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Each year, Northern Rivers Family of Services provides more than 18,000 children, adults, and family members with the support they need to find success. Our continuum of more than 60 home-, clinic-, school-, and community-based services, vocational rehabilitation, supported employment, and senior-supporting programs each provide something different, but they have one important thing in common: With Northern Rivers, you’re never alone.

When you support Northern Rivers, you help bring these vital programs and services to people who don’t know where else to turn. Funds raised from the Fall Appeal will support programs like School-Based Behavioral Health, Independent Living, Prevention, Assertive Community Treatment and so many more that give help and hope to those who need it most.

It is our honor and privilege to support the community by providing life-changing care, and it’s your help that makes it all possible. Are you with Northern Rivers?

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Proceeds to benefit Northern Rivers Family of Services. A copy of Northern Rivers’ latest financial report may be obtained, or requested, by contracting Northern Rivers Family of Services, 60 Academy Rd, Albany, NY 12208, or the from the NYS Attorney General’s Charity Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10271.







Find your purpose. Volunteer.

We’re grateful for your interest in volunteering for Northern Rivers and offer a wide range of options to fit
your interests and abilities.

Individuals and groups join Northern Rivers each year as volunteers, assisting us in supporting children and families as they create their futures. We couldn’t do this important work without you. Please consider sharing your time, talent, and treasures with the children we serve. We have many opportunities available that will meet your schedule and interests.

You can serve as an individual volunteer by sharing your interests and hobbies, helping staff teach young people independent living skills, or helping out with recreational activities such as volleyball, gymnastics, yoga, dance or music lessons.

Or, you can take advantage of our many group volunteer opportunities ― from painting our residences, gardening and building greenhouses to organizing a prom, movie night, carnival or sports workshop.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clothing Bin Locations

There are 75 clothing bins throughout the Capital Region (and beyond!) where you can donate your clothes and support the work we do!


640 Albany Shaker Road

Central News
448 Sand Creek Road

2044 Central Ave

Northern Rivers/Parsons Child & Family Center
60 Academy Road

1979 Western Ave

West Albany News Center
294 Sand Creek Rd

Shoe Factory
792 Cranes Hollow Rd

Ballston Lake
Boats By George
1149 Rt 50 Ballston Lake

Ballston Spa
88 Brookline Rd

Gimper Inc.
815 Rt 67

Burnt Hills
Mail N More
690 Saratoga Rd

Rolling Stone Pub
788 NY 50

B&B Lounge
5207 NY 32

Clifton Park
USA Gas – Exit 9
4 Fire Rd

1493 Halfmoon Parkway

Tom’s Soft Serve
11051 Rt 9W

Delmar Beverage
240 Delaware Ave

317 Delaware Ave

Bill’s Dugout
Rt 147

Inglenook Plaza
1525 Rt 29

Vasel’s Country Store
1196 Rt 29

LaBarge Tire & Auto
52 US 9W

Matchless Stove
693 US 9W

Skyport Diner
37 Freemans Bridge Rd

Synapse Motorsports
446 Saratoga Rd

County Line Auction
275 S Main Street

McNerney’s Brass Rail
245 North Rd

Town/Country Lanes
2509 Western Ave

230 Grooms Road

Gil’s Garage
215 Guideboard Rd

Bubba Bean BBQ
93 Ten Broeck Ave

Monro Muffler
303 Comrie Ave

Northeast Parent & Child Society
338 N. Comrie Ave

ADK Hardware
1698 Front Street

707 Stowersville Rd

Wooden Nickel Pub
8201 Rt 9

Vaughn’s Market
423 Stowersville Rd

Sunoco Exit 11
9 Round Lake Road

Calhoun Equipment
1084 Street Rt 40

1440 Balltown Road

Smith’s Automotive
2888 Aqueduct Rd

Union Gas
1010 Van Antwerp

Bazzano’s Pizza
5041 S. Catherine Street

Gino’s Pizza
7081 US 9

Mobil/Dunkin Donuts/A & W
7155 Rt 9

Parrotte’s Automotive
36 Broad St

1 Archie Bordeau Rd

Sonis Oil
4788 Crete Blvd

325 Margaret St
485 Highway 3
306 Cornelia St

4289 Ny 22

Under One Roof
267 Margaret St

Bubie’s Pizza/Deli
4 Main Street

447 N. Greenbush Rd
Riverview Orchards
660 Riverview Rd

Cusato’s Pizza
1600 Altamont Ave

Sahr’s Poultry Farm
2068 Curry Rd

Rutland, VT
Rutland Transfer
12 Gleason Rd

Benevento Pizza
80 Freeman’s Bridge Rd

3300 Carman Rd
1372 Union Street

1500 State St

Northeast Parent & Child Society
One Genium Plaza/1844 Hamburg St

Schodack Landing
Pet Gallery
45 US Rt 9

High Mills Garage
604 Saratoga Rd

LeClair’s Service Center
208 Sacandaga Rd
Skip’s Automotive
1359 Amsterdam Rd
Deli Plus
1624 Rt 9W

Country View Diner
855 Hoosick Rd

Dunkin Donuts
310 Oakwood Ave
Columbia Diner
3333 Rt 9H

1359 5th Ave

Fast Food Express
132 Main Ave

Schroeder’s Cook Out
461 Main Ave

Raizada Gas
63 Main Ave

Ways to give

Thank you for being willing to make a donation to help us make a difference and transform the lives and futures of the children, families and people we serve.

There are so many ways to give ― from donating money, clothing, food and toys to helping out during the holidays, raising funds by having your car washed, returning bottles and cans, and earning points to help us purchase school supplies.

Monetary Donations

To make an online donation, click here.

Checks payable to Northern Rivers Family of Services can be mailed to:
Northern Rivers Family of Services
PO Box 8899
Albany, NY 12208

In-Kind Donations

Donate new and gently used clothing, books, toys and housewares to:

Shop on Park: State Street Presbyterian Church, Schenectady; Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 9am – 12pm. Items are provided to our children, adults and families free of charge.

American Clothing Blue Donation Bins: (75 locations) Items you donate are sold to distributors and reused. We receive a portion of the proceeds.

If your business is interested in having a donation bin on your property, please contact Stephanie Douglas: 518.579.3504, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clothing Bin Locations

Shop Online

Select Northern Rivers as your AmazonSmile charity of choice (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/46-0759782), visit http://smile.amazon.com/ when you shop, and we will receive .5% of the price of your eligible purchases.

Support our Early Head Start program by purchasing items from their Amazon Wish List
Support our Neil Hellman School by purchasing items for our classrooms from their Amazon Wish List
Be sure to indicate the "Gift Registry Address" when shipping your items.


Be a Holiday Helper

Help us make the holidays brighter for 1,000 children and families with 3,000 gifts Holiday season. Call us at 518.579.3517 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out more.


Earn School Supplies

Earn points to help our schools get free school supplies, musical instruments, and playground equipment through Price Chopper’s Tools for Schools program
Neil Hellman School code: 15959
School @ Northeast code: 18575

Return Bottles & Cans

Return your bottles and cans using Northern Rivers’ Clynk bags at participating Hannaford locations and we’ll receive the proceeds. To request Clynk bags and stickers, contact Kimberley Belleville at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518.579.3517.

Wash Your Car

Make your vehicle shine at participating Hoffman Car Wash locations while raising funds for those we serve. Purchase a full service carwash (inside and out) for $25 or an exterior wash for $10, and 50% will come back to Northern Rivers. Purchase and download your electronic car wash passes here: http://www.hoffmanhelpinghands.com/fundraiser.cfm?id=6123

Be a Volunteer

Make a difference in the life of a child by sharing your time, talent and treasures with our children. Contact Rhonda Daniel, Program Coordinator of Volunteers and Student Interns, to learn how: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Intern Today


Intern today. Employee tomorrow.

Being an intern with us is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in real life situations and a great preparation for a future career in human services. Our internships provide you with the opportunity to learn new things and get a better feel for the line of work you’re interested in.

Student interns serve a valuable role, helping children and families reach their potential, through the experience they have with clients under the supervision of qualified staff members.

In clinical programs, you’ll be integrated into multidisciplinary treatment teams which may include social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, teachers, child care workers and education specialists in areas such as speech and language, occupational therapy, adaptive physical education, music or art therapies, community professionals, and collateral agencies.

As an intern, you’ll participate in agency orientations, weekly individual supervision sessions, as well as unit and program staff meetings. You may also attend many of our training sessions.

Interested? Please fill out the contact form on our contact page and we will get back to you. If you have any questions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 518.426.2634.

Get Involved

Get involved

From interning and volunteering to making a donation and becoming a Foster Parent, there are a myriad of ways to get involved with Northern Rivers.

Your participation will help us have a tremendous impact on our communities and the lives of those we serve. Keeping our children safe and secure. Ensuring our students are prepared for bright futures. Supporting adults, families and children in times of stress and crisis. And guiding families and individuals toward achieving their goals.


Become a foster parent

Give hope a home.

Be a foster parent.

For a weekend. For a year. For a lifetime.

Open your door and help children and families restore hope for a better future.

Have you wanted to learn more about how being a foster parent can help families, but it was never the right time? One phone call today to 844-855-CARE can help start you on your way to help transform a family's future. Or provide your information below, and we'll contact you.

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Levels of Involvement

There are choices for your level of involvement. You can be a respite parent where you care for a child on a limited basis such as weekends, a full-time foster parent, or adopt a child for a lifetime. Regardless, you will help a child.

Your options include:

  • Therapeutic Foster Care serves children in need of out of home placement.  These children have been removed from their caregivers as a result of abuse/neglect or PINS petitions. Foster parents receive at least weekly home visits from the clinical case manager assigned to each child.  These children usually have a high level of behavioral and emotional needs which requires well trained and supported foster parents.  Foster parents also receive respite when needed.

  • Specialized Foster Care is similar to Therapeutic Foster Care although the needs of the children are lower and foster parents receive less contact and support from the program. These children are usually in the process of returning home to their parents or relatives.  There are times that Foster Parents are open to adopting children if they do not have a permanency resource.  Some teens decide to remain in Foster Care and work on Independent Living Skills.

  • Overnight Respite Services are provided by foster parents when children need overnight respite.  These children may be in the foster care program or home with their birth families.  This respite can be offered on a recurring weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis.

  • Hourly Respite Services are provided by per diem employees.  These respite providers work with children in the home or community and base their activities on the childs treatment goals and individual interests.

  • Bridge Families provide twice a month respite for youths placed in residential care.  These young people often have limited access to normative family experiences and need assistance in becoming successful in family settings.  Bridge families offer them hope, a model of family life, a viable adult resource and emotional support.

  • TFCO (Therapeutic Foster Care of Oregon) is a highly structured program that offers a family setting for youths ages 12-19 in jeopardy of placement in secure detention, group or residential placement.  Foster parents provide 6-12 month long placements to youths transitioning to more permanent living arrangements.  Foster parents receive daily phone check ins with foster care staff, have multiple supportive providers in their home, and attend a weekly clinical meeting.

You're an important part that makes it all possible. So make the call. And open your door.


Limited English Proficiency (LEP) of Language Assistance Services
Northern Rivers will provide language assistance services, free of charge, when necessary to provide meaningful access to whose primary language is not English. Contact Quality Management at 518.426.2600.
Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística.  Llame Quality Management at 518.426.2600.
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