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Anti-Defamation League
Based in New York City but serving all of New York State, the ADL serves to safeguard civil liberties and combat bigotry and discrimination of any form. The ADL offers a number of ways to get involved, including as an education ambassador and through participation on specific committees and initiatives.

The mission of AutismUp is to support people with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. The organization, which was founded in 2004, works to raise awareness as well as increase the chances of success for people with ASD. Headquartered in Webster, New York, AutismUp welcomes volunteers to help with events, programs, and services.

Bergen Swamp Preservation Society
The society works to conserve upstate New York’s flora and fauna and has five properties that are dedicated sanctuaries often utilized as outdoor classrooms and fields for educational research. Individuals interested in providing support to the Bergen Swamp Preservation Society can do so through donations, membership, or research.

Based in Rochester, B.L.A.C.K. focuses on Black culture to stress the value of Black lives while empowering the Black community through education, awareness, leadership development, cooperative economics, social media, and action.

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter works to validate Black life and rebuild the Black liberation movement through affirmation of the lives of all Black people, including queer, trans, disabled, undocumented, women, and those with past records. A form to contact the Rochester chapter for more information can be found on the Black Lives Matter website. Membership policies and requirements vary by chapter.

Center for Disability Rights
The Center for Disability Rights is a not-for-profit, community-based organization that advocates and serves people with all types of disabilities, focusing on community-based services, accessible housing and transportation, employment and fair wages, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. There are a number of ways to get involved, including protesting or working on a committee or initiative to support the rights of the disabled. The organization has offices in Rochester, Canandaigua, Geneva, Corning, and Albany.

Center for Youth
Founded by youth for youth, the Center for Youth provides services such as prevention education, counseling, emergency shelter, and youth development opportunities. All services are provided with the understanding that youth can take responsibility for their own life choices. Volunteer opportunities include serving as phone counselors, after-school program assistants, tutors, host homes, safe place responders, and working in the crisis nursery or at special events.

Citizen’s Climate Lobby
Since 2013, the Citizen’s Climate Lobby Rochester chapter has been working on the passage of Carbon Fee and Dividend, a climate change solution that could prevent the worst impacts of climate change. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization, the Citizen’s Climate Lobby welcomes support through volunteering, writing or calling congress, and donations.

Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning
Although lead poisoning happens all over Monroe County, the most concentrated levels of lead poisoning have been found in lower income neighborhoods in the City of Rochester. The Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning is dedicated to eliminating childhood lead poisoning in the county through education and advocacy. Volunteer opportunities include joining a volunteer committee: the Screening and Professional Education Committee, Government Relations Committee, and the Science Committee.

Democracy Spring
Democracy Spring is committed to fundamental democracy reforms, specifically reforms that would end the corruption of big money in politics and protect the voting rights of all Americans. This is done through nonviolent action and mass civil disobedience.

Enough is Enough
Enough is Enough works to expose instances of police brutality and misconduct, push for sane and safe policing practices, advocate and support civilian monitoring of everyday police interactions, and offer courtroom support to victims of police brutality and misconduct. People interested in getting involved can inquire through a form on the site or report any witnessed police misconduct.

Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley
The Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley serves as a champion of LGBQT culture in the Rochester area. Through programs like the Gay Alliance Education Program, the organization encourages all social systems to become inclusive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied individuals. People interested in getting involved can do so through volunteering as an office or general volunteer or through donations.

Greater Rochester Coalition for Immigration Justice (GRCIJ)
The Greater Rochester Coalition for Immigration Justice (GRCIJ) works to help bring awareness to human rights issues related to immigration as well as push for immigration reform. To find out how to get involved, contact the organization through Facebook.

Metro Justice
As an organization of progressives in the Rochester area, Metro Justice works collectively toward strengthening communities by fighting for social and economic justice for all people. Those wishing to get involved can do so through volunteering and joining a campaign or donating.

Mothers Out Front
Mothers Out Front works to protect children from climate change by resisting ignorance, denial, and distraction; supporting policy informed by science; standing by leaders who act; calling for investments to help workers, families, and communities through this transition; and embracing opportunities for creativity and innovation. Those interested in contributing to the cause can perform calls to action, join a local team, donate, and more.

M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence works to help individuals and communities create awareness of nonviolence. The institute collaborates with local organizations, academic institutions, students, and peacemakers in nonviolence, education, sustainability and environmental conservation, and the promotion of racial justice. To get involved, people can volunteer, serve as an intern, and contribute monetarily.

New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) of the Genesee Valley
As the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the NYCLU’s mission is to defend civil rights through litigation, advocacy, public education, and community organizing. The NYCLU promotes the principles and values of the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the New York Constitution, including freedom of speech, press, petition, and assembly; freedom of religion; privacy; due process of law; and equality before law. Ways to get involved include becoming an ambassador or an organizer, contributing a skill, or through donations.

Additional NYCLU Resources
NYCLU Palm Card: What to do if you are stopped by the police.