Family Volunteer Opportunities

Serve those in need as a family! Several Hope for New York volunteer opportunities welcome families with children. Questions? Email  

Ongoing Familiy Volunteer Opportunities

Special Family Volunteer Events


A House on Beekman's Mommy and Me program serves the neighborhood moms in the South Bronx.
Opportunity: Help with activities, classes, and childcare for the program. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM-12PM; Fridays from 10-1PM.
Age Requirement? Ages 10 and under, must be supervised by a parent.

All Angels, an Episcopal church on the Upper West Side, serves a Sunday evening community meal as an extension of its Sunday night worship service. 
Opportunity: Help serve a community meal.
Age Requirement? Ages 15-18, must be supervised by a parent. 

Capernaum engages high school youth with special needs on the UWS.
Opportunity: Cook or provide a meal for Young Life Capernaum club; high school youth can serve as Buddies (peer mentors) to club youth.
Age Requirement? Buddies must be 14-18

World Vision is an international Christian humanitarian organization with a focus on children and families in need. 
Opportunity: Pack boxes of donated items for distribution to those in need in NYC.
Age Requirement? Ages 13-18, must be supervised by a parent.

The Father’s Heart is a church on the Lower East Side which focuses on community development through practical expressions of compassion such as breakfast to the homeless, ESL classes, after school care and a job training program for youth.
Opportunity: Help serve breakfast to the homeless.
Age Requirement? Ages 14-18, must be supervised by a parent. Some funders require a Child Protection Policy, which limits the age to 14 and over.

Living Waters Fellowship is a church in Bushwick, Brooklyn that provides after school programs, ESL classes for adults and breakfast to the local community.
Opportunity: Help serve a meal to the community or help a sports ministry program. 
Age Requirement? Ages 8-18, must be supervised by a parent.

New York City Relief uses mobile soup kitchen buses to provide food, counseling, spiritual help, and resources to communities in need.
Opportunity: Serve with The Relief Bus, a mobile soup kitchen.
Age Requirement? Ages 13 and under, must be supervised by a parent. Ages 13-17 need a qualified adult to supervise them.

DeWitt is an elderly care facility on the Upper East Side where volunteers lead Sunday worship services.
Opportunity: Help lead a worship service for elderly residents.
Age Requirement? Any age, must be supervised by a parent. 

Here’s Life Inner City partners with local churches in low-income neighborhoods to provide a multitude of resources including food and clothing, job readiness training and youth programs.
Opportunity: Sort and re-package donated goods (food and other items) for distribution to those in need.
Age Requirement? Any age, must be supervised by a parent.

Inwood House is a maternity residence on the Upper East Side for pregnant and parenting teens who are homeless, adjudicated or in foster care.
Opportunity: Help lead arts and crafts and other social activities for teen moms and their kids.
Age Requirement? Any age, must be supervised by a parent. Female adults only.

Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter provides housing and support for 65 men and women, the majority of whom are mentally ill and have been chronically homeless.  
Opportunity: Bake dessert and serve high tea to residents.
Age requirement? The age limit for an adult to volunteer independently is 18 and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a  parent or a family member. Written consents must be signed by the parent or legal guardian and returned to the NCS agency.

Madison Avenue Presbyterian-St. James Shelter operates a 12-bed shelter for homeless men.
Opportunity: Volunteers are needed Sunday – Saturday evenings from 6:30-8:30PM to set up, welcome the guests and serve a light supper.
Age requirement? You can serve as an individual, as a couple, or with a team of up to 4. Any age, must be supervised by a parent.

Shiloh NYC serves at-risk high school youth from the South Bronx.
Opportunity: Prepare and deliver a meal for the weekly Hi-def program on the Upper East Side for high school kids on Wednesdays.


Pilot Program: Deliver Meals to Homebound Elderly
Opportunity: Volunteer from 9:30AM-12PM on Sundays to hand deliver meals on foot to elderly neighbors in the UWS who can’t cook or buy groceries on their own. Up to 10 people can serve, so families welcome to come together.
Age requirement? Any age, must be accompanied by an adult. Must be 16 or older to serve without adult supervision.

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