desired location from the list at: http://www3.libraryweb.org/hours.aspx?id=95 , and follow the respective library's site to where you'll find the volunteer information. If nothing is posted, contact the library directly using the phone number listed on the link above.

http://www3.libraryweb.org/central.aspx?id=182

FAQ Plus IconMonroe County Office for the Aging

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Is responsible for planning, coordinating, funding and advocating for programs and services which meet the needs of residents 60 +. volunteer opportunities include: adult day service, advocacy, caregiver assistance, counseling, education, employment energy assistance, home support, health promotions, nutrition, wellness, senior centers, and transportation.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Monroe County Office for the Aging and our partner agencies are always looking for volunteers. Volunteers are needed for help with data entry, Special Events, Senior Companions, Respite Relief and More. Are you looking for a way to give back to your community and interested in helping our community's older adults and the families that care for them? There are both short term and long term opportunities. To volunteer please call the office at (585) 753-6280 or NY Connects at (585) 325-2800.

http://www2.monroecounty.gov/aging-index.php

FAQ Plus IconMonroe County Special Olympics

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Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics has created a model community that celebrates people’s diverse gifts. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Special Olympics New York has long attracted volunteers from all walks of life. In 2014, more than 35,672 volunteers donated their time and talents to the programs and athletes of Special Olympics New York!! Join the fun! At the Special Olympics there are two main types of volunteers: service volunteers who do hands-on service work such as setting up for the event, escorting athletes, keeping score, and more, and then social volunteers who attend the event to cheer on and encourage the athletes. No matter which role you choose, though, you're encouraged to attend the competitions and light the fire within these champions to give them that extra boost of encouragement to go for the gold!

Both individuals and groups can sign up to volunteer at the Monroe County Special Olympics events. For information on how you can become a volunteer please visit the following link and follow instructions as prompted on the page. http://specialolympics-ny.org/volunteers/

http://specialolympics-ny.org/

FAQ Plus IconMuscular Dystrophy Assoc. (MDA)

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The MDA fights to free individuals and their loving families and caretakers from the harmful effects of muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related life-threatening diseases so that they can live longer and grow stronger. They work towards finding a cure, providing care for kids and adults, and championing the support of volunteers and donors to see an end to the struggles of these diseases.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers are the driving force that enables MDA to support families in hometowns across America. The volunteers are the heart of MDA's programs, making experiences like Summer Camp, support groups, seminars, special events and many other initiatives possible for families who are counting on their programs. Opportunities to get involved include: office work, day-of event volunteers, community outreach programs, summer camp volunteers, and more. To get involved complete the volunteer form at the following link and you will be contacted with further information: https://www.mda.org/get-involved/become-a-volunteer . For more information or questions about the local MDA office feel free to call 585-424-6560.

http://www.mdausa.org/

FAQ Plus IconNational Kidney Foundation

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The National Kidney Foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers for the National Kidney Foundation oftentimes are seen helping out at local events in the Rochester area, or advocating for the cause. For a list of the upcoming events and for their respective contact person, please visit the following link: https://www.kidney.org/locations?field_geofield_distance[origin]=14623&f... . To help out at an event, call or contact the person listed for the event of your choice. You can also reach out to the Rochester National Kidney Foundation office by calling or emailing:

Email: infoupny@kidney.org

Phone: 585-598-3963

http://www.kidney.org/

FAQ Plus IconOpen Door Mission

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The Mission feeds the homeless as well as low-income men, women and children of the Rochester community. This community meal, which is served nightly at 6:45pm, is free of charge to visitors and clients

. Additionally, the Samaritan House Crisis Housing Center provides safe, healthy emergency overnight housing facilities to homeless men, including accessibility to bathroom and shower facilities. Other services provided include a travelling medical team, a clothing closet for those in need, and an addiction recovery program.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Open Door Mission has a variety of opportunities to offer for you to get involved. Opportunities are found at both the Samaritan House Crisis Center and the Open Door Mission Caring Center, and include (but aren't limited to): breakfast preparation, PB&J factories, evening meal preparation, coffee hours, sorting and cleaning of the clothing room, administrative tasks, food pantry volunteers and kitchen service volunteers. Each opportunitiy can be fit for an individual or group, which is why Open Door Mission asks you to complete a volunteer interest form to sign up for an opportunity. This form can be found at the following link: http://www.opendoormission.com/volunteer.  Please feel free to email the Volunteer Department with any questions you may have at volunteer@opendoormission.com.

http://www.opendoormission.com/

FAQ Plus IconRochester Area Multiple Sclerosis

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Rochester Area Multiple Sclerosis (RAMS) works to improve the quality of life of people with multiple sclerosis and their families, and aids the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in seeking the cause of and cure for MS. RAMS offers a variety of services for their guests, including programs focused on health and wellness, family and relationships, financial assistance, social and emotional support, and research and clinical trials.

Volunteer Opportunities:

To find out how you can get involved in the most up-to-date volunteer opportunities visit: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Get-Involved/Volunteer . Opportunities change frequently with the change of the calendar, so it's important to check this site for the most updated list of roles that you can take on. If you'd like more information or have any further questions after checking this site, feel free to give the local office a call at 585-271-0801, or toll free at 1-800-344-4867.

http://www.msupstateny.org/

FAQ Plus IconRochester Eye and Tissue Bank

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The mission of the Rochester Eye & Tissue Bank, a nonprofit organization, is to recover and distribute eyes, organs and tissues for use in transplantation, therapy, medical education and research; to promote awareness of the need for and benefits of donating; and to conduct or support related medical research, all to improve the quality of life for individuals and their families.

Volunteer Opportunities:

The easiest way to support the Eye and Tissue Bank is to become a pledged donor yourself. To become a donor you simply fill out the form at http://www.rehpb.org/DonorCard.pdf and mail the completed copy to

Rochester/Finger Lakes Eye and Tissue Bank

524 White Spruce Blvd.

Rochester, NY 14623

Not interested in becoming a donor, but still want to help out? There are numerous volunteer opportunities that regularly need filling. These opportunities include: assisting at health fairs and community events, performing clerical or administrative tasks, and advocating and speaking for the cause. If you'd like more information on any of these opportunities simply call the local office at 585-272-7890 (or toll free at 1-800-568-4321) or email info@rehpd.org.

http://www.rehpb.org/

FAQ Plus IconRochester General Hospital

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Rochester General Hospital (RGH) is a 528-bed tertiary care hospital that has been serving the residents of the Rochester Region and beyond since 1847. Rochester General Hospital offers primary medical care and a broad range of specialties. Rochester General Hospital’s medical staff includes over 1,000 primary care physicians and specialists, many of whom have offices at the hospital and throughout the community.

Volunteer Opportunities:

While RGH loves its volunteers, they have to be careful about who they take in for the safety of their patients and you! As a result, they have a pretty in-depth procedure for taking on participants, making sure that they are right for them before confirming a spot. If you are interested in checking out the process and applying to help out at RGH, please visit: https://www.rochesterregional.org/volunteer/volunteer-at-rochester-gener... , where you will find the details on how to be considered for a volunteer position as a college student. On this page, you will also find related agencies which work closely with RGH that you may be interested in looking at for volunteering as well. Related agencies have separate volunteer processes that should be looked into given the links on the RGH page.

http://www.rochestergeneral.org/

FAQ Plus IconRochester Museum & Science Center

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Volunteer Opportunities:

The Rochester Museum and Science Center is lucky enough to be offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for those looking to get more involved. Each special role assists the center in an important and critical way for the success of their various programs and commitments throughout the year. Volunteer opportunities include: the docent program, the "ask it" volunteers, photographer and videographer needs, summer fun camp, technical advisory group, and more. If you're interested in any of these programs, consider applying for a volunteer position at the following link: http://www.rmsc.org/get-involved/volunteer-and-internships/item/213-volu... . This application is very basic, asking for information about yourself and your volunteer preferences in order to best meet your needs and expectations. If you have any questions or would like more information about the volunteer programs, please contact Liz Albertorio-Saez, the volunteer coordinator, at 585-271-4320 ext 331, or at lalbertorio-saez@rmsc.org .

http://www.rmsc.org/get-involved/volunteer-and-internships

FAQ Plus IconRochester Presbyterian Home

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As stated in the Rochester Presbyterian Home's philosophy, they believe in the dignity and value of each individual and promote acceptance and respect for all people. Their residents are the Elders in our families. By virtue of their age and wisdom, we look to Elders to define lifestyles that are rewarding and homes that are truly home.

As the founders intended, it is their mission to assure that the “sunset years” are fulfilling and, as such, they are committed to making each of their residences truly “safe and happy havens.”

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers at the Rochester Presbyterian Home are specially paired with an opportunity that pulls on their strengths and talents as an individual. Some of these opportunities include helping residents with activities, accompanying residents on outings, or visiting and socializing with the residents, but the opportunities expand well beyond this list! If you are interested in getting involved, fill out the very brief form at http://rph.org/volunteer/ which will provide more information on your talents and strengths in order for you to be best paired with a volunteer opportunity at Rochester Presbyterian Home.

http://www.rph.org/

FAQ Plus IconRochester School for the Deaf

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Rochester School for the Deaf (RSD) is entrusted, empowered, and funded to provide and enhance the educational and life growth experiences in an optimal environment for children and students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.

RSD recognizes the right of its students to have full and ongoing access to language and communication, both incidental and planned.  Optimal access to all communication is vital to students’ academic and social development.  American Sign Language (ASL) and English are the languages used at RSD for communication and instruction

.

Volunteer Opportunities:

For information on how you can get involved at the Rochester School for the Deaf, please contact Bill Keenan at bkeenan@rsdeaf.org or call at 585-336-5884. Please note that most opportunities will likely involve fundraising or event support for raising funds.

http://www.rsdeaf.org/

FAQ Plus IconRonald McDonald House of Rochester

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The Rochester Ronald McDonald House believes that families are stronger when they are together, and that their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better. While Ronald McDonald House Charities® cannot make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, they can, and do, help lessen the burden and ensure families have the stability and resources to keep their child healthy and happy.Just recently, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester, NY, supported more than 900 families and children, all because of the love and generous donations of our donors and volunteers.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Whether it's individual, or group, helping in the kitchen, or in the office, volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House are what make it possible for families to be with their children during a difficult time in their life. To fit your needs best, and to view the most current volunteer needs, visit the following link, where you will see the various options available to you, or your group: http://www.ronaldshouse.com/volunteers . Once you find an opportunity that looks best for you, fill out the respective information and a representative from the House will be in contact with you shortly!

http://www.ronaldshouse.com/

FAQ Plus IconRotary of Rochester, NY

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Volunteer Opportunities:

https://www.rochesterrotary.org/

FAQ Plus IconSample Soap

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Sample Soap collects personal care items and distributes them to the neediest citizens of Greater Rochester, New York area. Things that are collected include: unopened soaps, shampoos, lotions, sewing kits, diapers, cosmetics and, generally, any toiletries. Their frequent phrase, a little effort + no money = a big difference, is truly what guides them in their efforts. No money is put into the process, just donations of toiletries, and, only volunteer efforts run the non-profit, putting in a lot of time to make a big difference!

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteer opportunities at Sample Soap include collecting toiletries, sorting toiletries, maintaining documents and historical archives of the group, delivering toiletries, and collecting donations from larger organizations such as stores, hotels, and airports, where products may be unused or able to be donated. To get involved in any of these opportunities, contact Sample Soap at 585-234-1729 or email at brittani.hughes02@gmail.com .

http://www.samplesoap.org/

FAQ Plus IconSchool of the Holy Childhood

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Holy Childhood, is a non-denominational, non-profit agency, that has enriched the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for 70 years. Their mission is to prepare children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for maximum independence and integration in the community through individualized programs and services, in keeping with the philosophy and vision of their founders. They are dedicated to serving their participants in an atmosphere of dignity and compassion. 

Volunteer Opportunities:

Holy Childhood is in need of volunteers to assist with various activities and events throughout the year.  Volunteers serve in a variety of roles, whether it be selling raffle tickets, setting up for an event, monitoring a hole at one of our golf tournaments, or passing out water at our 5K and Fun Walk, just to name a few examples.  New opportunities are added throughout the year, so check back at http://holychildhood.org/volunteering often or call our Development Office to find out what's coming up next! For more information about any of the volunteering opportunities, please contact the Holy Childhood Development Office at 585-359-3710. 

 

http://holychildhood.org/

FAQ Plus IconScottsville Veterinary Adoptions

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Scottsville Veterinary Hospital was established in 1991 by Doctor Stephen Berghash, and has provided clients with excellent service since its foundation. Their large hospital features state of the art medicinal practices and expertise in general patient wellness, injury recovery, and treatment of infectious disease.

In addition to hospital and animal care needs, the team at Scottsville work vigorously on a daily basis towards one common goal. That is to help the many homeless animals in Rochester and beyond find loving homes with caring people.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Volunteers are regularly relied upon at the shelter to walk, socialize, and care for the pets that are awaiting adoption. If you'd like more information or would like to sign up to volunteer, please contact the shelter at

585-889-8340 or email info@petadoption.cc .

http://www.petadoption.cc/

FAQ Plus IconSeneca Park Zoo

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The Seneca Park Zoo Society is a not-for-profit organization that has, since 1957, provided education, fund raising, special events and public relations support to Monroe County's Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York.

Volunteer Opportunities:

Whether you are interested in participating as an individual or as a group, becoming a docent, an Event Volunteer or anything in between, the Zoo needs the help of people like you. 

Most people that want to volunteer at a Zoo usually hope to interact directly with the animals. While general volunteering does not involve the handling of our animals, the Zoo still needs your help in creating an environment that welcomes our visitors and that enhances their experience. When you help to do this, visitors return and ultimately decide to become members of the Zoo, which helps out the animals in the longterm.

For more information on how to volunteer at the Zoo contact either

(585) 295-7354

or volunteers@senecazoo.org for more information on how you can get involved. If you know what you'd like to do at the Zoo, you can enter in basic information on their volunteer application (found here: http://senecaparkzoo.org/volunteer-application-form/) and will be contacted by a Zoo staff person with more information.

http://senecaparkzoo.org/get-involved/

FAQ Plus IconSierra Club

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The purpose of the Sierra Club Rochester Group is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Volunteer Opportunities:

For more information about the Sierra Club or on how you can get involved please contact SierraClub.roc@gmail.com .

http://newyork.sierraclub.org/rochester

FAQ Plus IconSisters of St Joseph

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COMMUNITY HELPER St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center is an inner-city outreach resource which offers health services, counseling, educational assistance to clients five days a week. Many of these areas need volunteers.

https://www.ssjrochester.org/

FAQ Plus IconSojourner House

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Helps women and their families develop stable, independent and productive lives by providing shelter, structure and strength. Clients receive intensive counseling, living skills and self esteem which allows them to acheive independednce and breach the cycle of poverty and hopelessness. VOLUNTEER NEEDS: CHILD CARE- one weeknight every week or every other week from 7-8:30pm and Sunday evenings from 6-8pm. Volunteers will plan crafts, music, and games for kids. KITCHEN ASSISTANT-assist with food prepartation, serving meals, stock and supply organization, and help with special events. Commitment of at least a 2-hour block every week or every other week required. Hours can be Mon-Fri between 11am-5:30pm. SUPPLY ASSISTANT- This position includes direct contact with our residents and is only open to female volunteers over the age of 18. Required commitment of one weekday every week or every other week between the hours of 2-10pm. GROUP PROJECTS-groups can help with yard work, sorting donations, painting, organizing special activities for the residents and/or children, and much more! GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR CLUBS AND FRATERNITIES! RECEPTIONIST/ CLERICAL WORK Volunteers are needed to work the front desk greeting visitors, working the phones, etc. The greatest need for help is on weekdays from 12 to 1pm and 3-4:30 on the last Wednesday of every month. STUDY BUDDY PROGRAM Volunteers are needed to help children who have been identified by the schools as needing extra help. Volunteers will work with the child a set number of times a month and act as a tutor and also a mentor for children who need a friend. Each child in the program has a file which contains worksheets, activities that are appropriate for their area of study. Progress reports are made at the end of the school year. Volunteers must commit to one night per week for at least an entire semester, preferably for the entire school year. Sessions are from 6-7:15 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Interested volunteers are assigned in September and then again in January. Occasionally, tutors are also needed to work with the mothers on elementary skills as well as preparation for GED or college courses. HOLIDAY & SPECIAL PARTY SUPPORT There are numerous annual parties throughout the year at Sojourner House that individuals or groups can help prepare for and volunteer at. August: Back to School Picnic September: Annual Meeting & Dinner October: Halloween Party December: Former Holiday Party December: Resident Holiday Party April: Spring Party

http://www.sojournerhouse.org/

FAQ Plus IconSpringdale Farm

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Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-4pm Sunday: Noon to 4pm

http://www.springdalefarm.org/

FAQ Plus IconSt. Ann's Community (Cherry Ridge)

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St. Ann's Home is a 388 bed skilled nursing facility providing 24 hour on site care. Set on Rochester's northeast side, St. Ann's Home shares 37 beautifully landscaped acres with The Heritage, Chapel Oaks and The Home Connection. Outside, the gardens are flowering and fragrant. Inside, the floors shine.

https://www.stannscommunity.com/volunteers/#.V36hZHpCh3g

FAQ Plus IconSt. John's Home

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St. John's Home is a skilled nursing home which honors the dignity and self- determination of all persons. In cultivating a sense of community, volunteers assist with leading discussions, chapel services and music therapy. Volunteers can also help with Community events and trips throughout the Rochester area. We are available to students who wish to meet community service requirements and internships.

http://stjohnsliving.org/st-johns-home/home

FAQ Plus IconSt. Joseph's House of Hospitality

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Soup Kitchen

http://www.saintjoeshouse.org/

FAQ Plus IconSt. Peter's Soup Kitchen

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Soup Kitchen

http://stpeterskitchen.org/

FAQ Plus IconSubstance and Alcohol Intervention Services for the Deaf

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OFFICE WORK Copying, filing, general computer work DESIGN DISPLAYS / BULLETIN BOARDS * Individuals fluent in ASL are needed.* ON CAMPUS OPPORTUNITY

http://www.rit.edu/ntid/saisd/

FAQ Plus IconThe Center for Youth Services

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Provides youth and families with 24-hour crisis intervention/information and referral: emergency shelter for homeless/runaway youth; prevention education workshops and groups; short-term solution oriented counseling for youth and their families. time requirements and screening process required.VOLUNTEERS:PM PHONE COUNSELOR Volunteers are needed to work the crisis phone line at the Center twice a month from 6pm to 9pm for a minimum of 6 months CLOTHING DRIVES, MUSICIAN / CRAFTS PERSON: visit kids in shelters & share your skills, SORT DONATIONS, RECREATION LEADER, CLERICAL SUPPORT, WALK FOR YOUTH September. ON CAMPUS OPPORTUNITY

http://centerforyouth.net/

FAQ Plus IconThe Dining Caring Center

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Soup kitchen bicycle ministries, meals, computer classes, resume assistance, shower and laundry opportunities, hairdressers available one day a week as well.

http://www.asburyfirst.org/about/in-the-community/dining-and-caring-center

FAQ Plus IconThe Friendly Home

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The Friendly Home provides superior services, addressing the distinct and changing needs of older adults thought a continuum of housing, health care and community service.

http://www.friendlyhome.org/

FAQ Plus IconUnited Cerebral Palsy Assoc

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In partnership, adults and children with cerebral palsy and similar physical challenges and their families receive individualized community and center-based supports including clinical, vocational, preschool, residential and geriatric services.VOLUNTEERS: THERAPEUTIC HORSEBACK RIDING PROGRAM Volunteers help children with disabilities to learn the basics of riding. Volunteers do not have to be experienced riders Program runs in the fall and again in the spring. For more information contact Tina Bennet at 334-6000x321 PRESCHOOL SWIMMING PROGRAM Volunteers are needed to help children with disabilities learn to swim. Swimming experience is helpful but not required for volunteers Program runs throughout the year Mondays 10am –11, Tuesdays 12:45-2:45, Wednesdays 9:15am-11:15, Thursdays 9:15am-11 & 12:45-2:45

http://ucp.org/

FAQ Plus IconUrban League of Rochester

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VOLUNTEERS:COMPUTER INSTRUCTOR Thursday and Friday 9am-5pm. Knowledge of PC and Pentium II is helpful. They are seeking tutors, and ability to update programs.AMERICORPS Community service in environmental/landscape work, elementary schools, etc. YOUTH BUILD Help kids who are building houses & receiving on site education and construction tips.

http://www.ulr.org/

FAQ Plus IconVolunteers of America

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Our mission is to enable people in our community to break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential. - We offer: Residential Services Child Care Services Community Outreach Programs Volunteer Opportunities Include: Program & Admin Volunteer Opportunities Retail Volunteer Oppportunities Group Volunteer Opportunities We also need volunteers for our New Mentoring Children of Promise program, providing support for youth with incarcerated parents. Please contact us for more details and see our volunteer application on the website.

http://www.voawny.org/

FAQ Plus IconWillow; Domestic Violence Center

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Willow Domestic Violence Center has provided services for the Greater Rochester community for nearly 40 years. In 2015, Willow Center changed its name from Alternatives for Battered Women (ABW) to better reflect the breadth of services we provide and the clients we serve. Our mission is to prevent domestic violence and ensure every survivor has access to the services and supports needed along the journey to a safe and empowered life.

Volunteer opportunities:

Current volunteer opportunities include: administrative duties, children's playroom duties, court advocacy program helper, donations assistance, event planning, facilities and maintenance, outreach ambassador, shelter/hotline help, and special projects help. Additionally, this agency is aable to accomodate group volunteering given a two week notice ahead of the desired volunteer date. All volunteers (group or individual) must complete an online form found at the link below and be 18 years or older to participate.

https://willowcenterny.org/help-out/volunteer/

FAQ Plus IconWilson Commencement Park

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Transitional housing community providing programs and services for low-income, single parent families striving to achieve economic and social stability. Nationally accredited on-site Early Learning Center, open to community. VOLUNTEER NEEDS: MENTOR FOR CAREER BUILDING , EARLY LEARNING CENTER (reading, computer, arts), GROUP PROJECTS, ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM HOST OR FACILITATOR, LIBRARIAN, COMPUTER TUTOR, ADOPT A FAMILY, FUNDRAISING

http://www.wilsoncommencementpark.org/

FAQ Plus IconWomen's Foundation of Genesee Valley

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Our mission is to manage a permanent endowment fund to perpetuate grant-making explicitly for women and girls. VOLUNTEER NEEDS: OFFICE WORK, DATA BASE WORK (creating, data entry), MAILINGS, SPECIAL EVENTS

http://www.womensfoundation.org/

FAQ Plus IconYMCA

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The YMCA involves boys and girls, men and women, in programs that promote good health, strong families, youth leadership, delinquency prevention, community development and international understanding.

Volunteers:

SCHOOL #8:SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Extended School Day School No. 8 Program serves up to 235 children, grades K-5, with free, high-quality after school programs.

E. ROCHESTER SCHOOL:PROJECT HYPE
Helping Youth Through Prevention Education is a program that address the needs of at risk and economically disadvantaged sixth and seventh graders in East Rochester

There are various volunteer needs available.

DOWNTOWN: MINORITY ACHIEVERS PROGRAM
Minority Achievers Program offers encouragement and support to urban youth through tutoring, mentoring, personal counseling and workplace and college tours. These kids are matched with adults who have excelled in their chosen field.

Career Clusters include:
Arts & Entertainment
Business
Communication & Media
Computer Data Processing
Engineering & Design
Health, Pharmaceutical & Medical Services
Public Service & Law

CARLSON CENTER: HEAD START PROGRAM & CHILD CARE
Volunteers are needed to help out in the daycare and the Head Start class rooms with children ages infant to 5 years old.

ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN IN THE COURTS
Every year more than half a million abused and neglected children are in need of safe, permanent, nurturing homes. Too many children spend many years moving from one temporary home to another. They have no family to call their own. They are more likely than other children to face homelessness, unemployment, even prison as adults. That’s where CASA steps in. CASA was created to make sure the abuse and neglect these children originally suffered at home doesn’t continue as abuses and neglect at the hands of the system. As trained advocates, CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to be a voice for these children in court. The result is that a child is placed into a safe, loving home where he/she can thrive.

http://rochesterymca.org/locations/maplewood

FAQ Plus IconYWCA of Rochester & Monroe County

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The YWCA is the largest provider of shelter services for women and their families in the country; a leader in violence prevention, offering programs and services to more than 700,000 women and children annually; the country's largest nonprofit provider of child care services, with 750,000 children participating in child care and after-school programs annually; a comprehensive employment training and placement services agency, enrolling some 100,000 women annually; a leader in sports and physical fitness programs for women and girls; a trusted source for breast cancer referrals, screenings and education services; a pioneer in the fight for social justice

Volunteer Needs:

CHILD CARE CENTER, ROCHESTER AREA CHILDRENS COLLABORATIVE, THE RESIDENCE, STEPPINGSTONE TREAMENT PROGRAM, SCHOOL AGE PARENTS PROGRAM, WOMENS RESOURCE CENTER

http://www.ywcarochester.org/