Serving the Ulster County Community

Opportunities for Youth

One-Day Projects + Events
in need of volunteers:

People's Place Toy Trot
Kingston - 338-4030

Food Bank Farm Stand Chef Challenge
Kingston - 338-4030

Repair Cafe
New Paltz - 646-302-5835

Repair Cafe
Kingston - 339-2526

Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice
Phoenicia - (914) 258-0973

Summer Hoot
Olivebridge - 657-8333

Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley Annual Garden Party
Saugerties - 481-0331

7th Annual UlsterCorps Zombie Escape
Rosendale - 481-0331

Long-term Opportunities

American Red Cross, Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter – Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities – Disaster Response Team Member, General Office Support, Health & Safety Volunteer Instructors, Leadership Committee Volunteers, Volunteer Administration Specialist, Volunteer Intake Specialist, Volunteer Recruitment Specialist. UC Red Cross has been serving Ulster County since 1908 with Disaster Relief, Armed Forces Emergency Communications, Utility Assistance, Referral Services, International and Holocaust Tracing Services. Providing quality education in CPR, first aid, aquatic skills, lifeguarding, HIV/AIDS prevention and disaster preparedness. (845) 471-0200
Red Cross Youth Humanitarians Programs

Peer to Peer Adolescent Alcohol/Substance Education Program is looking for volunteers between the ages of 16 and 23 years old. More info.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary
CAS is a bustling place with 30 horses, 20 cows, 15 pigs, and over 100 smaller animals. We’ve got GREAT volunteer support but could use even more hands! If you love animals, are in good physical shape, and enjoy hard work, there’s no greater place to be a part of. Come assist with cleaning, feeding, turnout, barn management, and other daily chores. The highly organized work of caring for 150 animals requires that volunteers commit to a shift on the same day of every week. (It’s okay if you must miss a week now and then.)
We welcome children between 12 and 15 with a parent or adult supervisor; kids 16 and up can volunteer on their own (on a trial basis). Yes, Catskill Animal Sanctuary meets school system community service requirements. More info or call 336-8447.

Center for Creative Education
Kingston Location – 20 Thomas Street, Kingston, NY 12401, 845-338-7664
Stone Ridge Location – 3588 Main Street, Stone Ridge, NY 12484, 845-687-8890
The mission of the Center for Creative Education is to create a better world by nurturing and empowering youth and community through the arts. The Kingston center offers a dance and percussion studio, homework and tutoring center, and a computer music lab that is being developed in collaboration with the Kingston School District’s Department of Fine Arts and Enrichment. Volunteers needed for office help, clean-up, and event assistance.

Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H Garden, Youth Development Program Club Call for Volunteers
The Ulster County 4-H Youth Development Program is always looking for committed adults interested in starting a 4-H club in their area. For more details on how you can become a 4-H Club Leader call Kristen Wilson at 845-340-3990 or email Volunteers also Needed to Prepare Bulk Mailings. Contact Jude DeFalco at 340-3990 or email for details. More info.

Family of Woodstock – Ways to Volunteer
Volunteers needed to run food drives at local schools, churches, businesses… also Food Closet, Holiday programs, long-term commitment answering phones, help with physical plant, running groups, fundraising & event planning – 331-7080. More info.
Family of New Paltz is in need of a volunteer to pick up recyclables once, every other week and assist with building maintenance. The building that houses Family of New Paltz is on the Historical Registry, so you can imagine the many issues we have with an aging house. The once beautiful wood floors are very much worn and need to be scraped and refinished. I’m hoping there is a volunteer who can work miracles! If you can help please call Kathy at 255-7957. More info.

Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
The Food Bank of the Hudson Valley is a great opportunity for group volunteer projects. Our new salvage sorting programallows us to take food donated from food drives and corporate donors and sort and repack it for use at our member agencies. We’re looking for groups that are available for several hours to come in and help us go through the food and box it. We can take groups of anyone over 16 years of age. The other opportunity is related to our new child hunger initiative. The Food Bank has recently established a BackPack Program in 11 schools in the Hudson Valley that provides kids in need with back packs of food to take home on weekends. For more information click here or call 845-534-5344.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Habitat for Humanity is happy to work with groups interested in Service Days at our new ReStore located next to the Hess Gas Station at 406 state Route 28, Kingston opened to the public September 2013. Customers at the ReStore can purchase gently-used household goods and supplies at discounted prices – 100% of the profits support Ulster County Habitat for Humanity and help build homes and hope right here in Ulster County. For more information contact Gary or Barbara at (845) 853-7499.

Esopus Creek Conservancy
Volunteers needed to assist with trail maintenance and wood construction projects on Esopus Bend Nature Preserve in Saugerties. Short one/two hour work sessions, or four-six hour work parties. Weekends and weekdays, times and dates flexible, please indicate your interests and when you are typically available to volunteer. Contact Steve Chorvas at 845-246-5900 or (email is preferable). More info.

From the Ground Up
A Student-Centered Wellness Program with its Roots in the Garden. Volunteer garden caretakers needed to Adopt-a-Week throughout the summer; also web, computer and press support. More info or 687-4124.

Gardiner Library
133 Farmer’s Turnpike, Gardiner 845-255-1255
web site:
Volunteers always welcome for shelving books or helping with general circulation tasks.

Golden Hill Health Care Center
Volunteers needed to visit with seniors, refinish tables and chairs in coffee shop. 340-3390 x3859. More info or contact Wendy Wajda, Volunteer Coordinator (845) 340-3390, ext. 3859

Ulster County Habitat for Humanity
“Building Communities One Family At A Time” seeks volunteers with construction skills, or who can do heavy lifting for new headquarters and Re-store. 679-7320. More info or call 845-340-0907 or email

Happy to Help Food Pantry
located in the basement of St. James Church at the corner of Fair and Pearl St., Kingston, NY seeks volunteers ages 12 and older. Several opportunities exist of varying time commitments: 2.5 hours per month assisting with food deliveries, Saturdays 1:30 -4:00 pick up at the farmers market, Sunday morning to set up pantry, Sunday afternoons to assist while the pantry is open. For youth volunteers, a parent or adult from the school should accompany the students. If you can help please, contact St. James Church at (845) 331-3030 or call Bill Yates at 338-0698 email at

John Burroughs Nature Sanctuary
seeks volunteer trail-builders in Esopus. More info or call 658-8563.

Kingston Boys & Girls Club
Kingston Boys & Girls Club is seeking 2-3 tutors for 1-2 days a week each between the hours of 3-5pm to assist with homework help, especially with reading comprehension and math for youth ages 8-15. Tutors ages 16 or older welcome. If you’re interested please Dennis or Andre at the Boys & Girls Club – 338-8666.

Kingston Library
Phone: 331-0507
Dedicated to improving library services in the city of Kingston, volunteers are needed for used book sales, fund-raising, helping in the library, and for special programs and events.

The Lisa Libraries
77 Cornell St. Rm. 109 Kingston, NY 845-334-5559
Volunteer at the office of The Lisa Libraries, the “Johnny Appleseed” of children’s books, located in midtown Kingston. The Lisa Libraries is a non-profit organization that donates books to children and grassroots organizations serving children in poor and under-served areas. Donation sites include after-school centers, hospital visiting rooms, homeless shelters and prisons. In 2008, The Lisa Libraries donated over 27,000 new children’s books across the United States. Volunteers have various options to help, including data entry, sorting and cataloging the books, and packing up books to be shipped for donation. Books are unpacked, sorted by age and subject matter, and entered with a wireless scanner into our computer inventory. Books are also packed in boxes, weighed and measured and shipped by UPS. Volunteers also help us with correspondence, thank you letters and fundraising

Mount Tremper Arts
seeks full-time summer interns for contemporary arts festival in New York’s Catskill Mountains for July and August. More info.

New Paltz Recycling Center
seeks artists, gardeners & more. More info or call 255-8456.

New Paltz Youth Program
Volunteering is not only a fulfilling way to spend your spare time, but it can also help build a resume or fufill community service hours for school or court. The NPYP participates in most town events including the Taste of New Paltz, Unity In Diversity Festival, 4th of July Fireworks, Clean Sweep, Beltane Festival, Regatta, and many more. Volunteers are also needed for tutoring, assisting in NPYP programs and NPYP events such as the Easter Egg Hunt and Haunted House. More info.

NYSDEC Recruiting Citizen Scientists for the Volunteer River Herring Monitoring Season
The NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program and Hudson Rivers Fisheries Unit are continuing a volunteer-based River Herring monitoring program this spring. Monitoring will take place between 4/1 – 5/31 during the annual migration of river herring from the ocean into freshwater tributaries to spawn. Each volunteer will conduct visual observations for signs of herring, at least twice a week for 15 minutes at a site close to his or her town. Training is provided and begins in March, no experience necessary. We need at least ten volunteers per site. More info.

People’s Place Food Pantry
People’s Place gets a monthly food order of eight to ten thousand pounds of food from the Regional Foodbank in Latham. We need volunteers to help bring in the food to our food pantry and to store it in our freezers and refrigerators, as well as to put the dry goods on our shelves and pallets. It typically takes an hour of work to load handtrucks with food then unload the food into our food pantry starting at 9am. Youth welcome 16 and up unsupervised or 14 and up supervised. Volunteers also welcome weekdays 10am-1pm to make up pantry prepacks. In addition, very dedicated groups might assist stripping and waxing tile floors or steam cleaning the carpeted areas. More info or contact Christine at 338-4030 weekdays.

Plant a Row for the Hungry
A people-helping-people program assisting the hungry in Ulster County
A program of the Cornell Cooperative Extension
With the start of the growing and planting season we’re looking for gardeners like you to help feed the hungry in Ulster County by planting an extra row in your garden this summer and signing up to take the excess produce to our office. If you don’t have room to plant an extra row – sign up to donate the excess produce nearly all gardens produce.
We are asking vegetable gardeners to grow a little extra this season, or bring their excess produce to Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, 10 Westbrook Lane, in Kingston, NY.
More info or call (845) 340-3478 (DIRT).

Plattekill Library Youth Library Pages
this program is for kids who have graduated from 6th Grade. They need to fill out a form and meet with Derek, Librarian Trainee, for training. The kids are expected to help out for two hours per week during the school year and four hours a week during the summer. They do simple (but very important) jobs like putting away books, straightening up the shelves, and putting away the stuffed animals. After awhile, we include helping with Storytime. More info or call Mary at 883-7286.

Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption
Rondout Valley Animals for Adoption relies on the help of our many volunteers. Volunteers are needed for the following:
transport animals to and from vet; socialize puppies; take dogs to training class; walk and play with shelter dogs
help with office administration tasks (mailings, telephones, data entry); Training Wheels® outreach. For more information contact : Jane Kopelman Training Wheels® Director
4628 Route 209 Accord, NY 12404 Phone: 845-687-4406

Roundout Valley Growers Association or call 845-657-5701
Volunteers needed for Community Gleaning Days & more. The Rondout Valley Growers Association is a non-profit community organization comprised of local farmers, residents, and businesses that are committed to strengthening the region’s family farms and preserving open space for future generations.
Community Gleaning Days– August, September & October. Volunteers will work in the fields harvesting produce or work in a processing kitchen to prepare food for the soup kitchens and food pantries. Volunteers will also be able to take home some produce.
More info.

Rural Ulster Preservation Company
Volunteers needed to visit with seniors. If you can volunteer pleas contact Carol at
(845) 331-2140 Ext 208. Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO) is a not-for-profit agency, established in 1981. We take a broad approach to housing and community development in Ulster County.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Food Pantry
34 South Chestnut Street (Route 208), New Paltz. Barbara Kensett Committee for the Homebound, Thanksgiving Baskets, School Supply Drive. More info or 255-5635.

SOS Snowboard/Self-Awareness Program
seeks volunteers to work with children at risk on Hunter Mountain. More info or 658-9156.

Trolley Museum of New York at Kingston
seeks conductors, drivers & more! More info or call 331-3399.

You must be 18 years or older to volunteer at the shelter. Sorry this is due to insurance reasons here at the shelter. For ways to help if you are under 18 please see our section on How Kids Can Help, or call our Volunteer Coordinator at 331-5377 ext 215 for more suggestions.

Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary FARM PROJECT DAYS
Join us for our monthly Farm Project Day! These are held the first Saturday of the month from 10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m., followed by a vegan potluck from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. A tour and quick volunteer orientation is also offered for all volunteers at 10:00. Volunteers will be helping with special barn cleaning projects, painting, grounds maintenance, and other projects. The work is mainly outdoors – wear farm clothes and shoes and a hat and sunscreen as needed. Contact or 679-5955 to sign up or for more info.

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