Rochester, NY

Rochester's Community Wishbook


Volunteers of America Upstate New York

214 Lake Ave.
Rochester, NY 14608
Phone: 585-736-2487
Contact: Cheryl Marshall

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 focus in three key areas: child care and early childhood education programs for improverished children; housing and homelessness prevention programs and reentry programs for individuals exiting incarceration.

Wish List:

  • backpacks 
  • personal care items, full size:
    deodorant, shaving cream and razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste, shampoo, feminine hygiene products
  • soap or body wash (full-size)
  • socks, undergarments (new)
  • towels and washcloths (new)
  • twin-size sheet sets (new)

Volunteers Needed:
  • Donation Drive Leaders: Families in our shelters need many things. Organize a donation drive to help homeless families.   We'll help get you started by providing informational materials and we'll even pick up the donations when your drive is over. 

  • Volunteers of America has suspended it’s volunteer program during Covid-19. Visit for updates on when activities for volunteers will resume.

    ON HOLD:

·       Homework Helper - Provide homework assistance at Volunteers of America’s Children’s Center. 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. 

·         Host a birthday party for a homeless child - As part of our Brightening Birthdays™ initiative, we hold monthly birthday parties complete with cake and presents for children and families who are experiencing homelessness. Birthday hosts provide the party (decorations, cupcakes/drinks, presents, goody bags, music, games/activities etc.) and host a 90 minute party.

·         Landscaping

·         Painting/Organizing/Cleaning

·         Special Event/Marketing Internships available for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

·         Volunteer opportunities suitable for TEENS or Groups of Teens:

Volunteering for Brightening Birthdays

Information reviewed by agency 2/23/2021 (New contact person.)

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