It is our belief that serving and giving back is the best way to live. Serve Albany wants to help make it as easy as possible to signup and volunteer to serve with one of the great nonprofits in Albany.
NON-PROFITS WE WORK WITH
Let’s work together, each of us finding our place to serve.
This is just a small number of non-profits that we work with.
Wine and Dine for the Arts
Albany Chefs’ Food & Wine Festival: Wine & Dine for the Arts provides sustainable funding for the support and preservation of the not-for-profit arts community in Albany, NY, through an annual 3-day Food & Wine themed Festival that markets our restaurants, chefs, and their innovative cuisine; educates consumers on healthy, sustainable agriculture; and donates all net income directly to deserving non-profit arts organizations.
Capital Roots works to reduce the impact of poor nutrition on public health in New York’s Capital Region by organizing community gardens, providing healthy food access, offering nutritional and horticultural education for all ages and coordinating urban greening programs in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and southern Saratoga Counties.
Rebuilding the City
New Hope Ministries focuses on rehabilitating inner-city houses and infrastructure.
Albany Damien Center
The Albany Damien Center,founded in 1990, is built around a resource center, programs, and activities designed to improve health, reduce stress, and increase the quality of life in a comfortable, supportive atmosphere for individuals and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Capital District builds affordable and sustainable homes, revitalizes neighborhoods and empowers families to break the cycle of working class poverty through homeownership. Habitat for Humanity makes the dream of homeownership a reality for hardworking, lower-income families across the Capital District. We partner with families who otherwise would never have the chance to own their own home. Together, we are breaking the cycle of poverty and building foundations for a stronger future.
St. Catherine’s Center for Children is a haven for hope, offering services, treatment, and education for our community’s most at-risk children and families in order to heal and preserve family life.
Albany County Department for Children, Youth, and Families
The Department for Children, Youth and Families was created in 2001 from a vision of a seamless, integrated and coordinated approach to serving the families and children of Albany County. Within the department, there are four principal program areas: Children’s Services, Children with Special Needs, Children’s Mental Health and the Youth Bureau. There is also a host of supportive programs that compliment our service delivery system. Website Email Volunteer
Pride Center of the Capital Region
Based in Albany, the Pride Center has been meeting the diverse needs of LGBTQ people in a ten county region since 1970. Our programs, both at the Center (332 Hudson Ave in Albany) as well as held throughout the region, meet the health and human service needs of the LGBTQ community as well as educate and advocate for those needs in the broader Capital Region. As the oldest continuously-operating LGBTQ community center in the country, the Pride Center has worked to build a welcoming and empowering community for all people. Website Email Volunteer
U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
US Commifthompson@albany.k12.ny.usttee for Refugees and Immigrants exists to protect the rights and address the needs of persons in forced or voluntary migration worldwide by advancing fair and humane public policy, facilitating and providing direct professional services, and promoting the full participation of migrants in community life.
City School District of Albany
The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves more than 9,000 students in 17 schools: 11 elementary schools, three middle schools, one prekindergarten-grade 8 school, an alternative education school and a comprehensive high school with a career and technical center.
City of Albany Office of Special Events and Cultural Affairs
Affairs The City of Albany, NY Office of Special Events & Cultural Affairs plans, produces and co-sponsors an array of fairs, festivals, and concerts promoting art, entertainment and cultural interest for all ages.
The Albany Barn
Albany Barn is dedicated to providing a sustainable creative arts incubator and community arts center in Arbor Hill – A place for artists to live, work, and inspire.
Albany Center Gallery
Albany Center Gallery exists to promote and exhibit contemporary visual art produced by emerging and established artists living primarily in the region and to inspire interest and provide enjoyment to an increasingly diverse audience.
Albany Public Library
The Albany Public Library serves the information needs of the City of Albany and operates seven locations across the city of Albany – Main Library, Arbor Hill/West Hill Branch, Bach Branch, Delaware Branch, Howe Branch, North Albany Branch, Pine Hills Branch.
The Capital City Rescue Mission
Albany’s Capital City Rescue Mission is open to serve those in need 365 days per year, offering food, shelter and clothing as well as a variety of programs to help homeless men and women transition to sustainable, productive lives.
FOCUS Churches of Albany
FOCUS is a partnership of six churches and several faith affiliates and partners that exists to respond to the needs of their neighbors in Albany and beyond. The FOCUS feeding programs in Albany – FOCUS Interfaith Food Pantry, Breakfast Express, and FOCUS Winter Breakfast – are our primary efforts in an endeavor to help those in need by providing our community with good, nutritious food and hospitality.
Homeless and Traveler’s Aid Society
Homeless and Traveler Aid Society’s mission is to end homelessness within the New York State Capital Region. HATAS programs include 90 units of permanent housing, for formerly homeless persons with serious mental illnesses and their families, 24/7 emergency homeless housing services, mental health, homelessness prevention and employment training. Last year HATAS assisted over 11,000 homeless, at-risk and low-income households with housing, employment and mental health services and since 1983 HATAS has assisted over 155,000 Capital Region Households.
Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless
For more than 30 years, Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless (IPH) has existed to address the needs of the homeless and low-income community by providing a continuum of services to encourage self-sufficiency, empowerment, and stability.
Mission Accomplished Transitional Services
Mission Accomplished offers personal and professional development coaching for aspiring young professionals who have a desire to launch their leadership skills, serve their communities and connect to employment and higher education opportunities that align with their career and education goals.
Located in the Pine Hills neighborhood of Albany, RISSE is a family-based center supporting newcomers in building sustainable lives in the U.S.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Capital Region
Ronald McDonald House in Albany provides a home away from home for families of seriously ill children, and by creating and supporting programs that directly improve the lives of children and their families.
Stratton VA Medical Center
The Stratton VA Medical Center provides a wide variety of services to US military veterans from 22 counties of upstate New York, western Massachusetts and Vermont. One of these services include Fisher House, a 7 room comfort home located at the Stratton VAMC, that provides lodging and comfort to family members of Veterans when medical services are being provided. For more information about Fisher House see https://www.fisherhouse.org/. There are service opportunities available at both the main medical center and Fisher House.
Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region
Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region states as its mission: “To provide services to the community that will support and promote healthy families, adults and children. Our agency is dedicated to improving the neighborhood as a setting for family life, contributing to health and well-being, and promoting education and employment as a means of self-development.”
Tru Heart, Inc. is a community-based non-profit organization that strives to revitalize disadvantaged communities through volunteer efforts, community engagement and activism.
South End Neighborhood Tutors
South End Neighborhood Tutors is a non-profit organization providing a free, after school tutoring program for elementary school students in Albany’s South End, bringing hope and a brighter future to the area.
South End Children’s Cafe
The South End Cafe strives to impact food insecurity, address food equality and food justice, enhance academic success and positively influence the physical and mental health of children living in the South End of Albany, New York by offering free, healthy dinner time meals along with academic enrichment, mentoring, exercise and participation in the arts Monday through Friday.
Stride Adaptive Sports
STRIDE's mission is to educate and empower individuals with special needs in life-changing sport and recreation programs to sustain healthy, active and fun lifestyles.
Breathing Lights is a temporary public art installation scheduled for October and November 2016 that will illuminate the windows of hundreds of vacant homes in the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy with a diffuse glow that mimics the rhythm of human breathing.
The Community Hospice
The Community Hospice serves seriously ill people and their families during the process of dying and grieving. We enhance quality of life with comprehensive, compassionate services that respect the dignity of those we serve.
We provide shared mobility via a fleet of fuel efficient vehicles, to communities where car ownership creates financial hardship.
Northern Rivers Family of Services
Northern Rivers Family of Services is a family of human services agencies who work together to provide LIfe Changing care to those we serve. Website Email Volunteer
We are an all-volunteer citizens group. Our primary goal is to provide education and outreach on solar energy to citizens in Albany County. We are driven by concerns about climate change, the need to reduce the carbon footprint of our community (and all communities), a desire for sustainable economic development, and the need to accelerate the adoption of greater energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. We provide consumers, including home owners, renters and small business, information on ways they can access solar energy for their electricity needs, including transportation and space heating.
Beverwyck Renegades Lacrosse
Beverwyck Renegades Lacrosse program is an evidenced based, sports mentoring program. It is a regional alternative to violence. We offer a youth empowerment program that is designed to help high-risk populations and neighborhoods, and provide them with a safe, fun environment where they can learn more about sportsmanship, themselves, and how to make good choices.
Girls on the Run
We are an after school program for girls in grades 3-8 that provides a curriculum about goal-setting, confidence building and other issues girls face and at the same time the girls train for and run a 5K race.
Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar
We are a college access and success program that serves promising students in Albany, Schenectady and Troy. Our Scholars receive academic guidance, financial assistance and the support of a dedicated volunteer mentor.
Northeastern Association of the Blind of Albany
Since 1908, NABA has helped individuals of all ages adapt to vision loss, achieve personal goals and remain independent members of their community. Today, NABA provides services to individuals in fourteen counties throughout the Capital Region
What Does Serve Albany Do?
Serve Albany exists to make it easy for anyone in Albany to find a place to get involved, to volunteer, to make a difference in our great city. While the problems facing the people in our city aren’t that unique, we are in a unique position to make an impact — we live here!
Why? Because we believe that serving others is the best way to live! Together, we can make an impact on the real problems facing the real people who live in Albany. Problems like hunger, sickness, loneliness, poverty, and many more.