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City Mission of Schenectady

The City Mission of Schenectady is dedicated to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. Their ministries are seeking to comprehensively meet the needs of the poor in a manner that dignifies and strengthens the individual, the family, and the community.

Service Volunteers and Mission Driven Volunteers (MDVs) are needed. Service volunteers are volunteers looking for flexible opportunities without a serious commitment. MDV’s are regular volunteers who volunteer weekly, work directly with the residents and attend trainings throughout the year. Service Volunteer opportunities are listed first followed by MDV opportunities, which are denoted by (MDV).

Location: 425 Hamilton Street, Schenectady
Grace Coordinator: Elisa Minchin

Serving Opportunities:
Meal Preparation and Serving – Be a part of the team that prepares and serves over 500 meals every day to hungry men, women and children including individuals who are staying at the mission as well as many from the community. A good meal can make a huge difference in someone’s life. Serving opportunities are available Monday thru Friday – mornings, afternoons and early evenings; ideal for groups of up to 10.

Make Sandwiches – Make sandwiches to have on hand when someone shows up who is hungry and it’s not mealtime; ideal for groups of up to 5; mostly weekends.

Landscaping/Gardening – Seasonal landscaping and gardening projects in Schenectady; mornings or afternoons; less than 2 hours time commitment. Also opportunity to plant vegetables in your garden for our kitchen.

General Service Projects – Make food bags for the community, cleaning the dining center, and various other projects as needed; Frequency: mornings or afternoons; less than 2 hours time commitment.

Campus Clean-up – Assist with weeding, raking, and general maintenance of the Mission Campus; ideal for groups of up to 10.

Work Projects – Skilled laborers are always needed to help build, paint, and renovate an apartment. There are also options for general labor, cleaning, etc.

Special Events – Plan a party or family fun day, lead a Bible study or fellowship time, lead worship, or share your testimony during chapel.

Medical Clinic – Volunteer to greet guests at the clinic on Tuesday evenings.

Ambassador – Greet everyone who comes to the Mission to drop off donations, smile and give directions and be the face of the Mission (Weekday afternoons).

Fitness Instructor – Teach a fitness class to residents, and teach them how to use fitness equipment.

Prayer Warriors – Set an hour a week aside to come and meet with 3-4 staff members for a time of corporate prayer, worship, and fellowship.

Weekend Recreational Outings – Lead or help host recreational activities for our men, women, or children (ideas are endless).

Teaching/Mentoring – Help with teaching and mentoring residents and clients in life skills.

Distribution Center – Sort clothing for items that can be used to help under-resourced people in the community or that can be recycled. Frequency: weekdays and weekends -morning or afternoon commitment; schedule is flexible (chosen by the volunteer); 2 hour time commitment.; Located at 11 Cheltingham Ave. in Schenectady.

Collection Drives – Collect items to bless the people that the Mission serves. Examples include toys for Toystore in December; coats, hats, gloves and scarves for cold season; diapers for the little ones; toiletries for men, women and children.

Clothing Room or Thrift Store (MDV) – Provide support to those who come in to the Clothing Room in a way that encourages them and promotes dignity; help select proper attire for job interviews, school, etc. Support store staff at the Thrift Store as they interact with customers and prepare merchandise; located on Rte. 50 in Glenville; both once a week, 3-4 hour shift.

Drivers (MDV) – Pick up donated food from stores or local farmers; pick up donated items from the Red Box ministry; bring men and women to various appointments/ vocational training; pick up donated, medicine from local pharmacies.

Child Care – Provide quality care and supervision in Hannah’s Nurture Center for the children staying at the Family Life Center, while their moms are in skills training. Two volunteers needed at a time; times vary – greatest needs are weekdays (daytimes) and Thursday nights from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

White Glove Inspector (MDV) – Help serve alongside residents to show how to keep the individual apartments in the Family Life Center clean and comfortable; once a week, 2 hours at a time.

Baler (MDV) – Provide support running our clothing baling machine while serving with men in our program (great mentoring opportunity); once a week, 3-4 hour shift.

Men’s Desk Assistant (MDV) – Provide desk coverage and a ministry of presence in a professional and friendly manner to all who may call or visit the men’s shelter; weekday mornings before 10am; Saturday afternoon and evenings/Sundays (other than 4pm-8pm).

Welcome Team Receptionist – Create a welcoming, hospitable environment for clients, volunteers, staff, and guests in either the Women’s shelter, Men’s Shelter or Career Training Center. Oversee the front desk – answer phone calls and build relationships with the men, women and children that live and utilize the Mission’s services; 2-3 hour time commitment; flexible schedule.

Weekend Backpack Program – Be a part of the team that packs food for children and their families so they can have healthy food over the weekends, during the school year. Statistics have proven that the children in this program are more alert and ready to learn on Monday morning. Frequency: weekdays and weeknights.

Career Training Center – Join one of 5 teams, from welcoming guest, assessing, tutoring, employment, career development, or even teach a class; once a week, 2-4 hour shift

General Career Coach – Help clients overcome barriers and build skills necessary for retaining employment and developing a career. Includes coaching clients in conflict resolution, communication skills, finances/budgeting, time management, and organization; weekdays; less than 2 hour time commitment; flexible schedule (set by volunteer)

Career Development Team Leader – Work with the Schenectady Works Director and other staff to oversee, schedule, train and equip the Career Development Team, with the primary role being to serve and equip the other volunteer coaches; weekdays; less than 2 hour time commitment; flexible schedule (set by volunteer)

Employment Coach – Help clients overcome barriers and build skills necessary for retaining employment and developing a career. Includes coaching clients in conflict resolution, communication skills, budgeting, and time management. Assist clients with writing resumes, cover letters, developing portfolios, and job searching. Serving opportunities available weekdays and weeknights; less than 2 hour time commitment; flexible schedule (set by volunteer).

Employment Development Team Leader – Work with the Schenectady Works Director and other staff to oversee, schedule, train, and equip the Employment Team, with the primary role being to serve and equip the other volunteer coaches; weekdays; less than 2 hour time commitment; flexible schedule (set by volunteer)

General Tutor – Assist clients seeking to improve their general educational skills in math, reading comprehension, writing, or basic computer skills. Weekdays; less than 2 hour time commitment; flexible schedule (set by volunteer).

Writing Tutor – Assist clients seeking to improve their writing skills; weekdays; less than 2 hour time commitment; flexible schedule (set by volunteer).

Reading Tutor – Assist clients seeking to improve their reading skills; weekdays; less than 2 hour time commitment; flexible schedule (set by volunteer).

GED Tutor – Assist clients seeking to improve their education skills and test-taking ability in order to successfully pass the GED or High School Equivalency exam; weekdays; less than 2 hour time commitment; flexible schedule (set by volunteer).

Math Tutor – Assist clients seeking to improve their math skills, often related to studying and preparation for GED; weekdays; less than 2 hour time commitment; flexible schedule (set by volunteer).

Tutoring Team Leader – Work with the Schenectady Works Director and other staff to oversee, schedule, train, and equip the Tutoring Team, with the primary role being to serve and equip the other volunteer tutors; weekdays; less than 2 hour time commitment; flexible schedule (set by volunteer).

Instructor: Introduction to Computers – Provide weekly classroom instruction that focuses on basic computer skills using a Windows operating system. Topics also include conducting Internet searches, using email, and some word processing. This is typically scheduled as an 8-10 week class (depending on participant needs), 5:30pm – 6:30pm, that begins each quarter; Tuesday evenings.

Instructor: Advanced Computer Skills – Provide weekly classroom instruction that includes advanced Windows structure, Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as more sophisticated online tools. This is typically scheduled as an 8-10 week class (depending on participant needs), 6:45pm – 7:45pm, that begins each quarter; Tuesday evenings.

Welcome Coach – Explain the Schenectady Works program to new clients; assist clients by having initial conversations to assess individual goals; assign clients to appropriate next appointment or other referrals as needed; weekdays; less than 2 hour time commitment; flexible schedule (set by volunteer).

Welcome Team Receptionist – Create a welcoming, hospitable environment for clients, volunteers, staff, and guests; oversee the front desk and kitchen areas; answer phone calls and make follow-up/appointment calls; Work with the Schenectady Works Director and other staff to oversee, schedule, train, and equip the Employment Team, with the primary role being to serve and equip the other volunteer coaches; weekdays; less than 2 hour time commitment; flexible schedule (set by volunteer).

Volunteer Driver – Drive to Success – Drive to Success is an innovative program designed to overcome the transportation barrier to employment, which is the reality of many people in the Capital District. In Phase 1 of the program, volunteer drivers are helping to overcome this barrier by driving Home Health Aides to their client homes. Unfortunately, public transportation systems do not lend themselves very well to this particular need, where access to a car is often a requirement of employment. Phase 2 of the program plans to expand this service beyond the Home Health Care industry to other fields with similar needs. Volunteer Considerations: Automobile, valid driver’s license, and a servant’s heart; Monday – Friday, very flexible schedule, with as little as a 1-2 hour commitment per occasion.

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