Volunteer Stories

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In the Greater Syracuse area we have a number of volunteers working at diverse agencies that are committed to helping the poor and disadvantaged.

Here are a few examples:

Ron previously volunteered for several years with On Point For College whose mission is to open the door to education for disadvantaged inner-city youth,  including  help with applications, counseling, transportation, on-campus visits and follow-up visits. Ron also worked at Sarah House, a place that accepts referrals from  local hospitals to provide a place to stay for immediate family of patients from other counties. Sarah House provides a home atmosphere with many amenities and transportation to and from the hospital. Ron is currently volunteering at the Spiritual Renewal Center, this follows several years as Regional Director, IVC – Syracuse.

Tom, our founding IVC – Syracuse Director, has volunteered for several organizations associated with Catholic Charities, including Veterans Programs. He began his IVC volunteering at On Point for College and has recently returned to support student success initiatives.  Also at On Point, Bill volunteers with the  team supporting OP students enrolled at Onondaga Community College.

John and Hank  volunteer with Cathedral Emergency Services, an organization that provides food, clothing and various types  of  advice and referrals to inner-city working poor as well as the homeless.

Cil  and Joanne volunteer at the Samaritan Center, a community outreach program that fights hunger by providing meals seven days a week as well as assisting with case management. Cil assists with fund development, while Joanne works directly with clients helping them with  various urgent needs.

Judy has made an impact at Dorothy Day House, a short term shelter for women and their children.

Refugee Resettlement has benefited for the several years from Hope’s expertise and compassion working on behalf of refugees assisting them in the process of reuniting with their family members in the US and additionally case management.

A number of other agencies are awaiting a volunteer. Will it be you?