Recurring Service Opportunities for Students

*SUNY Oswego Community Services does not guarantee that these opportunities will fulfill your service requirements.  It is your responsibility to confirm that these opportunities will meet your requirements before you participate

**GST and IST students must obtain instructor approval prior to serving

On Campus Service

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity offers many service opportunities. Meetings: 8 pm on Tuesdays in Shineman 174.  Email with any questions/information or attend a meeting!  Here is some information from the President of Habitat for Humanity at SUNY Oswego. 

Our Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter partners with other organizations such as Arise and the Oswego County Habitat to volunteer repairing houses, building ramps, and lots more! Our volunteering doesn’t stop at building homes we also volunteer with the food bank in Syracuse. Along with volunteering we also fundraise to help various organizations as well as spread awareness about poverty here in Oswego County and around the world.

Penfield Library

-- Students are limited to 2 hours of community service in the library per week, with a maximum of four students on duty at any one time.
-- Available times will be 10-12 and 2-5. 
-- Students must sign up at least 24 hours in advance, either in person at the circulation desk or via email at
-- Community service opportunities will end one month before finals (April 10 for Spring 2019).

Students receive a limited amount of hours helping the library staff.  This opportunity should not be relied on to fulfill larger service requirements.  

Rice Creek Field Station

Rice Creek Field Station, a unit of SUNY Oswego, is located one mile south of the main campus. When classes are in session, the Green Shuttle provides transportation to/from Rice Creek via Campus Center. The station is a year-round facility providing opportunities for class/lab meetings and field research. In addition, the field station provides public programs in nature education and there are four nature trails, open to the public, for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.  The facility and grounds are maintained by a grounds-worker and the help of volunteers.  To inquire about becoming a volunteer for the field station, email the director, Dr. Kamal Mohamed, or call 315-312-6677.  Individuals or groups of any size are welcome to inquire.

SHOP (Students Helping Oz Peers)

Shop is a student run food pantry which was created to assist Students, Faculty, and Staff in need.  They additionally provide clothing and toiletries as well. SHOP Is open for all to use their services and to volunteer.  

SHOP Is located in Room 3 in the Penfield Library Basement. 

For more information regarding services and times please check out the SHOP website.

You can also contact SHOP at or by calling 315-312-2446 if you are in need of additional services outside of the hours in which SHOP is open or to volunteer!

Off Campus Service


ARISE works with individuals who live with disabilities.  Volunteers will assist with a variety of tasks to assist those who live with disabilities including building stuctures for accessibility, working one-on-one with individuals for community outreach or education, and various other tasks.  Groups and individuals are welcome to volunteer.  

For more information, please contact Jim Karasek at or call 315-342-4088 x 205 (email preferred). 

Art Association of Oswego Inc. 

The Arts center is located on Eat 4th street and offers free art exhibits and low-cost art classes to the Oswego Community.  Volunteers are sometimes needed for events and exhibit activities.  

Contact (315) 216-6782 for more information.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities offers services to children, families and individuals.  These programs work to meet needs a variety of social needs including food, mental health, connection, advocacy and more. 

Please refer here for volunteer policies and application. If you would like more infromation, call 315-598-3980.

County of Oswego Council on Alcoholism and Addictions (COCOAA) 

COCOAA offers a range of family services to those affected by substance use.  

To get involved, please contact them via this link or call 315-342-7570 for the Oswego office, and 315-592-9243 for the Fulton Office.  

Fort Ontario

Fort Ontario is open during summer from May - October.  Still, there are various events occuring around the holidats which require assistance.  Staff are always available to take calls and assist. 

If you are interested in connecting and volunteering for events or during open season, call 315-343-4711

Grace and Glory Animals

G & G is an nonprofit organization which offers educational and entertaining animal presentations for birthdays, schools, and a variety of other events. 

For more information, call 315-326-1434

H. Lee White Marine Museum

Volunteers are needed to take part in protecting Oswego's maritime history.  They accept volunteers regarless of age and skill-set.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete this short form

Human Concerns Pantry

This ood pantry provides winter clothing, heigiene items, and food to individuals residing in Oswego School District in need.  The pantry accepts volunteers to assist with operation of the pantry.  

For more information contact 315-342-7301

Literacy Volunteers of Oswego

Literact Volunteers provide onon-to-one confidential tutoring to adults over the age of 16 who ae not in school.  Volunteers are needed to provide services.

For more information, contact 315-342-8839 or email

Oswego City Animal Shelter

The animal shelter offers limited times to walk dogs for the shelter.

More infromation and contact details can be found here

Oswego County Opportunities

Oswego County Opportunities is the largest non-profit organization in Oswego County which provides a variety of services for individuals and families in need inclusing homeless services, health education, housing assistance, rehabilitation, nutrition services, transportation and much more.  

Volunteers are need for a variety of odds and ends tasks such as placing stickers on materials, creating forlders, paperwork, various events assistance etc. 

If you are interested in such work, please contact Ellen Lazarek  at 315-342-7533 x1638  or email

If you are looking for longer term internship opportunities, OCO can offer those opportunities as well. 

Oswego Hospital

Oswego Hospital is seeking student volunteers for their HR department. This is a great way to gain some service hours and to network with other HR professionals. They are looking for some assistance on a regular basis, 2-3 days per week at the front desk. Mainly greeting employees, new hires and directing them, answer some phone calls, etc. Student schedules would need to be consistent. Hours would be anytime from 8am-4:30pm; Monday-Friday depending on the student(s) availability.
If interested, contact Dawn Smith with an updated resume and an email expressing your interest.

Oswego Players, Inc.

Oswego Players was established in 1938 and is one of the oldest continuously run community theater organizations in the country.  The theater relies solely on volunteer participation and holds classes for youth in the area as well as providing scholarships to Oswego seniors pursuing degrees in theater and fine arts.  

To get involved, please contact 315-343-5168

Oswego Public Library

The library offers a variety of community activities including story hour, computer literacy, and others.  
If interested, please contact the Library at (315) 341-5867

Paws Across Oswego County

Paws Across Oswego County, like the animal shelter, accepts donations and volunteers to walk dogs.  
For more information, please call 315-342-0001 

Richardson-Bates House Museum

The museum accepts volunteers to maintain operation as well as events and programs.  Volunteers give tours of the museum, maintain grouns, serve on committees for fundraisers and events, assist with annual family fun day, assist with mailings, and data entry.  

To apply, please follow this link to the application or call 315-343-1324 if the link if you have additional questions.  

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army provides many services for individuals in the community.  Volunteers at the Salvation Army in Oswego work in the soup kitchen, assist with cleaning, unloading trucks for the food bank, complete adminstrative work at the front desk, and assist with a variety of other tasks.  

For more infromation or to apply, contact Bonnie Kitts at or call the front desk at 315-343-6491 

Victory Transformation

Victory Transformation Inc. aims to provide faith based life skills, prayer, critical needs assistance, job skills preparation, peer support, community outreach, transportation, and prayer to those who are at risk or disadvantaged in any way.  

Please contact (315) 403-7681 to learn how to get involved through volunteering.  

Welhouse Ministries

This local nonprofit is in the process of opening Anthony House, a homes for terminally ill individuals who need 24 hour care. Volunteers are needed to assist in the office with email,  event promotion, and more. 

Contact Kateri Spinella if interested.  


The YMCA offers a variety of programs aimed at promoting health and wellness, youth development, and community involvement.  Volunteers are 

Contact 315-343-6082 if interested or apply here using the student application.

Syracuse Area Service

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