Catholic Charities of Onondaga County welcomes individuals and/or groups who would like to volunteer their time to assist our programs and staff in helping others.  Opportunities include:

  • Committee membership and fundraising. Contact Toni Maxwell at 315-362-7528.
  • Youth Programs. Contact Larry King at 315-475-8316.
  • Occasional openings for clerical volunteers.

We are looking for a receptionist to greet people as they come in to the CYO as well as answer phones and direct visitors to the appropriate office.  The hours we are looking to fill are Monday-Friday 8-1 or any time in that range.  

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County does not have the resources to support mandated community service commitments.

Other volunteer programs include:

Ombudsman Program

Catholic Charities of Onondaga County sponsors and coordinates the Onondaga/Oswego County Ombudsman Program, a program mandated by the federal and state government to provide advocacy to frail elders. Over 5,000 seniors presently reside in long-term care facilities in the two counties and many have no family support. Ombudsmen investigate, mediate, and resolve issues pertaining to frail elderly living in long-term care.

For more information on the Ombudsman Program in Onondaga County, please contact Coordinator Toni Buckley, 315-424-1810, x13. In Oswego County, please call Coordinator Carolyn Schloss, 315-350-9969.

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

RSVP (the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is part of Senior Corps, a network of national service programs that provides older Americans the opportunity to apply their life experience to meeting community needs.

RSVP volunteers serve in a diverse range of nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and faith-based groups. Among other activities, they mentor at-risk youth, organize neighborhood watch programs, test drinking water for contaminants, teach English to immigrants, and lend their business skills to community groups that provide critical social services.

For more information on the RSVP program, please contact:

Donna Nash
Phone: 315-424-1810 
Fax: 315-424-6045
Email: dnash@ccoc.us

Refugee Resettlement Volunteer Program

Volunteers provide vital services to refugees when they arrive in Syracuse and in the months that follow. Please consider offering to help set up apartments for new arrivals, assisting them with correspondence and paperwork, driving them to medical or other appointments, or teaching them English. Your own skills and talents may be taught as well.

For more information on the Refugee Resettlement Volunteer Program, contact Volunteer Coordinator Kate Holmes, 315-474-7428, x45.