Adopt-A-Bear Cub Mentoring Program, Lawrence Avenue Elementary School:College students will be matched one-on-one with an elementary age student (grades K through 4) to provide academic, emotional, and social support and activities. Mentors are asked to commit to two days a week, typically Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15-4:15 p.m. Please contact Nicole Conant, Assistant Director, SUNY Potsdam Center for School Partnerships and Teacher Certification, Adopt-A-Bear Cub Mentoring Program, SUNY Potsdam, 111 Satterlee Hall, 315-267-2539, email@example.com. (I)
American Red Cross of Northern New York: Your Red Cross is always ready to respond by providing shelter, food, health support or financial assistance to individuals in times of disaster. Volunteer areas are: disaster volunteer, Health & Safety Instructor, leadership volunteer, fund-raising events volunteer and office support. Contact Jane Gendron at 315-782-4410 (I, G)
Boys & Girls Club of Massena: The Boys & Girls Club of Massena offers volunteer opportunities to help change and improve the lives of children and youth in a safe and engaging environment while providing programming that inspires and prepares them for GREAT futures! Volunteer opportunities include homework help, mentoring, Arts volunteers, special events volunteers and many more! Contact Debra Donatto at 315-250-7806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. (I,G)
Canton-Potsdam Hospital: A volunteer is part of a team working towards achieving the hospital’s mission of providing “expert care with a personal touch.” Volunteers must meet physical requirements. Available positions include: delivering newspapers, gift and library carts, lobby greeters, information systems, and patient-care service areas. Contact Danielle Grant at 315-261-5010 or email@example.com.
The Cecilie Garden Project is a community garden dedicated to providing fresh, healthy food for food pantries, neighborhood centers, and community dinners of Northern St. Lawrence County. This large garden located at Lehman Park in Potsdam is one of two gardens maintained by UShare, a social action project of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton. UShare’s second garden is at the Priest Field in Canton. UShare’s mission is to “support and promote efforts to grow, distribute, and enjoy wholesome, locally grown food in the North Country.” The Cecilie Garden Project always welcomes new volunteers, we start working in the garden in April and work continues until late fall – if you are interested in participating, please contact Sally Hoose at firstname.lastname@example.org. (I, G)
CORC Thrift Store: The Council of Religious Concern operates a ministry store with the goal of locally and cooperatively meeting immediate practical needs for those requiring assistance within our community. Volunteers are needed to sort donations and to keep the store operating smoothly. Contact Andrea James for more information at 315-265-3940. CORC is closed Sundays and Mondays. (I, G)
Deep Root Center for Self-Directed Learning (DRC): DRC is seeking volunteers during the academic year to share their interests and talents with DRC student members through one-on-one tutorials or by facilitating classes. DRC is particularly looking for Clarkson students who can offer direct higher level math and science support and classes. Deep Root Center is a NYS Not-for-Profit and 501(c)3 learning center located in downtown Canton. Deep Root Center provides the facilities, environment, resources, and support for young people who choose to live and learn without school. Learn more about DRC at our website www.deeprootcenter.org and learn more about ways you can help at http://www.deeprootcenter.org/volunteer.html. You can contact Maria Corse or André Lynchat email@example.com or 315-244-3034 to sign up. (I)
Girl Scouts: Volunteers are needed for both co-leading troops and as "traveling talents" who would meet with one or more troops to do a specific activity the volunteer is interested which can be anything from knitting to robotics. Anyone can volunteer, you do not need prior training or scouting involvement. There are several troops in the town of Potsdam as well as many in the surrounding areas. For more information prospective volunteers can contact Marcia Oney 315-322-4233 or Marilyn Paradis 315-265-6979 (I, G)
Head Start: Head Start helps economically disadvantaged children (ages 3-5) and their families. They also assist large families, rural families, and children with disabilities. Volunteer opportunities include: reading to children, supervising outdoor activities, field trips, repairing toys, and preparing food. Contact Karen Holland at 315-386-8574. (I)
Hospice and Palliative Care: Hospice enables people to live their last few weeks and months as fully as possible. The kinds of activities a volunteer might do include: visiting with patients, light housekeeping, running errands, or letter writing. Other volunteer opportunities include things like: clerical tasks, helping with computer projects or delivering medications. Volunteer training provided. Contact Linda Caamaño at 315-265-3105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.