Don't Walk By
Downtown · The East Side · The West Side · Uptown

Don't Walk By is an annual collaboration of faith-based organizations that are committed to serving the homeless and offering them an alternative to living on the streets.

Volunteers canvass the streets and subway platforms in Manhattan on a search for the homeless, offering the people they encounter care kits and an invitation to return to a nearby church for food and medical assistance. 

For those ready to leave the streets, Don't Walk By will offer a place in a residential recovery program.

Volunteers walk every street in Manhattan, serve dinner, provide medical services, and offer encouragement and prayer for our homeless neighbors.
Our grant dollars support all the program costs for Don't Walk By, from hearty dinners for the guests to medical supplies and hygiene kits.
Families and children from HFNY's partner churches will assemble over 1,000 care kits filled with hygiene products that will be distributed to the homeless through Don't Walk By.

2015 Don't Walk By Outreach Dates 


Feb 7: Downtown 

Feb 14: East Side (Sign up here)

Feb 21: West Side (Sign up here)

**There are still spots available for the West Side outreach for HFNY volunteers! Enter the promotional code "hfny2015ws" (right above the green 'register' button), and the available spots for HFNY volunteers will show up.** 

Feb 28: Uptown (Sign up here


There are several roles you can serve with, including: 

  1. Street Engagement: Walk a 10×10 block radius with your team to reach out to the homeless
  2. Subway Engagement: Ride a subway line with your team to reach out to the homeless 
  3. Team Leader: Lead a volunteer team on the street or subway. Training for this role will be held on Mon, 1/26 or Fri, 1/30 from 6:30 to 8:30PM. 
  4. Hospitality: Serve at the anchor church to provide a meal, clothing, resources, and encouragement to the homeless guests that arrive off the streets. 
  5. Medical Professionals: Medical Doctors, registered nurses, physician assistants, EMTs, Medical practitioners, certified counselors.


**Registration Guidelines for Groups**

If you want to serve with a group: 

1. As a group, choose a date to volunteer and a role you want to play as a group (street engagement or subway engagement)

2. Choose a team leader Decide who from your group will serve as the Team Leader* and write his/her name on the registration form.

*Team leaders must attend one team leader training at the HFNY Office (W.36th and Broadway) on either Monday, Jan 26 or Friday, Jan 30 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

3. Flexibility is key While group affiliations are taken into account when assigning outreach teams, Don't Walk By assigns teams with specific safety constraints in mind and to best serve our homeless neighbors (i.e. co-ed groups, up to 8 people per group, etc). You may be placed on another team than your choosing, so we thank you in advance for your graciousness and flexibility!

If you have any questions, please email volunteer@hfny.org or visit Don't Walk By's FAQ page here: http://dontwalkby.org/faq


Workshop on Engaging the Homeless


On Tuesday, January 13, join HFNY for a workshop on how to serve our homeless neighbors in NYC. Learn more and sign up by clicking on the opportunity at the bottom of the page. 

Pray with Hope for New York 


Join HFNY to pray for our homeless neighbors. If you would like to join us in prayer, sign up for our e-mail list. On January 26-January 30, you'll receive a daily prayer guide from us to focus your prayers around the homeless in our city. Sign up here.

See below to sign up for these opportunities.
“Committing to walk & engage with the homeless made me think about the future: how would stopping this time, instead of walking by, change the way I commute everyday? Could I go back to putting on blinders to the need in my own neighborhood?”
Elizabeth E., Volunteer
Engage the Homeless? How?
January 14, 2015
You and I will not be able to solve the “homelessness problem” as defined by the world and the society we live in. But we can find a way to get people to the feet of Jesus and offer folks the one thing that we all need to live a life of purpose and meaning: we can offer hope. Here are 3 practical ways to offer hope to our friends on the street this winter.
How to pray for the homeless this month
February 02, 2015
In preparation for our Don't Walk By outreach during the month of February, here are 5 ways you can join us in prayer for our homeless neighbors this month.