Volunteer Opportunities

Adult Literacy: To inquire about volunteering to become a literacy tutor in the LIFE (Literacy is for Everyone) program at the Potsdam Public Library, those interested should contact Bobby Gordon at bgordon@potsdamlibrary.org  or 315-265-7230.

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 Zachary Monroe at 315-212-3910 or email bgcmdirector@gmail.com

Canton-Potsdam Hospital: Volunteers from all walks of life brighten our patients' days. They work in our Gift Shop, greet patients, support our nursing staff and much more. We love our committed, dedicated volunteers. To become a volunteer you must successfully complete the online volunteer application, interview, background check, drug screening, physical exam, immunizations if needed, and volunteer orientation. The background check, drug screening, physical exam and immunizations are provided at no cost to volunteers. For more information visit https://www.cphospital.org/volunteer or contact Katie at knmclaughlin@cphospital.org.

Deep Root Center for Self-Directed Learning (DRC):  Deep Root Center for Self-Directed Learning is seeking volunteer mentors during the academic year to share their interests and talents with our students. DRC is a 501(c)3 learning center in downtown Canton, which provides the facilities,environment, resources, and support for young people ages 5-19, who have chosen to leave school and design their own learning plan based on their interests and aspirations. You can learn more about DRC at our website www.deeprootcenter.org. You can complete a volunteer application by visiting the volunteer page http://www.deeprootcenter.org/volunteer.html. Contact Maria Corse, maria@deeprootcenter.org or 315-244-3034. 

GardenShare:  We are a locally led, nonprofit organization seeking to end hunger and strengthen food security in northern New York. We offer volunteer opportunities for both the academic year and summer. Our major volunteer activities include a Trivia Night, Fight Hunger 5K, Annual Dinner, and the Farmers Market! Some opportunities involve an orientation. Visit http://gardenshare.org/content/volunteer to learn more! Please contact Bridget at bridget@gardenshare.org or call us at 315-261-8054.

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 lcaamano@hospiceslv.org. You can learn more about us at our website http://seriousillness.net/.

ICE Mentor: As an Integrated Clarkson Experience (ICE) mentor in the NYS grant funded IMPETUS program, you can mentor local 10th - 12th grade students from local area schools throughout the county in a couple of ways. First, you could be individually matched with a 10th - 12th grade student at one of the area schools. Second, you could be involved in the monthly campus visits as a volunteer in a group setting. Third, you could help with building interactions on social media. Please contact Dr. Jen Knack at jknack@clarkson.edu for more information and to request an application.

K-Kids: K-Kids (part of the Kiwanis family) is an international student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership skills.  A volunteer can help support K-Kids meetings at the Lawrence Avenue Elementary school with team building exercises and community service event planning on Wednesdays weekly from 3:15-4:30.  Volunteers can also support local service projects when available. To volunteer email kkids@potsdam.k12.ny.us or call Marc at 315-265-2000 x259 or Nicole at 914-500-3637.

Lawrence Avenue Elementary:  Lawrence Avenue is Potsdam’s elementary school, housing grades Kindergarten – 4th grade. Volunteers are needed for individual and small group mentoring sessions. Contact Marc Porcaro at 315-265-2000 x259 or email mporcaro@potsdam.k12.ny.us.

Potsdam Neighborhood Center: The mission of the Neighborhood Center is to help the poor and at-risk population in our area, to help them maintain a decent standard of living, and set goals and priorities for an improved living standard. Volunteers are needed for filing, organization, program development, fundraising, client outreach, and basic center operation. Contact Kristal Hayes at 315-265-3920 or potsdamnc@slccdp.org. Website: http://www.potsdam.ny.us/neighborhoodcenter/.

Potsdam Public Library: Volunteers are needed to help with book sales, organize shelves, assist with programming and to give tech help to seniors. Minimal training involved. Contact Sarah Sachs, Public Service Manager at ssachs@potsdamlibrary.org or call 315-265-7230 if interested. For a list of ongoing activities check our calendar at potsdamlibrary.org.

Potsdam Snack Pack Program (PSPP):  PSPP's goal is to provide healthy snacks to eligible school children on weekends and holidays. Food insecurity is a major problem in St. Lawrence County, and in Potsdam, 47% of the elementary school students are eligible for free or reduced lunch. This program relies on volunteers to prepare snack packs for more than 243 students each week. The program is also dependent on the generosity and involvement of community members and organizations to donate funds and food items for the snack packs. Volunteers normally meet on Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. to prepare the bags with at least eight food items, but opportunities also exist for small groups of 5-6 people to schedule a ‘packing party’ at an agreed upon time. Volunteers can also sponsor a food drive, create flyers for special events, and help promote the organization on social media. For more information contact the program coordinator, Laurell Brault, at pdamsnacks@gmail.com or text 757-648-0779.You can also check out the  https://www.facebook.com/potsdamsnackpack/ to learn more. 

Reachout: Reachout (Crisis Intervention & Referral 24-hour Hotline) Volunteers receive over 100 hours of training in crisis intervention, listening skills, problem-solving, and information referral before answering the phone alone. An application is required as well as a two semester commitment. A five hour weekly shift is required. To learn more about learning to be a hotline crisis counselor and to apply, go to our website: www.reachouthotline.org/apply.

Renewal House: Renewal House provides services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children. There are office hours available, as well as after-hours and on an on-call basis. Opportunities include advocating for clients and assisting with projects around the office. An application, interview, and 30 hours of training are required. After the training you will be certified as a Rape Crisis Counselor in the state of New York. Contact Katie at renewalhouse_volunteer@verizon.net. or visit http://www.slvrenewalhouse.org/.

St. Lawrence County Arts Council: The St. Lawrence County Arts Council is dedicated to developing and promoting the arts in northern New York. Opportunities include helping with mailings, events, fundraising, graphic design, data entry, cleaning and publicity/marketing. Contact Suzy McBroom at 315-265-6860. http://www.slcartscouncil.org/

The Local Living Venture: The Local Living Venture shares resourceful living skills on a community basis in the areas of food (growing, cooking, nutrition, preserving), renewable energy and green building, sustainable forestry and 'clean' wood burning, natural world (beekeeping, pollinators, invasives, etc.) and homesteading skills in the town and country. Many projects can use student energy and participation, from an annual roadside clean-up in October to helping with year-round skills-building workshops and community events, outreach booths at festivals, and specialized programming (Renewable Energy Home Tours, Pollinator Protection and more). Check out our website at www.locallivingventure.org and contact Volunteer Organizer Chelle Lindahl at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com or 315-347-4223.

Traditional Arts of Upstate New York (TAUNY): Traditional Arts of Upstate New York (TAUNY) is looking for dedicated volunteers to help us carry out our mission. The TAUNY Center is located at 53 Main Street, downtown Canton. TAUNY is a nonprofit organization that showcases the folk culture and living traditions of New York's North Country, offering opportunities to experience, learn about, and reflect on issues related to life in our rural region. A variety of positions are available in all areas including Programs, Music, Communications, Development, and Administration. Some of the positions require a regular schedule, while others are more flexible and entail an occasional commitment at The TAUNY Center, around the community, or from home. Sign up to become a TAUNY volunteer today by filling out our online application or by printing and returning an application to The TAUNY Center. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Maggie McKenna, (maggie@tauny.org) for more details.