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:

Family Raffle Mailing
Short-term volunteers needed!
39 John Street, Kingston

Tuesday May 23rd, 1-5pm
Wednesday May 24th, 9am-5pm
Thursday May 25th, 9am-5pm
Friday May 26th, 9am-5pm

Family is looking for volunteers who can give 2 hours or more during any of the above listed times to assist with labeling, stuffing, sealing, and sorting tasks for our Big $$$ Raffle Mailings. If you can help out please email volunteers@familyofwoodstockinc.org or call Beth at (845) 331-7080×157.

Volunteer needed!
Eight Sundays at H.I.T.S. (Horse Shows in the Sun)
in Saugerties
May 28, June 4+11, July 23+30, September 3+10


Enjoy the horses and the outside

PLEASE Contact Doris or Margie if you can help:
dweber@familyofwoodstockinc.org or (845) 331-7080



Volunteer Orientations for
local Food Pantries + Feeding Programs

Kingston Volunteer Orientation
Monday June 26th, 2017, 10-11:30am
Family of Woodstock, Inc.
39 John Street, Kingston, NY

Athens Volunteer Orientation
Tuesday July 18th, 2017, 11am-noon
Leeds-Athens Food Pantry
High Hill UMC, 1467 Schoharie Turnpike, Athens, NY

Would you like to help increase access to nutritious foods in your own communities? If so, please join us for one of the above Volunteer Orientations. The Orientations will include presentations by local food pantries, soup kitchens, and Farm to Food Pantry initiatives. 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 and distribute fresh produce donated by local farms; help preparing lunchtime meals at a soup kitchen; food pickups from local grocery stores; stocking/organizing shelves and preparing food packages at your local food pantry; assisting with food drives and more. The Kingston Orientation will include presentations by Angel Food East, Caring Hands Soup Kitchen, People’s Place Food Pantry, and the Rondout Valley Growers Association Farm to Food Pantry Program. The Ellenville Orientation will include opportunities to assist with the Family of Ellenville Community Garden, Hotline, Food Pantry and Farm to Food Pantry Program. Family of Woodstock, Inc. is proud to partner with Community Action of Greene County to recruit, train and manage volunteers to build the capacity of food pantries and related hunger relief initiatives throughout Greene County.

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

Learn more about our Farm to Food Pantry Collaborative
Join our Glean Team!
Locate your local food pantry in Ulster County | Greene County

12th Annual Midtown Make a Difference Day
Date: Saturday, June 17th
Time: 11am-3pm
Location: Franklin St. in Kingston, N.Y.

Join us for our 12th Annual Midtown Make a Difference Day. Community information provided by local agencies, music, food, and lots of fun will be had throughout the day! All food and activities are free for everyone!

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!

This event is brought to you in partnership by: the Everette Hodge Community Center; Kingston Library; Rose Women’s Care Service; UlsterCorps; Kingston Cares; Family of Woodstock Inc; Center for Creative Education; Kingston Parks Recreation; Midtown Rising; and Ulster BOCES.

Volunteers will be needed to assist with setup, cleanup, serving food, traffic control and more!

Setup (volunteers 2 each area)
Food 9:30 – 11:00
Street 8:00 – 10:00

Clean up (volunteers 3 each area)
Food 3:00 – 4:30
Street 3:00 – 4:30

Traffic Control (volunteers 2 each shift)
Franklin & Broadway
8:30 – 10:45
10:30 – 12:45
12:30 – 3:00

Franklin & Prospect
8:30 – 10:30

Serve Food (volunteers 4-5)
11:30 – 2:15

Other Jobs:
Monitor hoop area (2 adult volunteers)
Teach/assist Double Dutch jump roping (1 adult volunteer)

Free parking on any nearby streets such as Broadway and Prospect; breaks provided

Free food/drinks throughout the day; early coffee, tea and bagels; later grilled food, salad, watermelon

To volunteer contact Beth at volunteers@familyofwoodstockinc.org of call 331-7080×157.

Family of Woodstock Hotline Training
Offered 2-3 times a year

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 47 year history.

The training will qualify you to volunteer at any of our three walk-in centers – New Paltz, Ellenville, or Woodstock. Email volunteers@familyofwoodstockinc.org or stop by 16 Rock City Rd to fill out an application or for more information.

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

Are you interested in juvenile justice reform?
Do you want to help end the school to prison pipeline?
Then become a volunteer today!

Family of Woodstock is currently looking for volunteers living or working in Ulster County to take part in our Juvenile Community Accountability Board (JCAB). The JCAB is a part of the One80 program, a diversion program working to keep juveniles out of family court and the juvenile justice system. Volunteers for the JCAB meet with the youth and their parent/guardian in order to help the youth understand the impact of their action. The board uses RESTORATIVE JUSTICE techniques to develop an agreement with the youth that requires them to complete activities that repair the harm caused by their actions.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED: contact Dana Katz at 845-514-0239 or dkatz@fowinc.org for the application or download it here.

* Volunteers will be required to attend a one day training.

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.