Volunteer Opportunities

Learn about places to volunteer.

The following are just some of the many Volunteer Opportunities that RSVP has to offer. For these, and to find out about many other opportunities, please call and speak to one of RSVP’s Volunteer Coordinators: Terri Catania 631-979-9490 x15 or Denise Passarelli 631-979-9490 x23.

The Cohalan Court Children Center in Central Islip is in need of volunteers to help the professional childcare providers care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years while their parents are in Family Court. The center is open daily from 9 am to 1 pm.

The Babylon Historical Society is looking for volunteers to serve as docents at the museum on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2 – 4 pm

The Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, located in beautiful Shirley, NY is in need of Saturday volunteers to help out at their Visitor Center. This would be a great fit for someone who enjoys and would like to share the beauty of nature.

Long Island Blood Services is looking for volunteers to greet donors and assist the nurses during blood drives.

This wonderful organization, Rebuilding Together Long Island, services locations throughout Suffolk County. Volunteers are needed to assist in home repairs and modifications to make homes accessible and safe for low income, veterans or physically-challenged seniors.

Many varied and wonderful volunteer positions are available at the Family Service League at their locations in Huntington, Riverhead and Bay Shore. Some of these are tutoring, mentoring, computer literacy, translating and helping children as pre-school aides. There is also a need for volunteers to participate in the Ombudsman Program.

The Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, located in Smithtown, includes both a history and nature museum. The volunteer duties they are looking for include Park Ambassadors to greet visitors and answer questions, trail maintenance and gardening and general carpentry. Volunteers would be exempt from the NY State Park parking fee and would receive free admission to events sponsored by the Preserve.

Mercy Haven’s mission is to acknowledge the dignity and potential of people who are homeless, living with mental illness or living in poverty by providing housing, advocacy, education and life skills development. Currently, they are in need of volunteers for “Breakthrough,” 1 12-week homeless outreach and education program. Volunteers would serve as mentors (training provided) and help prepare meals for program participants.

Three Village Meals on Wheels is in need of outgoing, compassionate and personable volunteers to deliver mid-day meals to homebound seniors. Meals (8 maximum) are picked up from either St. Charles Hospital or John T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson. Volunteers are asked to do 1 day per week, Mon.-Fri. Total time involved is approximately 2 hours. This volunteer service can be used as a tax write off for gas.

The Open Door Exchange, located in Port Jefferson Station, serves needy families on Long Island. Many are transitioning from difficult circumstances such as homelessness. The goal of the Exchange is to rebuild hope by helping them furnish their homes in a dignified manner. Enthusiastic and compassionate volunteers are needed for many different jobs. If you can’t volunteer, please consider a donation of gently-used furniture. Donations – please call 631-941-4271.

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson is in need of a volunteer to help with clerical support in their Wound Therapy Department. They are also looking for someone to help in their Thrift Shop.

The Sachem Community Youth Services in Ronkonkoma is looking for volunteers for tutoring and mentoring.

St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Smithtown is in need of a volunteer to assist with clerical duties. The position does not require computer skills. They are also in need of volunteers to help out in the Gift Shop, especially on weekends. The Gift Shop is open from 9 am to 3 pm.

Do you enjoy the salt air and walking along the ocean shore? If so, you might consider a volunteer position at the Fire Island National Seashore. Many different opportunities are available.

RSVP’s HIICAP (Health Insurance Information Counseling Assistance Program) is in need of volunteers to assist seniors with their concerns involving Medicare. Training will be provided and mentoring with seasoned HIICAP Counselors will be available. Please call Maryflorence Brennan at 631-979-9490 x14 for more information.

Senior Net is in need of clerical support at their Huntington and Bellport locations.

The Wyandanch Senior Center is looking for a volunteer to lead a Yoga Class as well as a Tai Chi Instructor. They would also like to have a volunteer teach a Spanish class.

The Patchogue YMCA is in need of volunteers to help with clerical support such as assisting at the front desk. Any time you can give Monday through Friday from 1 pm to 4 pm would be greatly appreciated.

The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum is located at 301 Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor. The museum is looking for volunteers to meet and greet, handle purchases in the gift shop, assist with school and family programs and perform various clerical tasks.

Walt Whitman Birthplace in Melville is calling all Walt Whitman lovers to volunteer as tour guides, gift shop helpers and computer-literate helpers. Weekend volunteers are especially needed.

The Long Island Seaport & Ecology Center in beautiful Port Jefferson is in need of a computer-savvy volunteer to help maintain their website and also generate its tri-annual newsletter.

Good Shepherd Hospice in Melville is looking for a volunteer to help in the office with filing and data entry.

The East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation has some very interesting volunteer opportunities in the Greenport area. From May to October, they could use volunteers to work as guides, read to children attending their museum program and serve as hosts on light cruises. Also needed are volunteers to work on exhibit installations and assist in maintaining the historic Long Bar (Bug) Lighthouse.

Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk is in need of caring and compassionate volunteers to visit hospice patients in their homes to provide much-needed companionship and respite for the caregivers. Volunteers are also needed in the thrift shop (Huntington) and as administrative help (Main Street, Northport).

The Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook has many opportunities for volunteers such as recreation assistants, assisting with one-on-one recreation therapy, trip volunteers, and giving special attention to residents in the Reflections Unit who have different forms of dementia.

RSVP’s Community Computer Connections Program is looking for computer refurbishers, delivery people and installers. Join this wonderful program and refurbish computers to be given to low-income families and individuals in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The Long Island Maritime Museum in Sayville is looking for tour guides for children tours. They are also in need of a volunteer grounds and maintenance person and anyone interested in gardening as well as someone to answer phones and work at the front desk and gift shop.

If you live on the East End of Long Island, perhaps you might consider become a volunteer with East End Meals on Wheels. These volunteers deliver two nourishing meals per day, Monday – Friday, to clients throughout the town of East Hampton. They are also a reassuring presence to their clients, a daily reminder that while they may be living alone, they are not alone!

Dominican Village

Dominican Village, a non-profit retirement community and assisted living residence, located in Amityville, is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of ways: clerical, senior exercise, bridge, canasta, fundraising, party planning and accompanying residents on trips. If any of these opportunities interests you, please call Terri at the number above.

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The Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center serves Wyandanch and the surrounding communities. They provide food, clothing, education and other supportive services to those in need. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: receptionist/secretary, clerical, food pantry workers, clothing room helpers, etc. Compassion and the desire to help others is all that is needed. Bilingual is a plus, and water and snacks are provided for volunteers. If interested, please call Terri at (631) 979-9490 ext. 15.

John T. Mather Hospital

John T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson is in need of a volunteer to help with clerical support in their Wound Therapy Department. They also are looking for someone to help in their Thrift Shop. If you are interested in either of these wonderful positions, please call RSVP Coordinator, Denise Passarelli, at (631) 979-9490 ext. 10.

RSVP’s Telephone Reassurance Program

RSVP’s Telephone Reassurance Program is in need of volunteers to make daily phone calls to home-bound seniors. This important call monitors their well being and provides some much-needed socialization. The program takes place Mon.-Fri. at RSVPӳ Smithtown and Amagansett offices. If you have some time one day a week for this very important volunteer position, please call Telephone Reassurance Coordinator, Maggie D'Amico, at (631) 979-9490, ext. 21.

New York State Wildlife Refuge Center FireIsland National Seashore

The New York State Wildlife Refuge Center in Shirley and the FireIsland National Seashore are in need of volunteers. The Refuge Center is in need of greeters in the Visitor Center. They also need help in the nature store. Various shifts are available and training is provided. Many opportunities are available at the National Seashore. Please call RSVP Coordinator Terri at (631) 979-9490, ext. 15 if you are interested in either of these amazing sites.

Bethany Hospitality Soup Kitchen

Bethany Hospitality Soup Kitchen in Central Islip is in great need of volunteers to help set up and serve meals to the needy. Please contact Terri on extension 15 if you are interested.


Call (631) 979-9490 or email us for more information at info@rsvpsuffolk.org and find out how you can share your lifetime of experience with your community.

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