News Volunteer in NYC: Where to lend a helping hand By Lauren Cook Updated April 11, 2016 1:00 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Volunteering is a win-win for everyone; not only are you helping your community, but the result can give you a sense of accomplishment and purpose. The city is filled with so many volunteering opportunities it can be hard to know where to start or how to narrow down your search. So in honor of National Volunteering Week (April 10-16), here are a few volunteering opportunities to check out in New York City. Volunteer at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe Photo Credit: HousingWorksBookstore via Flickr An organization that aims to end homelessness and AIDS through advocacy, Housing Works provides myriad volunteer opportunities in New York City. Are you a book worm? Volunteer at the Bookstore Café on Crosby Street in Manhattan. Or maybe you get a thrill out of making that amazing thrift store discovery? Then volunteering at one of Housing Works' 13 different thrift stores in New York City is right up your alley. Proceeds from these initiatives go toward helping New Yorkers impacted by homelessness and HIV/AIDS. To learn more, head to housingworks.org/volunteer. Day of service at Fort Wadsworth Photo Credit: Scott Beale via Flickr With Earth Day around the corner, the Student Conservation Association is recruiting volunteers to help clean up historic Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island. On April 19, join your fellow New Yorkers in preserving a part of local history right along New York Harbor. Volunteers will be repairing trails, repainting park structures and removing trash and debris from the park's beaches. Lunch will be provided and you get a sweet volunteer T-shirt, too. To learn more, head to thesca.org. Make a new friend through a seniors program Photo Credit: Heights and Hills You can never have too many friends, right? Heights and Hills, a Brooklyn-based organization committed to promoting "successful aging in the community," is in need of volunteers to spend time with seniors who are homebound. As part of the organization's Friendly Visiting program, you'll get to know your new senior friend through routine visits where you can chat and share interests. Heights and Hills works with seniors in 19 Brooklyn neighborhoods. To learn more, head to heightsandhills.org/volunteer. Volunteer with KittyKind cat adoption center Photo Credit: KittyKind Do you love animals more than most people? KittyKind, a nonprofit, no-kill cat adoption group, is in need of volunteers at its adoption center inside the Petco in Union Square. Show some love by helping to feed, clean and care for these furry felines. KittyKind is completely run by volunteers, according to its website. Aside from caring for adoptable pets, you can volunteer at events and fundraisers, and help with administrative work. To learn more, head to kittykind.org/volunteer. Help feed those in need with City Harvest Photo Credit: Getty Images / Arun Nevader For decades, City Harvest has been dedicated to feeding the city's hungry. The organization offers a host of volunteering opportunities, including food drives and office projects, for both individuals and groups. Love to cook? City Harvest is looking for nutrition education volunteers to share their passion for healthy cooking with fellow New Yorkers. To learn more, head to cityharvest.org/volunteer. Build up your community with Habitat for Humanity NYC Photo Credit: Habitat for Humanity NYC Even if you've never picked up a hammer in your life, you can still make a difference with Habitat for Humanity NYC. Currently, the organization is accepting volunteers for both on-site construction projects at homes in Staten Island, Queens and Brooklyn, as well as for its community revitalization program called Brush with Kindness. To learn more, head to habitatnyc.org/volunteer. Help those less fortunate at a homeless shelter Photo Credit: St. James’ Church The homeless shelter at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church, in partnership with St. James' Church, is in need of volunteers in the early evening and overnight. Volunteers are asked to greet and help check in guests at the 12-bed shelter, prepare meals and make sure everyone is comfortable with blankets, linens and toiletries. To learn more, head to stjames.org/service/shelter. Mentor a child in need through The Family Center Photo Credit: The Family Center Do you have a knack for working with kids? Then you might want to consider becoming a mentor through The Family Center's Just Buddies program. According to the organization's website, The Just Buddies program matches adults with children "who have been affected by a family crisis or loss." Currently, the organization is accepting applicants who are willing to commit to at least a year of volunteering with a child. Pick up your mentee and head to the park, a movie or grab some lunch -- just enjoy the day and each other's company. To learn more, head to thefamilycenter.org. Help people with disabilities succeed through GallopNYC Photo Credit: GallopNYC Gallop your way into the hearts of children and adults with disabilities by volunteering with GallopNYC -- an organization dedicated to providing therapeutic horse riding for people in need. You can help escort riders as they receive lessons from a licensed instructor. No prior experience with horses is necessary. GallopNYC will provide you with the necessary skills before you get started. (Pictured: GallopNYC rider Kimberly Sue rides Mocha in the Annual Horse Show, with the help of GallopNYC volunteer Lilli.) To learn more, head to gallopnyc.org/how-to-help/volunteer. Beautify Hudson River Park with the GreenTeam Photo Credit: Hudson River Park via Facebook If you have got a green thumb, the HRPGreenTeam might be the right volunteering opportunity for you. The GreenTeam meets one Saturday a month from March to October in an effort to beautify Hudson River Park. Get your hands dirty by planting, weeding and mulching, among other gardening tasks. Who wouldn't want to make New York City's green space even more beautiful than it already is? To learn more, head to hudsonriverpark.org. By Lauren Cook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.