The holiday season in New York is often defined by an explosion of lights along our avenues and streets, ice-skating rinks popping up in our beloved public plazas and parks, and holiday tunes being played by our favorite street performers. It’s also a season when we’re confronted by the challenges many of our fellow New Yorkers are enduring due to the dropping temperatures and the rising cost of living. Help to define this year’s holiday season by helping a neighbor in need.
Looking for a charity that's looking for volunteers? Here are a few options to simplify your search.
Church of the Village Community Meal (Soup Kitchen)
201 West 13th St | (212) 243-5470 | [email protected]
Each Saturday the Church of the Village serves roughly 225 hot meals to New York City's hungry. They welcome volunteers each Saturday and every third and fifth Saturday of the month their soup kitchen needs extra hands to help with the hot meal program. Volunteers will be needed to assist with serving lunch and cleaning up.
Greenwich Village Youth Council
(212) 979-2442 | [email protected]
Greenwich Village Youth Council could use your help during their afterschool programs or in support of their logistical and construction projects. Whatever you love to do or do best, they can help you figure out how to parlay that into service that helps our community’s youth.
God's Love We Deliver
166 Avenue of the Americas | (212) 294-8158 | [email protected]
God's Love We Deliver is committed to improving the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. Like to cook? Good at office work? Want to get out and see the city? Whatever your interests and talents may be, they probably have a volunteer opportunity for you!
6 East 32nd St 5th Floor | (646) 412-0600
City Harvest helps feed the more than one million New Yorkers who face hunger each year. There are a multitude of ways in which volunteers can help City Harvest ensure good food does not go to waste in our city. Initiatives include mobile markets, greenmarket rescues, repack assistant, office/special skills, nutrition education, special events and food drives.
New York Cares
65 Broadway, 19th Floor | (212) 402-1101
New York Cares has hundreds of ways you can make a difference in our city this holiday season. In addition to their Winter Wishes and Coat Drive programs, they run hundreds of volunteer opportunities around the holidays and throughout the year. You can find a list of their upcoming holiday projects here.