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

Citymeals on Wheels provides meals to homebound elderly in the UWS.
Opportunity: Pick up pre-packaged meals at the WEME Nutrition Program, and deliver them on foot to homebound elderly that live within walking distance of the center. Sundays from 9:30AM-12:00PM.
Age requirement? Any age if accompanied by adult. 16+ if not.

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.