Career Center – Volunteer Opportunities

Taunton Fire Department

The Taunton Fire Department is always seeking new members for both
firematic and administrative positions. Men and Women ages 18 and above are encouraged to apply. There is no prior experience necessary and all
training and equipment will be provided to you at no cost. Once the
application is complete prospective members go through a very brief
interview process in which you will be given a complete overview of our
operations and the different opportunities that will be made available to
you. Feel free to call the station at 315-468-1011 for more information.

Any young adults ages 16-17 interested in our Junior Firefighter program
may also contact Asst. Chief Huppmann using the information listed above
or stop by Station #1 on Onondaga Blvd.

Camp Healing Hearts

Camp Healing Hearts is a program provided by Hospice of CNY’s Grief Center. It is a day camp for children entering grades one through 6 who have experienced the death of a loved one. Volunteer applications for Summer Camp 2018 are available in the Career Center. Student volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.


GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers offer therapeutic and educational programs that advance literacy, math skills, motor skills, and more; all of which are free of charge. We are in need of volunteers to assist our program hosts with set up, clean up, and during programs. We also have administrative and organizational tasks that volunteers can help with. We are located on the second floor of Driver’s Village in Cicero. For more information on our programs and to volunteer, please visit syracuse. Please email or call Sara LaValle at 315-288-7529 with any further questions.

Van Duyn Home and Hospital

VAN DUYN HOME AND HOSPITAL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!!!    Ages 14+ are needed for a variety of duties at their location at 5075 W. Seneca Turnpike. Volunteers are needed for:

  • transporting patients
  • working in the recreation department
  • light office duties
  • future Gift Shop duties
    If interested in hours, contact Nancy Harris at 315-449-6184 or  Students will need proof of having an MMR immunization AND have a current TB test.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge

The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge needs volunteers.  They are needed to staff the Visitor Center, information desk and the Lodge Gift Shop.  Training will be provided.  Other needs include landscaping, program planners and light office duties.  The refuge is located at 3395 State Route 20 East, Seneca Falls.  For further information, call 568-5987 or e-mail

Syracuse United Youth

Syracuse United Youth is a chapter of Syracuse Habitat for Humanity that engages youth, ages 5-25, to work together to fully fund and build a Habitat home. The four goals of Youth United:

  • Involve youth in their communities
  • engage youth in Habitat’s mission of eliminating substandard housing
  • foster teamwork among diverse groups of youth
  • develop youth leaders
    For more information, contact Maria Miller at  YOUTHUNITEDSYR@GMAIL.COM.  Become a fan on Facebook at “Youth United Syracuse” to learn about upcoming meetings and events. Also, visit

Bellevue Manor

Bellevue Manor,  located on Onondaga Blvd. in Taunton, is looking for groups willing to perform for Seniors. Could be music, poetry, magic, singing, etc. If interested, call Donna at 468-5108.

Montezuma Audubon Center

The Montezuma Audubon Center (MAC) is a state-owned facility operated through a cooperative agreement between the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the National Audubon Society. The MAC houses a large exhibit area, classroom, nature store, office area, auditorium, and a meeting room. On its 198 acres, there are five different types of habitat, two restored freshwater marshes, a one-mile hiking trail, and an all-access observation platform. The Montezuma Wetlands Complex (MWC) is one of the largest conservation projects in the nation for reclamation of important wildlife and wetland habitat. The complex is a crucial migration stopover point for migrating waterfowl in the northeast.

The Montezuma Audubon Center is looking for volunteers to do a variety of jobs at the Center.  This is a wonderful opportunity for any student, however it is especially good for those with an interest in environmental sciences and conservation.

Camillus Erie Canal/Sims Store

Camillus Erie Canal/Sims Store:  Just located outside of the Village of Camillus, there is plenty of work to do at this historical site.  Duties will include construction, trail work, landscaping and/or painting.  Students under age 14 need parental supervision.  There are many opportunities for Eagle Scouts projects, and Participation in Government class requirements.  Contact Mr. or Mrs. Beebe at 488-3409 for further information, or to sign up.

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House is always looking for volunteers. If you are under 18, a parent or guardian must accompany you while at RMHC of CNY. Community and school groups of all ages are welcome to volunteer in small groups. Groups under 18 must have an adult chaperone at all times while in the House. For more information, please call Sue Minard at 476-1027 or e-mail

Francis House

FRANCIS HOUSE…High school students…do you need volunteer community service hours, or want to do something good? The Francis House always has room for you!! Stop by the CC for further information, or call Rea Carver at 475-5422 or  Don’t miss this chance to help out where really needed!!

United Way

United Way has several volunteer opportunities available. Please visit and create an account. Potential experience are updated often. Also, the CNY of the Post Standard on Mondays has a section that lists three new opportunities each week.

Sarah House

Sarah House is a home for families that live out of town that have a loved one hospitalized for an extended period of time in the Syracuse area. They are looking for volunteers for different tasks such as yard work, greeting, office work, and light housekeeping. If you are interested, please stop by the CC for an application.

St. Camillus Health and Rehabilitation Center

St. Camillus Health and Rehabilitation Center volunteers are needed.  If you are 16 years or older, please contact Michelle Viau at 703-0687.  St. Camillus also offers seniors a scholarship if you have 50 hours of volunteer service with them and are pursuing a career in a health care field.  Applications available at the CC.  For further information, contact Michelle at

Become a Volunteer

Rescue Mission

Rescue Mission:  Looking to fulfill some volunteer hours?  Flexible hours are available at the Thrifty Shop in Fairmount (a few doors down from Subway).  To apply, visit and go to volunteers,  then click on “individual application”.  You can fill that out and submit it electronically.  After that is sent, at some point you will  receive an agreement in the mail that needs to be signed and returned to the Rescue Mission.  Students must be at least 16 years of age.  Younger students must have a parent go with them.  For questions, contact

Spanish Action League

Volunteers are needed.  Volunteers must be bi-lingual (English/Spanish).  There are after school activities and some weekend activities.  Contact Shannon Ryan for an interview at execassistant@laligaonlineor call 475-6153 ext. 218.  Their offices are located at 700 Oswego St., Syracuse.

Fairmount Community Library

Located at 406 Chapel Drive, the Library welcomes volunteers on a regular basis as well as temporary to fulfill community hour commitments.  Call 487-8933 to sign up or for more information.  Duties include, but are not limited to light office work, working on annual fund drive, and putting books away.

VA Hospital

VA Hospital has many volunteer opportunities available.  The minimum age is 14 and parental consent is needed for anyone under the age of 18.  Forms are available in the CC.  Students are required to participate in the VA Voluntary Service orientation.  For more information, call 425-4317.  Training for this volunteer opportunity will be Saturday, 3/25/17 . RSVP no later than 3/17 to

Museum of Science and Technology

The MOST offers volunteer positions.  For more information, contact the volunteer coordinator at 425-9068 ext 2146.  The MOST is located at 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse.  Visit

Maxwell Memorial Library

Located at 14 Genesee St. in the village of Camillus, Maxwell Memorial Library is looking for volunteers, ages 12 and up.  Applications are available at the library.  Please contact Rose at 672-3661 on Mondays and Fridays from 4 – 8 pm or Saturday mornings.  You can leave a message or e-mail  Duties include but are not limited to shelving books, art and creative work with youngsters.

Make-a-Wish Foundation of CNY

Make-a-Wish Foundation of CNY is located at 5005 CampusWood Drive, E. Syracuse.  For volunteering opportunities, call 475-WISH (9474).  Their website is

Camp Good Days & Special Times

Camp Good Days & Special Times holds special events throughout the year as well as a summer camp for kids with cancer.  For more information, call 315-434-9477.  Visit to see opportunities.  If interested in volunteering, contact Kathy at  Volunteers must be 16 years of age.  Again, contact Kathy if interested.

Central New York Cat Coalition

CAT LOVER? Future Veterinarian?  Central New York Cat Coalition is in need of volunteers to help care for their cats that are up for adoption in the Fairmount PetSmart store.  Volunteers work two hour shifts.  Their duties include cleaning cages, feeding cats, and interacting with the cats and customers who are interested in adopting.  Volunteers must be 18 or be accompanied by an adult.  To “apply” to to the PetSmart store and fill out the application for volunteering or call Dave at 315-395-5713.  These volunteers play a critical part in helping the unwanted kitties to find good homes.

Warners Fire Department

For information, please contact Steve Kay at or call 440-3072.

Van Duyn Home and Hospital

VAN DUYN HOME AND HOSPITAL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!!!   Ages 14+ are needed for a variety of duties at their location at 5075 W. Seneca Turnpike. Volunteers are needed for:

  • transporting patients
  • working in the recreation department
  • light office duties
  • future Gift Shop duties
    If interested in hours, contact Nancy Harris at 315-449-6184 or  Students will need proof of having an MMR immunization AND have a current TB test.

Brookdale Villas of Summerfield

Brookdale Villas of Summerfield Senior Retirement Community is looking for volunteers to assist residents with crafts, Christmas card writing, games and other activities. Light cleaning duties and decorating help is also needed.  Hours available are weekdays from 3-5 pm.  Volunteers are needed on a more permanent basis on Fridays from 6-7:30 pm.  On special occasions, some Saturday and Sunday hours are available.  For further information, please call 315-492-4041.

St. Baldrick’s

Raise money for cancer by having your head shaved.  For more information visit

Brady Faith Center

The Brady Faith Center, located at 404 South Ave, Syracuse has opportunities to volunteer. Contact David Allen at 472-9077 or e-mail