City Meals On-Wheels
Every cent you give goes to creating a yummy meal for an elderly person living in NYC and you can even help hand-deliver food to those in need, too.
Food Bank New York City
Help stockpile the vast shelves of food at their warehouse, pack the meals up, or pour some on a hot plate and put it right in the hands of those who are hungry.
If you’ve got a green thumb, you can mulch, plant, and clean up local gardens or even just make sure that recycling and clean up happens at street fairs and other community events.
City of New York Parks and Recreation
Join in on special focused events like "It’s My Park Day," a one hundred park-wide cleanup day, or MillionTreesNYC, when 20,000 new trees are planted in just 24 hours.
Central Park Conservancy
Head to Central Park and clean up trash, become a greeter at one of the entrances to help tourists (and locals!) navigate the vast landscape, and more.
Walk along the water with friends and other ocean lovers and clear the beach of random trash. According to the organization, 18,000 miles was cleaned up in 2012!
Help a teen get the support they may need to rock at school (ages range from high school to college students).
Ace Mentor Program
This not-for-profit is solely meant to mentor high school students with an interest in architecture and construction and is focused on creating stellar future designers.
Free Arts NYC
Love to draw and paint? Work on a piece of art with a child (age range is 6 to 12) every week — to not only make something pretty but also to help them build good communication and social skills, too.
Let others buy your old clothes as well as other castoffs such as books, vases, furniture, etc., to help feed and house those living with HIV/AIDS — or even volunteer to help organize and ring up purchases at one of their thrift shops.
City Opera Thrift Shop
When you bring a bag of donations in, they’ll reimburse your cab receipt (up to $12!) or come to you to pick up larger items — all of which helps support their amazing performances.
The Salvation Army
Bring in your fall cleaning surplus, plus buy new finds while in a store — or get into giving more than ever this holiday season by volunteering to be a bell ringer (yes, that’s the title!) or organizing a toy drive.
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
If you had to stay in the hospital, wouldn’t you want to be sung to, read to, or just play a game of Chutes And Ladders? And, if you have a special talent (singer, comedian, magic) you can offer to put on a little show for patients, too.
NYU Langone Medical Center
There are a range of gigs they need assistance with, from sitting at the information desk to welcoming patients and visitors at entry points to assisting in recreation and social events for those who are there for an extended stay.
NY Methodist Hospital
Help a little newborn put on some weight and get out of the hospital faster by being a volunteer cuddler in their Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.