Volunteer

Looking to lend a helping hand? Here are the latest opportunities available at CCS-supported nonprofits:

Arts & Minds

Arts and Minds provides art programming for people with dementia and their care partners. This is an excellent position for anyone interested in community organizing, public health, social work, medicine, arts in health and anyone interested in making the world a better place.

Role: Promoting the work of Arts & Minds through 1) Community Outreach, and 2) Fundraising and Grant Research.

Responsibilities: Arts & Minds has recently increased the number of programs being offered. They are reaching out to expand their Harlem audience and need help researching Senior Centers, Churches and other houses of worship, and Housing development contacts across Harlem.  They also need help with grant research and fundraising. The volunteer will promote the work of Arts & Minds to community leaders and potential participants. This work can be done remotely at least initially, and later, when it is safe, in person.  Tasks may involve crafting effective emails, placing announcements in community outlets, developing social media networks, telephone outreach, etc.  Creative ideas are welcome!

Days and Times: Flexible schedule

Special skills or requirements: The successful candidate should have a warm, friendly demeanor that comes across in person and via telephone and email.  Excellent general communication skills and a passion for the well-being of older adults are required. 

Contact: Email Carolyn Halpin-Healy or call 646-873-0712

Bloomingdale School of Music

The mission of the Bloomingdale School of Music is to provide open and continuous access to high-quality music education, regardless of economic status, ability level, ethnicity, or religious affiliation.

Role:  Translation of Bloomingdale School of Music Enrollment Materials

Responsibilities: Translation in Spanish and possibly Chinese of BSM Fall Enrollment materials, including course descriptions and enrollment forms.

Days and Times:  Open schedule; work is needed ASAP.

Special skills or requirements: Facility with conversational translations

Contact: Email Lohengrin Velasquez, Director of Student Services

Broadway Community

For nearly 40 years, Broadway Community (located at 601 West 114th Street) has lovingly prepared warm, healthy, and gourmet multicourse meals for all who hunger - whether in mind, body, or spirit. During the best of times and the worst of times, the soup kitchen has been a live-giving island of stability for thousands of New Yorkers in need. Abundance is at the center of it's philosophy. They don't just serve calories -- they serve compassion, deliciousness, and dignity. Each meal is carefully prepared by a professional Chef and is completely free.

Role: Soup Kitchen Volunteer (maximum of 10)

Responsibilities: Because the Community Lunch Program is such a dynamic operation, volunteer responsibilities may change from day-to-day. Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Helping to pack and distribute bagged breakfast and lunch to the more than 100 Guests of our Community Lunch Program.
  • Work with our Chef and other volunteers to create elements of our lunch menu.
  • Clean dishes and other working areas.

Days and Times:  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

Special skills or requirements: 

  • Empathy, patience, and compassion.
  • The ability to stay calm in a fast-paced environment.
  • Being a team player.
  • The ability to lift 20 pounds.
  • All volunteers must pre-register to volunteer at https://cerv.is/0114gY0uLYK
  • All volunteers must provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to [email protected]

Contact: Isaac Adlerstein, Executive Director with questions.

Broadway Housing Communities

Broadway Housing Communities’ mission is to counteract the forces of homelessness and poverty in New York City’s West Harlem and Washington Heights neighborhoods by sponsoring innovative, affordable housing models that generate educational, civic and cultural resources to benefit both the tenancy and the community. The mission has evolved over three decades from pioneering housing solutions to homelessness, to a more comprehensive community strategy serving children.

Role:  Academic Tutor

Responsibilities: 

  • Follow and implement all regulations and guidelines of the Homework Club. 
  • Assist program participants with homework assignments. 
  • Track and report any academic delays to the Education Advocate. 
  • Help students develop self-confidence in performing academic work. 
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all student information, material, and discussions shared in the tutoring relationship.
  • Assist with special projects upon request. 

Days and Times: Flexible & Remote; Monday – Friday from 1:00pm – 7:00pm

Special skills or requirements: 

  • Working toward completion of a Bachelor's Degree at an accredited 4-year college. 
  • Must be able to work remotely if COVID-19 causes BHC to shut down its offices physically and/or if they implement a hybrid model of homework assistance. This means that the environment should be quiet and free of any interruptions from others. 
  • Familiarity with the New York City Common Core curriculum.
  • Knowledge of New York State standards and test preparation. 
  • Strong academic skills in English and Math. 
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills; being attentive to weekly email updates is critical because they use it to communicate. 
  • Team player and able to develop positive rapport with children and staff. 
  • Strong organizational skills. 
  • Able to work both independently and collaboratively. 
  • Belief in socioeconomic theories and practices for children and teens. 
  • Experience working with economically and culturally diverse families is preferred. 
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.  

Contact: Please send your resume to Jael Sanchez.

Cathedral Community Cares Clothing Closet

Cathedral Community Cares’ (CCC) mission is to combat and alleviate poverty through preventive services, education, and advocacy, specifically targeting the issues of health and hunger. 

Role: To support the Cathedral Community Cares Clothing Closet

Responsibilities:  The volunteer is needed to sort clothing, stack racks, dust shelves and resort/restock.

Days and Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays only, from 10:30am -1:00pm.  Position is available as soon as November 9.  Duration of time needed to be determined.

Special skills or requirements: Willingness to do occasional heavy lifting. Volunteers must be vaccinated, and must present a photo ID when entering the premises.

Contact: Email Vanessa Greco, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, or call 212-316-7584

Common Denominator

Common Denominator’s mission is to help in-need middle school students love math and build confidence through tutoring and mentorship. Our goal is to ensure that students identify with math, build confidence through math tutoring and mentorship, and develop a keen interest in math as it relates to the world around them.

Role: Out of School Time Math Tutor

Responsibilities: C/Ds recruits committed, compassionate volunteers who are ready to devote their time, talents, and expertise to ensure that middle school students identify with, enjoy, and excel in math. The program focuses on core fundamentals, so tutors do not have to be a math genius to provide tutoring and mentorship. Weekly sessions are uploaded in advance to the program hub to provide tutors with a chance to get familiarized with the weekly topic. Tutors generally are assigned the same student(s) each week, so dependability and responsibility are essential characteristics. The program also focuses on relationship building and social-emotional development. Students feel that they matter to their tutors both in session and in life.

Days and Times:  This program begins in October 2022 and is facilitated in person every Saturday for 90-minute intervals.

Special skills or requirements: Kindness, compassion, and patience.

Contact: Angela Williams, Executive Director


Role: Virtual Math Tutor - Weekdays

Responsibilities: C/Ds recruits committed, compassionate volunteers who are ready to devote their time, talents, and expertise to ensure that middle school students identify with, enjoy, and excel in math. The program focuses on core fundamentals, so tutors do not have to be a math genius to provide tutoring and mentorship. Weekly sessions are uploaded in advance to the program hub to provide tutors with a chance to get familiarized with the weekly topic. Tutors generally are assigned the same student(s) each week, so dependability and responsibility are essential characteristics. The program also focuses on relationship building and social-emotional development. Students feel that they matter to their tutors both in session and in life.

Days and Times: This program begins in October 2022 and is facilitated virtually, one day a week, during lunchtime at your place of business, as part of a public school integrated program.

Special skills or requirements: Kindness, compassion, and patience.

Contact: Angela Williams, Executive Director


Role: Marketing Coordinator

Responsibilities: Create and post social media on Common Denominator's handles to heighten visibility. Create a quarterly newsletter to keep donors, volunteers, and partners adequately informed.

Days and Times: Schedules may be flexible. 

Special skills or requirements: Strong communication and writing skills.

Contact:  Angela Williams, Executive Director

Harlem Educational Activities Fund

The Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Inc. (HEAF) is a comprehensive not-for-profit supplemental education and youth development organization that supports and assists dedicated students to develop the intellectual curiosity, academic ability, social values and personal resilience they need to ensure success in school, career, and life.  HEAF identifies scholars in middle school and supports them until they are successfully admitted to four-year colleges through a variety of after-school, and summer programs.

Role:  Building Your Brand Workshop Volunteer (Virtual) 

Responsibilities: Students will have the opportunity to learn about personal branding. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about themselves, so they can make decisions and plan for their future careers.  Volunteers will share their experiences of why personal branding is so important. Additionally, volunteers will work with students on various activities based on personal branding.

Days and Times: These workshops are 1-day commitments. All workshops will take place via Zoom. Workshop outlines and materials will be provided one week prior to the workshop. 

Building Your Brand Workshop Volunteer- Monday, July 18, 2022, 12:15 pm-1:15pm 

Special skills or requirements: Desire to work with students on their personal and professional development.

Marie Hu, Director of Career Connections or fill out volunteer form- HEAF Volunteer Form


Role: Transferable Skills and Goal Setting Workshop Volunteer (Virtual) 

Responsibilities: The focus of the workshop will be ongoing professional skill development.  Students will gain an understanding on the importance of taking initiative and ownership of their learning and growth and how setting goals can provide them with a roadmap for success on their educational and professional journey. Volunteers will talk with students about their own professional development and learning journeys and work with students on identifying their professional strengths and areas of growth and how they can set short-term professional and personal learning goals.

Days and Times: These workshops are 1-day commitments. All workshops will take place via Zoom. Workshop outlines and materials will be provided one week prior to the workshop. 

Transferable Skills and Goal Setting Workshop Volunteer- Monday, July 25, 2022,12:15 pm-1:15 pm 

Special skills or requirements: Desire to work with students on their personal and professional development.

Marie Hu, Director of Career Connections or fill out volunteer form- HEAF Volunteer Form


Role: Resume Workshop Volunteer (Virtual) 

Responsibilities: Provide students with the opportunity to learn about the importance of their resumes.  Volunteers will work with students on creating or updating their resumes in small group settings. 

Days and Times: These workshops are 1-day commitments. All workshops will take place via Zoom. Workshop outlines and materials will be provided one week prior to the workshop. 

Resume Workshop Volunteer Thursday, July 28, 2022, 12:15 pm-1:15 pm 

Special skills or requirements: Desire to work with students on their personal and professional development.

Marie Hu, Director of Career Connections or fill out volunteer form- HEAF Volunteer Form


Role: Gap Year Options Panelist (Virtual) 

Responsibilities: Support our students in preparing for their future and exploring the various opportunities available to them upon graduation. Panelists will talk with students about their gap year experience, lessons learned, and how their experience helped shape their future career journey. 

Note: For this panel, we are seeking representatives who have experience working with or who are Alumni of the below organizations: Americorps: Vista, NCCC, Teaching/Volunteer Opps aboard, Teaching Fellows/TFA, Peace Corps, Per Scholas, City Year. 

Days and Times: These workshops are 1-day commitments. All workshops will take place via Zoom. Workshop outlines and materials will be provided one week prior to the workshop. 

Gap Year Options Panel- Thursday, July 28, 2022, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm 

Special skills or requirements: Desire to work with students on their personal and professional development.

Marie Hu, Director of Career Connections or fill out volunteer form- HEAF Volunteer Form


Role: Career Industry Panelist (Virtual) 

Responsibilities: Support our students in preparing for their future and exploring the various opportunities available to them upon graduation; to provide students an opportunity to learn about various career fields and industries; to provide students with an opportunity to connect with a diverse group of professionals to hear about their first-hand experiences in their industry.

Panelists will talk with students about their career experience, how they got to where they are, a “day in the life” of their current role, and share insights and advice learned along the way. 

Note:  For this panel, we are seeking panelists from the following organization/industries: Technology, Entrepreneurship, Health and Medicine, Psychology/The Arts.

Days and Times: These workshops are 1-day commitments. All workshops will take place via Zoom. Workshop outlines and materials will be provided one week prior to the workshop. 

Career Industry Panelist- Thursday, July 28, 2022, 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Special skills or requirements: Desire to work with students on their personal and professional development.

Marie Hu, Director of Career Connections or fill out volunteer form- HEAF Volunteer Form


Role: College and Career Panelist (Virtual) 

Responsibilities: Provide students with the opportunity to hear first-hand experiences of how choosing a college major and minor can support their career goals. Volunteers will talk with students about their college experiences, how they decided on a major, what support and resources they utilized along the way, and how their major connects (or not) with their current career.

Days and Times: These workshops are 1-day commitments. All workshops will take place via Zoom. Workshop outlines and materials will be provided one week prior to the workshop. 

College and Career Panel- Monday, August 1, 2022,12:15 pm-1:15 pm 

Special skills or requirements: Desire to work with students on their personal and professional development.

Marie Hu, Director of Career Connections or fill out volunteer form- HEAF Volunteer Form

Harlem Wellness Center

Harlem Wellness Center’s mission is to close the health gap through access to innovative holistic wellness programs that empower individuals, strengthen communities, and create environments where all can connect, heal and thrive. HWC promotes and advocates for health and racial justice.

Role: Graphic Designer (remote position)

Responsibilities: 

  • Project based
  • Design, graphics, layouts for flyers, posters, campaigns

Days and Times: 

  • Immediate start date.
  • Volunteer works on their own schedule to meet agreed upon project deadlines.
  • Maximum of 5 hours per month.

Special skills or requirements: 

  • Excellent IT skills
  • Experience using design and photo-editing software. Abreast of the latest trends
  • Typography
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail

Contact: Email Vivan Williams-Kurutz, Founder

The Legal Outreach educational program serves low-income, mostly minority, and/or first generation urban youth from under-served neighborhoods in New York City. The law-based curriculum focuses on providing students with the necessary tools to achieve at a high academic level and gain the confidence and social skills to pursue their professional goals. The goal is to provide social and academic support to students so they can matriculate to competitive colleges and pursue their career interests.

Role: Virtual Math Tutor

Responsibilities: Virtual Math Tutors will support students in tackling high school math course work of Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry and/or Calculus classes.  Tutors will work with students to complete homework assignments and prepare for upcoming quizzes and exams.

Days and Times: Each tutor should be available twice a week between Monday and Thursday from 5:30-7:00pm.

Special skills or requirements: Volunteers should have strong interpersonal skills, a strong grasp of the subject matter (at least one), and willingness to work with students who are struggling academically.

Contact: Email Massiel Ramos, Managing Director of Program Administration.


Role: Virtual Science Tutor

Responsibilities: Virtual Science Tutors will support students in tackling high school science course work of Earth Science, Living Environment, Chemistry and/or Physics classes.  Tutors will work with students to complete homework assignments and prepare for upcoming quizzes and exams.

Days and Times: Each tutor should be available twice a week between Monday and Thursday from 5:30-7:00pm.

Special skills or requirements: Volunteers should have strong interpersonal skills, a strong grasp of the subject matter, and willingness to work with students who are struggling academically.

Contact: Email Massiel Ramos, Managing Director of Program Administration.


Role: Virtual Grammar Tutor

Responsibilities: Virtual Grammar Tutors will support students in tackling their Legal Outreach Freshmen Grammar Homework. Students are required to meet with their tutor to work through the required reading, identify grammar rules and produce examples for each rule.

Days and Times: Each tutor should be available twice a week between Monday and Thursday from 6:00-7:00pm or at an agreed upon time that works for the student and tutor.

Special skills or requirements: Volunteers should have strong interpersonal skills, and a willingness to work with students who are struggling academically. General grasp of the English Grammar is sufficient as the tutor would get a brief training and will have to use the grammar book assigned to the student.

Contact: Email Massiel Ramos, Managing Director of Program Administration.

Lifeforce In Later Years

LifeForce in Later Years (L.i.L.Y) is helping to change the tide for frail elders, many living alone, who often face dire challenges when families aren’t available.

Role: Friendly Visitor and Virtual Helper

Responsibilities: Help home-bound seniors

Days and Times: Flexible schedule

Special skills or requirements: Fully vaccinated volunteers are needed to pay friendly visits, take a walk with a senior, run an errand, or escort a senior to a doctor visit. Technology skills are helpful as many seniors are struggling to use a smartphone, Zoom, FaceTime, etc. Seniors can benefit from technical support in person or over the phone. Spanish speaking is also helpful as some seniors are monolingual.

Contact: Email Paula Seefeldt, Program Director or call 646-734-0182.

NY Common Pantry

New York Common Pantry reduces hunger and promotes dignity, health and self-sufficiency.

Role: Harlem Hot Meals

Responsibilities: For the Hot Meals Program, volunteers will assist Chef Ed by packaging nutritious, hot meals in boxes to-go. Other volunteers may pack cold lunches. Both hot meals and cold lunches are distributed to anyone who is hungry, and volunteers help see this effort through.

Days and Times: All volunteer opportunities can be found here: Volunteer Hub. There are volunteer activities in Harlem, Monday through Saturday.

Special skills or requirements: All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older, vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, and should wear clothing that can get dirty, as well as closed-toed shoes, like sneakers or work boots.

Contact: Email Erin WilliamsVolunteer Manager


Role: Bronx and Harlem Choice Pantries

Responsibilities: For Choice Pantries in the Bronx and Harlem, volunteers are called upon to assemble packages of produce and shelf-stable foods for clients who are experiencing food insecurity. Volunteers are required to sanitize, and wear masks and gloves, which will be provided. There is a hand-sanitizing station in the Pantry, and volunteers are asked to stand for 3.5 hours and handle 30lb bags of groceries.

Days and Times: All volunteer opportunities can be found here: Volunteer Hub. Help is needed in the Bronx: Tuesday through Saturday; and, in Harlem: Monday through Saturday.

Special skills or requirements: All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older, vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, and wear clothing that can get dirty, as well as closed-toed shoes, like sneakers or work boots.

Contact: Email Erin WilliamsVolunteer Manager

The 17th Annual NYCKidsfest

NYC Kidsfest is a free to the public performing arts festival whose mission is to enhance the lives of Morningside Heights and Harlem school children by exposing them to an eclectic lineup of performing artists from The Studio Museum and Classical Theater of Harlem, among others.  Student performers are then given the opportunity to build confidence and self-esteem by performing alongside these professional artists.

Role: 17th Annual NYC Kidsfest Saturday (6/25) Volunteer (2 volunteers max)

Responsibilities: Volunteers will help with the following activities:

  • Event set-up and breakdown
  • Providing support throughout the day for performances and workshops
  • Help improve overall event day success

Days/Times and Location: Saturday, June 25th, 2022,12:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Lafayette Square and Morningside Avenue, between West 113th & 114th Streets

Special skills or requirements: Volunteers should be enthusiastic, work well with kids, and have active listening and problem-solving skills.

Contact: Jessica Chornesky, Director


Role: 17th Annual NYC Kidsfest Sunday (6/26) Volunteer (2 volunteers max)

Responsibilities: Volunteers will help with the following activities:

  • Event set-up and breakdown
  • Providing support throughout the day for performances and workshops
  • Help improve overall event day success

Days/Times and Location: Sunday, June 26th, 2022,12:00 pm – 7:00 pm at Jackie Robinson Park Bandshell at 147th Street and Bradhurst Avenue

Special skills or requirements: Volunteers should be enthusiastic, work well with kids, and have active listening and problem-solving skills.

Contact: Jessica Chornesky, Director

Purple Circle Daycare Center

Purple Circle is an early childhood daycare that serves working families in the community and around NYC. Our program values children’s play and recognizes how play is woven into learning.  Teaching is a family practice and we emphasize the importance of connecting home, school and culture.

Role: Administrative Support

Responsibilities: Updating social media, reviewing department of health documents, and school supply orders, etc.

Days and Times: Any day(s) of the week. Purple Circle operates from 8:30 am until 6:00 pm.

Special skills or requirements: administrative and computer knowledge.

Contact: Email Elaine Karas, Executive Director


Role: Grant Writer

Responsibilities: Volunteer needed as soon as possible to prepare grant proposals and support director in letter of inquiry.

Days and Times: Flexible schedule

Special skills or requirements: Experience with writing grant applications and proposals for not-for profits.

Contact: Email Elaine Karas, Executive Director or Laurie Kalinowski, Business Manager

Riverside Language Program

Riverside Language Program offers free English classes to documented, recently-arrived immigrants, asylees and refugee adults currently living in New York City.

Role: Language Lab Volunteer

Responsibilities: Language Lab Volunteers are conversation partners for the ESL students. They help facilitate conversations with English Language learners in small, informal groups.  This helps students gain confidence and fluency as they learn English.  The conversation topics are about every day topics. 

Days and Times: Labs take place Monday through Friday for one and half hours.

Special skills or requirements: No special skills are needed. However, all volunteers must attend an orientation session.

Contact: Email Lynda Metmer

SNACK

The mission of SNACK* (Special Needs Activity Center for Kids and *Adults) is to fill a void for children, teens, and young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities by providing unique programs designed and staffed to address their needs. SNACK* also provides vocational training and supported employment opportunities and welcomes those with physical disabilities, verbal and non-verbal language abilities, across all socio-economic, race, and ethnic backgrounds. 

Role: SNACK* Visual Aid Warrior

Responsibilities:  SNACK* Visual Aid Warriors help create and post visual aid materials throughout SNACK*s facilities.  These visual aid materials will help assist the non-verbal population of kids we serve on the Autism Spectrum with daily activities, i.e. making requests through use of visual support and assist them to find and put away items independently.  

Days and Times:  Weekdays 10:00am-4:00pm

Special skills or requirements: Requirements include taking photographs with cameras/iPhones; creating sign on computers; laminating and posting all of the materials.

Contact: Email Katie Coombs


Role: SNACK* 21+ Program Volunteer

Responsibilities:  SNACK* 21+ Program Volunteer help with class set up and shut down, assemble supplies so lead teachers can run classes without interruption, light cleaning, take pictures of programming, model tasks for members, and give praise/encouragement.

Days and Times: Weekdays 9:00am-3:00pm

Special skills or requirements: Smile and have fun! Your positive energy will influence the energy of others around you.

Contact: Email Katie Coombs


Role:  SNACK* Snacktivities Program Volunteer

Responsibilities:  SNACK* Snacktivities Program Volunteer responsibilities include helping with class set up and shut down, assembling supplies so lead teachers can run classes without interruption, light cleaning, take pictures of programming, model tasks for members, and give praise/encouragement.

Days and Times: Weekends 10:00am-3:00pm

Special skills or requirements: Smile and have fun! Your positive energy will influence the energy of others around you.

Contact: Email Katie Coombs

The Morningside Players

The Morningside Players (TMP) is a Collective Performing Arts Company dedicated to presenting an affordable theater of vibrant new work and classic plays to our Morningside Heights/Manhattanville community.

Role: Stage Manager

Responsibilities: The Stage Manager will run the sound and light board console during shows and all cues needed. Check props, actors, etc. Attendance may be needed at most rehearsals.

Days and Times: Performances are usually held on weekends, Thursdays at 7:30pm, Fridays at 5:00 pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm for three weekends in a row.  Rehearsals are usually evenings and weekends, with some flexibility.

Special skills or requirements: Computer savvy with Mac, comfortable with theater atmosphere and needs.

Contact: Email Susanna Frazer, Artistic Director


Role: Graphic Artist

Responsibilities: Help create posters, flyers and publicity artwork for productions.

Days and Times: Very flexible.

Special skills or requirements: Graphic and theatrical design skills.

Contact: Email Susanna Frazer, Artistic Director


Role: Props Master

Responsibilities: The Props Master will find and maintain theatrical props for stage productions.

Days and Times: Flexible

Special skills or requirements: Sense of period, the play’s “world” and the items that would be in that world.

Contact: Email Susanna Frazer, Artistic Director


Role: Marketing 

Responsibilities: The Marketing volunteer will create online content and strategies for reaching audiences; maintain a database of audience emails.

Days and Times: Flexible and can be mostly remote.

Special skills or requirements: Microsoft Mail Merge, social media savvy, FaceBook, Survey Monkey, and familiarity with websites.

Contact: Email Susanna Frazer, Artistic Director

The Reading Team

The Reading Team helps young children at high risk of reading failure to become strong and enthusiastic readers, writers, listeners, and speakers and to develop the skills, habits, and enjoyment of reading that will support their success in school and in life. Since opening its doors in 2001, they have helped more than 13,000 children achieve substantial and lasting academic progress.

Role: Fundraising Researcher

Responsibilities: The Reading Team seeks a volunteer with an interest in nonprofit fundraising and strategy to prepare brief research reports on potential foundation funders, as well as to undertake research on individuals who may be interested in supporting our work as donors and/or board members.

Days and Times: This work can be done remotely and according to the volunteer's schedule.

Special skills or requirements:  This would be a suitable volunteer role for someone with previous experience doing research online. We seek a volunteer with clear and accurate writing who knows how to work in a spreadsheet such as Excel or Google Sheets.

Contact: Email Dana Points, Executive Director


Role: Digital Communications Manager

Responsibilities: Develop a social-media calendar and posts for the Reading Team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Monitor and respond as needed to posts on our social channels. Engage on social media with other individuals and brands who promote reading, literacy, early-childhood education. 

Days and Times: Flexible; option to work in our office or remotely. 

Special skills or requirements: The ideal volunteer is an experienced user of social media with excellent writing/spelling/grammar. Previous experience planning and posting on behalf of a brand is helpful; familiarity with Squarespace is a plus but not essential. 

Contact: Email Dana Points, Executive Director

Triple F Empowerment

Triple F Empowerment operates the beloved STEAM education program known as Ms. Steph’s Science Club. We have been inspiring, empowering, and encouraging young people to pursue education and careers in STEAM for 10 years.

Role: Saturday Science Club Volunteer (1 to 2 volunteers needed)

Responsibilities: Assist 8 to 12 students, ages 3-13, safely enjoy STEAM activities and outdoor play in a gated space.

Days and Times:

  • June 11, 2022, 12:00 to 3:00 pm
  • June 18, 2022,12:00 to 3:00 pm

Special skills or requirements: Volunteers must like science and work well with children. An interview/screening process is required for the safety of the children.

Contact: Stephanie E. Farmer, Executive Director


Role: NYC Kidsfest Ms. Steph’s Science Club Booth Volunteer (5 volunteers needed)

Responsibilities: Assist the Executive Director set up, run and clean up event booth that will be visited by as many as 100 kids over the course of the day. Help children complete the STEAM activity and support them as they wait in line. 

Days and Times: Saturday, June 25, 2022 (3 shifts)

  • 1:30 - 3:30 pm
  • 3:30 - 5:30pm
  • 5:30 - 7:30pm

Special skills or requirements: Volunteers must like science and work well with children. An interview/screening process is required for the safety of the children. Volunteers must be able to stand for long periods of time.

Contact: Stephanie E. Farmer, Executive Director


Role: Summer Science Club 2022 

Responsibilities: Volunteers will help students safely experience the Summer Science Club schedule. They will be expected to help young scientists complete various tasks from lab reports to art projects to safely playing in the park, and help young scientists enjoy their summer camp experience.

Days and Times: 3 to 4 hours shifts, Monday through Friday, July 5 through Aug 12, 2022

Special skills or requirements: Volunteers must like science and work well with children and have a very positive attitude. An interview/screening process is required for the safety of the children. Previous experience working at Summer Day Camp is a plus.

Contact: Stephanie E. Farmer, Executive Director

WANA Community Center

We Are Not Afraid Community Resource Center (WANA) provides support, advocacy and resources to: (1) people seeking safety from oppression and/or bigotry, (2) people facing the debilitating consequences of poverty, including food insecurity, and (3) people facing economic hardship, including housing insecurity.

Role: Overnight Shelter Volunteer

Responsibilities: The WANA Food Programs offer space for volunteers to attend their weekly food pantry and mobile soup kitchen. The shelter for asylum seekers relies on volunteers to support the shelter overnight and help their case management team show clients how to get to appointments and translate whenever needed.

The WANA community depends on its vibrant, diverse volunteers. From celebrating personal milestones, to making meals together, to tutoring guests in English, and building friendships. All of the programs offer space for volunteers with varying responsibilities. If you have a talent, passion, or skill to share, they would love to engage with you! 

Days and Times: In-person and remote volunteer responsibilities are available during the following days and times:

  • Everyday Overnight Shelter Volunteer, Monday through Friday, 8:00p.m.-7:00a.m.
  • Mondays Client Choice Food Pantry Volunteer, Mondays, 4:00p.m.-6:00p.m.
  • Friday Movie Night and Hot Meal Soup Kitchen Volunteer, Saturdays, 5:00p.m.-9:00p.m.
  • Saturday Homeless Outreach and Mobile Soup Kitchen Volunteer, Saturdays, 12:00p.m.-2:00p.m
  • Saturday Homeless Outreach and Mobile Soup Kitchen Driver, Saturdays, 12:00p.m.-2:00p.m
  • On Call Translator Available via Appointment
  • On Call NYC Guide (Support clients by traveling with them to and from essential appointments) Available via Appointment

Contact: Please fill out this: Volunteer Form


Role: Nonprofit Communications and Development Volunteer

Responsibilities: Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, creating social media posts, writing donor thank you letters, and developing stories for our monthly newsletter.

Days and Times: Schedule to be coordinated based upon availability.

Special skills or requirements: The volunteer should have basic knowledge on how to use Canva, Social media sites (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn), Mailchimp, and Google Office Suite.

Contact: Email Ameya Biradavolu, Director of Programs

Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation

The Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation (WHGF) has provided gymnastics programs for youth ages 3-17 for more than 17,000 children through community gymnastics classes, summer camp, competitive teams and sports clinics.

Role: Archive Specialist

Responsibilities: Specialist will build and manage an archival repository of WHGF hard copy and digital records; provide administrative archive support; oversee records management; contribute to the development, implementation, update, and documentation of policies and workflows related to digital archives and preservation.

Days and Times: Monday through Friday from 10:00am until 6:00pm

Special skills or requirements: Proficiency in Google Suite, Mac, Microsoft

Contact: Email Jocelyn Perusina or call 212-316-0315

West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH)

West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) is on a mission to alleviate hunger by ensuring that all New Yorkers have access with dignity to a choice of healthy food and supportive services. Food insecurity is pervasive in NYC, affecting people in every borough. They believe that all people, regardless of income, should have access to the same quality options available in any supermarket, for free.

Role: Volunteer Support for Front-Line Operations

Responsibilities: Volunteers will support the work of West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH) through helping with frontline operational needs. The role will be in-person, hands-on and participants can expect to become introduced to the ways in which WSCAH is able to serve its community.

  • Distributing food to the community: Volunteers will distribute packaged bags of healthy food and fresh produce to WSCAH’s customers on the sidewalk of 86th Street. Volunteers will be standing on concrete under tents in the same general spot for the entire shift, and should feel comfortable interacting with the public. Spanish proficiency is helpful, but not necessary.
  • Setting up WSCAH’s onsite distribution: Volunteers will help set up tents, tables and move food from the inside of the church to the sidewalk of 86thStreet for the day’s distribution. Once the distribution is set up, volunteers may assist with repackaging bulk bakery items into individual household bags. Volunteers should feel comfortable lifting around 20 pounds and working on their feet for the entire shift.
  • Unloading food deliveries: Volunteers will manually break down palletized food deliveries on the sidewalk of 86th Street, use carts to bring product(s) inside the church and store food in the correct areas, as designated by WSCAH staff. This is a very physically labor-intensive role and folks should sign up for this project only if they are comfortable continuously lifting 15-30 pounds, up to 50 pounds at times, maneuvering carts loaded with roughly 500 pounds of product with the assistance of a partner and working on their feet for the entire shift. ​​​
  • Packing food bags: Volunteers will work in an indoor environment, either by themselves or as part of a small team to assemble individual household food bags of fresh produce and/or shelf-stable food products. Volunteers should feel comfortable performing the same task repeatedly, using hand/finger dexterity, lifting around 15 pounds and working on their feet for the entire shift.

Days and Times: 

  • Distributing food to the community:
    • Tuesday-Friday: 8:30-10:45am
    • Tuesday-Friday: 10:45am -1:00pm
  • Setting up WSCAH’s onsite distribution:
    • Tuesday-Friday: 7:00-9:00am
  • Unloading food deliveries:
    • Monday-Friday: 9:00 -11:00am
    • Monday: 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Packing food bags:
    • Monday-Friday: 9:00 -11:00am
    • Monday-Thursday: 11:00am-1:00pm

Special skills or requirements: Spanish proficiency helpful for “Distributing Food Bags” but not required by any means.

Contact: Email Steven Yee, Volunteer Coordinator, if interested.