Percentage of employers who would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without


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

Head Start
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 program depends 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

Sites for volunteer opportunities:

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

For more information, please call the Head Start Administrative Office at (607) 433-8055

The Children's Center
We welcome volunteer assistance at our court-based childcare program where children are protected from their parents' legal matters. Help is needed with:

  • Drop-in day care
  • Activity planning 
  • Snack distribution
  • Parent education and child development information

All volunteers must be cleared by the New York State Central Registry and have a TB test.

Violence Intervention Program (VIP)

Volunteers interested in assisting with coverage of our 24/7 staffed hotline must complete and receive the New York State Rape Crisis Counselor Certification. Certification requires participation in 30-hours of classroom training and an additional 10 hours supervised training annually.  All 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 and responding to the 24-Hour Crisis Hotline
  • Coordinating activities for residents of the safe house

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