Volunteerism improves health by strengthening the body, improving mood, and lessening stress in participants.


Opportunities for Otsego recognizes the vast knowledge and talents of the community and offers the following volunteer opportunities:

Youth Volunteer and Service Opportunities

We encourage individuals, school clubs, and youth organizations to view our list of ideas on how they can support Opportunities for Otsego. Activities include assisting with program operations, supporting awareness campaigns, fundraising, supply drives, or making care packages for the homeless. For liability purposes, groups with youth under the age of 18 who volunteer at an agency facility must be accompanied by a responsible adult affiliated with the group.

Building Healthy Families

Opportunities to volunteer are available on a limited basis.  Tasks for volunteers include: 

  • Supporting community outreach and events (e.g. April child abuse prevention awareness campaign)
  • Assisting home visitors with materials and parent group planning
  • Office/Clerical tasks

Download our volunteer application


The Children's Center
Opportunities to volunteer are available at our court-based childcare program in Cooperstown where children are protected from courtroom and legal discussions concerning their caregivers. Help is needed with:

  • Drop-in day care for infants through age twelve
  • Alleviating separation issues, rocking, reading, and playing with children
  • Planning and implementing age-appropriate activities
  • Snack distribution
  • Parent education and sharing child development information

For more information, please call The Children's Center at 607.322.3139.

Download our volunteer application


Emergency Housing Assistance Program

Download our volunteer application


Head Start/Early Head Start
Head Start and Early Head Start relies on the help of volunteers to provide 20% of its annual budget through in-kind donations of time and/or resources. The success of the Head Start and Early Head Start programs depend upon the active participation of parents and others in the community. Volunteers are needed to:

  • Serve as Classroom Aides and/or Bus Riders
  • Coordinate at-home projects
  • Assist during play time
  • Chaperone field trips
  • Serve as a member of Policy Council

For more information, please call the Head Start Administrative Office at 607.433.8055.

Volunteer opportunities are available at the sites below.

  • Cherry Valley
  • Cooperstown
  • Laurens
  • Morris
  • Oneonta: River Street
  • Oneonta: SUNY Campus
  • Richfield Springs
  • Schenevus
  • Unadilla


Violence Intervention Program (VIP)

All VIP volunteers, other than those only assisting in general office details, must receive their New York State Rape Crisis Counselor Certification. Certification requires participation in 30-hours of classroom training and an additional 10 hours supervised training annually. Volunteers in this program are needed to help with the following: 

  • General office duties (i.e. answering phones, filing documentation, data entry, photocopying, assembling informational folders)
  • Community education and outreach
  • Community awareness events (i.e. Take Back the Night, Crime Victims Awareness Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, or Domestic Violence Awareness Month)
  • Accompanying clients to the emergency room, court, police departments, or the Department of Social Services
  • Answering the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline
  • Coordinating activities for residents of the safe house
  • Mentorships

 For more information, please contact the Violence Intervention Program Office at 607.433.8038 or submit an application.