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Best Spring Volunteer Opportunities in New York

Posted on March 13, 2019 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

You Name It; We’ve Got It!

The sun’s shining, days are longer and we’re itching for great volunteer opportunities here in New York. Well, when it comes to volunteering, you name it; we’ve got it here at Catholic Charities.  From mentoring children to helping the elderly and from Staten Island to Sullivan County we offer dozens of ways to hone your skills and boost your resume.  Check them out now! 

VOLUNTEER WITH YOUR FAMILY

Family Volunteer Day is a day of service that demonstrates and celebrates the power of families who volunteer together, supporting their neighborhoods and communities. We have projects for all ages and all the supplies you need to create simple and necessary kits that will benefit New Yorkers in need. Our kits will be distributed throughout our program sites including children’s residences, senior centers, foster care programs and more.

When: Saturday, March 30 @ 10 AM

Where:  Cathedral High School Cafeteria, 350 E. 56th St. NYC

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PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

At Maria Droste Counseling Services, an affiliate of Catholic Charities NY that offers affordable, compassionate counseling services we are offering the following volunteer opportunities:

  • Computer/IT Support

We are asking for help with website maintenance and addressing IT problem. This job can be done from the comfort of your own home.

Where & When:  Anywhere - Remote

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  • Social Media Developer

Are you savvy with social media platforms? We could use your help creating our social media persona. You can volunteer from your own home.

Where & When:  Anywhere - Remote

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  • Clinical Therapist

Therapist needed to give their talents and clinical skills pro bono. Weekend and Weekday shifts are available.

Where & When:  Midtown/Murray Hill, ongoing

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  • Fundraising Support

Do you have experience in fundraising? We need your help to identify new and creative ways to fundraise.

Where & When:  Midtown/Murray Hill, ongoing

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  • Grant Writer

A good grant writer is a necessity for any organization, and we are looking for someone with grant writing skills to lend them to a counseling center with a great mission! Work from home and communicate with the Executive Director via telephone or Skype.

Where & When:  Anywhere - Remote & ongoing

Sign-Up

 MORE PROFESSIONAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Front Desk Receptionist

Welcome our clients with a friendly greeting at our community center in Harlem and help them start their day with a smile!

Where & When:  Harlem, ongoing

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Receptionist

Love the office setting? Help us with our day to day phone calls, filings and administrative work!

Where & When:  Putnam-Northern Westchester, ongoing

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  • Tenants' Rights Workshop Teachers

Are you a lawyer with experience in NYC and NYS housing and court legal issues? We need your help to teach workshops to our clients!

Where & When:  Harlem, ongoing

Sign-Up

Volunteer Orientation

Learn how you can make a difference!

Join us for an orientation session to learn more about the history of Catholic Charities, the services we provide to needy New Yorkers, the variety of volunteer opportunities we deliver and more!

Where & When: Midtown East, Monthly

Register Today

VOLUNTEER TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD OR TEEN

1) Elementary & Middle School Students

We are looking for volunteers to help inner-city students achieve their dreams. Please sign up for the following opportunities by clicking the links below:

  •             Arts and Crafts
  •             Coding
  •             Dance Classes
  •             Mentoring
  •             Tutoring
  •             Visual Arts

Where and When: Manhattan & Bronx, Ongoing

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2) High School Students

We are also looking for talented volunteers to assist with our high school-age children in Washington Heights. Please sign up for the following opportunities by clicking the links below:

  •      Adidas Running Club
  •      Attendance Mentors
  •      Dance Classes
  •      Regents Exams Tutoring

Where and When:  Washington Heights, Ongoing

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1) Mentor a Child

  • Bigs & Littles NYC Mentoring

Find your "little" and help a child in NYC (ages 7-17) achieve his or her potential. We currently have a long wait list of boys eagerly looking to be placed with a mentor, so male mentors are especially needed.

Where and When:  Throughout NYC, Ongoing

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  • Tutor & Mentor Youth with HIV / AIDS

Help tutor and mentor youths living with HIV and/or AIDS at our Catholic Charities NY affiliate, Incarnation Children’s Center.  Provide homework help, engage in recreational activities, chaperone weekly facility outings, and serve as a mentor and role model.

Where and When:  Washington Heights, Ongoing

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  • Mentor Youths in Foster Care

Help mentor youth served by Catholic Guardian Services, one of the largest foster care providers in New York State, serving over 1000 children in care annually throughout the NYC area. One-year commitment for the mentor, meeting the mentee twice a month. Together they will enjoy low cost activities across New York City.

Where and When:  The Bronx, Ongoing

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GARDENING AND MAINTENANCE

 

1) Gardening Assistant

Astor Services, a Catholic Charities NY affiliate that serves children with special needs, is looking for volunteers to help with our garden in the spring, summer and fall. Come plant tulips, herbs and more for our children.

Where and When:  Rhineback, NY, Ongoing

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2) Children's Rooms Upkeep

Astor Services, a Catholic Charities NY affiliate that serves children with special needs, is looking for volunteers to help decorate and maintain our facility and bedrooms for our young residents.

Where and When:  Rhineback, NY, Ongoing

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3) Daily Facilities Management

Part of the Solution (POTS), a Catholic Charities affiliate that feeds and serves struggling people in the S. Bronx is looking for help cleaning bathrooms, taking out the garbage, sweeping, mopping. Minimum age to volunteer is 14.

Where and When:  the Bronx, Ongoing

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SUPPORT SENIORS

1) Help us launch our *New* Warm Help Line

We are looking for kind, warm-hearted volunteers to help check in with individuals who are feeling a bit lonely. Call and Check-In on the Lonely

Where and When:  Midtown East, Ongoing

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2) Meals on Wheels (Deliver Meals to Seniors)

Help Encore Community Services, an affiliate of Catholic Charities NY, deliver meals to home-bound seniors in Manhattan. Family friendly, all ages welcome!

Where and When:  Hell's Kitchen, Saturdays

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3) Escort for Senior Citizens

Become an Encore Community Services companion for a senior in need. Help seniors get to appointments, go grocery shopping, explore the city and more.

Where and When:  Hell's Kitchen, Saturdays

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4) Companion for Senior Citizens

Accompany seniors living at Lott Residence, a senior facility affiliated with Catholic Charities NY, to community and neighborhood activities, such as walks to Central Park.

Where and When:  Upper East Side NYC, ongoing

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FEED THE HUNGRY

1) Food Pantry Packing

Do you want to help out at a food pantry? CREATE, Inc., a Catholic Charities affiliate, is looking for volunteers to help pack approximately 150 bags of food for the hungry with food items.

Where and When:  Harlem, Tuesdays

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2) St. Cecilia's Food Pantry: Power Lifter

Strong, energetic volunteers are needed to help move cases of food to the storage space and to stock shelves for pantry day

Where and When:  Washington Heights, ongoing

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3) Food Pantry Assistant

LSA, a Catholic Charities affiliate that provides social and medical services to those in need, is looking for volunteers to assist in our small food pantry, stocking shelves or helping to put together and distribute food to our clients.

Where and When:  East Harlem, Ongoing

Sign-Up

4) Meatloaf Kitchen

The Meatloaf Kitchen, located in the East Village, serves warm meals of meatloaf to the hungry in New York City

Where and When:  East Village NYC, Saturdays

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HELP IMMIGRANTS & REFUGEES

1) Spanish & French Interpreters Needed for Asylum Interviews

Where and When:  NYC and Bethpage, LI, various dates

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2) Asylee Interpretation Assistance for Unaccompanied Minors

Languages: Spanish, indigenous languages (e.g. K'iche', Kaqchikel and Quechua)

Where and When:  Lyndhurst, NJ and Bethpage, LI, various dates

Sign-Up

3) Additional Immigration Opportunities

Search here for these immigration volunteer opportunities:

  • Community Interpreters
  • Immigration Court Helpdesk: Interpreters
  • Immigration Court Helpdesk: Screeners
  • International Center: ESOL Program Volunteers
  • Learn to Represent Vulnerable Immigrants in NYS
  • Refugee Resettlement: Career Mentor (Financial District)
  • Refugee Resettlement: Education & Employment Internship
  • Refugee Resettlement Volunteer (Financial District)
  • Legal Clinic (Staten Island)

Search here for these immigration volunteer opportunities

YOUNG ADULT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Join the Catholic Charities Junior Board

Our Junior Board introduces young professionals (ages 21-40) to the varied programs and works of Catholic Charities through volunteer opportunities, social gatherings, faith-based events and philanthropic support.

Learn More

  • Junior Board Spring Meeting

Want to meet our members in person? Join us for the annual spring meeting! We will show you what we accomplished in 2018, our plans for 2019, how to get involved and more. A reception will follow after the meeting.

Where and When:  Midtown East, Wednesday, March 27 @6:30 PM

RSVP

SUPPORT THE DISABLED

1) Guild for the Blind: ESOL Instructors

We are looking for an ESOL instructor to teach beginner and intermediate English classes to individuals with vision impairments.

Where and When:  Midtown East, Ongoing

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2) American Sign Language Interpreters

We are looking for ASL interpreters to assist with our deaf services -- the Foundling works to keep children out of foster care by strengthening the family system and mobilizing outside support.

Where and When:  Chelsea, Ongoing

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STILL MORE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!

Search here for these volunteer opportunities:

  1. LSA: Mom & Toddler Classroom Assistant (East Harlem)
  2. LSA: Thrift Shop Assistant (East Harlem)
  3. POTS: Clothing Closet Volunteer (Bronx)
  4. POTS: Community Dining (Bronx)
  5. POTS: Food Pantry Assistant (Bronx)
  6. POTS: Receptionist/Greeter (Bronx)
  7. Mural Artists (Staten Island)

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