www.GenerationGiveBack.org/. connects students to hundreds of meaningful volunteer opportunities with an online Student Volunteer Directory. Students can check out membership, discuss events with others on the message board, browse an event calendar, and much more.


    http://www.volunteermatch.org/. Type in your zip code and find local organizations looking for volunteers.


    American Diabetes Association (ADA)

    ADA has a number of ways you can help volunteer.  Volunteers are needed at Camp Rainbow in Honeoye Falls, the ADA New York Area’s Camp (a residential camp for children with diabetes held on the Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush), for the Tour de Cure, the School Walk for Diabetes and in many more ways.  For more information contact the Rochester American Diabetes Association office at (585) 458-3040 or visit their website at www.diabetes.org.


    American Heart Association

    There are many ways in which you can become involved.  For information, contact Ashley Dates at (585) 697-6274.


    American Red Cross

    The Red Cross Student Volunteer Directory is an online resource for volunteer and internship opportunities.  You can find over 100 ways to help others in the community. Blood Services, Preparedness Education, Fundraising, Disaster Response, Health and Safety Training, International Humanitarian Services, and Armed Forces Services.  For more information visit the website: www.generationgiveback.org or call the Red Cross Youth Volunteer office at (585) 241-4261 or 585-683-2677.


    Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI Goodwill Industries)

    ABVI has some wonderful volunteer opportunities for you!  Some of the volunteer opportunities include: drivers, grocery shopping, reading mail and paperwork in the home or office, assisting in their Goodwill retail locations or assisting with various agency events throughout the year.  For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (585) 232-1111 or email at volunteer@abvi-goodwill.com.  You can also visit their website at www.abvi-goodwill.org/volunteer/volunteer.html


    Big Brothers Big Sisters

    Help volunteer by working with kids, becoming an outreach partner or donating your time for events, office help and more.  For more information call (585) 442-2250 or visit their website at www.bbbsr.org.


    Boys and Girls Club of Rochester

    High school volunteers would be acting counselors working with children in various activities such as tutoring and games.  For more information, call Cathy Watson at 328-3077 ext. 111 or visit their website at www.bgc.org.


    Cameron Community Opportunities

    Cameron Community Ministries is an ecumenical urban community center, located in Northwest Rochester.  There are volunteer opportunities working with elementary children after school and in the Summer Safe Haven Program.  Must be 16 years or older to volunteer.  The After School Program runs Monday - Thursday 3:30-5:00, October - May.  Duties would include tutoring, playing with the kids, help with reading, lead crafts and physical activities and keep the area neat and safe.


    Camp Good Days and Special Times

    Volunteers strive to improve the quality of life for children and adults who are diagnosed with cancer and other life challenges.  There are a variety of ways to volunteer at Camp Good Days such as: being a counselor at one of the camping programs during the summer, the Gala Event in Buffalo, the Tournament of Love, Teddi “T” Sports Fest and more.  For more information call (585) 624-5555 or visit their website at www.campgooddays.org/Volunteer.


    Camp Haccamo

    Camp Haccamo provides a camping experience for individuals who might not have the opportunity to go to other traditional residential camps.  They provide enriching summer fun activities as well as high quality care for children and young adults with developmental disabilities in the Monroe County area.  Camp Haccamo is located at 125 Panorama Creek Drive, P.O. Box 25177, Rochester, NY 14625.  Visit their website at www.camphaccamo.org or call (585) 381-5710.


    Camp Smile




    Cerebral Palsy Association of the Rochester Area

    Volunteers are needed for Children’s Programs including swim assistant, classroom aide and horseback riding assistants, Residential Programs including being a companion or gardener and for Development/Administration including special events, mailings and clerical work.  For more information, contact Tina Bennett, Recreation and Volunteer Services Manager at (585) 334-6000 ext. 321 or visit their website at www.cprochester.org.



    A program for teen volunteers to work with families of children facing a potentially life threatening condition. Volunteers are there to be a friend to an ill child or to the siblings. This is open to students 14 years of age and older. Training is provided. Call 214-1306 for more information



    There are different opportunities for different types of volunteers.  You can be part of a group or volunteer individually.  The Kids Café program needs volunteers, 14 years old and up, to help serve meals and assist kids in activities.  The program is Monday through Friday from 2 pm to 5pm.  High School students can also do community service days that coincide with scheduled school days off.  For more information, call (585) 328-3380 or visit their website at www.foodlinkny.org/Volunteers.html.


    Friends of Highland : 

    Seeking afternoon high school volunteers to serve as Ambassadors in our main lobby!


    •             High school students 15 or older
    • -          Able to commit to one day per week (Mon-Fri) for a two hour shift between the hours of 1pm and 5pm
    • -          Must be able to work independently after being trained


     For more information please call:


    Friends of Highland at 341-6759.


    Gates Public Library

    The Friends of the Gates Public Library is an association of volunteers who undertake various projects to help the library.  Membership is $5.00.  Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 7:15 pm excluding December, July and August.  For more information, call (585) 247-6446 or visit their website at www.gateslibrary.org.


    George Eastman House

    They have some one time events that students may volunteer for, such as the haunted house in the Fall.  For more information, call Roxana Wolfe at (585) 271-3361 ext. 232 or visit their website at www.eastman.org.


    Gilda’s Club Rochester New York

    Gilda’s Club provides a meeting place for men, women and children living with cancer, along with their family and friends.  Volunteers are an integral part of the Gilda’s Club community and are involved in every aspect of the club from workshops and lectures to office work, and from outreach projects to clean up projects.  For more information, contact the Volunteer Coordinator at (585) 423-9700 or visit their website at www.gildasclubrochester.org.



    GRASP is an animal rescue group in Greece.  They look for volunteers to help with adoption events, update and maintain bulletin boards and help fundraise.  For more information, call Jennifer Coykendall at 349-4533 or visit their website at www.graspinc.org.


    Habitat for Humanity

    You can become a Construction Volunteer and help build a house.  You need to be 16 years or older and have to commit to one full day (you can always do more).  For more information, email dwalker@rochesterhabitat.org or visit their website at www.rochesterhabitat.org.


    Highland Hospital Summer Volunteers. A few details about our program:

    • 8-10 week summer program
    • Commitment is one 4 hour shift per week
    • Students must be 15 years old and be able to work independently with minimal supervision
    • NYS Health requirements need to be met and must present a valid work permit

    Please call 341-6759 beginning Monday, April 20, 2020 to set up an interview and visit our website at: https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/highland/about-us/friends-of-highland/volunteer-commitment.aspx


    Jewish Home of Rochester

    Volunteers may assist the elderly in a variety of ways, such as helping wheelchair bound individuals, helping in art, bingo, and many other activities.  For more information, call Susan Stein at (585) 427-7760 ext.118.


    Memorial Art Gallery

    The Gallery has many volunteer opportunities available, both behind the scenes and in contact with the public.  All volunteers receive on-site training and an invitation an annual volunteer recognition reception.  For more information, call Mary Ann Monley, Administrator of Volunteer Services and Tours at (585) 473-7720 ext. 3070 or visit their website at http://mag.rochester.edu/volunteer.



    Monroe Community Hospital

    Call 760-6151 for information


    Rochester Animal Services

    Volunteers 16 years of age and older are needed to walk dogs, bath animals, or just playing with the animals, all of which enrich the animals’ time at the shelter and improve their likelihood of adoption.  For more information call (585) 428-7274 or visit their website at www.rochesteranimalservices.com


    Rochester General Hospital.

    Call 922-2927. This hospital also has a special program created specifically for student interested in pursuing a medical career, with an emphasis in nursing.


    2020 Summer Student Volunteer Internships
    Rochester General Hospital
    3 sessions: 
       June 28-July 16 (deadline 5/5)
       July 19-August 6 (deadline 6/4)
       August 11-27 (deadline 7/1)
    For more information:

    www.rochestergeneral.org (click on "Volunteering")
       or call Eva Polito at 585-922-2927


    Rochester Museum and Science Center

    Volunteer opportunity at RMSC for students ages 14-17
    Curiosity Camp Youth Volunteers (ages 14-17) are essential to the educational mission of the Rochester Museum & Science Center's (RMSC) Curiosity Camps. Youth Volunteers are energetic, enthusiastic and hardworking. They support paid staff in the camp classrooms by helping the campers with a wide variety of projects and activities. They assist with science experiments and with preparing the classroom and supplies each day. Youth volunteers help provide a fun and safe camp experience while sharing in the exploration of science!
    • Summer Curiosity Camps run weekly from June 29–Aug. 24, 2020
    • Volunteers can work a maximum of all 9 weeks but must commit to a minimum of at least 2 weeks of volunteering during the summer.
    • Volunteers choose the weeks they would like to volunteer depending on camp topic preferences, family vacation schedule, etc. and will be scheduled for those weeks accordingly.
    • Scheduled weeks do not need to be consecutive, but volunteers must be available Monday through Friday of the chosen weeks
    • Volunteers must work 8:30am to 4:30pm, but may arrive as early as 8am and stay as late as 5:30pm 
    • Attend New Volunteer Information Session and additional training sessions
    • No prior volunteer experience is necessary
    • Volunteers must be 14-17 years old
    • Have experience working with young children and in positions of responsibility
    • Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a team
    • Have an interest in the sciences, technology, history and/or the arts
    • Have personal access to regularly check an email account (all communication and scheduling is done via email)
    • Up to 40 hours per week are applicable towards school credit/hours requirements
    • Meet new friends from across the community
    • Becoming involved in a fun environment that encourages life-long learners
    • Develop work experience skills in an informal educational setting for a nationally recognized camp program
    • Free Curiosity Camp t-shirts
    If you or your students have any questions, please email camps@rmsc.org or call 585.271.4552 x365.
    Please send completed applications to camps@rmsc.org
    APPLICATIONS ARE DUE: May 15, 2018.


    Ronald McDonald House

    Volunteers contribute hands-on to the well-being of the families who stay at “The House That Love Built.”  Volunteers must be 16 years of age or be accompanied by an adult.  Each volunteer completes a 3 hour training session.  For more information contact Kathy Keenahan at (585) 442-5437 or visit their website at www.ronaldshouse.com


    Salvation Army

    Contact RoseMary at 987-9500 ext. 2309 for information.


     Seneca Park Zoo

    The ZooTeen Program is a summer program for 13-18 year olds Education Volunteers.  They assist with a variety of programs offered by the zoo such as: BugZoo, zoo camps, face painting, special events, serve as the Zoo’s mascot, Rocky the Penguin, and more.  You must be able to work 1 full day per week and work ½ day every other weekend.  There is a program fee of $60 (fee subject to change).  Other volunteer opportunities are Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo and ZooBoo – Annual Halloween Event at the Zoo.  For more information on any of the volunteer opportunities, call Jan Preston at (585) 336-7200 or visit their website at www.senecaparkzoo.org.


    Sojourner House

    Located in Rochester’s 19th Ward neighborhood, Sojourner House provides transitional housing for women and children in crisis who are committed to rebuilding their lives.  Students who are 16 years of age or older may volunteer for the In-House Children’s Program.  Students need to commit to one weeknight (Monday-Thursday) from 7:00-8:30 pm to plan and/or implement the evening’s activities for the children.  Throughout the year, there are other one time volunteer opportunities such as picnics or holiday parties.  For more information, call Portia Chiarella, Community Relations Manager at (585) 436-7100 ext. 117 or visit their website at www.sojournerhouse.org/volunteering.html.


    St. John’s Nursing Home

    Volunteers can help the elderly with various activities such playing BINGO, escorting residents to the chapel for Sunday service, serving ice cream in the Ice Cream Shop, helping in the gift shop, and more.  For more information, call Lori Lorraine, Volunteer Supervisor, at (585) 760-1293.


    Strong Memorial Hospital


    • All students age 14 (by July 1st 2020) and older are invited to participate in our high school summer volunteer program.
    • Time commitment: 8 weeks program, 3-4 hours per week (July 8th through September 1st, 2020)                                                                            
    • We will be taking calls to schedule summer placement appointments on Tuesday, April 30th from 8:30 am until all appointment slots are filled. Interested parties should call The Friends of Strong Office at 275-2420 beginning at 8:30am. Telephone calls will not be answered prior to 8:30am on that day. Due to the enormous popularity of the Summer High School Program, please continue calling if the lines are busy.


    *For more information please go to the Friends of Strong website*



    Susan B. Anthony House

    Volunteers are needed for the gift shop, giving tours, and receptionist.  Students need to go through a three day volunteer training course.  Contact Sue Gaffney at 235-6124 ext. 16 for more information.


    The Friendly Home

    Volunteers are needed to assist seniors in in the gift shop, transportation to Bingo, landscaping at the facility, helping with parties, and office work.


    United Way of Greater Rochester

    There are a number of volunteer opportunities through the United Way of Rochester.  For more information, visit their website at www.uwrochester.org.


    Unity Health System

    The Parkridge Campus has several volunteering opportunities in the areas of transportation patients, food and nutrition, day care, friendly visiting, and others. For more information, go to dlombardo@unityhealth.org.