facebook
twitter

Volunteer Opportunities

This page was made possible through a donation from The Canton Community Fund

Church and Community Program

Our Program has a client centered food pantry organized in the supermarket style. We could use help with the normal daily operations of a pantry but, in addition, we need volunteers to assist clients as they choose and package their selections. We could also use physically strong volunteers to unload our Food Bank truck deliveries on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, and to restock our shelves. We could also use someone with a pickup truck as we have to transport our Food Bank deliveries from the drop off point at the Neighborhood Center to our pantry. Our Thrift Shop always needs sorters, stockers, and welcomes new ideas to improve services.
Our Programs include: Annual School Supply Project, Holiday Food Basket, Angel Tree, Annual Garden Project, and other programs. We offer emergency referrals to other agencies and programs. We also need someone with computer skills who can assist in the development of our website. You are welcome to visit and see where you might carve your niche.

Please contact Catherine Mathews at 386-3534 for further information.

E.J. Noble Hospital Guild

The E.J. Noble Guild’s mission is to benefit the Canton-Potsdam Hospital through a series of community wide fundraising events and outreach. With generous community support, the Guild donated more than $400,000 to the hospital during the last 10 years. With these contributions, the hospital has purchased a wide range of equipment and funded many hospital projects.The Guild has 140 active members,18 board members and 4 elected officers. The board members and the officers meet September to June on the first Monday of each month.

You are invited to participate in the Guild activities planned for this year. We welcome new community-minded members who want to support our mission. Contact us if you’d like an active role to help with baking, crafts, communications and set up during fund raising events.

Holly Berry Bazaar, December
Soup Luncheon, February
A Night on the Town Dance and Silent Auction
Golf Tournament, July

Contact Judy Chase at 386-5204 or jachase1@verizon.net for further information.

Grasse River Heritage

Grasse River Heritage is seeking volunteers to help make our community a better place to work, live and play for as little as a few hours a year. Opportunities are available for trail maintenance, weeding, mulching, mowing and planting in Heritage Park for those wishing fresh air, mild exercise and comraderie. All materials and instruction provided. Assistance with receptions, educational programs, publicity and fundraising is also needed as well as volunteers for our Buildings and Grounds, Outreach and Fundraising Committees. To help us make a difference, please contact Charles Rouse or Linda Fay at 315-386-5228 or amafay@gmail.com

Tree Committee

The mission and goals of the Tree Committee are:

-Protect and improve the village tree canopy
-Establish short and long term tree planting and maintenance plans based on a tree inventory
-Fundraise for and implement community tree planting projects
-Advise and assist with village tree planting initiatives including DOT tree replacement plan
-Educate individuals in the community, especially children and youth, about the importance of planting and protecting trees
-Provide guidance on planting the right tree in the right place
-Identify and protect heritage trees

We meet the first Monday of the month in the Municipal Building Board Room and we are currently seeking new members.

For more information, please contact Joette Holgado jholgad1@twcny.rr.com.

Canton-Potsdam Hospital

If you are looking for a way to keep busy and make a difference at the same time, consider becoming a Canton-Potsdam Hospital volunteer. We are currently seeking volunteers to assist at our E.J. Noble Building location in Canton.

To become a volunteer you must be at least 14 years of age and successfully complete the Volunteer Services application process. The application process includes online volunteer application, criminal investigation check, drug screening, physical exam, immunizations if needed and volunteer orientation. The criminal investigation check, drug screening, physical exam and immunizations are provided at no cost to you.

You may complete the application by following the Canton-Potsdam Hospital link above or by contacting Lyndsay Macagg, Volunteer & Community Events Coordinator at 261-5413 or lmacagg@cphospital.org.

NYSARC

St. Lawrence NYSARC, a highly diversified service organization, offers numerous opportunities for volunteers in structured program settings. The concept of “volunteer matching” is the guiding principle in delivering positive experiences for our volunteers and program participants. The mission of St. Lawrence NYSARC’s Volunteer Program is to integrate individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities into their communities by providing quality learning experiences that are charitable and build strong relationships within our communities. Opportunities may include, but are not limited to: Team NYSARC, special one-time presentations, educational tutoring, recreational activities, classroom assistance, and sharing special talents. Long-term, caring relationships are often the outcome of these special volunteer experiences. Enthusiasm, energy, and enjoying people are our only requirements!

St. Lawrence NYSARC appreciates the value of community-based activities and encourages active participation in community integration that includes: fitness activities, shopping, lunches, volunteering at other organizations, assisting in community projects, and establishing community connections. These are great opportunities for people who are dynamic, lively, and excited to build new relationships.

Contact Susan Freego Gibbons, Volunteer Coordinator, at 386-3529 or sgibbons@slnysarc.org for further information.

Canton Neighborhood Center

The Neighborhood Center needs volunteers to assist in the daily operation of the center including working in the food pantry and thrift shop and assisting low-income families with emergencies as well as job search. We also need people to unload Food Bank truck deliveries. We can use people to organize workshops that clients might have some interest in.

Contact Norma Cary at 386-1102 for further information.

Head Start

Head Start is a pre-school program for economically disadvantaged children and their families. We need assistance in the classroom in the form of working on educational skills with children one on one at the direction of the teacher, reading at circle time, prepping activities for the next day, eating lunch with the children, helping with food prep in the kitchen. If there is a project that someone would like to do with the children, that could be set up if it is age appropriate and it’s always great to have volunteers come and just play with children.

Contact Barb Adams at 386-8574 for further information.

Laurentian ADK

The Laurentian Chapter offers a variety of events and activities that community residents, as well as Chapter members, can participate in on a volunteer basis. These include trail maintenance, picking up litter, helping with educational programs, participating in fund-raisers, and activities like donating baked goodies for our winter “Outdoors/Indoors” programs.

The Chapter frequently has work days on local trails. While they do involve some physical labor, it is not difficult work and it is so rewarding to hike at a later time and know you “helped build those stone steps”, “cleared brush or litter from the trail”, or “constructed that waterbar”.

Contact Bill Mueller at 262-2952 or email Bill Mueller for further information.

Literacy of Norther New York

Literacy of Northern NY is a not for profit agency which provides adults with individualized tutoring in either basic literacy (reading, writing, math,, etc.) or speaking and understanding English as a second language. The tutoring is done by volunteers who are given a free 18 hour training, followed by additional optional in-service as well as support from the Literacy office as needed. Our volunteers are the backbone of the organization. Their time commitment is about 5 hours per week for each student they tutor. Tutoring is done in a public place at a time convenient for the student and the tutor. Training is done 2 or 3 times each year, and the next scheduled 6 session training will begin on Saturday, September 22 and continue for the next 5 Saturdays, from 10 AM – 1 PM. Location of this training is the Potsdam Community Meeting Room, above the Potsdam Police Station.

Contact the Literacy office at 265-0194 or lvastlaw@hotmail.com for further information or visit www.proliteracynny.org.

Renewal House

Volunteer Advocates at Renewal House are needed to provide crisis intervention, emotional support and advocacy (after-hours, weekends and holidays) for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Contact Renewal House at 379-9845 or renewalhouse@verizon.net for further information.

Canton Central School Banford Parents Organization

The Banford Parent Organization (BPO) is an organization of parents who volunteer their time and talents to support the education of their children as well as support the Banford teachers and staff. The BPO coordinates volunteers to help throughout the school day and at evening events. The volunteers help coordinate special school wide activities including Field Day, the Science Fair, Teacher Appreciation breakfasts and lunches, Bookworms Volunteers, and more. These volunteers are vital and a key to the success of our BPO.

Contact Trudy Foote at 386-4522 or kglasgow@ccsdk12.org for further information.

If you have a volunteer opportunity you would like to post on this site, please email the text to mark.mende@gmail.com.

Canton Garden Club

The Canton Garden Club has been in existence for more than 100 years, helping to make Canton a more beautiful place to live. We are involved in plantings within the Village, including the Silas Wright Cemetery and museum, the memorial garden in the park, and the hanging baskets and barrels on Main Street.
The club encourages and inspires its members through a variety of garden and flower projects and programs.  Meetings are held nine months of the year on the second Tuesday of the month.
New members are always welcome. Those interested may contact Pat Furgal at 386-8386 or Nancy Casey at 386-2523.