Welcome to Rochester Area Administrators of Volunteer Services


Volunteering Improves Your Health

How Volunteering Improves your Health A recent study by Harris Interactive surveyed over 3000 people in the United States  to uncover that benefits of Volunteering go beyond helping others.    The study was sited in a recent article by Jennifer L. Blanck DTM found  in...

January Extended Program Meeting

January Program Flyer 2020 January 14, 2020 Mission RAAVS-Exploring Uncharted Frontiers PRESENTER: Lindsay Tersmette, LMSW, Social Worker at ABVI and member of a local Toastmasters Club. Lindsay has worked for ABVI for over 9 years as both a 211 LIFELINE counselor and...

Jerry Bennett Active Speaker

Jerry Bennett is one of the area's frequently sought-out speakers on the Underground Railroad . He averages 12 to 15 talks annually at places such as Susan B Anthony House, Rochester Museum and Science Center historical societies, area schools, senior clubs, community...

Social November 7 Photos

2019 Carol Ritter and Jerry Bennett Awards

Congratulations to the award winners and nominees.

Who Are We?

RAAVS is a professional organization for individuals who administer volunteer services in the greater Rochester area.
For over 30 years RAAVS has promoted, advocated for, and supported the development of professionalism among administrators of volunteers. RAAVS meets every second month for a Program meeting and provides mentoring for Volunteer Coordinators as well as support and networking among local agencies.  <Read More>

Featured Agencies


Literacy Rochester improves the reading, math, English language, and digital literacy skills of adults in Monroe County. Our trained volunteers support participants in achieving their personal goals to fully engage in their community as citizens, parents, consumers and workers.

Community/Clientele Served

We serve adults 18 years old and up in Monroe County.

Number of Volunteers and how they are utilized

We have 130 Instructional tutors supporting students by one-to-one tutoring, small group reading and math classes, and English conversation groups. We currently have 39 digital volunteers who provide digital assistance to adults on a drop-in basis at the local community libraries and at refugee outreach centers.

Brief Overview of work

All digital volunteers and tutors need to complete an orientation and training before providing services through Literacy Rochester. Digital Volunteers support community members by helping to complete tasks through a digital means either on a computer or mobile device.  These tasks range from workforce related to accessing web-based resources to understanding mobile apps. Instructional Tutors work with adults to increase their language, math or reading skills with the help of NYS curriculums. Prospective volunteers should be competent in the area they are providing services and have excellent communication skills.

One important thing to know about your organization

Our volunteers help adults in the community with real world issues that some of us take for granted. They help others to reach goals such as being able to read and write, helping their children with homework and connecting with their friends and community through the web.


Featured Agencies

St John's Home


We are a senior living community offering a range of services including senior housing, skilled nursing care, Alzheimer's/dementia care, transitional/respite care, rehabilitation, adult day care and hospice care. 

Community/Clientele Served:     Seniors

Number of Volunteers and how they are utilized:

  At St. John’s Home, volunteers maintain the library, gift shop, transport residents to activities and appointments, and  most importantly, provide welcome companionship.

One important thing to know about your organization:
We invite individuals, as well as groups from corporate volunteer programs or secondary schools and colleges, to exercise their talents and skills as St. John’s volunteers. Please note, to volunteer as an individual, you must be at least 14 years old.