Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

How does a good neighbor become a Journey's End Volunteer?

Journey's End offers a wide array of opportunities for individuals, groups, and families to make a difference. Through our Volunteer Services department, college students, church groups, professionals, retirees, and other good neighbors can provide organizational support and direct services to refugees.

Each volunteer's interests, talents and capabilities are matched with the current needs and opportunities. We have opportunities to help during the weekdays, on evenings and weekends, at special events, at home, and through item drives. Some examples are below, but we offer many more. Volunteer acceptance, placement, and scheduling are at the discretion of the Volunteer Manager.

Youth Services.

There are a variety of ways to be involved with refugee youth, including summer camp, math camp, Buffalo Beginnings tutoring, GED-level tutoring, reading at the Library, helping at Central Registration, and being a School Mom. Great for service learning classes and families.

Match Grant Mentoring.

A mentor commits to one family or individual for 3-6 months. You would befriend them, introduce them to their neighborhood, and help them with job-related activities. Evening and weekend availability makes this great for families and professionals.

ESL classes.

An ESL tutor helps during one of our English as a Second Language classes held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9:00am to 12:00pm or 1:00pm to 4:00pm. The students are newly-arrived refugee adults hoping to become more employable and self-sufficient. Great for graduate students and retired teachers.

Donation drives.

We often need specific things to support our new families, such as furniture, winter clothes, or school supplies. You would work with our staff to identify the current needs and then gather the items. Great for companies and groups.

Office support.

Provide regular support to staff as they assist refugees in starting their new life. Includes paperwork and telephone reception. Great for retirees and career-explorers.

Green Shoots for New Americans Farm Program

Volunteering on the Green Shoots Farm involves a variety of outdoor farming activities including watering, weeding, hoop house maintenance, planting, harvesting, and more. Volunteers are needed throughout the week and especially on the weekends to ensure the health and livelihood of a variety of vegetable plants. Experience preferred but not a must. Great for college students, summer programs, church groups, etc.

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Sound like a good fit? Please review our "Volunteer" page for information on how to submit an application and attend an orientation session.

Download a Volunteer Application here: Application

Have more questions? Please contact Bryana DiFonzo, Volunteer Manager at  (716) 882-4963 x210 or via email

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