How to help Capital Region residents in need

How to help Capital Region residents in need

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This week, Luke Stoddard Nathan reports on efforts to house the homeless in Saratoga Springs. It’s a powerful piece worth a read. If you would like to give even an hour of your time to assist those in need, please contact the following organizations. There are opportunities to donate food and clothes, cook meals, organize donations and provide transportation. Any and all help is greatly appreciated.


Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

965 Albany Shaker Road

Latham, NY 12110

Contact Jessica Tanner at (518) 786-3691, x295 or

November and December only: Holiday Hunger Appeal:

In need of volunteers to spend a few hours asking shoppers at Crossgates Mall to donate to the Food Bank. Businesses, civic organizations, schools, and families are encouraged to sign up for a full day or just one shift.

Code Blue and CAPTAIN Services

CAPTAIN Youth and Family Services

5 Municipal Plaza Suite 3

Clifton Park, NY 12065

Contact: Andy Gilpin at (518) 371-1185

Volunteer Drivers:

Code Blue Saratoga Springs (CBSS) protocols will be in place between November 13 and April 30. Extreme winter weather is defined as 12 inches of snow or more and temperature of 32 degrees (to include wind chill factor) or less. The group will be providing transportation to the Code Blue emergency shelter. We are seeking volunteers who would like to be drivers for the program.

Requirements: Background check. Must be 21 years old with a driver’s license.

Albany Backpack Food Program

5 Anderson Drive

Albany, NY 12205

Packers and Delivery Drivers:

In need of volunteers to pack the backpacks and deliver them to the schools. The first round will start Oct 6th and will occur every week until the end of the academic school year. Interviews with potential drivers will be conducted and a clean driving record is a must.

Requirements: Minimum of 2-3 hours a month.

Sister Maureen Joyce Food Pantry

315 Sheridan Ave.

Albany, NY

Contact: (518) 462-9885

Food Pantry Delivery Unload

Tuesday, Nov. 22 9:30 AM-12:30 PM

In need of assistance unloading food delivery truck.

Requirements: Ability to lift 50 lbs and walk up and down stairs. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.

Joseph’s House and Shelter

74 Ferry Street

Troy, NY 12180

Contact Janet Douglass, 518-272-2544 or

November 14, 2016 through April 17, 2017: The “Inn From The Cold” Program

Providing nighttime shelter during the cold months between the hours of 9:30 PM and 7:30 AM.

Contact Janet Douglass, 518-272-2544 or


Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless

176 Sheridan Avenue

Albany, NY 12210

Contact: (518) 434-8021

Kitchen work and Donation:

IPH is seeking volunteers who are willing to donate a meal to our Albany Emergency Shelter. Additionally, they are looking to have spices donated to help introduce and continue bringing flavors to their dishes. (Garlic powder, Mrs. Dash, Mccormick seasonings, lemon pepper, paprika etc.)

Duties include buying ingredients, preparing a meal, serving the meal or dropping off the meal at our emergency shelter.

Availability: Can choose from breakfast, lunch or dinner on any available day.

Clothing store:

Seeking people who can commit to a minimum of an hour per week working at the store. The hours are 9:30- 4:30 weekdays.

Duties include sorting through donations, organizing and supervising the store. The Sheridan Hollow Drop-In Center is the only one of its kind in Albany County and assists individuals as they move toward self-sufficiency.


Registered Nurses, CNAs, LPNs, nursing students/Interns needed for public assistance, education and outreach in Sheridan Hallow. Looking for those who can volunteer on a regular basis for several hours a week at our Drop-In facility.

Duties include: Basic health screening and health related education. In need of RNs who can contribute at least 2-4 hours a week at our Sheridan Street location during regular business hours. Please include your phone number and a good time to call when you respond. Please allow time to fill out appropriate up-to-date documents before starting as a volunteer.

Requirements: Must be at least 18 years old.

Joseph’s House and Shelter

74 Ferry Street

Troy, NY 12180

Contact: 518-272-2544

Weekend Meals:

In need of volunteers to prepare lunch and dinner for approximately 40 people on Saturdays and Sundays. Meals may be prepared in our kitchen or delivered to Joseph’s House. Volunteers have prepared a variety of food, from ethnic dishes to pizza, to family favorites.

Donation Drives:

Toiletries, especially toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deodorant are always in demand. Diapers, socks for children and adults, and school supplies are also on our wish list. Powdered drink mix (Tang, ice tea, lemonade, etc.) and coffee are very much appreciated.

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

965 Albany-Shaker Road

Latham, NY 12110

For food donations: contact the receiving office at 518-786-3691, x242

No donation is too great or too small.

Sort and re-box food donations: contact Mary Mazur at (518) 786-3691 x234

Donations arrive in conditions that are not distributable. Volunteers work together to inspect, categorize, re-label, or repack various food and non-food donations so they can be distributed to our network of 1,000 charitable feeding programs (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc.). Groups or individuals are welcome.

Availability: Generally 2-hour shifts. Daytime, weeknight and weekend opportunities are available.

Requirements: Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Capital City Rescue Mission

259 South Pearl Street

Albany, New York 12202

Contact Deb at (518) 462-0459 x237

Serving Meals:

Volunteers needed seven days a week.  Includes setting tables, serving meal, and a light clean up.

Lunch Mon. – Sat.: 10:30 AM – 1 PM

Dinner Mon. – Sat.: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

                    Sun: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Requirements: 12 years or older.

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