Holiday Volunteer Opportunities in New York City

In this series, our nonprofit accounting staff share some great ways to give back, support nonprofits, and create good in your local community. With offices in Colorado, Michigan, and the East Coast, Altruic Advisors is connected to many different communities through our remote-working team of auditors and accountants. Today, we’re focusing on opportunities to assist nonprofit organizations in New York City.

I am always in awe of the beauty of this time of year, from lights and music to family traditions. For me, the most beautiful part of the season is the spirit of giving that’s in the air. Once your gift-giving with friends and family is over, why not continue your generosity by volunteering with a local nonprofit organization? Throughout New York City, there are many wonderful organizations that could use some help. Here are just a few examples that may be perfect for you and your family to lend a hand.

Animal Haven

If you love to work with animals, Animal Haven is an organization that works to find homes for abandoned dogs and cats in New York City and throughout the tri-state area. They also work with animals that need behavioral support in order to increase their chances for adoption. They have a need for volunteers to do a variety of things, including walking, feeding and handling, socializing, bathing animals, greeting guests, and other tasks. The minimum commitment is a standing 2-hour shift each week for at least six months. Volunteers are asked to make a one-time $40 donation, which covers the cost of your volunteer t-shirt, online scheduling, training, and application processing. Find more information on volunteer opportunities with Animal Haven here.

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is one of the largest public libraries in the world! If you have a love of reading, there are a number of opportunities to help out with the many programs offered by the library. The Library is currently seeking volunteer tutors in a variety of areas, including Spanish, knitting, and chess. Volunteers are also need to help assist at day, evening, and weekend events. Learn more about current volunteer opportunities and fill out an application here.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC

If you enjoy working with children and youths, you may want to reach out to Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. They are looking for mentors who will serve as positive, often life-long role models for a child by making a commitment to a simple, twice monthly meeting on your own schedule. BBBS of NYC matches volunteers over 21 years of age with children aged 7-17 in all five boroughs of New York City. The organization currently has a particular need for volunteers who reside in (or are willing to travel to) the outer boroughs. Learn more about how to get involved here.

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine

To help feed homeless members of the New York community, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine works to find innovative ways to rescue and donate wholesome cuisine that would otherwise be wasted. This unique organization enlists volunteers to pick up unwanted meals and deliver them to shelters. With shifts that typically last 30 minutes and the ability to set your own schedule, this is a great opportunity for busy individuals to give back. Hosting an event? You can also enroll to have your event’s leftovers donated to the needy through Rescuing Leftover Cuisine. Find more information on volunteer opportunities here.

The holiday season is the perfect time to reach out a helping hand to others!