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Do you enjoy helping others? Do you have few hours to spare once a month or even once a year? Do you want to volunteer but can't find opportunities that fit your schedule? Are you interested in volunteering but can't commit to 20 hours a week for a year for the same organization?

Capital District Volunteers Meetup group is for individuals with a passion for helping others and helping non-profit organizations but who can't or don't want to commit to long-term volunteering. This group will provide a variety of volunteering opportunities to assist different non-profit organizations. Come join us and find a match for your volunteering interests. We will volunteer with local parks, animal shelters, food banks, and other groups.

According to an article in Whole Living magazine, "studies show that those who volunteer report better mental health than those won't don't." (Nov. 2010)

"Volunteering can be an exciting, growing, enjoyable experience. It is truly gratifying to serve a cause, practice one's ideals, work with people, solve problems, see benefits, and know one had a hand in them" --Harriet Naylor

Upcoming events (5)

Stars for our Troops Star Party at the Cohoes Elks Lodge #1317, Cohoes, NY

We will be at the Cohoes- Waterford Elks Lodge - following the rules that will be posted so we can again be creating Stars together. It is important to confirm if you will be there or not so the room can be set up correctly. If your name is not on the reservation list, you will need to wait until all that reserved a seat are seated, then we will see if we have a place for you. "I am part of our American flag that has flown over the USA. I can no longer fly. The sun and winds caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that You are not forgotten.” We cut and pouch embroidered Stars from retired American Flags to let our current service members, veterans, and first responders know that they are not forgotten. This is a great community service project and can be done by all ages and abilities. We are asking that you bring your own drink. Food at this time is not allowed on the premises. If you have any 3'x5' American flags with embroidered Stars that are ready for retirement, we can always use them. The Elks club is accepting any flags for their retirement ceremony in November. Information on Stars for our Troops can be found on the website at www.StarsForOurTroops.org or https://www.facebook.com/StarsforourTroops/.

Stars for our Troops Star Party at the Cohoes Elks Lodge, Cohoes

Cohoes Waterford Elks

"I am part of our American flag that has flown over the USA. I can no longer fly. The sun and winds caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that You are not forgotten.” We will be at the Elks Lodge - following the rules that will be posted so we can again be creating Stars together. It is important to confirm if you will be there or not so the room can be set up correctly. If you post Going - we have your reservation. Any other response - we do not have your reservation. Join us as we cut and pouch embroidered Stars from retired American Flags to let our current service members, veterans, and first responders know that they are not forgotten. This is a great community service project and can be done by all ages and abilities. You do not need to bring any supplies with you to join us. If you have any 3'x5' American flags with embroidered Stars that are ready for retirement, we can always use them. Information on Stars for our Troops can be found on the website at www.StarsForOurTroops.org or https://www.facebook.com/StarsforourTroops/.

Mohawk Hudson River Humane Society recycling/fundraising project

Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society

We are lucky to help the shelter with their ongoing fundraiser....bottle recycling at their animal shelter in Menands every third Sat morning of the month! Our job is to simply sort piles of recyclables by brand and size and put them in appropriate bins. It's a simple task and you can work at your own speed or capability....work fast or slow....put in whatever time you can. I think you will find it extremely rewarding and the time flies by. Fun way to socialize as well! If you are the first one there, or maybe the only one there that day, simply enter the smaller building on your right past the parking lot. You might hear some great music coming from within!!! Someone should be inside the building and will let you know what to do. Look for Paul or Joe. This used to be an outdoor project but luckily this has changed and will no longer affect our work!!! While we do not interact directly with the animals, we CAN visit them inside the main building or watch them getting taken for their walks. If this day does not work for you, you can go pretty much anytime...there is always sorting to do! If you are looking to volunteer there more often they are always looking for individuals who can commit to a regular time slot. Dog and cat care volunteers commit to a regular 3 hour weekly shift for a minimum of three months. They rely on these kind of volunteers to support staff with daily animal care so that is why it's more of a commitment. If you are able to undertake this kind of individual commitment, go to their website below where you can read more about the different positions and sign up: http://www.mohawkhumane.org/volunteer-faq.html

Stars for our Troops Star Party at the Cohoes Elks Lodge #1317, Cohoes, NY

We will be at the Cohoes- Waterford Elks Lodge - following the rules that will be posted so we can again be creating Stars together. It is important to confirm if you will be there or not so the room can be set up correctly. If your name is not on the reservation list, you will need to wait until all that reserved a seat are seated, then we will see if we have a place for you. "I am part of our American flag that has flown over the USA. I can no longer fly. The sun and winds caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that You are not forgotten.” We cut and pouch embroidered Stars from retired American Flags to let our current service members, veterans, and first responders know that they are not forgotten. This is a great community service project and can be done by all ages and abilities. We are asking that you bring your own drink. Food at this time is not allowed on the premises. If you have any 3'x5' American flags with embroidered Stars that are ready for retirement, we can always use them. The Elks club is accepting any flags for their retirement ceremony in November. Information on Stars for our Troops can be found on the website at www.StarsForOurTroops.org or https://www.facebook.com/StarsforourTroops/.

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