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15 Easy Ways to Volunteer in NYC This Month

By / January 10, 2019

It’s no secret that New Yorkers are pros at paying it forward, so we’re here to share some volunteering opportunities in NYC that call for your time and attention this February. Find a cause you’re passionate about and get ready to start making a difference.

Beautify Red Hook Parks

Red Hook Recreation Center

Start getting this waterfront neighborhood in shape for springtime by getting your hands a little dirty and taking part in weeding, mulching, planting, raking, painting, and other tasks.


World Wetlands Day: Plumb Beach Marsh Cleanup

Plumb Beach (Gateway National Recreation Area)

Help clean and protect the wetlands of Brooklyn (yes, the borough does have nature) by removing debris and other trash from the beach area.


Year of the Pig Community Art Project

Queens Botanical Garden

Celebrate the Lunar New Year at this drop-in class to create collaborative sculptures that honor the Year of the Pig. Then, see the project on display at the Garden throughout February.


First Saturday Trail Party at Wolfe’s Pond Park

Wolfe's Pond Park Beach House

Bring your bike and go off-roading for seven miles before building and maintaining trails at this Staten Island park.


Preparing Meals at God’s Love We Deliver

God's Love We Deliver

Give back before you even get to work at this early morning meal prep session that includes chopping veggies and packaging meals to be delivered to New Yorkers in need.


Pets Are Wonderful Support Volunteer Orientation

134 W. 29th St.

PAWS is holding their latest orientation for animal lovers looking to join the nonprofit. Volunteers are expected to help walk dogs, clean litter boxes, and transport pets to and from vet visits.


Volunteering at The Campaign Against Hunger

The Campaign Against Hunger

Sort items and serve clients at this pantry that provides free meals to fellow New Yorkers.


CLOTH’s Community Clean Up

155th Street and Harlem River Drive

Spend a Saturday afternoon removing dirt, leaves, and garbage from the John T. Brush Stairway area. Volunteers will be treated to light snacks, water, and coffee or hot chocolate from Dunkin' Donuts.


Turn & Learn Compost Work Day

Compost Demonstration Site in Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Learn about compost in this hands-on lesson where all participants must bring along a water bottle, wear closed-toed shoes, and be okay with getting a little dirty.


Museum at Eldridge Street Volunteering

Museum at Eldridge Street

If you’re a history buff, sign up to learn how you can share your love for the past with museum visitors as a docent or program volunteer.


Behind The Book Writing Coaches

PS 125

Volunteer with Behind the Book, a non-profit literacy organization that help New York City public school students to channel their creativity through writing stories.


Volunteers to Work With Young Entrepreneurs Workshop

Brooklyn Public Library - Macon Branch

Help supervise weekly workshops with kids who are interested in growing a start-up business. Topics will cover product development, market research, social media marketing, and business management.


Sustainable Fashion Clothing Swap

Project Farmhouse

If you're passionate about mitigating the fashion industry’s impact on people and the planet, join this event to find out how you can help make a difference. All kinds of skills are needed!


Working with Youth in the Garden

GreenThumb Office

Join GreenThumb to find out how you can begin hosting young helpers in your local gardens to foster a love of the outdoors and community.


Volunteer Orientation at Sean Casey Animal Rescue

Sean Casey Animal Rescue (SCAR)

Whether you're interested in walking adoptable dogs or helping to clean the shelter, swing by this bi-monthly session to learn how to get involved.



Melanie is a Jersey girl who now calls Brooklyn home. She’s written for Fuse TV, MTV News, Interview Magazine and more, and enjoys creating content that informs, inspires and entertains people. She’s passionate about music, running, cheese and dachshunds, and her husband fully accepts her love affair with NYC.

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