Board and Volunteering Opportunities

Board Opportunities

Highland Park Conservancy

The Highland Park Conservancy is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with Monroe County to provide stewardship for Highland Park, the premier park in Rochester’s park system. The HPC is an all-volunteer group that advocates for the preservation, restoration and enhancement of Highland’s world class arboretum and historic Frederick Law Olmsted design. Currently the HPC is seeking candidates to serve on our board. Please view our website for more information about us. Those interested should complete the prospective board member application. Please contact Mary Gaudioso for any questions about this opportunity.


Rochester City Ballet

Rochester City Ballet’s board of directors seeks community volunteers with the ability to ask smart questions. It seeks applications for the Fiscal Year 2019 class of the RCB board of directors. This new group of volunteers will join the board that advises the organization and oversees its finances. Board members meet 10 times a year and serve on a committee (executive, development, governance, or finance).  

By-laws require board members to either give or secure a $1,000 donation each year. Service on a committee does not require a donation. For more information, contact Nichole Gantshar, executive director, at


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.


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.


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!


Volunteer Opportunities

Trillium Health’s Food Cupboard is looking for volunteers every Wednesday and Friday 9 am–2 pm. Contact Kristen at or Jen at


Digital Literacy Volunteers of Rochester

We have regular volunteering opportunities for individuals (usually a 3-hour shift either weekly or bi-weekly) at community locations to help customers (community members who come in for assistance) with computer and internet related tasks. Everything from resume writing and submitting job applications to creating email and social media accounts to accessing patient portals or online documents. Volunteering starts with attending an orientation held the first Tuesday evening of every month. Register here.


TEDxFlourCity is looking for volunteers to help with our 2019 season. If you are passionate about connecting with our community, enjoy stimulating conversation, spreading ideas, and collaborating with others, we would love to have you join our team! Volunteers are needed to help with social media, fundraising, speaker curation, experience design, and day-of operations. Please contact Chris for more information.


The Rochester Beacon is a non-profit journalism venture that aims to serve as a “digital public square,” bringing new voices and perspectives to the attention of Rochester readers. They accept guest essays for both expert pieces and informed opinion pieces. If you’d like to write for the Beacon, or if you have experience in finance/tax, event planning, social media and photography and would like to volunteer, please contact the Publisher, Alex Zapesochny.


The Jewish Home of Rochester is always in need of volunteers. Currently, JHR needs volunteers to help push residents in wheelchairs to different programs, serve ice cream in the Café, and help in the gift shop. Groups who want to come in and play games with residents or lead an activity like painting nails are welcome. Volunteers can also help with special events. Email Aislinn Sexton for more information.


Much of the critical work sustaining the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is undertaken by volunteer committees focused on marketing, development, and finance.  Each meets once/month for 75 minutes to offer advice and hands-on support at other times.  No relevant experience is required to participate.    The Gandhi Institute is now seeking volunteers for all three groups.  If you are interested in learning more, contact director Kit Miller via email or on her direct line 463-3267.


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 a 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.


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!


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 Micaela Allen 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 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.


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.


Connect & Breathe is a Rochester based after abortion non-judgmental talkline that is both apolitical and secular. C&B is looking for marketing professionals to join its Marketing Committee. Please contact for more information!