10 Best Volunteer Opportunities in CNY For Caring Souls

There's SO many ways to give back to your community! Check out this list of the top ten ways to help out folks in need and be a caring helping hand.

  1. LiteracyCNY- LiteracyCNY provides one-on-one tutoring and small classroom instruction which help CNY adults to improve themselves, the lives of their children, and their communities. It's located in the Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center at 100 New Street in Syracuse. [Website]
  2. Meals on Wheels Syracuse- Meals on Wheels administers the delivery of nutritious food, nutrition education, and assistance to community members who are unable to do it themselves. Volunteers help prepare, package, and deliver the meals, and form relationships with the people they are helping maintain their independence. Located at 300 Burt Street #1, Syracuse NY. [Website]
  3. Refugee and Immigrant Self Empowerment (RISE)- The goal of RISE is to encourage self sufficiency through employment, education, social support and independence to the many members of the refugee and immigrant communities in CNY. Volunteers are needed for fundraising, Children and Womens empowerment mentorships, and youth/adult ed courses. [Website]
  4. Ronald McDonald House of CNY- RMHC works to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families across CNY by keeping families closer to their children while they undergo treatments and and deal with their illnesses. You can support this cause by getting involved through fundraising, volunteering, and networking and includes providing home cooked meals (Which ANYONE can do) working events, and manning the front desk. 1100 E Genesee Street, Syracuse. [Website]
  5. Samaritan Center- The Samaritan Center serves hot meals 365 days a year, more than 124,000 meals annually. They have a network of more than 1,500 community members that lend a helping hand a month, and it's something to be proud of in our community. You can help by volunteering in the kitchen or providing help for fundraising events. The samaritan center is located at 215 State street, Syracuse. [Website]
  6. Vera House- Vera House is a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence service agency which provides shelter, counseling, educational services and prevention programs in our community. Volunteers can work with the crisis calls, sexual assault advocacy, the shelter itself, or even foster displaced pets. 723 James Street, Syracuse NY. [Website]
  7. The Q Center- The Q center is a safe space for LGBTQ youths, where they can receive case management services including housing, transportation, advocacy, and medical care. Q Center offers support groups, outreach and education, as well as hosts special events for the LGBTQ community of Syracuse. 845 Hiawatha Blvd West, Syracuse NY. [Website]
  8. The MOST- Volunteers who are passionate or interested in science and technology are a perfect fit for the MOST! Volunteers are eligible for a free membership after 100 hours of volunteer work. The MOST is located in Armory Square, Syracuse NY. [Website]
  9. YMCA Downtown Syracuse- Gain skills and connections to help you advance your career and join a community dedicated to strengthening you, your family, and your community. 340 Montgomery street. [Website]
  10. PEACE inc.- Peace offers programming and training to help community members rise above poverty to self sufficiency. Peace offers mentorship programs and other volunteer opportunities. 217 S. Salina Street, Syracuse. [Website]

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