ERA Where We Live April 5, 2023

Western NY and Northwest PA Volunteer Oppurtunities

Looking for a way to give back to your community? April is National Volunteer Month, which means its a great time to consider volunteering where you live! Here are just a few ways to give back in our local communities within Western NY and Northwestern PA.


Chautauqua County Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Chautauqua Area Habitat for Humanity: “Habitat for Humanity is a global housing organization that works in more than 70 countries and nearly 1,400 communities throughout the United States. Families and individuals partner with us to help build a place they can call home. Habitat builds new homes or rehabilitates older ones for first-time homebuyers. Our site managers oversee our build sites and oversee our paid subcontractors and volunteers. We balance the use of professional and volunteer labor to achieve our goal of serving as many families and individuals as we can, as efficiently and economically as we can.”  Click Here to Volunteer 
  • Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue: Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue, Inc. ( NCCR ) is a non-profit rescue group formed to help the neediest dogs and puppies in our area — the strays, the orphaned, the abandoned. Click Here to Volunteer 
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of America – Jamestown:  As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 5 through young adulthood in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people. Click here to Volunteer 
  • United Way of Chautauqua County: Invests in 42 community-based programs that align with these priorities. Funding decisions are made locally by a team of 60 volunteers from all walks of life and approved by the Board of Directors. For every dollar donated, $0.85 is returned to the community in programming and 100% of every donation remains in Southern Chautauqua County. Click Here to Volunteer

Cattaraugus County Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Connecting Communities in Action: Connecting Communities in Action, works with the community, for the community. We provide many services to help you take your next step forward. We believe in helping everyone who interacts with us as our ultimate goal is to help you achieve security, stability, and self-efficacy for you and your family. Click Here to Volunteer
  • Cattaraugus County Department of Aging/Meals on Wheels: Meals on Wheels volunteers not only deliver nutritious and delicious meals, they also provide a daily check and social contact for the meal recipients. The meal recipients receive much-needed interaction, and their caregivers have peace of mind knowing that someone is checking on their loved one on a daily basis.  Click Here to Volunteer 
  • SPCA in Cattaraugus County:  The SPCA in Cattaraugus County, is a private, non-profit, no-kill charity animal shelter, and was founded in 1905. We are dedicated to saving the lives of animals, and providing adoption services for homeless and neglected animals. Click Here to Volunteer 
  •  The Genesis House of Olean, Inc.: The Mission of the Genesis House is to provide secure temporary housing and supportive services as homeless adults and families transition to more stable housing. Click Here to Volunteer

Allegany County Volunteer Opportunities: 

  • CORE – The Learning Center: CORE is dedicated to empowering the communities they serve through lifelong learning.  To Volunteer as a Tutor, contact Adrianna Seewaldt at 585-786-3890 ext. 2002 or
  • Allegany County United Way: Allegany County United Way enjoys a 60-year tradition of supporting human services agencies in Allegany County helping individuals and families achieve their potential through education, economic self-sufficiency and healthy lives. The community in turn generously supports the United Way through workplace employee campaigns, corporate giving, and individual giving.  Click Here to Volunteer 
  • Allegany County SPCA:  The SPCA’s mission is to attend to the needs of the abandoned, neglected, and abused companion animals of Allegany County. Change is constant at the SPCA shelter. Animals in great need of care and compassion continually arrive as others are adopted out into their forever homes. The furry faces may change, but the need never goes away. Click Here to Volunteer 

McKean County Volunteer Opportunities: 

  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate): The Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program of McKean County, in concert with the national and state CASA programs, provides volunteers who are committed to support the local court as advocates of abused and neglected children, toward breaking the cycle of child abuse so that children can thrive in safe, permanent, nurturing homes. Click Here to Volunteer 
  • Bradford Salvation Army: Nestled between the Allegheny National Forrest and the Allegany State Park the Bradford Salvation Army serves the McKean County communities with the love of Christ. This bible-based Holiness movement ministry continues to demonstrate the love of God and serve those in need in Jesus’ name. Click Here to Volunteer 
  • McKean County SPCA:  Doing our best, serving the animals of the McKean County area. Click Here to Volunteer

Warren County Volunteer Opportunities: 

  • Warren General Hospital:  The support of a community is essential to the success of any hospital. Warren General warmly welcomes support from many avenues. Whether you are able to assist the hospital through financial means or with the gift of time and talent through volunteering, we encourage you to consider the many opportunities for making a difference in your community. Click Here to Volunteer 
  • Warren County YMCA: The WARREN COUNTY YMCA is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities. Together we work to ensure everyone, regardless of gender, income, faith, sexual orientation or cultural background, has the opportunity to live life to its fullest. We share the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility – everything we do stems from it. Click Here to Volunteer 
  • Hospice of Warren County:  Hospice of Warren County Volunteers are a vital part of our organization and critical to our mission of providing compassionate end-of-life care to the citizens of Warren County. We provide numerous volunteer opportunities so that our volunteers can choose the path that is right for them. Click Here to Volunteer 
  • Paws Along the River:  Paws Along The River Humane Society is committed to building lifelong bonds between people and animals through education, community outreach programs, and the prevention of cruelty. Click Here to Volunteer


For more resources and information about volunteering in your local community, we encourage you to connect with your local hospital, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, United Way, or school.  ERA Team VP is proud to partner with numerous local agencies throughout the year to give back to the communities in which we serve!