Stay Cool, Volunteer From Home!

Yikes! It’s hot outside. Don’t let these high temperatures keep you from volunteering this summer. The summer is a great time to get into some indoor volunteer opportunities. What can you do? Check out our volunteer opportunities below!

1. Assemble a newborn basket.
You can assemble baskets with NEW (not gently used) baby necessities: burp cloths, bibs, pacifiers, rattles or any other fun baby gifts that we can provide to families of recent adoption placement. We’ll be happy to work with you to solicit donations for this too!

2. Try micro-volunteering!
Micro-volunteering is a form of virtual volunteering allowing people to serve nonprofits in an indirect way. Service projects can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 2 hours and can all be done on the computer, so at home, in a coffee shop, or wherever you would like! Here is one Adoption STAR possibility on (with more to be added!):

3. Find your inner artist:

– Knit a baby blanket.

– Knit a bear.

Create a sock bouquet for an adoptive family
– Be a Photographer: Take pictures of the Adoption STAR pen with your kids doing their favorite summer activity or if you have a unique/beautiful feature of your home you’d like to share. To request pens, or to send your photos back to Adoption STAR, please email

4. Design STARS

Help us with graphic design projects! From creating flyers to program materials, we could use your creativity! Inquire for more information.

5. Fundraising and Event Planning.

Do you have an interesting fundraising idea or project that you think would align with Adoption STAR’s mission? Or are you interested in helping to organize upcoming events but are not located in the Buffalo area, let us know!

The summer is a great time to become an Adoption STAR volunteer from home. To begin the volunteer process, or for more information, please email Adoption STAR Volunteer Coordinator, Joelle Ruettimann, or contact her by phone at (716)639-3900.

Stay cool!

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