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Opportunities for Youth

Volunteering is a great way for you to grow from new experiences, develop new skills, expand your worldview, and use your time to make a difference. According to, "Admissions officers also love to see community service on college applications. Having community service experience means you’re passionate about making a difference in the world and are ready to take action and be involved."
Whether you are looking to volunteer with friends, complete volunteer service hour requirements, or volunteer for a cause or passion that you feel strongly about, Volunteer New York! is here to help you on your volunteer journey. Here are quick links to find opportunities in our system sorted by minimum age requirements:
IMPORTANT: School-issued email addresses do not allow communications from outside of the school's network. To ensure that Volunteer New York! and its partner nonprofits can reach you about your volunteer projects, please avoid using your school-issued email address.
Need additional help? Give us a call at 914-948-4452 or schedule a time to speak with a volunteer placement specialist.



Youth Volunteer Guidebook

The Youth Volunteer Guidebook is the perfect companion app for young people who are interested in volunteer service and community leadership development. Download the free app today on Apple and Android devices: 


Frequently asked questions about the app:

  • What's inside the app?
    • Info for young people to help get them started volunteering locally
    • A directory of local nonprofits organizations organized for age group and impact area
    • Info about upcoming Volunteer New York! events, additional resources, videos, a youth blog, and more!
  • How much does it cost?
    • Free
  • Do I have to create a separate account or provide personal details to use it?
    • No. Creating a user profile within the app is optional.
    • Click SKIP on the top of the screen after opening the app for the first time to skip logging in or creating a profile.
  • Who is it for?
    • Local young people and students who are interested in serving locally or completing volunteer hour requirements.
    • This app can also be used by parents, families, counselors, mentors, and teachers as a conversation starter, teaching tool, and research aid.
  • Where does support for the app come from?
    • The Youth Volunteer Guidebook was launched in 2017 with support from the Carvel Foundation.



Schools and Groups

The benefits of service are tenfold. Volunteer service is a great way for youth to connect with their local communities and explore various career paths. As such, we provide a variety of support for local education facilities and youth groups. In addition to our referral database and Youth Volunteer Guidebook, our staff can provide support for your program.
To get started you can:



Family Volunteering

Opportunities for Youth and Families (all ages)

Re-defining family time with service as a family activity! Volunteer service is a great way for families to work together and to bond over common interests. Our website provides a variety of tools for families who are looking to play an active role in their communities. Whether it is for a single day or for a long-term project, your family can make a difference and create memories along the way. Here are a couple of ways to get started:

  • Find a service project for your family through our service database or through the Youth Volunteer Guidebook.
  • Register your family as a team in our database
  • Get involved during one of our community-wide days of service
  • Find seasonal volunteer opportunities
  • Join a local program that encourages volunteerism and family involvement.

For more information on how your family can serve please email us at or call 914-227-9301.




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