Ignite 2018 • Albany’s Volunteer Festival
This annual event aims to bring together some of the best our city has to offer in food, art, and music to make a BIG difference!
November 8th, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
at The Albany Capital Center (55 Eagle St, Albany)
Ignite Presentation & Volunteer of the Year Awards – 6:00pm
Discover Volunteer Opportunities with Non-Profits:
Downtown Albany Business Improvement District
Rising above the Hudson River, downtown Albany has grown from a Dutch trading post into the Empire State’s capital city. Walk along cobbled streets to discover some of America’s earliest history; turn the corner to experience a Grammy award-winning symphony, a James Beard nominated restaurant, the newest urban residences, or the energy of today’s smart cities technology. Whether day life or night life, downtown Albany is the good life.
Central Ave Business Improvement District
To promote the preservation and development of the Central Avenue business corridor of the capital City of Albany and to organize in order to do all things necessary and proper to make said area more attractive and accessible. To this end the Business Improvement District will work to enhance the public perception of the Central Avenue business corridor thought the overseeing and managing the appearance, Security and cleanliness of the business improvement district.
Lark Street Business Improvement District
The Lark Street Neighborhood District Management Association, more commonly known as the Lark Street Business Improvement District, is an independent not-for-profit organization that works to build, sustain, and enhance a unique and prosperous living and business community for the residents, visitors, and merchants of the Lark Street Neighborhood of Albany, NY.
Connecting the Dots C.D.C.
Connecting the Dots CDC is a nonprofit organization based in Albany County, New York. Our goal is to help better the lives of the people in our community by connecting with other organizations, entities, businesses, and volunteers to provide community outreach programs and resources. We want the people in the communities to realize there is still hope for them and they are not alone in their struggles.
The American RED Cross Eastern New York Region
Serving 24 counties and more than 2.5 million people, the American Red Cross Eastern New York Region is comprised of the North Country, Mohawk Valley, Northeastern New York & Mid-Hudson Valley chapters along with 3 Blood Donation Centers.
Founded in 2009, Grassroot Givers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Albany. We make a connection between the needs in our community and those with resources to share. Our organization is comprised of two main programs: the Community Store and the Book Project, and supports individuals, agencies, schools and nonprofit programs in the Capital District.
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.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Albany has a lineup of tested and proven Local and Nationally recognized programs that address today's most pressing youth issues, teaching young people the skills needed to succeed in life.
Youth FX is designed to empower young people ages 10-24 by teaching them the technical and creative aspects of digital film making and media production. Based in the City of Albany, NY, our primary mission is to work with diverse groups of youth from communities that have been historically under-served and in need of opportunities to learn filmmaking and acquire skills in emerging media technologies. Youth FX hands-on programming develops leadership skills, creativity, and critical thinking, through the collaborative and artistic process of making films, amplifying the voices of young people in the capital region of New York State and around the world
GLSEN - New York Capital Region Chapter
GLSEN strives to assure that each member of every school community is valued and respected regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
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.
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.
AVillage is a grassroots, non-profit organization. Founded in August 2009, our mission is to improve the quality of life for residents of the South End and beyond by reclaiming our neighborhoods by encouraging, engaging, and empowering our communities.
Discover Albany is an independent, not-for-profit corporation and serves as Albany County's Official Tourism Promotion Agency (TPA), as well as an administrator of the Capital-Saratoga Region and Hudson River Valley marketing efforts.
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
Mayor Kathy Sheehan
Jordan Hil & Friends
DJ Tru Mastr
Albany High Jazz Band
Christ's Church Albany
Albany Pump Station
Honest Weight CoOP
Albany High Culinary
Public House 42
Public House 42
City of Albany Capital Resource Corporation
Christ’s Church Albany
Capitalize Albany Corporation
City of Albany
The Times Union
The Capital Center
The Downtown BID
The Central Ave BID
All Over Albany
Albany Center Gallery
The Morning of Kindness
Address: Albany Capital Center, 55 Eagle Street, Albany, NY 12207Use the map below to help you find your way to the Albany Capital Center:
From I-87 North: Take exit 23 to I-787. Take Exit 4 towards West 20. Continue to the first light and make a left towards Broadway. Go straight at the next right onto Broadway. Turn left onto State Street and continue 0.3 miles to turn left onto Eagle Street. The Albany Capital Center will be on your left.
From I-90 East: Continue right towards I-87 South. Take exit 23 for I-787/US-9W toward Albany/Rensselaer. Keep left, follow signs for I-787 N. Take Exit 4 towards West 20. Continue to the first light and make a left towards Broadway. Go straight at the next right onto Broadway. Turn left onto State Street and continue 0.3 miles to turn left onto Eagle Street. The Albany Capital Center will be on your left.
To find the Albany Capital Center’s Parking Garage for both above, turn left onto Howard Street (before 55 Eagle Street) and take the first right onto Wendell Street. The garage entrance is on your right.
From the I-87 South: Take Exit 6-7 for NY-7 East toward Troy/Cohoes. Take the I-787 exit towards NY-787/Albany/Cohoes/New York Thruway. Keep right at the fork and follow signs for I-787 South. Take Exit 3B toward US-20 West. Continue onto Madison Ave for 0.6 miles and then turn right onto Eagle Street. The Albany Capital Center will be on your right.
From I-90 West: Take Exit 6A to merge onto I-787 South toward Albany. Take Exit 3B toward US-20 West. Continue onto Madison Ave for 0.6 miles and then turn right onto Eagle Street. The Albany Capital Center will be on your right.
To find the Albany Capital Center’s Parking Garage for both above, turn right onto Howard Street (after 55 Eagle Street) and take the first right onto Wendell Street. The garage entrance is on your right.
There is Free Parking available at:
Times Union Center Parking Garage, located at 100 Beaver Street, Albany, NY 12207.
There is also paid parking , the following garages are all directly connected to the ACC via enclosed walkways:
- Renaissance Albany Parking Garage, located at 49 Howard Street.
- Empire State Plaza Visitor Parking Lot located at S Mall Arterial, V Lot.
- Additional Parking Information available at www.parkalbany.com, OGS Parking Information, and www.downtownalbany.org/parking