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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.


Capital Region

US CRI
Address: 991 Broadway, Suite 223, Albany, NY 12204
Contact: rsaeed@uscri-albany.org
NEEDS

  • ESL
    • Volunteer Training (2 hours)
    • Needed Mon-Weds, 4-7pm classes
  • CIVICS
    • Volunteer Training (2 hours)

Central Region

Catholic Charities Onondaga
Address: 527 Salina Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Contact: Kate Holmes - cholmes@ccoc.us
NEEDS

  • Administrative
    • Monday-Friday: 8am-4pm
  • ESL
    • Monday-Friday: 8am-4pm
  • Skills based volunteers
    • Monday-Friday: 8am-4pm
  • Financial Literacy
    • Monday-Friday: 8am-4pm

Volunteer Lawyer’s Project of Onondaga County (Catholic Charities Onondaga)
Address: 221 S. Warren Street, Suite 320, Syracuse, NY 13202
Contact: Herve Comeau Immigration Pro Bono Coordinator- hcomeau@onvlp.org
Website: http://www.onvlp.org/volunteer/
NEEDS

  • Legal
    • Immigration training needed
    • First Tuesday of every month

Finger Lakes

Catholic Family Center
Address: 87 North Clinton St, Rochester, NY 14604
Joelie Truax - 585-546-7220, ext4628

Website: www.cfcrochester.org
NEEDS

  • Legal
    • Training provided
    • Monthly NATZ workshops
  • Immigration applications

Long Island

Central American Refugee Center
Address: 91 North Franklin Street, Hempstead, NY 11550
Contact: Samantha Pfaff
Website: www.carecenny.org
NEEDS

  • Administrative
    • Training provided in house
    • Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
  • Legal
    • Training provided in house
    • Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm + some weekends
  • ESL
    • Training provided in house
    • Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm + some weekends
  • Civics
    • Training provided in house
    • Monday-Friday: 9am-8pm

Literacy Nassau, Inc.
Address: 187 Smith Street, Freeport, NY 11520
Contact: Karen Micciche, 516-867-3580, ext 11
Website: www.literacynassau.org/volunteers
NEEDS

  • ESL
    • Training is provided (see website)
    • 7days/week: daytime and evening

Make the Road NY, Suffolk
Address: 1090 Suffolk Avenue, Brentwood, NY 11717
Contact: Cassandra Cochran, Cassandra.cochran@maketheroadny.org, 631-255-7626
Website: www.maketheroadny.org/participate_jobs.php
NEEDS

  • Administrative
    • Filing, class set-up and clean up, phone calls, organization
    • Some training necessary
    • Monday-Friday: flexible hours between 9 am and 5pm
  • ESL
    • Orientation and training necessary
    • Monday-Friday: flexible hours between 9 am and 5pm
  • Media
    • Knowledge of social media and creativity
    • Monday-Friday: flexible hours between 9 am and 5pm
  • Lab Assistant
    • Basic computer knowledge
    •  Monday- Saturday: flexible hours between 9 am and 5pm
  • Outreach
    • Customer skills needed
    • Monday- Saturday: flexible hours between 9 am and 5pm

Mid-Hudson

Catholic Charities Dutchess
Address: 218 Church Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Contact: Daniel Buzi, daniel.buzi@archny.org; 845-452-1400, ext 4259
Website: http://www.catholiccharities-dutchesscounty.org/volunteer-2/
NEEDS

  • ESL
    • Preferred experience classroom educators
    • Bi-lingual (any language) preferred

Literacy Solutions

Address: 50 West Broad Street, Haverstraw, NY 10927
Contact: Anne Carey-Colorado, HLZ/ONA Communications Manager 845-429-5731, x13, (cell) 914-805-8172
NEEDS

  • Administrative
    • Completion of initial form with participants
  • Civics
    • Help participants review 100 questions for citizenship exam
  • Skills-based
    • Knowledge of ONA programs and services
  • Meet and greet individuals seeking assistance from the Rockland County ONA
    • Need to be comfortable with diverse populations
    • Most likely during legal consultation days and citizenship drives

Neighbors Link
Address: 27 Columbus Avenue, Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Contact: Amy Werner, awerner@neighborslink.org
Website: http://www.neighborslink.org/engage/volunteer
NEEDS

  • Administrative
    • Mondays
  • ESL
    • Tuesday mornings, Thursday mornings & evenings
  • Legal
    • Immigration lawyers
    • Translators & Interpreters

Westchester Hispanic Coalition
Address: 46 Waller Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605
Contact: Luz Camargo, 914-948-8466

NEEDS

  • Front desk attendant
    • Need to be bilingual (English/Spanish)
    • Monday-Friday: 12pm- 3pm

Mohawk Valley

Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees
Address: 309 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13501
Contact: Jennifer Ciesiwitz-DiCaprio, 315-738-1083, ext134
Website: http://www.mvrcr.org/get-involved/volunteers
NEEDS

  • Administrative/General
    • Data entry and clerical work
    • Half a day training within the office
    • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Legal
    • Second Thursday and Friday of every month: 9am-4:30pm

New York City

Bronx Works
Address: 2070 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10457
NEEDS

  • Administrative
    • Training needed
    • Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
  • Legal
    • Training needed
    • Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
  • ESL
    • Training needed
    • Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
  • Civics
    • Training needed
    • Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
  • Skills-based volunteers
    • Training needed
    • Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm

Mercy Center
Address: 332 East 149th Street, Bronx, NY 10451
Contact: Judit Criado Fiuza, jfc@mercycenterbronx.org, 718-993-2789

NEEDS

  • Administrative
    • Computer literacy
    • General office skills
  • Legal
    • Flexible hours
    • Spanish language a plus
  • ESL
    • Experience required
    • Monday-Friday: 9am-2pm and 6pm-9pm

Asian American Federation
Address: 1081 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Contact: Joo Han, joo.han@aafederation.org, 212-344-5878, ext 226
NEEDS

  • Legal
    • Need to complete 2 hour volunteer training
    • First, third, and fourth Thursdays of every month: 10 am- 5pm

Staten Island YMCA
Address: 285 Vanderbilt Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10304
Contact: Regina Marks or Justina Gibbs: 718-981-4382
NEEDS

  • Administrative
    • Strong computer skills
    • Strong customer service skills
    • Monday-Friday: flexible hours
  • Legal
    • Experience with citizenship processes and paperwork
    • Monday-Friday: flexible hours

Hispanic Federation
Address:55 Exchange Place, Suite 501, New York, NY 10005
Contact: Fryda Guedes, fguedes@hispanicfederation.org
Website: http://hispanicfederation.org/action
NEEDS

  • Administrative
    • Training will be provided
  • Phone bank volunteers

Make the Road NY, Queens
Address: 92-10 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Contact: Monica Robles, monica.robles@maketheroadny.org
Website: http://www.maketheroadny.org/participate_jobs.php

NEEDS

  • Administrative
    • Computer savvy
    • Bilingual preferred
    • Monday-Friday: 8am-6pm
  • Legal
    • Bilingual preferred
    • Various times
  • ESL
    • Experience with adult ESL education preferred but not required
    • Various shifts during the week between 9am and 6pm
  • Skill-based volunteers
    • Bilingual
    • Need volunteers who can teach literacy skills in Spanish

Korean Community Services
Address: 35-56 159th Street, Queens, NY 11357
Contact: Teresa Balk, tbalk@kcsny.org, 718-939-6137
Website: http://www.kcsny.org/en/volunteer

NEEDS

  • Administrative
    • Need to be interested in working with KCS
  • Skill-based
    • Website, social media, newsletter

Western Region

Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc.
Address: 2495 Main Street, Ste. 317, Buffalo, NY 14214
Contact: Bryana DiFonzo, bdifonzo@jersbuffalo.org
Website: http://www.jersbuffalo.org/index.php/volunteer/category/Volunteer_Opportunities?_sm_au_=iVVMrkW66SqbTvKj

NEEDS

  • Administrative
    • Volunteer training
    • Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm
  • Legal
    • Volunteer training
    • Law students or volunteer attorneys needed
    • Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm
  • ESL
    • Volunteer training
    • Some teaching experience required
    • Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm
  • Civics
    • Volunteer training
    • Some teaching experience required
    • Monday-Friday: 9am-4pm and some weekends