Volunteers are an integral and essential part of the Selfhelp community. From our Virtual Senior Center instructors, to the senior center volunteers who serve lunch and the coffee house volunteers who engage with Holocaust survivors, our programs rely heavily on the hard work and support of our volunteers.
Our history is also rooted in volunteerism. In 1936, Selfhelp Community Services was founded as Selfhelp for German Refugees by a group of dedicated volunteers who had recently arrived in New York themselves. Our founders' original purpose was to help victims of Nazi persecution rebuild their lives in America before and after WWII. Volunteers provided them with food, shelter, clothing, employment and financial assistance.
Today, we are honored to have more than 1,000 volunteers working at our sites throughout New York City and Nassau County. Here are a few examples of what our volunteers do:
- Teach classes, at venues such as senior centers or on the Virtual Senior Center (VSC) to homebound seniors, on topics such as exercise, arts and crafts, and language
- Serve meals to older adults
- Assist at senior center parties and other events
- Visit Holocaust survivors at home
- Organize and lead trips for older adults around NYC
- Provide friendly visiting or telephone reassurance to homebound seniors
- Join YoungGen to volunteer with Chinese seniors
Do you want to contribute your skills and passion?
We have volunteer opportunities across New York City and Nassau County.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all our wonderful and dedicated volunteers!