Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities for Veterans

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Join Your Local Community Board

Veterans, active duty service members, military spouses, and Gold Star families must be represented at every level of government. That's why DVS is encouraging members of NYC's veteran community to join their local community board

Community board members reflect the point of view of their neighbors and advise government officials on how to best serve their local community. Community board members have the following responsibilities:

  • inform elected officials and government agencies on the critical issues of their community
  • ensure that NYC neighborhoods receive the services they need
  • advise the City about the community's budgetary needs
  • recommend initiatives to support an area's growth
  • lead a public discussion on issues that can alter their community 

Every community board in NYC should include a member of the veteran community to reflect the needs of their peers. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard. Apply to join your local community board today. See below for more information:

Learn more about the community boards. 
Find your community board. 

How to apply:

Manhattan
Apply through the Manhattan Borough President
Apply by contacting your Council Member 
Deadline: Monday, February 1st

Bronx 
Apply through the Bronx Borough President 
Apply by contacting your Council Member
Deadline: Friday, February 5th

Brooklyn
Apply through the Brooklyn Borough President 
Apply by contacting your Council Member
Deadline: Friday, February 12th

Staten Island
Apply through the Staten Island Borough President 
Apply by contacting your Council Member
No deadline

Queens
Apply through the Queens Borough President 
Apply by contacting your Council Member
Deadline: Friday, February 19th

Veterans who do not wish to apply as a community board member can serve as a public member. Public members are not voting members of the community board; however, they may serve on community board subcommittees. 

Read more about community board membership.

Volunteer to Support Veterans

DVS's flagship COVID-19 program is the Mission: VetCheck initiative, wherein volunteer veterans make supportive check-in calls to peers in their community. The calls provide vital information including where to get free meals, COVID-19 testing locations, and how to access online mental health support.

The Veterans Voices Project is DVS's oral history initiative designed to preserve the stories of New York City veterans. Learn how you can volunteer as an interviewer to help document veteran stories. 

Volunteer with Veterans in Your Community

Mission Continues mobilizes veterans to serve their community through volunteer projects across NYC.

Volunteer in the COVID-19 Relief Efforts

  • For ways to volunteer in NYC's relief efforts visit the Help Now NYC page.
  • Volunteer with Invisible Hands to deliver groceries to New Yorkers who are unable to leave their homes due to a disability or an increased vulnerability to COVID-19. You can only perform deliveries if you are feeling healthy, are displaying no symptoms, have not traveled out of the country or come in contact with a sick person in the past 14 days, and have been practicing social distancing.

Support Seniors

Help NYC's most vulnerable population from experiencing social isolation. Volunteer with the New York City Department for the Aging to make phone calls to older adults.

All volunteers must:

  • Be age 21 or older
  • Pass a background check (a Social Security number is required)
  • Be patient with and kind to older adults
  • Maintain the confidentiality of people served

To learn more call 212-AGING-NYC (212-244-6469) or visit the New York City Department for the Aging volunteer page.

Donate Blood

COVID-19 has caused a dramatic reduction in the U.S. blood supply, putting Americans in need of blood transfusions at serious risk. Make an appointment to donate blood with the New York Blood Center.

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

New York Cares offers virtual and on-the-ground volunteer projects to deliver meals to vulnerable communities, support seniors and children, and restore neighborhoods.

Hope for New York offers several virtual volunteer opportunities to serve children, the chronically ill, the elderly, new immigrants, people with disabilities, and the homeless. Examples of volunteer opportunities include:

  • mentoring children online
  • sending cards and letters to nursing home residents
  • teaching ESL classes online
  • facilitating virtual career-readiness events for formerly incarcerated individuals

See all of Hope for New York's virtual volunteer opportunities