When VOA co-founders Maud and Ballington Booth thought of names for their new organization in 1896, one word remained prominent: "volunteer.” In those days, a volunteer was anyone who was committed to a mission or cause. The agency name Volunteers of America was chosen because it signified that the organization was comprised of people voluntarily choosing to help others. Volunteering is part of our agency foundation and a large part of our continued success.
If you are interested in volunteering please review the options below. Fill out the volunteer form, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (585) 402-7204 to apply. Please note many volunteers must pass a federal background check and receive training before assignment.
Volunteers are needed to assist with data entry and filing for our admin office in addition to sorting, labeling, and packing book and clothing donations for distribution to low-income families. Your organizational assistance at Volunteers of America's Emergency Food Pantry will help us distribute food to families and individuals in need.
Provide Homework Assistance
Volunteers of America’s Children’s Center provides child care and educational programs for children from low-income households. The center provides after-school care for 80 children who attend elementary school. Volunteers are needed to help children with basic math, reading, and writing homework. Schedule would be 2:15 - 5:30 PM on weekdays. Must be 18 or older.
Life Skills Group Leader
As a life skills group leader you can teach individuals how to search for and obtain employment, interview techniques, resume writing, how to dress appropriately for work, budgeting, healthy meal preparation, and more. The maximum anticipated group size is 10. You must be at least 21 years old to volunteer for this opportunity.
Parenting Skills Group Leader
You can help make a difference by assisting with parent training for individuals as they reintegrate back into the community and reunite with their families. Teach parents how to engage their children in daily interaction and through activities and playtime. The maximum anticipated group size is 10. You must be at least 21 years old to volunteer for this opportunity.
As part of our Brightening Birthdays ™ initiative, we hold monthly birthday parties complete with cake and presents for children and families who have experienced homelessness. Those experiencing unstable housing issues often miss out on the celebrations most American families experience together, especially birthdays, and Brightening Birthdays ™ helps change that. Want to get involved? You can help these family celebrations a success by volunteering, donating supplies or making a financial contribution.
Hold a Donation Drive
Families in our shelters need many things (new soap, shampoo, towels, socks/underwear, feminine hygiene supplies, and diapers). Donations that you collect will help impoverished individuals and families in local neighborhoods. We'll help get you started by providing informational materials and we'll even pick up the donations when your drive is over. Old business clothes can be donated to our Working Wardrobe program.
Brightening Birthdays at The Guest House Family Shelter. Because no child should ever have to miss a birthday.
Our clubs meet on Wednesday afternoons for 6 week sessions. Each club has 8 – 12 participants, 5 years to 13 years old. This volunteer will work with a staff member to provide a fun and learning experience for the children.
School Age Pottery
Are you skilled in pottery? Lend a hand by leading or assisting with our Pottery Club. This club gives children the opportunity to use their imagination while learning pottery techniques. The children can work with play dough or clay and with their hands, tools and/or a potter’s wheel.
School Age Sports
Do you like sports and have time to share your knowledge? Lead or assist with our Sports Club. The children will have fun while learning basic sports, skills and games. The club emphasizes cooperation, teamwork and sportsmanship.
Are you able to share your time and talent teaching our infant-toddler staff and children how to communicate in sign language? The ideal method would be for the volunteer to sign songs and/or books at Circle Time, so that staff and children could learn in a natural manner. Additional teaching of staff through workshops or other means would also be helpful.
School Age Dance/Drama
Lead or assist with our dance or drama club. For dance our children are exposed to the different kinds of dance (jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tap) and learn a basic routine in one or more types of dance. For drama, depending upon the age/abilities of the participants, they may participate in “Improv” play (traditional dramatic play) or scripted play using familiar nursery rhymes and stories or child written stories.
School Age Journalism
Consider leading or assisting with our Journalism Club. The children will conduct interviews, write about current events, review movies and books, and take photos or videos of activities at the Children Center. Our clubs meet on Wednesday afternoons for 6 week sessions.