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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.
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All Stars Project, Inc.
Location: 543 West 42nd Street
Contact: 212-941-9400 or sign up to learn more
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.
Location: 505 Eighth Avenue, 15th Fl Times Square Residence: 255 West 43rd Street
Contact: 212-389-9300 or Email
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: email 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.
Location: 460 West 41st Street
Contact: 212-613-0300 or fill out the volunteer application.
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
Location: 239 West 49th Street
Contact: Jennifer Asquino at firstname.lastname@example.org and 212-581-2910 ext 1108
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, poo 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.
Throughout the pandemic, Encore has continued to prepare and deliver meals to seniors in need in west Manhattan. Meal delivery has nearly doubled in the past year, and volunteers are needed more than ever. Help with food packing every weekday at 11am, or make deliveries starting at 10am, with your own vehicle or just your own two feet. Email Jennifer Asquino, Director of Community Outreach, to learn more about weekly volunteer opportunities and to join Encore in giving back to our elderly neighbors in the Times Square area and beyond.
enCourage Kids Foundation
Location: 1560 Broadway, Suite 600
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
Location: 135 W. 50th Street
The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services strengthens families and communities throughout 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.
Location: 160 West 71st Street, Suite 2F
Contact: (212) 874-0300, ext. 200 or email
Project FIND’s mission is to provide low- and moderate-income and homeless seniors with the services and support they need to enrich their lives and live independently. Project FIND has been serving seniors on Manhattan’s West Side for 50 years and operates three supportive housing residences that are home to nearly 600 people and four seniors centers with over 3,000 members. We need volunteers to help with our Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations each year and also offer opportunities for volunteers with specific skills to work with seniors at our centers.
SHARE Cancer Support
Location: 165 W. 46th Street, Suite 712
Contact: (212) 719-0364 or email
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.
Location: 758 Eighth Avenue, Suite 300
Contact: Sign up to learn more
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC partners with community members at local organizations to form theatre troupes. These troupes devise and perform plays based on their challenges confronting economic inequality, racism, and other social, health and human rights injustices. After each performance, actors and audiences engage in theatrical brainstorming - called Forum Theatre - with the aim of catalyzing creative change on the individual, community, and political levels.
United Service Organizations (USO)
Location: Port Authority Bus Terminal
Contact: Sign up here to volunteer
USO is seeking volunteers to help at the Port Authority/Times Square Center. Volunteers work in shifts to greet military service members and their families as they prepare to deploy, are waiting for a loved one, or just need a place to rest. Worried about your busy schedule getting in the way? Volunteer shifts are available at different times throughout the day!