Meet The Volunteer Team


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Fran Atlshuler
Director of Student Interns and Volunteers

As Director of Student Interns and Volunteers, Fran Altshuler explores and creates partnerships with individual and group community volunteers along with educational institutions in order to enhance and enrich the children and families served by the organization, interns and volunteers. Looking for an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills she developed over a 20-year career in human resources and wanting to give back to her community at a nonprofit, she joined the organization in 2008.




Rhonda Daniel

Student Intern and Volunteer Specialist

As Student Intern and Volunteer Specialist, Rhonda Daniel serves an instrumental, hands-on role in helping the community connect with Northern Rivers. She joined the organization in 2013 as an AmeriCorps VISTA Fellow through Siena College. She completed two years as a VISTA Fellow before being named to her current role in 2016. Rhonda has successfully developed numerous community partnerships, including Camp To Belong NY, and helps with the onboarding process for all student interns and volunteers.









Your Impact

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More than 30 volunteers from Union College pitched in to paint one of the dorms at our Children's Home in Schenectady. Read the story here.













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I want to volunteer. How and where do I start?

Great! We are thrilled to hear that you are interested in volunteering with our organization. Please complete the interest request form with your contact information and someone from the Student Intern & Volunteer Department will contact you.

What is the minimum age to volunteer?

We require all volunteers to be at least 18 years of age.

Are there certain skills or training I need to be able to volunteer?

We do not require volunteers to have previous experience with working with children. Volunteers are provided with training opportunities to learn about the population we serve and how to engage with our youth.

What is the time commitment for volunteering?

There is no required time commitment. We ask volunteers that are interested in ongoing volunteer opportunities are consistent and reliable. Our young people will become familiar with you as a volunteer and will look forward to your visits on days you’re assigned.

Will I need to complete a background check?

All volunteers who are interacting with our clients on an ongoing basis will have to complete a background check and additional clearances dependent on volunteer placement.

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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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