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The Dean of Students Office helps students and groups identify volunteer opportunities that are compatible with their interests and goals. Individuals may set up an appointment by contacting Community Service to learn about opportunities in this area that may be the right fit for the student.
The list of Troy and Capital Region agencies below offer with a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups, short and long term.
Albany Pine Bush
Address: 108 Wade Road, Albany, NY, 12110
Phone: (518) 785-1800
The Albany Pine Bush Preserve represents one of the best remaining global examples of an inland pitch pine scrub oak barrens and is home to hundreds of rare and common plant and animal species. Since 1988, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission has been preventing the Preserve from habitat loss, invasive plants, and wildland fires.
The American Red
Address: 33 Everett Road, Albany, NY, 12205
Phone: (518) 458-8111
The American Red Cross is an organization that helps keep people safe every day as well as in emergency situations. The American Red Cross of Northeastern New York is responsible for administrating blood drives, teaching CPR/AED, and helping families who suffered from disasters. Just last year, the organization assisted 250 local families who lost everything due to fires, flooding, and windstorms.
The Arts Center of
the Capital Region
Address: 265 River Street, Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 273-0552
The Arts Center supports the advancement and education of the arts in the lives of those within the Capital Region. Courses include Dance, drawing, sculpture, photography, woodworking, writing, etc. Please see their website for more detailed information.
Big Brothers & Big
Sisters of the Capital Region
Address: 1492 Central Avenue, Albany, NY, 12205
Phone: (518) 862-1250
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is clear: make a positive difference in the lives of children, primarily through professionally supported relationships with caring mentors; and, assist children in achieving their greatest potential as they grow to become confident, competent and contributing individuals.
Bethany Hospitality Center
Address: 27 State Street, Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 273-3529
Bethany Center is a sanctuary where hospitality and support are offered to those suffering from chronic homelessness and hopelessness. The guests are provided with nutritious meals, support services, referrals, advocacy, and case management. In the last eighteen years, the organization has helped over 3,500 men, women, and children with support, comfort, and guidance. These people deal with issues such as poverty, chronic homelessness, malnutrition, mental illness, addiction, abuse, loneliness, and lack of self-esteem.
Capital District Community
Address: 295 8th Street, Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 274-8685
This organization maintains 39 community gardens, plants 100's of trees every year and works to improve the quality of life for area residents. Projects are not limited to aesthetics, but also include vegetable gardens that feed over 500 community families.
Address: 316 Old Stage Road, Saugerties, NY 12477
Phone: (845) 336-8447, ext. 226
Located in the New York’s Hudson Valley, Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) is a 110-acre haven for horses and farm animals rescued from cruelty and neglect. In addition to emergency rescue, CAS provides innovative programs that educate the public about the sentience of farm animals, and the devastating impacts of agribusiness and institutionalized cruelty on animals, people, and the planet. CAS offers weekend and special group tours, vegan cooking classes, speaking engagements, a summer day camp for kids, and a host of compassionate programming year round at its primarily solar-powered Sanctuary. Lodging is available on site at The Homestead, a beautifully-renovated 1813 farmhouse. Since 2001, CAS has rescued over 2,000 animals, and has worked in tandem with law enforcement to bring animal abusers to justice. We welcome volunteers to help with office/administrative tasks, event planning, animal care, shelter maintenance, and/or assisting with special events.
Children Museum of Science
Address: Rensselaer Tech Park, 250 Jordan Road, North Greenbush, NY
Phone: (518) 235-2120 Ext. 204
This museum is designed specifically for children. Displays are oriented toward science, history, and the arts in order to promote interest in these areas. Hands on activities encourage exploration and discovery.
Address: City Hall, One Monument Square, Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 270-4568
To provide consistent public service in a professional manner; establish responsibility and accountability to city residents; acknowledge and support the city's diverse workforce; maintain an aggressive approach to solving the issues facing the community; to nurture and build partnerships within all Troy communities; recognize and respond to community needs and concerns and objectively engage all city residents as critical partners in pursuing a vibrant 21st century.
Address: Life Science Building, 61 State Street, Troy, NY 12180-3412
Phone: (518) 272-4210
The Cornell Cooperative extension is a program designed to bring long-distance training to nutritional professionals within communities. They use the Internet, teleconferencing and other long-distance techniques that provide assistance to nutritional professionals.
Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross - Neighborhood
Address: 138 Eighth Street (next to West Hall), Troy, NY 12180
Phone: (518) 272-2955
The Episcopal church next to West Hall on the RPI campus seeks to serve both the spiritual and bodily needs of the local community. In addition to church services at 10:00am every Sunday, church volunteers prepare monthly community meals that are free to all who come. In the fall and summer, the meal is cooked and served at the church. Since we are not handicapped accessible, in the late fall and winter, the meal is cooked at the church and then serves at the subsidized housing below the church and campus.
Address: 1 mile north of campus on 15th Street, Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 274-5002
The Frear Park Conservancy is a newly formed citizens group, dedicated to improving Frear Park, while preserving its historical integrity. Through collaborative efforts with park users, the surrounding community, and the City of Troy, the Conservancy strives to revive and maintain the park's history, beauty and recreational value. We advocate community-wide utilization of, and appreciation for the Park's diverse resources, and accessibility for all.
Address:One Penny Lane, Latham, NY 12110
The mission of Gilda's Club Capital Region New York is to provide a welcoming place where men, women and children living with cancer and their families and friends can find social and emotional support. Warm, home-like and non-residential, Gilda's Club Capital Region New York offers support and networking groups, lectures, workshops, and social events free of charge to its members.
Grafton Lakes State Park
Address: 12 miles east of campus on Route 2, Grafton, NY, 12082
Phone: (518) 279-1155
Grafton Lakes State Park, on the forested mountain ridge between the Taconic and Hudson Valleys, includes five ponds and 2,357 acres. Long Pond has a large, sandy beach, which is a popular summer attraction. Anglers can go after rainbow and brown trout in Long, Second and Shaver Pond. Pickerel, perch, and bass are abundant in all ponds including Mill Pond and walleye are found at the Martin-Durham Reservoir. All ponds have launch facilities for canoes, sailboats and rowboats. Visitors also picnic, walk the nature trails, and hike, bike or ride horses along the 20 miles of park trails. In winter, the trails are groomed for cross-country skiers and snowmobilers, and visitors may also showshoe or ice skate.
Humanity Capital District
Address: 325 Washington Avenue Ext., Albany NY 12205
Our Mission: Through homeownership, Habitat for Humanity Capital District helps to develop and transform communities by building affordable and sustainable homes in partnership with lower-income families.
We believe that every man, woman and child deserves a safe, decent place in which to live. By providing homeownership opportunities in partnership with lower-income households, Habitat is making safe, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and action. Together, we are breaking the cycle of poverty and building foundations for a stronger future. We believe that no one lives in dignity until everyone can live in dignity. We believe that every person has something to contribute and something to gain from creating communities in which all people have decent, affordable places to live. We believe that dignity and hope are best achieve through equitable, accountable partnerships.
Mohawk Industrial Gateway
Address: Foot of Polk Street, Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 274-5267
The Gateway is the only comprehensive industrial heritage institute for the Hudson-Mohawk region. Its primary function has been advocating historic preservation and adaptive reuse of the industrial heritage of this area. It conducts tours, runs school programs at the primary, secondary and college levels, provides consulting on historic preservation issues and on regional history of technology in this area, and manages a regional technology museum. It is housed in the historic Burden Iron Works Museum in South Troy, just above the Menands Bridge, which is listed on The National Register of Historic Places.
Address: 74 Ferry Street, Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 272-2544
Joseph's House and Shelter in downtown Troy offers homeless members of our community a safe place to rest. We provide nutritious meals, medical care, access to personal items, laundry facilities, etc. Advocates work with guests to identify housing and services based on their goals. Community involvement is crucial in maintaining the quality of the shelter.
Literacy Volunteers of
Address: 1915 Fifth Avenue, Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 274-8526
Literacy Volunteers provides one-on-one or small group tutoring to help teens and adults 16 and over learn to read or to speak English. Tutoring is done by volunteers who have participated in 24 hours of training given by Literacy Volunteers. Tutoring takes place in libraries, churches, and other public places throughout the county and gateway communities.
York State Assembly
Address: Room 104A, Legislative Office Building, Albany, NY, 12248
Phone: (518) 455-4704
The New York State Assembly Intern Committee sponsors the Session Internship (for college students) and the Graduate Internship (for Graduate students) at the State Capital starting every January. The Session Internship offers college students a chance to participate in state government and the legislative process through a well-structured practical learning experience. Most colleges grant Session Interns a full semester of credit, as recommended by the Regents National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction. The Graduate Internship provides full-time research or policy analysis positions with Assembly leaders, committees and research staffs. Applications are available in the Dean of Students Office each fall.
Address: Troy Cemetery Association, Inc., 50 101st Street, Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 272-7520
Oakwood Cemetery is one of the United States' largest rural cemeteries, covering acres of protected land that overlook the heart of Troy in upstate New York. The Troy Cemetery Association, Inc. is charged with preserving and maintaining hundreds of acres of lawn, miles of roads, nearly 60,000 gravesites including those of Amos Eaton, Russell Sage and Emma Willard, as well as the historic Gardner Earl Memorial Chapel and Crematorium.
Address:Project Linus Albany/Rensselaer County Chapter
Phone: (518) 233-7247
Project Linus is comprised of hundreds of local chapters and thousands of volunteers across the United States. Each volunteer and local chapter all work together to help us achieve our mission statement, which states:
First, it is our mission to provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”
Second, it is our mission to provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.
Together we have distributed over two million blankets to children in need since our inception in 1995.
Food Bank of Northeastern New York
Address: 965 Albany-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110
The Regional Food Bank is a member of America's Second Harvest, The Nation's Food Bank Network. Second Harvest sets standards and acquires food donations from national companies for its 200+ member food banks located throughout the country. Through its relationship with Second Harvest, the Food Bank is able to bring millions of pounds of much needed food into the community every year. Also, by working in partnership with other Second Harvest food banks throughout the country, the Food Bank is able to play a role in the national response to hunger.
Address: 251 River Street, Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 270-8667
RiverSpark Visitors Center promotes the City of Troy through interactive museum exhibits, slide shows, and up-to-date information on activities.
Address: 410 River Street, Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 272-4901
The Salvation Army is a service organization that offers assistance to needy individuals and families with food, clothing, referrals, and counseling.
Address: 2215 Burdett Avenue, Troy, NY, 12180
Samaritan Hospital's mission is to provide excellent, compassionate hospital, outpatient, community health, and wellness services to the residents of the Capital Region.
Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance
Address: 2215 Burdett Ave., Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 271-3410
The Sexual Assault and Crime Victims Assistance Program for Rensselaer County is committed to reducing the trauma of sexual assault, crime and violence, as well as providing community education for its prevention. We are dedicated to creating a supportive, caring environment for victims, survivors and their families to enhance the healing process. All services are free and confidential. We have a 24-hour hotline available to anyone who needs assistance. Our program provides comprehensive services to victims/survivors of crime and violence, and their significant others, past or present, regardless of age, gender, socioeconomic background, culture/ethnic background, or sexual orientation.
Address: Sunnyside Drive at Ingalls Rd., Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 274-5986
Sunnyside Center strives to create a more wholesome environment in which children can develop by addressing their and their family's concerns using primary detection, intervention and prevention while delivering the necessary academic and emotional support that enhances individual growth. Sunnyside Center has served the children of Troy since 1925 when it was established by the Sisters of Charity as a summer retreat for orphans. It began as an after school program in 1958. It currently serves 100-150 children. Sunnyside Center offers children 6 weeks to 12 years the opportunity to enhance their quality of life by providing them with a safe, supportive atmosphere, while participating in recreational and educational activities. Sunnyside implements many programs which focus on alleviating some of the socio-economic plights that children face daily.
Address: 17 First Street, Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 274-5920 Ext. 204
Fax: (518) 271-1909
The furniture program of Troy Area United Ministries provides good, used furniture free of charge to needy families and individuals, as well as to people who are in transition. The mainstay of our referral system comes from homeless/domestic violence shelters, which provide intake and refer clients to us. Our service makes it possible for these families to furnish their living spaces when they leave the shelters. We provide for basic needs with beds, dressers, sofas, tables, chairs, and other essential furniture.
Troy Boys & Girls
Address: 700 7th Ave., Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 274-3781
The Troy Boys and Girls Club is a non-profit youth development agency servicing Troy and the surrounding communities.
Address 100 Second St., Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 274-7071
The Troy Public Library is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents to serve as the public library for the City of Troy. The library maintains three outlets in the City of Troy which provide service to the community: The Main Library in downtown, the Lansingburgh Branch on 114th St. in Lansingburgh, and the Sycaway Branch located in School #18 in Sycaway. The library seeks to maintain collections of books, periodicals, pamphlets, maps, audio and video disks and other types of library materials. The library also maintains a full reference service department and public computer access at each location. The library's on-line public access catalog provides users with access to the collections of all 29 Upper Hudson Library System member libraries in Albany and Rensselaer Counties. The Troy Public Library is also a Federal Government Depository Library.
United Way of the
Greater Capital Region
Address: P.O. Box 13865, One United Way, Albany, NY, 12212
Phone: (518) 456-2200
The mission of UWGCP is to be the leader in bringing people and resources together, to achieve measurable and sustainable improvements in the quality of life for our community. UWGCR serves Rensselaer, Albany, Schenectady, Schoharie and Saratoga Counties.
Address: 33 Second Street, Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518)274-2633, ext. 290
Since 1971, Unity House has been Making Life Better in the Capital Region. We are a Rensselaer County-based human service agency that provides a wide range of services to meet the otherwise unmet needs of people in our community who are hurting and struggling. We assist those who are living in poverty, adults living with mental illness or HIV/AIDS, victims of domestic violence, and children with developmental delays. We work to achieve social justice in our community and to create a better understanding of those we serve.
Upper Hudson Planned
Address: 259 Lark Street, Albany, NY, 12208
Phone: (518) 434-5678 x 133
Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood is dedicated to ensuring every individual's right to reproductive health and choice through health services, education, and advocacy.
Address: P.O. Box 219, Troy, NY, 12180
Vanderheyden Hall's mission is to provide children,young adults, and families with services that enable and challenge them to care for themselves through: a nurturing, supportive and therapeutic environment; development of skills necessary for community living; opportunities to enhance self esteem and self confidence; a variety of experiences that lead to personal growth; freedom to make choices and be responsible for choices.
Address: 195 Second Street, Troy, NY, 12180
Phone: (518) 274-6434
Elegant row houses, once the homes of Gilded Age magnates, surround Washington Park in Troy, New York. Laid out in 1840, the park is one of only two privately owned urban ornamental parks in the United States. The Washington Park Association is responsible for the care, maintenance and preservation of Washington Park in Troy (between 2nd and 3rd Streets and Washington Place and Washington Street, with a few properties extending north and south).
Address:Four Global View, Troy, NY 12180
As Tech Valley's premier public media station, WMHT builds community by providing citizens access to high-quality programs and services that educate and inspire for a lifetime.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of on-air television and radio braodcast campaigns, including the 2007 Winter Fundraising Campaign.