Volunteer Opportunities

VolunteeringVolunteering at Family has tremendous benefits: It’s a great way to get to know people in your community. It’s a chance to learn new skills while making a difference. It’s a way to contribute where you live. Ready to get started? Here are a few ways you can help out:

14th Annual Midtown Make a Difference Day
Building a Strong Community: Neighbor to Neighbor

when: Saturday September 7th, 2019, 11am-3pm
where: 15-21 Franklin St, Kingston, NY

We’re excited to announce this year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 7th, 11:00am-3:00pm on Franklin St.

Join us for this FREE, family-friendly community event!

The day will include:

  • Food
  • Entertainment
  • Community Resources
  • Neighborhood Celebration

Learn more about what resources our community agencies have to offer and enjoy a day out with your neighbors- celebrating all of the wonderful people and places that make up beautiful Midtown Kingston!

Volunteer Positions & Descriptions
*please note that some volunteers may serve dual roles*

  • SET UP – set up tables, put up road barricades, setting up stage, moving basketball hoops etc.
  • TRAFFIC CONTROL – stationed at barricades on the street to divert traffic and direct vendor and volunteer cars to appropriate parking spaces
  • GREETERS & FLOATERS – distribute event brochures, answer questions and direct participants to activity locations
  • VENDOR ASSISTANCE – assist vendors in putting up tents, directing cars to appropriate vendor lot, carrying program information and checking in for the day
  • TRASH COLLECTION – periodically pick up trash and empty cans (putting in new bags) throughout the day
  • FOOD SERVERS – assist grilling team with transporting food to serving station, serve food to participants and keeping serving station clean
  • CLEAN UP – pack up supplies that are going with committee members, sweep and mop floors in Hodge Center, put tables and chairs back, pick up litter on streets and remove barricades

8am-10am (mostly set up)
10am-12 (check in vendors, welcome neighbors, etc.)
12pm-2pm (assist in food prep and serving, assist with bicycle safety workshop, etc.)
2pm-4pm (mostly clean up, tear down, etc.).

Volunteer Orientation for Local Hunger Relief Programs

when: Monday September 16th, 2019, 12-1:30pm

where: Everette Hodge Community Center 15-21 Franklin St, Kingston, NY

Free event – refreshments will be served

Would you like to help increase access to nutritious foods in your own communities? If so, please join us for a Volunteer Orientation Monday September 16th, 2019 from 12-1:30pm at the Everette Hodge Community Center, 15-21 Franklin St, in Kingston. You’ll learn about the many opportunities to help support and grow local initiatives to address food insecurity and improve the quality of food available to those in need in our community. Volunteer opportunities include: helping to grow, glean, process and distribute fresh produce donated by local farms; preparing after-school meals for local youth programs; picking up food from local grocery stores; stocking/organizing shelves and preparing food packages at your local food pantry; cooking and delivering meals to homebound individuals; prepping and serving meals at your local community cafe; assisting with food drives and more. The Orientation will include presentations by Family of Woodstock Inc, Angel Food East, People’s Place Food Pantry, and the Farm to Food Pantry Collaborative.

Register/more info: To register or for more information please email volunteers@fowinc.org or call 845-331-7080×157.

H.I.T.S. 2019 is in preparation and FAMILY will again volunteer for FAMIY’s benefit and in appreciation of the ongoing generosity and sponsorship of Tom Struzzieri, the owner of H.I.T.S.

We will need Volunteers on 8 Sundays, starting with MAY 26 and 7 more Sundays (see below and the attached Schedule). The shifts are from 11:30 am – about 3:00 pm and the tasks are as usual (see below)

H. I. T. S. 2019
8 Sundays
MAY 26, JUNE 2 & 9; JULY 21 & 28
Enjoy the horses and the great outdoors
PLEASE contact
Doris Weber or Margie Knox
(845) 331-7080 ; Fax 845.802.5558 and/or 845.331.0526

Volunteers needed to help prepare meals for Kingston Youth Programs


Family of Woodstock, Inc. is a sponsor of the New York State Education Department’s Summer Food Service Program. Each summer, dozens of volunteers and staff work together to prepare and distribute thousands of meals to local children participating in summer programs throughout the City of Kingston. All meals are prepared at the City of Kingston’s Everette Hodge Community Center, located at 15 Franklin St. in Kingston. Please consider joining our volunteer team to ensure that no child goes hungry on our watch!

Hours of Service:
7:00am-9:00am- breakfast prep and packaging
10:00am-12:30pm- lunch prep and packaging

In addition, we could use help at the sites to which we are delivering food to make sure that they have enough support to properly serve the kids. All sites are located within the City of Kingston.

For more information or to help out, please contact Kevin at krowe@fowinc.org or call 845-331-1110.


Position: Supper Prep Volunteer
Hours: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Work Site: Everette Hodge Community Center
Purpose: To assist with the preparation and cooking of meals for the children and adolescents attending programming at the the Everette Hodge Community Center, Rondout Neighborhood Center and the Boys and Girls Club
Additional Responsibilities:    

  • Assisting with all aspects of meal preparation, including such tasks as cutting fruits and vegetables, slicing deli meat, peeling potatoes, and other tasks as needed
  • Packing meals for off-site programs
  • Assisting in keeping the kitchen and dining areas clean and organized
  • Assisting with dishes as necessary
Position: Meal Server Volunteer
Hours: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Work Site: Everette Hodge Community Center
Purpose: To assist with the serving of meals to the children and adolescents of the Everette Hodge Community Center’s after school program. The meals will be served “family style” with the food being placed on the tables and the youth plating it themselves.    

Additional Responsibilities:    

  • Setting and resetting tables for each meal shift
  • Assisting in keeping kitchen and dining area clean and organized
  • Helping ensure that all the kids have eaten
  • Assisting with dishes when necessary
  • Sitting and engaging in conversations with youth at the Everette Hodge Community Center

Position: Programming Support Volunteer
Hours: 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Work Site: Everette Hodge Community Center
Purpose: To support staff with child and adolescent programming at the Everette Hodge Community Center’s after school program.
Additional Responsibilities:

  • Providing child supervision
  • Overseeing arts and crafts
  • Supervising outdoor play
  • Playing board games and other recreational activities

For more information or to help out, please contact Kevin at krowe@fowinc.org or call 845-331-1110.

Family of Woodstock Hotline Training
Next training starts September 2019
Open to all 16 and over

Are you interested in helping both your local and wider community? Are you that listening ear that friends and loved ones always seem to turn to? Are you interested in using the skills you have and building on your knowledge of helping? Family’s hotline training is just what you’re looking for!

Training covers the core of Family’s phone and texting hotline and walk-in services. Training topics include domestic violence, child abuse, mental health and substance abuse, adolescent issues, suicide, and homelessness. The training is free of charge and oriented towards personal growth. You will learn active, compassionate listening skills and ways to connect with people in need.

Family offers an opportunity to be part of the change you wish to see in the world. Intervention is as simple as answering a phone call or text message at the moment someone reaches out. It is as direct as offering a cup of coffee and a bag of food to someone who is hungry. It takes your skill and the amazing depth of resources Family has gathered over its 48 year history.

The training will qualify you to volunteer at any of our three walk-in centers – New Paltz, Ellenville, or Woodstock. For more information call (845) 679-2485 or stop by Family of Woodstock, 16 Rock City Rd, to fill out an application.

Farm to Food Pantry Collaborative

In collaboration with the Rondout Valley Growers Association, UlsterCorps and the Bruderhof Community, the program addresses food insecurity by engaging local farmers to donate locally grown produce and training volunteers to glean, process and distribute nutritious food to the network food pantries, feeding programs and shelters in Ulster and surrounding counties. Volunteers are needed to assist with field gleanings and distribution of donated produce to local food pantries, shelters and feeding programs throughout the growing season. We are also in need of volunteers to assist with processings (generally on Wednesdays) so that produce can be frozen and distributed throughout the winter. If you’d like to learn more or help out, please contact Beth at 845-331-7080×157 or volunteers@familyofwoodstockinc.org.

Volunteers needed for youth outreach
Family is seeking to build a highly trained, dedicated team of volunteers to assist with street outreach to youth who may be in need of our services. Specifically, the volunteers would go in teams of two to places where homeless teens may frequent. Background check and hotline (+ additional) training would be required. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Kelly at 845-331-7080×152.

Volunteers needed for construction projects
Family is in need of volunteers with construction experience to assist with several projects for our Ellenville programs. If you can help out please email volunteers@familyofwoodstockinc.org or call Beth at 845-331-7080×157.


Long-term volunteers
are needed to help out on a weekly basis at Family’s walk-in centers in Ellenville, New Paltz and Woodstock to assist with our food pantries, free stores, and hotlines. A hotline training will be scheduled soon at our New Paltz location (which will qualify you to volunteer at any of the walk-in centers). The training covers the core of Family’s phone and (new!) texting hotline and walk-in services. See more details below. To sign up contact Beth at 845-331-7080×157 or email volunteers@fowinc.org

Office/Administrative volunteers needed:
Administrative volunteer needed by our auditing and finance departments to assist with filing, file conversion and other office tasks at our 39 John Street, Kingston Offices one morning a week (flexible to work with your schedule Mondays-Thursdays). Volunteers with Office/Excel knowledge are also needed to assist with short-term research/date entry projects for our Adolescent Case Management Services at our Kingston Offices, weekdays 9am-5pm, and at the Woodstock Hotline (16 Rock City Rd, Woodstock) where evening/weekend hours would be possible. For more information call (845) 331-7080×157 or e-mail volunteers@familyofwoodstockinc.org.

Volunteers needed:
Are you experienced in human services? Are you organized and have good communication skills? Are you comfortable working with adolescents and their families in a crisis shelter environment? Then we need you! Family House in Rosendale is seeking 2 morning volunteers to be trained on the day-shift operations of our 24 hour runaway and homeless youth shelter, ideal hours Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm (this can be negotiated). The purpose of the volunteer position would be to provide relief for staff in order for them to attend training, complete paperwork, complete outreach activities, attend meetings and assist higher need youth in crisis. You would answer phones, make appointments, and resolve day to day issues. Experience working with adolescents is a must. Background check is required. Clean/valid driver’s license a plus, mileage reimbursed by agency. Please email your resume to: Kelly at kwarringer@fowinc.org for an interview. Thank you!

Do you have a pickup truck or van, are you able to make a weekly commitment to Family, and the ability to lift boxes of food? If so, we could use your help picking up food donations in Ellenville, delivering them to Family of Ellenville sorting and stocking them in our food pantry.

Community Service Hours
Volunteer as a family or with friends
Meet new people
Make a huge difference in someone’s life

Skills Needed (not all at once required)
Friendly and outgoing
Ability to lift boxes of food
Sorting and stocking pantry shelves
A Truck or Van! (that’s a bonus)

Interested in helping FAMILY with Food Pickups?
Call Dominic @845-647-2443
or email foeh@familyofwoodstockinc.org

FAMILY is in need of volunteers to assist with reception at our Administrative Offices at 39 John Street in Kingston, greeting walk-in clients during our staff-person’s lunch break, and Wednesday mornings during case conference. If you are available one or more days a week from 1-3pm, or every other Wednesday 9:30am-1:30pm, and would like to help out, please contact Beth at 331-7080 x157 or email volunteers@familyofwoodstockinc.org


FAMILY staff always need help getting information filed on the computer, creating data bases, making copies and stuffing envelopes for mailings. If you like office work, we could use some of your time. If you have any graphics skills that would be a plus!

Community Service Credits
Know that you are improving our efficiency
Enable counseling staff to do what they do best

Skills needed
Good with computers
Well organized
Follow directions
Graphic Design experience

Interested in helping at FAMILY’s Woodstock Office?
Call Sue or Tamara @ 845-679-2485
or email fowh@familyofwoodstockinc.org

One of the ways FAMILY supports its services is by hosting and working at fun events. Sign up for any of our terrific events that meet your schedule-and enjoy the event! Help staff a booth at concerts and community events or park cars at large outdoor venues. You can sell tickets for our Quackstock Rubber Duck Race, or our annual Big $$$ Raffle. Plenty of opportunities!

Free Admission to the Event
Work with friends and family members (we love your teens!)
Earn Community Service Credits
Know that you are helping people in need

Skills Needed
Friendly and outgoing
Able to follow instructions

Interested in our Events Team?
Call Sue or Tamara @ 845- 679-2485
or email fowh@familyofwoodstockinc.org

Thinking of volunteering but don’t want to make a weekly commitment? Pick a Food Drive! FAMILY has monthly food pick-ups, scheduled food drives at Hurley Ridge Market, the annual Postal Food Drive, Yom Kippur Food Drive and MORE!

Last year FAMILY’s Woodstock Food Pantry fed more than 1,000 families

Community Service Hours
Volunteer as a family or with friends
Meet new people
Make a huge difference in someone’s life

Skills Needed (not all at once required)
Friendly and outgoing
Ability to lift boxes of food
Sorting and stocking pantry shelves
A Truck! (that’s a bonus)

Interested in helping FAMILY’s Food Pantry?
Call Sue or Tamara @845-679-2485

FAMILY is selling on eBay! We often receive unusual donations which can attract buyers online. Help us build a regular income stream to support our services. If you would like to be one of our eBay sellers, we’d love to have you! We’ll provide the brief training you will need.

Pick items you are excited to sell
Work from home if you like
Earn Community Service Credits
Feel the GOOD selling for FAMILY

Skills needed
Comfortable using a computer online
Able to write enticing ads for our items
Good organization and follow
Able to make a 6 month commitment

Interested in becoming an EBAY SELLER?

Call Sue or Tamara @ 845-679-2485
or email fowh@familyofwoodstockinc.org


You can also fill out our Volunteer Registration Form.

Please allow a few weeks for a response by the Volunteer Committee.