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Volunteer Opportunities

While Psychology Club does not coordinate and send volunteers, we strongly encourage students to independently check out these great organizations! Please note, these opportunities are not affiliated with Psychology Club or SUNY Geneseo. 

For more opportunities, check the Office of Student Volunteerism and Community Engagement.

Mt. Hope Family Center


Founded in 1979, Mt. Hope Family Center is dedicated to helping children and families improve their lives. Through treatment, prevention, research and training in the areas of human development, child maltreatment and mental disorders in children and families, this program provides the resources parents and children need to build strong, healthy family and peer relationships.

While the prevention and intervention services improve family functioning, enhance coping skills and build competence in children, adolescents and parents, research done at this facility analyzes the efficacy of treatments and studies the long-term impact of the program's services as well as the effects of social experiences and environmental influences on development. Mt. Hope Family Center supports the lifelong development of the individual, from infancy to adulthood.

Mt. Hope Family Center focuses on treating the child while helping parents develop the skills they need to understand child development, communicate more effectively, and resolve conflict in non-violent ways. The goal is to break the cycle of maltreatment while working with children and their families to strengthen the family relationship.

Other Opportunities:

Pirate Toy Fund

City: Rochester, NY 14607
Distance: 27 miles
When: ongoing
Categories: Children & Youth

Drivers and/or Medics by Dansville Ambulance Company

City: Dansville, NY 14437
Distance: 16 miles
When: ongoing
Categories: Health & Medicine, Other, Volunteering, Disaster Relief

Local Childcare Coordin., 14620 by EF Au Pair

City: Rochester, NY 14620
Distance: 26 miles
When: ongoing
Categories: Women, Education & Literacy, Children & Youth, Other, Volunteering, Employment, International, Arts & Culture

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rochester, NY

City: Rochester, NY 14620
Distance: 26 miles
When: ongoing
Categories: Children & Youth

St. Joseph Neighborhood Center 
City: Rochester NY, 14620
Distance: 26 miles
When: ongoing
Categories: Volunteering Basic Literacy Tutor by Literacy

Volunteers of America
City: Rochester NY, 14620
Distance: 26 miles
When: ongoing
Categories: Education & Literacy

English as a Second Language Tutor by Literacy Volunteers of America
City: Rochester NY, 14620
Distance: 26 miles
When: ongoing
Categories: Education & Literacy

Office Assistance by Pirate Toy Fund
City: Rochester, NY 14607
Distance: 27 miles
When: ongoing
Categories: Children & Youth


Opportunities found through

Brockport Clothing Shelf, St. Luke's Church, Brockport, N.Y.
On the corner of Main St. and State St.
Contact: Annette Locke, Phone: (716) 637-0880
Days/Times: Thursday 7–8:30 p.m. Sunday 3–4:30 p.m.
Responsibilities: fold, hang, and sort clothing; loading/unloading boxes; manning the center when open
* this is a one-shot deal or scheduling is available

Adult Day Service of Brockport, Brockport, New York
Contact: Linda Johnson, Phone: (716) 637-0322
Days/Times: Monday/Wednesday/Fridays, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m
Title: Volunteer Recreational Assistant
Responsibilities: Assist with recreational activities; take care of the elderly
* you can volunteer weekly (five to seven hours) throughout the semester

A Touch of Home
Contact: Cari Tracy, Phone: (716) 654-8757
Days/Times: Monday–Friday 8 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Title: Program Assistant
Responsibilities: spending time with the functionally impaired; play games; sharing talents and interests; being a friend throughout the semester
* Opportunities for internships

LIFE - Liberty Increases Future Experience, Genesee Community College, Orleans Campus Center, Albion
Contact: Denise Prohaska, Phone: (716) 589-9172
Days/Times: Monday - Friday mornings (1 - 1.5 hours )
Responsibilities: looking for a student to work at Brockport Middle School bookstore mentoring; possibly an adult student. Goal: to produce gainfully employed, productive adults
* Welcomes regularly scheduled community service projects
Days/Times: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. * afternoons available
Responsibilities: Tutoring Brockport Middle School students.
* Commitment for two Saturdays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. for training/ screening may be required

Just Friends - A.G.M. Complex, Suite 271, 243 South Main St., Albion, New York
Contact: Christine Goetze, Phone: (716) 589-9210
Days/Times: three hours/ week
Responsibilities: Work one on one with youth between the ages of 6-16 to develop a trusting relationship. Volunteer acts as a mentor/role model. General recreation activities - swimming, reading, walking, conversation.
* Great opportunity to make a youth happy!!!

Planned Parenthood of Brockport Contact: Diana Fox, Phone: (716) 637-7272
Brockport Migrant Education - Cooper Hall, SUNY Brockport campus
Contact: Sister Beverly Baker, Phone: (716) 395-2356
Sweden Senior Center - 133 State St., Brockport, New York
Contact: Nancy Duff, Phone: (716) 637-8161
Days/Times: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Responsibilities: Recreation/therapeutic recreation positions. Will do presentations, entertainment, music, dance, and history. Social work, health education and nursing majors desired.

Opportunities at Volunteers of America:

Volunteers of America of Western New York
214 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14608
Tel: 716-647-1150
Fax: 716-647-2177

Today, the corporation provides children's services including an early childhood program, Project Head Start, School-Age Program Summer Camp, and an in-school early childcare program for children of students completing high school. Residential include a community residence for dependent males, low-income permanent housing, care for homeless veterans, emergency housing individuals and families, a transitional facility for New York State Division of Parole, Federal Corrections Program, an adult living center, and emergency housing programs. Outreach programs include a literacy program, English as a second classes, language interpreters bank, Adopt-a-Family Program, Emergency Food Program, Senior Nutrition Program, Holiday Assistance Program, Community Sentencing Program, Work Experience Program, Crisis Assistance, Handicapped Assistance Program, thrift stores, a recycling program, volunteer opportunities, and the Enterprise Program.

Volunteers of America Greater New York
340 W. 85th Street
New York, NY 10024
Tel: 212-873-2600
Fax: 212-769-2629

Volunteers of America initiated its activities in New York City in 1896 with services for the destitute in the Bowery area. The affiliate has been in operation since its founding, and is Volunteers of America's largest affiliate. Today, the affiliate houses more than 25, homeless individuals and 1,500 homeless families each year and teaches basic skills to more than 400 pre-school children with developmental disabilities. This affiliate is the largest provider of services to troubled youth in New Jersey; distributes holiday food vouchers to needy individuals and families; operates a model program to assist families whose children will be orphaned when one or both parents dies from HIV/AIDS; and provides shelter for more than 2,600 needy individuals every night.

Opportunities at American Red Cross:

Contact your local Red Cross online for more information. Or fill out the online form to find the best volunteer position for you.


Opportunities through Lifetime Assistance, Inc.

Helping persons with Developmental Disabilities achieve their goal of independence. Internships available.