May 29, 2020

Volunteering in Bay Ridge or Around Brooklyn




Volunteers Needed During the Pandemic

1) New – Holding Hands needs help!





2) Bay Ridge Cares needs volunteers to help seniors with food shopping, running errands, pet walking, wellness checks and phone calls . 718-635-0219 – Monday to Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.   


3) Homecrest Community Services in Bensonhurst and Sheepshead Bay is delivering meals to seniors. Almost 100 seniors receive both lunch and dinner. They could use volunteers- email Virginia at for the contact information.






Before the Pandemic:

Saint Ephrem’s needs Eucharist Ministers, ushers, altar servers and choir members. (They have an app to set up times)





Our Lady of Angels needs catechists to teach children on Sunday morning.








Year Round Volunteering



1) Volunteer at St. Pat’s Food Pantry on Tuesdays




2) Grandma’s Love 347-432-2408 – Help Grandma’s Love package bags of food that are sent home with children on the weekends. Theresa Monforte-Caraballo is the head of Grandma’s Love.



3) The Table Food Pantry, 6025 6th Avenue, Second Floor on Thursday afternoon from 2-5 and Friday from 9:30-1pm.  In need of volunteers!


4) Volunteer at the Reaching Out Community Food Pantry 7708 New Utrecht Avenue sign up here or volunteer as a group here


5) Volunteer at the Open Runs held on Saturday morning on Shore Road. Sign up form is here or here




5) Volunteer at Bay Ridge Center Food Pantry 411 Ovington Avenue – the last Wednesday of the month from 10 to 3 pm – the Center needs volunteers who can translate Cantonese to help people visiting the food pantry. 


6) Bay Ridge Center is needs volunteers to help with cold pack preparation for their home delivered meals service. Monday through Friday, 8 am to 11 am. Cheryl Utley, 718-748-0650, ext. 113,



7) Guild for Exceptional Children Volunteer at GEC in Bay Ridge. Contact the Development Office   718-833-6633 x228



8) Help developmentally disabled adults in Bay Ridge at YAI – see here



9) Holy Cross Church on 84th and Bay Ridge Pkwy cooks meals for those who are homebound or have financial difficulties. Meals are cooked on one Saturday each month starting at 11:00 am. Volunteers are needed to shop for food, prep, cook and deliver the food. More info here. Once a month (on a Friday evening), volunteers feed the homeless on the streets of NYC. 718-836-3510




10) The Friendly Visiting Program at the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island is in need of volunteers to visit homebound seniors in the Bay Ridge/Bensonhurst area. Just 1 hour a week is all it takes. If you can commit to visiting someone each week, this opportunity would be great for you. For more information please give us a call (718) 449-5000 x 2205 or e-mail Just 1 hour a week really can make a difference in homebound senior’s life. 



11) Volunteer at Owl’s Head Park – they post on their Facebook page from April – November. Volunteer opportunities are on Saturday mornings. You can just go and help out. Questions -> Email:






11) Volunteer at the Fort Hamilton Army Base see here.


12) Narrows Botanical Gardens needs volunteers on Saturday mornings 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Sign up here  Email:



13) If you like cats, The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee needs people who can help clean up cages and socialize kittens during this week and weekend, sometime between 9 am and 4 pm. Fill out the form here or call Dagny at 917-889-5896, if you can help.


14) The Arab American Association of New York takes volunteers for Citizenship Tutoring. Arabic language skills are preferred, though not required:  See here  A volunteer receptionist is needed at the office at  7111 – 5th Avenue – See here


15) Volunteer at BRAVO Ambulance – they have many positions including answering calls at the office. Fill out application here. Teens can volunteer here too.


16) Volunteer at Narrows Community Garden on Shore Road in the Spring to Fall if you enjoy gardening and nature – there is more than just planting and gardening to do.


17) Bensonhurst Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare – 1740 84th Street is looking for volunteers for the Chapel and Eucharistic Ministers Contact Sister Anne, 718-885-8484 x 732


18) Saint Athanasius Community Outreach Program needs volunteers to cook and serve food to the homeless on Saturday morning.Contact: Dawn Aiello 718-232-3113





19) Volunteer to visit senior citizens in Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst who could use a visitor. Sign up here


21) Volunteer at the Salvation Army – sign up here


22) Volunteer at NYU Lutheran Hospital – Duties include limited clerical duties, assisting patients and families, friendly visitations, nutrition education for children, greeting, and more opportunities to make a difference. Customer service experience and the ability to speak Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Hebrew, and/or Russian are pluses. Contact the volunteer office at 718-630-7296 for more information. See here.  Summer 2020 teen volunteers are needed – see here


23) Volunteer at Saint Anselm’s Food Pantry on the first or third Wednesday of a month from 10 am – 1 pm. Call Pat 718-986-8738.



24) Volunteer at the Norwegian Christian Senior Home 1250 – 67th Street




25) The Brooklyn Public Library is looking for adult volunteers:


a) First five years program


b) Sign up to tutor a high school student – Volunteers over 18 needed to tutor students in grades 9-12 (help prepare them for standardizes tests, apply for college and complete homework)


c) Volunteer to encourage parents to read to their children


d) Become an adult literacy coach volunteer at the Brooklyn Library


e) Be a citizen exam coach  


f) Be a resume coach


Questions about volunteering at the library 718-230-2406


26) New Utrecht Public Library need volunteers on Saturday morning to organize shelves: sign up here


27) Places where children 6+ and their parents can volunteer to help out in Brooklyn. 


28) Fab Scrap in Sunset Park – save the environment by organizing textile scraps. Receive 5lbs of fabric for volunteering. 


29) Dance School in Sunset Park seeks volunteers for Public Relations and Communications, Photography and Videography and fundraising. Contact the Executive Director, Craig Gabrian at 347-702-7155.


30) Sean Casey Animal RescuesIf you want to volunteer at the pet shelter and learn more about the rescue as well, you need to attend a training session which is every 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 7 – 8 PM at the Windsor Terrace location: 153 East 3rd Street, Brooklyn NY 11218. You must be at least 13 years old to volunteer without a parent or a guardian.   Children 4-12 years old can volunteer when accompanied by a parent/guardian (restrictions apply).  Application and info here.


31) Cat Cafe at 76 Montague Street needs volunteers


32) Chips Soup Kitchen in Park Slope 200 4th Avenue – it’s between Sackett & Degraw Streets. Call Janice, the Director of Food Services at (718) 237-2962 to discuss when you can begin volunteering at CHiPS. 



33) Volunteer at Maimonides Hospital in Borough Park – Get Application here. They have volunteer positions for: 



  • Clerical/administrative volunteers assist with general office duties such as filing, copying, performing computer data entry, answering phones, etc.
  • Volunteer patient/unit assistants assist with clerical duties at the nursing station and perform some direct patient care functions such as feeding and keeping companionship to the patients.
  • ER volunteers provide companionship to lonely and anxious patients, escort patients and visitors to and from various areas within Maimonides, assist staff with meal distribution, perform errands and deliver messages.
  • Volunteers in research areas such as Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Endocrinology, Hematology/Oncology, GI, ID, etc. participate in clinical research under the supervision of the principal investigator and perform other related duties as assigned such as computer data entry, literature search and data collection.
  • Support Service volunteers assist staff in the main kitchen, cafeteria, laundry, warehouse, patient transport, etc.
  • Chaplaincy volunteers (Chevrah Kadishah, Catholic Volunteers, etc.) assist patients with religious needs.




34) Volunteer at the NY Aquarium in Coney Island – there are a lot of positions here



**There is an App for service opportunities called NYCService




Thanksgiving Day Volunteers

1) Bay Ridge Cares needs volunteers to help serve, deliver and clean up on Thanksgiving Day. They also need volunteers to donate desserts for Thanksgiving Day. See here 





2) God’s Love We Deliver needs volunteer delivery people on Thanksgiving Day. Founded in 1985 with the goal of bringing nutritious meals to the homes of cancer patients, AIDS sufferers and others coping with life-threatening illnesses, marked a major milestone this year. They pack meals for people at First Church at 6501 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220. Sign up here


*Arrive at the location you signed up for by 9:30am
*Staff and on-site volunteers will help you check in to receive the client manifest, maps, delivery instructions, client meals and holiday household gift.
*Deliver items to the clients on your manifest.
Sign up online



3) Brooklyn Friends Community Dinner serves dinner to those in need in the community on the last Sunday of each month. November and December’s meals are special holiday meals. Sign up here



4)  Park Slope Center for Successful Aging Festive Thanksgiving Lunch o n Tuesday, November 26st from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at 463A 7th Street between 7th and 6th Avenues in the basement of All Saints Church.


On November 26th Volunteers are needed to serve a three-course meal center members at the tables. Volunteers must be 16 or older and be willing to wear apron, gloves and hairnet!   Sign up: or call  718 596-8789 and ask for Betsy.


5)  Soup Kitchen at the Greenpoint Reformed Church at 136 Milton Street in Brooklyn. Sign up here

6) North Brooklyn Angels. Sign up here



7)  St. Johns Bread of Life Soup Kitchen 795 Lexington Avenue in Brooklyn. Sign up here  They have a soup kitchen and a mobile soup kitchen which serves Coney Island once or twice a week.  Groups can volunteer here contact: Jennifer Stephen at 718-574-0058 x164 or by email at



8) Catholic Charities in Brooklyn needs help to give out turkeys and the fixings to families in need in mid-November. The distribution is done on a Friday morning in East Flatbush and they need help setting up the room, heavy lifting and moving. It’s a four hour event. E-mail: or call 718-722-6175 to volunteer. 



9) Manhattan: Food Bank for NYC needs cooks, servers and people who can help stock. Families also welcome. Sign up here



Teens can volunteer here. Other places for adults to volunteer here





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