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Ulster County, New York Area
(unless otherwise noted, all phone #s are in 845 area code)

Below are Volunteer Opportunities, arranged by Category, then by Organization, with Description of Volunteer Services Needed

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Arts/Museums/Historical Sites/Parks

Community Projects / Education
Emergency Services/Soup Kitchens

Health Related

Library Assistance

Senior Services

Women's Services

Youth Services

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A.S.K. (Arts Society of Kingston)
• Fundraising, publicity/marketing, membership, art installing, mailings, community arts ideas.

D&H Canal Historical Society & Museum
• Assist with museum and trail guides, maintenance, clerical & education programs.

Hudson River Maritme Museum
Volunteers needed year round: Museum Admission/ Gift Shop Clerks; 4 to 6 hours a week. Will train; Docent/ Museum tour guides for children, adult groups and lighthouse May to October: 2 to 6 hours a week. Interest in history and comfortable speaking to groups. Will train.
50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY 12401.
845-338-0071 ext. 16

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Clearwater invites enthusiastic volunteer crew members to teach our prestigious "Classroom of the Waves" program onboard two beautiful tall ships.

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Mohonk Preserve
• Volunteers needed to help preserve the land while keeping it available for recreational use. Join our backcountry patrol, mountain-bike patrol, trail maintenance crews, or serve as a gardener, hike leader, photographer, interpretive guide or educator. Learn more at
For more information, contact Andy Reynolds 845-255-0919 ext. 1269 or

Saugerties Lighthouse

• Looking for volunteers to act as tour guides. Times needed are 2pm-5 pm on weekends. We would appreciate even one afternoon. Come on out, meet new people and enjoy the river!


Thomas Cole National Historic Site
218 Spring Street, Catskill
• Thomas Cole National Historic Site is currently seeking volunteers to conduct tours of the house and studio. We are also recruiting Art Trail guides for our exciting hiking program in the Catskill Mountains on the Hudson River School Art Trail. Volunteers  impart meaningful information about the life, relationships and works of the 19th-century artist Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School approach to painting.
For more information, contact Melissa Gavilanes at 518-943-7465 ext. 5

Ulster County Historical Society
• Looking for volunteers to assist in a few ways: Garden maintenance/reconstruction on existing garden beds (kitchen herb garden, front beds and border bed along edge of yard); Collection inventory and data entry and transfer from Past Perfect into Content DM software; Historical research for inquiries coming into the office.
2682 State Route 209  Kingston/Stone Ridge. 845-338-5614

Unison Arts Center
Not-for-profit multi-art center whose mission is to enrich cultural life and community in the Mid-Hudson valley by making high quality arts, performances and educational programs accessible to all. We love our volunteers and depend on them to help out at our performances. If you are interested, please call or email.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

• Volunteer Docents needed to lead guided walking tours through its historic site.

Woodstock Fringe
• A critically acclaimed, professional producing arts organization invites theatre-loving volunteers to be a part of this exciting theatre festival. Help is needed in three main areas: administrative/clerical, box office, and backstage.

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Sound and Story Project of the Hudson Valley
Volunteers wanted to conduct interviews throughout the Hudson Valley. Learn how to use professional audio recording equipment while collecting regional stories.

Sustainable Hudson Valley
• Our mission: Educate, inspire and support communities in creating sustainable local and regional economies, and people in becoming more conscious consumers and effective citizens to support a sustainable future.

Ulster County Habitat For Humanity
People in our community and all over the world partner with Habitat for Humanity to build a place they can call home. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. Volunteers are the heart of Ulster COUNTY Habitat. How Can You Help?
-Shop in our ReStore. You Buy, We Build! Hours: 10am-5pm, Wednesday-Saturday
-Donate new and gently used items. Pick up may be available on selected items. Email:
-Volunteer with us on local Habitat Homes or in our ReStore. Volunteers are the heart of Ulster Habitat. Email:

Ulster Literacy Association, Inc.

• We welcome all volunteers willing to take our 18-hour tutor training course to become certified adult literacy tutors. ($30 materials fee for training.) We match tutors with students, who then work independently toward goals set by the students.   

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Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church

• Always looking for volunteers, especially in the Caring Hands soup kitchen.


Daily Bread Soup Kitchen / Woodstock
• Volunteers needed to help serve the hungry, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 4pm to 6pm.

Family of Woodstock
• Exceptional volunteer training program for work on 24 Hour Hotline.
3-hour shifts. Days, eves, weekends. Also Food Closet, Holiday programs.

Woodstock: 331-7080, 679-2485 or 338-2370, ask for Tamara or Sue
Family of New Paltz: 255-8801, ask for Kathy
Family of Ellenville: 845-647-2443 ask for Lisa

New Paltz Rescue Squad

• The Rescue Squad is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit organization that provides our community with professional, pre-hospital emergency care. Volunteers needed as ambulance drivers, EMTs and paramedics.
255-1719 x46

Queens Galley Food Insecurity Resource Center
• Volunteer opportunities 7 days 7am-7pm in the soup kitchen, 4 hour shifts appreciated; gas stipend offered for 8 hour shifts. 

• Operation Frontline volunteer chefs and nutrition educators needed for periodic culinary nutrition education classes for adults and children.    

Woodstock Rescue Squad
• The Woodstock Rescue Squad provides 24-hour emergency medical service. Volunteers qualify under NYS legislation for tuition reimbursement for training to become certified EMTs.

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Clearwater's Festival, The Great Hudson River Revival
Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. , usually held Father's Day weekend.
• A thousand volunteers create this great music festival, which is also the foremost expo of sustainable living. Warm & lively volunteer community. Camping, meals & T-shirt provided. CW membership & donation toward costs required; some subsidies possible. -and-
845-265-8080, ask for Volunteer Coordinator

Family of Woodstock / H.I.T.S (Horses in the Sun)

• Volunteer at fun events (horse shows, music festivals) that raise money for Family's human services county-wide. Mostly weekends. No training needed. Fun for the whole family!

Mount Tremper Arts
• Seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help with event parking, concessions, food prep, box office and ushering during our summer festival. A great opportunity to experience cutting edge contemporary art and performance in an idyllic mountain setting. 647 South Plank Road, Mount Tremper, NY 12457.

O+ Festival
• O+ connects musicians, artists, and wellness providers for a weekend-long celebration featuring concerts and performances, art, and wellness offerings for the entire community.

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Taste of New Paltz
The Taste of New Paltz happens in September. Looking for volunteers who can help with our day of fun and entertainment.

Women's Health & Fitness Expo

Volunteers need at the Expo, before during, and after where thousands of women come to learn, unwind, ask questions & get all the tools they need for healthier living! Over 150 exhibits. 20+ free health screenings (osteoporosis, blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, body fat, others). Informative seminars, workshops & demos. Private mini-consultations with specialists at “The Doctor is In” booth. Plus Healthy Cooking Food Court, exercise & movement workshops, complementary medicine and spa area and The Book Nook. This is a day for women and their families. Event generally held in May. Contact us for volunteer opportunites. 

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Alzheimer's Association

Volunteer at our office and help man our Helpline, prepare packages of educational information, or assist with data entry, mailings, and other tasks. Volunteers also needed for the walkathon's planning committee, which raises funds for family support services.

HealthAlliance Hospital: Broadway Campus, Volunteer Services
• Various opportunities to volunteer in a healthcare environment with patient-centered care, such as greeting and directing patients and visitors, staffing special events and delivering flowers and mail.

HealthAlliance Hospital: Mary’s Avenue Campus, Volunteer Services
• A range of rewarding volunteer opportunities, including serving patients, staffing the gift shop, assisting visitors at the information desk, and working as clerical and support staff.

Hudson Valley Hospice, Inc.
• Volunteers needed for office work, delivery of medications, provide respite care, etc.
338-5397 ext. 2207

Hudson Valley Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Volunteers needed to advocate for residents in long-term care facilities in the Hudson Valley. This is a great opportunity for a long term volunteer position that will greatly improve older people’s quality of life!  You will receive training to be a state certified ombudsman. 2 hours a week in your assigned facility is required.
845-229-4680 ex 102
or email

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Mental Health Association's Compeer Program
The Compeer Program matches caring, trained volunteers with community members receiving mental health services. Participants share time and activities together.
Contact: Teresa Joseph / Compeer Coordinator 845-339-9090 Ext.110 or

Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society
• We support a compassionate, healthful and sustainable lifestyle. Check our web site for events listings, newsletter and recipes.

Northeast Center for Special Care
•   Caring, energetic volunteers needed to work with our resident neighbors.
845-336-3500 x3262 x3256

Rondout Valley Holistic Health Community

•   We are in need of Holistic Healthcare Practitioners to volunteer their services as well as volunteers to help with the administration of our once monthly free Holistic Healthcare Days, volunteers to help shuttle our equipment to and from the Marbletown Community Center each month, and volunteers to help set up and take down our room dividers each month.

Ulster-Greene ARC
• Volunteers needed to assist developmentally disabled adults with social activities and companionship.
845-331-4300 ext. 238

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Friends of the Kingston Library

• Dedicated to improving library services in the city of Kingston , volunteers are needed for used book sales, fund-raising, helping in the library, and for special programs and events.

The Lisa Libraries
The Lisa Libraries donates books to underprivileged children. Donation sites include foster care agencies, homeless shelters and battered women's shelters.
Volunteers needed to assist in all aspects of preparing books for donation, including selecting books, packing boxes, entering data into computer.  Computer skills not necessary to volunteer.  Handicapped accessible, seniors welcome and appreciated. Volunteer days Tuesday thru Thursday.
Contact Ellen, 77 Cornell St. #109, Kingston, NY 12401   

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Hudson Valley Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Volunteers Needed in Ulster County to be a Voice for Long Term Care Residents and become certified Ombudsman. Our volunteers receive 36 hours of FREE training and become New York State Office for the Aging certified advocates. Volunteers spend between 2-4 hours per week in a local assigned long term care facility, working to protect the rights of residents. Ombudsman provide an ongoing presence in their facility to monitor care and conditions.
845-229-4680 ext. 104

Jewish Family Services

Nonprofit, nonsectarian agency concerned with the mental health of seniors. JFS is the only agency in the county who sends licensed mental health social workers to the home of our clients.  We are also running three Caregivers groups: in Kingston, New Paltz and Saugerties.  We have two other programs one for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and a mentoring program called Project Hope.  We are always in need of volunteers to drive seniors to appointments and visit and call the homebound. 

Mountain View Nursing & Rehabilitation Centre

• Our residents need your love, compassion, talents, ears, and smile!


Ulster County Office of the Aging

• Seeking volunteers to assist delivering meals or helping with the HICAP, Income Tax, Ombudsman and Senior games programs.

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Planned Parenthood/Voices Volunteers

• Volunteers needed to help advocate for women's health care issues and policies.

The Rose Women's Care Service: Community Resource Center, Inc.
• Program development, database creation, gardening, phone confirmations, health fairs.

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Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ulster County

• Looking for volunteer advocates. Volunteers are assigned by Family Court to advocate for children in foster care. Advocates work with child and family.

Hudson Valley Youth Chorale

• The HVYC, a chorus of children of all ethnic and economic backgrounds, needs volunteers to drive members (without access to transportation) to rehearsals and/or help work with children at rehearsals and concerts.


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Junior Achievement

• Junior Achievement seeks volunteers to go into area elementary classrooms to educate and inspire students to value free enterprise, business, and economics to improve the quality of their lives.

max's kansas city project

Seeking volunteers to assist in creating an interactive online program for teens.

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