Help Others in the Community

Ascension Tutoring Program

12 West 11th Street,
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-8620
An outside program that provides tutoring in remedial reading for children in grades 2-8 on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm.

Volunteer Opportunities
Tutoring one-on-one one evening per week.

Agency Contact:
Pamela Benning
(212) 966-4695

Bailey House Inc.

275 Seventh Avenue,
12th Floor,
New York, NY 10001
(212) 633-2500
A center for AIDS support that administers, among other programs, Bailey House, a group residence for homeless men and women who have been diagnosed with AIDS.

Volunteer Opportunities
Assist FPC members and members from Church of the Ascension in shopping for, preparing and serving Sunday dinner on fifth Sundays. Also, volunteers are needed for tutoring (high school equivalency and English as a Second Language), vocational education, planning and helping with special events/fund raisers and weekday assistance within our office staff and recreational programs.

Agency Contact:
Tamesha Harper, Volunteer Coordinator

The Caring Community

20 Washington Square North
New York, NY 10011
(212) 260-6626
A coalition of health and human services focussing efforts on behalf of the elderly to help them maintain their independence, self-sufficiency and presence in the community.

Volunteer Opportunities
Teach classes, serve holiday meals, do clerical work, repair an appliance, do light shopping, escort a senior to a medical appointment, walk dogs and take care of pets, deliver meals on Saturday.

Agency Contact:
Paul O’Brien, Director of Volunteer Programs

Church of Ascension Food Pantry

12 West 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 254-8620
Collects food and distributes it two days per week, Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8:00am – 9:00am.

Volunteer Opportunities
Contribute nonperishable food items to church office at 12 West 11th Street between 9:00am and 5:00pm. Help distribute food on Tuesday and/or Saturday.

Agency Contacts
Tuesday Coordinator: Matthew Snow (646) 230-7833
Saturday Coordinator: Sheila Puopolo (212) 463-0617

Church of Gethsemane

1012 Eighth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 499-3419
The Church of Gethsemane is a PC(USA) congregation created by the Presbytery of New York City in 1989 to evangelize prisoners, ex-prisoners, their families and people who feel called to a church that is focused on all aspects of prison ministry. We have worked to fulfill this mission, first by providing a church home for families and ex-prisoners and also through weekly visits with inmates in local prisons and an extensive letter-writing correspondence between volunteers and inmates.

Volunteer Opportunities
Tutoring, contributing to food pantry, helping to write letters to prison inmates, prison visitation (training required), helping with building maintenance, giving legal counsel, accounting services. Various items are also required.

Agency Contact:
Mary Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Director of Community Life

Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals

C/O St. Ambrose Church
9 West 130th Street
New York, NY 10037
T: 212 791 1364
An independent all-volunteer association of attorneys, students, paralegals, court reporters, law librarians, the working poor and other concerned community residents who have joined together to fight for the rights of low-income workers and their families to legal and economic justice. CCLP accepts no governmental funding and builds entirely through volunteer participation and support.

Volunteer Opportunities
Our volunteers work together to meet some of the most pressing needs for legal recourse through an ongoing program of education, information and lay advocacy. Volunteers learn through on-the-job training to aggressively seek any available resources – with no strings attached – to fill a request for help. Volunteer legal professionals are needed, for example, to explain the law on specific topics at regular CCLP-sponsored “Know Your Law” sessions offered free of charge in low-income communities; CCLP also needs volunteers for advocacy, photography, writing, driving, office work, desk-top publishing for our magazine, the Verdict, phoning and learning organizing skills to fight for economic justice.

Organization Contact: Susan Prensky, Operations Manager

Gilda’s Club

195 Houston Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 647-9700 (Ext. 252)
A free nonresidential, social and emotional support community for people who have cancer, their families and friends.

Volunteer Opportunities
Cancer survivors to facilitate new member meetings and to welcome newcomers to the community, professional social workers to handle individual interviews, volunteers to help with office work and fundraising.

Agency Contact
Harriet Mannheim, CSW, Program Director

Habitat for Humanity New York City

334 Furman Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 246-5656
Habitat for Humanity New York City (HFH-NYC) is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian organization that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and to create simple, decent, affordable housing for individuals and families in need. We are committed to the development and uplifting of families and communities, not only to the construction of houses. We empower individuals to actively participate in the construction of their homes. Using no government money for the construction of homes, we rely on financial support in the form of grants and donations from corporations and individuals.

Volunteer Opportunities
In addition to construction volunteers (which there is actually a waiting list for), Habitat for Humanity New York City needs volunteers in several areas that are important in promoting their cause: office help during the week, organizing special events, creating publications, fundraising and serving on various committees. Those experiences in speeding up the process of getting local government or the private sector to release vacant housing are also needed.

Agency Contact:
Denise Nelson,
Volunteer Coordinator (Ext.310)

Homeless Shelter

12 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 675-6150
The shelter program for homeless men, a cooperative effort by Urban Pathways, the Olivieri Center, and three churches: St. Luke in the Fields, First Presbyterian Church, and Church of the Ascension is housed in the First Presbyterian Mellin-Macnab Church House. The Shelter provides beds for 10 men, Monday through Friday nights.

Volunteer Opportunities
Overnight volunteers stay from 8:45pm to 7:30am, assist with setting up cots, prepare light evening snack and breakfast, cleanup. Coordinators work with volunteers on a weekly basis. Food shoppers buy food each week.

Coordinator: Lauren May (212.675.6150)

Inwood House

320 East 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 861-4400
Nationally recognized as a pioneer in teen pregnancy prevention, family support and training, Inwood House is dedicated to helping young people achieve healthy adulthood and self-reliance.Programs include a Maternity Residence for pregnant teens in foster care; New York City’s first Mother/Baby Foster Care program; Partners in Parenting, a continuum of care that ensures young mothers raise healthy children and achieve independence; Young Fathers, designed to help teenage fathers take on their share of parental responsibilities and serve as positive role models for their children; Boys to Men, a community-based intervention program for 10-16-year-old boys aimed at preventing teen fatherhood; and Teen Choice, a comprehensive asset-building pregnancy prevention effort operating in 14 New York City public schools.

Volunteer Opportunities
Positions include teaching computer skills, after school tutoring and coaching, hosting internships and career fairs, organizing field trips, guest speaking, participating in fundraising committees, holding gift drives, mentoring, babysitting, and recreational activities, i.e., dance and music performances/instruction. Opportunities are available in Manhattan, Queens, and the South Bronx. Male role models are especially needed for specific programs.

Agency Contacts:
Gladys Carrion, Executive Director (x249)
Nicole Culver, Special Projects Coordinator (x239)

Lutheran Family & Community Services (Church World Service)

308 West 46th Street
3rd Floor
New York, NY 10036
(212) 265-1826
Assists in refugee resettlement.
Outreach involves orienting those who have fled homelands due to persecution to a new life in NYC. There is a need for friendship as well as clothes and furniture. Recent arrivals include people from West Africa and Eastern Europe.

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers can assist in the following: making “Good Neighbor” contacts, collecting
and delivering household items, assisting in one-on-one English conversation.

Agency Contact:
Richard Virgil, Church Liaison (x308)

Madison Square Boys & Girls Club at Genesis House/Robert F. Kennedy Apartments

113 East 13th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 979-0244 (x212)
Facility providing affordable housing for low-income families and on-site support services at Union Square; affordable after school program.

Volunteer Opportunities
Helping to provide special event programs for children; donating items such as books, computers, software, etc.; helping with nursery school and helping teach children. Also help with homework, tutoring or mentoring.

Agency Contact:
Jasmine Harry, Program Assistant

New York Presbyterian Hospital Adult and Pediatric AIDS Programs

525 East 68th Street, F-24
New York, NY 10021
(212) 746-4180
The Adult and Pediatric AIDS Programs, important components of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, provide inpatient and outpatient services to patients infected with, and families affected by, HIV/AIDS.

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are needed at two sites for several programs with varying time and talent commitments. At the Chelsea Center for Special Studies (located at 119 West 24th Street) and the Center for Special Studies (located at 525 East 68th Street), volunteers are present at all clinics and perform a variety of tasks to support the medical staff. The goal is to create a welcoming environment for patients and their families.
Also volunteers are needed for the inpatient setting, which involves visiting patients and offering support to those who are hospitalized.

Agency Contact:
Kathy Iacuzzo Sartorius, CSW
(212) 746-4187

New York Women’s Foundation (Women Helping Women)

120 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-2220 (x15)
The NY Women’s Foundation was founded fifteen years ago to better conditions for low-income women and girls in the five boroughs of NYC. Through strategic grant making, it aids community-based organizations run by women serving women and girls; matching the resources of the city with its great needs.

Volunteer Opportunities
While fundraising and grant making are its primary activities, the Foundation can use help in providing technical assistance and in supporting issues regarding women and girls.

Agency Contact:
Miriam Buhl, Executive Director

Partnership for the Homeless

305 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10001-6008
(212) 645-3444
The Partnership, one of the nation’s largest service-providing agencies dealing with homelessness, provides a vast array of services to help people move off the streets and into housing and jobs. It seeks to motivate all levels of government, the faith communities, private industry, charitable foundations and the general public to join in housing and otherwise serving homeless New Yorkers..

Volunteer Opportunities
First Team, Furnish a Future, Network, Peter’s Place, Positive Step, Project Domicile

Agency Contact:
Rosie Schaap
(212) 645-3444, x501

Presbyterian Senior Services

2095 Broadway, Ste. 409
New York, NY 10023
(212) 874-6633
Presbyterian Senior Services (PSS) is a social services agency founded in 1962 to deliver advocacy for legislative and social change, programs that enhance the health and well-being of elderly people and education for the public on the myths and stereotypes about old age. PSS serves more than 3000 seniors (85% are poor and minority) in the five boroughs of New York.

Volunteer Opportunities
Lawyers, doctors, financial advisers and other professionals are needed to volunteer during weekday hours to help educate members of PSS’s church-based programs on such topics as elder law, health and fitness for the elderly, financial and investment issues for the elderly, etc. If you have special expertise in any of these areas, PSS would love to have you come and make a presentation to its members.

Agency Contact:
Charmaine Massiah, Director Of Community Service

St. Matthew’s and St. Timothy’s Neighborhood Center

26 West 84th Street
(CPW & Columbus)
New York, NY 10024
(212) 362-6750
A neighborhood center serving families, parents, children, teenagers and older adults.

Volunteer Opportunities
Tutoring children one-on-one to correct a specific learning deficiency in reading or math. A short, intensified individual training session is provided, in addition to several optional group training sessions, so no prior experience is necessary. Assisting in children’s library, organizing, shelving books and cataloguing, etc.

WEME Mainstream Nutrition and Health Center
A program of St. Matthew’s and St. Timothy’s Neighborhood Center, and a Meals-On-Wheels site, services homebound elderly on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteers are needed to serve as Friendly Visitors, who provide conversation and companionship to seniors who are isolated and often very lonely. An hour or so a week (for a minimum of six months) is all it takes to bring extra joy and light into the life of a senior friend. Meal Packing and Delivery Volunteers are also needed Sunday through Friday mornings. We have a special need for Christmas Volunteers to bake cookies and to help with packing and/or delivering holiday meals to our homebound neighbors. There may also be opportunities for volunteers to escort seniors to medical and other appointments and to assist with light shopping. The teenage program needs people to teach an after school activity, i.e., arts and crafts, karate, etc., to children ages 11-14. It also needs mentors for older teens, especially informal job counseling.

Agency Contacts:
Rita Spano (Tutoring Children and Library)
(212) 362-6750

Beth Mandelbaum
(MEME Mainstream Nutrition and Health Center)
(212) 874-3750 (x16)
(Teenage Program) (212) 580-4391

Sheltering Arms Childrens Service

122 East 29th Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 679-4242
Child care center, family day care, foster care, adoption.

Volunteer Opportunities
Assist in day care centers by reading, caring for children.

Agency Contact:
Cordelia McNish, Day Care Coordinator (Ext. 850)

Statue of Liberty National Monument and The Ellis Island Immigration Museum Liberty Island

New York, NY 10004
(212) 363-3206, Ext. 150
A unit of the National Park Service, responsible for preserving and interpreting the history and significance of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.Open to the public every day except Christmas Day. Includes exhibits, movies, research library and museum collection, as well as special tours and programs, museum programs, library, maintenance and administration projects.

Volunteer Opportunities
Assist with museum collections, archives, oral history program and public programs

Agency Contact:
Diana Pardue

Village Nursing Home

607 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-3003 (Ext. 237)
Residential nursing care facility
for elderly Village residents.

Volunteer Opportunities
Help with leisure programs; transport for religious services and other activity programs;
friendly visits; escort residents to appointments; shopping for residents; feeding encouragement.
Special language skills can be helpful.

Agency Contact:
Joann Celentano

Agency Contact:
Marian Karpen


YMCA (McBurney)
125 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 741-9210
(where many of our youth programs and English programs for adult immigrants and refugees are held)
122 West 17th Street
NY, NY 10011
(212) 741-8715
The McBurney YMCA is a community service organization that promotes positive values through programs that build spirit, mind and body, welcoming all people with a focus on youth. Programs include: Nursery, Day Camp, After School, Adult Fitness, Teens, Active Older Adults and English as Second Language with employment services and computer skill building for immigrants and refugees.