Community Service Opportunities
Students are responsible for finding the non-profit or public organization where they will volunteer for 35, 60 or 100 hours for RSSW credit. The resources below are useful in assisting students in identifying CPSP nonprofit and public partners for volunteer opportunities.
No car? No problem. Find transportation to your service site. Riding on the CDTA is free with your UAlbany ID. Or you can find a virtual opportunity to volunteer from home.
Spring 2021 Notes:
COVID Update: There are both in-person and virtual service options to fulfill your RSSW requirements for the spring semester. We require in-person RSSW volunteers to wear masks and comply with social distancing guidelines while volunteering. We encourage RSSW students to seek out remote service projects, and we request that all students develop a back-up plan with their supervisor to complete their hours virtually, if needed.
Looking for virtual volunteer projects? We are developing an updated list of virtual and outdoor opportunities for RSSW credit:
Looking for a volunteer opportunity in your hometown for RSSW credit? Check out these resources, where you can search by cause, skill, or virtual vs. in-person volunteer options:
Partner Organizations who are NOT taking volunteer applications for 2020-2021 academic year:
- Albany County Sheriff's Office
- Capital District Psychiatric Center - Office of Mental Health
- Club Fed Child Care Center, operated by Victory Child Care, Inc.
- Community Hospice
- Eddy Village Green Nursing Home
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore
- In Our Own Voices
- NYS OGS Curatorial & Visitor Services
- NYS Senior Action Council
- St. Peter's Hospital in Albany: Volunteer applications will continue to be accepted, but placements are temporarily on hold.Contact Amanda Weller at (518) 525-1002 or [email protected]
- Sunnyview Rehabilitation Center
- UAlbany A-Plus Tutoring & Academic Support
- UAlbany Department of Art and Art History
- UAlbany Office of Sustainability (no in-person volunteers, remote projects may be possible)
- UAlbany Office of University Events
Partner Organizations who are actively looking for volunteers for 2020-2021 academic year:
- Albany County Crime Victim & Sexual Violence Center: In-person volunteers and remote projects for the Sexual Assault Hotline Program and Court Advocate Program. Training required. Volunteer applications are required and can be found at www.albanycounty.com/cvsvc. Contact us at [email protected] or (518) 447-7100.
- Albany Medical Center: Variety of in-person volunteer options. Orientation required. Contact Kelly Morrone, manager of Volunteer Services, at (518) 262-3491 or [email protected]
- Boys and Girls Club of Albany: Volunteer music teachers needed for the Lyricism 101 Mobile Studio program, an RV complete with recording equipment and editing software. Volunteers must be proficient at either piano, guitar, bass, or drums, and be enthusiastic about teaching children how to play an instrument. More info: http://lyricism101.com/home. Contact Lorenzo at [email protected] or 518-462-5528.
- Bright Horizons Adult Day Social Program: Due to COVID-19, our Bright Horizons program is now virtual. Our virtual program includes the following activities: music therapy, exercise, crossword puzzles, memory games, word games, discussion group, virtual bingo, and much more! Looking for social media assistance and volunteers willing to create live Zoom classes to bring cheer to patients. Call Susan Napierski at 518-459-7967.
- Capital Roots: There are a variety of in-person and remote volunteers positions available to support the Veggie Mobile, the Produce Project Urban Farm, Squash Hunger food donation initiative, the Food Hub produce market, and over 55+ community gardens throughout the Capital Region. Email or call Kim, the Volunteer Coordinator, at [email protected] or at 518-274-8685. Group volunteer projects are available as well!
- Castle Island Bilingual Montessori: Variety of remote projects available, including social media coordination, website development, special projects, and assisting with fundraising and mailings. Possible in-person classroom volunteers. A volunteer application and orientation training are required. Contact Diane Nickerson at 518-533-9838 or [email protected]
- Catholic Charities CC MOVE Volunteers: Volunteers needed to assist in the packaging and distribution of food. Volunteers are asked to arrive at 8:15 AM for morning distributions and 4:30 PM for afternoon distributions. These food distributions, or “drive-thru pantries,” are a part of Catholic Charities’ mobile outreach initiative, CC MOVE. Other volunteer opportunities are available as well. Contact Abbie Terwilliger at 518-453-6650 or [email protected]
- FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantries: Join us! The pantry serves 300 families each month, providing a 7 day supply of food and personal items. Volunteers are needed to bag groceries, register pantry guests, restock the storage area, and help guests with food selections. If you are interested in volunteering at the pantry, contact us! This volunteer opportunity is offered from 10-1pm on weekdays.
- Food Pantries for the Capital District: Mobile Outreach volunteers are needed to distribute produce at various sites, to set-up and take-down Mobile Outreach tables, and to provide great customer service to those in need. Transportation is needed to/from various sites in the Capital Region. Remote projects may also be available. Contact Kathy Marco at [email protected]
- The Free School: Come help out at Gabi's Garden on Sundays 9am-1pm from 3/13-6/6, and possibly on weekdays. Spring projects include: building beds, plantings seeds or starts, watering, turning compost, and more - no experience necessary. Gabi's Garden raises free food for the Albany Free School and to give away to neighbors. Email: [email protected]
- Girls on the Run: Serve as an in-person or virtual running buddy to elementary and middle school girls. Time commitment varies by volunteer position. More information and volunteer registration forms can be found at www.gotrcr.org, or contact LuAnn McCormick at (518)635-0828 or via email at [email protected]
- Homeless and Travelers Aid Society: Variety of volunteers needed, including Volunteer Backpack Packers to assemble backpacks full of food and Volunteer Delivery Drivers to bring backpacks to local schools in Albany. We need "handy people" to help maintain the warehouse and deliver furniture. Virtual volunteers are needed for fundraising assistance, mentors, clerical projects, and as workshop facilitators. For more information, call (518) 463-2124 or email [email protected]
- Invisible Hands Deliver: In-person volunteers are needed to deliver necessities to home-bound individuals and those affected by COVID-19 in NYC, Westchester County, Long Island, Northern NJ, and Philadelphia. Volunteers are trained to use contact-less delivery methods while following CDC guidelines. You can opt-in to deliveries based on your schedule and needs. A variety of remote projects are also available in the Call Center and Delivery Logistics teams. This non-profit organization is eager for more volunteers! Contact [email protected]
- Joan Nicole Prince Home / End-of-Life Care Hospice: In-person volunteers and remote projects to help provide dignity for end-of-life patients. All resident care volunteers are trained and mentored with 24/7 on-call support from staff. Our Home is always in need of volunteers to assist with miscellaneous tasks in & out of the Home. Home volunteer positions include friendly visits, grocery shopping, scrap booking, or group volunteering projects. Volunteer maintenance positions include cleaning, repairs, snow plowing, etc. Business volunteers are needed to assist with outreach, fundraising, and thank you letters. Contact our Assistant Director at (518) 346-5471 or [email protected] for more information.
- LifePath Meals on Wheels: Variety of virtual volunteers needed to assist with social media, write letters and inspirational messages for Grab N Go bags, or provide telephone reassurance. For general volunteer inquires, please contact Kelly Casler, Volunteer Coordinator, at 518-235-2420 or [email protected] Volunteer drivers are also needed for shifts Mon-Fri between 9:30-12:30 to help deliver 500+ meals per day. For information about volunteering as a driver for Meals on Wheels, contact Gretchen Moore at [email protected]
- Mission Accomplished: Volunteers needed to serve on Event Committees. Students with a major in business, social welfare, public admin, or communication are encouraged to apply for an internship. Contact Carmen at [email protected] or 518-207-0209.
- Radix Ecological Sustainability Center & Urban Garden: Outdoor volunteers needed in the garden, to assist with landscaping and weeding, and to feed animals. Remote projects also available for grant-writing, communications, educational outreach, and working on social media projects. Contact Stacy at [email protected]
- Regional Food Bank & Patroon Land Farm: In-person volunteering needed in the warehouse and salvage sorting rooms to pack food items. We run 1.5 to 2-hour shifts Tuesday through Friday from 10am-12pm and Tuesday through Thursday from 1pm-3pm at our 6 Northway Lane location and from 5pm-8pm Monday through Thursday evenings and 9am-3pm on weekends at our main facility at 965 Albany Shaker Road. Volunteers of all ages and ability levels are welcome to help us sort and box donations to be distributed to our member agencies. Volunteers also needed at the Patroon Land Farm with 15 acres in cultivation along with a greenhouse and Farm Stand. The farm is located at 132 Ketcham Road Voorheesville, NY 12186. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinators at [email protected]
- Sanctuary for Independent Media/ The Media Alliance: In-person volunteering for communications and radio production projects; Remote projects available. Volunteers are the brain, heart, and backbone that make the Sanctuary a thriving and vibrant community media and arts center. They help to shoot video, plan events, network in our community, build our space, and keep the place nice. Email [email protected] or call at (518)-272-2390.
- Sheridan Preparatory Academy: A Community School: Virtual tutors and mentors needed for elementary students. On-site volunteers needed for Mobile Pantry and Farmer's Market Food Bags during after-school hours. Contact Abigail Gomes at [email protected]
- South End Children's Cafe: Volunteers needed for meal pick-up and delivery, cafe clean-up, or hosting food drives to support families in need in Albany's South End. Since COVID-19, the Cafe increased from serving 60 children per week to over 500 children and families. Please contact Tracie at 518.275.8890 for more information regarding volunteering during Covid-19.
- UAlbany Community Outdoor Clean-up Assistant: Volunteer ambassadors will pick up litter on designated streets within the Pine Hills community at least 2 hours p/day on at least 3 days p/week. Volunteer hours are flexible as long as it occurs during daylight hours. CCUA’s will work with Off-Campus Student Services and the Dean of Students Office to arrange their schedule, pick up cleaning supplies, and document hours. Volunteers must be willing and prepared to be outside during cold weather months. If interested, contact Off-Campus Student Services at 518-442-5501.
- UAlbany Intensive English Language Program (IELP): A variety of volunteer opportunities are available to assist international students in improving their English language skills and to learn more about American culture. Serve as a Conversation Partner, attend weekly Conversation Clubs, help with IELP activities, and more. Contact Ami Hwang at [email protected]
- UAlbany Purple Pantry: Volunteers needed to staff the on-campus Purple Pantry, to accept online orders of pantry items, and to assist pantry users in picking up items. Volunteers needed Mon/Tues from 10-2pm, Wed/Thurs from 3:00-7:00pm, or Friday from 1-5pm. Must be available for a full four-hour shift at least one day per week. Contact Rosier at [email protected]
- The Red Bookshelf: Virtual volunteering available to create social media materials and to record storytime videos. In-person volunteering may be available to mend books. Contact Marybeth Fowler at [email protected] or at 518-210-0449.
- Whiskers Animal Benevolent League: In-person volunteers are needed to care for cats, and virtual volunteers are needed to assist with adoption inquiries. Contact Barbara at [email protected]
- Wildwood Programs, Inc.: Variety of remote/virtual volunteers are needed, such as serving as a social media ambassador, making home-sewn masks, building and installing waist-high garden beds, or teaching a virtual class for Wildwood adults about a topic you are passionate about, such as music, cooking, or art. Contact Amy Lesienfelder at [email protected] or by phone at (518)248-0026.
- The Vegetable Project: Volunteers needed to support outdoor school gardens in the Albany City Schools, such as assisting with social media and marketing support, soil testing or starting seedlings indoors. Outdoor volunteers will be needed later in the spring in the garden. Contact Bill Stoneman at [email protected]
You can contact other partner organizations listed below to see if they are accepting volunteers for the fall semester. Contact Sheri Stevens at [email protected]
or Jenny Horn at [email protected]
if you need assistance in finding a volunteer site for RSSW credit that matches your needs and interests.
Organizations by Areas of Interest