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The Schoolhouse is a full-time preschool. It is part of Brockport Central Schools' Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program (UPK). Their program focuses on life skills, socialization, and Kindergarten readiness in a structured and active setting.
Volunteers for this project will assist with: playground spruce up, fence washing, door cleaning, and cleaning the interior of building.
The Newman Catholic Campus Ministry is a Roman Catholic ministry of the Diocese of Rochester located in a beautiful building on the edge of campus. It has a large, contemporary worship space, a small chapel, offices, meeting spaces/classrooms and Newman House, a student residence, is next door.
Volunteers will assist in the cleaning of the church interior, window washing, painting, and gardening/raking.
Second Baptist Church is a Baptist church in LeRoy, New York. They believe that the mission of the church is to preach the gospel to all the world. The church is a family of growing disciples serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Their mission is to transform nonbelievers into passionate followers of Jesus Christ.
Volunteers for this project will assist in cleaning up the inside and outside of the church. Gardening and beautification of the grounds surrounding the church will also be a goal in this project.
Mary Cariola Children’s Center is a special place in Rochester, NY, that serves children with multiple, complex disabilities. Public and private schools are not able to accommodate these children. Over the years, the Center has evolved from a day care to a nationally renowned agency that strategically maps out a customized plan—clinically and educationally—for every child who walks through their doors.
Volunteers will be separated into groups consisting of cleaning vans, reading/playing games with children, and organizing the recreation room. Groups will be determined by the volunteers interest/comfort with interacting with children.
The creator of Doology, First Community Interfaith Institute, Inc. teaches that positive action in your community or organization is valued more than just complaining.
Volunteers will assist in counting NYS bottles and cans, organizing them and loading them into church vehicles. If there is time, there will also be reorganization of the library.
Through the exhibition of animals in naturalistic settings, the Seneca Park Zoo provides engaging and educational experiences to give the community the motivation and skills to act as stewards of the environment. Seneca Park’s vision lies in education, conservation, leadership, and commitment to their community.
Volunteers will be raking, weeding, moving substrate, cleaning around exhibits, etc.
Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
Volunteers will assist in gardening projects such as: trimming shrubs, removing weeds, staining flower boxes, and removing debris.
The Perinton Historical Society is a non-profit volunteer organization that operates and maintains the collections of the Fairport Museum at 18 Perrin Street in the Village of Fairport.
Volunteers will help beautify the museum by cleaning, dusting, sweeping, washing floors, and vacuuming carpets.
The Henrietta Public Library helps to preserve historic artifacts, oral histories, digital history projects, and monographs relevant to the community, including minority groups. Libraries also serve as community centers for diverse populations.
Volunteers will either be beautifying outdoors or crafting in the Children's Room.
Stepping Stones Learning Center is committed to serving children, their families, and the community, through collaborative ventures for the provision of quality programs and services to achieve the highest level of success for all participants. They strive to be an advocate and leader in the development and implementation of inclusionary services for children of all ages and backgrounds through the design of programs that meet the child’s ever changing needs.
Volunteers will be assisting in improvement projects such as raking and weeding and also disinfecting toys.
The Arnett Branch Library is part of the Monroe County Library System; a federation of 20 independent public libraries located in Monroe County, New York. The system, one of 23 public library systems in New York State, was chartered by the state Board of Regents in 1954 to provide services to public libraries and to provide library services to those with special needs within the County. This coalition of member libraries provides materials and program to meet the informational, educational and recreational needs of individuals, member libraries and local governments.
Volunteers will be painting the meeting room.
Bright Star German Shepard Rescue, Inc. is dedicated to saving the lives of German Shepard dogs.
Volunteers will help serve barbecue dinners for a fundraiser.
The Charlotte Branch Library is two miles south of Lake Ontario in the heart of friendly, family-oriented neighborhoods. The branch has been part of the community since 1919, moving to its present location at the corner of Lake Avenue and Britton Road in 1961. The library consists of three floors and houses approximately 40,000 books, magazines, recordings, and videos.
Volunteers for this project will assist in beautification projects, predominantly involving painting. Please dress accordingly. Old clothes would be the best option for painting.
Journey Home offers care to persons who are deemed at the end of their life. Their mission is to minister to the resident and their families on this most delicate and often difficult journey. Journey Home addresses their physical, emotional and spiritual needs, in a holistic manner, as they journey through their dying process.
Volunteers for this project will assist in various inside and outside beautification projects.
The Rochester Museum & Science Center stimulates broad community interest and understanding of science and technology, and their impact—past, present, future—on our lives.
Volunteers will be assisting in beautifying a classroom through painting.
Each August, the Advent House conducts a huge community Garage Sale as one of its major fundraisers. The proceeds of this fundraiser constitute about 1/6 of their annual budget. The Advent House is seeking help on the final day of the sale. Volunteers for this project will assist with breaking down boxes, taking down tent flaps, assisting other charities who arrive at the end of the sale to load up their vans with "gleaned" items as well as consolidating items.
Additionally, volunteers will assist outdoor beautification projects: playground spruce up, fence washing, door cleaning, and cleaning interior of building.
The Christ Community Church family is multi-generational, made up of real people, individuals and families, seeking a real relationship with God. As a church they draw close to God through relevant teaching and Bible study, heart-felt prayer, contemporary worship, and loving fellowship with each other.
Volunteers for this project will assist with landscape refreshing, and painting projects.
Additionally, volunteer duties will include: playground spruce up, fence washing, door cleaning, and cleaning interior of building.
Phi Sigma Sigma, a local philanthropy, has identified Bivona Child Advocacy Center for sexually abused children for this year’s community service project.
Volunteers will be making fleece blankets that would be donated to the Bivona Child Advocacy Center.
Located in Western New York on the scenic Erie Canal, Brockport has a great past and an even more promising future. From our Main Street lined with quaint shops to the campus of State University of New York at Brockport, our village is both inviting to tourism and business.
Volunteers for this project will assist with outdoor enhancement projects including: weeding, mulching, and planting trees in our local parks.
Friends of Hamlin Beach State Park aim to support the preservation, conservation, improvements, and the development of Hamlin Beach State Park. The Friends Group offers educational and recreational programs, services, and activities to help people of all ages understand the history and importance of the park. Volunteers for this project will assist with: weeding, clearing brush, and other enhancement projects.
Bergen United Methodist Church’s mission states: Following Jesus-Together-Sharing Him with Others. The people of The United Methodist Church are putting their faith in action by making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world which is the church’s mission.
Volunteers for this project will clean interior and exterior windows as needed, weed flower gardens and mulch exterior flower beds.
InterVol is a non-profit organization that collects medical supplies from the Rochester areas that are still usable but would most likely end up in a landfill.
Volunteers for this project will assist in sorting and packing medical equipment to be sent to other non-profit organizations both locally and abroad for humanitarian medical relief.
Phillis Wheatley Library is named for Phillis Wheatley (1753 – 1784) whose poetry was published during her lifetime. For this accomplishment, the library is named in her honor. The library serves a predominantly African-American population and the multicultural historic Cornhill neighborhood bordering the library. Volunteers will be assisting in various outdoor projects such as landscaping, painting and weeding.
The Friendly Home provides nursing care, rehabilitation and related services that enhance the quality of life for older adults, and is committed to being the provider and employer of choice, continuing a tradition of not-for-profit service to the community.
Volunteers for this project will participate in a music themed trivia game afternoon. Volunteers will assist in transporting members (residents) as well as participating in an intergenerational team.
Rainbow Bridge Therapeutic, Inc. is a non-profit therapeutic horseback riding program and Special Olympics equestrian team training club. Volunteers for this project will assist outdoor beautification projects: rehabilitating a 150 year old barn with recycled materials, expanding an on-site trail for riders, and adding new paddocks for the horses.
EquiCenter is a premier accredited member of PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International. The organization and its members offer a variety of equine-related activities: therapeutic horseback riding; equine-facilitated learning, which uses the horse as a partner in cognitive and behavioral therapy; horsemanship; and Heroes for Horses program, a new initiative that uses a variety of equine-related therapies to help war veterans and their families. EquiCenter’s mission is to foster the personal growth and individual achievement of people with disabilities, at-risk youth, Veterans, and their families using a wide range of therapeutic equestrian and related programs.
Volunteers for this project will assist outdoor beautification projects: landscaping, clearing trails, pasture maintenance, barn cleanup.
Jubilee Christian Church is a community of believers that are on a mission to impact lives and create cultural transformation with the message of the kingdom. Mentoring, discipleship and the impartation of vision, wisdom, faith and experience helps the church to reach people across the generations.
Volunteers for this project will assist in indoor clean-up as well as outdoor clean-up, weeding, and beautification.
Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN) is a not-for-profit, interfaith, culturally-competent organization that assists homeless families to achieve sustainable independence by supporting them with tailored services including shelter, food, personalized case management, and a diverse network of caring volunteers.
Volunteers for this project will assist painting projects, landscaping including weeding, bush trimming, and general yard maintenance. Volunteers will also clean the inside of the house and help organize the donations.
Volunteers of America is a Christian church that answers God’s call to transform the world through a ministry of service that feeds, clothes and demonstrates to all people.
Volunteers for this project will assist in outdoor clean-up and beautification.
The Ronald McDonald House of Rochester believes that when you change a child’s life, you change a family’s, which can change a community and, ultimately, the world. As pioneers of providing family-centered care, RMHC strives to be part of the solution in improving the lives of children and their families, providing programs that strengthen families during difficult times.
Volunteers for this project will assist in outdoor beautification and clean up. Be prepared to participate in minor landscaping such as weeding and pruning.
Expressive Beginnings believes that families are the first and most important teachers of their children. It is only through family involvement that children can develop secure attachments. Their focus is to help the children develop cognitive, social, emotional, physical, creative, and language skills through the basis of secure attachments. It is their responsibility, as child care providers, to nurture a child’s self-image and the child's perception of the world as they know it. They do this through a child centered environment that encourages a child’s unique creative expression.
Volunteers for this project will assist building boards, working in the gardens, cleaning up the classrooms, framing children’s art work, and shampooing the carpets.
The goal of the Focus Pregnancy Help Center is to ensure that every client facing an unplanned pregnancy receives accurate and complete information about their options and those for their child. They want every client to make a fully informed decision that is the best one for the expectant parents and their children. Volunteers for this project will assist in putting away donation bags into containers in the Material Aid Room for patients.
Emmanuel Baptist Church is an independent, fundamental, Baptist church in Hamlin, New York. They believe that the mission of the church is to preach the gospel to all the world. The church is a family of growing disciples serving the Lord Jesus Christ. Their mission is to transform nonbelievers into passionate followers of Jesus Christ.
Volunteers for this project will assist in washing the outside of the church building, weeding the flower beds and weeding around trees on the property.
Set in a picturesque landscape shaped by retreating glaciers, the cemetery features more than 80 mausoleums, soaring Egyptian obelisks, winged angels of mercy, a Florentine cast-iron fountain, two stone chapels in Gothic Revival style, a Moorish gazebo, and infinitely varied tombstones marking 350,000 graves across 196 acres. The mission of the cemetery is to optimize the cemetery's potential as a cultural resource through education, preservation and promotion of Mount Hope Cemetery's unique heritage. Dedicated in 1838 in Rochester NY, Mount Hope is America's first municipal Victorian cemetery.
Volunteers for this project will assist in landscaping, raking leaves, gravesite weeding, painting and other general maintenance projects of Mount Hope Cemetery.
Church of Love Faith Center was formed as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Their supreme desire is to know Christ and be conformed to His image by the power of the Holy Spirit. They are a non-denominational church. In their services, they focus on a personal relationship with God through worship, prayer, and the teaching of the Word of God. The church provides expository as well as topical teaching.
Volunteers for this project will assist with building clean up and item sorting and putting together shelves.
The Community Place of Greater Rochester, Inc. is a nonprofit agency founded on the belief that everyone should enjoy the same health, economic, and social opportunities no matter who they are or where they live.
Volunteers for this project will assist in giving a thorough cleaning to the agency vehicles (both inside and outside).