New Volunteer Opportunities
A selected list of volunteer opportunities that are in need of Social Work students and professionals.

Agency NamePrimary Need(s)Target PopulationSummaryContact
Hot Bread Kitchen – Covid-19 Food Worker HotlineResource Connection / Case managementPeople experiencing job disruptionSupport food industry workers (and anyone else whose job has been disrupted) with accessing community resources, Unemployment Insurance benefits, and public benefitsMichelle Rojas, LMSW mrojas@hotbreadkithcen.org
DOROT USA: Caring Calls ProgramWellness checksEldersChecks in on older adults in the New York area. Facilitated by DOROT, an organization that supports homebound and older adults. info@dorotusa.org; 212-769-2859
Astoria Mutual Aid Network
City HarvestFood packaging, deliveryHarlem residents facing food insecurityCity Harvest maintains Mobile Markets and distributes free, fresh produce and shelf-stable foods to families across the 5 boroughsJoella Nipper volunteerservices@cityharvest.org or luc3312@aol.com.
Columbia COVID Tech Innovation GroupResearch supportGeneral populationColumbia faculty, students, staff, and alumni can help health professionals connect and collaborate with innovators to rapidly solve emerging problems.Eric Vierira emv2144@columbia.edu; seascovid19@columbia.edu
Columbia Researchers Against COVID-19 (CRAC)Research supportGeneral populationColumbia students are invited to participate in COVID-related research at the University, including crowdsourcing ideas for new projects; evaluating worthy projects; identifying people and resources; and to support the Biorepository project as a qualified technician to process biological specimens.Álvaro Cuesta-Domínguez, PhD, ac4172@cumc.columbia.edu
Community SolidarityFoodLong IslandOur goal is to fight the social, economic and environmental oppressions that are inflicted on our community and our planet. Online application
Corona CouriersShopping needsGeneral populationA collective of cyclists willing to courier supplies to people in need for free, using low contact methods coronacourier@protonmail.com
CUIMC K-12 TutoringChildren of healthcare workersArts & Sciences students have an opportunity to tutor K-12 subjects for the children of CUIMC doctors and medical staff on surge support. You can choose a subject you wish to tutor in. Flexible scheduling. All conducted via Zoom.Will Plews-Ogan;Dr. Jonathan Susman gv2252@columbia.edu; js1138@cumc.columbia.edu
I’RAISE Girls & Boys International Corporation Covid-19 HotlineConnecting families to resources, emotional supportFamiliesHotline setup for families in the Bronx to get connected to resources such as housing.Online application
Invisible HandsFood deliveryAt risk communities in NYYou can make deliveries or work for the organization remotely if such opportunities become available. Upon filling out the online form, you will recive a link to join a Slack channel Online application
Main Street ReliefResource Connection / Case managementSmall businessesMain Street Relief is a trained volunteer corps helping small businesses survive and recover from economic crises, like COVID-19. In short, volunteers sign up, we give them a one-hour training so they have the knowledge and confidence they need to help small businesses navigate resources, and then, either (1) the volunteers reach out to their favorite mom-and-pop businesses to see if they can help or (2) we match the volunteers with small businesses that have already reached out to us seeking assistance.Online application
Not Me UES – Mutual Aid group Shopping needsGeneral populationSupporting our elderly, disabled, and immunocompromised neighbors in light of the outbreak of COVID-19. Our work is primarily on the Upper East Side, Upper West Side, and Harlem.
NYC COVID Worker Care NetworkCounseling, therapy, emotional support, spiritual supportFrontline health workersMost frontline health workers lack adequate emotional and mental support, and can even feel isolated and stigmatized for their contact with infected populations. Please register if you are a therapist, counselor, life coach, grief counselor, pastoral care provider, facilitator, community-builder, or trained to work a crisis line. Roles include group facilitation, individual support, meditation, stress reduction techniques, trainings, and organizing volunteers.Online application
NYC Department of HealthCrisis management, mental health supportGeneral NY populationOnline application
NYC Elder CommunityEmotional support and wellness checksEldersThe City is connecting older New Yorkers who are feeling isolated with friendly volunteers to talk with over the phone. Call 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469). 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469).
NYC WellCrisis management, mental health supportGeneral NY populationIn light of increase volume during the COVID-19 pandemic, NYC Well is seeking volunteers who can work remotely to assist in meeting this demand. NYC Well employs call center industry best practices and cutting-edge technology to ensure that all New York City residents can access the right behavioral health services and supports at the right time, through phone, text and internet-based communication. These services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Online application
One Fair Wage Emergency Fund Resource Connection / Case managementPeople seeking public assistanceWe’re trying to make personal calls to every worker who has applied for assistance. However, our organizers on staff are overwhelmed by the volume so we’ve set up a system for volunteers to help place calls. If you can help, please sign up to volunteer!Online Application
Restorative Justice Initiative Operations and logisiticsGeneral NY populationRJI is looking for volunteers who have experience and skills in program design/dev, strategic planning, fundraising, web design, social media strategy, and content development to support one of their 3 strategic planning teams (Communications, Fundraising & Programming, Board of Directors) info@restorativejustice.nyc
Rethink Food GroupPrepare and package mealsGeneral populationPrep and packaging to-go meals to make sure every New Yorker has access to healthy meals.Online application
Samaritans of New YorkHotline volunteersGeneral PopulationProvide crisis support for folks experiencing suidical ideation. Trainings available: Tuesday, April 28
Wednesday, May 6, Thursday, May 14
Online application
The SIJS ProjectUnemploymentNew immigrantsHelp young people (primarily age 18 – 21) who are new to the country navigate how to get their stimulus check and apply for unemployment.Online application
The Trevor Project (Advocacy, Chat & Text, Lifeline)Advocacy and research; Emotional support over text or chat; Crisis management, mental health support over phone in call centerLGBTQ youthAdvocacy volunteers conduct research related to our current local, state, and federal campaigns that advance laws and policies supporting LGBTQ youth in crisis. /TrevorChat/TrevorText volunteers are trained to answer chat messages or texts online from young people who are struggling with issues such as coming out, LGBTQ identity, depression, and suicide./TrevorLifeline volunteers are trained to answer calls on our 24/7 Lifeline from young people who are feeling suicidal or need a safe, non-judgmental place to talk. Online application
Visiting NeighborsShopping needsEldersVisiting Neighbors needs volunteers to shop for seniors (the most vulnerable population). Proper protocols are in place and the volunteer will not come in contact with the senior. Volunteers can make their own flexible schedule any day or days of the week.Howie Square (212) 260-6200
Washington Heights Senior LinkWellness checksEldersSeniorLink is seeking to create a network of English & Spanish speaking “buddies” to provide a care package, weekly phone call; and a biweekly letter for seniors in Washington Heights. Volunteers must apply with a resume and if accepted, will be matched to one senioradmin@whseniorlink.org; 917-740-2194 &
Online application
Washington Heights SeniorLinkOperations and logisiticsEldersSeniorLink is also considering applications from individuals interested in backend operations and logistics (especially marketing and graphic design)admin@whseniorlink.org; 917-740-2194 &
Online application
West Side Federation for Senior & Supportive Housing, IncFood packaging, delivery, care package prep, Rx pick-up, making cards for staffEldersWSFSSH provides housing for elders who have experienced or are living with chronic medical conditions. They are seeking donations, as well as volunteers to run light errands such as creating medical supply and meal packages with food and helping with presecription pick up and pacakage delivery. They are also seeking assistance with making cards and drawing to express gratitude to staff Online application
New York Cares Food distribution, delivery and packaging General Population Roles include packaging food, meal distribution. coordinating delivery calls for food insecure individuals. Various opportunities NYC wideOnline application
Staten Island VolunteersMutual Aid group Staten IslandWe are building a robust network of volunteers throughout Staten Island who can mobilize and take action to help fellow Islanders in need through this crisis. We aim to match willing helpers in each neighborhood and block with folks who self-identify as needing assistance during any emergencies that may arise.Online application