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I had a few hours to spare. I gained a lifetime friend.

People Inc. provides various opportunities for community members to make a difference in the lives of people supported by the agency. It is a rewarding chance to give back while helping those who need it most.

Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome volunteers year-round in our residential sites, day programs, People Inc. Senior Companion Program, People Inc. New York State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program and the People Inc. AmeriCorps ETHOS Program. Volunteering at People Inc. may be the right fit if you:

  • Have a hobby, passion or skill you would like to share with or teach to a person with a developmental disability 
  • Crave satisfying work with an innovative agency that will allow you to use your talents to make a meaningful impact
  • Want to assit and advocate for older adults 
  • Gain new experiences and participate in a variety of human service activities

Assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities: Share your skills while assisting people in our various programs and services. Download a volunteer application. For more information, email or call 716.322.7050.

Assist older adults: Want to help older adults remain independent in their own home? The People Inc. Senior Companion Program welcomes volunteers 55 or over who live in Erie County and meet income guidelines to assist older adults with grocery shopping, light cooking and housekeeping. Trained volunteers earn a stipend, mileage and meal reimbursement. To volunteer or for more information, email Alissa Yax at or call 716.768.2381.

Advocate for older adults: Do you have problem-solving skills and a passsion to help older adults? The People Inc. New York State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers year-round. Ombudsmen volunteers promote the rights of residents who live in nursing homes and other long-term care faciliites in Eire, Niagara, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties. To learn more, email or call 716.817.9222 or 1.844.527.5509.

Become an AmeriCorps member through People Inc.: The People Inc. AmeriCorps ETHOS Program introduces people to a career in human services while providing them valuable job skills, a living allowance, student loan deferment, an education award toward college and other benefits during their year of service. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and cannot be People Inc. employees. Those who have served in the U.S. Military (including the Guard and Reserve), their families and those with a disability are encouraged to apply. For more information, contact Pamela Kefi, or 716.833.1637 ext. 100.

Western New York 1219 North Forest Road | P.O. Box 9033 | Williamsville, New York 14231 | Phone: 716.817.7400 | Toll Free NY 1.888.7PEOPLE | Fax: 716.634.3889

Rochester 1860 Buffalo Road | Rochester, NY 14624 | Phone 585.441.9300 | Fax 585.441.9398

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