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Volunteeering Opportunities in the NYC Area

826NYC & The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.           www.826nyc.org/

372 Fifth Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11215

(718) 499-9884                                             

Contact: volunteer@826nyc.org

Mission: 826NYC is dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills. We provide after-school tutoring, field trips, writing workshops and more. All of our free programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student's power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.

Needs: Anyone who is interested in contributing to the organization, including working directly with students, providing copywriting, editing, and design help for student publications, volunteering at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.

Commitment: Some volunteers commit to coming weekly, others come by when they can, and still others work remotely on projects.  We're flexible and willing to work with your schedule and interests!

Actors Theatre Workshop, Inc.                           www.actorstheatreworkshop.com

145 W. 28th Street, 3rd Floor

New York, New York 10001

(212) 947-1386                                             

Contact: Rebecca Easley Li

Mission: An award-winning non-profit theatre, community center and educational institution teaching innovative educational techniques and theatre principles to adults and children from all walks of life; produces classical and contemporary plays and documentaries; develop new dramatic works that examine social issues of the day.

Needs: We welcome professional expertise in marketing, management, accounting, IT, fundraising, law, design, video editing, electrical and carpentry work.

Commitment: We offer 12+ month volunteer positions available immediately. ATW will individualize a weekly schedule that accommodates both need and availability.

Alzheimer's Association, NYC Chapter                               alz.org/nyc

360 Lexington Avenue, 4th floor

New York, NY 10017

(646) 744-2928                                                  

Contact: Christina Keller

Mission: To create and promote comprehensive and humane care for persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders, provide support for their families and professional caregivers, and eliminate Alzheimer’s through advancement in research. The Chapter meets this mission through increasing public awareness, providing education, creating and encouraging replication of model programs, collaborating with research centers, and undertaking advocacy.

Needs: Translation services, speakers bureau, special events, health fairs, street fairs, agency fairs and clerical work.

Commitment: Varies upon task.

America Needs You                                                                 americaneedsyou.org

589 8th Avenue, 5th Floor

New York, New York 11018

(212) 571-0202          

Contact: Komal Thakkar volunteers@americaneedsyou.org

Mission: To encourage economic mobility for ambitious, low-income college students by providing intensive career development, mentorship, and professional networks to help students realize their academic and career aspirations.

Needs: College graduates with 3+ years of professional work experience who have an interest in mentoring high-potential, low-income, first-generation college students.  

Commitment: Mentor Coaches should be able to devote 1 to 2 Saturdays per month for their Mentees. Mentor Application

Arab American Association of New York                     www.arabamericanny.org

7111 5th Ave  

Brooklyn, NY 11209

(718) 745-3523                         

Contact: Reem Aliessa Raliessa.aaany@gmail.com

Mission: Our mission is to support and empower the Arab immigrant community by providing services that help them to adjust to their new homeland and become active members of American society. Our aim is for families to achieve the ultimate goals of independence, productivity, and stability.

Needs: English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Tutor, SAT Tutor, and Citizenship Tutor. The ESOL Tutor will assist students with English classes, the SAT Tutor will work with high school students on SAT Prep and the Citizenship tutor will work with students on practicing for their naturalization exam.  

Commitment: Most volunteers commit to at least one day week or about 3-5 hours for three months.  

Arthritis Foundation Thrift Shop

1430 Third Avenue

New York, NY 10028

(212) 772-8816                    

Contact: Cherie Byrd cbyrd@arthritis.org

Mission: The Arthritis Foundation's mission is to improve lives through leadership in the prevention, control and cure of arthritis and related diseases. All proceeds help the Foundation fund research to find a cure for arthritis, advocate for better access to care, and connect families to the treatment and support they need.

Needs: Help us fund research to find a cure for arthritis, advocate for better access to care, and connect families to the treatment and support they need.

Committment: 2 hours (everyday, once a week, or once a month)

ASPCA                                                                       www.aspca.org

424 East 92nd Street

New York, NY 10128

(212) 876-7700                                   

Contact: Eric Grant (x4406)

Mission: Provides shelters, veterinary hospitals and 24-hour rescue and care to over 100,000 animals per year in NYC.

Needs: Assist w/ adoptions, dog training and walking, mobile adoption van, etc.

Commitment: Depends on activity.

Behind the Book                                                      www.behindthebook.org

216 West 135th Street

New York, NY 10030

(212) 222-3651    

Contact: Emily Rosenberg, Volunteer Coordinator volunteer@behindthebook.org

Mission: Inspiring New York City public school students to become readers for life. We bring accomplished authors into low-income community classrooms to guide students to create their own writing and art projects, based on the theme of the author's book. Our programs, which are part of the class curricula and adhere to Common Core learning standards, have a successful record of building literacy skills in grades K-12.

Needs: As a classroom volunteer, you’ll coach and encourage students as they craft stories, do research, and create artwork for their unique projects. No experience or training is needed.

Commitment: Classroom program sessions last less than 2 hours on a school day. You may sign up for as many sessions in a program series as you choose (about 3 to 6 sessions per program). Join our volunteer team by completing our brief questionnaire.  

Bideawee                                                                 bideawee.org

410 East 38th Street

New York, NY 10016               (Wantagh & Westhampton, too!)

(866) 262-8133

Contact: Erica Metaxas erica.metaxas@bideawee.org

Mission: For more than 112 years, Bideawee has been the leading pet welfare organization serving metropolitan New York and Long Island. Through a vast array of services Bideawee cultivates and supports the life-long relationships between pets and the people who love them. Please explore the site and get to know more about how Bideawee can accompany you and your pet through your life-long journey together.

Needs:  Animal Care Volunteers - Volunteers are trained to work with our color-coded animals and donate time to their care at least once a week for a two hour shift by providing enrichment, socialization, brushing, walking, cleaning, exercise, and laundry for dogs and/or cats that are awaiting adoption. Pet Therapy Teams - Pet Therapy teams visit local facilities and provide happiness and support to those in nursing homes, hospitals, schools, libraries and more. These interactions often result in the improved physical health and mental well-being of those visited.

Requirements: Must be 18 years of age or older, or must be accompanied by parent or guardian if between the ages of 10-17. Pet Therapy teams must have the commitment, compassion and ability to work with all different types of populations. One must own a pet to be a Pet Therapy Team, complete our five week training program, and pass our evaluation before being registered to practice. Must be 16 years of age or older and be willing to submit and additional application and screening, including a background check  (aged 10-15 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 21).

Big Brothers / Big Sisters of NYC                     www.bigsnyc.org

223 East 30th Street

New York, NY 10016

(212) 686-2042                              

Contact: Lissette Hernandez

Mission: Providing NYC youth (ages 7 - 17) with a one-to-one volunteer mentor (age 21+).

Needs: Positive role model to befriend and guide a young person on our waiting list.

Commitment: 4 consecutive hours every other week for a minimum of one year.

Bike NYC                                        www.bike.nyc

475 Riverside Drive

New York, NY 10115

(212) 870-2112

Contact: Alba Morales, Events Volunteer Manager vols@bike.nyc

Mission: Bike New York is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that promotes and encourages bicycling and bicycle safety through education, community outreach and events.

Needs: We’re seeking volunteers in all five boroughs to help out during the weekend of the TD Five Boro Bike Tour and Bike Expo New York. Throughout the year, volunteers are needed for our bike education classes and regional bike rides.

Bridging Education & Art Together (B.E.A.T.)       www.beatnyc.org

44-02 23rd Street, #301

Long Island City, NY 11101

(917) 862-7208                                

Contact: James Kim info@beatnyc.org

Mission: To transform the lives of youth in under-served areas through engaging, exciting and culturally relevant music, dance and writing programs. To help mold a new generation of leaders and creative thinkers who will inspire and impact the generations to follow.

Needs: Expertise in grant research/writing, fundraising, sponsorship recruitment, and clerical/administrative assistance, writers, photographers, videographers/film makers, and day-of-event volunteers.  

Commitment: Volunteers usually commit to at least one day per week or 4 consecutive hours every other week. Time commitment differs depending on level of activity but we have all kinds of opportunities including in-office opportunities we can offer from only volunteering once, to weekly, to monthly. The level of commitment is up to you!

Cancercare, Inc.                                              www.cancercare.org

1180 Sixth Avenue

New York, NY 10036

(212) 221-3300                              

Contact: Loretta Dunne

Mission: Helping cancer patients and their families and friends cope with the disease.

Needs: Visit homebound or frail patients to chat, walk, go shopping, etc, drive patients to medical appointments and/or elsewhere.

Commitment: 2 hrs/wk with patients (4 hrs training).

Central Park Conservancy                          www.centralparknyc.org

830 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10021

(212) 360-2751                                

Mission: Dedicated to restoration and maintenance of Central Park.

Needs: Playground Partners, You "Gotta Have Park," Winter Festival, Summerstage, Earthweek, fall cleanup, education.

Commitment: 4 hrs/wk for 2 months; one-day park events.

Children's Aid Society                                    www.childrensaidsociety.org

105 East 22nd Street

New York, NY 10010

(212) 949-4945                           

Mission: Drug and teen pregnancy prevention, foster care, housing/help for homeless families, healthcare, career readiness training.

Needs: Project Live - literacy and dropout prevention.

Commitment: 1x/wk .

Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation, Inc.            www.childrenscbf.org

333 East 38th Street, Suite 830

New York, NY 10017

(212) 297-4336                    

Contact: info@childrenscbf.org

Mission:  1. To support the comprehensive clinical care of children living with cancer and blood disorders. 2) To foster research to help understand the causes of childhood cancer and blood disorders. 3) To sponsor the fellowship training of pediatricians of the subspecialty of pediatric hematology and oncology.

Needs: CCBF has a variety of volunteer opportunities including fund-raising, event planning, marketing, website maintenance and design, online social networking, and administrative assistance. While our needs vary throughout the year, we will make every effort to match your skills, abilities and interests to the needs of our organization. 

Commitment: CCBF is currently looking for volunteers who have availability between 9 am - 5 pm on any day(s) Monday - Friday. 

Christopher Park Partnership                          www.christopherpark.org

W 4th Street (Christopher and Grove St)

Greenwich Village, NY  10014

(212) 627-5877                    

Contact: Andre Becker

Mission: To revitalize and maintain the historic Christopher Park located in the heart of Greenwich Village. The park, founded in 1837, is best known today as the home of the Gay Liberation memorial by artist George Segal - one of the only public monuments to the Gay Rights Movement in America.

Needs: Volunteer gardeners, It's My Park Day, maintenance, graphic design, web support, community outreach.

Commitment: Varies upon task.  

Citizen Schools New York                                    www.citizenschools.org

120 Broadway

New York, NY 10271

Contact: Molly Cohen mollycohen@citizenschools.org

Mission: We partner with public middle schools in low-income neighborhoods nationally to expand the learning day. Our mission is to engage young people in their learning experience and make sure they are supported and motivated to succeed. We do this by bringing volunteers into the classroom to teach their knowledge and expertise.

Needs: Volunteers to teach 10-week long "apprenticeships," or project-based, volunteer-led classes. Each volunteer is supported by a Citizen Schools teaching partner who works with the volunteer to develop and facilitate the lessons. We also offer two trainings at the beginning of the semester and a weekly debrief to ensure our volunteers are fully supported.

Commitment: 10 weeks for 90 minutes a week, plus two trainings at the beginning of the semester. To learn more, please fill out our volunteer form.

Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center Inc.

107 Suffolk Street                                         www.theclementecenter.org

New York, NY 10002

(212) 260-4080               

Contact: Julio Arcenegui jarcenegui@theclementecenter.org

Mission: The Clemente’s mission is focused on the cultivation, presentation, and preservation of Puerto Rican and Latino culture, it is equally determined to operate in a multi-cultural and inclusive manner, housing and promoting artists and performance events that reflects the cultural diversity of the Lower East Side and the city as a whole.

Needs: We are looking for volunteers to help our organization during the events. We also look for someone willing to clean the building and artist’s studios, painting walls…

Commitment: Mainly on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Sometimes weekdays.

Comfort Zone Camp                                              www.comfortzonecamp.org

NYL Home Office 51 Madison Ave

New York, NY 10010     

Contact: Krista Collopy kcollopy@comfortzonecamp.org

Mission: To provide grieving children with a voice, a place and a community in which to heal, grow and lead more fulfilling lives. Comfort Zone Camp is a nonprofit 501(c)3 bereavement camp that transforms the lives of children who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver.

Needs: Each camp weekend requires the help of over 100 volunteers to provide 1-to-1 matches for each camper, group support, and camp support and we would love to have you as part of that team.

Commitment: To become a volunteer, you would need to attend a volunteer training and complete a volunteer profile on our website. Once you attend a training (dinner is provided), you are eligible to be considered as a volunteer for any of our camp locations across the country.

Covenant House New York                                         www.covenanthouseny.org

460 West 41st Street

New York, NY 10036

(212) 330-0509          

Contact: Ziphorra Daniels, Volunteer/Mentor Coordinator

Mission: Provide self-sufficient young adults (18-21) with a one-to-one mentors (age 28 and older).

Needs: Positive adult role model to befriend clients in our transitional living program.

Commitment: Meet with your “Mentee” twice a month and contact once a week via telephone for a year.

DonorsChoose.Org                                                            www.donorschoose.org

134 W. 37th St., 11th Floor

New York, NY 10018

(212) 239-3615                                             

Volunteer Email: volunteers@donorschoose.org                           

Mission: We make it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need, moving us closer to a nation where students in every community have the tools and experiences they need for a great education.

Needs: Donors who give more than $50 to a project have the chance to receive handwritten student thank-you notes—the “special sauce” of our Thank-You Packages. We receive hundreds (even thousands!) of packages daily from classrooms across the country. Volunteers review the 'thank-yous' to protect student privacy, enter into our computer system, repackage them and mail them to eager donors — all within 24 hours!

Commitment: Can commit to 2–3 volunteer shifts per month (2‑hour and 4‑hour shifts are available).

East Harlem Tutorial Program                               www.ehtp.org

2050 Second Avenue (106th)

New York, NY 10029

(212) 831-0650                           

Mission: Educational assistance to junior high and high school students.

Needs: One-on-one tutoring, take students on outings and help w/ special events.

Commitment: 2 hours per week for 9 months.

Fortune Society                                                   www.fortunesociety.org

29-76 Nothern Blvd.

Long Island City, NY 11101

(212) 691-7554                    


Mission: Helping non-violent offenders and parolee's complete their GED's and related training.

Needs: Tutors for one-on-one education and training

Commitment: 2 hrs (2x)/wk

Friends with Four Paws                                   www.friendswithfourpaws.org

75-07 31st Ave

Jackson Heights, NY 11370

Contact: Tina Kong    tina@friendswithfourpaws.org

Mission: FWFP is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization that rescues both cats and dogs.  We acquire our cats (mostly kittens) from the 5 NYC boroughs and from the general public. Once they are in our program, they go to a foster for several weeks, have all of their veterinary work done and are listed for adoption. 

NeedsWe are in need of responsible volunteers who are able to consistently feed kittens at our adoption center. Your duties would be to feed, provide fresh water, and if you have the time, pet and help socialize these babies. Shifts are daily before 11am, and after 4pm and can be from 15 minutes to 2hours each. Located in Jackson Heights, the Roosevelt Ave/74th street station is nearby (E,F,R,M,7). The Q66, Q47, & Q33 are all walking distance away too. Can be used for community service hours.

Commitment: Reliably 15 minutes to 1 hour a week for at least 3 months.

Friends of Rockaway                                        www.friendsofrockaway.org

2-13 Beach 88th St.

Far Rockaway, NY 11693

(347) 625-7419          

Contact: Adam Gallo volunteer@friendsofrockaway.org

Mission: Friends of Rockaway is a volunteer driven construction organization focused on rebuilding homes for those in need in and around the Rockaways. We have currently rebuilt 60 homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy and seek to double our efforts this year! We give you the tools, the materials and the skills necessary to bring a Sandy Survivor home!

Needs: Anyone of any experience level who doesn't mind getting dirty and is willing to jump in and help a family get back home!

Commitment: We accommodate volunteers on their schedule - a day, week, or on a set schedule. To register: http://for.formstack.com/forms/volunteer

Gay Men's Health Crisis                                    www.gmhc.org

449 West 33rd Street

New York, NY 10001

(212) 367-1000

Mission: Provides services to people with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones.

Needs: One-to-one buddy system to assist people with everyday living activities.

Commitment: 1 evening per week for 6 months.

Girls on the Run NYC                                               http://gotrnyc.org/

42 broadway Suite 1827-35

New York, NY 10004  

(212) 401-6377

Contact: Summer McKanstry summer.mckanstry@girlsontherun.org

Mission: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.  

Needs: Join us behind the scenes to make this a memorable event for everyone involved. Help us with day-of needs such as our Happy Hair Station, water stations along the course, and handing out medals at the finish line. The 5k is not possible without the support of our amazing volunteers!

Girl Scouts of Greater New York                          www.girlscoutsnyc.org

40 Wall Street #708

New York, NY 10005

(212) 645-4000                 

Contact: Tehilla Bradshaw, ext. 244

Mission: Girl Scouts is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.

Needs: Troop Leaders or Episodic Volunteers for various programs.

Girl Vow, Inc.                                                               www.girlvow.org

40 Rector Street  

New York, New York 10005

(646) 379-2024                              

Contact: girlvow@gmail.com

Mission: Girl Vow, Inc. is dedicated to the mentoring and advocacy of disadvantaged girls. Through education, mentorship, and life skills training, Girl Vow, Inc. will open the door to economic sustainability and personal transformation for future generations of women.

Needs: We are seeking female mentors to work with disadvantaged girls in New York City. Mentoring may include one on one mentoring or teaching a 1 hour workshop on various topics. Licensed MSW’s are also welcomed to hold groups sessions. Technology with social media backgrounds and volunteers who can assist with administrative functions are highly desirable.

Commitment: One on one mentoring requires a 1 year commitment for a minimum of 6 hours per month. One of those mentoring contacts must be face to face.  Mentoring is done on a volunteer basis. If possible we can arrange for academic credit.  

God's Love We Deliver                                              www.glwd.org

166 Sixth Avenue

New York, NY 10013

(212) 294-8100                                   

Contact: Joe Torres, ext. 104

Mission: Cook and deliver hot meals to homebound people with AIDS in the 5 boroughs.

Needs: Help prepare, cook, and deliver meals, office help, and special events.

Commitment: Depends on activity.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore                     www.habitatnyc.org/restore

62-01 Northern Blvd

Queens, NY 11377

(212) 991-4000 ext. 357          

Contact: Amanda Lee, AmeriCorps*VISTA, alee@habitatnyc.org

Mission: A ReStore is a retail store concept that accepts donations of overstocked, used, and discontinued items and salvageable building materials donated by manufacturers, stores, contractors and individuals. Items can include new and gently used furniture, building materials, appliances, cabinetry, sinks, countertops, household and décor items. The ReStore then sells those items to the public at a reduced cost, typically 50-80% off of the original retail value. 100% of our profits go to Habitat NYC to help fulfill the primary mission of providing quality homes of providing quality homeownership opportunities to hardworking families. An added benefit is that many of the items we sell would otherwise end up in the landfill.

Needs: People to fill positions as retail sales associate, donation procurement, donation ambassador, donation hotline dispatcher, furniture repairer, pricing & visual merchandising, volunteer operations and DIY instructor.

Commitment: You must first attend a ReStore Volunteer Training session. Sign up for a slot on our system, Volunteer Hub http://habitatnyc.volunteerhub.com/ There is an AM and PM shift. Example, AM shift can be from 9am-1pm and PM shift, 1pm-5pm. Please see Volunteer Hub for more specific time slots.

Harlem RBI                                                        www.harlemrbi.org

333 East 100th Street, Ground Floor

New York, NY 10029

(212) 722-1608                         

Contact: volunteer@harlembri.org

Mission: To provide inner-city youth with opportunities to Play, Learn and Grow. We use the power of teams to coach, teach and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.

Needs: Group homework helpers, one-on-one tutors, baseball/softball coaches.

Commitment: 1 hour per week for academic volunteers. 5-15 hrs. per week for coaches.

JCorps Volunteering                               www.jcorps.org

166 Sixth Avenue

New York, NY 10013

(212) 994-8104                                        

Contact: Joe Torres

Mission: Cooks and delivers hot meals to homebound people with AIDS in the 5 boroughs.

Needs: Help prepare, cook, and deliver meals, office help, and special events.

Commitment: Depends on activity.

Kings County Tennis League                     www.kingscountytennisleague.org

50 Greene Ave #4F

Brooklyn, NY 11238


Contact: contact@kingscountytennisleague.org

Mission: Kings County Tennis League (KCTL) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that uses tennis as an instrument for mentorship and community building in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. We literally bring tennis to the children’s communities.

Needs: KCTL is seeking enthusiastic individuals who are comfortable working with kids and ready to develop their roles as mentors. Tennis skills are helpful, but not required. For the fall season, our free classes are Monday through Thursday afternoons from 3:45 to 5:45pm, September 25 through November 2, in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Volunteers must commit to a minimum number of classes.

Commitment: Duties for each class included: tossing tennis balls, giving out high fives, directing and communicating with students, and teaching If you have a tennis background. Basically, however, you will serve as a positive role model that the kids look forward to seeing each day. The season ends with a neighborhood tennis tournament on November 4. All volunteers are required to undergo a background check and training. Volunteers will receive a KCTL team jersey and invites to special volunteer events as a thanks for all their hard work. Please fill out a KCTL registration form if you’re interested, or contact dave@kingscountytennisleague.org.

Lighthouse for the Blind                                              www.lighthouse.org

111 East 59th Street

New York, NY 10017

(212) 821-9200                                     

Mission: Direct service provider of the blind and visually impaired

Needs: One-to-one reading, sighted guide, youth program, adult education, clerical and administrative help.

Commitment: Reading 2 hours per week.

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's River to River Festival        www.lmcc.net

125 Maiden Land, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10038

(212) 219-9401

Contact:  Michelle Mora                volunteer@lmcc.net

Mission: To create a fertile and nurturing environment for artists and arts groups, enlivening public spaces with free programs in the visual, performing, and new media arts, and to provide leadership in cultural planning and advocacy.

Needs: Enthusiastic and energetic volunteers for the River To River Festival 2017 (June 14-25). This annual arts festival presents provocative and exciting live performances, installations, and exhibits in Lower Manhattan and on Governors Island. The River To River Volunteer Initiative provides opportunities for individuals and companies to engage with the Festival’s artists, audiences, and partners. Volunteers play an essential role by acting as ambassadors for the organization and by providing a variety of support for audience members.

Commitment: Volunteer shifts are typically four hours long. Volunteers will be assigned to events based on availability provided at the time of applying. Please note these times may vary slightly from day to day. Additionally, all volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation to learn more about the Festival in general and the specific projects they will be supporting. Orientations will be held at LMCC's Office on Thursday, June 8 from 6:00–7:00pm and Tuesday, June 13 from 6:00–7:00pm. Please use this form to submit your availability. We will contact you to confirm your participation.

National Eating Disorders Association                     www.myneda.org

165 W. 46th St., Suite 402

New York, NY 10036

(212) 575-6200                                        

Contact: Erin Brekke

Mission: NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.

Needs: Helpline Volunteers to offer information and referrals and answer basic questions regarding body image and eating disorders in a caring and compassionate manner. The volunteer may also assist in the National Eating Disorders Association office as needed (i.e. writing letters, assisting with information distribution, etc.). This position is a great learning opportunity and involves a minimum of 15 hours of training.

Commitment: Completion of 15-20 hour helpline training taking place during the volunteer's scheduled shift and minimum of 3 hrs. per week for a minimum of 6 months.

National MS Society, NYC                                    www.nationalmssociety.org

733 Third Ave., 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10017

(212) 453-3258                                   

Contact: Michael Providence

Mission: Serving the 10,000 people living with Multiple Sclerosis in the five boroughs, Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties.

Needs: We host a variety of unique and fun events that rely on the support of volunteers to help make them successful. Various roles and duties include facilitating registration, check-in of event participants, manning the Kids Zone and many more. These opportunities do not require any specific experience and they are great team-building opportunities for groups and corporate teams.

Commitment: At least 3 major events each year: Bike MS, Walk MS and Climb to the Top. We have other programming volunteer opportunities and in-office opportunities, as well.

New York Cares                                                   www.nycares.org

116 East 16th Street, 6th Floor

New York, NY 10003

(212) 228-5000                                   

Contact: Michael Dale

Mission: Leads hands-on volunteer projects that helps people in need.

Needs: Recreation w/ children and/or elderly, tutoring, soup kitchens.

Commitment: Usually one-time projects.

NYC Dept. for the Aging – Bill Payer Program                    www.nyc.gov/aging  

Long Term Care Division

2 Lafayette Street, 2nd floor

New York, NY   10007

(212) 602-4195                                             

Contact: volunteerbpp@aging.nyc.gov

Mission: The Department for the Aging (DFTA) is "to work for the empowerment, independence, dignity and quality of life of New York City's diverse older adults."  The Bill Payer Program provides practical assistance with monthly bill paying tasks to help vulnerable New Yorkers remain independent and to “age in place” in their homes and communities.  

Needs: Remaining in their own homes is critical for our seniors and you can help! Compassionate, detail-oriented volunteers, using their every-day life skills, are needed to visit seniors and help with the timely payment of monthly bills. All Boroughs - Manhattan (especially 10024, 10036, 10128, 10463 zip codes), Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. Clients make all their own financial decisions but need hands-on help with bill paying tasks such as reviewing mail, organizing bills, writing out checks for the client to sign, reconciling check register to bank statements. Volunteers are screened, fingerprinted, undergo background check and receive detailed procedural instruction and coaching.

Commitment: The commitment is for one year, one or two visits a month for approximately 4-6 hours per month. Hours and days are flexible and we will work with your schedule.

NYC School Volunteer Program                          www.learningleaders.org

352 Park Avenue South, 13th Floor

New York, NY 10010

(212) 213-3770                                     

Mission: One-to-one volunteering w/ children from grade through high school

Needs: Reading, writing, and math tutoring.

Commitment: 1x/week for school year.

One Sandwich at a Time                               www.onesandwichatatime.org

15 Fisher Lane, Suite 200

White Plains NY 10603

(917) 353-7232               

Contact: Pinky Chan onesandwichatatime@gmail.com

Mission: To alleviate hunger and raise homeless awareness in NYC.  We encourage local community members to make a difference with their own two hands.

Needs: Anyone who is interested in constructing peanut butter & jelly and ham & cheese sandwiches, bagging them and delivering to areas in which they are most needed - including food pantries, homeless shelters and food distribution centers serving victims of natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy.  

Commitment: Currently we have sandwich building events monthly so the opportunity can be ongoing by month.

Partnership for Parks                                         www.partnershipsforparks.org

The Arsenal 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 310

New York, NY 10021

(212) 360-8126                                        

Contact: Carrie Grassi

Mission: To spur community support for, and involvement in, New York City's parks. Work to strengthen, support and start neighborhood park groups so people will be more likely to join in the efforts to restore and preserve the parks.

Needs: Work in parks on horticulture, painting, and general maintenance projects.

Commitment: Determined by the individual or group.

Queens Adult Learning Program              www.queenslibrary.org

91-14 Merrick Blvd., 6th Floor

Jamaica, NY 11432

(718) 410-4263                                        

Contact: Mara Raizer

Mission: Provide quality services, resources and learning opportunities through books and other formats to help its diverse Adult Learning population. There are 7 Learning Centers with full-time staff and volunteers who tutor literacy groups and facilitate ESOL conversation groups. Center offers basic Adult Education, video groups, writing groups, technology-assisted instruction and on-going tutor training.

Needs: Volunteers to work with adult ESOL and Literacy (Adult Basic Education) students at various locations throughout Queens.

Commitment: Minimum 3 months with program; high school diploma required.

READ718                                                          www.read718.org

420 Atlantic Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11217

(718) 576-3228          

Contact: Emily Kirven emily@read718.org  

Mission: READ 718 is a Brooklyn based non-profit organization providing individualized reading instruction and literacy mentorship to low-income students in grades 4-8 who are reading below grade level. READ 718 aims to help all children achieve success in school and develop a love of reading by partnering students with a committed and trained volunteer in a safe, supportive environment.

Needs: We are looking for reliable, caring people ages 18+ who have excellent literacy and communication skills, experience with children and/or adolescents, an interest in literacy education practices, and a positive, collaborative attitude. Tutors will be provided with easy to follow lesson plans for each session and will have access to a certified reading specialist for questions and guidance.

Commitment: Literacy tutors must agree to a background check. Tutors must be available either Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:10-4:30, OR Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:10-4:30 PM. Additionally, they should be able to commit to working with their child for a minimum of 10 weeks.

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc.            www.rescuingleftovercuisine.org

New York City, NY

(646) 460-1458                                        

Contact: Paul Sun

Mission: Rescuing Leftover Cuisine is an organization that strives to become the world's most widely used solution for companies and individuals to eliminate food waste in their communities. We partner with restaurants, caterers, cafes and deliver their excess food to homeless shelters and soup kitchens.

Needs: Food rescuers who can assist with delivering food to homeless shelter in the downtown NYC area.

Commitment: Most of our volunteers work with us on a weekly basis, dedicating 1-2 hours of their time to a worthwhile cause, you can too! Rescuers can choose to volunteer daily, weekly or sporadically!

Rooftop Films                                                   www.rooftopfilms.com

232 3rd Street, Suite E106

Brooklyn, NY 11215

(718) 417-7362                                   

Contact: Kate Gellene

Mission: Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists.

Needs: Rooftop Films depends on volunteers like you for its growth and success. If you are interested in volunteering please fill out the online Rooftop Volunteer Application Form (RVAF). Once you submit your form, we will get back to you with more information and volunteer assignments.  

Scripted                                                            www.scripted.org

85 Broad Street

New York, NY 10004

(917) 816-4212

Contact:  Courtney LeGates               courtney@scripted.org  

Mission: ScriptEd equips students in under-resourced schools with the fundamental coding skills and professional experiences that together create access to careers in technology. We believe our role is not just to teach, but to excite and inspire students to pursue careers in technology. Our courses are taught by experienced software developers on a volunteer basis, ensuring that our students have exposure to role models and potential mentors in the field. Our students apply their new coding skills in paid summer internships where they gain the experience and confidence necessary to pursue careers in technology.

Needs: Experienced software developers who are interested in fostering a more diverse and inclusive tech industry with specific regard to race, gender, and socio-economic status.

Commitment: Volunteers must be able to commit to an academic school year (September-June). Classes take place 2x a week for about 45 minutes or an hour and a half either in the morning or afternoon, as fits with the volunteer's work schedule. Interested volunteers can fill out an application at here.

Self-help Community Services, Inc.                          www.selfhelp.net

Brooklyn Holocaust Survivor Program

1512 Avenue Z

Brooklyn, NY 11235

(718) 646-7500          

Contact: Hanan Simhon, MSW-Volunteer Coordinator, hsimhon@selfhelp.net

Mission: Home and community based services to elderly and others at risk of losing independence and dignity. Home care, social service, and senior housing programs to help individuals remain at home.

Needs: Caring volunteers to provide services for holocaust survivors.

South Bronx Asthma Partnership

Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center

1685 Morris Avenue, Suite 1D

Bronx, NY 10457

(718) 960-1410          

Contact: Lauren Brown, Program Manager asthmaliteracyproject@gmail.com

Mission: Decrease asthma related ER visits, missed school attendance and hospitalizations and to increase asthma education opportunities for the community, medical providers, patients and their families.

Needs: Volunteer advocates to provide one-on-one training to parents and patients in our ER, inpatient units and pediatric clinics. Help caregivers better manage their children’s asthma and improve their ability to navigate the healthcare system.

Spark Ventures, New York Chapter                          www.sparkventures.org

New York City

(773) 293-6710                    

Contact: sparkventuresnyc@gmail.com

Mission: We’re affiliated with a Chicago non-profit called SparkVentures, which helps small businesses in the developing world so they can re-invest in their communities and support those who need it. Right now Spark Ventures is doing great work in Zambia and Nicaragua and it’s growing fast! We’re a small community that gets together to have fun and do what we can to improve the world – sometimes that’s volunteering and sometimes it means giving money. (Sometimes it’s something else entirely!) And of course we love our semi-regular happy hours.

Needs: You are a young person, looking to change the world, and someone who likes to have fun!

Commitment: Varies.

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Scholars            seoscholars.org

55 Exchange Place, Suite 601            

New York, NY 10005

(646) 235-9564                         

Contact: Samantha Moreno

Mission: SEO's goal is to provide promising underserved students with the opportunities that will unlock their potential to make great individual contributions to our society undeterred by social and educational inequities.

Needs: Committed and talented professionals to mentor our high school Scholars for the 2014-2015 academic school year. Mentors help students research and apply to summer enrichment programs, begin the application process, and build professional skills.

Commitment: 6 Saturdays per semester for 1-2 hours. Sessions are conducted and supervised by an SEO staff member.

Sprout                                                                                      www.gosprout.org

270 W. 96th St

New York, NY 10025

(212) 222-9575                                   

Contact: Jennifer Cook

Mission: To provide innovative programs for adults with developmental disabilities.

Needs: Day and Evening Program Leaders, Vacation Program Leaders. Sprout leaders' primary goal is to give adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to experience and enjoy recreational, educational and leisure activities by getting to know them, encouraging socialization, and support when they need advice or an opinion.

Commitment: Day and Evening Program Leaders can participate anywhere from a few hours a month to a few hours a week depending on your schedule. Outings vary from 2 - 5 hours and take place all over the 5 boroughs of New York City. We ask that you commit yourself for the full duration of the outings you choose.

Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation               www.starlight-newyork.org

1560 Broadway, Suite 600

New York, NY 10036

(212) 354-2878                    

Contact: Andréa Mahee x120 andrea@starlight.org

Mission: To brighten the lives of seriously ill children (ages 4 - 18) and their families through imaginative and resourceful programs and services that empower, educate and inspire. Starlight helps children and their families through their journey with illness while helping to heal their spirits and alleviate the pain, fear and isolation of a childhood illness.

Needs: On-going office and special events volunteer opportunities.

Transfernation, Inc.                                                             www.transfernation.org

93 4th Avenue, P.O. Box 308

New York, NY 10003

Contact: Shanna Zhou, shanna.zhou@transfernation.org  

Mission: To provide a solution to food waste that is as easy to carry out as it is throwing it away. Transfernation aims to create a tech-based, self-sufficient infrastructure to connect organizations to ensure easy and safe transport of food to where it is needed. We created an online platform to connect corporations with social institutions so extra food from corporate events can be sent to where it is needed versus being thrown out. We want to simplify the giving process to the point where it doesn't force people to expend time, resources, or financial sacrifices.

Needs: Our volunteer opportunities are typically just an hour and vary in location in Manhattan. They usually consist of going to an event or a restaurant to pick up extra food and bringing it to a designated homeless shelter or soup kitchen.

Commitment: Our volunteers must be at least 17 years old, have a sense of responsibility to the volunteering opportunity and have a cellphone.

Virtual Senior Center Program                     www.selfhelp.net/virtual-senior-center

138-52 Elder Avenue, 2nd floor

Flushing, NY 11355

(646) 249-4987                    

Contact: Carmella Chessen, Volunteer Coordinator, cchessen@selfhelp.net

Mission: Provide homebound seniors via video-chat technology with socialization and education opportunities to decrease social isolation and increase general well-being.

Needs: Volunteers to facilitate one-hour classes weekly or sporadically for homebound seniors. Up to 14 seniors log in an interact with each other and the class facilitator. The facilitator can conduct classes from their home or office computer. Topics are wide-ranging and include current events, games, discussion groups, music or art appreciation, health/wellness, legal, psycho-social, humor, etc.

Visiting Neighbors                                         www.visitingneighbors.org

611 Broadway, Suite 510

New York, NY 10012

(212) 260-6200                                   

Contact: Howie Square

Mission: To help the elderly retain their independence in their own homes.

Needs: Visiting the elderly and help with shopping and escort.

Commitment: Minimum 2 hours per week.

Volunteer Services for Children

216 East 39th Street

New York, NY 10016

(212) 867-2220                                   

Contact: Grace McLean

Mission: Provides one-on-one programs for needy and homeless children.

Needs: Participate in planned group cultural, educational, and recreational activities.

Commitment: 1 Sat. per month (tutoring 1½ hrs. per week)

Women In Need                                                   www.winnyc.org

115 West 31st Street

New York, NY 10001

(212) 695-4758                                   

Contact: Jane Gropp (x713)

Mission: Provides shelter, services and resources for homeless women and children.

Needs: Tutor women & children, budget workshops, resume & interview help, baby holding and reading, painting & cleaning shelters.

Commitment: Depends on activity.

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