The Council of Churches is always looking for volunteers. Below are some of our programs and their opportunities. You can view our Volunteer Opportunities Flyer and our FIA Volunteer Position Descriptions Flyer here.
Faith In Action Volunteers
Faith in Action Volunteers serves more than 400 registered participants ages 60+. Some volunteer opportunities include providing transportation to medical appointments, Grocery Day, shopping from a list, facilitating social and cultural programming and helping build wheelchair ramps with area youth.
The CHOW (Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse) Program offers food assistance to individuals and families in Broome County. Volunteer opportunities include helping in Food Pantries, Community Meals, the CHOW Warehouse and the referral office.
Jail Ministry Program
The Jail Ministry team is comprised of two full-time staff persons and nearly 100 volunteers who minister to both the needs of those who are incarcerated or recently released, and their families. The Jail Ministry is a program that has very strict requirements if you are to volunteer in the Broome County Correctional Facility. They require a Jail ID and Security Clearance. We do have some volunteer opportunities that occur outside the facility – see the Volunteer Opportunities Flyer below for more detail.
Hospital Ministry Program
A Hospital Ministry Volunteer would offer emotional and/or spiritual support for patients and their families. The pastoral volunteer needs to be adept in interpersonal listening skills to be open to the diversity of faiths and to be sensitive to the necessity for confidentiality. The Hospital Ministry does have stricter requirements. You will need the following before becoming a volunteer for this program:
- At least two references
- 50 hours per year minimum commitment
- Vehicle registration
- An interview and a no-cost initial health assessment after the interview which includes a drug test
AmeriCorps: Rural Health Service Corps openings!
A brief overview of the RHSC/AmeriCorps program: