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 to help them set goals and priorities for an improved living standard. Volunteers are needed to help distribute food and assist participants with creating résumés. Contact Kristal Hayes at 315-265-3920 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Potsdam Public Library: Volunteers are needed to help organize book sales, alphabetize books, mend books, and help distribute books to those who don’t have access to the library. To volunteer, contact Library Director Annie Chase at email@example.com or call at 315-265-7230. Individuals interested in volunteering with the Fred W. Cleveland Computer Center should contact Bobby Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315-265-7230. (I)
Potsdam Rescue Sqaud (I) Potsdam Volunteer Squad is tasked with the responsibility of responding to a call volume that annually averages 1,300+ responses. PVRS is always interested in talking to members of the community who may wish to volunteer. Please go to http://www.pvrs.org/ for more information or call 315-265-2550. (I)
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 160 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 email@example.com or text 757-648-0779. You can also check out the Potsdam Snack Pack Program Facebook page to learn more about the operation. (I, G)
Reachout: (Crisis Intervention & Referral 24-hour Hotline) Volunteers receive over 100 hours of training in crisis intervention, listening skills, problem-solving, & 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. Our Fall 2018 training weekend runs from Friday evening, October 12 to Sunday, October 14. Application deadline of Tuesday October 9 at 5:00 p.m. To learn more about learning to be a hotline crisis counselor and to apply, go to our website: www.reachouthotline.org/apply Contact Karen Easter at 315-265-2422 with questions. (I)
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 firstname.lastname@example.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/ (I)
St. Lawrence NYSARC: St. Lawrence NYSARC exists to provide services in the community for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. Opportunities may include special one-time presentations, tutoring, recreational activities, classroom assistance, and sharing special talents. Enthusiasm, energy, and enjoying people are the only requirements. Contact Susan Gibbons at 315-386-3529. http://www.slnysarc.org/ (I, G)
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 is 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, (email@example.com) for more details.