Volunteer

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

Broadway Community

Broadway Community offers two dozen programs, including a doctor’s office, pantries, clothing, advocacy, and other emergency services for those in need. They seek volunteers to help in their provision of the following services.

Lunch service:
- They seek volunteers on Sunday or Tuesday from 6-8pm to help Chef Michael prepare meals for Monday or Wednesday lunches.

- Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10am-3pm, they need volunteers to serve their guests. Volunteers may stay for all or part of that time to prep salads, serve guests at their seats, and help clean up.

Community Table:
- On the second Thursday of each month, Broadway Community serves a meal that is open to all. They need volunteers for all kinds of tasks from 12-10 pm.

Supermarket Pantry:

- On the fourth Saturday of each month, Broadway Community hosts their monthly pantry. They need volunteers from 11am-4pm to help set out pantry items: cans and dry goods. 

To get involved, contact Volunteer Coordinator, Timothy Wotring, at volunteer@broadwaycommunity.org

 

Cathedral Community Cares Clothing Closet

Cathedral Community Cares (CCC) provides an array of support services to those in need. These include a Nutrition, Health, and Clothing Center that provides professional and emergency clothing through the Clothing Closet program and a Sunday Soup Kitchen that provides breakfast, lunch and a take-away meal every week.

The Clothing Closet distributes emergency clothing to homeless and low-income individuals that visit the Cathedral Community Cares’ Nutrition, Health, and Clothing Center. The closet is outdoors and is open on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Volunteers are needed to operate the Clothing Closet and help to distribute clothing on Tuesday and Thursday mornings as well as to assist in organizing incoming donations on Wednesdays. Volunteers can choose to do either or both.

Distributing: Tuesday and Thursday 1:00am – 1:00pm

Organizing: Wednesday anytime between 11:00am to 3:00pm

In addition, each Sunday at the outreach/information table, CCC volunteers provide information and referrals to clients of the Sunday Soup Kitchen. Long term volunteers are needed to assist in providing these beyond-emergency services each Sunday from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Volunteers will also assist in keeping the outreach materials and information update to date. Training is available.

For additional information, please call CCC at 212-316-7583.

The Family Annex

The Family Annex, a Columbia University affiliated preschool, is currently seeking either volunteers in the area of child care, or occasional substitutes who will be hired on an as needed basis to work with teachers in the classrooms. The children are between 1.7 years of age and 4. This is an 11 month program that is open to Columbia affiliated families and neighborhood families. The school's approach and philosophy is adapted from the renowned preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy and around the world. 

For further information, please contact Nancy Drescher at info@familyannex.org.

Harlem Academy

Harlem Academy is an independent school that drives equality of opportunity for promising students, guiding them to thrive at the highest academic levels and one day make a mark on the world. The school seeks volunteers for its mentoring program.

Mentors assist lower school students with a focus on math and/or reading. This position requires a commitment of once a week (Monday - Thursday) from 7:30 to ­8:15 a.m. or 5:00 to 5:45 p.m.

For further information or to sign up, please contact Catherine Jackson-Jordan at cjacksonjordan@harlemacademy.org.

The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF) is an extraordinary college prep and leadership program founded in 1989 by Daniel and Joanna Rose.  HEAF was established in response to a compelling need to close the opportunity gaps in public education confronting underserved minorities in Harlem, the Bronx and Washington Heights. Since that time, we have expanded our reach of the "forgotten middle" to include students from four of the five boroughs attending over 100 public schools across the city.  HEAF creates pathways to college and the professional world for nearly 600 low-income New York City minority youth each year, by providing resources that help them achieve higher education, fulfilling careers, and greater lifetime earnings.

At HEAF, we offer a variety of engagement experiences.  HEAF volunteers leverage their time and talents to help high potential, underserved young students beginning in middle school and continuing in high school, college and beyond through a youth development approach that includes rigorous year-round academic enrichment, social and cultural exposure and constant individual attention.

 

Below is information about the various ways to get involved with HEAF. Contact Kelli Goodman, Manager of Volunteer Initiatives at kgoodman@heaf.org to get involved and become an everyday hero today!

HEAF Everyday Hero Short Term Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Career Day Panelist - share your personal educational and professional journey with our students
  • Writing Workshop Volunteer - work one-on-one with our college students on their personal statements for their college applications
  • Thanksgiving Potluck Volunteer - greet and welcome HEAF families, and assist with serving Thanksgiving dinner at this annual HEAF event (on a special date the week before Thanksgiving)

 

HEAF Everyday Hero Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities Include:

  • Academic Tutor (semester long commitment) - work one-on-one with students to help them remain on track to academic success
  • College Success Coach (11 month commitment) - work one-on-one with a HEAF high school student to guide and assist them through the college application and admissions process
  • Data Entry Volunteer (minimum of 3 months) - work with our program department to ensure our student records and information are accurate and up-to-date
  • Finance Volunteer (minimum of 3 months) - assist our Finance department with a variety of projects including budget analysis and monthly closing of ledger
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Visit our website at www.heaf.org to learn more!

Harlem Educational Activities Fund
Harlem Lacrosse

 

Harlem Lacrosse (HL) is a rapidly expanding school-based nonprofit organization that provides academic intervention, leadership training, and lacrosse to at-risk youth. They have numerous volunteer opportunities available. 

Volunteers: 

Volunteer Coach - Coaches mentor and motivate students during practices, games, and events. They range from those interested in participating in one event per year to those that are able to give their time throughout the academic and summer seasons. Volunteer coaches can also be high school lacrosse players with an interest in teaching middle school students on a one-off and/or regular basis.

Volunteer Tutor - HL tutors provide academic support and guidance to student-athletes after school, on weekends, and/or in the summer. Tutoring can occur at host schools or can be arranged in the form of special events in HL partner communities. There is no age requirement. Volunteer tutors range from retired young professionals to high school and college students looking for leadership opportunities

Volunteer Recruiting Advisor - Recruiting Advisors help connect middle school and high school students with opportunities to attend independent schools and colleges. In most cases, recruiting advisors help HL network with schools that they and/or their children have attended to facilitate opportunities for HL students to visit school campuses and explore new educational opportunities.  

Please apply at: www.harlemlacrosse.org/volunteer-opportunities

Lifeforce In Later Years

Lifeforce in Later Years, better known as "LiLY"", is helping frail elders in Morningside Heights and West Harlem to remain comfortably in their own homes as they age.  In these times when families can often live hours and days away from oldest relatives, our volunteers pay friendly visits, escort seniors to doctor visits, help with shopping, read to them, and, in some cases, connect them to technology, among an array of practical supports.

Volunteers may also run activity groups, such as a movement class, card game, music group, chess game, or book club. We try to match a volunteer with a specific senior to pay a weekly one hour visit, usually highly valued by elders. If volunteers have a particular skill or talent, we are happy to have them incorporate that into their volunteering, for example, working on a community newsletter. We do an initial orientation that is followed by three supervised "mentored" visits to seniors. We are flexible, and willing to work around the schedules of our volunteers.  Our volunteers often enjoy the relationships they form with those who, in one was or another, are history makers.

Please contact Irene Zola at IreneZola@L-i-L-Y.org if you are interested.

parks environment horticulture gardening

The Riverside Park Conservancy was born as a grassroots community organization more than 30 years ago to reclaim and restore Riverside Park by improving park maintenance and care. The Conservancy remains true to its community roots with volunteer efforts at the core of our programs and park stewardship. From planting flowers to ensuring the upkeep of scenic slopes and pathways, their work contributes to virtually all of the Conservancy’s programs as we strive to maintain the Park’s natural landscape, expand horticultural improvements, and promote the outdoor experience. Our Volunteer Program rebuilds and cares for the Park’s native plantings and horticultural areas.

Riverside Park volunteers at Tiemann Place maintain, restore, and renovate Riverside Park at Tiemann Place: the area between 125th Street (St. Clair Place) and International House on East Riverside Drive. Columbia Community Service grants have been essential to making the Tiemann Place horticultural landscape in Riverside Park greener, healthier, and more inviting for all to enjoy.

The mission of the Riverside Valley Community Garden (RVCG) Volunteers is to maintain, restore, and improve Riverside Park at RVCG – the area between 138th and 139th Streets on Riverside Drive. RVCG is run by Jenny Benitez, an employee of Riverside Park Conservancy, and maintains all gardens along Riverside Drive from 135th to 145th Streets with the help of volunteers. Jenny’s ongoing initiatives are to plant and harvest vegetables, care for Riverside Park landscape, and coordinate residents of all ages to take care of ten blocks of Riverside Park.

For further information regarding Tiemann Place or Riverside Valley Community Garden, please contact Kristen Meade Volunteer Program Manager at grassroots@riversideparknyc.org

St. Mary's Episcopal Church Staff

St. Mary's delivers meals by car or on foot, and informs people about other free services offered through the church, such as the medical and dental clinic and the free Friday night movie. 

They are seeking volunteers for the following opportunities: 

  • Mondays from 3:30-6:30 p.m. to help welcome and check in guests of Monday Food Pantry (computer proficiency).
  • Friday nights at 6:00p.m. to distribute snacks and help with AV equipment at their Friday Movie Night. 
  • Saturdays from 12:00-2:00 p.m. to help bag lunches and distribute food in the neighborhood.
  • First Sunday of every month at 2:00 p.m. in Marcus Garvey Park to distribute food. 

For more information or to reach the Director of Food Programs, Ameya Biradavolu, email: stmarysfoodprograms@gmail.com.

To reach the Rector, The Rev. Dr. Mary Foulke, please call 929-266-6279 or email: mlf.stmarysharlem@gmail.com.

Top Honors

Top Honors (TH) is a free math tutoring program serving under-resourced NYC middle school students (5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders) who struggle with math from across all five boroughs.

TH tutors are NYC professionals looking for a meaningful, long-term, volunteer experience. Volunteers are compassionate, engaging, communicative, patient, and comfortable with basic middle school math concepts. They should be comfortable working fairly autonomously within the structure of TH's program. Prior experience working with this age group (10-14 years) or in an instructional capacity is not required. Training is provided. We are big believers in the power of volunteer camaraderie and welcome individuals interested in participating in our volunteer social activities. They're optional, but encouraged and a good time!

The volunteer time commitment is tutoring 2-3 times a month during the same session at any of these slots:

UPPER WEST SIDE:

  • Saturday, 10am-12pm
  • Saturday, 1pm-3pm
  • Wednesday, 6:30pm-8pm

 

Their program runs from October to May every year. 

Apply Now: Submit an application at www.tophonors.org/volunteer and then register for the next training session (instructions provided on confirmation page).

West Side Campaign Against Hunger

Volunteer Opportunities

West Side Campaign Against Hunger changes our perception of hungry people by working in partnership with them, providing food with dignity, and empowering customers of their super market-style food pantry to find solutions.

They seek volunteers to help bring in food deliveries, stock shelves, bag bread, break down boxes, assist customers, work checkout and much more.
Their volunteer hours are:

*       Monday 7am-7pm
*       Tuesday 7am-3pm
*       Wed, Thurs, Fri 7am-5pm

Please schedule your first volunteer day by e-mailing Becker Rosales, Volunteer Coordinator, at brosales@wscah.org or by calling 212-362-3662 x123.