For more information, or if you’d like to speak to someone directly, please call Rick Akin, Director of Volunteer Services, at (212) 803-5720.
Please note that the following are strictly typical volunteer projects; new needs come up rather frequently. You should also understand that you are not limited to program for individuals. Feel free to review our small and larger group activities as well. If you have any skill(s) or interest not found below, please let us know!
Through a 24/7 program, our staff based Outreach Team encounters many homeless individuals that are reluctant to use services or have found the available resources unmanageable and overwhelming. These clients are provided with counseling, information and advocacy in pursuing services, rights and resources. Every individual engaged by Project Rescue is given the opportunity to access the services most suited to their needs. Outreach Workers utilize every available resource, including BRC programs such as the Chemical Dependency Crisis Center, the Reception Center and the Project Rescue Drop-in Center.
Volunteers are needed to help us continue in our Outreach efforts through our auxiliary Volunteer Outreach Team. All teams are Manhattan based, specifically located in areas with the highest need. Hours are in the evenings from 7pm-9:30pm or in the mornings from 8am-10:30am. Volunteer teams will be comprised of a minimum of three individuals per shift, with a maximum of four to five each.
Please note that in order to insure the success of this project, we do ask for an initial weekly commitment for three months.
In order to continue to provide healthful meals and snacks for our clients, several of our residential programs and drop-in centers require additional assistance in their respective kitchens and dining areas with food preparation and service, clean-up afterwards and more. The time and needs vary by location so please get in touch if this is of particular interest to you.
Volunteers are needed to assist in various administrative assistant capacities from taking inventory, filing, document shredding, copying, internet research, front desk reception, data entry, reception and more. If you have the time, enjoy working with others in the social work field, and are flexible enough to do what needs to be done at a moment's notice, this is the job for you. Whether you have a couple of hours to spare, a full day, or if you would like to become a regular, long term assistant, we would love to hear from you.
Are you an experienced Tai Chi, light yoga or a low impact aerobics instructor? Perhaps you're a licensed personal trainer and are familiar with basic work out routines. If so, bring your athletic skills to our clients and assist them in increasing their flexibility and movement! Whether due to age or physical impairments, some of our clients would truly benefit from your expertise and guidance. Please note that this is a very light, low impact session.
Ballroom Dance Instructors
Do you have a passion for ballroom dance? Are you able to convey that enthusiasm, tap into it and teach our seniors? Dancing is not only one of the single greatest means to socialize with one another, but a great way to exercise. If you have the time and the interest to teach others, this is the perfect opportunity for you! Mandarin, Cantonese or Fujan speaking volunteers are especially encouraged.
Photographer / Videographer
If you are particularly talented in photography and videography, BRC can absolutely use your help in creating a library of photos and footage to be used in future marketing endeavors. Whether portrait shots, landscapes, events or staff in action, our needs vary. We can also use someone with access to video taping and editing equipment that is capable of creating educational tools for our clients' vocational training, as well as for marketing videos for the community at large.
Creative Writing / Poetry Workshop
Are you an aspiring poet and are familiar with proper form and function in a poem? Have you wanted to read your work aloud and inspire others to do the same? Perhaps you love to write short stories and enjoy sharing your talent with others. If so, our creative writing/poetry program is the perfect volunteer position for you. In an effort to bring freeform thoughts, hopes, dreams and ideas to the written word, we encourage our clients and residents to participate in various exercises, whether through a poem, a story or even a letter home.
Conversational English Tutors
A number of our clients are seniors who, although English speaking, would like to learn proper pronunciation through social speech training. With the use of newspapers and magazines, we need volunteers who have the time to sit with one to three clients at a time in order to simply read aloud articles, encourage the clients to read aloud, and engage one another in casual conversation in English. This is a great opportunity for volunteers who are currently studying to be a teacher!
Computer Tutoring and Monitoring
A number of BRC programs are either directly involved in specific vocational training such as resume writing or job hunting, while others simply provide computer stations for our clients' continued edification. If you have a strong grasp of basic computer fundamentals, such as desktop manipulation, creating and saving documents, cutting and pasting and more, as well as a fair understanding of the Internet and basic Microsoft Office products such as Word and Excel, we can use your skills. Some clients do have a decent knowledge, while others are starting from scratch. Whatever the case may be, we can still use your assistance by answering their questions and showing them the technical ropes.
Guest Speaker - Vocational Training Workshop
Have you ever switched gears midway through your career? Have you changed your life's ambition from one career to another? If you've answered "yes" to either of these questions and you are comfortable speaking in front of small groups, we can use your help! In order to assist our clients and residents in their efforts to find employment, BRC provides varying levels and phases of vocational training. One such component involves a presentation by an individual who is currently in the workforce, especially those who have discovered a new passion or skill later in life, hence changing your goals and focus. Topics could include the challenges in keeping a job, what employers look for in individuals they hire, how to resolve work conflicts, how to deal with a difficult boss, and more. Volunteer and be an inspiration!
Actual times and program locations will vary based upon the volunteer position, as well as your own availability. Contact Rick Akin of Volunteer Services at (212) 803-5720 or RAkin@BRC.org for more information.