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Goodwill Industries NY/NJ
Multiple Positions Available
Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey currently has multiple job openings across several fields. Various positions are available throughout New York City and New Jersey. Goodwill Industries of NY/NJ believes in the “Power of Work” and seeks employees looking for a rewarding career where their work makes a difference in the lives of people with disabilities and other barriers to employment.
For more information and to apply, visit Goodwill’s Career Page.
Multiple Positions Available
Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Housing Works’ mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through advocacy, lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses. Their committed staff and volunteers comprise the largest community-based and minority-controlled AIDS service organization in the country. Multiple positions in various locations throughout NYC are currently available.
For more information and to apply, visit Housing Work’s Career Page.
Lower East Side Ecology Center
Electronic Waste Reuse Program Technician
This position is at the Gowanus E-waste warehouse in Brooklyn, one of the Ecology Center’s main programs, and offers candidates who are interested in issues of electronic waste and reuse an opportunity to be part of a team to develop the reuse program’s growth and impact. The position is best suited to someone who has experience fixing electronics, together with retail experience and is comfortable working in a warehouse environment.
For more information and to apply, visit LESEC’s Career Page.
New York Cares
Director Human Services
New York Cares is currently seeking a full-time Human Resources Director to help attract and retain the highly talented and dedicated employees who are crucial to their work. Supporting approximately 100 staff members across all departments, the Director of Human Resources will oversee all HR functions including compensation benefits, talent acquisition, retention, benefits administration, employee relations, compliance, performance management, and policy development and implementation. In addition, the Director of Human Resources will be responsible for the strategic oversight and direction of the department.
For more information and to apply, visit New York Cares Career Page.
Multiple Positions Available
PowerMyLearning works to help students in low-income communities, together with their teachers and families, harness the power of digital learning to improve educational outcomes. Committed to building a diverse team of professionals, PowerMyLearning is seeking talented, driven individuals with a passion for digital learning and improving educational outcomes for low-income students.
For more information and to apply, visit PowerMyLearning’s Career Page.
Big Reuse & New York Cares
Join Big Reuse and New York Cares as they tackle the latest donations at the two Big Reuse Donation and Retail Centers. Events are scheduled at the Big Reuse Astoria warehouse on the first Sunday of every month and at the Gowanus warehouse every other Thursday. Please wear work boots or closed toe shoes and clothes that you don't mind getting a bit dirty. Projects range from sorting and measuring salvaged doors, to de-nailing reclaimed lumber, to sorting paint donations.
For more information and to RSVP visit the Big Reuse Volunteer Page.
Volunteers are critical to Bottomless Closet’s ability to connect women and work. Striving to provide volunteers with meaningful opportunities that make a direct impact on their mission, Bottomless Closet customizes skills based projects for individuals as well as corporate groups.
For more information visit the Bottomless Closet Volunteer Page.
Habitat for Humanity NYC ReStore
Join the NYC ReStore to help on the showroom floor, assist drivers making donation pickups, process incoming donations, schedule/train new volunteers, organize DIY classes, and more!
First-time ReStore volunteers complete a 3-hour orientation and training which includes Habitat History 101, customer service scenarios, safe lifting techniques, and taking a tour of the NYC ReStore. Volunteer orientations at the ReStore are held twice a month, and are an hour and a half long.
For more information visit the NYC ReStore Volunteer Page.
Join Recycle-A-Bicycle every Wednesday from 7:00-9:00pm in their Dumbo shop for their weekly volunteer night in Brooklyn or Thursdays from 6:00-8:00pm in their LIC workshop. Lend a hand, meet others, and learn basic bike mechanics, free of charge. No previous experience necessary, all are welcome. Group volunteer events are also available.
For more information visit the Recycle-A-Bicycle Volunteer Page.
Room to Grow
Room to Grow strives to provide volunteers with meaningful and fulfilling experiences. They welcome individuals, corporate groups, and groups from organizations.
Volunteer opportunities include sorting, organizing, and displaying the thousands of donations of baby items received every year, organizing collection drives, and assisting with fundraising and events. In addition, please let them know if you'd like to contribute your professional expertise in the areas of development, marketing, or business management.
For more information visit the Room to Grow Volunteer Page.
Second Chance Toys
Second Chance Toys provides its volunteers with meaningful experiences that directly impact children in need and the environment. We welcome individuals, corporate groups, and organizations to participate in a variety of GOOD and GREEN related activities.
Volunteer opportunities include organizing collection drives, assisting with fundraising, and managing social media. In addition, we are looking for professional expertise in the areas of development and marketing.
For more information, visit the Second Chance Toys Volunteer Page