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:

Hudson Valley Hospice
is seeking new Patient Care Volunteers for Dutchess and Ulster Counties!

The Hospice Volunteer 20 Hour Training will take place in October 2017 at our Dutchess County Office in Poughkeepsie. Registration is required.

For more information on becoming a Hudson Valley Hospice Volunteer and to register, please contact:

Peggy Kuras 845-240-7524 (Dutchess)
Terri St. John 845-240-7597 (Ulster)

Thank you for your support and consideration

Home of Champions is a 501(c)3 on a mission to identify future leaders among foster care youth,and to empower them to reach their leadership and creative potential.

Home of Champions is a challenging, supportive home base where youth will have access to opportunities, resources and mentoring, gain the knowledge to live an active, consistent and sustained life style and develop the attitude necessary to become the responsible leaders, change makers and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

The property is the former home and training facility of heavyweight boxing world champion Floyd Patterson. He built a professional boxing ring and facility that served as a training camp for two undisputed world heavy weight champions – Muhammad Ali and Ingemar Johansson as well as Patterson’s son, Tracy Harris Patterson who became a 2nd generation boxing champion.We will continue this legacy. The boxing and training facility will be converted into the Home of Champions Community Center. This will house leadership, holistic health, and creative arts seminars.
85 Springtown Road, New Paltz

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12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
HUM 214

Join us for the first Wednesday Workshop of the Fall 2017 semester! On Wednesday, September 6th, the topic is: “Local Volunteering.” We will discuss volunteering in New Paltz and the Hudson Valley. Learn what to look for, where to search, and how to find a volunteer site that works for YOU!  I will also give a preview of UCWays (the volunteer website for assistance with accessing volunteer opportunities using public transportation), Saturdays of Service, Alternative Spring Break, and the upcoming 9th Annual Volunteer Fair.

All students are welcome to attend Wednesday Workshops. No advance sign-up is necessary and you are welcome to bring your lunch. We look forward to seeing you!


Seeking some volunteers to assist with set-up/breakdown of the Volunteer Fair and greeting organization representatives: 11am-1:30pm and 3:30pm-4:30pm on Wednesday, September 13. Must be full of energy and able to carry items or use a hand cart (we will provide) to bring materials from the HAB circle to SUB MPR. Please email me at if you are interested in any of these times!




photo courtesy of  @np_apo_agd

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization working locally and in nearly 1,400 communities across the United States and in approximately 70 countries around the world. Habitat’s vision is of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Habitat works toward this vision by building and improving homes in partnership with individuals and families in need of a decent and affordable place to live. Contact Ulster County Habitat for Humanity for volunteer opportunities near you.




Volunteer opportunities include:

Clean and arrange
Merchandise display
Customer assistance

Assist staff members
Loading & unloading
Warehouse upkeep

Prep Room
Repair gently used furniture
Test & repair electronics/appliances
Prepare donated items for resale

Habitat Build Site
General construction
Painting & tile work
Cleanup & landscaping

Lori Alter
406 Route 28 PO Box 2554
Kingston, NY 12402
(845) 340-0907

Seed Song Farm produces sustainably-grown vegetables, herbs, berries, flowers, and forest products, available through CSA shares (weekly pickup of fresh produce at the farm) and local farmer’s markets. The Farm’s commitment to health and sustainability goes far beyond the exclusion of harmful chemicals, as we will take the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York’s (NOFA-NY) Farmer’s Pledge. We use indigenous plants both for production, consumption, public activities, and habitat for beneficial plants and insects, including pollinators and natural insect predators.

Volunteers needed to:
-care for community plantings eg 3 Sisters field, public forest garden, medicinal herbs
-educational program prep and implementation
-public event prep and implementation
-newsletter compilation
-media outreach including social media
-art on the farm projects
-program and event documentation
-community meals- cooking and service
-food pantry donations and gleaning coordinator

Creek Iversen
160 Esopus Ave
KingstonNY 12401
(845) 902-8154

8th Annual UlsterCorps Zombie Escape
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Williams Lake Road (off Binnewater Road) | Rosendale, NY

Volunteers of all ages are welcome to assist with this event for various tasks including runner registration, food setup, decorating, EMT, giving directions, assisting with parking, race timing, zombie wrangling, and photography.

Volunteers needed 8:30am to 2pm.

Sign up to volunteer at



Runners of all ages are invited to run for their lives in UlsterCorps’ 7th Annual Halloween Zombie Escape, Saturday, October 28, 2017 . Enjoy the spectacular fall foliage and beautiful trails at Williams Lake in Rosendale, while dodging zombies and other spooky surprises hiding in the woods, tunnels and caves – a perfect family friendly way to start your Halloween. The event includes options for all levels of competitors: a FREE 1K Fun Run for kids, a 5K timed race and Zombie Escape, and a 1K walk/hike.