Henry Street Settlement opens doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs.
Corporate and Group Volunteers
Hundreds of corporate employees volunteer at Henry Street each year. Projects span three or four hours and are organized in support of a specific Henry Street program. Volunteer opportunities are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Opportunities include, but are not limited to, helping job seekers strengthen their interview skills and resumes, gardening our grounds, supporting childhood education and hosting special holiday events. We only offer volunteer opportunities that meet the identified needs of our programs.
Please note we are more likely to be able to accommodate your volunteer request with at least one month’s notice or 2-3 months’ notice prior to our busiest seasons from October-December and April-June.
Corporations interested in participating in a volunteer day or special project should click here to read more and click here to request more information.
Sample Project Descriptions
Serving meals to seniors:
Every day more than 100 low-income seniors gather at the Henry Street Settlement’s Good Companions Senior Center for a nourishing meal and camaraderie. Volunteers help serve lunch or dinner, greatly increasing the efficiency of the meal service, while providing new social opportunities for our seniors.
Painting or gardening:
Painting and gardening support provides a valuable service to our programs and our neighborhood. Volunteers help keep our grounds looking beautiful, which makes our facilities inviting and helps to attract and retain clients.
Resume and Interview Workshops:
At Henry Street’s Workforce Development Center (WDC), job-seekers learn to improve skills and build confidence to secure employment. Volunteers help increase the work readiness of WDC clients by sharing their professional experience and knowledge while helping WDC clients practice their interviewing skills and improve their resumes.
Supporting Children’s Learning:
Through activities like reading, recreational exercise and arts and crafts projects, volunteers enhance the education and health the hundreds of children that access Henry Street’s youth programs. Henry Street’s youth programs include day care, after-school services, day camp, youth employment and college access.