Volunteer – Northeastern New York

Our volunteers come in all sizes, shapes and colors, but their hearts are pink and their caring has no limit. Are you a leader, a thinker or a doer? Use your talents in our promise to save lives and end breast cancer forever!  We need you now more than ever. Volunteers provide countless hours contributing their skills to further the Susan G. Komen® promise. We will work with your availability.  Every minute you spend helping gives another minute of hope to those affected by breast cancer.

Year-Round Volunteer Needs  (If interested in general volunteer opportunities, please complete this Volunteer Form)

Currently, we have several specific volunteer needs:  If you are interested please contact Sandra Goldmeer by at 518-261-1753 or email sgoldmeer@komenupstateny.org with your availability to set up a volunteer interview.

1. General Office Assistance– Addressing and mailing letters, making photo copies, sending emails, answering phones, etc. We are currently in need of volunteers to help in the office from 12noon-5pm Monday-Friday.

2. Graphic Designers– We are in need of individuals with graphic design skills (and access to software) to help us create images for our website, emails, social media, and print materials. Most work could be done from home, with an occasional visit to the office.

3. Event Volunteers– We regularly attend fundraisers, health fairs, and other community events both during the week and on weekends. Since we have a small staff, we rely on volunteers to help us cover all of the events we are asked to attend. If you would like to be added to our year-round volunteer list, please email your name, email and phone number. We periodically send out emails announcing volunteer opportunities to this listserve. Regular volunteers are often asked to take the lead on events where a staff member is unable to attend.


Students interested in an internship should email their resume to Sandra Goldmeer  sgoldmeer@komenupstateny.org along with your availability for an interview and the internship position you are interested in.

Race for the Cure Volunteer Opportunities

Our Affiliate offers year-round volunteer opportunities, but our biggest volunteer need is to put on the Race for the Cure on  October 7, 2017.  We need between 250 — 300 volunteers to stage a successful race.

Our volunteers can choose from pre-race opportunities and race-day opportunities (some of which are in shifts, so you can still walk/run if you like).

To be considered for one of the above volunteer positions, please fill out the downloadable mail-in Volunteer Application Form and return to the address on the form.   Our online Volunteer sign-up system will be operational shortly! 

Race Planning: We start planning for the next race in March and we can always use a couple of new faces on the planning committee to work on sponsorships, logistics, public relations, donations, etc. We meet once a month (twice a month in August and September), for about an hour, as a group and work individually on our assigned tasks between meetings; but we help each other out a lot. Race week can be really hectic and we need dependable people.

Pre-Race Opportunities

Data Entry: Although online registration is faster and easier, many people still prefer to register using the paper form. We need people to enter the information from the paper forms into the online database (you will get no financial information). You can do this from your own home and own computer in September.

Team Box Assembly: We need volunteers to help us put together boxes for registered teams containing that team’s t-shirts, chip packets (for runners), id bibs (for walkers), pins, etc. We have team ranging in size from 10 — 150 so pre-packaging their items makes it easier for everybody on race day. We do this at a location in Colonie on a Monday and/or Tuesday evening.  Specific time & place will be determined closer to Race Day.

Move Supplies: Most of the items we need to stage the event are stored at our office or in a local storage unit. On the Wednesday evening before the Race we  move it the Empire State Plaza so it is available to us for early packet pickup. We use a truck, so we are not asking you to move things in your vehicles, but we need people to load the truck at the storage area(s) and unload it at the Plaza. Two separate groups work well for this — muscle helps.

Registration/Packet Pick-up: On the Thursday and Friday before the race we are open for business at the Empire State Plaza. We need volunteers to look up registration information and handout t-shirts, walk and runners bibs.

Merchandise Table: People like to have a little remembrance of the race, and we offer small pink ribbon items for sale at our merchandise table. We need volunteers to work this table. These volunteers will handle small amounts of money.

Race Day Opportunities

Food/Beverage: Many local supermarkets donate items for use at our race and sometimes we need to pick up those items at the markets and bring them to the Empire State Plaza or the TownSquare radio station garage.

Set Up: We get to the Plaza bright and early on race day to get the registration area ready, make sure our sponsor representatives have everything they need, prepare the merchandise table, sign in volunteers, etc. Plaza workers do the heavy work, but there is lots of set up to do. We also have a crew go to Washington Park to set up the race course (gotta place those cones).

Volunteer Check In: We need people to help check in the rest of the volunteers, hand out their special volunteer t-shirts make sure they know where to go, etc.

Race Day Registration: Lots of people pick up their packets and register on race day. We need lots of people to sort t-shirts, hand out bibs, take registrations, etc. The line can get long and the more helpers we have the better off we are.

Merchandise Table: People like to have a little remembrance of the race, and we offer small pink ribbon items for sale at our merchandise table. We need volunteers to work this table. These volunteers will handle small amounts of money.

Raffle Table: Each year we have a special raffle with the prize announced at the Race.  Volunteers are needed to sell raffle tickets and ensure they are delivered to the state for the drawing at Awards Ceremony at 11am.

Donation Table: We need a few people to accept donations and hand out incentives for those who have reached fundraising milestones. This is one of the few sitting down jobs we offer.

Survivor Tent: Survivors are special people and outside, on the plaza we have a tent for survivors with a few tables and special “gifties.” We need people to make sure the food, gifties, etc. are kept supplied.

Course Marshall: We need people at roadway intersections at the park to ensure that our runners and walkers have a clear right of way and are going in the right direction. Course Marshalls also keep an eye out for injured runners who may need medical attention from the medical team we have stationed at the finish line. The City of Albany Police Department is present at city street intersections to block vehicle traffic; our Course Marshalls remind pedestrian traffic to keep out of the way of runners.

Water Station: We keep water available to runners and walkers at two stations, one in Washington Park and the other at the race finish line. We need people to keep the water supply stocked and hand it out to runners and walkers.

I am Komen Ambassadors:  To run the two I am Komen educational booths or serve as I am Komen rovers.

Expo Booths:  Some of our sponsors need volunteers to help with their booths, handing out giveaways, etc.

Food & Beverage: We need volunteers to help unpack and display the food and beverage outside on the Plaza. There are two shifts, the early shift arrives at 7. The second shift takes over at 9 to maintain the food supply. Having two shifts lets our runners and walkers both volunteer and participate in either the walk or the run. Lots of hungry people mean we need lots of help.

Plaza Clean Up: After the event we need to pick up our mess. Plaza staff does the heavy work, but we need people to pick up the stray water bottles, etc. from the plaza area. It is our responsibility not to leave a mess, and we take it seriously.

Plaza Pack Up: All the items we moved from storage to the Plaza on Wednesday — some of it needs to be packed up and put on the truck to be returned to our office. Again, two crews would be great; one to the office to load the truck at the Plaza and the other to unload the truck at our office. Muscle is very welcome.


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