Opportunities for Students


NEW! Community Service Fair for High School Students - May 10, 2017
The Volunteer Referral Center and the Nightingale-Bamford School present
Meet and talk with volunteer directors from a variety of non-profit agencies!
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
5:00–7:00 p.m. 
The Nightingale-Bamford School 
20 East 92nd Street, NYC

NEW! Volunteer at an Animal Shelter - Volunteer Orientation Saturday, May 6, 10 am- 12 pm
Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) is always looking for animal lovers who would like to volunteer to help homeless and abandoned cats, dogs, and rabbits in NYC. Volunteers must be 18 or older. For more information and to sign up for an orientation go to http://nycacc.org/Volunteer.htm 

Bike New York has volunteer opportunities for students 16 and older in its Bike Education Program.  Bike New York offers free bike education classes teaching adults and children how to ride for the first time, to advanced bike mechanics and everything in between. To help out with one of the children classes, teen volunteers must attend a casual, one hour training session to learn about Bike New York and their method of teaching. Then they are prepared to teach.  
Simply make a volunteer profile and sign up for a Education Volunteer Training Session. 

 Spring 2017 Ranger Conservation Corps Program at Van Cortlandt Park
The Ranger Conservation Corps Program at Van Cortlandt Park will start in March. See or email Ms. Rosario as soon as possible if you would like to apply.   

Updated! Organizations that Offer Youth Friendly Volunteer Opportunities
New York Cares keeps a list of organizations that offer youth volunteer opportunities. Here is the link https://www.newyorkcares.org/sites/default/files/images/u184382/Youth%20Volunteer%20Referral%20Guide.pdf

NEW! Volunteer Opportunities at the New York Aquarium
The Education Department of the New York Aquarium needs volunteers. High School students must be 15 years of age or older. For more information, go to http://nyaquarium.com/volunteering/education-volunteers

NYC Service
NYC Service is a website for everyone who is interested in volunteer service. You can explore the site and look for volunteer opportunities here http://www.nycservice.org/ 

Deadline has passed. Community Service Scholarship Opportunity for Graduating Seniors - Application Deadline is May 1, 2017
The United Black Golfers Association, Inc. (UBGA) is inviting New York City graduating seniors who will pursue a post-secondary education in the fall of 2017 to apply for our Second Annual Community Service Scholarship. UBGA will offer monetary awards in the amount of $500 to eight deserving students who will be graduating in June 2017. These seniors must have achieved at least a 75% or C grade point average and have been accepted and registered for college or trade school in fall of 2017. Applicants must have also performed some type of community service in high school or in their community.

Applicants must submit their application by Monday, May 1st, 2017 and an official school transcript by midnight on Monday, May 15th, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be notified by Friday, June 16th, 2017. Response to each question should have no less than 150 words and no more than 250 words. Please note that content, punctuation, spelling and grammar will be considered in the evaluation of each application. We recommend that you type out your essay answers first and carefully review them before submitting your application. 

Deadline has passed. Summer 2017 Urban Ecology Teen Internship Program - Application Deadline is April 28, 2017
The Summer 2017 Urban Ecology Teen Internship Program is now accepting applications. This program is for students who will have completed the tenth grade in June, and runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 5 to August 18. This program is a paid internship program and not a community service program. For more information and to apply go to:

Events have passed.  Neighborhood Clean-Ups in the Harlem Area
generationOn, in partnership with Abyssinian Development Corporation and ServiceWorks, have  organized several 
neighborhood clean-ups in the Harlem area (sites located on Lenox Ave. between 124th and 144th). After a long winter, many of our public spaces in Harlem could use some serious T.L.C! These clean-ups will take place on:
•               Saturday, April 15th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
•               Saturday, April 22nd from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
•               Sunday, April 23rd from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
 If you would like to participate with us, please fill out the Google Form below with your desired volunteer date and contact information by April 12th! We will send out additional details soon.

Deadline has passed. The Woodland Ecology Research Mentorship at Wave Hill - Application Deadline is April 2, 2017
This program is for students who are interested in science and the environment. It is an 18 month program that runs from July 2017 through Summer of 2018. Students earn a stipend AND community service hours. Students in grades 9, 10, & 11 may apply. For more inforamtion and to apply click here https://www.wavehill.org/education/woodland-ecology-research-mentorship/

Deadline has passed.  Metropolitan Museum of Art Summer High School Internships - Application Deadline: April 1
Students who will be rising juniors or rising seniors during the summer of the internship and who either reside in or attend a high school or home school in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut can connect with arts, museum, and creative professionals as they develop professional skills and experience.

Deadline has passed.  2017 Forest Project at Wave Hill - Application Deadline is March 19, 2017
The Forest Project at Wave Hill is a paid summer internship for students currently in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade who are interested in urban environmental issues. The program runs from June 29 to August 22, 2017, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more information and to apply click here https://www.wavehill.org/education/forest-project/

Deadline has passed. Service in the Schools Leadership Institute - Application Deadline is 5 p.m. March 7
 Are you interested in becoming a leader while also serving the community? If so, you can apply for the Service in Schools (SIS) Leadership Institute! This five-day Institute takes place during spring break, from Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14, 2017. The SIS Leadership Institute culminates in the planning and implementation of a day-long Youth Service Summit for elementary school students on Friday, May 26, 2017.
Application deadline is 5:00pm on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.  For more information and a link to the application:

Deadline has passed. GreenThumb Youth Leadership Council - Application Deadline is March 6
The 2017 GreenThumb Youth Leadership Council application is now open! Youth (14-21 years old) interested in botany, agriculture, composting and gardening should apply. Students earn a minimum of 20 community service hours.
High School applicants, apply here: 

 Forest Reforestation Volunteer Opportunity in Soundview, Bronx
On Saturday 2/4 from 9:00am – 1:00pm, NYC Parks and volunteers will be taking care of street trees in Soundview. We’ll be spreading mulch on tree beds to keep street trees insulated, hydrated, nutrient-rich, and beautiful for the winter! Here is a link with more information and to register. All volunteers will be trained in tree ID and proper tree care techniques.

NEW!!   Bronx Zoo’s  Discovery Guide Program 
The Discovery Guide Program is designed for youth, ages 15 and up, that have an interest in wildlife, science, education, conservation, or nature as a whole. Participants of the program will assist in a number of activities led by the Education Department, including exhibit activities for zoo guests, nature play, birthday parties, camp programs, and other special events. During their time as a volunteer at the Bronx Zoo, Discovery Guides will get free access to all of the WCS zoos & New York Aquarium, as well as a $300 stipend!
Not only is this an opportunity for students to have fun and learn, but for them to build important skills for the future. We will make information available regarding employment opportunities at the Bronx Zoo and the other WCS zoos and aquarium, and also offer training sessions that focus on resume building, public speaking, and more!
Students are invited to apply for our spring season (weekends & spring break between April 1 – June 24), our summer season (July 1 – September 4), our summer/fall season (July 1—October 29), or our full season (April 1—October 29). While some of the information on our webpage is currently outdated, the online application link, found at the bottom of the Bronx Zoo’s Discovery Guide page, is active for all 2017 seasons.
I’ve also attached a flyer to this email that has some specific information about the spring season; I encourage you to distribute it to other teachers and students!

Deadline has passed. YouthAction NYC Community Leadership Course - Application Deadline is Friday, February 17
Citizens' Committee for Children of New York (CCC) has an exciting opportunity for up to 2 members of your school or community group!  Community service credit is available as well as expanding leadership and civic engagement opportunities. Please find attached more information, as well as the application packet.

Gilda's Club New York City Volunteer Opportunity - Junior Associate Board
The mission of Gilda’s Club is to support, educate, and empower cancer patients and their families.  Our free comprehensive program includes support groups, educational lectures, workshops and social events for everyone impacted.  Membership at Gilda’s Club NYC is free of charge.
Junior Associate Board –Provides the opportunity for teens that would like to volunteer their time and make a difference in the community.  The mission of the JAB is to promote awareness of Gilda’s Club NYC in the community it serves, organize initiatives & events, provide volunteer service and earn community service hours.
Please contact:
Emily Grotheer, Volunteer & Outreach Manager
Phone: 212-647-9700 (ext. 239)

Event has passed. MLK commUNITY Day Volunteer Opportunity - Monday, January 16, 2017
Volunteers are needed to set up, facilitate games and clean up as well as participants for the event. 
 Details are below and if you need additional information, do not hesitate to reach out to Christine Perry at cperry@generationOn.org.
 Event Details:
What: MLK commUNITY Day
Where: Thurgood Marshall Academy, 200 West 135th Street, New York, NY in Harlem
When: Monday, January 16th. Set up starts at 9 AM. Event runs from 10 AM – 4 PM. Clean up ends at 5 PM.
What: Games, guest speakers, performers and food
Who: All are welcome to volunteer and/or enjoy the festivities. Youth under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Register to volunteer and participate here!

Volunteer as a group here:

New York City Parks Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer at Winter Jam, e-recycle at Prospect Park, Care for Street Trees, and more:

The New Jewish Home for the Elderly Needs Volunteers.
 Have some spare time on your hands? Want to lift the spirits of elders?
 About us: We’ve been a New York eldercare landmark for nearly 170 years, and we’re still creating innovative new ways to serve seniors every day as we welcome all elders to #AgeLikeaNewYorker with us.  We are a nonprofit that provides care for the evolving needs of New Yorkers as they age, from the very frailest to those who just need a little extra help in managing chronic conditions at home. 
Nilima Hussen

Ruksad Pearly

Service Opportunity at the JFK Campus Library on the first floor
See the librarian, Ms. B. Menezes for more information & to apply.

Homework Helpers at the NYC Libraries at Clason's Point and Morris Park 
Responsible teens needed to offer help to younger students. Must be firendly and patient and able to explain things in simple and upbeat manner to encourage younger kids with their schoolwork. For more information go to the link below

Teach Chess at the NYC Libraries at Hunt's Point and Mott Haven
The Hunt's Point and Mott Haven libraries in the Bronx , would each like a volunteer to teach visitors chess. You would be teaching kids and teens how to play the game.  
They need volunteers who are available in the afternoons or Saturdays. 
Contact mauramuller@nypl.org for more information. 


Tech Savvy Volunteers Needed at The Bronx Library Center 
Bronx Library Center  tech savvy volunteers are needed to help visitors log in and reserve computer appointments. 

NYC Service
NYC Service is a website for everyone who is interested in volunteer service. You can explore the site and look for volunteer opportunities here http://www.nycservice.org/ 

Service Opportunities at The New York Botanical Garden
If you think you'd like to volunteer at the Garden, you should know that:
You don't need to have a green thumb or a plant science background!
Our volunteers range in age from 14 to 80+.
You'll receive training specific to your assignment.
Volunteer opportunities are available year-round, both weekdays and weekends, in a variety of areas.
You can help out once a week to twice a month.
Contact: Priscilla Hernandez, Manager of Volunteer Services, (718) 817-8765

The GO Project (Ongoing, weekly on Saturdays) 
The GO Project (GO) shapes the futures of low-income New York City public school children by providing critical academic, social, and emotional support starting in the early elementary years. The GO School Saturday tutoring program offers volunteer opportunities for students ages 13 years and above, who assist in delivering educational services for children who are performing below grade level and in equipping them with the confidence and skills needed to succeed at school, at home, and in life. On Saturdays from 9:00am-12:45pm, GO School Volunteers are placed in an elementary or middle school class, which is led by a Head Teacher and supported by 2-3 other GO School Volunteers. The Head Teacher models a lesson or explains an activity, and then the volunteers work in small groups or one-on-one with the students to help them complete assignments. Click here for the online application form and email Emily Ong for more information on upcoming volunteer opportunities with the GO Project. http://www.goprojectnyc.org/get-involved/volunteer

Citymeals on Wheels: Volunteers with Citymeals on Wheels make a difference in the lives of the homebound elderly. Citymeals on Wheels provides nutritious food and human company to homebound elderly New Yorkers in need, helping them to live with dignity in their own homes and communities. Opportunities are available for students ages 16 and older to volunteer on weekday and weekend meal deliveries, and students of all ages can make personalized cards for Citymeals recipients or help package food for delivery. Volunteers can also serve meals to older New Yorkers at their local senior center or assist with teaching computer skills. Volunteers are free to choose the frequency and length of their commitment. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All potential student volunteers must attend an orientation at the Citymeals on Wheels office, at which time students choose their volunteer opportunity and/or senior center site. Click here for more information.  https://www.citymeals.org/volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities with NYC Parks 
Several volunteer opportunities are available at different NYC Parks. Go to the website included below to see what is available. https://www.nycgovparks.org/events/volunteer

POTS Best Practices → Family Club Tutors 
1. Register to volunteer: if you are interested in volunteering to tutor students at POTS’ Family Club email Scott Wagner at swagner@potsbronx.org  Volunteer opportunities are limited.  
Family Club Session Schedule: Fall 2016
2. Tutor Orientation: Tuesday 9/13/16 or Sunday 9/18/16 at 3pm
3. Family Club Schedule
Wednesday Session:   4:00-6:30pm:  Sept. 14th , 21st , 28th ; Oct. 5th , 19th , 26th; Nov. 2d, 9th , 16th , 30th ; and Dec. 7th , 14th 
Sunday Session:    4:00-6:30pm: Sept. 18th , 25th; Oct. 2d, 16th , 23d, 30th; Nov. 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th; and Dec. 4th & Dec. 11th  

Ranger Conservation Corps Program at Van Cortlandt Park
The program will be run by Urban Park Ranger Nicole Ruszczynski,. It starts October 5, and runs for 10 weeks in total. Each program is 2 hours long, form 3:30 to 5:30  on Wednesdays. 
Students can download and print the application or see Ms. Rosario in room 822 for an application and more information.
Here is the link to the application and permission slips:

Teen Program with the Rangers at Inwood Park, Manhattan
The program will be run by Urban Park Ranger Edward Bailey. It starts on October 5, and runs till the end of November, 8 weeks in total. Each program is roughly 2 1/2 hours long. We start at 4 and go until 6:30  on Wednesdays. 
We recommend getting the applications in as early as possible.
Students should download and print the application. Then fill it out, scan it and email it to Mr. Edward Bailey at Edward.Bailey@parks.nyc.gov
Select Manhattan as the location because this specific program is in Manhattan.
Here is the link to the application and permission slips:

Gallop NYC Fall 2016 Schedule at Riverdale Equestrian Center (Van Cortlandt Park)
GallopNYC is a non-profit organization that uses horsemanship as a way to provide therapy for people with disabilities.  Student volunteers must be 16 or older and must commit to 2 hours a week. If you are interested in volunteering as a SIDEWALKER in this therapeutic horsemanship program, scroll down to see more information.
Riverdale Stables: Mornings (9:45 am - 12:00 noon)
Riverdale Stables: Afternoon (3:45 pm - 6:30 pm)

Fall 2016 Volunteer Saturdays at Van Cortlandt Park
All events take place 10 am - 12:30 pm. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a snack.
Our events are open to the general public. RSVP’s are encouraged for individuals or small groups.  Adult and High School Groups please contact John Butler at 718-601-1553 or john@vancortlandt.org  to register for volunteer events or schedule your own date.  

September 17, 2016 - Fall Kick Off Event at 4 Different Sites (Choose One) 
1. Shandler Recreation Area Greens:  Enter the park at Jerome Ave. between 233 St. & Bainbridge Ave.
2. Garden Weeding & Harvesting: Meet at the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s Compost Garden Site. Enter the Park at Broadway & Mosholu Ave. All volunteers must register, call 718.601.1553 for instructions.
3. Northeast Forest Restoration: Meet at Van Cortlandt Park East & Kepler Ave.
4. Wetland Restoration: Meet at Nature Center with NYC Parks or VCP Conservancy staff. Enter the park on foot at Broadway & 246 St.

Fall Wetland Volunteers Days: Saturday September 10th, October 8th, November 5th meeting at 10am
Did you know there are only 98 acres of freshwater wetlands left in the Bronx and 56 of them are in Van Cortlandt Park? Volunteers will help with native species planting, removal of non-native invasive plants and trash clean up within Tibbetts Wetlands. September date will include a Bio Survey of the wetlands- bring a notepad, pen, binoculars, camera and any field guides you have (we will supply some too). Meet inside the park near the last stop of the 1 train at Broadway and W. 242nd Street.

Additional Monthly Dates 
October 15, November 19, December 17:  Meet at Nature Center with NYC Parks or VCP Conservancy staff. Enter the park on foot at Broadway & 246 St.
All events take place 10 am - 12:30 pm. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a snack.NYC 

NYC Parks Stewardship
NYC Parks hosts volunteers throughout the city all year long, in every landscape and every kind of weather. Here’s how to get involved.

Parks Volunteer Opportunities
New York City Parks throughout the city offer volunteer opportunities. For a schedule and information go to this link

Volunteering in Hospitals: Information and Opportunities

General Information about volunteering at a hospital

Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Hospital

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

New York Presbyterian Hospital

Hospital for Special Surgery

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

James J. Peters VA (Veteran’s Administration) Medical Center

Lennox Hill Hospital

New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

Opportunities in Nursing Homes and Senior Citizens Programs


Isabella Geriatric Center

Preventing Hunger and  Food Insecurity

Part of the Solution (POTS)
"This year alone, there are 20,000 people – including 6,000 children – who will turn to POTS for help. With less than 20% of support provided by government sources, it will be impossible to meet their needs without the generous help of many. Everyone has something to give – an hour, a dollar, a holiday gift for a child – and all contributions are valued and appreciated, no matter the size." 
For service opportunities:
2759 Webster Avenue
Bronx, NY 10458
718-220-4892, Ext. 160

Food Bank for New York City: Weekend Repack in Hunts Point
Food Bank Distribution Warehouse 

City Meals on Wheels
City Meals on Wheels is dedicated to feeding the elderly in New York City. The organization offers volunteer opportunities for high school students. Here is the link http://www.citymeals.org/volunteer-with-us/individual-volunteers/high-school-students

CDIM Saturday Food Pantry
Saturday Food Pantry runs Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (see Pastor Ekanem) 

Location: 3021-31 Webster Avenue, Bronx 10467 (take bus Bx 41).

Contact: Iniobong Ekanem, 718-994-5420, etini2000@gmail.com

Environmental Conservation 

Parks Volunteer Opportunities
New York City Parks throughout the city offer volunteer opportunities. For a schedule and information go to this link

The Ranger Conservation Corps Program at Van Cortlandt 
The Ranger Conservation Corps Program at Van Cortlandt Park is offered in the fall and spring, and qualifies for community service credit. Applications are available from Ms. Rosario in room 822 once the program is scheduled to start. The program runs for 8 weeks on Wednesdays, 3:00 - 5:30, and attendance is required for the duration of the program. Students learn and practice how to preserve and protect forests and wildlife.

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park
Friends of Van Cortlandt Park offer community service events. Click here for information  http://vancortlandt.org/events/

ROOTS Central Park Conservancy
High school students participate in a semester-long ecological restoration and management project in Central Park’s woodlands, including maintaining rustic trails, removing invasive plants, and cultivating new plantings.
Fulfills community service requirements. Acceptance is through a competitive application process. Grades 9-12.

October – November: Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Application Available: June 9
Application Deadline: September 15

March – May: Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Application Available: December 8
Application Deadline: January 31

April – May: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Application Available: January 12
Application Deadline: February 28

The application for each program is only available between the dates listed above.
To apply for ROOTS, please visit our Application Portal http://programapps.centralparknyc.org/

The Bronx River Alliance

The Bronx River Alliance offers a variety of volunteer opportunities for both teens and adults. We depend on your support, through eco-friendly activities and programs, to help restore and beautify the Bronx River. 

If you would like to volunteer or participate in our programs please fill out the Interest Sheet, call (718) 430-4636 or e-mailJoseph.Sanchez@parks.nyc.gov.


Volunteer Opportunities with People and Animals

The Bronx Zoo
The Bronx Zoo has volunteer opportunities for students 15 and older. For more information on volunteer programs go 

Gallop NYC Therapeutic Horsemanship Program
GallopNYC is a non-profit organization that uses horsemanship as a way to provide therapy for people with disabilities.  
Student volunteers must be 16 or older and must commit to 2 hours a week. If you are interested in volunteering as a SIDEWALKER in this therapeutic horsemanship program, 
1. Download, print and fill out the application form. You must obtain parental consent. The application is available here: 
2. Register online. Here is the link:
3. Complete the online training. Here is the link:
4. AFTER you register online and complete the online training, sign up online on the days you will volunteer as SIDEWALKER. Here is the link:5. Take the completed application packet with you on the first day.

Opportunities Working with Kids

We are seeking dedicated volunteers to provide tutoring and homework help to elementary, middle-school and/or high-school students at our South Bronx community center.
Masa's After-school Program operates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6 PM—8PM. At the program, students primarily receive homework help, develop their reading skills, goal orientation/mentoring and begin to develop growth mindsets. They also have opportunities to participate in art, music, and other enrichment activities.
Volunteers are admitted on a roll-in basis.
For more information, click here http://www.nycservice.org/opportunities/10692

CDIM After-School Program for Elementary School Children

Afterschool Program runs Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. - 6p.m. (See Ms. Ini)

Location: 3021-31 Webster Avenue, Bronx 10467 (take bus Bx 41).

Contact: Iniobong Ekanem, 718-994-5420, etini2000@gmail.com

Other Opportunities and Resources

Volunteer with Your Whole Family
New York Cares lists opportunities for youth and parents/guardians to volunteer together.
Here is the link

New York Cares Teen Service Team
New York Cares accepts applications for its Teen Service Team every fall and spring. The program requires commitment and runs on Saturdays for 14 weeks. Students may earn up to 50 community service hours each term.  For more information, use this link

Marble Hill Cares Community Service Student Group
This group will engage in a minimum of two local and one global community service action during the school year. As well, members will take part in additional service events in collaboration with other community service organizations.
This group meets on Thursdays in room 830,  3:10 - 4:00 p.m. at Marble Hill School for International Studies.

Global Navigator Summer Program 
The Global Navigator Summer Program  offers service and leadership programs to students. Applications are usually due in January for the following summer. This is not a free program, but scholarships are available. For more information, go to: