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**We urge you to intentionally consider the right volunteer opportunity for you and how you can balance self care with care of others during this time. Please only participate in opportunities that you feel safe in doing



NSSP Summer Program | Summer 2020

As a result of the obvious need for summer programming that is both virtual and meaningful, NNSP is pleased to announce the launch of its summer program IMPACT 2020 – A Community Engagement Summer Experience.  In partnership with Close Up Foundation and The Institute for Social Impact at Hockaday School, we have designed two unique opportunities for students to pursue their commitment to their community while developing a sense of purpose, sharpening their leadership abilities, and learning crucial advocacy skills.  

SustainABLE Start Notes for Hygiene Kits


If you have markers, index cards, and a little bit of free time, we need your help! SustainABLE Start is sending out 500 hygiene kits with necessities like hand sanitizer and socks to homeless shelters around NYC. We're also including handwritten notes saying things like "Have a wonderful day!" to spread some positivity during this difficult time. If you want to help, please see the poster here.



Brooklyn Shows Love


Equality for Flatbush (E4F) and The Brooklyn Anti-Gentrification Network (BAN) are grassroots organizing efforts to fight racism, police violence, and gentrification in Brooklyn, NY. As we are all dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, E4F and BAN are committed to supporting Brooklynites, especially those that have been historically racially, economically and socially disenfranchised. Given that none of us knows what the future holds during this stressful time, E4F and BAN are launching The #BrooklynShowsLove Mutual Aid Project, a five-pronged campaign to build and support neighborhood-based mutual aid efforts, connect people to existing or new community resources, and to provide material aid. Sign up to volunteer here.



Tutor Children of Essential Workers

Medical/hospital workers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC) and other NYC hospitals are on surge support for the response to COVID-19. Currently, NYC public schools have shifted to remote-learning for the duration of the academic year. This shift in schooling has required many parents to take an increased role in their children's education. Since these medical/hospital workers--including doctors, nurses, techs, and other essential staff--are working long hours to combat this pandemic, the Columbia Volunteer Tutor Corps is recruiting people to help serve their families. Sign up here.


UN Volunteers

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Online volunteering allows organizations and volunteers to team up to address sustainable development challenges – anywhere in the world, from any device. Online volunteering is fast, easy – and most of all, effective. When skilled, passionate individuals join forces online with great organizations working toward sustainable development goals, everyone wins. Browse opportunities here. 



Knit or Crochet Baby Blankets and Hats

Volunteers who love to knit or crochet are needed to help make baby blankets and hats for the New York Milk Bank. These cozy items will be included in gift baskets that are delivered to new moms. Blankets should be just large enough for a stroller or car seat (about 30 x 30 inches or 36 x 36 inches). All colors are accepted, but gender-neutral is always appreciated. Matching hats should be sized for newborns to one-year-olds.

The New York Milk Bank

The New York Milk Bank is the first comprehensive nonprofit milk bank based in New York State. It collects milk from carefully screened donors, pasteurizes it, and distributes it to infants in New York State and the surrounding area.  Learn more here:

Create an Inspiring Video for Seniors

One Change at a Time's popular "Bridging Generations" program focuses on connecting younger and older generations. This program typically takes place in long-term care facilities, such as the Dumont Center in New Rochelle. With these facilities being closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 outbreak, One Change at a Time is looking for new ways to conduct this program so local seniors can stay connected and inspired!




Inspired by the American Health Care Association's #CareNotCOVID campaign, youth and adults who are at home can create encouraging and inspirational videos in support of residents in long-term care facilities and seniors in the community. Volunteers can use the tags #CareNotCOVID and #1Change when they post their videos online and on social media. Learn more here:



Serve Lunch to the Community in Union Square

The Salvation Army is an international, faith-based charitable organization with a simple mission: to help those in need without discrimination. HFNY Volunteers serve a community meal with The Salvation Army near Union Square on Mondays. Volunteers set up the tables and chairs, serve the meal, and clean up. Volunteers can also interact with the guests and offer prayer and encouragement. Learn more here:



Lifetime Connection Without Walls

Family Eldercare offers Lifetime Connections Without Walls, which is a telephone activities program that provides opportunities for older adults to connect with others in their community and across the country. We offer social and educational sessions, support groups, and friendly conversation, all from the comfort of home. From facilitating sessions to reminding participants about sessions, volunteers are a vital component of Lifetime Connections Without Walls. Best of all, you can volunteer virtually. All you need is a computer, internet connection, and phone.


Amnesty Decoders

Amnesty Decoders is an innovative platform for volunteers around the world to use their computers or phones to help our researchers sift through pictures, information and documents. Join a global network of digital volunteers helping us research and expose human rights violations.


Word of Thanks

Words of Thanks is a program that allows US residents from any state to write various types of "thank you" letters to healthcare workers in their area because we should all take a moment to thank those working on the front lines during COVID-19.



Project Send Love

Project Send Love has a mission to link generations through letter writing. Many seniors in our community are restricted from having visitors. With kids, teens and parents spending more time at home, we can extend social support to our seniors by channeling energy into letters.



Memorable Messages

Memorable Messages brings companionship to the quarantined elderly in the form of loving and encouraging electronic letters. People of any age can fill in the organization's online form with the contents of their letter. The responses from the form will be automatically transferred to a template and printed. Those printed letters will be ultimately transferred to nursing homes and assisted living centers to be delivered to elderly in need.

World Central Kitchen


World Central Kitchen (WCK) in partnership with Bronx Assemblymember Michael Blake of the 79th District and Sabrina Philson, a Friends parent, is distributing thousands of fresh, individually packaged grab-and-go meals to local families every day. To learn more about the WCK visit their website.

Sabrina asked for sharpie markers (to write the names of the delivery sites on food boxes) and printed flyers to help support the food distribution efforts in the South Bronx:

  • Sabrina requests that items are delivered or mailed to:


135 Alexander Ave

Bronx, NY 10456

Attention: Sabrina Philson

Include SNAP in the COVID-19 relief bill


Congressional leaders are working on another COVID-19 relief bill. Yet, once again, it looks like they may leave out an essential priority: preventing the rising threat of hunger. Will you take a few minutes to contact Rep. Espaillat and Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand and urge them to ensure that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is included in the COVID-19 bill before Congress?


Cards for Hospitalized Kids


Cards for Hospitalized Kids(CFHK) is an internationally recognized charitable organization that spreads hope, joy & magic to hospitalized kids across America through uplifting, handmade cards. Anyone can get involved, from anywhere. Individuals and groups across the United States, and the world, donate time and creativity to make handmade cards and send them in for distribution in hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses across the nation. Learn more here.


Be My Eyes 


Be My Eyes is a free mobile app with one main goal: to make the world more accessible for blind and low-vision people. The app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers and companies from all over the world through a live video call. Learn more here:


Face Masks for Flatbush 


Visit to learn more about this initiative and get involved!


Hats for the Homeless


The weekend before Christmas at St. Francis Xavier's Soup Kitchen on West 15th Street in NYC, homemade hats and scarves are distributed to individuals experiencing homeless.  If you know how to crochet or knit or would like to just donate a hat, scarf or pair of gloves, then send them to the address here. You may want to wait to send your items until closer to the winter. 


Gods Love We Deliver


Volunteers are needed to help cook, package, and deliver meals. We have added protocols to ensure safety for our volunteers, clients, and staff. Please note, we will continue to update our protocols as per CDC guidance. Masks are available to all volunteers. A staff member is ensuring all volunteers are practicing social distancing at all times. Sign up here:

Take Action to Protect People Who Are Incarcerated


Join NRCAT in calling on your Governor to take steps to ensure that incarcerated people and corrections staff are protected during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for more information. 


Citizen Science Projects


NASA’s citizen science projects are collaborations between scientists and interested members of the public. Through these collaborations, volunteers (known as citizen scientists) have helped make thousands of important scientific discoveries. Want to work on some real NASA science? Go to and find a project that interests you!

Online Tutor with Learn to Be


Apply to be an online tutor with Learn to Be.  Match with a student and spend 1 hour per week with your buddy.

GO Project Virtual Tutoring


Due to COVID-19, GO Project's usual programming is suspended for the remainder of the school year, however, they are still looking for remote volunteer support to engage with their families and students. Please fill out this form and select which opportunities you may be interested in supporting our work with.

Call to Care Buddies


Care Buddies are pairs of people who check in with one another. They’re cross-generational pen-pals who give one another a sense of safety, community and purpose in this time of isolation. Some prefer text, others call or video chat. They make each other laugh, share their worries, exchange family recipes or talk about their favorite shows. Sign up and learn more here:


Invisible Hands Deliver


Invisible Hands is a group of engaged volunteers from communities at the least risk for severe COVID-19 reactions working to bring groceries and supplies to those in high-risk demographics. We are focused most prominently on the elderly, disabled, and immunocompromised, but are available to help anyone in need. Sign up to volunteer here:

NYC Commission on Human Rights | Apply by May 15


In February 2020, the New York City Commission on Human Rights launched their first-ever Youth for Equity and Solidarity (YES) Council. The Youth for Equity and Solidarity Council is the NYC Commission on Human Rights’ council of young leaders who advise the Commission on how to expand our engagement with young people.  The purpose of the YES council is twofold: to build long-term engagement with young people interested in and committed to the mission of the Commission; and to encourage young people to become actively engaged in fostering environments of inclusion and respect. The Commission will recruit young people between the ages of 13-21 are interested in participating in our programming and organizing around human rights to apply. The council will consist of 20-25 young people representing different ages, boroughs, and backgrounds who will serve from spring 2020 to summer 2021 meeting on a bi-monthly basis, or six times per year. Applicants can apply on the Commission website or via webform on the Commission’s Facebook page. Learn more here, and apply here.

Points of Light List of Digital Volunteering Opportunities


Check out this extensive list of ways to volunteer and get involved from a distance.

How To Help: A Guide to Donating, Volunteering & Contributing During Coronavirus


Check out this article from Gothamist for different ways to volunteer during this time.

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