Volunteer opportunities in the Bethlehem area

Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce

Main Square, 318 Delaware Avenue Suite 11, Delmar 12054

contact: Jennifer Kilcoyne, president, (518) 439-0512

email:  jkilcoyne@bethlehemchamber.com

website: www.bethlehemchamber.com

Volunteers are needed from time to time for various events in the community. Email or write to be put on volunteer list.


Bethlehem Commons at Good Samaritan Village

125 Rockefeller Road, Delmar 12054

contact: Jim Gorman, (518) 621-1273

email:  jgorman@tlcn.org

Looking for responsible volunteers age 16 and up to help provide quality of life for our residents by assisting with group activities and visiting with residents individually. Applications are available at our reception desk.


Bethlehem Community Fund

P.O. Box 341, Delmar 12054

contact: Andrew Gutman, (518) 462-6731

email:  bethlehemcommunityfund@gmail.com

website: bethlehemcommunityfund.org

Nonprofit organization providing year-round temporary assistance to families, children and seniors in Bethlehem whose needs would otherwise slip through the cracks of traditional assistance programs. Volunteers are needed occasionally to assist in fundraising, paperwork, and small projects.


Bethlehem Grange #137

24 Bridge Street, Selkirk 12158

contact: Carol Carpenter, (518) 438-8862; Caroline Worth, (518) 439-9417

Nonprofit organization helps promote the community by supporting services people need to live better lives. Volunteers are needed to assist with grange programs, such as public dinners and helping distribute dictionaries to third-graders.


Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited (BOU)

P.O. Box 492, Delmar 12054

contact: Cindy Ferrari

email:  boubethlehem@gmail.com

website: www.bethlehemschools.org/community/bou

Nonprofit organization supporting safe and healthy activities for youth in the Bethlehem Central School District. Provides grants for school and community programs and prevention education to discourage substance abuse and risky behavior. Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs for annual fundraising events.


Bethlehem Parks and Recreation Department

Elm Avenue Park, 261 Elm Avenue, Delmar 12054

contact: Nan Lanahan, administrator, (518) 439-4955 option 3

email:  nlanahan@townofbethlehem.org

website: www.townofbethlehem.org

Parent volunteers are needed to chaperone middle-school-age youth events. Location of events varies. Phone or email to be put on volunteer list. Summer volunteer opportunities are available for youth in grades 8 and above who are Bethlehem residents. Applications are due May 1.


Bethlehem Senior Volunteer Corps

445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar 12054

contact    Jane Sanders, (518) 439-4955 ext. 1174 or Elizabeth Mosier, (518) 439-4955 ext. 1176

email      jsanders@townofbethlehem.org or emosier@townofbethlehem.org

website  www.townofbethlehem.org

Community-based volunteer program serving independently living senior residents 60 and over. Volunteers are needed especially to help with senior transportation. Help may be needed with meals on wheels and clerical work.


Center for Disability Services

333 Delaware Avenue, Delmar 12054

contact: Mary Kim Purcell, (518) 427-2249

email:  purcell@cfdsny.org

website: www.cfdsny.org

Nonprofit organization providing programs and services for adults and children with disabilities to help them lead healthier and more enriched lives. Volunteers are needed for a daytime program at 333 Delaware Avenue to work alongside staff with disabled adults. Volunteers will share their own skills, such as crafts, cooking and gardening, and help introduce the Center’s adults to the Bethlehem community.


Community Caregivers

2021 Western Avenue, Suite 104, Guilderland 12203

contact: Marlene, (518) 456-2898

email: info@communitycaregivers.org

website: www.communitycaregivers.org

Nonprofit organization providing support services for people of all ages within the towns of Bethlehem, Guilderland, New Scotland, Berne and Knox that enable them to remain independent in their own homes. The agency also provides support services and education for home caregivers of people suffering from memory loss. Adult only volunteers are needed to help with transportation. Other help may be with in-home visitation, telephone reassurance, meal preparation, short errands, light housekeeping services, and light home maintenance.


Delmar Farmers Market

Bethlehem Middle School, 332 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar 12054

Saturdays, 9am-1pm, May 1-December 24

contact: Paul Tick

email: info@delmarmarket.org

website: www.delmarmarket.org

The market contains over 60 local farmers, vendors and craftspeople selling their own fresh fruits, vegetables, cheese, desserts, herbs, plants, and local crafts. Volunteers are needed to update our website, do publicity, write grants, run the raffle, and manage recycling and litter.


Friends of Five Rivers

Five Rivers Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar 12054

contact: JoAnne, administrator, (518) 475-0295

email:  friendsfiverivers@outlook.com

website: www.friendsoffiverivers.org

Nonprofit organization that provides people and funds to augment environmental programs at Five Rivers. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the wildlife garden, greet the public, do clerical duties, assist naturalists, instruct classes for children. Guidance is provided.


Friends of the  Rail  Trail  (FORT)

425 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar 12054

contact: Mark King, (518) 436-6346

email: mhlc@mohawkhudson.org

website: www.mohawkhudson.org

A committee of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, this nonprofit organization is working to open and maintain portions of the rail trail in the Town of Bethlehem for recreation. Volunteers are needed to help maintain the trail and become trail ambassadors.


Literacy New York Greater Capital Region

Albany Public Library, 161 Washington Avenue, Albany 12210

contact: (518) 631-2926

email: jlaiacona@literacynycap.org

website: www.literacynycap.org

Nonprofit organization that offers English as a second language (ESL) tutoring and preparation for high school equivalency and citizenship exams.


Pine Hollow Arboretum

16 Maple Ave., Slingerlands 12159 (Visitors Center)

contact: Lauren Axford, executive director

email: pinehollowarb@gmail.com

website: www.pinehollowarboretum.org

Not-for-profit organization working to preserve over 3000 labeled trees and shrubs collected from the temperate climates of the world on 25 acres of land, which also includes ponds, trails, and swamp. A Visitor’s Center is currently open only on weekends, but people can visit the arboretum any time that they can find a parking spot on the grass on Maple Avenue.  Volunteers are needed to help maintain the grounds and greet people at the Visitor’s Center when it is open.


STARS Intergen Inc.

P.O. Box 785, Coeymans 12045

contact: Linda Bruno, (518) 756-7389

email: starsintergen@gmail.com

website: www.rcscsd.org/STARS/STARS_home.cfm

Nonprofit agency that provides intergenerational programming for the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk (RCS) School District and senior adults in the towns of Bethlehem and Coeymans. Retirees and other adult mentors are needed to volunteer with elementary, middle, and high school students during the school year. STARS (Seniors Teaching and Reaching out to Students) volunteer opportunities include: assisting individual students with classwork in elementary or middle school classrooms or after-school homework clubs, to help them improve reading and other academic skills. Schedules are flexible and volunteers contribute two to fifteen hours weekly depending on their availability. STARS volunteers are needed at A.W. Becker Elementary (Route 9W, Selkirk), P.B. Coeymans Elementary (Coeymans) and Stars Helpers After School Program (middle school and high school).


To Life

410 Kenwood Avenue, Delmar 12054

contact: Martha McCormick, (518) 439-5975 ext. 122

email: mmccormick@tolife.org

website: www.tolife.org

Nonprofit organization providing free breast cancer and women’s health education and support services to women and their families. Volunteers are needed in the Delmar office and in the community to help with a variety of projects. Orientation is provided.


Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region

15 Trinity Place, Albany 12202

contact: Benna Eldridge, (518) 449-5155 ext. 127

email: b.eldridge@ta-cr.org

website: http://www.trinityalliancealbany.org

Nonprofit organization whose services to Albany’s inner city community support and promote healthy families and children through education and economic development. In early 2014, Trinity Alliance opened its Capital South Campus, an educational center located in Albany’s south end. Supported by grants and partnerships, the Campus will offer services from literacy training to courses leading to a bachelor’s degree. Volunteers are needed, and are matched according to their skills and interests to a wide range of available jobs, including outreach, high school equivalency exam tutoring, child care, food pantry work, and bicycle repair.


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