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Hunger & Homelessness

A Meal and More

A Meal and More, Inc. has been serving people in need since 1979. With the help of a retired professional chef and volunteers, they serve free, hot, well-balanced, and nutritious meals to as many as 100 guests every Wednesday and Sunday.

Action for a Better Community

As a "community action agency," ABC's programs touch upon the health, education, safety, employment, and housing of our region's families, individuals, teens, and toddlers. ABC has aided thousands of individuals/families to move from public assistance to a gainfully employed, tax-paying status.

Calvary St. Andrews Emergency Food Program

Calvary St. Andrews Presbytarian Parish is proud to support a food pantry serving more than 2,000 people through Foodlink's helping hands. The pantry strives to search healthy food to those in need through many opportunities including their mobile food pantry and on-site community garden.

Dimitri House

The Dimitri House serves the homeless of Rochester, helping on their journey towards self-sufficiency. - !volunteer/c1va

Food Not Bombs

Food Not Bombs/Rochester (FNB Rochester) is an informal co-op that sprouted up within the last few years. FNB is a refreshing difference from the traditional, long established supper programs and agencies that have provided meals for decades. Every Sunday the young people of FNB offer the community the free, vegetarian meals available to anyone who wishes to partake.


Foodlink is a regional food hub and the Feeding America food bank serving 10 local counties, including RIT's own, Monroe County. Their operations specifically target the root causes of hunger, distributing food to a network of agencies, seving meals through their kitchen, and offering a variety of food-related programs.

Habitat for Humanity

Flower City Habitat for Humanity's (HOH) mission is to bring people together to build houses, communities, and hope. Since 1984, HOH has built or renovated over 200 homes in Rochester, helping families achieve their dreams of home ownership and strengthening local neighborhoods one home at a time.

Open Door Mission

The Mission feeds the homeless as well as low-income men, women and children of the Rochester community.

Environment & Sustainability

Delta Environment & Adopt-a-Stream Program

Delta Environmental is a not for profit environmental organization that provides education, guidance and resources for communities and individuals in order to preserve and protect our natural resources and the environment.

Sierra Club

The purpose of the Sierra Club Rochester Group is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.

Flower City Pickers

Flower City Pickers (FCP) is a secular, all inclusive group of volunteers that redistributes leftover produce from Rochester's Public Market every Saturday to local homeless shelters, halfway houses, soup kitchens, food pantries, and other organizations with need for food. After collecting produce from vendors, the food is then sorted by volunteers into two food piles-one for usable food and one for compost. 

Animal Welfare


GRASP (Greece Residents Assisting Stray Pets) is committed to reducing the number of homeless pets in Greece, NY by decreasing dog and cat reproduction, promoting responsible pet ownership, and placing homeless dogs and cats into compatible, loving, and permanent homes.

Humane Society at Lollypop Farm

Committed to the humane treatment of animals through education, prevention of cruelty and promotion of responsible pet ownership.

Seneca Park Zoo

The Seneca Park Zoo Society is a not-for-profit organization that has, since 1957, provided education, fund raising, special events and public relations support to Monroe County's Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York.

Politics & Activism

Catholic Family Center

Catholic Family Center dates back to the early 1900's when it was founded to assist immigrants. Still, today, the Center works to resettle refugees, strengthen families, and provide emergency housing and shelters to those in need. Additionally, the center has expanded to provide services for aging adults, adoption and foster care, substance abuse treatment, and behavioral health services.

Empire Justice

Empire Justice protects and strengthens the legal rights of people in New York State who are poor, disabled or disenfranchised through: systems change advocacy, training and support to other advocates and organizations, and high quality direct civil legal representation.

Children & Education

Big Brother, Big Sisters

A Big Brother or Big Sister is a mentor, friend, and a true role model who helps a child develop the self- esteem and life skills necessary to become a healthy, productive adult.

Boys and Girls Club of Rochester

The Boys and Girls Club of Rochester is set out to inspire and enable young people of all backgrounds to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Camp Daydreams

Camp DayDreams is a youth development program that assists children as they grow both as individuals and as members of a community through participation in an education-based residential summer camp experience and year-round support programs.

Camp Good Days and Special Times, Inc.

At Camp Good Days, participants have the opportunity to regain some of what cancer has taken away from them.  While a vast majority of our children reside in NY, Camp Good Days has no geographical boundaries and accepts children from all 50 states and all over the world.  No child with cancer is ever turned away from Camp Good Days.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is focused on helping the young people of Rochester. With the goal of preparing young people for the real world, Junior Achievement works to teach money management, job seeking skills, entrepreneurial skills, and more.

Literacy Volunteers of Rochester, Inc.

Literacy Volunteers of Rochester, Inc. (LVR) is Rochester’s community leader in the cause of literacy. They provide tutoring and classroom instruction in reading, English language and math.

Make a Wish Metro New York and Western New York

Make-A-Wish inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve. It compels us to be creative in exceeding the expectations of every wish kid. It drives us to make our donated resources go as far as possible.

Margaret’s House RIT

Child care facility at RIT. This is an on campus opportunity.

Rochester Museum & Science Center

The Rochester Museum and Science Center is lucky enough to be offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for those looking to get more involved. Each special role assists the center in an important and critical way for the success of their various programs and commitments throughout the year.

The Center for Youth Service

Provides youth and families with 24-hour crisis intervention/information and referral: emergency shelter for homeless/runaway youth; prevention education workshops and groups; short-term solution oriented counseling for youth and their families. Time requirements and screening process required.

Urban League of Rochester

Participate in recreational, cultural and educational activities with youth in the community through Project Ready Mentor!

Health, Wellness, and Advocacy

Alzheimer’s Association – Rochester Chapter

Assisting the family caregiver to maintain a normal, productive lifestyle. They provide support, information and education to family and professional caregivers of those individuals affected by dementia. supports local and national research.

American Cancer Society

Volunteers are needed for patient services, information distribution, Cancer Control Network, health fairs, Hope Lodge maintenance and grounds keeping, special events throughout the year and clerical assistance.

American Diabetes Association – Rochester Chapter

Services include support groups; information and referral; patient, public and professional education programs; children’s summer camp program; speakers bureau and materials/resources for people with or at risk for diabetes.

American Heart Association

Dedicated to the reduction of disability and death from heart disease and stroke. Provides education programs and funds life saving research.

American Lung Association

Prevention, education, advocacy, and research in the areas of asthma, lung cancer, COPD, emphysema, influenza, tobacco control, environmental health and other related lung issues.

American Red Cross

Services include disaster relief; health and safety courses (CPR, First Aid, water safety, back injury prevention, HIV/AIDS education); community heating funds; job readiness training; community food and nutrition services; school programs.

American Red Cross – Henrietta

The Rochester Area Red Cross is headquartered in downtown Rochester and offers a variety of services including CPR training, blood drives, walk-in blood donations, and warehouse and office jobs. They work to serve our local area along with several other local offices which are a part of the Rochester Area Red Cross network. - step2

Arc of Monroe County

Provides high-quality programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and or mental retardation. Program services offered include: residential, clinical, vocational, day treatment, family support service coordination and transportation services.

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired

The mission of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI)-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester is to "assist people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their highest level of independence in their social and vocational lives."

Birthright of Rochester

Free and confidential services include pregnancy testing; non-judgmental counseling; follow-up support; childbirth and infant care classes; material assistance; referrals for medical, adoption, legal, schooling and housing needs.

Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester

The Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester's mission is to make eradication of breast cancer a priority through education and advocacy, to empower women and men to participate fully in decisions relating to breast cancer, and to promote and focus research into the causes, prevention, treatment and cure of breast cancer.

Community Place of Greater Rochester

A community-based human services agency providing services to youth, families, adults, and developmentally disabled individuals. Our activities range from providing education enhancement for kindergartners to food and clothing for families, and some family activities.


The Compeer Program matches community volunteers in friendship relationships with children and adults who are receiving mental health treatment.

CURE (Childhood Cancer Association)

Helps children and families dealing with cancer or coping with loss.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.

East House

The mission of East House is to assist individuals recovering from mental illness, substance use disorder, or both, to live healthy and fulfilling lives.

Gilda’s Club of Rochester New York: Affiliate of the Cancer Support Community

Provides cancer patients, their family and friends with support, education and advocacy; offers health education, smoking withdrawal, professional education and minority outreach programs; runs a day-camp for children with cancer and their siblings, men and women.

Hill Haven

Is a nursing home affiliated with Rochester Health Care which has virtually unlimited volunteer opportunities, here are a few; friendly visitor, escort service, hostess, craft assistant, Bingo caller, librarian, music librarian, accompanist, photographer, office assistant, indoor gardener, card/game players, show a hobby and special interests.

Hillside Family of Agencies

Hillside Family of Agencies provides comprehensive health, education, and human services for children and families whose challenges threaten their ability to realize their full potential.

Hope Lodge

Hope Lodge is designed to provide free or low cost housing to patients and caregivers traveling far from home for cancer care.  The house is presented in association with the American Cancer Society and is set-up to feel like a home away from home for local cancer patients and families.

Meals on Wheels

Comfort begins by staying in familiar surroundings and being cared for by caregivers who have become like family. At Meals On Wheels, the participants always come first. They strive to improve health and independence to all – regardless of their ability to pay. Often in the program, participants do not have the ability to pay for service.

Monroe County Hospital

Our volunteers provide a variety of important services, including working in the MCH gift shop, assisting with visitation and pastoral care, transporting residents to special programs within the building, providing musical support, or providing assistance to various departments and nursing units. Each volunteer opportunity allows people to share their unique talents and personality with others in our community.

Monroe County Special Olympics

Special Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promoting understanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectual disabilities.

Ronald McDonald House

The Rochester Ronald McDonald House believes that families are stronger when they are together, and that their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better. While Ronald McDonald House Charities® cannot make medicine taste better or take away painful treatments, they can, and do, help lessen the burden and ensure families have the stability and resources to keep their child healthy and happy.