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 are interested in volunteering, please complete our volunteer application form for more information.

Development Department


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

Holiday Meals

In person volunteering is full but we hope people will volunteer at home!

Holiday Meals at Goddard Riverside brings the community together on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day to serve a festive holiday dinner to our neighbors, including those who have homes and those who live without shelter.

A neighborhood tradition for more than 40 years, holiday meals are made possible by donations from businesses, contributions from corporate partners and hundreds of volunteers. It is an incredible community effort!

Volunteers are key to the success of our holiday meals. Feeding more than 1,000 men, women and children takes 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


Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 26, 2020

Christmas: Friday, December 25, 2020

Volunteer from Home

Due to the COVID pandemic we have new options for volunteering remotely this year.

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

Star Learning Center

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Star Learning Center is offering online tutoring only throughout the 2020-21 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.


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

Sign up:

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.


Contact Development Office for placement.

Sign Up:

Contact Development Office for placement.

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


Contact Development Office for placement.

Sign Up:

Contact Development Office for placement.