Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Catholic Charities of Onondaga County! Our wide range of programs provides many different opportunities for volunteers. Please review the below opportunities and volunteer application process and then contact:

Tina Thompson
Human Resources Coordinator
315.424.1800 x7633

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

Volunteer Opportunities

Refugee Resettlement Program
Location: Northside CYO
Our refugee resettlement program resettles over 600 refugees each year and provides after school and summer programming for neighborhood youth.  Volunteers provide vital services to refugees when they arrive in Syracuse and in the months that follow. Volunteers help set up apartments for new arrivals, assist refugees with paperwork, drive them to medical or other appointments, and teach English, among other tasks.

Youth Programs
Locations: Bishop Foery Foundation, Vincent House, Westmoreland Park, Hawley Center
Our youth centers provide after school and summer programming for neighborhood youth. Volunteers are needed to assist with outings, supervise participants and create activities.

Emergency Services/Food Pantry
Location: Columbus Circle, Downtown Syracuse
This location is a drop in center that provides food pantry services and housing relocation assistance. Volunteers are needed for stocking and delivering food and assisting with general office operations.

Emergency Shelters
Locations: South Clinton Street, University Neighborhood
We operate two homeless shelters, one for men and one for women and children. Volunteers are needed at both for serving meals, providing comfort and relief for guests and assisting with general operations.

Fundraising and Committee Involvement
Please contact Chief Development Officer Nora Heaphy at 315-362-7528.

Volunteer Application Process

1. Attend Orientation – Orientation is offered the first and third Thursday of every month at 1654 W. Onondaga Street. At orientation, you will learn about Catholic Charities, our different programs, and complete an application. You can sign up for orientation by emailing Tina Thompson at tthompson@ccoc.us.

2. Clear background check – The safety of our staff, volunteers and the people we serve is our top priority. All staff and volunteers are required to pass several background checks before beginning work or volunteering at Catholic Charities. Please bring a history of your addresses for the past 28 years to orientation to fulfill this requirement.

3. Begin volunteering at your chosen program.

We are grateful for your interest. Volunteers like you make it possible for us to provide the best possible service to our community.

Please contact Tina Thompson with any questions.
315.424.1800 x7633


Additional Opportunities

Elderly Services Center - Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
Location: Mattydale
The center provides services for the elderly designed to enable seniors to remain independent. Volunteer opportunities include helping with center events and general operations. Applicants must be 55 or older. Please visit this page for more information about volunteering for this program. Please call RSVP Director Patricia Company at 315-424-1810, x12 with any questions about this program.