Volunteer

Each year more than 1,500 individuals participate in volunteer activities at Henry Street’s 18 program sites.

Volunteers come from all over the city and sometimes beyond. They are community members, seniors, corporate employees, young professionals, college students and parents.

Corporate or group volunteers spend one day of service engaged in activities that may include supporting childhood education, facilitating mock interviews, leading special celebrations or helping to improve Henry Street’s facilities.

Individual volunteers who make a long-term or one-time commitment to Henry Street use their skills and expertise to support the Settlement’s mission. They may have the opportunity to share their expertise, learn new skills, and fulfill community service requirements.

Corporate Volunteers

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.

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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.

Gardening:
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.

Individual Volunteers


Individual volunteers who make a long-term or one-time commitment to Henry Street use their skills and expertise to support the Settlement’s mission. They may have the opportunity to share their expertise, learn new skills, and fulfill community service requirements.

Below is a list of opportunities. For more individual volunteer options at Henry Street Settlement coordinated by New York Cares, please take a look at the link here.

Opportunities by Program

Health and Wellness

Front Desk Aide

Senior Services

Senior Companion Volunteer

Workforce Development and Youth Services

ATTAIN Computer Lab Volunteer Opportunity

Facilities and Maintenance

Gardening

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