The generosity and dedication of a volunteer has the potential to create lasting positive effects in the lives of those we serve at Catholic Charities. Recognizing such, we respect and appreciate the gifts and talents of all of our volunteers. Every day we rely on their efforts to help run many of our programs and services.
Looking to get involved? Browse our list of volunteer opportunities below.
Employment Volunteer: Volunteers are needed to help update refugee employer database. This position involves calling employers in Catholic Charities' system to confirm of update information. Volunteers are needed approximately 20 hours per week.
English as a Second Language (ESL): Volunteers will provide English language tutoring and conversation practice for newly arrived refugees, as well as help clients read through paperwork or instructional materials. This is a remote opportunity through WhatsApp or other secure video chat applications. Volunteers are needed for approximately 6 to 10 hours per week.
Drivers: Volunteers are needed to transport newly arrived refugees to the grocery store, the pharmacy and appointments. A clean NYS driver's license and compliance wth traffic laws ae required. Volunteers are needed approximately 2 to 6 hours per week.
Transportation Guide: Volunteers are needed to meet with newly arrived refugees to help them learn how to use public transportation, and to show clients how to read bus schedules, route maps, and buy and use bus tickets. Experience with using Buffalo public transit is preferred. Volunteers are needed approximately 2 to 6 hours per week.
Donations: Volunteers are needed to assist the donations coordinator and case managers in setting up refugee apartments before their arrival, and to help with donation pickups from the community. Volunteers must be able to comfortably help lift/move furniture.
Pantry Volunteer: Volunteers are being sought for the South Buffalo, Lovejoy, Town Square and Kenmore pantries. Volunteers must be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine.
For all inquiries regarding volunteer opportunities, please contact Jennifer Pitisi at [email protected].
To apply for a volunteer opportunity, please complete the Volunteer Application Form.