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COVID-19 Opportunities

Henry Street is on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our community’s most vulnerable residents—like seniors, homeless New Yorkers, low-income workers, immigrants (including those who are undocumented) and public housing residents—are at high-risk for being affected by COVID-19, and often have difficulties accessing resources as they become available. In response, we’ve launched two new initiatives designed to ensure that our community is able to weather this storm.


Food insecurity has become a growing concern for our community. We are working with a local partner organization, Vision Urbana, to operate an emergency food pantry at Boys and Girls Republic (BGR), one of our youth program sites closed due to COVID-19. Additionally, we have satellite food pantry locations around the neighborhood, ensuring we’re able to get food quickly to those who need it.

We’re looking for volunteers to support the Henry Street Settlement Food Access Initiative. Volunteers will help sort, pack, and deliver food across the Lower East Side.

Commitment: At least one shift from the below schedule:
Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at BGR, 888 East 6th Street, Manhattan (We have a high need for volunteers on Tuesdays)
Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at 334 Madison Street (lower level), Manhattan
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at 334 Madison Street (lower level), Manhattan
Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at 334 Madison Street (lower level), Manhattan
Special Requirements: Must be able to lift 10 lbs. Multilingual is a plus; access to a car is a plus; must be able to be on your feet for a few hours at a time.
Age Requirement: 18-60*


Food Pantry Volunteer Welcome Packet

*per guidelines on who is at higher risk and should stay home.


We are currently making some updates and changes to this volunteer opportunity to best fit the needs of our seniors and staff. Please visit this page in the near future to check out our updates and new virtual opportunities. Thank you for your patience.


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