Board and Volunteering Opportunities

Board Opportunities

Rochester Youth Culinary Experience (RYCE) is Rochester’s newest and most innovative job development program. The students run all aspects of the business as well as become familiar with the financials of business operations, all while earning a paycheck! Students also learn the “soft skills” of employment such as arriving on time, appropriate dress, interactions with co-workers, management, and guests, all in a supportive environment.  Our long term goal is to increase the success rate of students through graduation and the ability to get ahead of the line in their post-graduation job search. This is beyond restaurant work: this is service learning, entrepreneurial skill building, and creating a generation of leaders to return to and build their communities. Interested? Email Kelly Metras.

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 dreamsfromdrake.org. 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

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.