Volunteer at a Local Organization!

This page was created to help connect our local organizations find potential volunteers.

District 8 Organizations:
All organizations serving our constituents are welcome to post current volunteer opportunities in the comments section below.  Be sure to include a contact name as well as a phone number and/or e-mail address on your posting.  Please note that the Council Member’s office does not screen or refer volunteers.  This page is solely an opportunity to help publicize the volunteer opportunities at your organization.  We may edit your posting slightly, and will likely delete outdated postings periodically (for events that have passed).  Thank you!

Feel free to browse the comments section below.  If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity, please follow up with the contact person listed on the posting.

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  1. Musicians, Performers, Filmmakers, Youth Artists! Hacia Afuera Public Arts Festival: Fruits Of Our Labor

    Art for Change (AfC) is pleased to present its 4th annual Hacia Afuera Public Arts Festival, August 13–August 14, 2011!

    Hacia Afuera, “to go outside”, takes place in Spanish Harlem’s playgrounds, gardens, and public community spaces, encouraging active participation while building community. Outdoor art exhibitions, musical rhythms, spoken words, storytelling, film screenings, and live theater performances by local artists infuse the public spaces of Spanish Harlem. Artists come together to create original works of art, network, connect with the public, and have their work shown at a highly visible and well-attended community event. This year’s theme, Fruits of Our Labor reflects an optimistic perspective about the potential we possess collectively in our communities. While issues of labor rights, labor conditions, and employment opportunities cause distress during this time of economic struggle, Fruits of Our Labor utilizes visual, musical, and performing arts to engage the people of East Harlem into activities that will highlight the creative resources right in their area. The theme also incorporates ideas of sustainability, by way of repurposing, reusing, and recycling objects and materials that may have been discarded. By shedding a new perspective on old items, a renewed sense of clarity can emerge providing new possibilities for social progress and self-sufficiency that everyday people may achieve.

    Fruits of Our Labor is an opportunity for East Harlem to celebrate its wealth found in the diversity of culture, lifestyle, and expression by bringing people together, united through participation in a variety of artistic actions. Additionally, empowering information may be shared on the topics of labor and sustainability that may further enhance the lives of all who participate in Hacia Afuera Public Arts Festival. Musicians, performers, filmmakers, youth artists: contact Junior Manon at juniormanon@yahoo.com or 347-612-7959

  2. Friends of Brook Park Volunteer Days

    Dig your hands in the Earth, celebrate Spring! We invite you to join us in giving active and loving care to our Brook Park. We welcome both skilled and unskilled alike to join our team in making improvements to our physical environment. Depending on needs at the time and the uniqueness of the group, we will tackle a variety of tasks and/or a joint project.

    Spread woodchips, create beds, pull weeds, plant bushes, plant a fruit tree!!!, attend to the tipi, poles, ropes, pegs, etc., chop wood, clear the tool-shed, paint, and more!

    Please join us for a day of service through focused and joyful work.

    *Saturday May 14th, 10-2PM with Yale Latino Alumni Association*

    *Saturday May 21 10-2 with NYC Parks Dept*

    The event May 21st is in partnership with the NYC Parks Department as part of It’s My Park! Day in May and October bring thousands of volunteers to approximately 150 sites in all five boroughs.

    *June 4th 10-2 With United Confederation of Taino People, Kalpulli Huehuetlahtolli and including Teotl Kalli Quetzalcoatl and Maisiti Yukayeke Taino*

    For more information, contact information@friendsofbrookpark.org.

  3. URGENT! Women Mentors needed to Mentor East Harlem Girls at the LSA Family Health Service

    We are looking for committed, professional women ages 30 – 50 years of age who are willing to commit 4 hours a month to mentoring a 7th or 8th grade East Harlem girl. Mentors should be interested and familiar with NYC and willing to explore its cultural and educational landscapes with her mentee. Commitment is for one year with the possibility of renewing for another. For more information please email the Volunteer Director, tgough@lsafhs.org http://www.littlesistersfamily.org

    The Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service, founded in 1958, is a nonprofit, community-based organization that works with the people of East Harlem to address the physical, emotional, educational and spiritual dimensions of family health. Our home-based and center-based programs are designed to empower those who are most vulnerable and who have least access to the basic necessities of life, in the conviction that the entire community grows when individuals and families are affirmed in their own dignity. Our work is based upon a profound belief in the strength of families, even when they seem to have overwhelming problems. We work flexibily with families for as long as necessary, and never refuse or interrupt work with a family for lack of government funding or other reimbursements.

    From its beginning, LSA had a vision: that the inherent strength of families is a bedrock on which to build. When we opened in 1958, our primary focus was on providing skilled nursing care to poor families in their own homes – especially to pregnant women, new parents and their babies, and the elderly homebound and infirm. Today we offer a broad range of health care, social services, education, advocacy and crisis counseling services to hundreds of the most vulnerable families in the community. We work with the poorest families, many of whom are recent immigrants who speak little English. Our staff is comprised mostly of professionals: community health nurses, social workers, educators, child development specialists, and advocates.

    Volunteers play a very important role at our agency, and offer a vital presence to all our programs.

  4. Animal Care & Control (AC&C) of NYC is always looking for volunteers with special skills and an interest in working with and on behalf of animals. AC&C volunteers are dedicated community members who come from all walks of life to donate their time in our Animal Care Centers and in the community. All levels of commitment are greatly appreciated. Aside from receiving an opportunity for meaningful work, you will be helping AC&C make a difference in the lives of shelter animals.

    *Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

    Volunteer Opportunities
    -Animal care
    -Dog walking and cat socialization
    -Shelter and facility maintenance
    -Administrative support
    -Community outreach and education
    -Fostering of animals
    -Pet Photographer

    Steps to Becoming a Volunteer:

    1. Attend a Volunteer Orientation
    For more information or to sign up for an orientation please go to our website at http://www.nycacc.org.

    2. Submit an application
    You will receive an application at the orientation session. You can hand it in at the orientation or return it to the Volunteer Department at any time.

    3. Interview with the Volunteer Department
    There is a wide array of volunteer opportunities available at AC&C. During the interview you will decide the area in which you will volunteer and establish your availability. A $25.00 application fee is due at this time. You will also have your photo taken for your ID.

    4. Participate in assigned training
    Training will be specific to your chosen area of service.

    5. Schedule a staff or volunteer shadow appointment
    Shadowing a staff member or a volunteer mentor will help you understand first hand the work you will be doing.

    6. Begin volunteering!


    Harlem RBI, an award winning non-profit organization that provides East Harlem youth with year-round opportunities to play, learn and grow, is looking for volunteer softball coaches to work with youth ages 13-18 in practices and games.

    Coaches teach softball and inspire youth to recognize their potential and realize their dreams.

    There are powerful emotional rewards gained from the Harlem RBI coaching experience. Harlem RBI volunteer coaches can have a direct and noticeable impact on the positive development of the youth they coach. Also, many volunteer coaches have formed rewarding relationships with both players and fellow coaches.

    Time commitment varies according to youth age group. Practices typically last two hours and games last between 2-5 hours. The coaching staff of a Harlem RBI team consists of up to six adult volunteers: a manager, assistant manager and four coaches. Coaches must attend at least 75% of team activities.

    Teams practice on fields in East Harlem . Games for older youth take place around New York City (transportation is provided to away games).

    Join us in helping our youth achieve academic success on and off-the-field!

    Visit http://www.harlemrbi.org and complete a short volunteer form to sign-up for a Volunteer Orientation. Please email volunteer@harlemrbi.org or call (212) 722-1608 Ext. 277 for more information.

    We hope to see you soon!

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