Rochester, NY

Rochester's Community Wishbook


Volunteers of America Upstate New York

214 Lake Ave.
Rochester, NY 14608
Phone: 585-402-7204
Contact: Chaz Goodman

Volunteers of America Upstate NY is dedicated to empowering people in the local community to rise out of poverty, move toward self-reliance, and reach their full potential. VOA assists more than 6,000 people every year through various programs which include: child care and early childhood development programs; housing and support services for homeless individuals and families; reentry programs for individuals leaving correctional facilities; life skills training, and employment services.

Wish List:

  • backpacks 
  • personal care items:
    shaving cream and razors
    toothbrushes and toothpaste
    full-size shampoo and conditioner
  • Play-Doh
  • soap or body wash (full-size)
  • socks
  • towels and sheets (new)
  • washcloths

Volunteers Needed:
  • Donation Drive Leaders:  Drive Leaders as a volunteer position. The description would be: Families in our shelters need many things. Donations that you collect will help impoverished individuals and families in local neighborhoods. We'll help get you started by providing informational materials and we'll even pick up the donations when your drive is over. 


  • Life Skills Group Leader As a life skills group leader you can teach individuals how to search for and obtain employment, interview techniques, resume writing, how to dress appropriately for work, budgeting, healthy meal preparation, and more. The maximum anticipated group size is 10. You must be at least 21 years old to volunteer for this opportunity.

  • Provide Homework Assistance Volunteers of America’s Children’s Center provides child care and educational programs for children from low-income households. The center provides after-school care for 80 children who attend elementary school. Volunteers are needed to help children with basic math, reading, and writing homework. Schedule would be 2:15 - 5:30 PM on weekdays. Must be 18 or older. 

  • Brightening Birthdays™ As part of our Brightening Birthdays ™ initiative, we hold monthly birthday parties complete with cake and presents for children and families who have experienced homelessness. Those experiencing unstable housing issues often miss out on the celebrations most American families experience together, especially birthdays, and Brightening Birthdays ™ helps change that. Want to get involved? You can help these family celebrations a success by volunteering, donating supplies or making a financial contribution.

    Volunteer opportunities suitable for TEENS or Groups of Teens:

    Volunteering for Brightening Birthdays

Information reviewed by agency 4/12/2019.

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