Volunteer Opportunities

To express interest in any of these opportunities, please contact Rabbi Brian Fink, bfink@mmjccm.org. We look forward to having you join our engaged and enthusiastic community of Engage volunteers,

Community-Building, Learning, and Holidays

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Engage Men’s Group [format TBD]

Join other men involved with Engage to form community and take part in volunteer projects and social programs.  

Mondays, Mar 14, 5:30–6:30 pm

Register here

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Introduction to Living Well Together [Virtual]

Learn about the benefits of joining Living Well Together at the JCC. Hear about the value of our small groups, the importance of getting referrals for doctors and other health professionals, and the comfort of learning about and sharing health-related experiences.

Thursday, Mar 10, 10-11:30 am

Register here

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Engage Women’s Group [Virtual]

Participate in the Engage Women's Group to build supportive connections, explore ways to give back to the community through Engage volunteer projects, and take part in enriching conversations.   The session in February will feature a presentation by Rabbi Joanna Samuels, the new CEO of the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.  The topic for the March session is TBD.

Monday, Mar 21, 6-7:30 pm

Register here

Assisting the Elderly

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DOROT Volunteer Information and Orientation Sessions [Virtual]

DOROT is a nonprofit organization addressing the challenges of an aging population. They are hosting information and orientation sessions via Zoom for potential volunteers. Some activities take place remotely, and some are in person.   Upcoming orientations are scheduled on:

  • Monday, Mar 7, 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Thursday, Mar 24, 12:30-1:30 pm

Register for orientations here


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Engage Tech Soup: One-on-One Technology Assistance [Hybrid]

Tech Soup volunteers provide tech assistance to their peers through virtual programs and one-on-one assistance.  Volunteers assist with smartphones, tablets, PCs, and Mac devices, along with software and platforms such as Zoom and social media. Volunteers are now providing in-person assistance at the JCC through pre-arranged appointments on Friday afternoons, as well as continuing to assist people remotely.

To inquire about becoming a Tech Soup volunteer or request one-on-one assistance, email techsoup1on1@mmjccm.org.

Addressing Hunger / Poverty

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City Harvest Volunteer Orientation [Virtual]

Attending an orientation is the first step to becoming a City Harvest volunteer. The virtual orientation will discuss the history of City Harvest, details about how the organization rescues and delivers millions of pounds of food a year, and information about all of their volunteer projects.

Following this orientation, you will be ready to volunteer for any of City Harvest’s general projects, most of which are in-person, including (but not limited to) Mobile Markets, Agency Network Support, and Food Rescues. When their Nutrition Education program resumes, you will also be able to attend a Nutrition Education training which will allow you to volunteer for Cooking Demos, Shopping Tours, and Nutrition Education Courses.

The next orientations are scheduled for:

Wed, Mar 9, noon-1 pm
Tue, Mar 22, 5-6 pm

Register here 

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Engage Cookie Baking [Virtual]

Join other Engage volunteers team members in baking cookies or other items together on Zoom, each from their own kitchens. The cookies will be delivered to various programs that support neighbors in need. One group of baking volunteers has an Upper East Side focus, another has an Upper West Side focus. Please email Rabbi Brian at bfink@mmjccm.org if you are potentially interested in this opportunity.

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Engage Knitters [Hybrid]

Knit or crochet the cold-weather project of your choice to help keep someone warm. Hats, scarves, blankets, mittens, and sweaters will be donated to those in need. All are welcome. Meets Wednesdays via  Zoom video conferencing. On the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month, some members of the group also meet in-person at the JCC, and the program takes place in a hybrid manner. [Note that the Wednesday Jan 5 session will be Zoom only].

Register here

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God's Love We Deliver [In-person]

The mission of God’s Love We Deliver is to improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. They prepare and deliver nutritious, high-quality meals to medically frail people. Individual volunteers are often needed for a variety of projects, most of which take place at the main facility at 166 6th Ave. in Tribeca.  

Assorted Kitchen Projects: Volunteer on projects in the kitchen with the guidance of our on-staff chefs. Tasks may include packaging meals, chopping onions, making meatballs, ladling soup, peeling potatoes, scooping baked goods or preparing fresh herbs.

Client Meal Delivery: Help deliver meals to people in need. Assist as a passenger/schlepper in a delivery vehicle.  The shift begins at 7am and generally concludes around 2:30 pm].

Meal Kit Assembly and/or Labeling: Package client meal bags and/or add labels to needed components and bags.

Click here to sign up specific volunteer shifts.

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Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen and Pantry [In-person]

Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen and Pantry, located in Chelsea, was founded in 1982. It provides meals, social services support, and workshops that help those in need work toward improved health, housing, and jobs.   Individual volunteer shifts are available Monday-Friday from 9:15am-1:15pm, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1pm-3pm. Volunteer can sign up to assist with the soup kitchen, pantry, or distributing social services to the organization's guests. Additional information on volunteer roles can be found at holyapostlesnyc.org/get-involved/volunteer. Interested volunteers can sign up for shifts at hask.volunteerhub.com. Please email Rabbi Brian at bfink@mmjccm.org if you are potentially interested in this opportunity.

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New York Common Pantry [In-person]

New York Common Pantry works to reduce hunger and promotes dignity, health and self-sufficiency.  They use individual volunteers to support the distribution of nutritious, fresh food pantry packages in their Choice Pantry and provide hearty balanced breakfast and dinner in their Hot Meals program. Volunteer shifts take place at 8 East 109th Street, New York, NY 10029. COVID volunteer protocols can be found at nycommonpantry.org/volunteer. Interested volunteers can sign up for shifts at nycommonpantry.volunteerhub.com. If you would like to coordinate your volunteer shifts with other Engage volunteers (to volunteer at the same time as others) please email Rabbi Brian at bfink@mmjccm.org.

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West Side Campaign Against Hunger (via New York Cares) [In-person]

Register through New York Cares to volunteer at this long-standing supermarket-style food pantry in the UWS.  Volunteers are needed to help with the following roles:

Pack Food Bags For Distribution, 9-11am, 11 am-1:15 pm

Put together bags of food at this supermarket-style pantry. Work will take place indoors. This high-volume program serves thousands of New Yorkers every year in Northern Manhattan and the South Bronx. You'll be on your feet the whole time.

Distribute Food Bags To The Community, 8:30-10:45 am, 10:45 am-1 pm

Assist staff with handing out boxes of food to customers, communicating with them through masks and face shields. You should feel comfortable lifting between 20-30 lbs. and being outside for the entire shift.  Volunteering will take place outdoors.

Interested volunteers need to first register through New York Cares here and then complete a self-directed online volunteer orientation.   

Once they have become an accepted/active New York Cares volunteer, volunteers can sign up for WSCAH opportunities here

Please email Rabbi Brian at bfink@mmjccm.org if you are potentially interested in these opportunities.

Tutoring and Mentoring

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English in Action Tutoring Volunteer Orientations [Virtual]

Through English in Action, volunteers help adult newcomers to the United States gain fluency and confidence in conversational English by becoming a tutor for weekly conversation sessions. Volunteers lead either one-on-one or group conversations via Zoom, Facetime or phone for 1-2 hours a week, preferably with a year-long commitment.

These orientation sessions take place virtually over Zoom, and are the first step towards potentially becoming an English in Action volunteer.

Wednesday, Mar 9, 3-4:30 pm. Register here

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Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan's Literacy and Math Tutoring Program [Virtual]

The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan is accepting new volunteers throughout the year on a rolling basis to volunteer virtually for this program, either as a one-on-one tutor or as a tutoring monitor. Tutoring takes place via Zoom on weekday afternoons through May 2022. Volunteers can choose to tutor literacy and/or math from 3–3:40 pm, 4–4:40 pm, 5-5:40 pm, and/or 6–6:40 pm, Mondays through Thursdays. If you are potentially interested, please email Judy Gross at jgross@mmjccm.org.

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iMentor Mentoring Orientation [Virtual]

Mentor a high school student to help him or her succeed in high school and get into college.  iMentor matches every student in their partner high schools with a college-educated mentor—a personal champion to help them on their college journey.  Volunteers connect online once a week with their mentee, and (pre-COVID) meet in-person once a month.  The first step in becoming a volunteer is attending an orientation.   

An upcoming orientation is scheduled on:

Elections-Related Volunteering

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Center for Common Ground - Phone Banking for Voter Rights [Virtual]

In 2021, the Texas legislature introduced a slew of voter-suppression bills targeted especially at communities of color.  Join the Center for Common Ground in calling Black voters in Texas and encouraging them to take advantage of early voting.

Each session begins with training for anyone who needs it.  If they have prior experience, volunteers can start making calls immediately and pop back into the zoom with any questions along the way.

These national Zoom sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-8 pm Eastern Time (note that the time on the registration page is listed for Pacific Time)

Register here

We may schedule JCC/Engage dedicated Zoom sessions for this in the future.

Assisting Recent Immigrants

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Upwardly Global [Virtual]

Upwardly Global helps immigrants and refugees restart their professional careers in the United States.  Volunteers play a critical role in transforming job seekers’ lives by sharing knowledge of U.S. workplace culture and expectations, industry insights, and lessons learned.   Volunteers are needed to serve in the following roles:

  • Mentor (Time-Commitment: High)
  • Language Coach (Time-Commitment: High)
  • Informational Interviewer (Time-Commitment: Medium)
  • Mock Interviewer (Time-Commitment: Low)
  • Networking Coach (Time-Commitment: Low)
  • Industry Expert (Time-Commitment: Low)
  • Portfolio Reviewer (Time-Commitment: Low)
  • LinkedIn Profile Reviewer (Time-Commitment: Low)

For more information and to apply, please visit their website

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HIAS - ENL (English as a New Language) Tutor [Virtual]

HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. For more than 130 years, HIAS has been helping refugees rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.   
ENL Tutors are matched with refugees and asylum seekers with varying levels of English, ranging from little to no English language skills, or greater conversational abilities. Through weekly sessions, tutors help refugees communicate with their neighbors, employers and service providers. Tutors can create their own lesson plans, or use HIAS’ materials to promote learning and cultural sharing. Tutors meet with their students for two hours per week for a duration of five months. Tutors must have prior experience teaching English to non-native speakers. Interested potential volunteers should click here to complete a volunteer profile.

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HIAS Career Mentor [Virtual]

Career Mentors help refugees and asylum seekers navigate employment in the United States. Finding a job is one of the first and most critical steps for our clients, putting them on the road to financial independence and a future career. Career Mentors may assist refugees and asylum seekers by:

  • Reviewing or creating a resume
  • Preparing a cover letter
  • Finding job opportunities via websites such as Indeed.com, Idealist.org, and LinkedIn

Professionals from diverse backgrounds are essential to help guide refugees to find an entry-level job, re-enter former professions, and upgrade current employment. Career Mentors meet with their students for two hours per week for a duration of five months.

Interested potential volunteers should click here to complete a volunteer profile.   

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Ruth’s Refuge [In Person]

Ruth's Refuge provides furniture and home essentials to refugees and asylum seekers rebuilding their lives in New York City.  The organization is located in Brooklyn. They are currently working with three Afghan families right now to get them set up in their new homes, and are expecting more referrals.

Ruth's Refuge needs volunteer lifters and drivers for apartment set-ups. They need volunteers to help with inventory and other behind the scenes work. They can also use volunteers with special skills in graphic design, communications, data management, logistics, and fundraising. They accept furniture donations and financial donations. They also have an Amazon.com wish list.

Please email Rabbi Brian at bfink@mmjccm.org if you are potentially interested in any of these opportunities.