Community Service Opportunities


NOTE: Community service should be done at a not-for-profit agency and you must not be paid for your work.

American Red Cross

73 Market Street, Potsdam
Phone:  268-0102
Local Blood Banks
*Students only receive 5 hours for donating blood*

Canton Neighborhood Center

5 West Street
Phone:  386-3541
Contact:  Daisy Cox, Director

Canton Free Library

8 Park St
Phone:  315-386-3712
Contact:  Amanda Jones
The library is in need of regular volunteers to help with shelving and upkeep, as well as groups of volunteers to assist with special events throughout the year.

Canton United Methodist Church

41 Court Street
Phone:  386-4281 or 386-4500
Contact:  Carlton Doane
Weekly free will dinners (2nd, 3rd & 4th Wednesdays of the month)

Chaney Dining Center

Phone:  x7634
Contact: Vern Impey or Jason Bartholomew

The Church & Community Program

Contact: Connie Jenkins

Description: The Church & Community Program is a food pantry that serves, on average 200 families a month. We need volunteers to help unload trucks and distribute food Monday through Thursday.

It's an easy way to make a big difference in the community!

Extension Learning Farm

1894 State Highway 68
Phone:  379-0607
Contact: Betsy Hodge
Yard or farm work at Learning Farm

The Local Living Venture

Contact: Chelle Lindahl
Phone: 315-347-4223

Location: Canton/Potsdam
Group/Individual: Group

Description: Many special projects including: Pollinator Program, 25th Anniversary Renewable Energy Home Tours, The Local Living Festival, various workshops, administrative/technical assistance. Transportation is possible but depends on the circumstance. Much of this can be done via a computer and a phone at home. Some projects may be individual others can be done by a group.

The Office for the Aging

Contact Office of the Aging

Description: The Office for the Aging provides service and advocacy for county residents 60 years and older. Programs and services includes: Nutrition Centers and Home Delivered Meals; Home Care Services;  Family Caregiver Support; Senior Community Service Employment Program; Medical Transportation;  Legal Services; Health Insurance Information Counseling and Assistance.

Physical Plant

Cooper Service Building
Phone: 386-7222
Work with maintenance or grounds staff.

Potsdam Humane Society

17 Madrid Ave
Potsdam, NY

Tel/Fax: (315) 265-3199

Residence Hall Directors

Heritage Hall - Phone 386-7399
Rushton Hall - Phone 386-7403
Mohawk Hall - Phone 386-7511
Smith Hall - Phone 386-7672
Kennedy Hall - Phone 386-7965

St. Mary’s Church

68 Court Street
Phone: 386-2543
Contact: Paul Schrems

St. Mary’s Parochial School

2 Powers Street
Phone:  386-3572
Contact: Pamelia Neal, Principal

Salvation Army Empire Division

Phone: 434-1361
Contact: Sam Reeder

Student Activities Office

Miller Campus Center 211
Phone:  386-7315
Contact: Director of Student Activities or Student Activities Program Coordinator

St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Clothing Store

7 Main Street
Phone:  386-4378

Village Recreation Office

Outer Lincoln Street
Phone:  386-3992

*If you have any questions about these or other community service opportunities, please feel free to contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 386-7120 or stop by the office in the Miller Campus Center 229.


Please note! We do not accept signatures from students as supervisors of community service – YOU MUST have a staff member’s signature to submit your hours.

Also, if you complete your community service at home or a location other than what is listed here, YOU MUST have the community service supervisor provide on their letterhead signed documentation provided to our office you completed the service.