Henry Street Settlement opens doors of opportunity for Lower East Side residents and other New Yorkers through social services, arts, and health care programs.
Individual Volunteer Opportunities
Thank you for visiting our volunteer page! As Henry Street and the rest of the world continue to adjust to a “new normal,” we are committed to making sure that our doors are always open to those who need our services. Volunteers are central to the effort to ensure that we meet our programs needs and goals as we continue to address the humanitarian crisis that has arisen during the pandemic. Henry Street offers a variety of volunteer opportunities; please read on for specifics!
Our Senior Center is back in action, welcoming smiling faces both new and old! The Senior Center team is currently facilitating Grab & Go meals to ensure that our seniors are able to spend some time outside and also receive nutritious meals!
Grab & Go Meal Service
We are looking for volunteers to help pack and hand out food at our Grab & Go station at the Senior Center, 334 Madison Street.
Schedule: Mon-Fri from Noon-1:00 p.m.
Americorps Seniors: Senior Companion Program
Senior Companions are healthy older adults who volunteer to assist homebound or isolated fellow seniors live independently. Volunteers are matched with a client for regularly, weekly, scheduled companionship services. These services include: friendly visiting, shopping assistance, escort to a doctor’s appointment or other community activity, help with obtaining services such as access-a-ride and meals on wheels, and most importantly, friendship and companionship.
Senior Companions Requirements:
- Are at least 55 years old
- Volunteer between 5 and 40 hours weekly
- May qualify for a tax-free stipend and paid time off
- Are covered by accident and liability insurance while in the field
- Participate in training sessions tailored to the needs and interests of older adults
During COVID- 19 the services provided by volunteers include:
- Telephone reassurance calls
- Video conference calls
- Technology assistance and support
- Resources guidance
- Virtual companionship / social recreation
- Medical / benefit support assistance
If you are interested in becoming a Senior Companion please contact Rachel Hughes at Rhughes@henrystreet.org
Meals on Wheels
Henry Street’s Healthy Seniors Select Meals on Wheels program delivers approximately 1,000 fresh and frozen meals every weekday to homebound Manhattan residents to help them stay healthy and independent in their own homes. This program is vitally important because many seniors have little to no access to nutritious meals. They are often too frail or have health complications that prevent them from preparing meals for themselves or from using Henry Street’s Good Companions Senior Center where lunch and dinner are served on-site.
Meals on Wheels: Meal Deliveries
We are currently seeking volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors from the West Village through Upper East Side (59th Street)
Commitment: Must be able to consistently volunteer at least 2 days out of the week for a minimum of 3 months.
Meeting Location: 367 Madison Street, Manhattan NY
Mondays: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Special Requirements: Must be able to lift 10 pounds; multilingual is a plus; access to a car is a plus; must be able to be on your feet for a few hours. Must attend a mandatory orientation before volunteering.
Don’t see what you are looking for on this webpage or have a special skill that you think Henry Street might benefit from? Feel free to reach out at email@example.com to see if your volunteer skills can help out Henry Street in another way!