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January Field Work

Strengthening Communities

Volunteer in a variety of excellent ongoing service based opportunities this January through NYC service and Coalition for Queens. Our focus will be to connect you to local Queens based organizations who work with immigrant populations. Compensation for MTA travel will be provided.

The volunteering opportunities can range from helping small immigrant businesses, tutoring immigrant children in various subjects, interning at cultural and community centers, and acting as cultural translators for these communities.  

Here is ​a listing of this January's strengthening communities experiences: 


Description Requirements Contact
Established in 2006, the Center for the Integration & Advancement of New Americans (CIANA) is a socialservices organization that works to integrate new immigrants from South Asia, ​Middle-East, and North Africa into American society. CIANA serves New Immigrants by identifying newcomers as they enter the country. They assess individual needs of newcomers; orient them to American life and culture; provide appropriate integration services; and assist in their economic and social advancement. The program aims to help immigrant families succeed by providing educational services to the parents and their children. As the ESOL instructor, the volunteer helps adult learners ranging from limited to advanced level of English proficiency, improve their basic English skills in an informal classroom setting. The classes take place at the office site in Astoria and on site at the partner schools in Queens.

The part time ESOL Volunteer instructor should be a self-motivated individual who is able to prepare and deliver a curriculum. The candidate should be a self-starter who is comfortable writing and planning creative lessons. The candidate will provide group instruction, monitor attendance and student progress. A minimum commitment of two days a week is required. A background check will be conducted.  Interns are welcome.


Poonam Sharma, Case Manager
Volunteers are needed to work with Helping Hands for the Disabled of NYC to volunteer in all different languages. The Helping Hands for the disabled of NYC was formed when the group decided that there were not enough recreational opportunities for people with disabilities that provided accessible services. For example: trips that would have guides for the blind, wheelchair accessible vans and sign language interpreters. They began organizing trips once a month that included necessary access services that allowed disabled people to enjoy more recreational events.
Must be over 18. Alice Crespo, Executive Director
Volunteers are needed to assist the teachers in adult learning classes at a YMCA branch to students whose proficiency levels range from beginning literacy to high intermediate. Volunteers are also needed to  assist in the office with clerical tasks such as data entry and filing.  Individual must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be highly organized, with strong attention to detail and willing to work with other teachers.   Kathy Liu, Program Coordinator - NAWC
The afterschool program at IS 126 is looking for volunteers to assist with Sports Clinics. Volunteers interested in sports, namely cricket, soccer and volleyball specifically are encouraged to work with our sports clinics program. We also engage students in basketball, football and more. Volunteers are expected to commit once a week for 1 hour. Play with middle school students, and provide support and expertise in sports to youth in Long Island City. Invest in their healthy futures today! Volunteers must be comfortable working with middle school-aged youth, and be able to commit to one session every other week. Volunteers should have an interest in volleyball, cricket, soccer, basketball, and/or football.  Volunteer Coordinator
718-784-7447 ext: 133
Help Riis Settlement reach out to the Spanish-speaking immigrant population by volunteering to be an interpreter and translator. By volunteering to translate the workshop facilitator’s instructions, you can bridge the gap and help Riis Settlement’s immigrant population become more involved in their community. Riis Settlement is seeking 2-3 bilingual volunteers to interpret and translate for the Spanish-speaking participants of the agency’s weekly garden workshop. The volunteers will translate the workshop facilitator’s instructions for participants, and help establish communication between the English and Spanish-speaking workshop participants.
Volunteers must be fluent in both English and Spanish. Volunteers must have effective verbal communication skills, and be comfortable speaking in front of a large group. Volunteers must be committed to attending the weekly garden workshop. Volunteers should be comfortable working with diverse immigrant populations. Volunteers should be patient, engaging, and social.  Volunteer Coordinator
718-784-7447 ext: 133 
Riis Settlement needs volunteers to design innovative civics workshop curricula once or twice per month that will educate Riis Settlement’s adult ESOL students on civic and immigration issues. The desired curriculum consists of a half hour lesson followed by a game, activity, or discussion.
The volunteer should know how to and have consistent access to a computer and internet. The volunteer must have an understanding of the basic structure of government, and/or an awareness of current immigration issues. The volunteer must be creative and motivated. This opportunity is ideal for someone who has teaching experience and/or an interest in working with immigrants; however, these are not necessary.
ERDA’s College Access Program provides a full array of college counseling and placement services to high school juniors and seniors who live in local public housing communities. Services include a rigorous Kaplan SAT preparation course, college exploration and transition workshops, campus tours throughout the NY tri-state area, intensive 1-on-1 college and financial aid application assistance, and referrals to a host of community partners for further extracurricular and internship opportunities. Volunteers help families visiting the office use computer and print resources to research colleges in New York, northeastern states, and beyond. Volunteers also have the opportunity to co-plan open houses for families to learn about the college and financial aid resources ERDA has to share with the community.
Time Commitment: 2-3 hours/week, Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 4PM-8PM (flexible) throughout the academic year Bethany Goldszer, Manager of College Access Programs
718-784-0877 ext: 209 
Reading Empowers was formed with the mission of improving literacy among young children. Their goal is to instill in the students an interest in reading at a young age, with the hope that this will develop into a lifelong love and passion.

This upcoming school year, we will be hosting Saturday morning reading sessions at two schools: P.S. 1 in Manhattan and P.S. 251 in Queens. The volunteer positions have been filled for PS. 1 for now, but we are still looking for volunteers to join us at PS. 251!

At PS. 251 the program will host one reading session per month, reading with students from kindergarten to 3rd grade. Each session is about two hours, during which volunteers and students are broken up into groups, with each group consisting of 2-3 volunteers and 6-8 students. The two hour sessions consist of reading, writing, and an arts and crafts activity with the students.
Commitment of one Saturday per month  Angel Tsai, VP of Outreach and Organizational Development
Volunteer at New York’s Premier Environmental Education Center, the Queens Botanical Garden! Help care for beautiful botanic collections; learn about environmental stewardship; meet people with common interests. Whether you like getting your hands in the soil, or greeting Garden visitors, prefer office work, or enjoy the excitement of special events, there are volunteer opportunities for every interest.
Training is provided. The need for volunteers is greatest during the growing season but some year round opportunities are available.  Grisela Quiles, Human Resource Manager
718-886-3800 ext: 203
The Center for the Integration & Advancement of New Americans (CIANA) is developing an innovative model of transitional services specifically designed to assist in the successful acculturation and integration of new immigrants and refugees from the traditional societies of the Greater Middle East, Africa and Asia. Through special transitional services immediately upon entry into the United States, newcomers will be successfully integrated into the socio-economic and civic life of America while still continuing to maintain pride in their cultural heritage.
CIANA is looking for a Volunteer/Intern Database Manager who has the skills, knowledge, and experience to assist with the following:
• Developing and maintaining databases utilizing Excel and Access
• Managing database backup process;
• Training staff members in the database;
• Creating and generating various reports;
Seeking someone with superior level of computer literacy, including programs such as Access and Excel. Prior experience working in a non- profit environment is a plus. Solid organizational skills and attention to detail. We are looking for a minimum commitment of 10 hrs per week.
Seeking someone with superior level of computer literacy, including programs such as Access and Excel. Prior experience working in a non- profit environment is a plus. Solid organizational skills and attention to detail. Looking for a minimum commitment of 10 hrs per week. Poonam Sharma, Case Manager
718-545-4040 If interested, email your resume and cover letter including your availability to
The Center for the Integration & Advancement of New Americans (CIANA) is a social services organization that works to integrate new immigrants from South Asia, Middle-East, and North Africa into American society.

CIANA is currently seeking a bilingual case aide (Arabic Speaking) that will actively promote CIANA's services throughout Queens and provide case management services to the Middle-Eastern and South Asian Communities in NYC. The volunteer will assist in developing grass-root connections to the immigrant communities, provide interpretation whenever necessary, research on trends in immigrant communities, and perform some administrative duties as assigned.
Fluent in Arabic.  Prior case management experience especially working with immigrant families is helpful. A minimum commitment of two days a week is required and perform some administrative duties as assigned.
HANAC Adult ESL Services provides free English classes to Immigrant learners who are seeking to obtain or retain their employment, to build their resumes and to get involved with their children's education.

They are looking for a volunteer tutor to assist students with homework help as well as to assist the Instructor with small classroom duties.  They are also looking for a volunteer tutor for our GED program to help the students brush up on their math and reading skills.
High School Diploma required; some college preferred. ESL: Bi-lingual a plus (Spanish, Bengali, Greek) but not required. Strong math and reading skills. Sylvia Hahlakis, Administrative Assistant
We are looking for a finance/Economic college student to assist in developing and maintaining the property-owners database. Hours will be flexible. Stipend will paid to cover travel expenses. Must be able to work independently and computer savvy. Vishnu Mahadeo, Executive Director
We are seeking dedicated individuals who have database experience, strong organizational skills and a passionate love of books to help us as we work on making this resource available to our community. Michelle Abdus-Shakur, Volunteer Manager
Do you speak a South Asian language?  Are you interested in empowering South Asian immigrants through community outreach and ?

Chhaya seeks volunteers to provide essential translation.  Volunteers will join our staff to direct outreach to the South Asian immigrant community.  Volunteers will also assist with language translation during tenant rights and membership workshops.
Language skills in English and a South Asian language. Commitment to immigrant and housing rights. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Ashmita Roka, Intake Specialist
718-478-3848 ext: 10 
Participate in Met Council’s One on One Resume Review Workshop. Each volunteer is paired with a Met Council client to either create or fine tune the client’s resume.
The workshop focuses on creating a general resume that can be modified depending on the job that the client is applying to. This program aims to reframe the way our clients understand the purpose, strengths, and limitations of a resume. By participating in the One on One Resume Review Workshop, clients will have the assistance they need to tackle the daunting task of compiling a resume that clearly reflects their strengths. The volunteer will have the satisfaction of working with individual clients and will be able to see immediate results from the volunteer experience.
Strong editing skills, ability to communicate with clients and get their relevent job history. Microsoft Word formatting abilities. All volunteers must be screened and go through a one time hour long training. Stefanie Greenberg, Volunteer Coordinator
GallopNYC is a New York City-based nonprofit corporation that offers a comprehensive Therapeutic riding program to disabled individuals. We operate our riding program at the historic Kensington Stables near Prospect Park, Jamaica Bay Riding Academy off the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn, and in Forest Hills Queens at Lynn’s Riding School. Volunteers will lead horses and escort our riders. No prior experience with horses or in therapeutic riding is necessary. Volunteers will be provided with the information required before we begin the lessons. You will always be in the company of experienced volunteers and instructors who would be happy to answer any questions you come up with at any time! The goal of Gallop's program is to provide therapeutic horseback riding to a diverse population in New York City, using the horse to provide physical, psychological, cognitive and educational therapies and therapeutic benefits that will facilitate the growth of functional and mental capacities in a safe, supportive and dignified manner, and at all times based on good horsemanship and respect for both people and the animal. Lessons are taught by a riding instructor certified by Path International and a supported by licensed physical Therapists, as well as a dedicated and experienced group of volunteers, the program offers a safe and supportive environment in which an individual can reap the many benefits of therapeutic riding. Our volunteers LOVE what they do and it really shows. Most of our volunteers feel that they get just as much from being a part of our program as the riders themselves do. It's a wonderful feeling to be a part of such an incredible program that really does have the power to change lives! If you want to help make a REAL difference right here in Brooklyn or Queens, email us today!
Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age. We provide training for volunteers on site during regular lessons.  NO EXPERIENCE is required to be a volunteer in our program. We provide all the training you will need. All you need is a desire to help and a willingness to learn to be a part of our program as a volunteer! Gallop NYC Volunteer Coordinator
Women for Afghan Women relies upon a diverse battalion of volunteer members whose time and wide variety of skills are crucial to the continuation of WAW's mission. Volunteers contribute in many ways both locally and from afar by helping with event planning/coordination, fundraising, writing and editing projects, PR and advocacy, administrative tasks, and teaching ESL classes in Queens.

Case Workers - WAW NY:
5 hours per week/flexible
Schedule appointments for welfare, medical assistance, court, immigration, etc for clients. Accompany clients to their appointments and assist them with communication. Maintain accurate case specific documentation on clients. Must be fluent in either Dari, Pashto or Urdu as well as English. Due to the nature of this volunteer opportunity we are only able to accept female volunteers.

Tutors - WAW NY:
2-4 hours per week/flexible
You will be helping a child (K-8th) to complete and understand their homework as well as reinforcing skills from their grade level. The majority of our clients are preliterate and unable to help their children complete homework. Become a tutor and help empower a family through education!

Teachers - WAW NY:
4+ hours per week/flexible
Use your professional experience as an ESL Teacher or TESOL student to teach and develop lesson planning techniques and applications for pre-literate women. These classes are part of the WAW legacy and often how clients first encounter our organization. Due to the nature of this volunteer opportunity we are only able to accept female volunteers.
Women for Afghan Women

 January Field Work Coordinators

Yasemin Jones
Phone: 718-997-5537

Denise Cetin
Phone: 718-997-5537

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