Volunteer Opportunities

AIDS Community Services
Volunteers to run errands for clients with AIDS, such as grocery shopping, medical appointments, Contact Eugene 332-2268.

 Buffalo Psychiatric Center seeks volunteers to visit residents 1-2:30 pm Saturdays. 400 Forest Ave. Info: 836-0822

 Amateur and Professional Performers and Musical Groups
Volunteer time and talent to entertain Roswell Park Cancer Institute patients, 10 am to 2 pm M – F, Call 1-877-275-7724.

American Red Cross
Volunteers to assist in recruiting Apheresis blood donors in WNY. Educate potential donors about the benefits of Apheresis blood donations, including platelets, plasma, and double red cell donations, and filling out donation scheduling appointment cards at various blood drives in the Buffalo area. Call Mylinda McCrady at (716) 878-2028 or McCradyM@usa.redcross.org.

Big Brothers Big Sister of Erie County
Volunteers are needed for one-on-one mentoring relationships with children ages 6-16. Volunteers welcome from high school students to senior citizens. Contact 873-5833. www.beafriend.org.

 Big Brothers Big Sister of Niagara County
Adult men and women are needed as role models for in-risk youth, 7-15 years of age. Contact: Heather Cahill at 434-1855. Email bbbsnc@roadrunner.com, bbbsniagaracounty.org

Buffalo General Medical Center
Adult or Student Volunteers, Flexible Hours, for patient liaisons, escort service, guest relations and gift shop volunteers, 859-2603 or KaleidaHealth.org Volunteer Opportunities.

Canopy of Neighbors
Provides services to seniors 62 and older in zip codes 14222 and 14209. Volunteers respond to Member requests, e.g. run errands, grocery shopping, fix-it jobs, hang pictures, change light bulbs, make visits, help with electronics, work in office, help with special events, assistance putting up Holiday decorations around the house, or just having a cup of tea and being a friend. Assistance with mileage, insurance, and Buffalo Car Share, Kathy at 332-6143, canopyofneighbors.volunteers@gmail.com.

Central Referral Services
Volunteers to answer our community hotline. If you are interested in helping others, please call 851-5413 for more information.

 Compass House
Volunteers to help runaway and homeless youth. Must be a caring individual over 21 years of age. Many opportunities available. Contact 886-1351.

Compeer Niagara
Adult and youth volunteers for adults or children with mental health diagnosis. Volunteers are supportive friends or mentors. Spend about 4 hours per month together. Ongoing supervision and monthly programs are provided. Call 716-433-3780 or visit www.mhanc.com.

 Crisis Services Advocate Progam
Seeking women and men to help provide immediate crisis intervention and support to victims of physical and sexual violence. Extensive training is provided. Contact 834-2310 Ext. 123, or rstevens@crisisservices.org.

Dementia Respite Program
Hearts and Hands and the C. Dee Wright Community Center of Akron are partnering on the creation of a Dementia Respite program to begin operating in Fall 2015. “Dementia Respite at the Wright” seeks to support those caring for loved ones with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia by providing an engaging, safe and friendly environment to leave their loved one while taking care of their own medical, social, and emotional needs. Hosted by the Wright Center, 11 Church Street in the village of Akron, participants will be able to attend the program the 3rd Friday of every month 1pm-5pm. Hearts and Hands is currently looking for volunteers interested in participating in this program as a direct, meaningful, once a month volunteer opportunity. A one-time training offered from the Alzheimer’s Association and Hearts and Hands, which will provide the tools to engage and care for an individual with dementia, is the first step to begin this meaningful experience. Your time and compassion can mean the world and health of a caregiver. To obtain more information regarding this program, please contact Amanda at Hearts and Hands (716) 406-8311 ext. 105, e-mail abrylinski@heartsandhandsfia.org or Judy at the C. Dee Wright Center (716) 491-2909, e-mail jboeheim@hotmail.com

 Erie County Medical Center
A variety of areas and opportunities available including clerical work, help directing patients, assisting in waiting areas. Contact 898-5337.

 Greenfield Manor and Court
Volunteers, age 16 and older, to help in various ways especially in volunteer-run café, (716) 886-4377.

 Hearts and Hands
Help your neighbor live independently in their community of choice. Volunteer on your schedule. Hearts and Hands volunteers needed to provide transportation and non-medical at-home support services for older, frail, and physically challenged adults in WNY. Liability insurance provided, mileage reimbursement, training provided. 716-406-8311.

 Kenmore Mercy Hospital Auxiliary
Opportunities are available for anyone interested in working on a variety of activities that the organization sponsors, such as the hospital gift shop, a sewing group, and numerous fund-raising events, as well as volunteering in the hospital. For more information, contact L. Grieco at 836-6564.

Kids Escaping Drugs
Volunteers needed in summer. Call 716-827-9462.

 Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center
Age 14 or older for those interested in horses and helping people, no horse experience necessary, training provided, horse leaders are responsible for the horse during the lessons, helping to lead the horse and rider around the ring. Side- walkers work with the rider during the lesson, providing support as needed.

Lessons are weekdays and Saturdays at various times throughout each day and evening. We ask volunteers to commit to a weekly schedule for a 4-6 week period and attend training and orientation, 716-655-1335 or email volunteerltrc@gmail.com.

 Lutheran Church Home in Buffalo
Volunteers age 16 and older to help in various ways including assistance with activities and projects, maintenance, and sharing hobbies and interests. For details, call (716) 886-4377, ext 365.

 Meals on Wheels
Help feed homebound elderly and disabled individuals in Erie County. It’s easy to volunteer and takes just 60 minutes a day. Individuals 16 years of age or older can volunteer once a month, once a week or daily. Meals on Wheels needs servers and drivers. Call 716-822-2002, ext. 21.

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
Volunteer opportunities at Summit Healthplex, Williams Road, Wheatfield. Volunteers needed for admissions, hospitality and patient escort services from 8 am-2pm weekedays. Call 278-4440.

Niagara Hospice
Opportunities include patient related and non-patient related jobs. Volunteers are needed to assist in music & pet visits with patients, deliver supplies, help with mailings, office work or just read or sit with a patient while the caregiver takes a well deserved break. High school teens are also needed to produce Legacy Videos for hospice patients. All volunteers are provided a complete, free training and one of the most rewarding experiences they may ever have. For more info call 280-0748 or visit www.niagarahospice.org,

Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service
Volunteers needed to record readings of books, magazines and newspapers, and to do two-person “live” readings of daily newspapers. Typical volunteers come in for approximately 90 minutes to record a one-hour reading. There is no minimum requirement of volunteer hours. Call 821-5555.

Olmsted Center for Sight
Volunteers for office and clinic weekdays greeting and talking with patients, assisting in patient scheduling and office work, Call 882-4532 or hr@olmstedcenter.org.

 Rural Transit Service is looking for volunteer drivers, dispatchers and driver aides to work one (1) four (4) hour shift one (1) day per week or as seasonal or back-up help. Drivers operate the RTS van while dispatchers answer a one- line phone . Aides help riders on and off the vans, help carry groceries, etc. (716) 578-1584 or visit www.ruraltransitservice.org for more information.

Schofield Residence
Help us make a difference by contacting Schofield’s volunteer department at 874-1566 ext. 324 or www.schofieldcare.org for more information.

Second Chance Animal Rescue
Volunteers to assist with fundraising activities, animal (mainly cat) maintenance and socialization at showcasing locations (e.g. Petsmart, Petco), and foster homes. 716-652-6051 or www.secondchanceshelteringnetwork.com

 United Church Manor
Volunteers to assist with lunch program minor preparation, serving, and clean-up of a noon-day meal at a boxed-lunch site in the West Seneca/Cheektowaga area. If you can give as little as two hours of your time and enjoy working with seniors, please call 668-5804 for additional information.

 Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo
Volunteers needed to assist with office work, keeping our website up to date and occasional special events, Contact Phil Haberstro at 851-4052.

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