St. Joseph's Northside

Learn About This Ministry & Current Volunteer Opportunities


St. Joseph's Northside was started by Sister Peg Brennan in 2005 to help people in the northwest part of the city of Rochester. The Lyell Avenue area is a neighborhood dealing with many serious issues, among them: poverty, drug dealing, prostitution, and violence. The ministry provides a safe haven for neighbors to come have a meal, connect with others, and learn about resources that could help get their lives on track.


  • Opportunities

    House Volunteer

    Time: Thursdays and Fridays, 9:00AM-12:00PM (or until 2:00PM, if possible)
    Description: Assist with daily responsibilities at St. Joseph’s Northside. (Examples include help with breakfast, greet visitors, assist with connecting visitors to appropriate services, etc.)
    Requirements: Must be patient and sensitive towards all visitors, and have a willingness to learn

    Field Trip Coordinator

    Time: As Needed.
    Description: Help to coordinate field trips and provide transportation for guests of St. Joseph's Northside
    Marketing & Design Volunteer

    Time: As Needed.
    Description: Help to design brochures and flyers for marketing, fundraising, etc.

    Volunteers with Skills in a Particular Service

    Time: As Needed.
    Description: St. Joseph’s Northside is always looking for people who want to donate their time and have a particular skill that could benefit those who visit St. Joseph’s Northside.

    Examples include but are limited to:
    • People with finance experience or any other type of professional experience;
    • Hairdressers, massage therapists, etc.;
    • Craftsmen, "handymen"; or
    • Someone who wants to do a field trip, visit and be of comfort to someone else, is willing to help with transportation to appointments, answering the phones, helping cook, etc.
  • Important Information

    If none of the above apply to you please still do contact us. We are looking for all types of volunteers and the above examples are not all-inclusive.

  • Contact Information


    William Camp

    Program Coordinator

    540 Lyell Avenue, Rochester, NY 14606

    P: (585) 482-1494

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