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  • Volunteer Organizations

    Please browse this list of notable organizations in NYC that you can partner with to make a positive change.

    The Office of Student Development also provides individual consultations with students who would like a specific placement with a volunteer organization. To set up a meeting, please contact Nicholas Krebs at krebsn@newschool.edu.

  • Animal Rights

    American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)

    www.aspca.org/nyc/volunteer-with-the-aspca

    Volunteer Office
    424 East 92nd St.
    New York, NY 10128
    volunteer@aspca.org
    (888) 666-2279

    Organization Goals

    The ASPCA works to create a more humane world by rescuing abused and neglected animals, arranging for foster pet care and animal adoptions, working in educational programs in schools and the community, and holding special fundraising and awareness events.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers can serve as animal hospital greeters, animal companions, foster parents for sick or unplaced animals, administrative assistants, in educational programs, and as organizers or volunteers for ASPCA special events.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Prospective volunteers need to fill out an application, sign a volunteer agreement form, and participate in at least one interview session with the volunteer coordinator. Training sessions are required and vary according to what the volunteer would like to do. Upon completion of training, volunteers are required to commit to a minimum of 8 hours/month for the first 6 months.

    Prospect Park Zoo/Wildlife Conservation Society

    www.prospectparkzoo.com/educators/volunteer.aspx

    Volunteer Office
    450 Flatbush Avenue
    Brooklyn, New York 11225
    ddieneman@wcs.org
    (718) 399-7339 Ext. 325

    Organization Goals

    The Wildlife Conservation Society uniquely combines the resources of wildlife parks in New York with field projects around the globe to inspire care for nature, provide leadership in environmental education, and help sustain our planet's biological diversity.

    Volunteer Roles

    As a Discovery Center volunteer, you'll assist children and families in the Zoo's interactive Discovery Center on weekends. As a Discovery Guide, you'll answer questions about animals, direct visitors around the zoo, help out at special events and run children's activities. As an Education Docent you'll interpret animal exhibits, lead tours, manage discovery stations, and train as an animal handler and present live animal encounters to the public.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Docents will need to attend weekly training sessions for four months. Discovery guides have no training requirement.

    Art and Museums

    American Museum of Natural History

    www.amnh.org

    79th Street CPW
    New York, NY 10024
    arickard@amnh.org
    (212) 769-5100

    Organization Goals

    AMNH discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition.

    Volunteer Roles

    More than 50% of the volunteers staff the information desks, teach school children, conduct tours, and act as explainers. The volunteers behind the scenes assist in the production of the Natural History magazine, and provide special computer and clerical support in the library, the administrative and science departments of the Museum.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Volunteers are normally expected a regular commitment of time from one half day to several days per week, of at least 1 year. All the "behind the scenes" volunteer positions are only available Monday-Friday during normal business hours.

    The Rubin Museum of Art

    www.rmanyc.org

    150 W. 17 Street
    New York, NY 10011
    volunteersandinterns@rmanyc.org
    (212) 620-5000 Ext. 328

    Organization Goals

    RMA, the premier museum of Himalayan art in the Western world, engages visitors through exhibitions, educational and public programming, and special events that invite a broad range of cultural and historical exploration.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers act as Theatre Hosts, RMA Ambassadors who will perform functions critical to communicating RMA's mission and offerings to myriad current and potential audiences.

    All volunteers receive:

    • Free museum admission with one guest
    • 10% discount at the Cafe @ RMA
    • 25% discount on most items at the Shop @ RMA
    • Free admission to many museum programs
    • 10% discount on selected museum programs
    • 25% discount on gift memberships
    • Invitation to an annual appreciation event
    Volunteer Requirements

    Volunteers must be willing to work at least 4 hours per week and make a long-term commitment. Qualified candidates should have an interest in Himalayan art or museums, a flexible attitude toward working with others, and an understanding that reliability is important.

    Battery Dance Company

    www.batterydance.org

    380 Broadway, 5th Fl.
    New York, NY 10013
    battery@batterydance.org
    (212) 219-3910

    Organization Goals

    Battery Dance Company is dedicated to the pursuit of artistic excellence and the availability of the Arts to everyone. Battery supports the creative process; educates children in the New York City schools; enriches the general public through local programs and performances, national and international tours, and international arts exchange programs.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers assist the Company in a variety of administrative, fund-raising, and performance related projects. Volunteers can also help organize and manage their annual Downtown Dance Festival. Internships are also available.

    Volunteer Requirements

    None listed.

    Children, Youth and Family Services

    Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Inc. of NYC

    www.bigsnyc.org

    223 East 30th Street
    New York, NY 10016
    help@bigsnyc.org
    (212) 686-2042

    Organization Goals

    Big Brothers/Big Sisters tries to pair every child that it services with at least one mentor to work with on academic, emotional, and social growth.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers serve as mentors to inner city children, working with them on a close one-on-one basis.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Volunteers must be 21 or older and must go through a long application and interview process, including a background check. They must be willing to spend at least 4 hours every other week with their Little Brother or Sister for one year.

    Starlight Foundation of New York

    www.starlight-newyork.org

    1560 Broadway, Suite 600
    New York, NY 10036
    andrea@starlight-newyork.org
    (212) 354-2878 Ext. 100

    Organization Goals

    Starlight grants special wishes to critically, chronically, or terminally ill children and provides entertainment and recreational activities for hospitalized patients.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers are needed to serve as wish granters by facilitating the granting of a wish to a child through work with the child, their family, and the Starlight office. Volunteers can also help at hospital events, activities, or as office support.

    Volunteer Requirements

    There is an application and training session for all volunteers.

    City Year

    www.cityyear.org

    20 West 22nd Street, Third Floor
    New York, NY 10010
    newyorkrecruitment@cityyear.org
    (212) 675-8881

    Organization Goals

    City Year unites young people of all backgrounds for a year of full-time service, giving these diverse young leaders the skills and opportunities to help turn around high-need schools and get students back on track to graduation.

    Volunteer Roles

    City Year corps members serve as tutors, mentors and role models to help students stay on track - and get back on track - to graduate.

    Volunteer Requirements
    • Have a college degree or have attended some college, have a high school diploma or GED
    • Must be able to dedicate 10 months to full-time service
    • Be between the ages of 17 and 24
    • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident alien
    • Have served no more than 3 terms in another AmeriCorps, NCCC or VISTA program
    • Agree to a background check

    I Have A Dream Foundation

    www.ihaveadreamfoundation-ny.org

    330 Seventh Avenue, 20th Floor
    New York, NY 10001
    info@ihaveadreamfoundation.org
    (212) 293-5480

    Organization Goals

    The "I Have A Dream" Foundation empowers children in low-income communities to achieve higher education and fulfill their leadership potential by providing them with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers work with local program staff to support Dreamers and build important mentoring relationships. They serve as tutors, mentors, chaperones, office assistants, fund raisers, special events coordinators, and more.

    Volunteer Requirements

    None listed

    Learning Leaders

    www.learningleaders.org

    80 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor
    New York, NY, 10038
    volunteer@learningleaders.org
    (212) 213-3370

    Organization Goals

    Learning Leaders helps New York City public school students succeed in school by training volunteers who provide tutoring and other school-based support, and by equipping all parents to foster their own children's educational development.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteer opportunities are currently available for elementary, middle and high schools where volunteers will be assisting teachers and students as tutors. Volunteers are also needed for the ArtWorks program where volunteers will serve as tour guides for third graders. Tours last for about 3 hours and are weekly.

    Volunteer Requirements
    • There is a screening and training process for all volunteers.
    • Volunteers must be 18 or older, and willing to commit for at least one school year, for 2 hours a week.

    One to World

    www.one-to-world.org

    285 West Broadway, Suite 450
    New York, NY 10013
    info@one-to-world.org
    (212) 431-1195

    Organization Goals: OTW brings Americans and students from around the world face-to-face to share their lives and perspectives in life changing ways. Through One To World programs, Americans and international students learn from one another and together they become active citizens in a global society.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers are needed to act as a Global Classroom speaker, or lend a hand in the office and at special events. They also join in group activities within the NYC community such as feeding the homeless, cleaning-up Central Park or painting local schools.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Speakers must be international students.

    Police Athletic League

    www.palnyc.org

    34 1/2 East 12th St.
    New York, NY 10003
    volunteer@palnyc.org
    (212) 477-9450 Ext.390

    Organization Goals

    For more than 90 years, PAL serves the mission to keep young people out of trouble by channeling their energies into recreational and athletic programs.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers support the academic success and artistic cultural enrichment of the children through tutoring, workshop facilitation or sponsoring experiential learning trips. In PAL citywide events, they might also serve as a potato sack race judge or a holiday elf bringing cheer to the children.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Online application

    Computers for Youth (CFY)

    www.cfy.org

    520 Eighth Avenue, Floor 10
    New York, NY 10018
    volunteer-nyc@cfy.org
    (917) 677-5506 Ext. 213

    Organization Goals

    CFY helps students in low-income communities, together with their teachers and families, harness the power of digital learning to improve education outcomes by providing free desktop computers to 6th grade students and their families, providing free educational digital learning software and training families on how to use their new computers.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers are needed to provide classroom assistance to families as they learn to use their new computers, help students learn through their fun and interactive educational digital learning software and ensure that families are having a good time as they learn.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Orientation for volunteers is provided prior to workshops.

    Elderly Services

    City Meals on Wheels

    www.citymeals.org

    355 Lexington Avenue, #3
    New York, NY 10017
    info@citymeals.org
    (212) 687-1234

    Organization Goals

    Citymeals funds 30 community-based agencies that bring weekend, holiday and emergency meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers who can no longer shop or cook for themselves.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers are needed to help with the delivery and service of hot meals to seniors six days a week. Regular volunteers are matched with homebound persons to form an ongoing relationship to provide help and companionship.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Volunteers who are involved in the companion programs are committed to visiting with their client for at least one hour per week. Must also fill out an online application.

    Neighborhood Services

    The Bowery Resident's Committee (BRC)

    www.brc.org

    31 West 25th Street, 12th Floor
    New York, NY 10001
    rakin@brc.org
    (212) 803-5720

    Organization Goals

    BRC empowers their clients with the knowledge and skills to permanently overcome poverty, addiction, physical and mental illness, homelessness, and unemployment.

    Volunteer Roles

    Positions vary widely, from teaching ballroom dancing, to painting hallways, teaching English as a second language or even assisting our staff during meal service, etc. View full list of positions at: www.brc.org

    Volunteer Requirements

    Must be 18 years of age or older. There is an application and orientation session for all volunteers. Individual, small and large groups of volunteers are all welcomed.

    Hamilton-Madison House

    www.hmhonline.org

    50 Madison Street
    New York, NY 10038
    thea@hmhonline.org

    (212) 349-3724 Ext. 9320

    Organization Goals

    The House is dedicated to improving the quality of life of its community, primarily those in the Two Bridges/Chinatown area of Manhattan's Lower East Side. The House promotes understanding and cooperation among the ethnic groups, and is attuned to their changing needs.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers contribute their time and skills to support the House's mission of fostering social well-being among the most vulnerable population in the Two Bridges/Chinatown neighborhood.

    Volunteer Requirements

    For positions lasting for over 1 year, volunteers are subject to 3-month probation.

    The East Village Community Coalition

    www.evccnyc.org

    143 Avenue B, Simplex
    New York, NY 10009
    (212) 979-2344

    Organization Goals

    EVCC works to recognize, support, and sustain the built and cultural character of the East Village. Their efforts focus on preservation and zoning, local retailing, and transportation.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers help with various neighborhood events and other EVCC activities.

    Volunteer Requirements

    None listed.

    Office Of Recycling Outreach Education (GrowNYC)

    www.grownyc.org

    51 Chambers Street, Room 228
    New York, NY 10007
    volunteer@grownyc.org
    (212) 788-7935

    Organization Goals

    GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit which improves New York City's quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.

    Volunteer Roles: Volunteer in Community Gardens; assist in educating New Yorkers on the importance, requirements and best practices of recycling; participate in workshops with teens.

    Volunteer Requirements

    All GrowNYC volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

    HIV/AIDS and Health Care

    Housing Works, Inc.

    www.housingworks.org

    (320 West 13th Street
    New York, NY 10014
    volunteers@housingworks.org
    (212) 645-8111

    Organization Goals

    Housing Works, Inc. serves homeless families and individuals living with AIDS and HIV-related illnesses. Housing works provides supportive housing, case management, and other services.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers work at Housing Works' thrift shops, used book café, or theatre project, or serve as administrative support, in advocacy and tutoring programs, and in planning and developing special events.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Training and time commitment required based on program.

    Momentum AIDS Project

    www.themomentumproject.org

    154 Christopher Street
    NY, NY 10014
    rahiemb@themomentumproject.org
    212-691-8100 Ext. 2108

    Organization Goals

    Momentum is one of New York City's largest HIV/AIDS organizations providing hot meals, pantry bags, and a wide array of life saving support services at nine locations in four boroughs of the city.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers are needed to help with food and clothing distribution, food preparation and service, professional services, registration and intake, office support, baking groups, and special events.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Volunteers are always welcome and are placed according to their schedule and abilities. However, they must first fill out a registration application.

    Compassionate Care Hospice

    www.cchnet.net

    Bronx Location
    6661 Broadway,
    Bronx, NY 10471
    raberman@cchnet.net
    (718) 601-6694

    Brooklyn Location
    174 Highlawn Avenue,
    Brooklyn, NY 11223
    raberman@cchnet.net
    (718) 645-6302

    Organization Goals

    The hospice philosophy of care accepts death as the final stage of life. It focuses on quality rather than length of life. The goal of hospice is to enable patients to continue an alert, pain-free life and to manage other symptoms so that their last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones.

    Volunteer Roles

    Providing respite to family, socialization; reading, playing cards, sewing, simply being a friendly visitor to a patient. Office and administrative support. Offering their unique talents in any way toward supporting patients, families, and the community at-large.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Fill out an online application.

    God's Love We Deliver

    www.glwd.org

    166 Avenue of the Americas
    New York, NY 10013
    volunteer@glwd.org
    (212) 294-8158

    Organization Goals

    GLWD strives to improve the health and wellbeing of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. They prepare and deliver nutritious, high-quality meals to people who, because of their illness, are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves. They also provide illness-specific nutrition education and counseling.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers work in the kitchen, deliver meals, work in the office and help out with special events. Kitchen, office and walking delivery volunteers are asked to make a commitment of one shift a week for at least 3 months. Van assisting is available on a weekly, one-time or sporadic basis.

    Volunteer Requirements

    There is a training and orientation at the beginning of the first shift.

    Help One, Need One

    www.newschool.edu/student-health-services

    Student Health Services
    80 Fifth Avenue 3rd floor
    New York, NY 10011
    healthed@newschool.edu
    (212) 229-1671

    Organization Goals

    The Help One, Need One volunteer program addresses the needs of sick New School students who require assistance while being homebound during the duration of their illness.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers serve their peers by picking up and dropping off food, medicine and homework, and are taught how to do so while minimizing their risk of getting sick.

    Volunteer Requirements

    None listed.

    The New School Student Health Services

    www.newschool.edu/student-health-services

    Student Health Services
    80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
    New York, NY 10011
    wellness@newschool.edu
    (212) 229-1671, option 4

    Organization Goals

    Be a leader for better health on campus! Become a Peer Health Advocate and provide students with the skills and information that will encourage and empower students to optimize their health and well-being through a variety of programs, workshops, and other services.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers help with various programs and events.

    Volunteer Requirements

    None listed.

    Homeless/Housing Services

    Bailey House

    www.baileyhouse.org

    1751 Park Avenue
    New York, NY 10035
    tharper@baileyhouse.org
    (212) 633-2500

    Organization Goals

    For over 25 years, Bailey House has been providing housing and support services to homeless men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS in New York City. We address the fundamental human needs-housing, food, safety. And we deliver comprehensive and compassionate support services, including access to healthcare, counseling, support groups, and substance abuse treatment.

    Volunteer Roles

    There are opportunities to volunteer during the week and on weekends as office support, fundraisers, and tutors. Volunteers can also help at Saturday movie night, Sunday bingo afternoons, buddy programs, and the annual Valentine's Auction.

    Volunteer Requirements

    All volunteers must fill out an application and undergo an interview, orientation, and any necessary training for their assignment. Time commitments are flexible.

    Coalition for the Homeless

    www.coalitionforthehomeless.org

    129 Fulton Street
    New York, NY 10038
    volunteer@cfthomeless.org
    (212) 776-2000

    Organization Goals

    Coalition for the Homeless is the nation's oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women, and children. We are dedicated to the principle that affordable housing, sufficient food, and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since our inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education, and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers are especially needed to help serve food at the Grand Central Food Program. Volunteers are needed to help with clothing and blanket distribution and in the coordination of its many other programs.

    Volunteer Requirements

    None listed.

    Immigrant/Refugee Services

    International Center in New York, Inc.

    www.newintlcenter.org

    50 West 23rd Street, 7th Floor,
    New York NY 10010
    volunteer@intlcenter.org
    (212) 255-9555

    Organization Goals

    The International Center woks to help 2000 immigrants from 80 countries practice English and learn about life in NYC.

    Volunteer Roles

    Over 1000 volunteers are needed to lead one-to-one tutoring partnerships, teach in classrooms, and perform other administrative duties. In exchange, volunteers are invited to celebrate special cultural events, participate in guided trips around New York, and enhance foreign language skills.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Volunteers must demonstrate native English fluency to participate in partnership programs. Volunteers must be available between the hours of 2 and 5 pm.

    International Rescue Committee (IRC)

    www.rescue.org

    263 West 38th Street 6th floor
    New York, NY 10018
    volunteerny@rescue.org
    (212) 377-4728

    Organization Goals

    IRC responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. IRC provides access to safety, sanctuary, and sustainable change for millions of people whose lives have been shattered by violence and oppression.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers support the U.S. office by helping refugees adjust to a new life, including:

    Tutor basic English skills; prepare for job search and contact potential employers on behalf of refugees;

    Assist staff with cultural orientations; pick-up and delivery of donated goods; office support, assist grant writing and media relations.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Must attend an hour-long orientation and agree to a 3-6 month commitment. Excellent interpersonal skills; flexibility, patience and ability to work in a multicultural environment; the ability to work well in a team as well as independently. Prior experience working with refugees, asylees or immigrants, and fluency in another language (French, Arabic, Somali, Vietnamese, Bosnian, Russian, etc.) are also helpful.

    LGBT Services

    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center

    www.gaycenter.org

    208 West 13th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    ashimek@gaycenter.org
    (212) 620-7310

    Organization Goals

    Founded in 1983, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing social, civic, cultural, educational, and health-related services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in the greater New York Metropolitan area. Volunteers are involved in a variety of cultural, social service, recreational, civic and community-organizing programs and events year-round.

    Volunteer Roles

    Prior to volunteering at the center, prospective volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation (registration can be found at the website listed).

    Volunteer Requirements

    To register for orientation: mycenter.gaycenter.org/SSLPage.aspx, if all orientations are listed as "SOLD OUT" email the address above.

    Senior Action in a Gay Environment

    www.sageusa.org

    305 7th Avenue, 15th Floor
    New York, NY 10001
    volunteer@sageusa.org
    (212) 741-2247

    Organization Goals

    SAGE provides services and support to over 1,000 members of New York's elderly gay and lesbian community, many of whom are otherwise cut off from the larger community.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers programs include Friendly Visiting, event volunteering, clerical support, and participation in a SAGE committee.

    Volunteer Requirements

    All volunteers must attend a Volunteer Orientation, participate in a one-on-one interview with SAGE staff, and attend a volunteer training. Time commitments depend on the program the volunteer participates in.

    Prison Services

    New York City Department of Correction

    www.nyc.gov/html/doc/html/home/home.shtml

    75-20 Astoria Blvd., Ste. 110
    East Elmhurst, NY 11370
    sharif.nelson@doc.nyc.gov
    (718) 546-0453

    Organization Goals

    The Department of Corrections partners with many community-based organizations to promote activities that contribute to the reduction of recidivism and help inmates begin new lives, reconnect with their families, and become productive members of society.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers fill a variety of roles including providing religious, social, educational, recreational, and other services that enhance personal development and create links between those incarcerated and their communities.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Persons interested in volunteering must complete the volunteer application, must not be actively on parole or probation, and must successfully complete a background check.

    Fortune Society

    www.fortunesociety.org

    29-76 Northern Boulevard
    Long Island City, NY 11101
    fortunevolunteers@fortunesociety.org
    (212) 691-7554 Ext. 250

    Organization Goals

    The Fortune Society's mission is to support successful reentry from prison and promote alternatives to incarcerations, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities. They provide housing, education, employment, substance abuse treatment, health, and many other services.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers aid our staff in myriad ways, including: tutoring, helping us respond to the thousands of letters we receive from incarcerated men and women each year, clerical work, maintenance, data entry, research, and special projects - to name only a few.

    Volunteer Requirements

    We welcome all volunteers who are willing to contribute their time, energy, and expertise, and we work hard to accommodate even the busiest of schedules. If you have a special talent, chances are we can find a way to use it.

    Women's Services

    Providence House

    www.providencehouse.org

    703 Lexington Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11221
    volunteer@providencehouse.org
    (718) 455-0197

    Organization Goals

    Providence House is a not-for-profit organization founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph that helps transform the lives of homeless, abused, and formerly incarcerated women and their children - one family at a time. Our services and programs provide shelter and support through our network of transitional residences, individual apartments and permanent supportive housing.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers work with the trained staff to assist with coverage in the house sites, responding to daily needs of the residents and other supportive relationships. Volunteers can perform a wide variety of other tasks dependent on their particular skills and background.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Short-term volunteer opportunities usually last one week to two months. You must be 18 years or older and at least one year out of high school. All volunteers must fill out an online form: www.providencehouse.org/volunteer/volunteer-form

    Women in Need, Inc.

    www.winnyc.org

    115 West 31st Street, 7th Floor
    New York, NY 10001
    amontoya@w-i-n.org
    (212) 695-4758

    Organization Goals

    Women In Need provides housing, help and hope to New York City women and their families who are homeless and disadvantaged. Through comprehensive programs such as shelter, supportive permanent housing, job training, domestic violence services, alcohol and substance abuse treatment and childcare, WIN offers the tools and guidance, which allow our families to return to their communities and live independently.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteer roles include leading children's activities, teaching computer skills, assisting in the offices, and leading workshops on writing, career readiness, or budgeting skills.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Volunteers must attend an Information Session that discusses the history and programs of Women In Need, the special needs of our families and issues related to homelessness. Volunteers must also fill out an application found here: www.women-in-need.org/volunteer.html

    MADRE

    www.madre.org

    121 West 27th Street, #301
    New York, NY 10001
    volunteers@madre.org
    (212) 627-0444

    Organization Goals

    MADRE works with community-based women's organizations worldwide to address issues of health and reproductive rights, economic development, education and other human rights. They provide resources and training to help sister organizations address immediate needs in the community and develop long-term solutions to crises.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers provide media, technology and administrative support. Internship availabilities can be found in program and project assistance, advocacy, communications, development, accounting and campaigning.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Pro-bono service volunteers should be skilled designer, artist, programmer, photographer, and videographer. To provide administrative support, volunteers need to be available on weekdays.

    Umbrella/Referral Groups

    NYC Service

    www.nycservice.org

    Organization Goals

    NYC Service brings together individuals, corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations in order to connect people and facilitate meaningful volunteer opportunities that significantly improve the quality of life in New York City.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers fill many roles for agencies and organizations throughout the city in ways that strengthen communities, enhance education, protect the environment, enhance community health, and many more.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Volunteers need only register on the NYC Service website to be able to search and sign up for opportunities.

    College Challenge

    www.nycservice.org/college_challenge.php

    collegechallenge@newschool.edu

    Organization Goals

    The College Challenge was launched by NYC Service to draw on the energy and talents of college students, faculty and staff to serve New York City and make a difference.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers contribute their time, passion, skills and willingness to help to address New York City's most pressing needs and establish their college or university as the most socially responsible school in the City.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Volunteers are asked to log their hours. NYC Service will track the progress as students earn points for their school and themselves in the College Challenge.

    New York Cares

    www.newyorkcares.org

    214 West 29th Street, 5th Floor
    New York, NY 10001
    info@newyorkcares.org
    (212) 228-5000

    Organization Goals

    New York Cares is the city's largest volunteer organization, running volunteer programs for 1,200 nonprofits, city agencies and public schools. We develop and run 1,200 hands-on, meaningful volunteer projects each month that provide a lifeline of support to vulnerable children, adults, and communities. Our projects are flexibly scheduled, allowing even the busiest New Yorkers to make a difference.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers help children, adults, and the community through thousands of flexibly scheduled, hands-on projects in areas such as: adult education, adults and children with special needs, youth education, youth recreation, environment, and many others.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Create an online account and attend a 45-minute orientation to get started. From there, you can search our extensive database to find your way to volunteer. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in year-round volunteering.

    Volunteer Match

    www.volunteermatch.org

    717 California St., Second Floor,
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    support@volunteermatch.org
    (415) 241-6872

    Organization Goals

    Volunteer Match strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to allow volunteers to search and sign up for volunteer opportunities.

    Volunteer Roles

    There are nearly endless kinds of volunteer opportunities, including both short and long term commitments. These vary depending on the current needs of the nonprofits in the area of your search.

    Volunteer Requirements

    Once you have registered with VolunteerMatch, to find a volunteer opportunity in the VolunteerMatch network, go to our Search page, enter your ZIP code, and click on 'Search.' The results will be sorted by newness, but you can resort the list by distance, duration or date using the drop-down menu at the top of the form. Once you have found an opportunity that interests you, click on 'I Like This Volunteer Opportunity,' complete the required information, and an automatic email will be sent to the organization notifying them of your interest. The organization will contact you about their volunteer opportunity after receiving your referral.

    Commission on Voluntary Service Action (CVSA)

    www.cvsa-investyourself.org

    160 West 120th Street
    New York, NY 10027
    cvsa@bway.net
    (646) 886-2446

    Organization Goals

    CVSA promotes voluntary service through community-based nongovernment organizations throughout the US and internationally; provides free training and consultation to volunteer organizations on volunteer management and leadership building. CVSA's staff is entirely volunteer. CVSA member organizations address hunger, access to health care, living wages, legal justice, affordable housing, environmental protection, sustainable development etc.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers are currently needed to help produce publications, organize publicity for member organizations through distribution of the catalogue, lead communications teams to stay in touch with volunteer organizations in the field, learn leadership skills to provide consultations and training to volunteer organizers in the field and much more.

    Volunteer Requirements

    None listed.

    Training on the job will be provided.

    New York City Financial Network Action Consortium

    www.nycfnac.org

    209 East 3rd St
    New York, NY 10009
    pdavis@nycfnac.org
    (212) 254-6060

    Organization Goals

    NYCfNAC is a volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program which provides free tax preparation, food stamp screening and enrollment, and assets building initiatives to low-income New Yorkers.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers are needed to serve as an income tax preparer and intake specialists. Internship opportunities are also available in tax preparation as well as community/economic justice. These are 12-25 hours per week for a semester.

    Volunteer Requirements

    None listed. Training is provided

    The New School

    www.newschool.edu/international-student-services

    79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
    New York, NY 10003
    leadandserve@newschool.edu
    (212) 229-5592

    Organization Goals

    The New School Student Services strives to foster community, embrace diversity, and enhance the intellectual, artistic, cultural, and social development of students, scholars, exchange visitors, faculty, and administrative staff.

    Volunteer Roles

    Volunteers participate in the Conversation Partners, International Student Mentor programs, and many other on-campus service opportunities.

    Volunteer Requirements

    None listed.

    TNSchangemakers

    blogs.newschool.edu/tnschangemakers

    tnschangemakers@newschool.edu

    Organization Goals

    TNSchangemakers is a collaborative effort between students, faculty and administrators to create a program incubator that develops diverse activities to accelerate, broaden and deepen social entrepreneurship and social innovation education at The New School.

    Volunteer Roles

    Various positions are available

    Volunteer Requirements

    None listed.

    The New School Civic Engagement Committee

    www.newschool.edu/leadership/provost/civic-engagement

    mintera@newschool.edu

    Organization Goals

    The New School has a storied history and reputation as a higher education institution committed to supporting the engagement of students and scholars in thinking about and enacting positive social change. The university community is devoted to dialogue and action on behalf of a vision of the public good that is rooted in a concern for social justice.

    Volunteer Roles

    Various positions available.

    Volunteer Requirements

    None listed.

    Civic Engagement Social Justice at Eugene Lang College

    www.newschool.edu/lang/civic.engagement

    65 West 11th Street, Room 632
    New York, NY 10011
    langcesj@newschool.edu
    (212) 229-5100 Ext. 2227

    Organization Goals

    At Lang, social justice is considered the ethical core of liberal arts education. It integrates purposeful public service with academic grounding, instruction, and reflection.

    Volunteer Roles

    Opportunities included:

    • Civic Engagement courses and community-based learning courses
    • Academic fellowships and internships
    • Community-based federal work study placements
    • Field placements and practicum
    • Independent research with faculty mentors
    • Local and global alternative break trips
    Volunteer Requirements

    Must be a student at Lang.

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