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Don't Walk By 2020 - Downtown Outreach

Rescue Alliance

Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 12:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

Don't Walk By 2020 - Downtown Outreach

Registration Information

Type Remaining End Quantity
Outreach Volunteer
Outreach volunteers walk a neighborhood or ride a subway line looking to meet and invite people experiencing homelessness back to the host site. Outreach volunteers will be pre-assigned a team and outreach team leader.
226 Registrations Jan 28, 2020 Free  
Outreach Team Leader (Training Required)
Outreach team leaders lead a group of volunteers in outreach on the streets or subway lines, and will be pre-assigned. Outreach team leaders are REQUIRED to attend training before serving.
55 Registrations Jan 28, 2020 Free  
Hospitality Volunteer
Hospitality volunteers serve at the host site in roles pertaining to serving guests, including meal service, clothing distribution, medical care, prayer, and resource connection.
58 Registrations Jan 28, 2020 Free  
Host Site Volunteer   more info 14 Registrations Jan 28, 2020 Free  
Transportation Volunteer
Transportation volunteers assists van drivers in providing transport to teams and guests during the outreach.
15 Registrations Jan 28, 2020 Free  
Interpreter Volunteer (Bilingual+ Only)
Interpreter volunteers will assist with Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, American Sign Language, and other language interpretation, and will be pre-assigned to a role based on need.
8 Registrations Jan 28, 2020 Free  
Medical Team Volunteer (Certified Professionals Only)
Medical team volunteers will provide mobile care to guests at the host site. Volunteers in this role will be required to provide appropriate credentials and/or certification in order to serve as a skilled professional.
18 Registrations Jan 28, 2020 Free  
Social Worker Volunteer (Certified Professionals Only)
Social worker volunteers will assist in providing assessment and resources to guests at the host site. Volunteers in this role will be required to provide appropriate credentials and/or certification in order to serve as a skilled professional.
10 Registrations Jan 28, 2020 Free  

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Event Details

Don't Walk By is an annual winter outreach to people experiencing homelessness in New York City. Volunteer teams canvass the streets and subway lines of Manhattan looking to meet and our neighbors in need. Outreach teams meet new friends on the street and invite them to dinner at a host site. Here guests are offered a hot meal, and a range of additional items and services such as clothing, basic medical care, overnight hospitality at a partner facility, and the option to enter longer term programs.


Now in its 12th year, Don’t Walk By 2020 will take place across the first four Saturdays of February at four different host site locations. Each Saturday’s outreach will cover a quadrant of Manhattan and mobilizes up to 400 volunteers.


Feb 1 - Downtown Outreach at Oversea Chinese Mission


Feb 8 - Eastside Outreach at Central Presbyterian Church


Feb 15 - Westside Outreach at W83 Ministry Center


Feb 22 - Uptown Outreach at Harlem Temple Corps



Please read the below to figure out the best way to register yourself and/or your group.


Outreach teams are created and assigned by DWB leadership with the goal of a safe and satisfying experience for our volunteers and guests. It is important that all volunteers in any role, on or off site, remember that changes are made to improve each week's outreach and it is vital to be flexible. Your preference to serve with other volunteers will be taken into consideration and accommodated where possible, but we do not guarantee preference for team assignments.


Important things to know about volunteering with us before you register:


  1. Outreach volunteers can sign up one guest registrant during registration. By doing this, you are letting us know that you would like to serve alongside your guest.
  2. You will need to sign up for each Saturday separately. You can only register for one role per Saturday.

  3. Volunteers participate in the entire day; 12:30 to 8 p.m., unless you hear from Don’t Walk By about different details for a specific role.

  4. If you sign up to be an Outreach Team Leader, participation in at least one leadership training session is required.

  5. If you register for a position that you are not qualified to fulfill (i.e. medical team), we will cancel that registration and send you a notification encouraging you to sign up instead for a position for which you are qualified. If the outreach week you chose is full, we will encourage you to sign up for one of the other Saturdays.

  6. You must be at least 18-years-old to volunteer.



Don’t Walk By is guest-centric and volunteer-driven. It only happens with your participation. Thank you! We depend on you and all other registered volunteers to show up on the day  Please treat this commitment as seriously as you do your paid work. We know unpredictable things happen in life, but as part of living out your desire to make DWB great, please let us know as soon as you know that you can no longer volunteer. 


Important: If you are unable to attend, please cancel your registration or send us an email at with your name, the position you signed up for, and the date that you signed up to volunteer.



If you'd like to give financially to Don't Walk By and provide resources for our guests please select the option to donate above. We will not be receiving any material donations (such as hygiene kits or clothing) on the day of the outreach.

Have questions about Don't Walk By 2020 - Downtown Outreach? Contact Rescue Alliance

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Oversea Chinese Mission
154 Hester Street
Main entrance on Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10013

Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 12:30 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)

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Rescue Alliance

Rescue Alliance is a collaboration of faith-based organizations working together to restore the well-being of homeless men, women, and children in New York City. We are dreaming of a city where everyone belongs. 

Rescue Alliance partners include The Bowery Mission, NYC Rescue Mission, New York City Relief, The Salvation Army, and Hope for New York. 

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