Do you have extra time?  Want to make a difference in your community?  Want to learn more about how nonprofits work?  Are you looking for a way to gain valuable experience?  Interested in helping out a neighbor?

If you said YES to any of these questions, a volunteer opportunity at Catholic Charities Steuben/Livingston may be right for you!  No matter how much time or talent you have to give, Catholic Charities has an opportunity for everyone who would like to volunteer.

Please fill out the form on this page and someone will be in touch with you.


Assist CCSL Emergency Housing Caseworker in the maintenance, cleaning, and upkeep of the agency’s two housing units. The housing units are a 3 bedroom house in Mount Morris, and a 3 bedroom apartment in Dansville. Hours may vary depending on need and status of housing units, but should not exceed 1-2 days per month, with months often going by where no work whatsoever is needed. All supplies to be provided by CCSL.

Our Emergency Housing program has housed 8 families so far this year, ensuring that 29 people (including 16 children) were provided housing and case management services to help them navigate the difficult housing market in Livingston County in 2022.

1. Painting.
2. Drywall patching.
3. Cleaning (mopping, vacuuming, sweeping).
4. Replacement of smoke/CO detectors.
5. Ensure that all CCSL clients are treated with dignity and respect
6. Respect confidentiality of all CCSL clients

The work we do to help people turn their lives around is truly inspiring and here is just one recent success story. You can be a part of this, too! Fill out the registration form below to get started.

Rachelle’s Story
Catholic Charities Steuben/Livingston recently assisted a family in a truly difficult situation: homelessness. Rachelle’s (clients named changed to preserve anonymity) homelessness was for reasons truly out of her control. Her children had been living with her ex-husband and visiting her on the weekends, but after he became homeless, her four children had nowhere to stay except at Rachelle’s two-bedroom apartment. Within a week her landlord was going through the process of evicting her for violating occupancy laws. Not knowing what else to do Rachelle turned to the Livingston County Department of Social Services for housing assistance, and they referred her to Catholic Charities Steuben/Livingston. We helped her and her family move into one of our Emergency Housing units soon after, and she was able to have an entire house to stay in with her children while she was engaged in the process of finding permanent housing of her own. This meant that instead of living out of a hotel (or worse, her car), Rachelle now had a place to cook meals for her children and give them enough space to play and study. The housing search was difficult given the size of the family and the income restrictions placed on their search, for although Rachelle worked full time for a local in-home care facility, she did not make enough money to pay for many of the 3- and 4-bedroom apartments in the area. When we finally found Rachelle a 4-bedroom apartment in a nearby village, Catholic Charities provided Rachelle with financial assistance towards her security deposit. Catholic Charities also helped her obtain beds for her children through another local agency, Focus on the Children. At the end of a month’s time Rachelle went from living alone, to being homeless with 4 children and not even a bed for each of them to sleep in, to being happily housed in a fully furnished 4-bedroom apartment a short walk from her children’s school. A lot can happen in 30 days.


Current Opportunities

Become a Foster Parent (Steuben, Allegany, Yates, Livingston, Chemung & Schuyler Counties)- Foster parents are needed for our Therapeutic Foster Care program.
Faith In Action (Livingston County)- Transportation, friendly visits, or phone calls for the elderly or disabled.
Food Pantry (Bath, Hornell, Mount Morris)- Assist clients and visitors, stock shelves, keep pantry organized, etc.
Front Desk Volunteer (Bath, Hornell, Mount Morris)- Assist clients and visitors with any questions, assist staff, accept donations, answer phones, etc.
HOPE Youth Mentoring (Livingston County)- Mentor a child who is between the ages of 6-18.



Volunteer Form (Brief)