Volunteer

Interested In Volunteering at the Y?

Welcome to the Y Volunteer Department!

The Y schedules programs each month that provide a lifeline of support and services to members of the surrounding community. Our programs offer flexible schedules, allowing even the busiest uptowners to make a difference. The Y welcomes people of all diverse backgrounds to support the service and multitude of programs each month. Sign up today!

We will support you during your experience at the Y and will work to find the perfect match for your volunteer experience.

Below you will find a list of possible volunteer opportunities offered throughout the year.

Children and Youth

Nursery Classroom Aide

Assist the Nursery Classroom teachers in classrooms of two through five year old children who participate in the Y’s Nursery School program. Tasks include working with children within the learning centers of the classroom, helping children during the lunch period, helping to facilitate music and art activities, and assisting the teachers as needed.

Location: The Y (54 Nagle Avenue)
Time Commitment: Monday through Friday from 9 am – 3:30 pm, minimum of one day per week. Please note if you are interested in working with a specific age group or have specific time requirements.
Requirements: Minimum age 16, previous childcare experience. Please note it is important to the program and the benefit of the children that the volunteer be able to make a steady commitment

After School Aide

Work with students from kindergarten through sixth grade participating in the Y’s after school program, Be Me. Tasks include assisting with after school activities ranging from art projects to gym activities.

Location: The Y (54 Nagle Avenue. There is also an option to assist on trips as they come up.
Time Commitment: Monday through Friday from 3 – 5pm, minimum of one day per week.
Requirements: Minimum age 18, experience with youth preferred but not required

After School Homework Help

Work with students from kindergarten through sixth grade participating in the Y’s Be Me: After School Program. Assist youth with homework and academic concerns during the Homework Help session for students

Location: The Y (54 Nagle Avenue)
Time Commitment: Monday through Friday from 3 – 5pm, minimum of one day per week
Requirements: Minimum age 18, teaching experience and experience with youth preferred, but not required

After School Special Needs Aide

Work with special-needs students from kindergarten through sixth grade participating in the Y’s Be Me: After School Program. Specific information about the needs of these students can be found by contacting Alan Scher, Director of Youth and Family Services

Location: The Y (54 Nagle Avenue)
Time Commitment: Monday through Friday from 3 – 5 pm, minimum of one day per week
Requirements: Minimum age 18, experience working with special-needs students required. Please detail this experience on the volunteer application

Birthday Parties

Assist staff in providing birthday parties hosted at the Y and led by specialists in athletics, dance, arts & crafts, or by preschool teachers assisted by youth counselors. Volunteers will help with set up, clean up and supervision.

Location: The Y (54 Nagle Avenue)
Time Commitment: Sundays
Requirements: Minimum age 16, experience supervising children preferred but not required. Must possess positive and energetic attitude

Teen Program:

The Y needs volunteers who are interested in cooking, basketball, college prep classes, and teen leadership to help with our evening teen program. The program is scheduled on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:45 – 8 pm.

Community Support

Greeter

As a community center, the Y constantly has community members coming into our building who would like to know more about what activities take place here. The Y aids that process by adding an interactive touch screen with agency information for community members. Volunteers who act as greeters would be asked to welcome people into the Y, help community members to find out more information, and in particular to aid members in how to use the interactive touch screen to their benefit.

Location: The Y (54 Nagle Avenue)
Time Commitment: Flexible, minimum 2 hours, every day of the week from 9 am – 5 pm.
Requirements: Minimum age 14, must have a friendly attitude and be willing to learn as much as possible about Y programs

Photographer

A volunteer photographer will help to take pictures of various events for the Y.

Location: Event Locations TBD
Qualifications: Volunteer should be skilled at still photography and / or videography to document events.
Time commitment: Schedules vary with events.

Older Adults

Kitchen Aide
Work with the kitchen staff to help prepare Kosher lunch at the Y’s Center for Adults Living Well which serves the social, nutritional, educational, cultural and recreational needs of adults, age 60 and older.

Location: The Y (54 Nagle Avenue)
Time Commitment: Every day of the week from 9 am – 3:30 pm, minimum of one day per week
Requirements: Minimum age 14. Please note there are strict requirements regarding hygiene which must be kept according to the Department of Health standards. Volunteers will be provided with these guidelines before beginning. Volunteers must also abide by Kosher guidelines and not bring any outside food into the auditorium or kitchen.

Wait Staff
Help serve Kosher lunch at the Center for Adults Living Well at the Y which serves the social, nutritional, educational, cultural and recreational needs of adults, age 60 and older.

Location: The Y (54 Nagle Avenue)
Time Commitment: Every day of the week
Requirements: Minimum age 14. Please note there are strict requirements regarding hygiene which must be kept according to the Department of Health standards. Volunteers will be provided with these guidelines before beginning. Volunteers must also abide by Kosher guidelines and not bring any outside food into the auditorium or kitchen.

Older Adults Educational Classes
Do you have a special skill or background that seniors would be interested in learning more about? The Center for Adults Living Well at the Y welcomes volunteers who would like to share their talents or interests with seniors during scheduled Senior Center classes.

Location: The Y (54 Nagle Avenue)
Time Commitment: Flexible
Requirements: Minimum age 14

Off-Site Older Adult Programming

Do you have a special skill or background that seniors would be interested in learning more about? The Y’s off-site programs and monthly discussion groups meet in co-cops and apartment buildings that have a significant number of senior residents. The off-site programs welcome volunteers who would like to share their talents or interests with seniors.

Location: 900 West 190th St, 11 Ft. George Hill, Hudson View Gardens, Castle Village
Time Commitment: Flexible
Requirements: Minimum age 14

Shared Care Companion
Shared Care provides a wide range of support services to caregivers facing the demands of caring for an older adult. Services include respite support, companionship/escort service, home repair, household or personal care, case management, educational workshops, and a community resource bank. Shared Care Companions will aide in the support of caregivers by visiting those whom caregivers provide for and engaging in a variety of activities including board and card games, discussing current events or reading the newspaper aloud, and enjoying good conversation

Location: Off-site at clients’ homes
Time Commitment: Minimum of one hour weekly
Requirements: Minimum age 18, experience working with seniors required, an interest in nursing or social work preferred but not required.



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