Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Guidelines

  • The volunteer application must be completed.
  • You may be contacted by the supervisor who manages the opportunity that you are interested in for further details and next steps.
  • There are currently no opportunities to volunteer in a clinical setting.
  • You must be over the age of 18 to provide individual volunteer service.
  • Individuals under the age of 18 may volunteer if accompanied by a parent or guardian volunteer for their entire shift.
  • Background checks are required for individuals working with children.
  • To volunteer with the Priscilla Project of Buffalo you must be born female and identify as female.
  • You will be required to attend volunteer orientation and training virtually which is held twice a month at 6pm in the evening and may be an hour to an hour and a half depending on where you will be volunteering.
  • It is recommended but not required that you are fully vaccinated for Covid-19.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers bring critical energy, skill, time, and resources to Jericho Road. Through meaningful opportunities, we are sharing Jesus’ love in tangible ways, helping our neighbors to overcome the barriers of poverty they face, and participating in mutual transformation.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Jericho Road Community Health Center.

The first step to becoming a Jericho Road volunteer is to submit a volunteer application form.

Questions? Email contact@jrchc.org

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Vive Accompaniment Volunteer

Residents at Vive go through long, difficult journeys to finally end up claiming asylum in Buffalo. When they arrive they need to learn a new language, how to make it around a new city, take care of their physical and mental health, enroll kids in school, and lots of other complicated things.  It’s hard enough learning these things on your own when you a move to a new place. Imagine doing it in a new country while you are still learning the language!

Duties: Accompaniment Volunteers will meet residents at the shelter and walk or ride the bus with them as they make their way to locations across Buffalo and then back to Vive. On Wednesdays we have a weekly Vive clinic that many residents attend. It is very busy and we cannot give everyone the individual attention they may need so Accompaniment Volunteers could stay with people as they wait. You can be that calming steady person that stands with them as they figure out we are truly the City of Good Neighbors!

Who you’ll work with: Volunteers work with Social Work and Family Program staff along with residents staying at Vive.

Minimum time commitment: Once a week 2-4 hours per session on an ongoing basis is ideal.

Requirements: Comfortable riding the city bus or traveling by foot from Vive to a local clinic site with residents. They role does not

People with the following skills/experience would be great here: No need for previous experience in social work or the medical field. Interest in sharing cultures with people different from you. Conversational fluency in a language other than English is great but not required at all.

Schedule: A person in this volunteer role would need to have some available time between 7:30AM-6PM Monday-Friday. This is when people tend to have appointments and would need assistance. Within these times we can be flexible about timing.  You should plan on at least 2-3 hours each time you volunteer.

For further information, contact: mary.reichelderfer@jrchc.org

Housekeeping Assistant (Vive)

Duties: Assist with light housekeeping cleaning tasks throughout the building. Organize cupboards, closets, and storerooms. May include painting and/or yard work.

Who you’ll work with: Vive staff members and adult Vive residents

Minimum time commitment: One hour (can be a one-time commitment or recurrent)

Requirements: Must be at least 18 years of age

People with the following skills/experience would be great here: Fluency or proficiency in a language other than English is helpful but not required.

Schedule: Weekday mornings are preferred. Saturday mornings can be accommodated, if scheduled in advance.

After School Homework Help

Duties: Assist Vive children and parents with completing homework assignments. Responsible for classroom management, one-on-one tutoring, and educational games as needed.

Who you’ll work with: Vive youth between the ages of 5 and 18.

Minimum time commitment: 4pm – 6pm, Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Volunteers can commit to one day a week or multiple days a week.

Requirements: Background checks are required for all volunteers working with the Vive children’s program.

People with the following skills/experience would be great here: Passion for working with children, experience teaching ENL students, conversational proficiency in another language (especially Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, or Portuguese).

Schedule: TBD according to your availability and our needs.

Birthday Party Crew (Vive)

Duties: Assist Vive staff with set up of birthday parties (decoration, wrapping presents, etc.) and interact with residents during party (run activities for kids, chat with residents during dinner, etc.).

Who you’ll work with: Vive residents

Minimum time commitment: Two to three hours per month; can be a one-time volunteering event

Requirements: Volunteers must be available on the third Wednesday of the month.

People with the following skills/experience would be great here: People who enjoy interacting with people and making new friends!

Schedule: Birthday parties are held on the third Wednesday of each month.

Children's Program Support (Vive)

Duties: Do you have a skill you’re interested in sharing with the children at Vive? We’d love to hear about it! Please reach out to Vive’s children’s program manager, Darcy Kennedy-Ellis (darcy.kennedyellis@jrchc.org).

Who you’ll work with: Vive’s children’s program manager and Vive youth

Minimum time commitment: Flexible minimum commitment (hours-wise), but must be willing to commit to at least six months.

RequirementsBackground checks are required for all volunteers working with the Vive children’s program; strong planning skills; dependability;

People with the following skills/experience would be great here: Teaching, working with children

Schedule: Flexible

Children's Playroom Supervisor (Vive)

Duties: For children staying at Vive, access to the playroom is a big deal; however, the room has to be supervised by an adult when in use. Having more volunteers means that we can open the playroom more often. Duties include having the children help you when you clean, interacting with the children while they’re in the room, remaining attentive to all activity (that means no cell phone use).

Who you’ll work with: Vive’s children’s program manager and assistant program manager, Vive youth

Minimum time commitment: Once a week on an ongoing basis. We can work around your schedule (between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.) but volunteers in this role must commit to a consistent weekly schedule.

RequirementsBackground checks are required for all volunteers working with the Vive children’s program; Must be 18 years of age

People with the following skills/experience would be great here: Passionate about working with kids, conversational fluency in a language other than English

Schedule: Flexible within the timeframe of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Priscilla Project Mentor

Duties: The Priscilla Project is an in-home visiting program in which volunteer mentors provide friendship/support to pregnant women throughout their pregnancy and postpartum period, while connecting women and their families with resources in the community. This can include assisting with WIC shopping/appointments, visiting donation centers, and accompanying the client to doctor’s appointments/hospital visits.

Who you’ll work with: At-risk and socially isolated pregnant women in the Buffalo area

Minimum time commitment: 1-2 hours every week until your match is at least six months postpartum

Requirements: Female, at least 21 years old

People with the following skills/experience would be great here:  Experience in women’s health/breastfeeding education/mentoring and familiarity with navigating the healthcare system and working in multicultural settings are helpful but not required.

Reach Out and Read Reader

Duties: Read provided books to children in the clinic waiting rooms.

Who you’ll work with: Families and children

Minimum time commitment: reoccurring (1-2 times per month for 6 months)

Requirements: Physically able to sit for extended periods of time, Must be able to read in English

People with the following skills/experience would be great here: Excellent interpersonal skills and communication and patience with children of all ages.

How to Apply

Jericho Road Community Health Center programs are energized through the use of volunteers. Individuals and groups are invited to engage in a variety of ways from mentoring and teaching to childcare and hands-on facility projects.

Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. If you are under 16, check out some creative ways you can help Jericho Road other than volunteering.

 

Volunteer Application Process
Complete and submit our volunteer application form. If you have any questions, please email contact@jrchc.org . Placement is based on interest, availability, and skills. Our team will communicate your next steps after reviewing your application.

If you are uncertain which volunteer opportunity would be best for you, please direct your questions to contact@jrchc.org  .

Landlords Renting to Asylum Seekers

Landlords who are interested in renting to people coming out of our program can get started by filling out this google form.

Wish List

If you would like to make a monetary donation to Vive, please do so on our donation page or send a check to 184 Barton Street, Buffalo, NY 14213.  Please make checks payable to Jericho Road Community Health Center and indicate Vive in the memo.

In-Kind Donation Opportunities to Support Residents
Vive’s donation room contains everything that residents may need during their stay with us. Vive gratefully accepts in-kind donations to keep this room stocked.

Please do not bring unlisted items to Vive without calling us first! We have limited storage space and want to make sure your donation goes to the right place. If we are not accepting your items, we may be able to point you to another worthy organization who will make use of your donations right away.

WE ARE CURRENTLY UNABLE TO ACCEPT DONATIONS OF GENTLY USED CLOTHING, other than the specific items listed below.

Donation drives: If your church, school, club, troop, office, or other group would like to hold a donation drive on behalf of Vive, thank you! Please contact us before you start to advertise your drive or collect items. This will help ensure we have the space to accept your bulk donation and that we can accept the items you’ll be collecting in large quantities. Give us a call at 716-348-3000 x441 or email contact@jrchc.org to start the conversation.

We are currently in need of these items (many can be purchased directly from our Amazon shopping list):

  • Sweatshirts and sweatpants (adult sizes, women’s and men’s)
  • Blankets
  • Bar soap, shampoo, conditioner (especially for Black/African hair), and lotion – these are constant needs
  • Sanitary/menstrual pads (preferred types/brands are Always Thin Dailies, Always Regular Dailies, Always Regulars with Wings, Always Supers with Wings, U by Kotex Heavy Flow)
  • Shower flip flops (all sizes)
  • Women’s and children’s underwear (must be new in package)
  • Tissues
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Baby bottles
  • Mini spray bottles (for personal use)
  • Legal, unexpired car seats
  • Glarea microfiber twin sheets (especially fitted)
  • Pillows and pillowcases
  • Towels
  • Kids’ snacks (Goldfish, granola bars, animal crackers, fruit snacks, dried fruit chips)
  • Nail clippers

Other generally needed items are:

  • Pots and pans (for residents moving into apartments – accepted as needed and as space allows)
  • Cleaning supplies (for residents moving into apartments – accepted as needed and as space allows)
  • Furniture and other home goods (for residents moving into apartments – accepted as needed and as space allows)
  • Gift cards (Tops, Price Chopper, Aldi, Walmart are best)
  • Bus passes

To check if we can accept your home goods (kitchenware, cleaning supplies, furniture, etc.) or to ask any other questions related to making an in-kind donation, please email contact@jrchc.org.

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