Volunteering is one of the most fulfilling ways to fully enjoy and take part in this exciting city. In Manhattan, there are hundreds of non-profit and volunteer organizations that offer all sorts of fun and meaningful projects. Whether you have one hour of time to donate or one year, are interested in teaching kids, restoring community gardens, or helping the homeless, there is a project that’s right for you.
New York Cares
At 27,000 members strong, New York Cares offers a vast assortment of daily, weekly, and monthly projects such as soup kitchen services, youth basketball clinics, adult literacy classes, and even senior citizen dance-a-thons.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New York City
There are kids all over New York City who need someone to show them the ropes and be a class-act role model. At BBBS, adult mentors arrange museum trips, explore the city, or just hang out with young people between the ages of seven and eighteen.
Located in SoHo, The Door offers activities and services that focus on quality of life improvement for tweens, teens, and young adults under age 21. Many volunteers work as subject-specific tutors, offer advice about educational opportunities here in New York, and work with the staff to organize recreational activities for program members.
NYC Parks Department
With the parks department, volunteers spend time with Mother Nature planting, mulching, and beautifying Manhattan’s greenspaces, including Central Park. During the cold winter months, you can get involved with the City Parks Foundation, a non-profit that combines arts, sports and education programs with community involvement to revitalize parks and the surrounding neighborhoods.
If you want to make a difference but don’t know where to start, the Mayor’s Volunteer Center website lets you search projects and volunteer positions based on your interests and experience. The site is updated regularly with postings and listings from non-profit organizations all over Manhattan.