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Extra time on your hands?

You can make a difference in your community and the lives of others with that extra time on your hands, and make some new friends, too. This page offers a list of great places to find volunteer opporutnities.

Things to watch for:

  1. Time commitment
    • Never bite off more than you can chew.
    • Really check your schedule before making a long-term commitment.
  2. Expectations
  3. When are you expected to be there? For how long? How will you get there? Ask these questions and more of yourself, the organization, and your family before you start.

American Towns

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Kaleida Health

United Way


Volunteer WNY


Places to volunteer

Alzheimer's Association of Western New York 656-8848

American Cancer Society 882-6428

American Heart Association 564-1100

American Lung Association 691-5864

American Red Cross 878-2375

Be-A-Friend/Big Brother-Big Sister 878-4337

Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo 825-1016, ext. 20

Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society 873-9644, ext. 316

Buffalo City Mission 854-8181, ext. 206

Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers 856-0363

Buffalo General Hospital 859-5600

Buffalo Zoo 837-3900, ext. 111

Camp Good Days and Special Times 834-1995

Children's Hospital 878-7241

Computers for Children 843-8880

Cradle Beach Camp 549-6307

Erie County Home 937-5640

Erie County Medical Center 898-5008

Food Bank of Western New York 852-1305

Friends of the Elderly 882-0602

Habitat for Humanity 634-9723

Haven House of Child and Family Services 884-6002

Hearts for the Homeless 877-3536

Kenmore Mercy Hospital 447-6189

Kevin Guest House 882-1818

Kids Escaping Drugs 827-9462

Literacy Volunteers of America 876-8991

March of Dimes 626-1671, ext. 201

Mary Agnes Manor 881-0565

Mercy Hospital 826-7000

Millard Fillmore Hospital 887-4600

Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital 568-3820

National Kidney Foundation 835-1323

Ronald McDonald House 883-1177

Roswell Park Cancer Institute 845-5708

Saint Vincent DePaul Society 882-3360

Sisters of Charity Hospital 862-1000

SPCA 875-7360

T.J. Dulski Community Center 847-2860

United Way Volunteer Center 887-2690