Community Service Opportunities and Resources

These opportunities are for educators, students, and school leaders who want to develop community service activities with their school.

All Schools

Participate in Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Student Series Programs

The Student Series programs allow students at all grade levels to support LLS in finding a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myeloma and in improving the quality of life for patients and their families. Pennies for Patients is a three-week program for elementary and middle schools in which students collect change and raise funds online. By participating in Pennies for Patients, teachers have the opportunity to incorporate service-learning and character-building into their curriculum. Through the Collect for Cures program, high school students raise money for blood cancer research while demonstrating leadership, creativity, and teamwork and learning about service, marketing, and philanthropy. Complete the Student Series registration for your school.

Elementary Schools

Register for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Kids Walk

New York City educators and students can join the growing list of schools and students nationwide that are helping JDRF create a world without type 1 diabetes. JDRF Kids Walk is a school-based fundraising program that educates students about type 1 diabetes (T1D) and the importance of a healthy lifestyle while also challenging them to raise money for life-changing T1D research. The Kids Walk program begins with an educational kickoff where students learn about type 1 and type 2 diabetes, healthy diet and exercise, and safe and effective fundraising strategies. Students then spend two weeks fundraising for T1D research and can earn fun rewards with school approval. Finally, students participate in a celebratory JDRF Kids Walk on their school campus. Complete the Kids Walk registration for your school.

Middle and High Schools

Join the Red Cross Clubs

The American Red Cross Greater New York Region’s multi-faceted Youth and Young Adult Services program includes Red Cross High School Clubs organized at middle schools and high schools throughout the region. Being a Red Cross Club member builds character and provides young people with the tools and experience needed to develop strong leadership, communication, and community service skills. By interacting with those in need, Red Cross youth volunteers establish a sense of awareness and personal achievement. Additionally, Club members are encouraged to become permanent members of the American Red Cross Greater New York Region as they grow within the organization and take on increasing levels of responsibility. Red Cross invites students and educators to join or start a Red Cross Club at their school. Learn more about joining a Red Cross Club.

High Schools

Participate in Citymeals on Wheels

Volunteers with Citymeals on Wheels make a difference in the lives of the homebound elderly. Citymeals on Wheels provides nutritious food and human company to homebound elderly New Yorkers in need, helping them to live with dignity in their own homes and communities. Opportunities are available for students ages 16 and older to volunteer on weekday and weekend meal deliveries, and students of all ages can make personalized cards for Citymeals recipients or help package food for delivery. Volunteers can also serve meals to older New Yorkers at their local senior center or assist with teaching computer skills. Volunteers are free to choose the frequency and length of their commitment. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All potential student volunteers must attend an orientation at the Citymeals on Wheels office, at which time students choose their volunteer opportunity and/or senior center site. Read about the volunteer opportunities at Citymeals on Wheels.

Start a GlamourGals Chapter

GlamourGals volunteers improve the lives of elderly women in senior homes by providing them with ongoing companionship and complimentary beauty makeovers. GlamourGals provides materials, guidance, and encouragement for volunteers to support seniors in their communities. Student-led chapters in high schools across the country focus on ending elder isolation while making friends of all ages. Learn how to join or start a school-based GlamourGals chapter

Community Service Planning Guides and Resources

These planning guides and resources can help educators and school leaders get their students involved in community service.

A+ Fundraisers for High Schools

The A+ Fundraisers for High Schools guide from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provides tips and strategies to implement a successful fundraiser that promotes community health.

All for Good

On All for Good the Points of Light database offers numerous volunteer opportunities, searchable by location.

NYC Service's Volunteer Project Finder

NYC Service’s volunteer opportunity database allows school staff and students to locate volunteer opportunities by age requirements, borough/zip code, interests and issues, skill sets, keywords, and dates.

New York Cares Youth Volunteering Programs

New York Cares offers teen-friendly volunteer opportunities for groups of young people looking to engage in one-time or long-term community service projects.

Volunteer Match

Volunteer Match provides searchable lists of volunteer opportunities that can be filtered by borough, issue area, and age or group size requirements.

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