Employment and Volunteer Opportunities
Mental Health America of Dutchess County offers a variety of volunteer opportunities within all of our programs.
If you would like to gain new experiences, meet new people, share your skills and talents, help others, use spare time in a positive and meaningful way, learn more about mental illness and improve the quality of lives for others then consider volunteering in one of our programs.
Your time commitment is up to you. It can be long or short term, scheduled or periodic, days, evenings or weekends. Some of the volunteer roles are listed below.
Court Appointed Special Advocates for Foster Children
Court Appointed Special Advocates are citizen-volunteers who are trained to provide vital additional information to assist Family Court judges as they make determinations about children who are in foster care and their families.
You can help
CASA's are ordinary people from all walks of life, with a variety of professional and personal experiences. They share one common interest: the desire to make a difference in a child's life. They are willing to invest their time and energy so that they can contribute something positive to a child's circumstances and ultimately to a child's future.
CASA of Dutchess County, a program of Mental Health America of Dutchess County, is affiliated with larger state and national networks. You can learn more about CASA by visiting these websites:
For more information on how to become a CASA volunteer, contact Mary Rich at 845-473-2500 ext. 1323 or email email@example.com
Compeer volunteers offer support and encouragement on a one-to-one basis, and assist with planned activities.
For more information contact Tina Field at 845-473-2500 ext 1345.
Community Education and Library
Community Education needs volunteers to assist with our varied program activities. Some of our volunteers become puppeteers for our Kids on the Block program and perform plays for children, while others prepare mailings and organize brochures.
For more information contact Janet Caruso at 845-486-2896.
Homeless and MICA Services
Homeless and MICA Services volunteers may answer phones, make coffee and other refreshments, see that program site is maintained in an orderly fashion, perform light clerical duties, engage in conversation with clients, assist in upkeep of bulletin boards, participate in programs as directed by staff.
For more information contact Mel Garrett at 845-471-9329.
Main Office volunteers may type, file, photocopy, do data entry, assist with bulk mailings, or teach staff computer instruction.
For more information contact Emily Robisch at 845-473-2500 ext 1351.
Rehabilitative Services volunteers can show travel slides, perform (singing, dancing, etc.), tutor, drive vans, demonstrate a special skill, hobby or occupation, visit with pets teach computer skills, do small repairs and maintenance, or work in garden..
For more information contact Sy Zeidan at 845-473-2500 ext 1302.
Support Services volunteers may provide child care services, maintain/update the resource and recreation closet, assist in the organization and development of pubic awareness campaigns and conferences, visit with consumers in hospitals and community residences, educate the community at local, state and national levels regarding mental health issues.
For more information contact Marybeth Krakower at 845-473-2500 ext 1308.