Assemblymember James Brennan has put together this list of organizations that need your help. Many opportunities offer high school and college community service placements. Most would simply welcome whatever you can give of your time, energy, passion, and enthusiasm. The Assemblymember points to  the words of Martin Luther King:

“Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.”

If you know of other organizations that would benefit from a listing here, please feel free to have them contact his office at brennanj@assembly.state.ny.us or call 718-788-7221.

AHRC
2335 Gerritsen Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229
Contact: Zoe Ann Deeds
718-834-0597, zoe.deeds@AHRCNYC.org

Mission: Dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. To serve students with disabilities (and their families). We are a full continuum provider, serving from birth on.

Volunteer opportunity: Will customize

Minimum age: 21
Time commitment: Open
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

American Red Cross of Greater New York
200 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-330-9200, redcross.org/volunteer

Mission: Humanitarian, Health & Safety

Minimum age: 15
Time commitment: Open
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

The Arab-American Family Support Center
150 Court Street, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: Nidal Alloubne
718-643-8000, info@aafscny.org

Mission: To provide comprehensive social services to Arab-American immigrant families. To strengthen families, foster healthy development of youth, encourage civic participation, and ensure their well-being as they adapt to life in the U.S.

Volunteer needs and skills: Adult Education Program: Volunteers can choose to tutor, student teach, assist with curriculum development, act as a classroom assistant, or a case manager. Arabic language skills necessary for case management only. Youth Program: Provide Arab-American immigrant youth with one-on-one homework help and engage youth in social and cultural enrichment activities. Tutors must have basic reading, writing, and math skills.

Minimum age: 18 (Adult Education Program), 16 (Youth Program)
Time commitment: 1 hour per week for a minimum of 3 months
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Artichoke Dance Company
121 Sterling Place, #2B, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Contact: Lynn Neuman
917-627-8770, info@artichokedance.org

Mission: Artichoke Dance Company creates dance works, presents public performances and offers participatory educational experiences in dance and dance making by using interactive, cooperative and community building aspects of dance to develop physical, creative and social skills cultural and artistic understanding. We create, perform and educate in ways that entertain, enlighten and enrich our audiences and participants.

Volunteer needs and skills: Community performers, administrative assistant, teaching assistants, accounting, and Board of Directors positions.

Minimum age: 16
Time commitment: Varies with position
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes, for students with performing arts experience

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brooklyn & Queens
441 Fourth Avenue* Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Caitlin Erickson, LMSW, Associate Program Manager Brooklyn
212-686-2042 ext. 265, volunteer@bigsnyc.org; apply online

*Based in the Good Shepherd Family Reception Center, this is a satellite office that only has staff twice a week, call ahead for availability.

Mission: To provide children facing adversity in New York City with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 mentoring relationships with adults that change their lives for the better, forever. We partner with families, volunteers, organizations and the community to inspire positive change in all.

Volunteer opportunities: Big Brothers and Big Sisters are men and women 21 years of age and older residing in the tri-state area (NY, NJ, and CT) for 6 months or more. Volunteers are required to commit to a year of service. Volunteers meet with their Little Brother/Sister twice a month for a total of 8 hours and must commit for a full year of mentorship.

Minimum age: 21, tri-state resident for 6+ months
Time commitment: 2X per month for at least 8 hrs/total, for one year
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Brooklyn Animal Action
info@brooklynanimalaction.org, 877-415-4889

Mission: Brooklyn Animal Action is an all-volunteer non-profit that rescues and rehomes cats, and occasionally dogs, in Brooklyn. They provide support services to wouldbe rescuers and are involved in trap-neuter-release programs.

Volunteer opportunities: Including but not limited to fundraising, promoting adoption, fostering animals in your home, transporting animals between shelters and foster homes, photographing adoptable animals, web design and social media skills, posting fliers and more.

Minimum age: 21+ preferred, great opportunity for seniors!
Time commitment: A few hours per week
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn
647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Contact: Vanessa Fernandez
718-683-5600

Mission: BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn presents quality contemporary art, performing art and community media programs that reflect Brooklyn’s diverse communities, and provides resources and platforms to support the creative process. All of their offerings are free, or low cost, to enhance the public’s access to and understanding of arts and media.

Volunteer needs and skills: Enjoy being outdoors rain or shine that enjoy working with people. Volunteers can expect to provide information, conduct surveys and greet festival attendees among other activities. Interns can work at the gallery in late May early June and should have a professional attitude, great attention to detail, and strong organizational skills to go along with an interest in contemporary art.

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: Schedule to be determined, flexible.
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Contact: Lou Cesario
718-623-7261, loucesario@bbg.org

Mission: The mission of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is to serve all the people in its community and throughout the world by displaying plants, engaging in research, education and reaching out to urban neighborhoods to enhance the quality of their surroundings through the cultivation and enjoyment of plants.

Volunteer needs and skills: Volunteers work in most departments, including horticulture, education, science, membership, and the library. They also help as Garden Guides and with plant sale, special events and in our visitor center.

Minimum age: 16
Time commitment: Very flexible, from weekly to monthly commitments.
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
334 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: Sarah Ward, sward@bbpc.net
718-802-0603, info@bbpc.net

Mission: To ensure the creation, adequate funding, proper maintenance, public support and citizen enjoyment of Brooklyn Bridge Park through partnership with the public sector, development of programming and active promotion of the needs of the park and its constituency.

Volunteer needs and skills: Gardening, assisting with movie series

Minimum age: All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Time commitment: As available
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Brooklyn Community Services
285 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Contact: Kristina Reitamm, outreach and engagement manager
718-310-5614, kreitamm@wearebcs.org

Mission: The Brooklyn Bureau of Community Service strives to empower its clients to achieve greater economic self-sufficiency and more rewarding participation in the community through programs that nurture and strengthen families, protect children, and enable individuals with disabilities to achieve their full potential.

Volunteer needs and skills: Tutoring children in an after school setting, assisting at a child care center, adult literacy tutoring, adult computer tutoring, engaging children at a family center, helping in a recreation program for developmentally disabled adults, urban gardening, clerical, data entry, marketing research, fundraising, junior board, board level subcommittees on programming, volunteerism, marketing, fundraising, and board positions.

Minimum age: Varies
Time commitment: Varies from single day to 3 months
Family volunteer opportunities: Depends upon age of children
High school community service: Yes

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Nostrand Avenue and Avenue H, Brooklyn, NY 11210
Contact: Joyce Disner
718-951-4600, joycedisner@brooklyncenter.com

Mission: To present outstanding performing arts and art education programs that are reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities – at affordable prices.

Volunteer opportunities: various, to support performing arts programming

Minimum age: 17
Time commitment: flexible
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Brooklyn Children’s Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Contact: Alex Domeck
718-735-4400, X104, adomeck@brooklynkids.org

Mission: To actively engage children in educational and entertaining experiences through innovation and excellence in exhibitions, programs and use of its collections. We encourage children to develop an understanding of and respect for themselves, others and the world around them through exploration of culture, arts, science, and the environment.

Volunteer needs and skills: Visitor services, birthday parties, education.

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: 8 hours a week minimum
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Brooklyn Community Pride Center
93 Montague Street, Suite 339, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: Holley Murchison, program director, hmurchison@lgbtbrooklyn.org
347-889-7719, info@lgbtbrooklyn.org

Mission: To provide a safe, common space offering physical and mental health services, social support, recreational and cultural programming, as well as being a hub of information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and families in Brooklyn.

Volunteer needs and skills: Operating and event support

Minimum age: 16
Time commitment: Negotiable
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Brooklyn Conservancy of Music
58 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Contact: Pete Robbins
718-622-3300, probbins@bqem.org

Mission: The Conservatory’s mission is to promote individual and community growth through music.

Volunteer needs and skills: We have periodic needs for administrative task work, support at special events, staffing for concerts, and some specialized needs including sound engineering, video and audio recording, and transportation of equipment to outside venues for concerts.

Minimum age: 15
Time commitment: Varies/flexible: most opportunities are two to three hours in length (for concerts), on an as-needed basis.
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation
Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd, Rm T-4162, Brooklyn, NY 11235
Contact: Joan Bartolomeo
718-368-6790, jgb@bedc.org

Mission: BEDC seeks to create and expand economic opportunity throughout Brooklyn by implementing business and neighborhood development and planning activities to support and create sustainable jobs, industries and communities.

Volunteer needs and skills: Helping to conduct surveys, providing pro bono expertise, assisting with/at fundraising events

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: 1 to 3 hours/week
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Brooklyn for Peace
41 Schmerhorn Street PMB 106, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact Melissa Corbette
718-624-5921, bfp@brooklynpeace.org

Mission: We seek to inform ourselves and our community about issues of war and peace and to enable ourselves to respond effectively.

Volunteer needs and skills: Posting flyers in neighborhoods announcing events, distributing flyers at subway stops, staff tables on weekends (especially at festivals); phone calls. For office volunteer, computer skills, etc.

Minimum age: 14; in office must be at least a HS junior
Time commitment: In office, 4-8 hours/week; other, one hour or more
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Brooklyn Friends of Chamber Music
190 Bond Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
718-855-3053, wflecknaf@aol.com

Mission: Classical and contemporary chamber music concerts in Brooklyn.

Volunteer needs and skills: Help with web design and publicity on internet.

Minimum age: Computer-savvy age!
Time commitment: Variable
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service placement: No

Brooklyn Parkinson Group
200 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: Olie Westheimer
718-522-0553, oliewesthermer@brooklynparkinsongroup.org

Mission: Community and arts based activities for families affected by Parkinson’s disease.

Volunteer needs and skills: Computer skills, filing, administrative assistant type abilities.

Minimum age: 25
Time commitment: Variable
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service placement: No

Brooklyn Pride
P.O. Box 150508, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Perri Litton, volunteer coordinator
718-928-3320, info@brooklynpride.org

Mission: To produce Pride and community events that commemorate, educate, promote, and celebrate the spirit of the Stonewall Riots. This is a year-round endeavor, culminating with a Pride Fun Run, Multicultural Festival, Parade, and Pride after Party.

Volunteer needs and skills: They welcome everyone as a volunteer; all they ask is that they come with respect for the LGBT community. They are always looking for individuals to help with fundraising efforts, setup for the day of events, research, and much more.

Minimum age: 18 without parental involvement
Time commitment: from March to June, 20 hours a month; from July to February, 5 to 10 hours a month.
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: No

Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Contact: Noel Keeler, 718-230-2406
718-230-2406, volunteer@brooklynpubliclibrary.org

Mission: It is the mission of the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) to ensure the preservation and transmission of society’s knowledge, history and culture, and to provide the people of Brooklyn with free and open access to information for education, recreation, and reference.

Volunteer needs and skills: Excellent communication skills; responsive to supervision; ability to get along with a diverse group of people; promote the use of library resources by referring patrons to specialists at the library

Minimum age: 14
Time commitment: 12 weeks to 6 months, depending on assignment
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: Yes

Brooklyn South CERT (Community Emergency Response Team)
1419 Dorchester Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Contact: Glenn Wolin, 917-348-1704 or 718-284-5761

Mission: To supplement New York City’s first responders during and after a disaster. To inform our neighbors about the need for personal disaster preparedness and the appropriate steps to take.

Volunteer needs and skills: There is a place for almost everyone on our team
Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: 10 three-hour training sessions and then active participation on our team (approximately 3-6 hours per month)
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: No

Brooklyn Watercolor Society
186 Carlton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Contact: Albert Massini
718-797-4189, albertmassimi@verizon.net

Mission: To spread knowledge and cultivate interest in the traditional watercolor medium. To promote watercolor through lectures, art films, demonstrations, workshops, and exhibitions for the benefit of the public

Volunteer needs and skills: Computer skills, archivist, promotion

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: Up to the volunteer
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service placement: No

Brooklyn Youth Association
346 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218
Contact: Frederick Fulford
917-658-6773, fredstaire@aol.com

Mission: To provide a positive and safe environment where youth can enhance their self-esteem and sportsmanship skills.

Volunteer needs and skills: Sports events managers, coaches, assistant coaches (softball, baseball, basketball, soccer, flag football).

Minimum age: 13
Time commitment: 1.5 to 3 hours/per sport
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: No

CAMBA: The Beyond Hunger Food Pantry
2241 Church Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Contact: Lucila Santana, lucilas@camba.org, 718-282-3082
718-287-0010

Mission: Started in 1986, our Beyond Hunger Emergency Food Pantry serves thousands of individuals and families providing them with nutritious food to tide them over during a food emergency. Because many individuals, including the elderly and those at or below the poverty level, are unable to maintain a healthy diet, the Food Pantry distributes a three-day supply of nutritional food. Services also include review of public benefits and assistance with applications, money management, nutritional education, referrals to social service programs and health care providers.

Volunteer needs and skills: Assist with our annual food drive (handing out flyers and assist with receiving donated food); computer skills (data entry), communication skills; Social worker (social services, engaging in conversation with participants and forwarding them to the correct department and following up); Maintenance worker (assist in cleaning and painting); Food Pantry Assistance (walking participants through the pantry on service days, bagging, restocking shelves, breaking down boxes, receiving deliveries); Stockroom worker.

Volunteer minimum age: 18
Volunteer time commitment: 10am-2pm, at least once a week, for 3 months
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service placement: No

CAMBA: Respite Bed Program
885 Flatbush Avenue, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Contact: Ramona Gant
347-992-9757, ramonag@camba.org

Mission: CAMBA is a non-profit agency that provides services that connect people with opportunities to enhance their quality of life. The Respite Bed Program is a network of small, secular, volunteer run shelters that provide individual homeless adults with a warm dinner and safe bed for the evening.

Volunteer needs and skills: Overnight Hosts; Dinner Hosts (good for small groups or families); Laundry Aides (good for small groups); Shelter Coordinators

Volunteer minimum age: 15 individually; younger with parents
Volunteer time commitment: Varies by role
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service placement: Yes

CAMBA: Victim Assistance and Rape Crisis Services
885 Flatbush Avenue, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Contact: Marie L.Thermidor, 718-282-5575, ext. 234
718-282-5575, mariet@camba.org

Mission: CAMBA is a non-profit agency that provides services that connect people with opportunities to enhance their quality of life.

Volunteer needs and skills: We are recruiting volunteers to serve as Sexual Assault Advocates and assist with providing phone counseling after business hours and on weekends. Volunteers must participate in a 40-hour training to become certified by the NYS Department of Health. No previous experience is necessary. We are asking volunteers to be on call a minimum of one evening on week days or one day or evening on weekends. No travel is required for volunteers on call; calls are patched to them. However, volunteers are required to attend group supervision once a month. This meeting usually takes place on a Friday evening from 6 to 7:30pm. The training will be offered on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm over a period of eight weeks. Training is free of charge.

Volunteer minimum age: 21
Volunteer time commitment: One year
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service placement: No

Friends of Carroll Park
President Street and Smith Street
friendsofcarrollpark@yahoo.com

Mission: This non profit organization is dedicated to improving the park for everyone. Founded in 1975, Friends of Carroll Park is an all-volunteer group that makes our park and neighborhood a better place.

Volunteer opportunities: Including but not limited to help with: gardening, fundraising, special events, promotions, kids concerts, web design, and social media. You can also stop by the garden and see what’s happening!

Volunteer minimum age: N/A anyone is welcome
Time commitment: As little or as much as desired
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes, but must be part of supervised group

Center for Anti-violence Education
327 7th Street, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Jan Bindas, Administrator
718-499-1775, info@caeny.org

Mission: The Center for Anti-violence Education(CAE) offers self-defense, violence prevention, and martial arts classes for children, teens, women, LGBT individuals, and other communities especially affected by violence. Classes are offered on sliding-fee scale with free spaces available for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and childhood abuse. CAE’s programs are designed to develop participants’ skills, knowledge and awareness to enable them to heal from, prevent, and counter violence. We do this work to actively create a peaceful, just and equitable world.

Volunteer need and skills: Help with outreach for classes and events, and to participate in and/or staff our annual spring fundraiser, the Punch-a-Thon. These would include distributing flyers about upcoming classes in Park Slope and surrounding neighborhoods, compiling mailings for program outreach, assisting with the Punch-a-thon.

Minimum age: 16
Time commitment: Varies
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service placement: Yes

Center for Family Life in Sunset Park
345 43rd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232
Contact: Maria Ferreira, Employment Program Coordinator, 718-633-4823
718-788-3500, jbrockway@cflsp.org

Mission: The mission of the Center for Family Life is to promote positive outcomes for children and families in Sunset Park through the provision of a comprehensive range of neighborhood-based social services. We partner with community to provide access to resources and opportunities for personal growth and the development of interpersonal relationships that sustain and nurture families, support youth to develop into confident, capable adults and enrich the quality of life for neighborhood residents

Volunteer needs and skills: The Center is seeking volunteers for the computer lab at our employment program. Volunteers would have good computer skills and be able to teach basic skills and help participants search using the internet.

Volunteer minimum age: 18
Time commitment: 2 hours/week
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service placement: Possible

Children of Promise, NYC
600 Lafayette Avenue, 6th floor, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Contact: Narcisa Ledesma
718-483-9290, nledesma@cpnyc.org

Mission: Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC) is a Brooklyn-based organization committed to embracing and empowering children of incarcerated parents to break the cycle of intergeneration involvement in the criminal system. CPNYC’s mission is to provide children of prisoners with the guidance, support and the opportunities necessary to effectively develop leadership skills, form positive social relationships and enhance academic performance.

Volunteer needs and skills: Committees, girl scout leaders, administrative support, fundraising, mentoring, homework help, art, dance, creative movement, gym, computer classes help, library services, mental health services.

Minimum age: 17
Time commitment: Varies/flexible
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: Yes

CHIPS Park Slope
200 4th Avenue (between Sackett and Degraw)
Contact: Denise Scaravella
718-237-2962, mchipfran@aol.com

Mission: Founded in 1972, Park Slope Christian Help, Inc. (CHIPS) is a non-profit charity organization dedicated to help the poor, the needy, the homeless ,as well as those in emergcncy situations. The CHIPS facility includes a thriving soup kitchen that serves 200 guests daily and a women’s shelter that provides temporary housing, medical and social services for mothers and newborns.

Volunteer needs and opportunities: Volunteers are needed from 9am to 3pm, Monday to Saturday.

Minimum age: 16
Time commitment: tbd
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Circuit Productions, Inc.
635 Carroll Street, Suite #2, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Susan Goldbetter
718-638-4878, circuit635@gmail.com

Mission: We back and manage senior and emerging artists in the area and tap jazz and world music & dance. Our mission is to inspire, entertain and educate underserved audiences in NYC through performances, classes, workshops, and in-school & OST arts education programs.

Volunteer needs and skills: The volunteer should be available to attend occasional live events to distribute flyers or surveys on CPI; have skills or interest in any of the following: Photography, graphics or design; marketing skills; fundraising & development; great communication (phone or outreach work); computer skills

Minimum age: 25
Time commitment: As needed, at least 8 hours monthly
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Congregation Beth Elohim
274 Garfield Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-768-3814, info@cbebk.org

Mission: Congregation Beth Elohim is a preeminent Brooklyn institution, a spiritual, cultural, and intellectual center for Jewish revitalization, fostering community, and extending our congregational values of justice, education, and inspiration throughout the neighborhoods where we live and beyond.

Volunteer needs and skills: tutoring, food preparation, greening projects, childcare, and much more

Minimum age: 14
Time commitment: Varies with volunteer opportunity
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Connection Works
521 17th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Robert Garcia
718-369-6931, connectionworksinc@gmail.com

Mission: Connection Works is an artist-run non-profit organization (501c3) that engages the Brooklyn community with world-class jazz performances and educational events. Our programs promote and facilitate new work by established and up-and-coming artists alike. We provide a forum that supports the astonishing number of brilliant artists in our borough. We at Connection Works believe in and support the practice of creativity as a means to nourish the mind, body, and spirit.

Volunteer needs and skills: Distribute flyers and posters, printing, general help at events including set up, tear down, selling CDs, update website, grant writing, website postings.

Minimum age: 15
Time commitment: No specific requirements, just trustworthy
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: Yes

Falconworks Artists Group
PO Box 310283, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Contact: Candice Sering
718-395-3218, info@falconworks.com

Mission: Social change through theater.

Volunteer needs and skills: Theater skills including acting, directing, stage management, tech, etc.; fundraising; general office work.

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: Varies – 1 day to regular schedule
Family volunteer opportunity: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Families First
250 Baltic Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: Paula Heitman
718-237-1862, beth.winson@familiesfirstbrooklyn.org

Mission: To support and enrich the lives of Brooklyn families.

Volunteer needs and skills: Marketing, web design and development, graphic design, grant research, grant writing, technology support, and office support.

Minimum age: 14
Time commitment: 5 hours+
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: Yes

The Family Center
493 Nostrand Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11216
718-230-1379

Mission: The Family Center works to strengthen families affected by illness, crisis, or loss to create a more secure present and future for children by providing comprehensive legal and social services, education, and research. Our work is fueled by the belief that every child deserves an answer to the question: Who will take care of me?

Volunteer needs and skills: The Family Center is looking for adult volunteers who are willing to meet twice a month with a child/teen age 6-16 for outings, recreational activities, friendship, and guidance.

Minimum age: 21
Time commitment: 6-10 hours/month with child/teen for one year
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service placement: No

Fifth Avenue Committee
621 DeGraw Street, Brooklyn 11217
Contact: Ron Zack, 718-237-2017, ext. 130

Mission: FAC is a community development corporation whose mission is to advance social and economic justice by building vibrant, diverse communities whose residents and workers have genuine opportunities to achieve their goals, as well as the power to shape the community’s future. FAC develops and manages affordable housing and community facilities, creates employment opportunities, organizes residents and workers and offer student-centered adult education, offers re-entry support for the formerly incarcerated, and combat displacement caused by gentrification.

Volunteer needs and skills: FAC seeks volunteers to assist with programmatic and administrative support. Volunteers should possess strong writing, math, verbal, organizational, and interpersonal communication skills. They should also be enthusiastic about FAC’s mission, have interest or experience in working in a non-profit organization, be comfortable working with individuals of diverse backgrounds.

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: Varies
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: Yes, on a selective basis

Fixer’s Collective
Currently in a temporary location due to Hurricane Sandy. Please email for more information.
info@fixerscollective.org

Mission: To repair the world by fostering a culture of repair, and by teaching repair skills.

Volunteer needs and skills: Web, documentation, building/repairing ability, publicity.

Minimum age: 13
Volunteer time commitment: 3 hours per week
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

14th Regiment “Red-Legged Devils”
Park Slope Armory, 1402 8th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Michael Furey
718-499-9215, furly2008@yahoo.com

Mission: To perpetuate the 14th Regiment as a part of Brooklyn’s past and future.

Volunteer needs and skills: A good knowledge of history of Brooklyn and the US military. Skills and duties come last.

Minimum age: 14
Time commitment: Only Saturdays and summer days 10am-4pm
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Not yet

Flatbush Reformed Church Soup Kitchen
890 Flatbush Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11226
Contact: Reverend Cheri Kroon
revkroon@flatbushchurch.org

Mission: We are called to care for one another, we are called to make sure that our neighbor does not go hungry. So in response to the need in Flatbush, we serve two free, hot lunches every week; one on Wednesday and another on Saturday. Both meals are served in our Church House which is located behind the sanctuary and adjacent to the cemetery.

Volunteer needs and skills: No specific knowledge or experience working in a kitchen is required, just a willingness to work with others in putting together a good meal. Come in between 9 and 10am on a Wednesday or Saturday and join us. See what the experience is like here.

Minimum age: Teens, younger kids welcome with adult supervision
Time commitment: Drop in on any Wednesday or Saturday
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
Groups from schools, organizations of all kinds and faith communities are welcome as well!
High school community service: No

Free Arts NYC
1431 Broadway, 7th floor, New York, NY 10018
Contact: Vicki Raines, Director of Engagement
212-974-9092, ext. 204

Mission: Free Arts provides under-served children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resilency needed to realize their fullest potential.

Volunteer needs and skills: No arts or education background required; just the desire to be a positive adult role model. Bi-lingual and afternoon available volunteers are a high priority. You can volunteer with them in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn.

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: Varies, single day to weekly (2.5 hours)
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Friends and Residents of the Greater Gowanus
268 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Contact: Bette Stoltz or Marlene Donnelly
718-207-9570, 718-625-2311, bettestoltz@aol.com

Mission: To advocate for, monitor, and represent the community in the environmental cleanup and remediation of the Gowanus Canal and its surrounding area. To keep the community informed about remediation plans and progress and about any and all plans for future uses of and along the canal.

Volunteer needs and skills: Technical/electronic communications skills, website development and maintenance, email network building including researching existing email groups and creating a master list.

Minimum age: 17
Time commitment: Flexible
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

The Gallery Players
199 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
718-595-0547, info@galleryplayer.com

Mission: To provide the Brooklyn community with professional quality theater at an affordable cost, to nurture and support theater artists, and to cultivate an appreciation of theater in future generations.

Volunteer needs and skills: Show ushers; volunteers for building set – no experience needed.

Minimum age: 14
Time commitment: Flexible
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Good Shepherd Services / Red Hook Community Center Beacon – PS 15
71 Sullivan Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Contact: Laura Greene, 718-522-6910
718-522-4435, laura_greene@goodshephers.org

Mission: To surround at-risk NYC youth and their families with a web of supports that promote a safe passage to self-sufficiency. We lead in the development of innovative youth development programs; provide quality, effective services that strengthen participants’ connections with family, school and community; and advocate on their behalf for broader social change.

Volunteer needs and skills: General Youth Coordinator Work with Group Leader to provide safe environment for children and assist in the daily functions of as group of 25 children. Participate in weekly trips and outings and activities. Activity Counselor (Arts & Crafts), Activity Counselor (swim), Administrative Counselor (help with light administrative duties involving photocopying, filing, and collecting paperwork).

Volunteer minimum age: 16
Volunteer time commitment: Varies
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

GrowNYC
51 Chambers Street Room 228 NY, NY 10007
212-788-7900, sign-up via website form is required

Mission: GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit which improves New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations. Over the past 40 years we’ve worked to become more engaged with New York City and its citizens. Whether it’s operating the world famous Union Square Greenmarket, building a new community garden, teaching young people about the environment, or improving recycling awareness, if you’re a New Yorker, GrowNYC is working near you!

Volunteer opportunity: GrowNYC has several types of volunteer opportunities often based at your local greenmarket including public outreach, cooking demonstrations, food scrap collection, garden maintenance, event recycling, and translation. Prospective volunteers must first register in order to sign up for activities.

Minimum volunteer age: 18
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No
College community service: Yes

Heights & Hills
55 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: Betsy Guttmacher
718-596-8789, volunteer@heightsandhills.org

Mission: To help older Brooklynites to be independent and safe for as long as possible through advocacy and the provision of programs and services that support and empower the elderly and their families.

Volunteer needs and skills: Board members – with leadership, management, strategic vision skills. Community organizers for Community Empowerment for Aging in Place project.

Minimum age: Adults
Time commitment: Variable
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Helen Keller Services for the Blind
57 Willoughby Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: Deborah Samuelson, 718-522-2122, ext. 204
718-522-2122, info@helenkeller.org

Mission: Since 1893, Helen Keller Services for the Blind has helped individuals of all ages who are blind or visually impaired develop independence and participate actively in their communities.

Volunteer needs and skills: Working with seniors; vision screener – screening preschool children for vision problems. Training is available for all volunteers and we pay for background checks.

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: Flexible
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Helen Owen Carey Child Development Center
71 Lincoln Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Contact: Deanna Butler & Dorothia Richardson
718-638-4100

Mission: To support children’s development by cherishing their individual needs, by helping them to live, learn and work cooperatively and by promoting their self-esteem as members of their families as well as our day care community.

Volunteer needs and skills: Enjoying working with young children – in good health, possess a pleasant disposition and good communication skills.

Minimum age: 16
Time commitment: 2hrs+, from 1 to 5 days a week, 8-6 time frame
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service placement: Yes

Henry Street Settlement Senior Companion Program
351 Madison Street, New York NY 10002
Contact: Debbie Lowenstein
212-477-0455, dlowenstein@henrystreet.org

Mission: Engage retired individuals aged 55+ in service that meets pressing community needs.

Volunteer needs and skills: Volunteers provide companionship and assistance with daily tasks for seniors who are homebound or isolated.

Volunteer minimum age: 55
Volunteer time commitment: 10-40 hours per week
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

The HOPE Program
One Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: Irene Camp
718-852-9307, ext. 26, icamp@thehopeprogram.org

Mission: To empower individuals living in poverty to achieve economic selfsufficiency and to inform practices and policy by sharing our research and solutions.

Volunteer needs and skills: Our volunteer opportunities include tutoring students who are preparing to take the GED exam; paticipating in mock interviews and reviewing resumes; providing one-on-one assistance in our computer lab to program participants looking for jobs; and providing supportive services to HOPE staff during our ongoing classes and orientation sessions for new students.

Volunteer minimum age: 21
Volunteer time commitment: 3-5 hours per week
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Hopkins Center
155 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Contact: Gregory Franklin
718-694-6213, gfranklin@svmcny.org

Mission: Long term care skilled nursing facility

Volunteer needs and skills: Communication skills, arts & crafts, one to one (reading, games, cards), transportation, music

Minimum age: 14
Time commitment: Flexible
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

The Humane Society of the United States
306 West 57th Street, Suite 705, New York, NY 10022
Contact: Anne-Marie Karash, amk.hsny@verizon.net

Mission: The nation’s largest animal protection organization – backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than half a century, the HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty.

Volunteer needs and skills: Volunteers are currently needed to help with public outreach efforts for our ongoing animal protection campaigns and Pets for Life NYC pet surrender prevention program. Staff our hotlines to connect New Yorkers with resources to keep their pets, help recruit or provide foster homes, and more.

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: Varies, minimum of 15 hours per month
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: No

Imani House
76A Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Contact: Jackie Lowe, 347-546-4939
718-638-2059, ihicontact@imanihouse.org

Mission: To assist low-income youth, families, and immigrants to create viable neighborhoods where residents are decision makers who take responsibility for the improvement of their lives and communities.

Volunteer needs and skills: Tutoring, GED, ESL, Adult Literacy

Minimum age: 21
Time commitment: 2 hours a week
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service placement: Yes

iMentor
30 Broad Street, 9th floor, New York, NY 10004
Contact: Ask for a member of the volunteer team
212-461-4330

Mission: To improve the lives of young people from underserved communities in NYC through innovative, technology-based approaches to youth mentoring and education. iMentor uses mentoring to bridge the divide between NYC’s diverse communities so that mentees are better equipped with the skills and resources critical for personal, academic, and career success.

Volunteer needs and skills: Comfort the interney and basic computer skills.

Minimum age: 21
Time commitment: 6 hours per month
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island / Friendly Visiting
3001 West 37th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224
Contact: Tzivi Lieberman
718-499-3000, ext. 2205, t.liebermsnh@jccgci.org

Mission: Our mission is to connect homebound seniors by connecting them with friendly, warm, and committed volunteer visitors who can provide them with companionship for an hour or two each week. Friendly visits bring some sunshine into the otherwise bleak world of homebound seniors as well as allowing the senior to maintain important social contacts.

Volunteer needs and skills: Looking for someone caring, friendly, and responsible who is interested in visiting homebound seniors.

Minimum age: 16
Time commitment: 1 hour per week
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: No

Kings County District Attorney
350 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: Michelle Desir
718-250-2678, desirm@brooklynda.org

Mission: The Kings County District Attorney is the chief law enforcement agency of Brooklyn and has a variety of crime prevention programs and initiatives. The goal of various community-based and mentorship intervention programs is to promote rehabilitation and the reduction of recidivism among Brooklyn’s court-involved and at-risk youth.

Minimum age: 25, high school internships also available for 16+
Time commitment: Variable
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service placement: Yes

The LAMP (Leaning About Multimedia Project)
6 East 39th Street, NY, NY 10016, Suite 301
Contact: Emily Long
718-789-8170, info@thelampnyc.org

Mission: Critically engaged media makers and users are key to a thriving twenty-first century world. The LAMP works to achieve this by empowering youth, parents, and educators throughout New York City with hands-on training and media fluency designed to build community, responsibility and activism across the media landscape. There is also a monthly newsletter of volunteer opportunities. People can join that mailing list by visiting here.

Volunteer needs and skills: Skills in graphic/web design, podcasting, blogging, digital media, archiving. Duties: assisting in workshops; facilitators for workshops, blogging, podcasting, fundraising.

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: Varies with duties
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Learning Leaders
80 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038
Contact: Andrea Jordan
212-213-3370, info@learningleader.org

Mission: To help NYC public school students succeed in school by training volunteers to provide tutoring and other school-based support and by equipping all parents to foster their children’s educational development.

Volunteer needs and skills: Volunteers will tutor one on one or small group tutoring in either English, math, social studies or sciences. Placements are available in elementary, middle or high school levels.

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: 2 hours per week for an entire school year
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service placement: No

Legal Information for Families Today
32 Court Street, Suite 1203, Bklyn, NY 11201
Contact: Jameelah Hayes
646-613-9633, ext. 212, jhayes@liftonline.org

Mission: To enhance access to justice for children and families by providing legal information, community education, and compassionate guidance, while promoting system-wide reform of the courts and public agencies.

Volunteer needs and skills: Volunteer opportunities with LIFT include financial literacy workshop facilitators, mentoring, helping families in the NYC Family Courts, answering legal questions on LIFT’s hotline, language translation, helping on LIFT’s website, assisting with legal education workshops, and helping New Yorkers access justice in Brooklyn Criminal Court.

Minimum age: 21
Time commitment: 3 months
Family volunteer opportunity: No
High school community service placement: No

Lesbian Herstory Archives
484 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Leave a message and a coordinator will get back to you
718-768-3953

Mission: To gather, preserve and share with the community all aspects of Lesbian history and culture; to serve as a cultural center for the Lesbian community.

Volunteer needs and skills: A range of skills, interests and activities are represented in our volunteers. Archival and library skills and experiences are not necessary.

Minimum age: Teenagers and up
Time commitment: Individualized
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: Case by case

Little Essentials
24 15th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
347-689-2327, info@littleessentials.org

Mission: This is a community-based organization, founded by Park Slope resident Sandie Trombert, that helps keep families together by providing free baby and toddler (to age 4) clothing, gear, toys, and other essential items to Brooklyn families living in poverty. Little Essentials helps keep children safe (in cribs, cars seats, and clothing); lifts the spirits and provides hope to their parents; takes care of our environment by reusing items that are only briefly used.

Minimum age: 12 with parent supervision
Time commitment: A few hours per month
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Long Island College Hospital
339 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: Danette Morel-Abreu
718-780-1982, dabreau@chpnet.org

Mission: To promote quality healthcare to the Brooklyn community.

Volunteer needs and skills: Clerical – answer phones, filing, mailing, xeroxing, faxing, paperwork, some computer skills, MS Word, Powerpoint, some data entry. Patient care – assisting nurses feeding the patients, give water, ice, make beds.

Minimum age: 16
Time commitment: Minimum 100 hours within 6 months
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: Yes

Making Books Sing
340 East 46th Street, New York, NY 10017
Contact: Brooke Boertzel
212-573-8791, ext. 245, makingbookssingeducation@gmail.com

Mission: To promote children’s literacy and social development through professional theater productions and arts-in-education programs.

Volunteer needs and skills: Social media, IT, ushering, front of house staff, production assistant, knowledge of and passion for children’s theater and arts-ineducation.

Minimum Age: 18
Time commitment: Varies
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service placement: Yes

Mark Morris Dance Group
3 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
718-624-8400

Mission: Mark Morris Dance Group’s mission is to develop, promote, and sustain dance, music, and opera productions by Mark Morris and serve as a cultural resource to engage and enrich the community.

Volunteer needs and skills: An interest in dance and/or music; basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel, etc.) are often required.

Volunteer minimum age: 18
Time commitment: tbd
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service placement: Yes, but case by case

Neighbors Helping Neighbors
462 36th Street, 3H, Brooklyn, NY 11232
Contact: Marcela Mitaynes
718-686-7946, info@nhnhome.org

Mission: To empower low- and moderate-income Brooklyn residents to secure quality housing and build financial assets.

Volunteer needs and skills: Spanish speaking if possible. Interest in community organizing, working with low income tenants regarding affordable housing policy, community events, tenant meetings regarding building outreach, and advocacy.

Minimum age: 19/or through special school-based programs
Time commitment: Minimum 6 hours per week, though flexible
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: Yes

New York Methodist Hospital
506 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Mimi Makovitzky, 718-780-5397
718-780-5399, mim9012@nyp.org

Mission: The mission of New York Methodist Hospital, a member of the New York Presbyterian Health system, is to serve the health care needs of our community.

Minimum age: 16
Time commitment: 8 hours/week, 2X/week, minimum 6 months
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service placement: Yes

NYPD 78th Precinct Auxiliary Police
65 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Contact: Police Officer Murdock, 718-636-6425

Mission: Eyes and ears of the NYC Police Department

Volunteer needs and skills: Live or work in NYC, able to read and write in English, US citizen or permanent resident or a person who has a valid visa issued by Immigration.

Minimum age: 17-63
Time commitment: 144 hours a year
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Occupy Sandy
occupysandy@interoccupy.net

Mission: Occupy Sandy is a coordinated relief effort to help distribute resources and volunteers to help neighborhoods and people affected by Hurricane Sandy. We are a coalition of people & organizations who are dedicated to implementing aid and establishing hubs for neighborhood resource distribution. Members of this coalition are from Occupy Wall Street, 350.org, recovers.org, and interoccupy.net.

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: A few hours per month
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: No

Old Stone House of Brooklyn
Washington Park – BJ Byrne Playground, PO Box 150613, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Kim Maier
718-768-3195, info@theoldstonehouse.org

Mission: To celebrate the rich history of the Old Stone House and its role in the Battle of Brooklyn in August 1776, and the ensuing history of America, as well as being a strong cultural resource

Volunteer needs and skills: Park care, garden and tree pit maintenance, summer event volunteers, gallery docents.

Minimum age: 15; younger with adult accompaniment
Time commitment: Flexible
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service placement: Yes

Park Slope Civic Council
357 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Linda Givat-Mullin
718-832-8227, mail@parkslopeciviccouncil.org

Mission: To advocate on behalf of the Park Slope neighborhood.

Volunteer needs and skills: Community outreach and organizing, computer skills.

Minimum age: None
Time commitment: Discretionary
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business improvement District
247 5th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Irene LoRe
718-369-2008

Mission: The BID’s principal aim lies in promoting and maintaining this bustling commercial avenue — with a special emphasis on sanitation services, economic development programs, business assistance initiatives and community service. The BID represents a formal organization made up of property owners and commercial tenants who are dedicated to promoting business development and improving the area’s quality of life. We deliver supplemental services such as sanitation and maintenance, public safety and visitor services, marketing and promotional programs, capital improvements, and beautification of the area.

Volunteer needs and skills: Beautification aficionados, street-furniture designers, event planners, place-makers, flower planters, carpenters, musicians, folks with a penchant for rolling up their sleeves, etc.

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: Negotiable
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service placement: Yes

Park Slope Senior Citizens Center
463A 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Elena Spurrell
718-832-3726, parkslopeseniorctr@hotmail.com

Mission: To service seniors 60 years and older with entitlements, benefits, case assistance, nutritional education, congregate lunch, recreational and educations activities, including arts and crafts, wellness programs like yoga, tai chi, Bodies in Motion, dance, adult card games, computers, trips, and monthly parties.

Volunteer needs and skills: Volunteer opportunities can vary from office assistance, programmatic assistance, kitchen and maintenance assistance.

Minimum age: 17
Time commitment: Vary
Family volunteer opportunities: Possible
High school community service: Yes

Park Slope Volunteer Ambulance Corps
478 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Contact: Louis Greco, Chief of Operations
718-398-4500, inquiries@psvac.org

Mission: Park slope Volunteer Ambulance Corps (PSVAC) is a volunteer emergency medical services organization. We provide basic life support to residents, workers and visitors to the Park Slope area, regardless of the ability to pay. PSVAC also serves the community with job placement services and ambulance standbys at events.

Volunteer needs and skills: We are looking for members who are NYC Certified EMTs, however it is not a requirement to join.

Minimum age: 18 for dispatchers and attendants, 21 for drivers
Time commitment: Two eight-hour shifts per month, during the evenings
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service placement: No

Partnership for Parks
95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Wylie Goodman (Community Bd. Districts 6,7,10, 12 & 14)
718-965-8902, wylie.goodman@parks.nyc.gov

Mission: PFP is an innovative joint program of City Parks Foundation and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. PFP strengthens park groups, celebrates volunteers, accesses resources, connects people and government.

Volunteer needs and skills: Park stewardship, advocacy, and programming.

Minimum age: Grade-school
Time commitment: Decided by volunteer
Volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Police Athletic League
34 1/2 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003
Contact: Alexandria Sumpter-Delves
212-477-9450, ext. 390

Mission: Applying early learning and youth development strategies with an emphasis on prevention and intervention programs, PAL inspires and supports NYC youth challenged by the highest risk factors to overcome obstacles and realize their full individual potential as productive members of society. PAL offers a host of after school programs for children and teens, juvenile justice and reentry services, summer day camps, recreational programs, pre-school programs, and citywide youth contests.

Volunteer needs and skills: While PAL is a private, non-profit corporation, its civilian workforce and 1,600 volunteers facilitate more positive interactions between children, families, and the community than any other youth agency in the country.

Minimum age: 14
Time commitment: Case-by-case basis
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school/college community service: Yes

Prospect Farm
1194 Prospect Avenue, Windsor Terrace
prospectfarmbk@gmail.com

Mission: Prospect Farm is a community group in Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn that is working together to grow food in a formerly vacant lot, with the mission of creating a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farm that can serve our community. We are slowly creating healthy soil through our community composting project and farm without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Membership is open to all who want to improve and farm the land and sustain ties with local residents, businesses and organizations. We support the Brooklyn Food Coalition and other initiatives for food sovereignty and food justice.

Volunteer opportunities: Anyone can volunteer an hour, day or more to Prospect Farm with no commitment. Activities include planting, weeding, watering, composting, harvesting as well as assistance with social media, and working with members of the community.

Minimum age: Any age welcome
Time commitment: Up to you!
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Prospect Hill Senior Services Center
283 Prospect Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Carla Zecca or Crystal Cooper
718-499-9574, info@phssonline.org

Mission: To keep our senior citizens a viable part of our community.

Volunteer needs and skills: Just have to like people.

Minimum age: 16
Time commitment: Any
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Prospect Park Volunteer Corps
95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Jessica Jamhoury
718-287-3400

Mission: In partnership with City of New York and the community, the Prospect Park Alliance restores, develops, and operates Prospect Park for the enjoyment of all by caring for the natural environment, preserving historic design, and serving the public through facilities and programs.

Volunteer needs and skills: Outdoor gardeners, maintenance help – no experience necessary; administrative and creative skills

Minimum age: 14 or with supervision
Time commitment: No minimum
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Prospect Park Zoo
450 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Contact: Debbie Dieneman Kein, Volunteer Coordinator
718-399-7339, ext 325, ddieneman@wcs.org

Mission: To save wildlife and wild lands through careful science, international conservation education, and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks.

Volunteer needs and skills: Interest in animals, outgoing and personable, comfortable both indoors and outdoors. Volunteers educate the public about animals. Opportunities include zoo docents, discovery guides and discovery center volunteers.

Minimum age: 14
Time commitment: 1 shift (half day) per week
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes, we have had parent/child pairs, but only over 14
High school community service placement: Yes

Proteus Gowanus
543 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Contact: Tammy Pittman
718-427-2200, info@proteusgowanus.org

Mission: Proteus Gowanus works collaboratively with artists, writers, workers in other disciplines to develop exhibitions, programs and publications that link the arts to other disciplines and to the community.

Volunteer needs and skills: Website management, inventory management, and sales, gallery sitting, event coordination, event planning, fund raising, and grant applications.

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: 4 hours per week or more
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: Yes

Puppetry Arts
339 2nd Street, 1R, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Tim Young
718-768-3703, info@puppetryarts.org

Mission: To offer creative outlets And cultural exploration through puppetry.

Volunteer needs and skills: Creative arts, education for children, aid with kids and crowds.

Minimum age: 16
Time commitment: 4 to 5 hours per event
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
Corporate volunteer groups also welcome!
High school community service: Yes

Red Hook Senior Center and Wyckoff Senior Center
110 West 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Contact: Alexandra Rodrigues-Canizare
347-400-1344, arodriguez@raices.us

Mission: The Spanish Speaking Elderly Council – RAICES shall respond to the unmet needs of Hispanic, black, and low-income families and shall seek to improve the quality of life through advocacy and the direct provision of targeted services with work across the generations and a particular emphasis on the needs of older adults.

Volunteer needs and skills: Help serving food to seniors; painting teacher; computer teacher; exercise trainer; clerical helper; ESL teacher; art and crafts teacher; dance teacher; Spanish teacher.

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: At least 1 hour per week
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Red Hook Community Justice Center
88 Visitation Place, Brooklyn, NY 11212
Contact: Ericka Tapia
718-923-8261, shmartin@courts.state.ny.us

Mission: To bring the court and the community together to solve local problems, including drugs, youth delinquency, family dysfunction, landlordtenant disputes and quality-of-life concerns.

Volunteer needs and skills: AmeriCorps: H.S. diploma or equivalency, 17-64. Members are placed in various criminal justice sites.

Minimum age: 17 with diploma
Time commitment: Varies
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Red Hook Initiative
767 Hicks Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Contact: Jill Eisenhard
718-858-6782, info@rhicenter.org

Mission: RHI works to confront and affect the consequences of intergenerational poverty by providing services in education, employment, health and community development. We believe that social change starts within individuals.

Volunteer needs and skills: Tutors, outreach workers, tech-savvy folks.

Minimum age: 20
Time commitment: Varies – some weekly; some one-time
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: No

Red Hook Volunteers
718-306-9149

Mission: This group is dedicated to the sustainable recovery and reconstruction of the Red Hook community after Hurricane Sandy. We offer help to residents, business owners, and renters in the Red Hook area. Red Hook volunteers has a mission of recovery within the framework of social justice and equality.

Minimum age: 18
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No
College community service: Yes

RightRides
388 Atlantic Avenue, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Contact person: Mollie DeMeio, Volunteer Coordinator
718-522-0822, volunteer@rightrides.org (email is better)

Mission: Building safer communities by ending gender-based harassment and sexual assault. We work towards this by community organizng and offering direct service, safety education and advocacy programs. In our RightRides program, we offer women, LGBTQ and gender nonconforming individuals a free, late-night ride home to ensure their safe commute to and through high-risk areas.

Volunteer needs and skills: RightRides needs Navigators (be familiar with NYC geography, take calls and text messages from dispatcher, and drivers (with valid license). All volunteers must pass a criminal background check (no other background check is done).

Minimum age: 18 for navigators, 21 for drivers
Time commitment: 3-4 hours per shift, 5 shifts a year
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: No

Safe Horizon
2 Lafayette Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10007
Contact: Matthew Hanrahan, Volunteer Coordinator
212-577-5093, matthew.hanrahan@safehorizon.org

Mission: To provide support, prevent violence, and promote justice for victims of rime and abuse, their families and communities.

Volunteer needs and skills: Program Assistant: Core responsibilities: data entry, photocopying, and filing; preparation of newsletters; prepare mailings; online research; answer phones and intercom; greet clients as they arrive. Childcare Volunteer: Core responsibilities: greet clients; supervise playroom/waiting area; entertain and comfort children fro 6 weeks of age and up; creatively engage children in age-appropriate games and activities.

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: 4 hours per week for at least 6 months
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Sandy Relief Kitchen
Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll Street (at 7th Avenue) in Park Slope
Contact: Jen at 310-740-5712 or Heather at 917-602-9309

Mission: Hurricane Sandy Relief Kitchen is a community-based, grassroots relief effort based in Park Slope. What began as an immediate, around-the-clock effort cooking out of the back of Two Boots of Brooklyn, has now transformed into an operation comprising local business, community groups, and friends. Our effort continues, Wednesday through Friday, from our base at Old First Reformed Church. We’re preparing hot food and sandwiches and delivering them, along with other necessary cleaning and personal supplies, to the Rockaways, Staten Island, Gerritsen Beach, Coney Island and other areas still gravely affected by the storm.

Volunteer opportunities: Prepare and portion hot meals, make sandwiches, and assist with driving deliveries to our sites. We are currently operating in the kitchen of Old First Reformed Church. We make 3-5 deliveries a day, serving anywhere from 500-1,500 meals. Volunteers can sign up by dropping in and filling out a form, or doing so online, or by calling.

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: A few hours per week
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

School News Nationwide
490 East 28th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Contact: Bill Tinglin
718-753-9920, wbsnn1@gmail.com

Mission: To educate, influence and empower our youth through education.

Volunteer needs and skills: Interested in journalism, willing to work with children. Familiarity with video equipment and computer programs.

Minimum age: 15
Time commitment: Varies
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: Yes

Sean Casey Animal Rescue
153 East 3rd Street (between Ft Hamilton Pkwy and Caton Ave)
Contact: Priscilla Suliversa
718-436-5163, nyanimalrescue@yahoo.com

Mission: The purpose of this endeavor is to aid unfortunate animals in the interest of a higher quality of life. We take in rescued, confiscated, neglected, injured, ill, unmanageable, or otherwise unwanted animals from private owners, zoos, shelters, and other public organizations. These animals are cared for, and/or rehabilitated to the best of our ability and means until which time they can be found healthy, happy homes – whether it be through adoption to qualified candidates or legally released into habitats suitable to the specific species in conjunction with licensed wildlife rehabilitators.

Volunteer needs: Everything from walking dogs to socializing cats to keeping enclosures clean and comfortable. Must wear sturdy clothing you don’t mind getting dirty.

Minimum age: Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent on the first visit
Time commitment: Variable
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

SLE Lupus Foundation
1 University Plaza, LIU Wellness & Athletic Center (Lower Level)
Contact: Tayumika Zurita
718-928-2002, BklynLupusCoop@lupusny.org

Mission: To help get people with signs and symptoms of lupus diagnosed, properly treated, and supported both emotionally and practically for daily living with this chronic illness.

Volunteer needs and skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, interney usage, fax/copy, outreach.

Minimum age: 17
Time commitment: We are very flexible
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Society of the Educational Arts
107 Suffolk Street, Suite 202, New York, NY 10002
Contact: Daniela Ennis
212-529-1545, Daniela.ennis@sea-online.info

Mission: SEA gives a voice to young people through the theater and the arts; facilitates learning, provides training, and motivates and challenges young people to stay in school. Furthermore, SEA’s programs and performances exemplify wholesome and education value, strengthen cultural identity, and boost selfesteem for all ages and backgrounds.

Volunteer needs and skills: SEAson Performances: SEA holds bilingual children’s performances on Saturdays at 3pm from October to May. We would love to have volunteers sell candy, pass out programs work in the box office. Community events: SEA needs volunteer to set up, break down, pass out marketing materials, help with crowd control at our annual Three Kings Celebration and other events. Office: SEA is looking for office volunteers skilled at data entry, office management, and secretarial tasks.

Minimum age: 16
Time commitment: Varies
Family volunteer opportunities: No
High school community service: No

Spoke the Hub Dancing
748 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: Marlena Oden
718-408-3234, spoke@spokethehub.org

Mission: A non-profit community arts organization that brings quality art programming to the community.

Volunteer needs and skills: Anything & everything involved in setting up and taking down festival. We also need lots of help with flyers and spreading the word.

Minimum age: 15, unless accompanied by an adult family member
Time commitment: Possibly help in the summer
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: No

St. Francis Xavier Youth Program
225 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Contact: John Piccard, President
888-739-1047, john@sfxys.com

Mission: To make sports and activities safe and positive by providing programs and services that add value to young minds. We provide recreational and competitive youth sports for all children. Through sports we teach teamwork & sportsmanship. WE provide children positive instruction. Our volunteer coaches are well trained in their roles and responsibilities. our team parents are encouraged to participate and are utilized as coaches, assistants and board members.

Volunteer needs and skills: We offer organized sports in coed baseball & girls softball for 5- to 17-year-olds, T-ball for 4-year-olds, soccer for 4- to 8-year-olds, golf for 7- to 10-year-olds, NFL flag football for 9- to 17-year-olds. Coaches seminars are offered to help organize the coach & his team, and offer best practices to enable the coach to grow as an instructor and mentor. Volunteers are also required to attend a child abuse prevention seminar or verify they have completed a related course for child safety.

Minimum age: 18
Time commitment: Seasonal; times will vary based on the sport
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

Starting Artists
211 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Contact: Marisa Catalina Casey or Lacey Upton
718-701-5483, marisa@startingartists.org

Mission: Starting Artists (SA) benefits under-served middle and high school youth through hands-on training in the arts and entrepreneurship. SA’s free after-school classes in media arts and business prepare and inspire teenagers to create arts-based enterprises. The SA motto is “Get inspired. Get creative. Get to work!”

Volunteer needs and skills: SA is always seeking creative teens and adults who are excited about supporting young people and embrace the value of community arts. Volunteers donate their skills in the following areas: Programs/administration, development/fundraising, grant writing and research, marketing, outreach, facilities/renovation, teaching/mentoring and artists guest speakers.

Minimum age: 16
Time commitment: Flexible
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service placement: Yes

The Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy / Enviromedia Mobile
Contact: Ludger K. Balan
347-224-5828, enviromediamobile.udec@gmail.com

Mission: For 11 years, the Urban Divers Estuary Conservancy (UDEC) serves the community in environmental literacy, conservation support, youth development, stewardship and maritime cultural enrichment. The Enviromedia Mobile is a traveling nature and maritime museum on wheels that travels to schools, community centers, after school programs, and day camps. It participates as well as at a host of frequent weekend family fun environmental recreation and maritime cultural enrichment at various waterfront parks, and other public open spaces in Brooklyn and other neighborhoods.

Volunteer needs and skills: Volunteers receive training to assist mobile museum. Docents, environmental stewards, assistant educators, community outreach coordinators. Success candidates lead and assist with activity stations at Enviromedia Mobile public events.

Minimum age: 16
Time commitment: Usually 4-hour slots
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service placement: Yes

Youth Service Opportunities Project
15 Rutherford Place, New York, NY 10003
Contact: Lisa Gerson, National Program Director
212-598-0973, ext. 100, ysopnyc@ysop.org

Mission: YSOP offers opportunities for groups of students with adults to participate in service learning programs working directly with homeless and hungry people. YSOP does not just place volunteers in community service. We offer a comprehensive program with orientation, service, reflection and meals.

Volunteer needs and skills: Willingness to serve and interest in homelessness and hunger.

Minimum age: 12 with adult
Time commitment: Varies
Family volunteer opportunities: Yes
High school community service: Yes

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