With so much talk about change taking place in our region, many are wondering how they can get involved and help move Buffalo Niagara in the right direction.
My response is always the same: VOLUNTEER!
In as little as one hour a week, you can do something to change what’s happening right in your own backyard.
From helping refugees get settled, mentoring children, cleaning up your neighborhood park, or touring visitors around one of Buffalo’s historic gems, there is an opportunity out there waiting for you.
In addition to seeing the positive results of my volunteer efforts in Buffalo, volunteering has been a great way to network and build relationships with people who share similar interests. It has offered the opportunity to take on leadership roles, and provided me with experiences that have been invaluable both personally and professionally. Above all, it’s filled me with a great sense of purpose in the Buffalo Niagara region.
This week, April 6 – 12 marks National Volunteer Week, a time to commit yourself to giving back.
In that spirit, we have outlined a handful of opportunities currently available throughout Buffalo Niagara. [You can find additional opportunities at The Volunteer Center through the United Way.]
- Cradle Beach: In need of companies to go to the campus and serve lunch to campers, help paint cabins and/or clean up the camp in preparation for campers any day from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Volunteers will also be given a tour of the campus. Contact: Tim Boling, CEO at 716-549-6307 x203.
- Hands Across Buffalo: The Salvation Army Buffalo Area Services is seeking 50 individuals to participate (for two hours) in Hands Across Buffalo on Saturday, May 17. To register, click here and select The Salvation Army as your organization.
- Golden Age Center: In need of volunteers for at least one semester from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for the following two positions: GAC Recruiter and Activities Coordinator.
- Museum of disABILITY History: In need of volunteers for their spring film festival at Dipson Amherst Theatre on Friday, April 25. Contact: 716-817-7420 or 716-435-5639
- Darwin Martin House: In need of energetic and active volunteers to help with tours, in the museum shop, in the gardens, beautifying buildings, and welcoming visitors. Contact: Angela Laviano Hamister at 716- 856-3858.
- Hospice Buffalo: In need of volunteers to help out at the Hospice Memorial Walk on Sunday, May 18. Contact: Lisa at 716-686-2360
- The Red Cross: Has a number of different volunteer opportunities.
- Roswell Park: Has numerous volunteer positions for The Ride For Roswell on Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28. For a list of available positions and dates check here.
- Susan G Komen: In need of 200 traffic volunteers for the WNY Affiliate Susan G. Komen’s 14th annual Race for the Cure on Saturday, June 14 from 6 a.m. until 11 a.m. Find out more information here. Contact: Michele Magaris at 716-332-2481.
At The Buffalo Niagara Partnership, we started Team Partnership as a way to give back to our member non-profit organizations. We encourage and challenge all local businesses to offer opportunities to staff members to get involved.
Comment below and give a shout out to the organizations you volunteer for and tell us why volunteering is an important part of your life!