Serve your neighbors downtown

Downtown neighborhoods and Brooklyn are full of life, history, and diversity. We partner with a number of affiliates serving the poor and marginalized in this unique community, and volunteer opportunities include serving homeless men and women, men in recovery, children with disabilities, and immigrant neighbors. In recent years, New York City has reached the highest levels since the Great Depression of the 1930's. Each night, thousands of unsheltered homeless people sleep on New York City streets and in the subway system. Downtown and in Brooklyn, 19% of families are living below the poverty level and 30% of female-head families are living below the poverty line

Below, find out how you can serve your underserved neighbors.



Downtown Affiliates

The Bowery Mission is a faith-based residential program for homeless men that offers counseling, meals, job training, and church services. Bowery near Rivington; good for individuals and groups. 

Brooklyn Arab American Friendship Center offers ESL classes and cultural activities for new Arab American immigrants. Bay Ridge; good for those who like to teach and artists.

Brooklyn Teen Challenge
is a residential faith-based recovery program for men and women with life-controlling issues. Clinton Hill; good for early risers.

Center for All Abilities serves those with special needs and their families through creative, educational and spiritual enrichment in a faith-guided setting. Madison St. and Catherine St.; good for those who love kids. 

Chinese Christian Herald Crusades offers education, mentoring, and recreation programs for Chinese-American youth. Orchard St. and Hester St.; good for those who like to tutor.

The Father's Heart
provides services to the unemployed, at-risk youth, immigrants, and those without social or family support. 11th St. and Ave. B; good for community groups.

Graffiti is a community center that offers services for at-risk youth, including food and clothing distributions. 7th St. and Ave. B; good for community groups.

Living Waters Fellowship is a church that provides afterschool programs, adult ESL classes, and breakfast to the local community. Bushwick; for those who are good with children.

NYC Rescue Mission provides spiritual hope, food, clothing, and shelter to people in crisis. Lafayette St. and White St.; good for community groups.

Open Hands Legal Services provides free legal aid, advocacy, and spiritual support to the poor and disenfranchised of New York City. Various locations; good for lawyers.

The Salvation Army provides services to those in need, including emergency social service programs, after-school programs, and disaster relief. 14th St. between 6th and 7th; good daytime activity.