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 RSVP at 631-979-9490 and speak to one of our Coordinators. Either Terri on extension 15 or Denise on extension 16 will be happy to help you.
Options for Community Living, Inc is committed to assisting individuals and families in need to develop their fullest potential for independent living. Our programs help vulnerable Long Islanders prepare for the demands and responsibilities of community life and promote housing permanency, health, safety and welfare. Options operates a community thrift shop in Ronkonkoma and regularly seeks volunteers to help operate the shop. Volunteers help price, sort, display, pack merchandise and sell donated clothing and household goods. The thrift shop also provides a pre-vocational volunteer opportunity for individuals residing in Options’ residential programs. Volunteers work with the residents to help them develop customer service, financial management, and store maintenance skills. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm.
Island Harvest Food Bank provided food to over 500,000 Long Islanders in need in 2020. Volunteers assist with sorting and packing food, giving out food to clients, farming and gardening, data entry, deliveries, client intake and much more!
United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island is looking for volunteers to bring their passion and share their hobby of interest with individuals or small groups of adults with developmental disabilities, looking to increasing their knowledge and skills in the areas of art, music, fitness and crafts.
Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center, in Wyandanch, has an urgent need for volunteers to assist in the Food Pantry by organizing and restocking food shelves. This task does require some lifting. Also needed are volunteers to prepare food bags for Day Shelter clients. And lastly, volunteers are needed to help and sort clothing in the Clothing Room.
Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts is excited to announce their reopening. They are now accepting new volunteers to welcome theatre goers, check tickets, usher patrons to their seats and hand out playbills.
The American Red Cross is in need of volunteers to help with disaster relief as well as outreach to the community.
Harmony House in Kings Park’s “Respite Care Beyond Reproach” is in need of warm, loving volunteers to be a companion and share their love of music, exercise or just good humor with seniors who are being cared for in a small family-like setting. Help is needed from 10 am to 5 pm, or any time in between!
Located in Kings Park, St. Johnland is looking for volunteers and will be very happy to match your areas of interest from clerical to hands-on with the residents. They have a full calendar of events daily from sing-a-longs to arts and crafts, adapted exercise, book club, bingo, men’s club and much more. If you have a pet therapy dog, that would be welcomed too!
Central Islip Adult Day Health Services is looking for volunteers to help with arts and crafts, bingo, cooking club, computer discussion, exercise, garden club, sing-a-longs and board games. Spanish and Creole language speaking would be a great asset. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday, 10 – 11:45 am and 1 – 3 pm.
Welcome Friends of Greater Port Jefferson is a soup kitchen that serves meals in four churches in the Port Jefferson area. It is volunteer run, and they ask that you have a sense of humor, patience and sensitivity.
Cooks are always needed as well as volunteers to pick up food from lsland Harvest and local markets. They also need coordinators to help serve and assist the cooks.
Pronto of Long Island, located in Bay Shore, is in need of volunteers for many various tasks. Their main mission is to feed the hungry, but they also have a Thrift Center where they accept clothes, shoes, coats, etc. Bi-lingual volunteers are a definite plus but not a necessity. Clerical help is needed in the office as well as in the ESL and computer classes. And volunteers to help in the Pantry and Thrift Center are always welcome!
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.
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 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, volunteering in the Ombudsmen Program and helping children as pre-school aides. The need for volunteers is especially great on Long Island’s East End.
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.
John T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson is in need of volunteers to help in the Gift Shop as well as their Thrift Shop. They are also in need of volunteers to help with clerical support in the Wound Therapy Department.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Call (631) 979-9490 or email us for more information at email@example.com and find out how you can share your lifetime of experience with your community.