Volunteer at the Y


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Volunteer at the Y

For a few hours each week, you can be a writer, an artist, a teacher, or just change your corner of the world. Explore how volunteering at the Y can add new dimensions to your life.

See where YOU can make a difference!

While volunteering, gain an intimate perspective on our work in the community and with different projects.

Contact: Sam Schachter, Director of Volunteer Services at SSchachter@sfy.org 

Opportunities That We Offer:

People with Special Needs:

  •     Have a passion for working with children of different populations? Volunteer your time to teach the children in our programs a craft, musical skill, game, cooking, or much more! Be creative with your own talents to help teach the youth in our community.


  •      Design and implement a community-based fundraiser- choose your cause, scholarship fund or project for cause and we will assist you with the fundraising.
  •      Run food drive, special event, coordinate programs ( experienced required)
  •      Volunteer with your agency

Volunteer Opportunities for Teenagers:   

Basketball Buddies/ Soccer Stars/Karate Kids - Volunteer to be a "Coach" to a specific Buddy during one of these amazing programs. Work in a one-on-one setting with a child with special needs to help them learn basic and introductory skills in basketball, soccer, and karate. This opportunity requires the volunteer to commit to an orientation as well as the ten sessions which the program will run for.

  •      Teen council
  •      Teen summer volunteer opportunities
  •      Junior council

Work with Seniors:

  •      Alzheimer’s respite program and early stage program-assist in hands on activities with art projects, word games, music, and singing.
  •      Lead an enrichment, educational, exercise  or discussion group for seniors
  •      Lead enrichment, educational, exercise or discussion group through our virtual senior center e.g. - painting, music, cooking, science, history, Yiddish.
  •      Medical  advice  to seniors- must be  within the medical field e.g. Nurses, therapist ( occupational, physical, speech, psychotherapist), doctors ,nutritionist
  •      Sam’s Café- serve food to senior at our senior lunch program
  •      Caring calls- friendly visiting  and telephone reassurance to  isolated seniors
  •      Teach computers to seniors and/or set computer up for seniors in their home

Work with Children:

  •      Volunteer in preschool at sfy or bay terrace (mornings only)
  •      Homework help for after school program

Work with Teens


  • After School tutoring
  • Meditation

Work with Women in domestic violence

  •      Cell phone drive- collect cell phones
  •      Create safety backpacks

Work with Individuals who are unemployed or seeing career services:

  •      Conduct a workshop on  assisting with  finding employment
  •      Conduct workshop on  creating own business
  •      Conduct workshop or series workshops that train  individuals to change careers e.g. real estate, stock

Work in the office:

  •      Become a volunteer office assistant and play a crucial role in the day to day operations of our programs supporting people in need.
  •      Teach computers ( Microsoft programs, social media, graphics, QuickBooks, ebay)
  •      Volunteer to interview  for mock interview
  •      Edit and correct resume
  •      ESL teachers ( especially Asian languages)
  •      Be a career mentor

Sports events:

  •      Scoreboard keeper-  assist with score board for men’s, women’s and teens basketball league

Engage: Age With Purpose (Senior Volunteer Opportunities)

UJA-Federation of New York's Engage Service Corps is for boomers and beyond who want to effect powerful change within the community through hands-on activities. This new model of volunteering is perfect for the generation of game changers looking to reshape society at every stage of their lives.

Through Engage, you can use your skills, expertise, passion and leadership to address issues such as poverty, hunger, joblessness, education, the isolated elderly, and children with special needs - in a way that fits into your life.

(Members of Giving Dolls raise money for their program at their annual bake sale. The Giving Dolls program knits clothing for dolls which are given to children who have experienced trauma.)

So become part of a community of like-minded people who want to find real solutions to real problems.To apply to be an Engage Volunteer, you can click here. For more information, contact Sam by emailing sschachter@sfy.org to set up an interview.  


Are you passionate about volunteering? So are we.

Tap into what moves you most — poverty, aging, the environment, nearly any cause you can name, really — and we’ll help you move forward.

And with your help, we’ll reach our goal of one million hours of service.

Now’s the time.

Sign up on UJA’s new volunteer platform, Time for Good, New York’s go-to place for Jewish volunteerism. Your help is needed now more than ever.

Join thousands of Jewish New Yorkers as we gather to serve communities across New York, Long Island, and Westchester. We’ll be volunteering side by side on projects that address vital community needs.

Sign up at www.timeforgood.org/ to find your opportunity today, or to see upcoming Samuel Field Y Volunteer opportunities, click here.

Questions? Contact us at timeforgood@ujafedny.org.

UJA-Federation’s Time for Good is sponsored by the Himan Brown Charitable Trust.

Corporate sponsorship
Are you from a company or large group interested in bringing your employees to the Y for a meaningful volunteer experience? Contact Sam @ sschachter@sfy.org


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