Made In Kingston

Local arts businesses will gather Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017 for an expo of all things made in Kingston, at a new space under development in Midtown, the city’s up-and-coming arts district.

The fifth annual Made In Kingston event will be co-sponsored by the City of Kingston, Kingston Midtown Arts District, Arts Mid Hudson, the Business Alliance of Kingston and TRANSART. The event continues the momentum that has been building since planning for a Midtown arts district began three years ago.

This year’s event will be held at The Metro, the former MetLife Hall of Records building, at 2 South Prospect Street (on the corner of Greenkill Avenue, opposite the Boys and Girls Club).

The 4 to 8:30 pm event is open to the public. In addition to more than four dozen local artists, the evening will feature local food, beverages and musical entertainment.

We are seeking 12 volunteers to circulate among the crowd to encourage participation and help with other production aspects of the event from 3-8pm. We could also use volunteers to assist with setup before the event!

*Transportation can be worked out for volunteers without access to a car!!**

Margaret S. Inge
Director of Development
TRANSART & Cultural Services, Inc.

Image result for nobody leaves mid hudsonNobody Leaves Mid-Hudson//Nadie Se Va Del Mid-Hudson is a grassroots organization fighting around issues that most deeply affect its members, who are predominantly low-income people of color, and challenging the systems of power at the root of these problems. Right now, that means we’re fighting around immigration justice and the need for forms of identification for undocumented immigrants across New York state. You can learn more on our website: We depend on the support of our volunteers to build the people power we need to win real change — and you can become one by signing up at

Caitlin Munchick
Development, Communications, and Volunteer Coordinator
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
o: (845) 481-0703

Ulster County Toys for Tots events- help needed!
Sat. 12/2 – West Hurley at Rt. 28 Storage 11-2 pm (outside)
Sat. 12/9 – Best Buy, Kingston Mall  11-2 pm (inside)
Sat. 12/16 Toys R Us – 12-3 pm, Kingston (outside)
The week of 12/11-12/15, I am gone every day picking up collection boxes all oer the County to our storage and sorting them.  I can take 1-2 strong people per day.
Friday, 12/22 is public distribution day at the Best Western Plus Hotel on Washington Avenue in Kingston.  We open from 9-5 pm for the public.  We need helpers on site by 8 am.  Breakfast and Lunch provided.   I have a limited # of ppl I can allow to assist for this day.
Melissa Curtis

“Sustainable Agriculture in the Mid-Hudson Valley”
Dates of Program:
(Applicants must be available for all dates listed below)
Friday, March 2 5-9pm
Saturdays, March 3, April 14, May 5 8am-5pm

Volunteer with organizations in the Mid-Hudson Valley that provide support to the community in the area of sustainable agriculture. (Exact locations are TBD but potentially include Phillies Bridge Farm Project, Seed Song Farm, and Woodstock or Catskill Animal Sanctuary)


Application available at

Application Deadline: November 17

Saturdays of Service (SoS) is in its fifth year and provides students with an opportunity to volunteer in the Hudson Valley community over the course of one semester in a FUN and meaningful way. This semester-long initiative gives students the opportunity to take part in a number of volunteer, social, and educational activities to better the community and themselves.

Application: Start your application now! Among other items, the application requires a resume and detailed answers to application questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Additional information and an application can be found at

Deadline: All applications must be turned in to the Career Resource Center (HUM 105) no later than Friday, November 17 at 4pm.  Interviews will be scheduled for the end of November. This program is competitive and selective; space is limited to no more than 18 students.

Additional details: Open to full-time, matriculated, undergraduate students at SUNY New Paltz in good academic and judicial standing who have not previously participated in Saturdays of Service or Alternative Spring Break. The Saturdays of Service Program is free for students and all costs related to transportation, service materials, and t-shirt will be covered for the duration of the program.

For further information or questions please contact Erica Wagner, Service Learning Coordinator, at

October is almost over, but there are still plenty of spook-tacular volunteer needs at the Center.

BIG NEED: Fall Soiree
Saturday, November 4th
Greeting visitors and donors; serving food; clean-up
Art Opening
Saturday, November 4th
3:30pm – 7:30pm
set-up; greeting visitors; clean-up
Tabling @ LGBTQ Family Carnival
Saturday, November 11th
Sharing information about the Center with LGBTQ families.
Mass Mailing
November 13th-17th

Whenever you’re free!

Calling all collaters, envelop-stuffers, and stamp-lickers! Help us get the word out.
Library Organizing
Starting ASAP
Handy with an Excel spreadsheet? Like leafing through books? Help us create a catalogue of our holdings.
Snowflake Festival
Friday, December 1st
6pm – 10pm
Set-up; greeting visitors; clean-up
NEW! Friendly Visitors
Seeking volunteers interested in visiting and helping home-bound LGBTQ elders.
To find out more or to sign-up for any of these opportunities, contact Farrell Brenner at

Five years ago, Superstorm Sandy took lives, destroyed homes, and flooded subways. Like in Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, the people hit hardest by Sandy were the poor, people of color, immigrants, and our already most vulnerable communities.

New York’s elected officials must protect us from the impacts of climate change and lead a just transition to a renewable energy economy. We cannot wait any longer.

On October 28th, we will assemble and march from the Atrium at the SUNY New Paltz Student Union Building, and then rally at the New York State DEC on S.Putt Corners Road.

Speakers Include: NYS Assemblymember Kevin Cahill’s Office, Director of Environmental Studies and PhD of Sociology Brian Obach, Superstorm Sandy Victims, SUNY New Paltz Student from Bangladesh, Aumma Begum on how rising sea levels have devastated her hometown, and more!!!!

Sponsored by: Citizens for Local Power, New Paltz Climate Action Coalition, NYPIRG, NYSR, Riverkeeper, Students for Sustainable Agriculture, SUNY New Paltz Climate Action Club

Image result for graduate schoolThe Career Resource Center will host the 2017 Graduate and Professional School Day soon! The fair is Tuesday November 14 from 2pm-4pm. We would like to recruit student volunteers to assist representatives with carrying in their packages during set up or break down. Student assistance is requested 12:30-2pm and 3:45-4:30pm.
It is a great opportunity for students to network with schools as well as represent SUNY New Paltz. Students can contact Judy Tozzi to sign up at or call (845) 257-3268.
Thank you.

Image result for woodstock film festival 2017The Woodstock Film Festival is gearing up for its 18th year and is looking for volunteers! If you are 16 or older and want to be a part of the action and lend your hand in bringing one of the top regional film festivals in the world back to the Hudson Valley, please fill out our online submission form (linked here) or email All volunteer positions are important. We are looking for help in all departments, but we would love to fill spots in venues, art, and pipe and drapes!
Festival dates are Wednesday through Sunday, October 11-15, 2017. If you are not available during the festival, talk to us about helping out before or afterwards.
Our special priorities are:
Art – Starts 10/9 through 10/15. They’ll be around Woodstock for the first few days and then move to Backstage Productions (BSP) (Wall St in Kingston) to set up for the awards
Pipe and drapes (10/10-15) will be in the Woodstock area on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 10-11, then move to BSP on ThursdaySunday.
Venues – WFF can use extra hands at each of the venues for the run of the festival (October 11-15): Woodstock Community Center, Upstate Woodstock, Bearsville, Woodstock Playhouse, Saugerties Orpheum Theater, Rosendale Theater, Upstate Rhinebeck
Attached is a list of departments and their description.
Click here for our link to available shifts – please note that we have a three shift minimum but you are allowed to sign up for as many as you’d like.

Woodstock Film Festival Volunteer Job Descriptions
– Ticket taking
– Ushering
– On-site box office sales
– Assisting with line formation
– Distributing/collecting audience award ballots
– Playhouse venues volunteers assist with parking
– Set up venues
– Shoot cameras
– Record video
– Mix audio
– Light things
– Load/Unload trucks
– Relieve projectionists
– Digital Transfers
– Test and verify projection needs at each venue for setup
– Liaison between projectionists and tech dept.
– Film panels
– Extra hands to assist with Maverick Awards Ceremony for setup, run of
ceremony, and breakdown
– Multiple hands to assist with breaking down venues on final day
Art​ ​Department:
– Assist with decorating venues and/or for the Awards Ceremony
– Set Decorating
Pipe​ ​and​ ​Drape:
– Lifting and rigging
– Secure large piping, using ladders and getting your hands dirty
– Need around 2-3 volunteers each day of festival and one day after
– Manual labor
– Greeters
– Help with social media
– Help direct Press people where to go
Woodstock Film Festival Volunteer Job Descriptions
Panels​ ​and​ ​Events:
– Help with Check in
– Greet people
– In charge of signing in guests
– Needs help with cleanup
– May need help moving in and out of Registration
Box​ ​Office:
– One person on hand to assist with sales each day week before fest
– Need to know computer programs
– These people need to be trained
Maverick​ ​Awards:
– 1-2 people assist with pipe and drape 2-3 days before ceremony
– 2-3 people to usher during cocktail hour
– 3-4 people to help seat people
– Picking up vehicles
– Driving filmmakers to various venues
– Shuttling to/from parties/awards ceremony
– Setting up/breaking down parking lots for parties
– Filmmaker pick up/drop offs from/to airports
– Returning vehicles
Before the festival:
– Distributing pre-fest programs to neighboring towns
– Folding/organizing merch (t-shirts)
– Prepping attendee packets/goodie bags
During the festival:
– Helping keep the office organized
– Helping manage volunteers
After the festival:
– Helping clean office

The Career Resource Center will host the Fall 2017 Networking Fair for Jobs and Internships soon! The fair is Wed. October 18 from 11am-3pm. We would like to recruit student volunteers to assist employers with carrying in their packages during set up or break down. Student assistance is requested between 9:30am-11:30am and 2:30pm-3:30pm for 1 hour shifts.
It is a great opportunity for students to network with employers as well as represent SUNY New Paltz. Students can contact Beth King with questions at or call (845) 257-3278. Thank you.
Beth King

Website Editors & Beta Testers
Read the draft of our NEW and IMPROVED website and tell us what we did wrong 😉

Hollaqween & King Party
Friday, October 27th
all day: Decoration-making!
8:00pm-9:00pm: set-up
9:00pm-12:00am: greeting, money-handling, cleaning
12:00am-1:00am: clean-up
Volunteer for a shift! Email Farrell at
Art Opening
Saturday, November 4th
3:30pm – 7:30pm
set-up; greeting visitors; clean-up
Snowflake Festival
Friday, December 1st
6pm – 10pm
Set-up; greeting visitors; clean-up
NEW! Friendly Visitors
NEW! Friendly Visitors

Seeking volunteers interested in visiting and helping home-bound LGBTQ elders.

To volunteer for any of these opportunities, please email Farrell Brenner at

Image result for Hudson Valley Green Building EXPOThe Hudson Valley Green Building EXPO on Thursday, October 19th is seeking student volunteers.

Students are needed at the following times:
Students to assist company vendors from 2:30PM -3:30PM outside SU
Students to assist company vendors from 3:30PM – 4:30PM outside SU
Students to assist from 4PM – 5:30PM at registration desk at the Multi- Purpose Room
Students to assist from 5:30PM – 6:30PM at registration desk

To volunteer contact Tracie Hall at Please provide her with your name, email and cell phone number.

Local at Heart Empty Bowls Fundraiser event
Sunday Oct 1, 2017, 4-9pm
On Huguenot Street in New Paltz near the Reformed Church
Funds raised from this event go to local food pantries to help fight hunger in our community including one at SUNY New Paltz.
We need volunteers to serve soup! We will have a serving line of 15 soup pots, you would just ladle the soup into the bowl. We would need you to arrive by 3:30 pm, the event runs from 4 -9 pm.  You will get a free t-shirt and a free bowl of soup of your choice. You can take shifts if cannot be there for the whole event.
Also in need of a few face painters!
If available, email Barbara at or call at 845-264-9386.  Or contact Craig Shankles at: or phone at: 845-750-7151

Inline image 1Hogtied Hudson Valley! A Queer Hoedown Block Party
Saturday 9/30
1st shift: 6pm-8pm
2nd shift: 12am1am
Yee haw! Saddle up cowpokes, because the Center is having a good ol’ fashioned, country-fried, queer hoedown block party. We need help with setting up, and tearing down at the end of the night. Volunteers will get free food, drinks, and swag!

Old Lesbians Organizing for Change Present: Alix Dobkin in Concert
Sunday 10/24

OLOC is hosting their annual concert and needs a hand setting up! We need 1-2 volunteers to work with the OLOC organizers to get the Center ready. More information about the event can be found here. Volunteers will receive free admission to the concert.

Contact: Farrell Brenner
Program Specialist

300 Wall Street, Kingston, NY 12402
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Image result for elting library fairElting Library Fair & Book Sale
Saturday (9/23) and Sunday (9/24)
New Paltz, NY
We could still use student volunteers to help with set-up on Friday afternoon (9/22 from 3-6 p.m.), to help on Saturday afternoon with the Toys and Flea Market booths, as well as with Saturday afternoon breakdown from 4-6 pm, and possibly to help with the Book sale on Sunday, which runs from 10-3.
Contact: Chris Watkins

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WASTED! The Story of Food Waste

Screening of a Film by Anna Chai and Nari Ky

Tuesday October 3, 2017 6:30pm, SUNY New Paltz, Lecture Center Room 102

Can you imagine if every time you opened your wallet, a third of your cash fell out and you did nothing
about it?  Consider the fact that one-third of the food grown annually for human consumption is never eaten – for one reason or another, it ends up in the garbage. That’s $218 billion – or 1.3 billion tons of food annually. In America, families discard about 25% of the food and beverages they buy at a cost of $1,365 to $2,275 annually. Yet at the same time, 800 million people around the globe are starving. It’s a problem, but one with no shortage of solutions.

WASTED! THE STORY OF FOOD WASTE aims to change the way people buy, cook, recycle, and eat food. Through the eyes of chefs like Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali, Massimo Bottura, and Danny Bowien, audiences will see how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps into incredible dishes that create a more secure food system. WASTED!  exposes the criminality of food waste and how it’s directly contributing to climate change and shows us how each of us can make small changes – all of them delicious – to solve one of the greatest problems of the 21st Century.

The filmed is sponsored by SUNY New Paltz Campus Auxiliary Services and Sodexo and co-sponsored by the Hudson Valley Regional Council, Hudson Valley Agribusiness Development Corp, Valley Table and ZeroToGo, LLC.

For directions and a SUNY New Paltz Campus Map visit:

For more information contact Rich Schiafo at, 845-564-4075 ext 213

Trailer of film: WASTED! The Story of Food Waste

LogoVolunteers needed for the Hudson Valley Regional Council’s 2nd Feeding the Hudson Valley to be held on Saturday October 7, 2017, 11am-3pm at the Walkway Over the Hudson.Volunteers are needed both for the day of the event and in the week leading up to the event.  Help is needed for food prep and cooking, event set up, food service, flyer handouts, event promotion, picture and video and event cleanup

Please sign up to volunteer for Feeding the Hudson Valley Signup to help us create our second successful event.

For more information, contact Rich Schiafo,, 845-564-4075 ext. 213.

So many young people in the Charlottesville community saw violent and terrifying actions in early August. We want to replace hate and fear with love and a sense of security, to let all kids know they are loved.

Create a postcard with colorful drawings and messages of love and tolerance; New Paltz is standing behind them after a display of hate, showing that we believe in their ability to build a better world. 

Come to the Volunteer Fair on 9/13 to participate in a positive postcard writing campaign for children in the Charlottesville, VA area. More about the #dearyoungperson campaign can be found here

Seeking volunteers to lead short, informal campus tours to local 6th graders (Bailey Middle School, Kingston), roughly 10:30-11, Wednesdays, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, and 29. It would be ideal if volunteers could meet kids at the bus, point out some of the buildings, and briefly describe their college experience while walking them to the planetarium in Coykendall. The planetarium show start time is 11.

These 6th graders are funny and interested and it should be a lot of fun for students to meet them. The primary idea for the tour is to get them interested in college and meet a student who can share their enthusiasm with the group.

Interested or want more information? Contact:
Zachary Bowman
Manager of Education and Visitor Experience
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art
State University of New York at New Paltz
T:  845.257.3604



Listed below is a summary of the variety of jobs and shifts you can sign up for.
Sign up with your friends!
Sign up with your family!
Students, get community service credits!
Be a credit to your community!
Volunteers are admitted free!
If you’ve volunteered before, we are so grateful to have you back.
If this is your first time …welcome to the event of the season!!!!
Friday, September 22
·   Food Pickup/Deliveries, Times TBA
·   Food Prep 3-6, 6-9 pm
·   Site Setup and Decor, 3-7 pm
Saturday, September 23
·   Site Setup and Decor, 10am-12pm, 12-2, 2-4, 4-6pm
·   Final Food Prep and Pack-Out (@SUNY Ulster) 9am-12pm
·   Kitchen Clean-Up (@SUNY Ulster) 11:30am – 4 pm
·   Food Prep (on site) 2-6pm
·   Registration / Greeters , 2-5, 5-8pm
·   Parking 2-4, 4-6, 6-8, 8-10pm
·   Bake Sale 2-5, 5-8, 8-10pm
·   Merchandise  2-5, 5-8, 8-10pm
·   50/50 Raffle, times TBA
·   Kids Area, 3:30 – 7:30pm
·   First Aid (Certified CPR/AED/1st AID), 3-6, 6-9pm
·   Food Service, Passing Hors d’Oeuvres, 2-5pm
·   Bartenders  2-5, 5-8, 8-10pm
·   Porters, 4-7, 7-10pm
·   Breakdown & Clean-Up Crew, 8:30-11:30pm
Sunday, September 24     
·   Breakdown & Clean-Up Crew, 12-2pm
If you have a long list of people who would like to help and would rather send me a list of names with jobs and shift times, that will work too. Just send me contact info: Name, phone number and email addresses.
Thank you very much,
Laurie Giardino
Hoedown Volunteer Coordinator
Contact me with questions at this address: