Research has shown, it takes the support of 5 adults (outside of their family) to nurture a child into a healthy, productive adulthood.

Got an hour and want to give an hour or more of your precious time? The process in which we enlist the help of volunteers is very user friendly. The first step is to contact the staff directly and express your interest. They will set up an appointment for you to come in while the center is in operation so that you can see us in action. A conversation between you, the staff, and a couple of youth will occur that will help us to decide the best way in which to utilize your skills and experiences. A background check will be completed and upon a favorable result you are all set to go! Simple and easy!

Contact us for more information about volunteer opportunities. We can’t wait to meet you!

There are many other volunteers that have supported us through the years in various capacities. Each has brought another arm in the support system that is so desperately needed to keep the center up and functioning. Please join us!

Meet some of of our fabulously dedicated volunteer all-stars whose continued dedication to The CanTeen is making a difference in the lives of participants!

Don Bickel

Don Bickel

Don has been with the CanTeen since October 2002. He is a retired engineer that also volunteers with Meals on Wheels. He has made a wonderful bridge between the two efforts by bringing teens to MOW to make desserts and emergency kits. Don has chaperoned many a field trip and is our data entry “guru”. He is part of the fabric of the center, and we couldn’t picture the center without his presence.

Briana Echols

Briana Echols

Briana Echols began her journey with the CanTeen as a participant in 2005 and has continued her relationship with us as a very dedicated adult volunteer. She has given countless hours of her time and energy; building some very long lasting relationships with the teens. She has chaperoned field trips, spent many hours in the kitchen serving spaghetti for our world famous Spaghetti Dinner/Dessert Raffles, and has spent many, many hours at the center assisting the staff and making friends with the CanTeen kids. She is also the volunteer coordinator for the Annual Gus Macker Basketball Tournament.

Reba Spencer

Reba Spencer

Mrs. Spencer cooks monthly “family dinners” for the center.  She is an amazing cook and bakes the most delicious desserts.  She represents the Cicero Senior Center and is the secretary for the Greater Cicero Community Youth Board.

Friends of The CanTeen

The Friends of the CanTeen organization was formed out of necessity to raise funds for the sole purpose of support for the operation of the CanTeen program. The Friends group an official 501c3 organization was incorporated in October 2004. The friends Board meets monthly to discuss fundraising ideas and the implementation of those ideas. All donations are tax deductible.

The Friends mission is to raise a minimum of $40,000 annually to support the other sources of funds received by the Youth Bureau.

Donations are always welcome and can be submitted using this link or mailed to us at:

Friends of the CanTeen
P.O. Box 1521
Cicero, NY 13039

Friends of The CanTeen Board Leadership


Sue Jordan

Vice President:

Melanie Beacham


Don Bickel


Dean Boucounis

Friends of The CanTeen Board Membership

Kathy Abbott
Vince Hollopeter
Don Bickel
Toni’Lyn Brauchle

Colleen Cassort
Warren Darby
Sandi DiBianco
Briana Echols

Jordan Colaruotolo
Lori Lake-Toms
John Rice
Janet Rockwood

Jody L. Rogers
Teresa Roth
Amy Venditte
Holden Young

Celebrating 20 Years of Building Relationships!

The CanTeen

6046 State Route 31
Cicero, NY 13039

Phone: 315-699-1391
Fax: 315-699-3340

Not just a program...
...it's a relationship!


After School Hours:
Monday: 2:00 - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 2:00 - 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 2:00 - 7:00 pm
Thursday: 2:00 - 8:00 pm
Friday: 2:00 - 7:00 pm