Board and Volunteering Opportunities

Board Opportunities

Corn Hill Navigation (CHN) is a nonprofit organization that connects the community and visitors to Rochester’s historic waterways through authentic, guided boat experiences and educational programs. Presently CHN is seeking enthusiastic individuals interested in helping achieve their vision of introducing a new boat on the Genesee River, offering educational cruises and citizen science activities for adults and school children. The new vessel, which will join its sister ship, the Sam Patch, a replica canal packet boat now operating on the Erie Canal from Pittsford, will make a significant contribution to the city’s revitalization.  Now in its 27th year, CHN has been a catalyst and leading advocate for the community’s heritage and natural resources, particularly the Genesee River and Erie Canal. Opportunities exist for Board of Directors or committee participation. The Board meets monthly as do committees assisting with finance, marketing, education, development, and strategic planning. Anyone interested can email David Carpenter.

Luvo Nation is an independent 501c3 nonprofit that will positively improve and permanently impact the mental, physical and spiritual growth and personal development in children. Luvo Nation will focus on 4 areas of childhood development: Luvo SMART — Individual Learning Assistance
, Luvo COURAGE — Bullying Prevention, Luvo PLAY — Fitness and Athletic Programs
, Luvo FOOD — Childhood Obesity Prevention. If you’re interested in board or volunteering opportunities, contact Dave!

Rochester Hope for Pets, a non-profit that offers financial assistance for families in need, veterinary education, and partners with other animal organizations in Rochester, is seeking to expand its board of directors.  We are excited to increase the impact we have in the community and seek candidates for our board of directors to join us in that effort.  We are interested in candidates who are passionate about our mission and are willing and able to roll up their sleeves and get involved in the organization and its activities.  We seek candidates with a strong network in the community, and we are also interested in people with marketing skills or fundraising skills though those attributes aren’t essential. If you’re interested in being considered, please contact Mark Cronin (board member of Rochester Hope for Pets) and include a statement of interest and a brief bio.

Dreams from Drake, a nonprofit founded in 2013 that supports children and teens grieving the loss of a sibling or parent, continues to receive more and more referrals from families in need of its services. They are currently looking for one to two new members to join their Board of Directors. Dreams from Drake provides numerous support resources to help these children who are grieving difficult losses go on to live happy, healthy and productive lives. Board members will have an influential role in the development of current efforts as well as the creation and implementation of new programs and services. The nonprofit hosts two major fundraising events each year (one in January and one in June), and runs services for grieving families monthly. For more information, please visit If you are interested in learning more about the foundation and a possible opportunity on the board, please email Haverly Erskine.

Grace Community Services
is seeking board members to help guide the agency in providing residential and community-based services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Those interested should complete the prospective board member survey, which also contains more information about the agency and the expertise they are looking to add to their board.

Homesteads for Hope: A Community Farm is growing effortless inclusion for people with autism and beyond through meaningful work on a farm – where every day we learn together, work together, socialize and have fun with friends of all abilities. We have recently bought a 55 acre canal side farm in Ogden, only 10 minutes from the heart of Rochester and we are seeking an Accountant as a potential Board member.  Interested?  Check out the website and contact Jennyrae Brongo!

The Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus is seeking a new board member with a strong interest in choral music or the arts who would like to serve on a working board of directors promoting arts and the LGBT community.  More info about the board and the organization generally can be found on their website.  Interested? Email Board Chair Ted Smith.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • The Education Success Network has several opportunities to get involved in giving ALL children in Rochester an opportunity to succeed:
  • Be an Afterschool Volunteer – Support students with homework, arts & crafts, and program activities. 2hr commitment. After-school. One time or recurring!! Sign up here.
  • Volunteer as a Guest Reader – Instill a love of learning by reading to kindergarten class. Details & sign up here.
  • Volunteer as a Career Speaker – Prepare kids for successful lives – speak to a class about your career! Contact Jill Hardy for more information.

Rochester Engineering Society STEM Bridges
Looking for YPs with a STEM background to become STEM Coaches, volunteering in the classroom to support teachers with STEM lessons! You can volunteer for one time, or sign up for multiple visits!  The volunteer work is during school hours, and training and support is provided! Sign up here.

The Healthy Baby Network
A nonprofit working to create health equity for vulnerable mothers and babies, is seeking volunteers to sit on our fund development and marketing committee. Help us raise awareness and take our mission to the next level while working with a dynamic team of Healthy Baby Network staff and board members. If interested, please contact Deanna Spiotta, Communications Director of the Healthy Baby Network.

Rochester Global Refugee Services
The mission of RGRS is to advocate and promote self-sufficiency through employment, education, social support and economic independence for refugees in Rochester. They are looking for volunteers who would like to donate their time helping with website design/maintenance/marketing, program development, fundraising and grant writing. Contact Faziri here.

Be a DECA Judge!
DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. DECA’s evaluation process, the NYS career conference, involves students in both a written component, such as an exam or report, and an interactive component, such as a role-play, with an industry professional serving as a judge. That’s where YOU come in!  Will YOU volunteer to be a DECA judge!? Volunteer on March 7th (evening) and/or 8th (daytime). Contact Gerald Hathaway!

CURE Childhood Cancer Association
CURE’s mission is to help local families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders. They are looking for assistance with their social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter). All posts would be given a direction and would need to be approved by a staff member prior to posting. Content discussions will occur between the volunteer and CURE staff regularly. Interested? Please contact CURE Executive Director Holly Dutcher, for more information!

Rochester Global Connections Friendship Volunteers
Friendship Volunteers are matched with local international students whom they offer warm hospitality by providing practical assistance and cultural opportunities.  Help international students successfully acclimate to American culture and enrich their experience while living in the U.S. As a volunteer, you’ll become more globally minded as you are exposed to diverse cultures and beliefs. Apply here!

Read to Kindergartners
By reading to a Kindergarten class over your lunch break, you’re part of efforts to advance early literacy and help our youngest learners develop a love of reading to last their whole lives!  Just a 1-time commitment on Wednesdays from 12:10-12:45pm.  Support early literacy and community engagement in public education!  See available times and sign-up here.

Causewave Community Partners works with more than 200 nonprofits each year to strengthen their organizations so they can be more effective in strengthening our community. But we can’t do it alone – we need you and your expertise! Whether you’ve got experience in public relations, graphic design, fundraising, or something completely different, we’ll connect you with opportunities that match your interests and skills. Contact Marta Driscoll to get involved.

Homesteads for Hope: A Community Farm is growing effortless inclusion for people with autism and beyond through meaningful work on a farm – where every day we learn together, work together, socialize and have fun with friends of all abilities. We have recently bought a 55 acre canal side farm in Ogden, only 10 minutes from the heart of Rochester and we are seeking volunteers in areas including Marketing Intern, Fundraising & Events Intern.  By spring we will also have opportunities for projects on the farm – everything from construction renovations to physical work on the farm.  Interested?  Check out the website and contact Jennyrae Brongo!

Genesee River Watch is working to restore the waters of the Genesee, improve access, increase use and encourage economic development that benefits from and contributes to the water quality of our region.  In doing this, RiverWatch is developing erosion control projects; building a network of citizen water quality monitors; preparing a public report card on water quality; seeking to improve access to the river for boating, hiking, biking and fishing; and building public commitment to the Genesee.  They are seeking volunteers in such diverse areas as water quality monitoring, grant writing, donor development, event organization, and marketing. Interested? See the Volunteer Opportunities list, then contact Executive Director George Thomas or Board President Mike Haugh.

The Rochester City School District is looking for volunteers and mentors to support our students. Find more information and an application here.

The American Diabetes Association is seeking dedicated, creative volunteers, preferably at mid-level management and above, with an interest in outreach and event planning to help us plan a brand new event for 2016, the Get Moving Challenge.  The Executive Committee for this event needs well-connected young professionals with a creative mind to help us reach out to as many new companies and groups as possible to join and/or sponsor the new event. Having a connection to diabetes is helpful, but not required, to feel connected to our mission to prevent and cure diabetes and improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.  For more information, email Nicole St. James or call her at 458-3040 x3479.

Community Lutheran Ministry has an immediate need for young professional volunteers to assist with marketing, fundraising and graphic design.  Community Lutheran Ministry is a Community Outreach Ministry that focuses heavily on the children of the Joseph Avenue area in the City of Rochester and has for over 25 years. If you are interested in volunteering for a fundraiser; helping with creating marketing materials or a monthly newsletter; or have experience with WordPress for making website updates, contact Deaconess Maggie Harris.

The Al Sigl Council is a formal group of young professionals focused on improving outreach and fundraising efforts for the six member agencies under the Al Sigl Community of Agencies umbrella. They are looking for candidates interested in joining their group. Interested individuals would be expected to pledge 20-40 hours per year of their time and be committed to furthering the efforts of an organization that has been around 50+ years and touches the lives of 50,000+ families annually. Email for more information.

Veterans Outreach Center needs your expertise! Our Event Planning Committees are looking for your exciting ideas and new outlooks to boost the fundraising potential of our “Special Events.” Volunteer to help us plan and expand these events through Auctions, Outreach, and Marketing. We’ll make it fun and a great way to connect with the leaders in this community who support our true heroes: Our Veterans! Email Alexis Ganter or contact her by phone at (585) 295-7804 for more info.

Webster Ice Arena is a non-profit board charged with management and oversight of the community ice arena and is looking to add new members with accounting/bookkeeping, management, and/or governance experience, strong organizational skills, and a passion for skating, youth hockey, and the community. If interested, please contact Eric Ferrante at