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ONA Volunteer Opportunities

The Office for New Americans’ dedicated network of Opportunity Centers are incredible resources for any immigrant in New York seeking legal, civic and general help. Please find below an updated list of volunteer needs.


New York State Office for New Americans
Volunteer Opportunities

The NYS Office for New Americans has a dedicated network of community-based organizations that are an incredible resource for any immigrant in New York seeking legal, civic and general help. Please find below an updated list of volunteer opportunities.

CAPITAL REGION

Organization: U.S Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Albany Field Office
Address: 991 Broadway, Suite 223, Albany, NY 12204
Contact: Margaret Slotnick mslotnick@uscri-albany.org
Rida Saeed, rsaeed@uscri-albany.org
Website: http://refugees.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Volunteer Needs:

  • ESOL:
    • We are very flexible, looking for students (grad/undergrad) with an education/teaching background, professional people (teachers) or anyone willing to be trained. There is an acute need for committed volunteer teachers who would be willing to teach a class (with admin support/ in class aides). For the aforementioned position ideally a 9-hour weekly commitment, which would cover in class time, but possible co-teaching opportunity which would be less hours. With other volunteers we are very open to different schedules/commitment levels.
  • Civics:
    • All volunteers at USCRI are asked to attend a volunteer training lasting 2 hours. Civics tutors would work one on one with people preparing for the immigration interview. Tutors would help clients learn the 100 US History and Civics questions and improve proficiency in reading and writing. Tutors and clients would meet at a mutually agreeable time and place.

CENTRAL REGION

Organization: Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse, NY Inc.
            Address: 527 North Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Contact: Kate Holmes, cholmes@ccoc.us
Website: ccoc.us
Volunteer Needs:

  • Legal
    • Law student or more qualifications to help with citizenship drives, form preparation and consultation. Times vary. All volunteers go through an orientation and background check.
  • ESL:
    • ESL classes are Monday-Thursday from 9am – 11am, and 11:30 am - 1:30pm but the center is open until 5:00 pm for additional opportunities. All volunteers go through an orientation and background check.
  • Other: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm, assistance with financial literacy

Organization: Volunteer Lawyer’s Project
Address: 221 S. Warren St. Suite 320 Syracuse, NY 13202
Contact: Herve Comeau, Immigration Pro Bono Coordinator, 315-471-3409,             hcomeau@onvlp.org
Website: http://www.onvlp.org/volunteer/
Volunteer Needs:

  • Legal: Those interested participate in immigration training. Help needed first Tuesday of every month.

FINGER LAKES
Organization: Catholic Family Center
Address: 87 North Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604
Contact: Joelle Truax, jtruax@cfcrochester.org 585-546-7220 x 4628
Website: www.cfcrochester.org
Volunteer Needs:

  • Legal
    • Assistance needed the 4th Thursday of every month, 5:30-8:30PM
  • Civics
    • Flexible dates and times
  • Other
    • Tutors sought for naturalization interview and civics

LONG ISLAND

Organization: CARECEN
            Address: 91 N. Franklin Street, Hempstead, NY 11550
2000 Brentwood Rd., Brentwood, NY 11717
            Contact: Samantha Pfaff / samantha@carecenny.org / (516) 847-2737
            Website: http://www.carecenny.org/get-involved
            Volunteer Needs:

  • Administrative:
    • Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm / bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred but not required
  • Legal:
    • Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm / bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred but not required
  • ESL:
    • Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm / bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred but not required
  • Civics:
    • Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm / bilingual (English-Spanish) preferred but not required

Organization: Literacy Nassau, Inc.
Address: 187 Smith Street, Freeport, NY 11520
Contact: Karen Micciche, kmicciche@literacynassau.org, 516-867-3580
Website: https://www.literacynassau.org/how-does-it-work
Volunteer Needs:

  • Legal:
    • We need lawyers to help at Citizenship drives. Drives are scheduled monthly, so you would need to check with us for what the days and times are for that particular
  • ESL
    • Training will be provided and can be found on our website. 7 days a week volunteers ar needed, daytime and evening hours!

MID-HUDSON REGION
Organization: Catholic Charities Community Services
Address: 218 Church Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Contact: Daniel Buzi daniel.buzi@archny.org 845-452-1400 x4259 (ESL)
Kim Whelly, 845-451-4299, kim.whelly@archny.org
Website: https://catholiccharities-dutchesscounty.org/volunteer-2/
Volunteer Needs:

  • ESL:
    • Mornings, any day in Brewster, NY
  • Civics:
    • Orientation training by program staff. Flexible hours.
  • Outreach

Organization: Literacy Solutions NY, Inc.
            Address: 60 New Main Street, Haverstraw, NY 10927
            Contact: Anne Carey-Colorado, HLZ/ONA Communications Manager 845 429-5731 ext 13,                  (cell) 914 805-8172
            Website: http://literacysolutionsny.org/
            Volunteer Needs:

  • Administrative:
    • Volunteers will assist with completion of initial intake form with participant.
  • Civics:
    • Possibly to help participants review 100 questions for citizenship exam.
  • Skills-based:
    • Knowledge of Office for New Americans program & services.
  • Other:
    • Most likely during legal consultation days and citizenship drives, but also for community outreach and other activities as needed. Dates/times to be determined.

Organization: NeighborsLink
Address: 27 Columbus Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Contact: Amy Werner, Volunteer Manager
Website: https://www.neighborslink.org/engage/volunteer
Volunteer Needs:

  • Administrative:
    • Mondays
  • Legal:
    • Immigration lawyer help and translators
  • ESL:
    • Thursday evening, as well as, Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Training will be provided

Organization: Westchester Hispanic Coalition
Address: 46 Waller Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
Contact: Jessica Young, jyoung@hispaniccoalition.org, 516-945-9901
Luz Camargo, 914-948-8466
Website: https://hispaniccoalition.org/
Volunteer Needs:

  • Administrative/ General
    • Bilingual (English/Spanish) volunteers needed
    • Front desk attendant
    • Potential hours: Monday to Friday from 12:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Legal
    • Bilingual volunteers needed
  • Skills-based Volunteers

MOHAWK VALLEY REGION

Organization: Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees
            Address: 309 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501
            Contact: Jennifer Cieslwitz-DiCaprio, (315)738-1083 x134, jenniferc@mvrcr.org
            Website: https://www.mvrcr.org/get-involved/volunteers/
            Volunteer Needs:

  • Administrative:
    • Half a day of training within the office & Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Data entry, clerical
  • Legal:
    • Second Thursday & Friday of every month 9-4:30

NEW YORK CITY

Organization: Asian American Federation
Address: 1081 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Contact: Joo Han, joo.han@aafederation.org, (212) 344-5878 x226
Jonathan Tsao - jonathan.tsao@aafederation.org - (212)344-5878 x 224
Website: http://www.aafny.org/
Volunteer Needs:

  • Administrative
    • Event-based
  • Legal:
    • Needs to complete 2-hour volunteer training. Helped needed on 1st, 3rd, and 4th Thursday of every month from 10 AM-5 PM.
  • ESL:
    • Week-days
  • Civics:
    • Event-based
  • Skills-based Volunteers:
    • Event-based

Organization: BronxWorks
Address: 50 E. Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453
Contact:
Website: http://www.bronxworks.org/
Volunteer Needs:

  • Administrative:
    • Training will be provided, volunteers needed 9-5 M-F
  • Legal:
    • Training will be provided, volunteers needed 9-5 M-F
  • ESL:
    • Training will be provided, volunteers needed 9-5 M-F
  • Civics:
    • Training will be provided, volunteers needed 9-5 M-F
  • Skills-based Volunteers:
    • Training will be provided, volunteers needed 9-5 M-F

Organization: Hispanic Federation
Address: 55 Exchange Pl, 5th fl, New York, NY 10005
Contact: Stephanie Gomez; sgomez@hispanicfederation.org
Website: http://hispanicfederation.org/action/
Volunteer Needs:

  • Administrative/General:
  • 20 hours/week, able to answer phone calls, familiarity with google forms. Mon-Fri
  • Skills-based Volunteers:
  • 10-15 hours for 2 weeks every 3 months (quarterly), experience with financial vouchers
  • Phone bank volunteers are needed during immigration public education campaigns. Volunteers who have signed up to our email list will find out.

Organization: Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York, Inc.
Address: 203-05 32nd Avenue, Bayside, NY 11361
Contact: Teresa Baik, tbaik@kcsny.org, 718-939-6137
Website: http://www.kcsny.org/en/volunteer/
Volunteer Needs:

  • Administrative:
    • No specific requirements. Need to be interested in working with KCS.
  • Skills-based:
    • Website, Social Media, Newsletter. Should have at least some experience in these areas.

Organization: Mercy Center
Address: 332 E. 149 Street, Bronx, NY 10451
Contact: Judit Criado Fiuza, Director of Adult Education and Workforce Development,             jfc@mercycenterbronx.org, 718-993-2789
Website: https://www.mercycenterbronx.org/
Volunteer Needs:

  • Administrative:
    • Looking for individual with computer literacy, general office skills.
  • Legal:
    • Flexible Hours, Spanish language a plus, computer literacy
  • ESL:
    • Experience required, low literacy experience required, Monday-Friday 9-2, 6-9

Organization: Make the Road New York
Address: 92-10 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Contact: Monica Robles, Manager of Volunteer Programs, monica.robles@maketheroadny.org
Cassandra Cochran, cassandra.cochran@maketheroadny.org, 631-255-7626
Website: http://www.maketheroadny.org/participate_jobs.php
Volunteer Needs:

  • Administrative:
    • Some training necessary; Monday-Friday flexible hours with availability between 9am-5pm; filing, class clean up and set up; phone calls; organizing class materials. Seeking individuals who are computer savvy, great team players. Bilingual (English/Spanish) individuals preferred, but not required.
  • ESL:
    • Orientation and tutoring training necessary; Monday-Friday flexible hours with availability between 6pm-10pm
  • Skills-based:
    • Media - knowledge of social media and creativity; Monday-Friday flexible hours with availability between 9am-5pm
    • Volunteers needed who can teach literacy skills in Spanish.
  • Other:
    • Lab Assistant - basic computer knowledge; Monday-Saturday flexible hours with availability between 5-9pm; Outreach - customer skills needed; Monday-Saturday flexible hours with availability between 9am-5pm

 

Organization: New York Immigration Coalition
Address: 131 W. 33rd Street, Suite 610 (between 6th and 7th Avenues), New York, NY                              10001
Contact: Kiwi Grady, kgrady@nyic.org, (917) 887-4754
Website: www.nyic.org/volunteer
Volunteer Needs: Their primary volunteer needs now are around doing community          outreach, supporting logistics at events (specifically need folks who are fluent in Spanish     and are available during weekday mornings), immigration attorneys/DOJ accredited             individuals, and folks who can perform interpretation and/or translation.

  • Legal
    • Can use immigration attorney and DOJ accredited individuals to provide free legal screenings/consultations during their Key to the City event once a month. The event’s legal clinic takes place on a Saturday.
  • Civics
    • Sometimes volunteers serve as marshals at organizing actions. There isn’t a regular day or hour that these actions take place.
  • Skills-based
    • Could always use photographers to help document events and actions.
    • Need interpreters and translators. Interpreters are always needed at the legal clinic for Key to the City event (usually one Saturday per month)

Organization: New York Legal Assistance Group
Address: 7 Hanover Square, 18th fl, New York, NY 10004
Contact: Jaida Samuels, volunteer@nylag.org
Website: http://nylag.org/get-involved
Volunteer Needs:

  • Administrative
    • Weekdays, any hours during business hours.
  • Legal
    • Weekdays, any hours during business hours.
  • ESL
    • Weekdays, any during business hours - Spanish, Russian, Haitian-Creole speakers especially.

Organization: Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
Address: 5030 Broadway, Suite 650, New York, NY 10034
            Contact: Maria Garcia-Syngros, mgarcia@nmcir.org, 212-781-0355.
Website: https://nmcir.org
To host events: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfUVBcQDACIabId_up_VdEKg4Adak1kkMzsCg8aUaqw2yxSSw/viewform
Volunteer Needs:

  • Administrative
    • Volunteers need to be computer literate and fluent in Spanish. Weekly commitment preferred. Weekdays between 9 AM to 5 PM needed.
  • Legal
    • For citizenship screenings (Thursday mornings): Must be fluent in Spanish and willing to commit weekly; training will be provided. For general consultations (times TBD): Minimum 2 years of practice in family-based immigration law; no language requirement.
  • Skills-based
    • Translation into Spanish. Hours are flexible. Must have at least 6 months of experience as a professional translator.

Organization: YMCA Counseling Services of Staten Island
Address: 285 Vanderbilt Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10304
Contact: Regina Marks or Justina Gibbs (718) 981-4382
Website: http://www.ymcanyc.org/counseling
Volunteer Needs:

  • Administrative:
    • Strong computer and customer service - Mon-Friday we have a flexible schedule
  • Legal
    • Volunteers fluent in multiple languages desired for translation and interpretation, as needed.
    • Experience with Citizenship processes and paperwork. Mon-Friday - we have flexible schedules
  • ESL
    • Days and hours vary.
  • Skills-based:
    • Computer competency, especially with graphics, publishing and editing of flyers, ads, etc.

WESTERN TIER

Organization: Jericho Road Community Health Center
Address: 248 West Ferry Street, Buffalo, NY 14213
Contact: Marie Moy; volunteer@jrchc.org
Website: http://www.jrchc.org/volunteer/
Volunteers Needs:

  • Legal
    • Jericho Road is looking for volunteers that are interested in helping individuals complete applications for US Naturalization during our Naturalization drives. For many immigrants and refugees, obtaining citizenship is the culmination of a lengthy legal process that in some cases began in refugee camps abroad, while waiting years for the opportunity to enter the United States. Amongst other benefits, US citizenship allows these individuals the opportunity to vote and hold public office, to be protected by the constitution, and to end the lengthy and cumbersome immigration process. Must be 18+ years old, available to attend training and naturalization drives at least once every quarter, evening and some Saturday availability, detail-oriented, strong computer skills required, experience working with diverse and multilingual populations highly desired; experience completing U.S. immigration paperwork a plus, but not necessary

Organization: Journey’s End Refugee Services
Address: 2495 Main Street, Suite 530, Buffalo, NY 14214
Contact: Bryana DiFonzo (bdifonzo@jersbuffalo.org)
Sarah Bertozzi, sbertozzi@jersbuffalo.org, (716) 440-6505
Website: http://www.jersbuffalo.org/index.php/volunteer
Volunteer Needs:

  • Administrative –
    • Needed Monday – Thursday (9:00am – 4:00pm) & Fridays (9:00am – 1:00pm)
  • Legal
    • Legal administrative support & interns (training provided); needed Monday-Friday (9:00am – 4:00pm)
  • ESL
    • Classroom assistance (training provided); needed Monday – Thursday (mornings)