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People Inc. provides various opportunities for community members to make a difference in the lives of people supported by the agency. It is a rewarding chance to give back while helping those who need it most.

Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome volunteers year-round in our residential sites, day programs, People Inc. Senior Companion Program, People Inc. New York State Long Term Care Ombudsman Program and the People Inc. ETHOS AmeriCorps Program. Volunteering at People Inc. may be the right fit if you:

  • Have a hobby, passion or skill you would like to share with or teach to a person with a developmental disability. 
  • Crave satisfying work with an innovative agency that will allow you to use your talents to make a meaningful impact.
  • Want to assist and advocate for older adults. 
  • Gain new experiences and participate in a variety of human service activities.

Assist Seniors/Older Adults

Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

Do you have problem-solving skills and a passion to help older adults?

The People Inc., New York State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and Center for Elder Law & Justice volunteers promote the rights of residents who live in nursing homes, assisted living and other long-term care facilities in Eire, Niagara, Chautauqua and Cattaraugus Counties.

Through a certification training process, ombudsmen volunteers are matched with a long term care facility to serve as an advocate for the resident's care and rights. Ombudsmen are an independent voice, separate from the facility; they are trained to properly listen to, investigate and help resolve concerns on behalf of long-term care residents.

Volunteer and Information: Email or call 716.817.9222 or 1.844.527.5509.


Senior Companion

Want to help older adults remain independent in their own home?

The People Inc. Senior Companion Program assists older adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks so that they can retain their dignity and independence. Among other activities, the Senior Companion may assist with tasks, such as grocery shopping and errands; providing friendship and companionship; alerting doctors and family members to potential problems and providing respite for caregivers. Senior Companions are volunteers age 55 years or older from Erie County who meet income eligibility requirements. 

Information: 716.768.2381


Assist People with Disabilities

Share your skills while assisting people in our various programs and services.

Volunteer: Application

Information: Email or call 716.322.7050.


People Inc. supports and encourages college students to consider an internship at People Inc. We offer a limited number of paid and unpaid internships. Students must complete a required background check, drug screen, TB test and agency-provided training (day or evening).

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Direct Support Internship Program

Our Direct Support Internship Program places students in group homes working with people with developmental disabilities. The student will have opportunities to interact and learn from program management, coworkers and people with disabilities, as well as learn the roles of different team members.


Behavior Management/Service Coordination Internship Program

Open only to graduate students in social work or mental health counseling programs. Limited number of students accepted.

Administrative Internship Program

Designed to give students experience working with professionals in the field. A limited number of students are accepted.



Contact us at or call us at 716.322.7050.