Interested in volunteering during an emergency?
The Volunteer Coordination Task Force — led by NYC Service and in partnership with NYC Emergency Management, New York Cares and other partners — centralizes and coordinate volunteer efforts during emergencies. When coordinated, the power of volunteers is targeted to projects or areas in urgent need of help.
Before You Volunteer
Before volunteering, consider these tips:
- If looking to help an organization, check first to confirm if they need volunteers.
- Sometimes the best help you can be is checking in on a neighbor.
- Review safety guidance from officials to avoid putting yourself or others in danger.
- Stay informed.
- For official emergency alerts and updates, sign up for Notify NYC, the City of New York's free, official emergency communications program.
- For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit NYC.gov/coronavirus.
How to Help: COVID-19
Volunteers can help local organizations respond to emergencies in communities. The Volunteer Coordination Task Force can connect you to the most urgent projects in need of volunteers.
Please check back for updates.
Safety Guidance for Volunteers
The health and safety of volunteers must remain a priority. All volunteers and organizations accepting volunteers must follow current health guidelines. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit NYC.gov/coronavirus.
If any of the following conditions apply to you, stay home and DO NOT SIGN UP to volunteer:
- You are sick.
- You are over 65 years old.
- You have a chronic health condition, including lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer or a weakened immune system.
When You Volunteer
Remember the four key actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:
- Stay home if sick: Stay home if you are sick unless you are leaving for essential medical care (including testing) or other essential errands.
- Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
- Wear a face covering: Protect those around you by wearing a face covering. You can be contagious without symptoms and spread the disease when you cough, sneeze or even talk. A face covering may help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve, not your hands.
After You Volunteer
Sign up to volunteer again (if possible).
Stay connected to the organization about future volunteer opportunities. During emergencies, volunteers that return to help have experience and knowledge that helps the organization meet community needs more efficiently.
Get Tested for COVID-19
All New Yorkers should get tested, whether or not you have symptoms or are at increased risk.
If your first COVID-19 test is negative, you should get tested again if you:
- Are concerned about possible exposure;
- Have spent time in a large crowd;
- Have had exposure to someone with a confirmed diagnosis or possible exposure to COVID-19;
- Have symptoms; and/or
- ork in a congregate setting like a nursing home or shelter are planning to visit someone at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness.