Do you have extra time on your hands? Are you looking for a positive way to contribute to your community or give back to the City you love? Click this Link to view a comprehensive NYC VOLUNTEER GUIDE, listing many excellent organizations in and around New York City seeking volunteers. Details and contact information is provided for each organization in this handy guide created by Assemblymember Jim Brennan’s office.
Volunteer Opportunity to work with Seniors - Are you interested in using your time and talents to serve as an advocate for nursing home and adult care facility residents? The New York Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman is looking for volunteers to serve as certified Ombudsmen to improve the quality of care and quality of life for New Yorkers who live in long term care facilities. Certified Ombudsman not only visit residents, investigate and resolve complaints, but also use their skills to advocate for the rights of residents in nursing homes and other long term care facilities. Volunteers serve as a voice for residents of nursing homes and adult care facilities. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, commit to volunteering 2 Hours per week for at least 1 year; attend and participate in 36 hours of basic training; have good communication and interpersonal skills in order to influence and improve the quality of care and quality of life for New York’s long term care residents. If you are interested in helping to protect New York’s most vulnerable citizens please click here to contact your Regional Ombudsman Coordinator.
The Office of the Public Advocate offers a number of volunteer opportunities. Please note that volunteer opportunities do not require college experience, however, those with work experience in law, social work, public policy, and journalism are especially welcome. Please email cover letter and resume to the Public Advocate’s volunteer coordinator, Joan Laufer at email@example.com.
Sing for Hope at the United Cerebral Palsy center! Sing for Hope is an arts access nonprofit organization that works with Volunteer Artists (of a wide variety of artistic disciplines) to provide year-round programming to those who don’t have regular access to the arts, including folks in nursing homes, hospitals, veterans centers, those with memory loss or disabilities, and more. (Here’s a short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erBh0h4wJIk.) Sing for Hope is currently provides arts and music programming at United Cerebral Palsy in CB14 (Elmwood Ave & Lawrence Avenue.) If you sing or know a musician that might like to volunteer locally, please help spread the word! Volunteer opportunities are only an hour long, and there is no minimum time requirement. Individuals or groups of people performing in collaborations or as soloists are all welcome! For more information, contact Sing for Hope at 212.966.5955 or visit their website at www.singforhope.org.
Opportunity for Male Mentors for Teens – October is BROtober! Nationally, women are 1.5 times more likely to volunteer than men. This is a big deal, and iMentor is here to help. This month, iMentor is asking for your help to find more men mentors, together ensuring that male students get the champions they deserve. For more informaiton, visit: bit.ly/2dYvGVB
Reading Partners is a national education nonprofit dedicated to improving students’ reading skills. Volunteers work in Title I elementary schools to support students from low-income communities who are reading 6 months to 2.5 years below grade-level. By utilizing a structured and easy-to-follow curriculum, we empower volunteer community members to help a young struggling reader to succeed. In New York City this year, we are serving twelve elementary schools throughout four of the five boroughs. Sign up to become a Reading Partner and make a difference in a child’s life: email firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up through our website readingpartners.org.
The ACES Project (Advocacy, Counseling, and Entitlement Services) trains and places senior volunteers (age 55 and over) in hospitals and other health and social service community organizations. ACES volunteers inform clients about public benefits and provide practical help and advocacy assistance to their clients. The volunteers receive 36 hours of training in public benefits, as well as in interviewing and advocacy skills. For more information, visit the ACES website or call Rebecca Haase, Program Director, at 212-614-5482. Become an ACES volunteer: Apply today!
Volunteer Opportunities - NYC Service targets volunteers to address New York City’s greatest needs by mobilizing the power of volunteers to impact six areas: Strengthening Communities; Education Excellence; Economic and Workforce Development; Health and Well Being; Environment; and Emergency Preparedness and Response. For information on volunteer opportunities in your area, visit www.nycservice.org/
Volunteer to Assist Local Seniors: Are you a Russian or Spanish speaker who is interested in helping older adults balance a checkbook and pay monthly bills on time? By becoming a Bill Payer volunteer, you can play a vital role in helping a senior continue to live independently at home. The NYC Department for the Aging’s Volunteer Resource Center provides many volunteer opportunities: on.nyc.gov/2aXf7EQ. Once you find something you like, complete a Volunteer Interest Form and reserve a seat at an information session. Contact the Volunteer Resource Center at (212) 602-4464 or email@example.com, if you have questions.
Short-term Volunteer Opportunities – Looking for an opportunity to contribute your services for the good of the community, but don’t have a lot of free time? Volunteer with one of the Dept. for the Aging’s (DFTA) short-term projects. Every hour of your time and service helps. Learn more about Unique Opportunities. Volunteering with DFTA requires the following steps: Complete the DFTA Volunteer Interest Form; Attend a Volunteer Information Session; Complete a Volunteer Application; After your application review, you will be contacted regarding placement. If you would like more information, please contact the DFTA Volunteer Resource Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-602-4464.