The Alt Theatre

255 Great Arrow Ave, 3rd Floor Buffalo, N.Y. 14207

contact: Amy Taravella 716-464-7806 /amytaravella@alttheatre.com

http://www.alttheatre.com

Organization Mission

The NEW ALT PERFORMANCE GROUP, (NAPG), formed in the summer of 2008, is the performance company in residence at The Alt Theatre. The NAPG is a vehicle for articulating and extending the performing arts. The GROUP exists to provide the space, theatrical resources and artistic guidance for 21st century artists to excel in producing universally appealing art with an intrinsic value to our city, nation and world. The NAPG functions to enlighten participants and our community through its support of collaboration and innovation among multi-disciplinary artists of varied backgrounds. The mission of such work is to unite audiences, foster community dialogue and help to eliminate prejudice and discrimination. All showings and performances by the NAPG at The Alt Theatre will be in keeping with the economy of the region by whenever possible offering a sliding scale cost to patrons thus making it affordable to all.

Type of Volunteer Needed

Those who can arrive one hour early on the evenings of your scheduled performance and/or special events. You can serve as house crew for as little as one or two shows a season. Time is flexible and can be worked to fit your

Volunteer Skills Needed

Anyone who has a love of theatre and willingness to work in one is welcome to serve on the House Crew.

Volunteer Responsibilities

The House Crew is the front line of hospitality for the Alt Theatre. Because the Alt performs in an unconventional space, the work of our House Crew is vital to making sure that guests feel comfortable and know where to go. Duties of the House Crew vary from show to show, but include welcoming guests at the front door, ushering, ticketing management, operating the elevator and assisting guests, and light cleaning to prepare the house before the show (vacuuming, swiffer, etc.). We rely on our House Crew to help us make the best possible first impression on all our guests!

Allentown Association

414 Virginia Street Buffalo, N.Y. 14201

Contact: Christina Akers (716) 881-1024

allntown@localnet.com http://www.allentown.org

Organization Mission

The Allentown Association is a non-for-profit neighborhood civic organization. It started over forty years ago with the goal of protecting and enhancing Allentown’s unique historic urban environment, which it continues to do so today. Part community development, part historic preservation, and part business development, the Allentown Association seeks to make historic Allentown a beautiful place to live, work, and play. The only purpose of the Allentown Association is to serve its community. It does that through efforts to beautify the neighborhood; to encourage historic preservation and property maintenance; to promote appropriate business development, to fight crime, and to protect and enhance Allentown’s unique urban ambiance.

Type of Volunteer Needed

Volunteers who care deeply about Allentown.

Volunteer Skills Needed

The Allentown Association is looking for volunteers who care deeply about Allentown and its future. Volunteers with organizing, historic preservation, archival, and web skills are especially in need.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Volunteer responsibilities will vary according to the project.

American Red Cross Serving Erie and Niagara Counties

786 Delaware Avenue  Buffalo, N.Y. 14209

Contact: Christine Kukelka (716) 878-2140 /e-mail: kukelkac@usa.redcross.org

http://www.redcross.org

Volunteering with the American Red Cross

Each year, more than one million Americans work with the Red Cross as volunteers serving local community needs. Every day, Red Cross volunteers — your neighbors — provide a broad array of vital services to people in need in our community. Red Cross volunteers perform such critical services as helping victims of fires, floods, storms, and other disasters; providing lifesaving training in CPR and water safety; and educating young adults about HIV/AIDS risk and prevention. Others help the organization with office work, event planning, and much, much more. Volunteers are a part of everything we do, and there’s a volunteer opportunity for everyone.

Volunteers Needed:

The BASH special event on June 1, 2012

Administrative Support

Receptionist

Senior Citizen Advocate

Disaster Action Team Member

Armed Forces Emergency Communications Work

Buffalo Alliance for Education

275 Oak Street, Suite 220 Buffalo, N.Y. 14203

Contact: Christine Mattison (716) 845-6500

cmattison@buffaloalliance.org

http://www.buffaloalliance.org

Organization Mission

The Buffalo Alliance for Education (BAE) is an independent, non-profit organization with a successful history of connecting outside organizations to schools to enhance and enrich student achievement. The BAE originated in 1992 by business leaders with a commitment to change Buffalo Public Schools through facilitating business-school partnerships. Today, we have expanded to include several programs, publications and outreach events to provide resources for 750 schools throughout the Western New York region, with particular attention to those in high poverty schools.

Type of Volunteer Needed

Ages 15 and above. Must have a clean criminal background check.

Volunteer Skills Needed

No experience necessary. Training and ongoing support are provided.

Volunteer Responsibilities

There are two aspects of the program: 1) Mentors will meet with students at school before school, during school, after school, or on Saturday to help students learn to enjoy reading and build their reading and academic skills, and 2) Mentors and students will have periodic opportunities throughout the year to participate in special community learning experiences, social activities, and events organized through the school.

The mentor role is that of a friend, coach, and academic guide. A mentor will meet with a mentee at school twice a week for an hour at a time over the period of a year. Mentors must complete a careful screening process and thorough training to participate in the program. Our mission is to support parents, students, and mentors throughout the year to ensure a successful and fulfilling learning experience for students.

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

617 Main Street, suite M108 Buffalo, N.Y. 14221

Contact: Robbyn Drake (716) 852-7483/e-mail: info@bnriverkeeper.org

http://www.bnriverkeeper.org

Organization Mission

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper is a not for profit organization dedicated to promoting, preserving and protecting the natural and historical environments of the Buffalo Niagara Rivers and their environs for the benefit of the local community.

Type of Volunteer Needed

All ages.

Volunteer Skills Needed

The ability to walk around and pick up garbage.

Volunteer Responsibilities

On April 21 to the 23rd, 2006, there will be a county wide effort to beautify our Rivers and Creeks. We need volunteers to help pick up trash on the designated sites that include the Niagara and Buffalo Rivers, Cazenovia Creek, Scajaquada Creek, Buffalo Creek, Ellicott Creek, Tonawanda Creek, Cayuga Creek, and South Park Lane. Volunteers will clean for about 3 hours. We also need a smaller number of volunteers to serve as site captains who will help us to oversee the event. Since picking up trash can really work up an appetite, we would appreciate food donations as well! This event will be a lot of fun and it is a great way to celebrate Earth Day. We hope to see you there! Cheers!

Burchfield-Penney Art Center

1300 Elmwood Avenue Buffalo, N.Y. 14222-1095

contact: Welthea Christman, (716) 878.3215 Coordinator of Volunteer Services

e-mail: christhw@buffalostate.edu http://www.burchfield-penney.org

Organization Mission 

The Burchfield-Penney Art Center is an art museum located on the Buffalo State College campus that is unique because of it’s regional scope. The Center is dedicated to the art and vision of Charles E. Burchfield and other distinguished artists of Western New York.

Volunteer Skills Needed

We strive to work with the experience of each volunteer so they can each have the greatest level of comfort and productivity with us.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Volunteer positions and responsibilities vary dependant on needs at the time of contact and service.

Buffalo City Mission

100 East Tupper Buffalo, N.Y. 14203

Contact: Kathleen Stapley (716) 854-8181 ext 206

Organization Mission

The purpose of Buffalo City Mission is to present the good news that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world to men women and children, and to provide food, clothing and shelter to the homeless and needy.

Type of Volunteer Needed

Ages 14 and above – approriate dress required.

Volunteer Skills Needed

A variety of skills.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Kitchen duty, pantry and clothing duty, serving and clearing up after meals, stocking shelves, sorting clothes and hanging them on racks.

Central City Cafe Community Garden of Stewardship

200 E. Eagle Street Buffalo, N.Y. 14204

Contact: Johnnie Mae Holt 716-856-4943 or 716-845-7000

Contact: Caesandra N. Seawell, cseawell@wned.org to volunteer in garden

and Johnnie Mae Holt to volunteer in the kitchen.

HOURS:

Kitchen: daily M-F 10am-2pm

Garden: Saturday & Sunday 10am -1pm until finished

Organization Mission

We are a Soup Kitchen and Community Garden Project. We empower, feed and provide showers for those who are less fortunate.

Type of Volunteer Needed

Just have a smile, a willing mind, body and spirit to serve.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Willingness to get dirty in the garden, to lend a hand at mixing compost and peat moss ,planting vegetables, putting in garden rows so the irrigation system can be set up for a garden and help build 10 hipster beds for planting. In soup kitchen assist with mopping the floors, cleaning bathrooms, putting out garbage and washing dishes.

CEPA Gallery

617 Main Street, #201

Buffalo, N.Y. 14203

Contact: Lynda Kaszubski (716) 856-2717

e-mail: info@cepagallery.com http://www.cepagallery.com

Organization Mission

CEPA is a not-for-profit arts center founded in 1974 as a resource for photographic creation, education, and presentation. CEPA provides a context for understanding the aesthetic, cultural, and political intersections of photo-related art as it is produced in our diverse society. The gallery supports, encourages, and funds the projects of both established and emergent visual artists, and is committed to supporting artists from groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in cultural spaces. CEPA also functions as a research and education center for the exploration of new technologies in the photographic arts. Programs include exhibitions; a guest lecture series which invites artists, critics, and curators to discuss their work; an artist project program which presents installations and publishes artist books; a darkroom and computer imaging facility; a public art program which features exhibitions in public transit vehicles and stations; an independent film forum; artist residencies; and grant support for artists. CEPA?s scope is international, providing a forum for artists and curators throughout the world. At the same time, CEPA supports and exhibits the work of artists in the Western New York region, which we define as Allegheny, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming counties and the territories of the Tuscarora and Seneca Nations.

Type of Volunteer Needed

The volunteer program exists to supplement and complement the work of staff, and to provide opportunities for those interested in assisting with the day-to-day workings of an arts organization. Volunteers come to CEPA from many backgrounds – undergraduate and graduate students, working artists, professional and retired persons. Hours and duties are scheduled on an individual basis depending on interests and abilities.

Volunteer Skills Needed

- responsible

- punctual

- must have initiative

- be able to work unsupervised

- be able to complete assigned tasks thoroughly and thoughtfully.

Volunteer Responsibilities

- youth education program mentoring

- photography darkroom monitoring

- website design and computer graphics

- exhibition preparation and installation

- gallery public relations and hospitality

- event facilitation

- computer skills using Macintosh and/or IBM

systems

- various administrative duties and other work

The Clean Air Coalition

341 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, N.Y. 14202

Contact: Rebecca Newberry (716) 852-1264

e-mail: rebecca@cacwny.org

website: http://www.cacwny.org

Organization Mission

The Clean Air Coalition protects the right of Western New York residents to breathe clean air and live, work, and play in a healthy environment. To protect that right, the Coalition organizes community members and builds diverse coalitions to implement initiatives to reduce environmental hazards.

Type of Volunteer Needed

All types of volunteers are needed.

Volunteer Skills Needed

The Clean Air Coalition is seeking volunteers to help with administrative duties, turn out calls and going door to door to talk to community members about how the environment effects their health.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Depending on what volunteers are interested in, and the work that needs to be done, volunteers will do basic administrative work, mailings, data entry, phone calls to members for turnout, and go door to door in Clean Air membership communities.

Cornerstone Manor

150 E. North Street Buffalo, N.Y. 14203

Contact: Sue Cervi, 716-854-8181 ext. 408

scervi@buffalocitymission.org

Organization Mission

Each day the Buffalo City Mission’s Women and Children’s Shelter- Cornerstone Manor provides women and children with food, clothing and a clean safe place to stay. Through the programs of Cornerstone Manor we are able to address the underlying problems of homelessness by offering practical programs in parenting, budgeting, job training and education, as well as long-term counseling and spiritual guidance. Cornerstone Manor sits at the corner of North and Michigan. The spacious building provides emergency shelter for up to 16 single women and 5 families seeking protection from city streets or an abusive relationship. Up to 12 families and 46 single women can find hope and healing in the facility’s two-year resident recovery program.

Type of Volunteer Needed

Dependable, Reliable, Cooperative, Versatile, Trustworthy, Kind and Compassionate, Able to Work Well with Others, Able to Follow Directions.

Volunteer Skills Needed

Necessary Skills for Area of Volunteer Interest (i.e, Nursing License, appropriate education, computer skills).

Volunteer Responsibilities

Assist foster grandma’s in day care; meal preparation, serving meals, kitchen clean up, clerical assistance (typing, filing, copying, etc.); teacher’s aide for children and/or adult education; nurses for clinic, evening chapel services/spiritual programs; sorting items.

Friends of the Night People

394 Hudson Street

Buffalo, N.Y. 14201

Contact: Joseph S. Heary (716) 884-5375

http://www.friendsofnightpeople.com

Organization Mission

To provide daily meals and proide other essential supportive services to the homeless and hungry of our community while educating and soliciting support from the community.

Type of Volunteer Needed

Hard working, enthusiastic and committed.

Volunteer Skills Needed

Ability to cook, clean and organize.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Cooking, cleaning, organizing the food pantry, food preparation and working at special events

Gilda's Club Western New York

1140 Delaware Avenue Buffalo, N.Y. 14209

Contact: Susan Lichtblau (716) 332-5900 ext 201

e-mail: slichtbl@gildasclubwny.org

http://www.gildasclubwny.org

Organization Mission

The mission of Gilda’s Club is to provide a meeting place where men, women and children living with cancer, their friends and families, can join together to build emotional and social support as a supplement to medical care. Free of charge, Gilda’s Club program includes support and networking groups, lectures, workshops, seminars and social activities in a nonresidential, homelike environment.

Type of Volunteer Needed

Office, garden, workshop leaders, artists and grunts.

Volunteer Skills Needed

We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Call or e-mail for an application and you can see many of the options.

Volunteer Responsibilities

All volunteers have an hour to hour and a half training. Those working with children have additional training and need to pass a security check. Then we only ask that you show up when you say you will. You can have a regular spot or work on an as needed basis. The choice is yours

Jericho Road Ministries Priscilla Project

184 Barton Street

Buffalo, N.Y. 14213

Contact: Nicole Hitchcock (716) 881-5203

http://www.jrm-buffalo.org

Organization Mission

The Priscilla Project connects pregnant refugee women with volunteer mentors to assist them through their transitions and help support them. Through mentoring, our women have healthy pregnancies and become more socially stable.

Type of Volunteer Needed

Women of any age.

Volunteer Skills Needed

A patient nature, a caring heart.

Volunteer Responsibilities

After a brief interview and an orientation, mentors begin meeting once a week with their mentee for 2-3 hours, the time is flexible. Once a month mentors will be asked to attend a support meeting that is one hour long

Cathollic Central Helping Hands Food Pantry

3021 Bailey Avenue

Buffalo, N.Y. 14215

Contact: Robert Wells (716) 871-4113

rmwells1@verizon.net

Organization Mission

The food pantry serves the area in Buffalo in zip code 14215. This is a depressed financial area. We assist with groceries for individuals and families to help them to make their meals.

Type of Volunteer Needed

Children from 9 to 14 accompanied by an adult or anyone above the age of 16.

Volunteer Skills Needed

The job involves stocking shelves, handing out groceries, distributing bread and meat items, signing in clients and using a computer. Must have the desire to be of help to people when needed.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Filling bags, putting groceries on shelves, signing clients in, packing meat products, general customer service durties.

Neighbors Connecting Block Clubs

Rm 2400, 65 Niagara Sq

Buffalo, NY 14202

Contact: Rich Lee (716) 851-5550

e-mail: RLeeBCNA@gmail.com

 

Organization Mission

A not for profit which has developed over 510 block clubs and neighborhood associations in Buffalo and Erie County. We seek to implement additional training for our block club members in order to help neighbors help themselves.

Type of Volunteer Needed

Youth, young adult, adults and older adults

Volunteer Skills Needed

We prefer a working knowledge of the Internet, Microsoft office and social media. We are very interested in training our volunteers and offering them back to the days in which they have a strong interest.

Volunteer Responsibilities

We have a wide range of activities from making reminder phone calls, updating lists, researching problem areas, going door to door to share information, training as neighborhood connectors and working on specific projects as a project manager.

Grand Island Lions Club

Ross Eye Institute, 1176 Main, Buffalo

PO Box 71 Grand Island, NY 14072

Contact: Tom Witkowski 716-909-1862

e-mail: liontom20n@roadrunner.com

http://www.gilions.com

Organization Mission

“We Serve” is the Lions’ Motto. The mission of the Grand Island Lions Club is to help those in need in our community with special emphasis on the vision and hearing impaired, and children with disabilities. Major fundraisers include a spaghetti dinner in the spring and a “White Cane” drive in August. Our major event is the “Special Kids Picnic” in July when over one thousand special needs children from the Erie-Niagara area are treated to a picnic that includes a lunch along with boat rides, pony rides, and other entertainment. We also perform MTI Photo-screening of children’s eyes (for early detection of eye disease) coordinated through the local school systems. In addition we collect eyeglasses and hearing aids for the disadvantaged and have a “loan closet” for distribution of walkers, wheelchairs and other durable goods. Our Club is also active in a number of drives both locally and internationally to help the vision impaired. Our Club also recognizes the importance of youth in our community. We participate annually in a Peace Poster Contest, which encourages our middle-school age children to creatively express their concept of world peace. We award scholarships to high school graduates, based on their community involvement, scholastic achievements and other criteria.

Type of Volunteer Needed

School Age and Above

Volunteer Skills Needed

We currently are looking for volunteers to serve as hosts and hostesses welcoming patients and clients at the Ross Eye Institute, 1176 Main Street in Buffalo. Also needed are screeners who will take photos of the eyes of preschool age children for anlysis by the physicians at the Ross. There is no contact with the children and no eye drops are needed. The photos are taken in a dimly lit room with school staff assisting.

Volunteer Responsibilities

As stated above.

Sisters of Charity Hospital

2157 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14214

Contact: Heide Cornell 716-862-1106

e-mail: hcornell@chsbuffalo.org

Organization Mission

Sisters of Charity Hospital is Buffalo’s oldest hospital and is a part of the Catholic Health System, recently rated the number one hospital system in New York State. Our mission is “We are called to reveal the healing love of Jesus to those in need” our core values include Reverance, Justice, Compassion, and Excellence.

Type of Volunteer Needed

Ages 15 and above.

Volunteer Skills Needed

Excellent customer service skils, enthusiasm and a love for working in a dynamic and muti-cultural setting.

Volunteer Responsibilities

Various responsibilities include information desk, surgical waiting room attendant, hospitality assistant, nursing home activity leader, maternity and NICU assistant, acute care unit assistant, massage therapy office assistant, outpatient lab receptionist, gift shop attendant.

WNED TV AM-FM

140 Lower Terrace Buffalo, N.Y. 14202

Contact: Lisa Napier (716) 845-7000 ext.310

e-mail: volunteers@wned.org

http://www.wned.org

 

Organization Mission

WNED TV-AM-FM is a non-profit organization committed to bringing unique, quality programming to this region. Our mission is to enlighten, inspire, entertain and educate our communities.

Type of Volunteer Needed

Groups or individuals, ages 14 – 90 are needed.

Volunteer Skills Needed

No special skills are needed; we will train you prior to each event. We only ask for a great smile and a friendly demeanor

Volunteer Responsibilities

WNED TV volunteers are a crucial part of the success of this organization and needed in most every area – answering phones, data entry, light clerical tasks, hospitality, ushering, and much more. Not only will your volunteer support benefit WNED TV, but we promise you will have a great time doing it!

Habitat for Humanity

Paul Wiech, Volunteer Coordinator is the person to contact regarding groups assignments and information.

Paul can be reached at 716-864-7349 or

email:  paulwiech1@gmail.com or volunteer@habitatbuffalo.org

Habitat for Humanity is well known here in the United State and across the world. Volunteering with us is a great resume builder. We are a great place to volunteer with to develop skills that employers are looking for. Serving with people from diverse social, educational and cultural backgrounds provides for great discussion, learning and understanding improving yourself while improving your community. There are very few places that will allow you to learn to do great things for free.

 

Our current group of volunteers is hardworking and open to engaging you in doing something good for our community all you have to do is make a phone call or stop by. Call our office at (716) 204-0740 or stop by 995 Kensington Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215.

SPCA YOUTH VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

The SPCA’s Youth Volunteer Program is for students grades 7 – 12 who need community service hours for school, scout groups, religious organizations, etc. For more information on the Youth Volunteer Program or to sign up, contact the SPCA Volunteer Department using the contact information above.

Director of Volunteer Services:

Kelly Lindstrom  *  716-629-3503  *  kellyl@spcaec.com

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Jeffrey Rouch *  716-629-3503  *  jeffreyr@spcaec.com

Volunteer Services Assistant:

Amanda Whyte *  716-629-3503  *  amandaw@spcaec.com

Pet Volunteer Opportunities in Greater Buffalo Area

http://petconnectionprogramsinc.com/Home.asp

http://www.pets911.buffalo.com/fostering.php

http://www.buffalohumane.org/portal/

http://www.bflocan.org/animeals.html

http://www.bigdogsbighearts.com

http://www.aawny.org

http://www.adoptapet.com