SUNY Retiree Service Corps - Connecting with our retirees through service.

Retiree Volunteerism

SUNY retirees constitute a rich resource for the university system and local communities. They are highly educated and posses a wide variety of specialized knowledge, professional expertise, and work experience.

The SUNY Retirees Service Corps (RSC) is committed to develop a mechanism where the talents of our retirees can be utilized in a meaningful way through volunteer and service opportunities available at SUNY campuses and local community organizations. Numerous studies have concluded that retirees benefit from volunteering as much or more than the organization they are assisting.

The RSC conducted a survey of SUNY retirees regarding volunteerism. View the report on the survey findings here‌.

The RSC will be expanding its website to offer SUNY retirees an opportunity to indicate if they are interested in volunteering on campus, in the community, or both. They will also be able to select areas of interest/expertise. Given below are some examples of campus activities/services where retirees can be helpful.

When an adequate number of retirees interested in volunteerism have registered for the upcoming SUNY Retirees Network (which will also include a secure online retiree directory and blog/chatroom), the Retirees Service Corps will launch its volunteer matching service. The RSC will contact registered retirees with volunteer opportunities; if they are interested, the retiree may contact the campus or organization directly to work out the details. 

In the meantime...
If you live in New York State and would like to volunteer now, you may contact your local Office for the Aging for opportunities. There are 59 local offices which serve each county, the five boroughs of New York City, the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation and the Seneca Nation of Indians. Local offices for the aging have many opportunities available for older volunteers and can be an important source of information on other volunteer opportunities available in your community. Click here to find information on the office for the aging near where you live.
Volunteer opportunities may also be found on the New Yorkers Volunteer website at The site contains a "Find Volunteer Opportunities" search box at the top of the page as well as links to various volunteer organizations such as AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the New Yorkers Volunteer Service Network.

The HandsOn Network, the web-based volunteer portal for the Points of Light Foundation, lists links to "Action Centers" (affiliates) in each state. If you live in New York, go to to find an action center near you. Click the link for the center closest to your city or town or select a keyword and enter your ZIP code in the green "Find Volunteer Opportunities" box at the top of the HandsOn Network page to learn about local volunteer opportunities. If you live outside of New York State, go to and click on your state to find the HandsOn Network action center and volunteer opportunities in your area.

Click here to view current volunteer opportunities on SUNY campuses

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