Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering to help us with our refugee resettlement activities, here is a handy list of current opportunities for volunteering, along with contact information for each group.

Refugee Student Alliance at UR

  • Volunteer capacity:
  • A volunteer organization based at University of Rochester that provides volunteers to work with former refugees.
  • Website

UR Refugee Student Alliance 434-532-6749

Mary's Place

  • Volunteer needs:
  • Accepting tutors and volunteers on Mondays & Fridays (Noon-5:00pm), Tuesdays & Thursdays (Noon-7:30pm) and Saturdays at 10:00am. Seeking volunteers to share their skills (i.e. meal preparation, art, knitting, reading area maps, playing ‘hop-scotch’ and soccer)
  • Donation Needs:
  • Can utilize blankets, socks, winter clothing, etc.
  • Website

Contact: 585-270-8626

Mercy Bridges Adult Literacy and ESOL Programs

  • Volunteer Needs:
  • Accepting volunteer tutors for literacy development
  • Accepting volunteers to assist with office work, assessment of learners, and grant writing
  • Donation Needs:
  • Batteries (AA, AAA, 9 volt), business size (#10) envelopes, copy paper, legal pads (8½ x 11), postage stamps, printer ink cartridges: HP 93, 95, 98
  • Monetary donations to assist with the purchase of instructional materials
  • Contact: Mercy Bridges • 1437 Blossom Road • Rochester, New York 14610 • 585-288-2710

Literacy Volunteers of Rochester, Inc. (LVR)

  • Volunteer Needs:
  • Accepting volunteer tutors
  • Accepting volunteers for office and library help
  • Donation Needs:
  • Accepting monetary donations, donations of coffee, tea and hot chocolate for our tutor training workshops and learner classes
  • Accepting donations of gift cards to Wegmans and Wal-Mart, for learner incentive programs.
  • Website

Maplewood Community Library

  • Volunteer Needs:
  • Accepting Volunteers for Saturday mornings to work with children while their parents are in ESOL classes. (Must be willing to read to children and to prepare a craft to go along with the story.)
  • Accepting tutors Monday thru Thursday (3:30pm-7:00pm) and Fridays (3:00pm-5:30pm) and Saturdays (10:00AM-2:00PM) who are willing to help children with their homework are needed.
  • Accepting adult tutors who are willing to work one on one with an adult refugee.
  • Donation Needs:
  • Craft supplies, paper, flash cards. pencils and pens are appreciated, all school supplies
  • To all knitters, hats and mittens are always need for “Bundle Up with a Good Book”
  • Contact: Call the Maplewood Library at (585)-428-8220

RCSD Refugee Assistance Program (OACES)

  • Volunteer needs:
  • Accepting volunteers interested in working with refugees, immigrants, and other adults in employment training and education classes, Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 8:00pm at our Hart Street location.
  • Donation Needs:
  • Notebooks, folders, paper and pencils
  • Contact: Rochester City School District • Office of Adult & Career Education Services • Family Learning Center 585-262-8072

Saint's Place

  • Volunteer Needs:
  • Accepting van drivers, student advocates, tutors, sorting assistance, secretarial/computer assistance and fundraising assistance
  • Donation Needs:
  • Accepting clothing, winter boots, winter coats, new underclothing and socks
  • Contact: Call Saint's Place at 585-385-6860