Volunteer Roles

Volunteers play a major role at Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region. Last year more than 400 volunteers spent more than 47,000 hours helping us to ensure that every individual has the information, services and freedom to make healthy, responsible decisions about sex, sexuality and parenthood.
Our open volunteer opportunities change regularly.  Here is a sample of the types of volunteer roles we offer:

FUNCTION: Perform any variety of tasks which involve being a voice for choice. This could be as simple as becoming an e-advocate, to a more involved role, depending on your interests, time availability and skills.

REQUIREMENTS: Passionate and informed about reproductive health care issues, or the desire to be more informed. Specific volunteer roles may require additional skills (to be discussed). 
LOCATION(S): Rochester, Greece, Canandaigua, Batavia, Syracuse 


Clinic Assistant


FUNCTION: Provides support to clinic location by assisting on activites that help streamline direct care for clients. Tasks include daily clerical and organizing duties along with providing some recovery room assistance. 

REQUIREMENTS: Medical knowledge helpful, legible handwriting, attention to details and accuracy, understanding of confidentiality and sensitivity and willing to work within a clinical setting
LOCATION(S): Rochester, Syracuse 

Clinic Escort

FUNCTION: Clinic escorts offer patients and visitors support when coming to the clinic in Rochester (only). A friendly face and the distraction of talking to someone while approaching the clinic really helps patients feel comfortable coming to our clinics and minimizes the stress they might feel in response to demonstrator activities.

REQUIREMENTS: One 2-hour shift on a regularly scheduled day (for example, the first Tuesday of the month). Must be prepared to volunteer during all forms of inclement weather and endure ongoing verbal protestor activity. Attend training and shadowing session.
LOCATION: Rochester (University Ave.)  

Peer Health Advocate

FUNCTION: Educate and support individual adolescent patients at the Syracuse Health Center about health center services and family planning methods. The Peer Health Advocates can either be volunteers or student interns (for academic credit).

REQUIREMENTS: Passionate about the mission of Planned Parenthood. Ability to speak confidently with a variety of patients and listen well. Able to work independently, multi-task and adhere to confidentiality. Be engaged and able to hold multiple priorities. One or two semester commitment.

LOCATION: Syracuse

Rape Crisis Service Advocate


FUNCTION: Rape Crisis Service volunteer advocates provide emotional support and information to survivors of sexual assault, significant others and members of their families.

REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers must complete a 32-hour training (trainings occur in March and October), have reliable transportation, a working cell phone and be able to commit to four shifts a month. We also ask for a minimum 1-year commitment.
LOCATION(S): Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Orleans, Wyoming Counties    

Special Events/One-Time Advocates

FUNCTION: Assist at one or more of the annual PPRSR events, including the fall luncheon or reception, V-Day Rochester, The New York State Fair, PRIDE, etc.

REQUIREMENTS: Depending on specific activity; usually all events/activities require skill or specialized training.

LOCATION(S): Rochester, Syracuse, possibly other locations


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