Call for Volunteers!

Date: January 23, 2019


CONTACT:  Sarah Reynolds


            Phone: (585)394-1120



(Canandaigua, NY) – The Town of Canandaigua is seeking community members interested in volunteering on any of several Town committees or project teams for which upcoming vacancies are expected. Are you passionate about protecting the Lake and our open spaces or have an interest in environmental sustainability? Are you interested in farming or agriculture? Does local history spark your interest? Are you interested in improving the Town’s parks and recreation programs or do you like event planning and community organizing? Do you have another skill or experience you think could benefit the Town and the greater Canandaigua Community? We are also interested in youth members – do you know a high school student whose interests fall into one of these categories? If you can say “Yes” to any of these questions, then the following Town Committees would like to hear from you:

Agricultural Advisory Committee

This committee has worked towards furthering the protection and promotion of agriculture in the Town and greater Canandaigua community for over two years. Supporting farming families, promotion of agribusiness, participation in the County Fair and other Ag events, and agricultural education in the schools are all topics covered at Committee meetings. They meet once monthly on Thursday evenings. 

Citizens’ Implementation Committee

The CIC is a dedicated group of former board members and residents that started in 2014 with the goal to fully implement the 20 goals identified in the Town of Canandaigua’s Comprehensive Plan. For the past four years, the CIC has prioritized goals each year and in 2019 they will be preparing an update to the Comprehensive Plan; this will include developing revised goals and new action steps. This Committee meets twice monthly on Tuesday mornings at 9:00am.  

Environmental Committee

This Committee has been focusing their efforts on public outreach and education relating to waste reduction and increasing resident participation in recycling. The goal is to help our community become more sustainable and to prepare for the closing of the Ontario County landfill in 2028. If you share a passion for sustainability and recycling and want to help get the word out, please consider joining this group. Currently, the Environmental Committee meets once a month on Wednesday afternoons.

Local History Team

This group began in early 2018 and has been very active in protecting and promoting local history. Projects have included applying for (and receiving) a grant to research the history of the town including an inventory of all buildings over 50 years old; they created a page on the Town’s website featuring historic maps of the town; and the most recent project has been the education of visitors to the Town hall on the historic Canandaigua Lake steamboats – each conference room is named for a different ship. If you’re a fellow history buff or want to learn more, let us know and join the team. They meet once a month on Thursday mornings.  

Parks, Trails & Recreation Committee

If you love your parks and want to help with planning new recreation programs, including both youth and adult programs, ideas for park or trail improvements, and to help the Town plan for the future of our town parks, then consider attending or becoming a member of this committee. They meet once monthly in the evenings; with meeting locations rotating between the various parks. 

Special Events Committee

The Special Events Committee is looking for creative, dedicated individuals interested in events and party planning. In the past three years they have built floats for the 4th of July Parade, winning a trophy each year; exhibited at the Ontario County Fair and at the Historical Society; planned and held the first Town Open House at the new Highway Facility; and have become famous for the annual Halloween @ Onanda Park, attended by hundreds of families, rain or shine. They would love for you to join them. The Events Committee meets as needed; sometimes meeting more than once a month in the time leading up to an event.

All of these opportunities are volunteer positions. Members of these groups meet regularly, most of them monthly, to work towards goals set early in the year. If you have questions about any of these groups, or are interested in volunteering, please contact Sarah Reynolds at or (585) 394-1120 x2232.

By:      Sarah Reynolds, Administrative Coordinator

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