Volunteer

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Whether your interest is mentoring, interning, tutoring, providing career guidance, teaching a class, coaching, or simply playing a game of hoops, your volunteer experience at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area is meaningful.

 

Volunteering at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Capital Area is a fulfilling experience that gives you an opportunity to make a direct investment in the future of our community’s youth. We are always looking for skilled and dedicated volunteers to help us achieve our mission of improving the lives of children and families. 

 

Criminal background checks are required for any volunteer that regularly interacts with youth. All potential employees and recurring volunteers are required to be cleared in accordance with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services regulations.

We have a variety of volunteer opportunities available to match your schedule and interests. Scroll down to view the volunteer opportunities we offer:

How to become a volunteer:

Fill out a volunteer interest form 

Click here


Questions?

Contact Soozey Walensky at (518) 462-5528 or swalensky@bgccapitalarea.org
 

We want to make your volunteer experience as meaningful and convenient as possible.

There are many ways that you can lend a hand:​

Individual or Small Group Volunteer Options

After school program (ASP): Our bread and butter at the BGCCA is molding the future via building meaningful relationships with our kids. Working with ASP will allow you the opportunity to serve as a role model at one of our Albany or Troy locations.
Requirements: Volunteers must complete all OCFS specified background check requirements (2-4 weeks).

 

Workforce Development: Our Workforce Development program is primarily geared towards providing professional experience to accepted program participants aged 16-25. Serving with our Workforce program will allow you to mentor an individual working tirelessly to become a productive member of society.
Requirements: Volunteers must complete introductory paperwork.


Teen program: The BGCCA’s teen program is a drop-in program whose main purpose is to keep our community’s teens engaged via providing them with fun yet productive activities that allow them to grow in a safe environment. Volunteering with this program could see you working with our open gyms, Friday teen nights, or even our Lyricism 101 program to ensure that our teen programs are supported and sufficient!
Requirements: Volunteers must complete introductory paperwork.


Music Makers: Do you know how to play guitar, bass, piano, or the drums? Did you ever want to teach and share your passion with our teens? Well you’re in luck! Music Makers is a program that utilizes volunteers to teach participants the instruments mentioned above. This program is usually held Tuesday evenings in Albany.
Requirements: Volunteers must complete introductory paperwork.


Freight Farm: What if I told you that we have a fully functioning farm operating off of 6th Avenue in Troy? Our Freight Farm is a hydroponic farm located within a shipping container just outside of our Troy clubhouse. The Freight Farm is always in search of volunteers to assist with maintenance and crop cultivation. 
Requirements: Volunteers must complete introductory paperwork.


Coaching: Interested in serving as a youth mentor with an emphasis on coaching and athletics? Look no further! A large part of creating bright futures is ensuring that our kids are physically active as well as displaying key tenets of patience and sportsmanship. 
Requirements: Volunteers must complete all OCFS specified background check requirements (2-4 weeks).

 

One-off program/Limited program: Volunteer groups have the opportunity to coordinate one-off and limited volunteer programs with our kids. In the past, groups have organized and executed reading events, paint-alongs, the sky's the limit!
Requirements: Small volunteer groups do not need to complete any background check requirements; YDP’s must be present during program. 


Indoor/Outdoor beautification project: Regardless of the programming we provide on a daily basis, it is much more difficult to serve as a cornerstone of the community if you cannot look the part. Interior and exterior custodial projects are essential to the livelihood of the club, and also serve as a perfect opportunity for volunteers to get involved.
Requirements: Small volunteer groups do not need to complete any background check requirements; clubhouse staff must be present during project. 

 

Intermediate Group Volunteer Options

Indoor/Outdoor beautification project: Regardless of the programming we provide on a daily basis, it is much more difficult to serve as a cornerstone of the community if you cannot look the part. Interior and exterior custodial projects are essential to the livelihood of the club, and also serve as a perfect opportunity for volunteers to get involved.
Requirements: Intermediate sized volunteer groups do not need to complete any background check requirements; club staff must be present during project. 


One-off program/Limited program: Volunteer groups have the opportunity to coordinate one-off and limited volunteer programs with our kids. In the past, groups have organized and executed reading events, paint-alongs, the sky's the limit!
Requirements: Intermediate sized volunteer groups do not need to complete any background check requirements; YDP’s must be present during program. 


Event help: While assistance with events is largely dependent on which events are coming up, the BGCCA largely relies on volunteer service to manage and facilitate our events. In addition to assisting with events, volunteers typically get to enjoy some perks along with their service (i.e. live music, free concessions, etc. . .), also this varies with the event. 
Requirements: No paperwork or background check requirements are needed to work events.


 

Large Group Volunteer Options
 

Indoor/Outdoor beautification project: Regardless of the programming we provide on a daily basis, it is much more difficult to serve as a cornerstone of the community if you cannot look the part. Interior and exterior custodial projects are essential to the livelihood of the club, and also serve as a perfect opportunity for volunteers to get involved.
Requirements: Large volunteer groups do not need to complete any background check requirements; club staff must be present during project. 

 

One-off program/Limited program: Volunteer groups have the opportunity to coordinate one-off and limited volunteer programs with our kids. In the past, groups have organized and executed reading events, paint-alongs, the sky's the limit!
Requirements: Large volunteer groups do not need to complete any background check requirements; YDP’s must be present during program. 

 

Event help: While assistance with events is largely dependent on which events are coming up, the BGCCA largely relies on volunteer service to manage and facilitate our events. In addition to assisting with events, volunteers typically get to enjoy some perks along with their service (i.e. live music, free concessions, etc. . .), also this varies with the event. 
Requirements: No paperwork or background check requirements are needed to work events.