Volunteer

As a non-profit human services agency, we rely on the generous support of our community to fulfill our mission. Many people provide support through contributions of time, money, and items from our wish list to help our neighbors in need.

In 2016 HATAS served over 13,000 persons. Your dedicated support is needed to prevent the children we see today from becoming the adults that we serve tomorrow.

HATAS is a 501(c)(3) charity and your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

For more information about getting involved, call (518) 463-2124 or email info@hatas.org

To apply directly, use the contact form at the bottom of this page. We take every reasonable measure to ensure that our volunteers are matched with the oppurtunity that is right for them, and that they safe and comfortable in their roles.

Volunteer Opportunities

We could not do what we do without the help of dedicated volunteers. Short- and long-term opportunities are available. Here are some examples of volunteer assignments:

Volunteer Backpack Packer

We need volunteers to pack the backpacks full of food as part of the Albany Backpack Food Program. In groups of 8 to 10 people, volunteers work in an assembly line fashion to pack all the bags. The process takes no more than 2 hours. Volunteers must be able to list upwards of 20lbs and stand for extended periods of time. We are flexible with packing times once groups of volunteers are formed. First time volunteers will receive a briefing and sign the volunteer waiver prior to their first packing session.

Volunteer Delivery Driver

We need volunteers to deliver the packed backpacks full of food to local schools as part of the Albany Backpack Food Program. Volunteers arrive at the HATAS warehouse on Friday morning to load packs filled with food into their personal vehicle. Pick up time from the warehouse is flexible but all backpacks must be delivered before noon. A delivery of 30 backpacks to one school takes no more than an hour. Volunteers must submit a copy of their driver’s license, have valid insurance, be 21+ years of age, have a clear DMV record, and must provide their own vehicle. First time volunteers will receive a briefing and sign the volunteer waiver prior to their first driving shift. .

Furniture Bank Volunteers

Assisting the furniture bank with daily task such as maintaining warehouse and assist with pick up and delivery of furniture.

Reception

Greet and direct clients and visitors, direct telephone calls, collect client paperwork. Training is provided.

Ambassadors

Help us spread the word about our work and impact.

Fundraising

Work with executive staff and agency committees on fundraising events and initiatives.

Mentors

Provide feedback, suggestions, and support that helps people get and keep jobs and housing.

Clerical

General office and administrative help.

Workshop Facilitators

Facilitate skill or recreational workshops at our office. Workshops can be related to your professional or personal skills and interests.

“Handy” people

Help with building maintenance and repair.