NYU Service: Virtual Volunteering 2021
Thank you for your interest in Virtual Volunteering! Please use the tabs in this sheet to navigate through NYC and Global opportunities. As you support your communities, we encourage you to share it with us and your friends by tagging @NYUService on social media with the hashtag #VioletsVolunteer. NYU Service & Leadership oversees this page and will continue to update as we hear about more opportunitiesl. Please feel free to reach out with questions and comments to:
Organization/ IndividualArea of FocusSummary of Opportunity Contact InfoPlatform
NYC Govt - Covid19Public HealthHelp others navigate the process: Learn how to help people schedule vaccination appointments and answer questions about the vaccine. We will train you and give you everything you need to know! This is a great option for local community leaders and organizations providing assistance to local community members. / Phone
Apex for YouthYouth & EducationApex for Youth is a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and educational programs to underserved Asian and immigrant youth in New York City. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with our Saturday Elementary Program - both virtual and in-person volunteer opportunities are available. Volunteers will be asked to engage with 3rd-5th grade youth in various activities, group projects, and read alouds focused on themes of Asian American history and activism. Read more about this volunteer opportunity here.

How it works: If interested, please submit a volunteer application here on our website. Once your application is received, you will receive more information on next steps and getting started. The program runs from early February to mid-May on Saturday mornings from 9:45am - 12:15pm. If you have any questions about volunteering with us, please contact Jennifer Chin at
elementary@apexforyouth.orgVirtual Sessions
Brooklyn Community ServicesCommunity DevelopmentBrooklyn Community Services' mission is to empower children, youth, adults, and families to overcome the obstacles they face. Their virtual volunteer projects and actions include completing the census, registering to vote, and signing up to review students' LinkedIn profiles and resumes. Portal
Caring CallsSenior CitizenCaring Calls is a new program that continues DOROT’s critical work to build social connections between the generations. DOROT is continuing to building community bonds through interacting with seniors by phone. Volunteers are needed to call an older adult once or twice per week over a four week span.
Change For Kids Youth & EducationCFK provides opportunities for kids so they can overcome inequity. In the wake of school closures, we have moved all of our programming online. Now is the chance to virtually volunteer! Volunteers are needed to help create content for kids to view online. More details can be found on our website.
City Meals on Wheels Greeting Cards for Before the Coronavirus epidemic, receiving a card might have served as a simple reminder that someone was thinking of you. Since the outbreak, however, many of our frail aged neighbors have quarantined themselves at home for their own safety. This isolation has lasted months, and our meal recipients are desperately lonely.

That loneliness is why Citymeals works with student, community and corporate groups all over the city to craft handmade cards that brighten the days of isolated older New Yorkers. Each year, hundreds of students from local schools decorate cards for their homebound elderly neighbors to be delivered along with meals or food packages. Last year they created 80,000 cards.

Please join us in reminding our frail aged neighbors they haven’t been forgotten. Showing you care can be as simple as making a thoughtful card. Letters
City TutorsYouth DevelopmentCity Tutors is currently looking for online tutors who can work with some of our partner sites across the city: Sign up to volunteer on City Tutors Website: Meeting
Columbia Volunteer Tutor CorpsTutoring Initially created to provide free tutoring to the children of first responders at the height of the pandemic, CVTC provides volunteer tutors and enrichment programming at no cost to over 500 students in NYC and aims to expand services to communities in-need throughout the City.
Common Cause Civic Engagement Common Cause, a non-partisan, grassroots organization specializing in democracy reforms and election protection. Common Cause’s Social Media Monitoring Squad. As we approach the inauguration, we expect rampant disinformation and voter confusion. This non-partisan volunteer opportunity will allow students to learn about misinformation and disinformation, post accurate, nonpartisan content online, and recruit peers to opt-in to our text system so that they too can post accurate pro-voter content. Your students can gain valuable skills and meet volunteer requirements if needed. As a social media monitor, you’ll help monitor social media platforms and conversations in your community for post-election disinformation. Each monitoring shift is 3 hours long; volunteers can feel free to come and go as they please.
Check out their website & events here:
Cove Tutoring Youth DevelopmentThe Community of Volunteer Educators (COVE) is a volunteer-run public service organization dedicated to providing tutoring services and educational enrichment experiences to communities in need across NYC. Our vision is to support communities by developing innovative academic programming to reduce educational inequities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dance to UniteSocial Media InternDance to Unite is looking for social media interns! Learn more about the organization on their website and email to learn more. There are also have opportunities to volunteer observe and teach in our virtual curriculum!
Virtual / Social Media
Earth Celebrations Inc.EnvironmentalVolunteers and interns can work with Earth Celebrations remotely on our Ecological City: Art & Climate Solutions Action Project. Remotely students can work on social media, graphic design, video editing, web-site edits in wordpress, community outreach, publicity, environmental research and community organizing.mail@earthcelebrations.comVirtual
Ecological City: REMOTE - Collaborative Art & Climate Solutions PageantEnvironmental Education Assistance with video streams, video clip edits, zoom collaborative performances Media/Zoom
EConnectedYouth EducationEConnected is a not-for-profit organization started by four former NYU graduate students in the TESOL program. We are looking for volunteer tutors to join us in helping English Language Learners across New York City. The time commitment is one hour weekly either on a weekday or weekend. As a volunteer tutor, you will be matched with one student and work one-on-one with your student each week to help develop their English language and/or Math skills. No prior tutoring or teaching experience is needed - all volunteers are paired with an EConnected mentor teacher to guide them through tutoring session plans if needed. All sessions will be virtual and held on Zoom. If you are interested in volunteering with us or have any furthereconnectednyc@gmail.comVirtual - Zoom
EConnecteddESL tutoring to international students and K-12 students from marginalized communitiesEConnected is a not-for-profit organization, offering academic support and instruction for elementary to high school level English Language Learners. Through our program, we provide individualized and small group academic support to our students as well as mentorship from our teachers. If you are interested in volunteering with us or if you have any questions about our program, please email us at Virtual Meeting
Fontana Youth Initiative (Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child Protection)Child WelfareFYI has monthly virtual meetings where students and young professionals come together to discuss their professional goals, current issues in the field, event planning, and objectives for the future of FYI. We are also looking for new members to join the Fontana Center’s Fontana Youth Initiative. Upcoming opportunities include event planning and fundraising, administrating virtual public tours of the Fontana Center (focused on public education about child welfare), working with other child welfare organizations, and professional development opportunities for group members. fontanayouthinitiative@gmail.comVirtual Meetings
Goddard Riverside/Star Learning CenterTutoringStar Learning Center, a program of Goddard Riverside Community Center, is seeking additional tutors for 6th-12th grade students for its remote program. Subjects needed include MS and HS math and English, HS history (Global and US) and all sciences. Star provides one-to-one tutoring to underserved students from across NYC. Tutors work with the same student once a week for 2 hours. To apply:
GOLESSenior CitizenSeeking volunteers to help us complete our wellness check calls. We're calling our constituents, who are largely elderly, low-income people of color, to direct them toward vital resources, such as signing them up for food delivery, or counseling them on housing issues.
Heights and HillsSeniorsWellness Callers (Ongoing) - Volunteer Wellness Calls help Heights and Hills staff monitor the needs of older people waiting for services with weekly targeted and friendly check-in calls. Volunteers can choose how many calls they make from week to week, and receive on-going support. Must be over 18. To get involved, fill out our volunteer application and register to attend a 1-hour required training.Students should visit the following link that leads them to the volunteer page of our website - This link includes the required application and links to sign up for the required trainings. Virtual
iMentorMentoringiMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower first-generation students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions.Mentorship is an ongoing volunteer opportunity, and interested volunteers will be made aware of the requirements upon beginning the application process!
Invisible Hands COVID-19Delivery volunteers claim orders according to their own schedule, coordinate with the recipient, then go shopping and deliver by foot, bike or car.

Volunteers with cars can also choose to sign up for bulk food pantry deliveries, delivering pre-packaged bags or boxes to households in need along a set route in their area.

Remote volunteers can sign up for 3-4 hour shifts with our dispatch team, assigning orders to volunteers or helping recipients place orders in our Call Center.

Volunteers who speak languages other than English can put their skills to work helping non-English speaking recipients place orders in the Call Center or by interpreting between delivery volunteers and their recipients.
Junior Achievement of New YorkYouth EducationWe invite college students to submit a positive message of encouragement to high school students planning to take the next step. By filling out this 3 minute form (hyperlinked), your message will be featured in a PDF and shared to high school students across NYC. Please join us in supporting our NYC youth!Natasha Arocha, Phone/Video, virtual meeting (Teams/Zoom)
Mastery Learning HourTutoring On-Demand Free Math Tutoring for K-12th Grade Children
Led by volunteer students from top colleges and universities
Met CouncilSenior CitizenSend a letter or a piece of art to one of the thousands of seniors living in isolation during the pandemic. Take a picture and email it to, or send it to Leah SchechterCreatingConnections@metcouncil.orgMail To: Leah Schechter
Met Council Fulfillment Center
171 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10016
Neighbor NetworkOlder AdultsThe Neighbor Network, which is an organization that is working to combat loneliness among NYC elderly and make sure that they are connected to the social services that they need, is in need of more volunteers and interns. Individuals can join the program either as a volunteer or an intern. Volunteers after completing a short virtual training can either call potential participants through a phone bank system to reach isolated seniors that are not currently receiving social services, complete recurring wellness check calls with seniors, or participate in a combination of the 2 activities.The program is super flexible and volunteers work on their own schedule as much or as little as they want especially for phone banking. We do ask volunteers that commit to recurring calls to call on a regular basis for at least 3 months. Interested individuals can sign up for a training and learn more on our website: or feel free to reach out with any potential questions to felicia@theneighbornetwork.orgVirtual
New York Public Library Oral History ProjectTranscriptionHelp The New York Public Library fix computer-generated transcripts from hundreds of stories from the library's Community Oral History Project.
NYU Project SunshineYouthProject Sunshine Teleplay, Sewing Masks for Pediatric Patients or Healthcare Workers, Sending Activity Kits to Pediatric PatientsSend a request to join our roster on NYU Engage to be updated about events and opportunities!Virtual Meeting
NYU-SUNS Volunteer Online Tutoring ProgramSTEM Tutoring Volunteer to help high school students by tutoring one-on-one in STEM

- High requirement: Physics, Mathematics
- Medium requirement: Chemistry
- Low requirement: Biology Meeting
PAWS NYAnimalsHousecall Program: provide care for a client’s pet in their home, such as dog walking or helping with the litter box
Pet Pantry/On-Call Program: collect/distribute pet food/supplies, become a Pet Pantry Sponsor, transport pets to the vet, and other one-off client needs
Foster Care: foster an animal in your home when a client is hospitalized
Events and Outreach: assist at events and help to raise awareness for our mission
Professional Expertise: offer your unique professional skills to help grow our organization
Students should visit our website to learn more about volunteering and to register for the Orientations:
Petey Greene ProgramEducation / Criminal Justice ReformThe Petey Greene Program (PGP) is a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains volunteers who are committed to the academic achievement of incarcerated learners. Typically, PGP volunteers tutor incarcerated students on a weekly basis inside various NYC jail facilities. Due to COVID-19, PGP is adapting its programming to ensure incarcerated students can access education materials and support remotely, as visitors are not permitted at facilities due to the virus. We are looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic about education equity and social change, and who feel able to maintain regular communication with our program staff as PGP unfolds new virtual and correspondence-based education programming. At this time, we are looking for volunteers who are interested in providing quality educational support to currently and formerly incarcerated students by doing one or more of the following: Gathering education-related worksheets and materials to be sent to incarcerated students, creating guided lesson plans through writing or video to be shared with incarcerated students, creating instructional videos pertaining to navigating Zoom and other online learning modalities, supporting PGP staff in compiling correspondence materials to be sent to studentsEmail with the subject line: PGP Volunteer Opportunities - NYU ServiceOnline Portal
SAGELGBTQ/Senior CitizenJoin SAGE as we match LGBT elders with community members and allies who want to connect during this time of crisis. Share your day. Share your stories. Let’s be stronger, together, with SAGEConnect.
Selfhelp Community Services-Virtual Senior CenterOlder AdultsFacilitator to lead virtual, interactive classes on wide variety of topics for Older Adults for Virtual Senior Center. Lead classes in English, Mandarin or Russian. Flexible day, evening or weekend!Carmella Chessen, cchessen@selfhelp.netVirtual
Sprout UpYouthFor the Fall semester, we are looking for interested students to create new curricula and record and edit interactive lessons that will be distributed to public schools across New York City. We are also looking at expanding our website and making our previous content more accessible and equitable. Projects will be discussed in the beginning of the semester and working groups will be assigned to interested students.Email Matt Hagen at to hear more about these opportunities and the many projects we are working on this semester!Virtual
Stonewall Community Development CorpLGBTQ/Senior Citizen Meeting
The Letter ProjectCommunity BuildingThe core of the Letter Project's mission is to write letters of encouragement to young girls. In response to covid-19, they've grown their work to write letters to support healthcare workers and essential employees. / Mail
UNICEF@NYUYouthService Saturdays (every Saturday starting September 19th)RSVP through NYU Engage Virtual
UPchieveEducationUPchieve is an edtech nonprofit that gives low-income high school students access to free, live academic support any time they need it. UPchieve’s “Academic Coaches” are virtual volunteers who provide either math tutoring or college counseling to students on the platform, Academic Coach - ongoing remote
Urban UpboundCommunity DevelopmentSeeking volunteers to help with communication efforts, especially with creating and posting content on social media platforms.stephgkalele@nyu.eduSocial Media
Vincent J. Fontana Center for Child ProtectionCorporal PunishmentIn an effort to educate people and move U.S. parents away from the use of physical punishment, the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children and the National Initiative to End Corporal Punishment are sponsoring a competition to generate persuasive anti-physical punishment social media & Media
VISIONS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired AccessibilityVirtual opportunities to assist blind and visually impaired individuals Monday -Friday - 9am -7pm. Contact Volunteer/Program Coordinator for specific opportunities. Ndeleon@visionsvcb.orgVirtual