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 of New Paltz Turkey Trot
Thursday November 23rd, 2017
Water Street Market, New Paltz

Volunteers needed:
Volunteers are the heart and soul of the New Paltz Turkey Trot! We are looking for volunteers to help out with early packet pickup Wednesday November 22nd, 2017 at the Jewish Community Center, 30N. Chestnut Street, New Paltz, from 12pm – 6pm, and on Thanksgiving morning at the event from 7:30am-11am. Tasks Thanksgiving morning include setup, registration, packet pickup, finish line assistance, and cleanup. To sign up as a volunteer please call 331-7080×157 or email volunteers@familyofwoodstockinc.org.

More info:
http://www.newpaltzturkeytrot.com


Family of Woodstock 42nd Annual Thanksgiving Feast

“Show up hungry!” says Tamara Cooper, Program Director at Family of Woodstock, inviting the public to the 42nd annual Thanksgiving Feast at the Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Rd, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. There is no charge to come and stuff yourself with festive food.

An army of volunteers is needed and welcomed before, during and after to help with this event. Volunteers are needed for:

  • Picking up donated food from restaurants and eateries in the area
  • Setting up for the dinner
  • Serving food
  • Clean-up
  • Packing up food to go and sending home leftovers (last half hour of dinner)
  • Delivering food to people who are homebound or have no transportation to get to the dinner

Please call or text the hotline (845-679-2485) if you’d like to volunteer.

Family Holiday Gift Drive

The holidays are quickly approaching and Family Domestic Violence Services & Family’s Crisis Support Programs are preparing for our holiday gift drive. The financial pressures of the holiday season can be a struggle for many, but for a family escaping domestic violence it can seem insurmountable. An individual or family taking that brave step to leave an abusive home should be able to experience a comfortable holiday season and begin a new year in a home free from violence. Our clients who face homelessness, disabilities, and mental illness often do not have the resources to provide a warm and fulfilling holiday for their family. Our programs strive to provide gifts to all of our clients and their families in need.

To help us fill this need we are seeking area businesses or organizations that would be willing to be a drop off location for gifts. We would provide a container and sign and list your business on our holiday drive materials. If you are interested in hosting a gift collection container at your business please email us at holidays@familyofwoodstockinc.org or call (845) 331-7080.

Volunteers are also needed to assist with the Gift Drive! Volunteers will be needed to assist with the gift giveaway. We are so grateful to Fair Street Church, 209 Fair St, Kingston, for hosting this year’s gift distribution. If you can help out for a few hours December 20-22nd, please email volunteers@familyofwoodstockinc.org or call (845) 331-7080×157.

More information

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.

Family of Woodstock Hotline Training
Offered twice a year
16 Rock City Rd, Woodstock
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 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.

Click here for more information & Training Schedule

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.

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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!

ELLENVILLE FOOD PICKUPS
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.

Perks
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

HELP! (IN OUR KINGSTON OFFICE)
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

HELP! (IN OUR WOODSTOCK OFFICE)

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!

Perks
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

EVENTS TEAM FUN!
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!

Perks
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

FOOD, FOOD, FOOD!!!
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

Perks
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

SHOP and SELL ON EBAY!
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.

Perks
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.