Giving Back at the Crossroads of the World.
If you live or work in the Times Square district and are looking for a meaningful volunteer opportunity, check out our growing list of great organizations currently seeking volunteers.
All Stars Project, Inc.
The All Stars Project, Inc. (ASP) is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting human development through the use of an innovative performance-based model. The ASP creates outside of school, educational and performing arts activities for thousands of poor and minority young people. It sponsors community and experimental theatre, develops leadership training and pursues volunteer initiatives that build and strengthen communities.
Breaking Ground is an international leader in the development of solutions to homelessness. Founded by MacArthur and Ashoka Fellow Rosanne Haggerty in 1990, Breaking Ground is a pioneer in the development of supportive housing and other research-based practices that end homelessness, and is now New York City's largest provider of supportive housing. Breaking Ground’s network of well designed, affordable apartments — linked to the services people need to maintain their housing, restore their health, and regain their economic independence — has enabled more than 12,000 individuals to overcome or avoid homelessness.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Location: 165 W. 46th St., #1300
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 840-0770, ext. 245
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS helps men, women and children across the country and across the street receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation's leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 the organization has raised more than $250 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses in all 50 states.
Covenant House New York began more than 40 years ago when six young runaways were given shelter from a snowstorm, in the lower east side of Manhattan. Today there are 21 Covenant House locations across the United States, Canada and Latin Americas. More than 56,000 young people are aided annually by Covenant House in its national and international programs.
Through the years, Covenant House has grown to be the largest privately funded charity in the Americas providing care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth. Each day, Covenant House New York serves more than 400 homeless young people with both the provision of vital basic needs and comprehensive services designed to help create opportunities. Each year, they provide basic needs and services to more than 4,000 young people.
Encore Community Services
The Actors’ Chapel is now home to Encore Community Services, a nonprofit dedicated to giving the many elderly men and women residing in this famous midtown theater district and neighboring Hell’s Kitchen/Clinton community an “encore” to life. Many of the elderly served by Encore are frail and live alone with little to no support networks of family and friends. The mission of Encore Community Services is to provide care and service to the elderly of the Clinton/Times Square/Midtown communities, and to any elderly person who comes to them; to assist those who are vulnerable and frail, poor and homeless, homebound and lonely, frequently desperate, most often ignored; to help them with their daily needs that they might live as independently as possible, with dignity and decency, in a non-institutional manner, in a safe and caring environment.
enCourage Kids Foundation
enCourage Kids Foundation encourages all kids facing health challenges to be carefree kids by creating environments and experiences that help them through each step of their medical journey. Their programs reach kids facing a variety of health issues, from those receiving chemo treatments in a clinic to those who live with a chronic illness that may not be visible. What they all have in common is that they deserve the same opportunities to laugh, to play, and to have fun, whether they are being treated in a hospital or living with their struggles at home.
Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services
The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services strengthens families and communities througout New York City by helping individuals of all backgrounds realize their potential and live as independently as possible. The Jewish Board provides critical health and human services for all New Yorkers, regardless of religion, ethnicity, cultural background, gender identification, ability or age. We help adults and children living with mental illness, families and individuals who need supportive housing, adolescents who deserve a safe and protected environment within which to recover, people living with developmental disabilities, and New Yorkers who need counseling and mental health services to address specific issues.
National Eating Disorders Association
Contact: (212) 575-1650
The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the leading 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Reaching millions every year, we campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. We work with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance.
Contact: (917) 648-5291
Out2Play provides new - and much needed - playspaces for public schoolchildren all over New York City. Our public/private partnership brings government, business, foundation and individual funders together for a single shared goal: to keep our school kids active and healthy by providing safe, welcoming playspaces.
SHARE Cancer Support
Location: 165 W. 46th Street, Suite 712 Contact: (212) 719-0364 or email@example.com
SHARE Cancer Support's mission is to create and sustain a supportive network and community of women affected by breast and ovarian cancers. SHARE Cancer Support brings these women and their families and friends together with others who have experienced breast or ovarian cancer, and provides participants with the opportunity to receive and exchange information, support, strength and hope.
St. Luke's Soup Kitchen
Location: St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 308 W. 46th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues
Contact: (212) 246-3540
Want to get involved in the Times Square neighborhood? Come volunteer at St. Luke's Soup Kitchen! St. Luke's provides a hot meal to 120-160 people every Tuesday and Thursday from 1-2pm. Meet new people as you serve food on the line! To volunteer for a day that works for your schedule, please call (212) 246-3540. St. Luke's asks that volunteers arrive by 12:45pm. Please call in advance if you are coming. They really appreciate your help.
Take the 1,2,3, A, C, E, 7 or shuttle to 42nd St.
Top Image Photo Credit: David Katzenstein