Please browse this list of notable organizations in NYC that you can partner with to make a positive change.
Student Development and Activities also provides individual consultations for students who would like a specific placement with a volunteer organization. To set up a meeting, please contact Terra Bailey at
424 East 92nd St.
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
450 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, New York email@example.com
(718) 399-7339 Ext. 325
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.
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.
Docents will need to attend weekly training sessions for four months. Discovery guides have no training requirement.
79th Street CPW
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
150 W. 17 Street
New York, NY email@example.com
(212) 620-5000 Ext. 328
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.
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:
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.
380 Broadway, 5th Fl.
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
223 East 30th Street
New York, NY email@example.com
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.
Volunteers serve as mentors to inner city children, working with them on a close one-on-one basis.
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.
1560 Broadway, Suite 600
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
(212) 354-2878 Ext. 100
Starlight grants special wishes to critically, chronically, or terminally ill children and provides entertainment and recreational activities for hospitalized patients.
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.
There is an application and training session for all volunteers.
20 West 22nd Street, Third Floor
New York, NY email@example.com
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.
City Year corps members serve as tutors, mentors and role models to help students stay on track - and get back on track - to graduate.
330 Seventh Avenue, 20th Floor
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org (212) 293-5480
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.
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.
80 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor
New York, NY, email@example.com
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 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.
285 West Broadway, Suite 450
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Speakers must be international students.
34 1/2 East 12th St.
New York, NY email@example.com
(212) 477-9450 Ext.390
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.
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.
520 Eighth Avenue, Floor 10
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
(917) 677-5506 Ext. 213
Power My Learning (formerly known as Computers for Youth) 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.
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. Volunteers are also needed to participate in computer preparation, which involves cleaning and testing refurbished computers, as well as to participate in call banks, which involves reminding students and families about the upcoming workshop at their school.
Orientation for volunteers is provided prior to workshops.
355 Lexington Avenue, #3
New York, NY email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
31 West 25th Street, 12th Floor
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
BRC empowers their clients with the knowledge and skills to permanently overcome poverty, addiction, physical and mental illness, homelessness, and unemployment.
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
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.
50 Madison Street
New York, NY 10038
(212) 349-3724 Ext. 9320
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.
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.
For positions lasting for over 1 year, volunteers are subject to 3-month probation.
143 Avenue B, Simplex
New York, NY 10009
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.
Volunteers help with various neighborhood events and other EVCC activities.
51 Chambers Street, Room 228
New York, NY email@example.com
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.
All GrowNYC volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.
(320 West 13th Street
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Training and time commitment required based on program.
154 Christopher Street
NY, NY email@example.com
212-691-8100 Ext. 2108
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.
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.
Volunteers are always welcome and are placed according to their schedule and abilities. However, they must first fill out a registration application.
Bronx, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
174 Highlawn Avenue,
Brooklyn, NY email@example.com
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.
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.
Fill out an online application.
166 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
There is a training and orientation at the beginning of the first shift.
Student Health Services
80 Fifth Avenue 3rd floor
New York, NY email@example.com
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.
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.
Student Health Services
80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
(212) 229-1671, option 4
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.
Volunteers help with various programs and events.
1751 Park Avenue
New York, NY email@example.com
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.
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.
All volunteers must fill out an application and undergo an interview, orientation, and any necessary training for their assignment. Time commitments are flexible.
129 Fulton Street
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
50 West 23rd Street, 7th Floor,
New York NY email@example.com
The International Center woks to help 2000 immigrants from 80 countries practice English and learn about life in NYC.
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.
Volunteers must demonstrate native English fluency to participate in partnership programs. Volunteers must be available between the hours of 2 and 5 pm.
263 West 38th Street 6th floor
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
208 West 13th Street
New York, NY email@example.com
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.
Prior to volunteering at the center, prospective volunteers must attend a volunteer orientation (registration can be found at the website listed).
To register for orientation: mycenter.gaycenter.org/SSLPage.aspx, if all orientations are listed as "SOLD OUT" email the address above.
305 7th Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Volunteers programs include Friendly Visiting, event volunteering, clerical support, and participation in a SAGE committee.
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.
75-20 Astoria Blvd., Ste. 110
East Elmhurst, NY email@example.com
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.
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.
Persons interested in volunteering must complete the volunteer application, must not be actively on parole or probation, and must successfully complete a background check.
29-76 Northern Boulevard
Long Island City, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
(212) 691-7554 Ext. 250
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.
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.
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.
703 Lexington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY email@example.com
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.
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.
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
115 West 31st Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
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 include leading children's activities, teaching computer skills, assisting in the offices, and leading workshops on writing, career readiness, or budgeting skills.
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
121 West 27th Street, #301
New York, NY email@example.com
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.
Volunteers provide media, technology and administrative support. Internship availabilities can be found in program and project assistance, advocacy, communications, development, accounting and campaigning.
Pro-bono service volunteers should be skilled designer, artist, programmer, photographer, and videographer. To provide administrative support, volunteers need to be available on weekdays.
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.
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.
Volunteers need only register on the NYC Service website to be able to search and sign up for opportunities.
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.
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.
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.
214 West 29th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001
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.
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.
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.
717 California St., Second Floor,
San Francisco, CA firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
160 West 120th Street
New York, NY email@example.com
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.
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.
Training on the job will be provided.
209 East 3rd St
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
None listed. Training is provided
79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor
New York, NY email@example.com
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.
Volunteers participate in the Conversation Partners, International Student Mentor programs, and many other on-campus service opportunities.
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.
Various positions are available
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.
Various positions available.
65 West 11th Street, Room 632
New York, NY firstname.lastname@example.org
(212) 229-5100 Ext. 2227
At Lang, social justice is considered the ethical core of liberal arts education. It integrates purposeful public service with academic grounding, instruction, and reflection.
Must be a student at Lang.
Office of Student Developmentand Activities72 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor (Map)
New York, NY email@example.com