Become a tutor

Tutor literacy one-on-one with elementary students. You can help them read, write, and explore the wonderful world of books.

Children’s Book Drive

Collect new or beautiful like-new children's books (chapter, picture, nonfiction and board books).

Make a Meal

Meal Donors ensure access to healthy meals for IPH guests.
Donors can choose to home cook and deliver a meal to IPH or leave the cooking to a food service in the community by ordering a meal to be catered and delivered to IPH.

Make Sandwiches for the Homeless

Access the online calendar to choose any convenient date to make sandwiches to be given out to clients of the Outreach Van in the city and county of Albany. We ask you to make the sandwiches at your church or home (please use gloves!) wrap individually, and deliver to our Albany site. You can do it once or multiple times; you can make 20 sandwiches or more. Details on the calendar link you will be sent.


Adopt-A-Family participants provide warmth and happiness for families in need during the holiday season through the sponsorship of a family within IPH’s programs.
Participants provide their contact information and the preferred family size they can commit to sponsoring and are then assigned to a family based on their preferences.
Participants will purchase gifts for each child in their “adopted” family and optionally, for the guardians/parents.

Food Pantry Volunteer

Help out at one of our 65+ member food pantries in the Capital Region.

Volunteer at Holiday Lights

Brighten up the Capital Regions Holidays in Washington Park (Nov 26 - Jan 2), while helping to raise money for PAL. Volunteer for a 3 hour evening session at the park helping Santa, wearing a costumed character, or helping with traffic control.

Donate Items

Grassroot Givers is looking for donations of new or like-new children's books, clothing, and home essentials like pots, pans, dish sets, or linens. All donations are shared free of charge with local families.

Become a Mentor.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region is looking for 80 adults to volunteer as mentors.
Once matched with a child, our matches get together twice a month to do outings in the community and have a weekly phone call. You could change a life!

Donate a Toy.

Your donation of new, unwrapped gifts will help brighten the season for local children and families.

We have designated boxes at two Albany locations: 33 Everett Rd. and 16 Walker Way. Drop off your donated items now through Dec. 9.

Registration Table

We are looking for a few volunteers to help greet and check-in guests at our Summit to Success fundraising event on January 11, 2022

Join Our Group

Join the Serve Albany Facebook Group to see the latest in ways to volunteer in Albany.

Search Other Volunteer Needs

Our partners at the United Way have put together this great tool to search for ways to serve and volunteer.

List Volunteer Opportunities

Are you an Albany based nonprofit? Let us know how people can volunteer with you.


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