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Volunteer Program

Compassionate Hearts

Volunteer Program


40 North Main Avenue, Albany NY 12203


(518) 453-6756

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Volunteers are essential to the work that we dohelping us build a warm, compassionate community for our children and families. The role of every volunteer varies depending on talents, time commitments, and volunteering opportunities. Listed below are some of the common volunteer activities. We welcome creative, new volunteering ideas. If you're interested in getting a group together, creating a fundraising event, or volunteering independently, contact us to get involved.

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Level 1 Volunteers

Level 1 Volunteers

Level 1 Volunteers are able to on-boarding as of

Aug. 19, 2022. 

It is intended that Level 1 Volunteers will not have direct or indirect contact with children or adult clients in any St. Catherine’s programs. It is intended that Level 1 assignments take place while children or clients are off-site or in places volunteers will not be during the assignment. Examples of Level 1 Volunteer activities may include gardening, maintenance, putting together baskets, or fundraising events. Once you apply, the Volunteer Coordinator will reach out to provide a list of Level 1 volunteer activities, and depending on the activity, may schedule an interview. Starting as a Level 1 Volunteer does not prevent you from applying to Level 2 in the future.

A Level 2 Volunteers may apply as of Aug. 19, 2022 but Level 2 assignments will not start until later in the fall. 

It is understood that Level 2 Volunteers may have direct or indirect contact with children or adult clients in a St. Catherine’s programs as part of a Level 2 assignment. Examples of Level 2 Volunteer activities may include: reading to children, cooking dinner, hosting a workshop, or attending an outing or field trip. Once you apply, the Volunteer Coordinator will reach out to schedule an interview. After a successful interview, someone from St. Catherine's Human Resources Dept. will reach out to initiate the required criminal background checks. Once the check is complete, you will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator about scheduling your volunteer assignments.  Level 2 Volunteers can always participate in Level 1 assignments one they have been on-boarded. 

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Level 1 Volunteers

Level 2 Volunteers


Mentorship Programs

  • Pen Pal Program

  • Tutoring

  • Superhero & Princess Visits

  • Mystery Readers (Reading Books to Children)


Administrative Help

  • Family Night Game Planning


Special Skills Classes

  • Baking

  • Nutrition & Healthy Cooking

  • Music

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Resume-Building Class


Event Planning

  • Fundraisers

  • Wish List Drives

  • Assist at St. Catherine's Events

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Group Activities

  • Jazzy Sun Birthdays

  • Repaint & Redecorate a Child's Room

  • Gardening & Landscaping


Household Helpers

  • Laundry Helpers

  • Company Car Clean-Up

  • Light Housekeeping Activities

  • Decluttering and Organizing

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