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10 Drop-In Volunteer Events in NYC This Summer

By / June 6, 2018
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Whether you want to help build young writers’ confidence or clean up your neighborhood park while getting some exercise in, there’s no need to go through a long screening process with mandatory work hours for these unique volunteer events. Simply sign up and come out. You’ll give back to your neighborhood and meet some cool people at the same time.

Litter Clean Up at McCarren Park

McCarren Park Baseball Fields

Do something a little different for happy hour: Round up some friends and help clean up McCarren Park in Williamsburg with the Good.Clean.Fun. organization and a bunch of your neighbors.


“Love Your Neighbor” Urban Farming Volunteer Day

The Youth Farm

Join the Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee for a day of work and kinship on a Brooklyn farm. Turn compost, plant flowers, and weed garden beds, then reflect on your morning over lunch together.

$0 - $17 / RSVP
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Gifted Hands Monthly Knitting Circle

Manhattan's East Side

Bring your sticks to this monthly knitting circle, where you'll use your skills to craft the exact items that local communities need right now.


Ploggercise Along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway

Dog Day Cyclery

The Swedish fitness craze of "plogging," or jogging and picking up trash at the same time, comes to the Brooklyn waterfront this summer, led by a personal trainer who loves your city as much as you do


Encourage Young Writers at a Children’s Writing Workshop

Creative Minds Nyc Inc

Become a "Story Pirate" for a night and help influence young people to keep writing with positive feedback and helpful discussion, all while enjoying heartwarming stories and unique talents.


Connecting through Service: Dinner for Homeless LGBTQ Youth

New Alternatives For LGBT Homeless Youth

Help New Alternatives achieve their mission of empowering homeless LGBTQ youth by spending an evening preparing and serving dinner at their headquarters, followed by a time for reflection.


Fort Tryon Park Beautification Day

Margaret Corbin Circle in Fort Tryon Park

At this beautiful park's monthly clean-up day, you'll help paint, plant, and weed, while enjoying a beautiful view over the Hudson river.

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Prepare and Serve Dinner to Homeless Guests

The Bowery Mission

Bring joy (and food) to over 200 people in need at The Bowery Mission's monthly volunteer-based dinner, where you'll prep ingredients, serve on the buffet, and help clean up after.


Make Compost with the NYC Compost Project

Every Wednesday and the last Saturday of the Month through October

Queens Botanical Garden

Learn how compost works (and how to make it) with the NYC Compost Project at the Queens Botanical Garden, improving both your gardening skills and our local green spaces at the same time.


Volunteer At The Brighton Beach Food Pantry

Thursdays 9:15 AM - 2:00 PM in June and July

Brighton Beach

Help local seniors and immigrants gain autonomy with their food choices by helping them navigate the food pantry's digital shopping program. Afterwards, enjoy a free pizza lunch with fellow volunteers



Quinne Myers is a writer, illustrator, apparel designer, and lingerie industry pundit living in Brooklyn. Loves sweaty concert dancing, eating dessert, feeling feelings, and petting every dog.

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