Volunteer

Get Involved. Create Change.

Volunteering at Goddard Riverside is a wonderful way to get involved, learn more about our programs and connect with the community.

Learn more about specific volunteer opportunities below. If you would like to be notified of future volunteer opportunities, please complete our volunteer application form.

Directly sign up for our current volunteer opportunities here.

Development Department

volunteers@goddard.org

212-873-6600 x1021

Volunteering During COVID-19

A stack of colorful letters and notes written to older adults on the Upper West Side

Letters to Older Adults

Send a handwritten card or a note to help older adults isolating at home feel connected to the community.

  • When: Any day
  • Where: Your home
  • Requirement: Send your card or note to:

Goddard Riverside
Attn: Older Adult Project
593 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024

Calling Older Adults

Our older adult programs are seeking volunteers who speak Russian, Spanish, Cantonese, or Mandarin to call and chat with seniors.

  • When: Monday – Friday
  • Where: Your home
  • Requirements: Must be able to speak Russian, Spanish, Cantonese, or Mandarin. Contact Brianne Kilpatrick at BKilpatrick@goddard.org; please specify which language you speak. 
A volunteer in a blue Moody's t-shirt does a practice interview with a TOP Clubhouse participant

Corporate Engagement

Goddard Riverside welcomes corporate employee groups to volunteer with our programs and make a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable people in our community. We have volunteer opportunities throughout the year for a few hours or all day. We will connect individuals and groups with existing volunteer programs or create a program to meet the interests and skills of the group. Corporate volunteer “impact” days are excellent ways to promote leadership skills and build teamwork while meeting a significant need of Goddard Riverside’s community.

What will you be doing?

Activities will vary, but could including working on résumé writing and interview skills with adults in our employment programs or packing backpacks full of school supplies for students in our Options program.

When?

Contact Development Office for placement.

Sign Up:

Contact Development Office for placement.

Development Department

volunteers@goddard.org

212-873-6600 x1021

Two longtime volunteers wearing white paper chef's toques smile while preparing food for the  Holiday Meals

Holiday Meals

Every year on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day, volunteers gather at 593 Columbus Avenue to cook and serve more than a thousand holiday meals. Like last year, we will be serving to-go meals in 2021.  Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the day; meals are served from noon until 3.

Volunteers are key to the success of our holiday meals. Feeding more than 1,000 men, women and children take the support of many people willing to volunteer for a morning or afternoon on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

What will you be doing?

  • Prepare stuffing and carve turkeys with our kitchen team.
  • Serve Thanksgiving and/or Christmas dinners to our guests.
  • Donate bake pies and cookies for our dessert table.

Who can volunteer?

Ages: 14 and up

When?

Thanksgiving: Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 (prep) & Thursday, November 25, 2021 (main event)

Christmas: Friday, December 24th, 2021 (prep) & Saturday, December 25, 2021 (main event)

Sign Up

Last year with the help of our dedicated volunteers we were able to distribute over 1,500 take-out meals on both Thanksgiving and Christmas!  All volunteers must show proof of Covid vaccination upon entering.  Click here for in-person volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer from Home

Our Volunteer from Home options was a huge success last year. Click here to see how you can support Goddard Riverside’s Holiday Meals by volunteering from home.

A woman and young girl smiling while seated at a desk next to a bookshelf.

Star Learning Center

Note: Due to COVID-19, Star Learning Center is offering online tutoring throughout the 2021-22 school year.

Goddard Riverside’s Star Learning Center provides one-to-one academic tutoring for students in grades 2-12 from underserved communities.

The center’s goal is to help each child improve academically and foster a positive attitude toward school and learning.

What will you be doing?

  • One-to-one academic tutoring

Who can volunteer?

Volunteers should be able to commit two hours a week, be at least a sophomore in high school, and be comfortable using a computer.

When?

To become a tutor, please fill out an online application. You will be contacted by Star Learning Center.

Sign up:

Community Arts Program

Goddard Riverside’s Community Arts Program provides opportunities for people of all ages to experience and participate in the arts through original and professional-caliber performing and visual arts events, as well as workshops, classes, lectures, and partnerships with renowned artists and arts organizations in New York City.

Community Arts events take place at the Bernie Wohl Center, at 647 Columbus Avenue, between 91st Street and 92nd Street.

Accessibility Notice: Please note that there are 8 rather steep steps leading down into the Bernie Wohl Center’s auditorium. While the Center is equipped with a motorized stairlift and assistance for anyone who requires it, individuals do need to transition themselves into and out of the stairlift’s chair.

What will you be doing?

  • be stationed at the door to greet guests and community members, and make sure they sign in with our four-question COVID questionnaire;
  • check attendees’ vaccination cards and tickets before a performance or event;
  • help with directing attendees to the classrooms, performance space, and restrooms as needed;
  • and/or assist staff with tasks such as arranging chairs and distributing materials.

Who can volunteer?

Ages: 16 and up

When?

Select dates on ongoing bases. Times vary — mostly evenings.

Sign Up:

Sign up for select dates and times online.

Older Adults

Goddard Riverside’s older adult programs are enhanced by volunteers who spend time with the men and women who come to our Senior Centers or live at our NORCs (Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities).

What will you be doing?

  • Teach an art class
  • Offer computer skill support
  • Escort older adults to appointments

Who can volunteer?

Ages: 21 and up

When?

Contact Development Office for placement.

Sign Up:

Contact Development Office for placement.

Development Department

volunteers@goddard.org

212-873-6600 x1021