Volunteer Opportunities

The Ladies of Charity was built on the foundation of service to the poor and the marginalized in our communities.  Our mission is to continue, expand and improve our charitable and spiritual works according to the directives and in the spirit of Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Louise de Marillac and Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton through personal service to those in need.  


MARY’S CORNER:  Mary’s Corner is dedicated to serving families with children ages birth through 3 years by providing formula, baby food, diapers, clothing, essential baby and toddler items, toys and books.  Volunteers at Mary’s Corner will assist in interviewing families, help them to “shop” for needed items, stock shelves and sort clothes and participate in promoting the family literacy and the Reading Project.  In addition, our volunteers are needed to read and play with the children during the hours Mary’s Corner is open.  

The Albany Association of the Ladies of Charity currently operates the following Mary’s Corners locations:

Cohoes Public Library – Open Tuesday and Thursday from 10am to noon

Sister Maureen Joyce Center Albany- Open Wednesday from 9:30am until 12:30pm

Mary’s Corners also operates a central storage room at the Daughters of Charity used to sort clothing and supplies, coordinate deliveries to the locations and monitor inventory.  Volunteer hours are flexible, both days and evenings.  Please Contact Sheila Valenti oxbowsheila@yahoo.com 518-439-6062 to volunteer.

For more information or to volunteer for Mary’s Corner, contact coordinators: Ellen Bernier esberni@aol.com 518-573-6325 or Candice Stellato cstellato12@gmail.com  518-439-7767

SISTER MAUREEN JOYCE CENTER GIVING ROOM:  The Giving Room at the Sister Maureen Joyce Center serves homeless individuals from the Soup Kitchen with clothing and personal hygiene items.  The Giving Room is open Monday and Thursday from 11:30am until 1:00pm. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Chris Sheridan csherida@nycap.rr.com 518-438-7292 or Judy Farrell 518-482-4735.

SATURDAY’S WITH THE DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY:  One Saturday each month, volunteers from our Ladies of Charity meet with the Daughters of Charity at Saint Louise House to play games and cards, do service projects, have parties, or to just sit and chat and enjoy hospitality together.  Saint Louise House is the home of many retired Daughters of Charity, many of the Daughters are infirm or from out of the area and would welcome seeing you!   Co-Chairladies:  Mary Clinton at mclinton5@nycap.rr.com or 518-470-6120 and Rebecca Cribbs Rice rebecca.lj.cribbs@gmail.com  518-598-9697

COATS FOR THE COMMUNITY:  During early fall, Ladies of Charity collect coats from various locations and organizations around the Capital District.  The Ladies sort the coats, set up the location and display the coats, and help community members choose coats.  The actual distribution of coats takes place each October.  Co-Chairladies:  Kathy Kingsley at kkingsley1146@gmail.com, 518-435-5949; or Sandie DiDonna at sandie12203@gmail.com

BRIDGES OUT OF POVERTY:  Bridges Out of Poverty is a comprehensive program in Cohoes that helps those struggling with poverty to overcome barriers to successful employment – a powerful and proven approach to effect systemic change for those living in generational poverty. Help is needed to mentor individuals who are taking the “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World” classes, co-facilitate classes, help with administrative needs such as fund-raising, record keeping, publicity.  Days and hours are flexible.  Contact Kathy Kavanaugh at kkav@nycap.rr.com, 518-869-6520.

ONE TO ONE WITH THE DAUGHTERS:  Matching up one Lady of Charity with one Daughter of Charity for personal visits periodically throughout the year.  Please contact Sister Grace Marie at St. Louise House 518-462-1811.

THE SOUP KITCHEN AT THE SISTER MAUREEN JOYCE CENTER:  The Soup Kitchen is open for lunch on Monday and Thursday.  Any time you can give to volunteer is welcome!  No formal commitment is necessary.  For more information or to volunteer, contact Alba Giordano at 518-439-2193 albatony3@gmail.com

THE FOOD PANTRY:  The Food Pantry is located in the old St. Casmir’s Convent on Sheridan Avenue in Albany, next to the school.  The Food Pantry is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 1pm.  Any volunteer help would be welcome!  For more information or to volunteer, contact Alba Giordano at 518-439-2193 albatony3@gmail.com

Administrative Volunteer Opportunities

HOSPITALITY:  This committee plans the Fall Membership Liturgy and Meeting, events with the Junior Ladies of Charity, and Saturdays with the Sisters at the Daughters of Charity.  Chairlady is Mary Clinton, mclinton5@nycap.rr.com,  518-470-6120

INSTALLATION LITURGY AND DINNER:  This committee plans the yearly Installation Liturgy and Dinner in May or June.  Co-Chairladies:  Mary Clinton mclinton5@nycap.rr.com,  518-470-6120, Maria Patrick mariapatrick77@gmail.com 518-441-6311, Michele O’Hare mohare@naba-vision.org 518-694-6872

SPIRITUALITY:  This committee plans the yearly Lenten Spiritual Day of Reflection.  In addition, our Spirituality Chairlady opens each meeting with prayer. Chairlady is Maria Patrick mariapatrick77@gmail.com 518-441-6311

NEWSLETTER:  This committee secures and writes articles for the newsletter, which is published 4 times per year.  Chairlady is Candice Stellato cstellato12@gmail.com or 518-439-7767

HISTORIAN:  This committee takes pictures at our events and ministries, prepares poster boards and slide shows that are displayed at member events, and maintains all photos and other historical information.  Chairlady is Dore Schmidt dschmid2@nycap.rr.com, 518-456-5260.

PUBLICITY/WEBSITE:  Maintains and updates website and submits press releases to media outlets for all significant events of the Ladies of Charity.  Chairlady Rebecca Cribbs Rice rebecca.lj.cribbs@gmail.com 518-598-9697

PUBLIC POLICY/LEGISLATION:  This committee informs the Ladies of issues of interest both on the federal level and the agenda of the NYS Conference of Catholic Bishops and provides information on lobbying and sending emails to the Governor and their legislators, or to their federal representatives.  The Ladies are encouraged to join Catholic Action Network at nyscatholic.org and CAPWIZ at aic.ladiesofcharity.us “Advocacy” to receive Alerts asking them to make their voice heard on important issues on the state and federal level.    Co-Chairs are Marie Copeland mariecopeland62@gmail.com 518-439-4050 and Sheila Morris Barnes rbarnes15@nycap.rr.com 518-475-0941.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE:  This committee keeps records of members, dues, recruits new members, and works with the Installation Committee Chair. Chairlady is Mary Ann Conway maryannconway01@gmail.com  518-895-2797

JUNIOR LADIES OF CHARITY:  This committee works with the Junior Ladies of Charity chapters at the Academy of the Holy Names and at St. Matthew’s Parish in Voorheesville.  Chairlady for the Academy of the Holy Names Chapter is Rebecca Cribbs Rice rebecca.lj.cribbs@gmail.com  518-598-9697.  Chairlady for the St. Matthew’s Parish Chapter is Beth DeAngelis  deangelis.beth@gmail.com 518-368-8098

GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING AND BOARD MEETING COORDINATOR:   This person assist the president in setting the dates for the Fall and Spring General Membership Meetings and monthly Board Meetings, make arrangements for refreshments, preparing the email notification/mailing, keeping track of who will be attending, etc.  Chairlady Michele O’Hare mohare@naba-vision.org 518-694-6872

ASSOCIATION COORDINATOR(S):  Collaborate and communicate with all of the Ladies of Charity Associations in the Diocese (Albany, Troy, Montgomery County, Saratoga and Schenectady).  Work with the other associations and our own committees to plan annual gathering of all members, building on the momentum from our 400th Anniversary Celebration!! Chairladies:  Ann Rose arose14@verizon.net 518-423-5797, Sharon Giordano agiora1@nycap.rr.com 518-331-7271, Sally Petraglia maxemmzd@aol.com 518-441-4149

If you are interested in volunteering please contact us!

 

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