VOLUNTEERING WITH NYCR

Volunteers have served with New York City Relief over 90,000 times!

Individuals and teams have come from all over America and even from around the world to serve the poor and homeless on the streets of New York City and New Jersey. Maybe it's time you gave it a try, but be warned, serving with us will change your life!

WHAT CAN I EXPECT OVERALL?

  • TO LOVE AND CARE FOR OTHERS: It may come in the form of serving soup, praying with someone, cleaning the space where we serve or in many other ways. Everything that we do is to show love and to be a vessel for life transformation.
  • TO WORK HARD: As a volunteer, you may assist with outreach preparation/clean up and serve on the street for 2 – 4 hours.
  • TO BE SUPPORTED: You will be thoroughly briefed before hitting the streets by an outreach team leader who will be with you throughout the outreach.
  • TO HAVE FUN: From a fun getting to know you game, to laughs with new friends or even singing on the street, your day will be filled with many moments of joy.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT EACH OUTREACH?

The Relief Bus:

These outreaches feature a custom bus with a built-in kitchen, office, and resource center. We drive the bus to 5 locations 7 times a week.

What you will be asked to do:

  1. PREPARE soup, drinks and complete other tasks necessary for the outreach (only if you meet at the Relief Base in NJ).
  2. WELCOME our guests and invite conversation over a shared meal!!
  3. SET UP tables & chairs to create an intentional space that welcomes guests.
  4. SERVE homemade soup, drinks & fresh bread.
  5. OFFER socks, hygiene kits and prayer.
  6. INVITE guests to the outreach. Some times we send out small groups of volunteers with supplies & flyers to let people know about The Relief Bus outreach
  7. CLEAN outreach and surrounding area. Clean containers and reset for the next outreach (only if you meet at the Relief Base in NJ).
  8. CONNECT guests to experienced staff members to have a LIFE CARE VISIT where deep struggles are shared, individualized action plans are developed, and hope is restored.

The Relief Co-Op:

These outreaches capitalize on existing direct service opportunities, as we send our staff and volunteers to those third-party locations and sync up our compassionate focus on long-term & follow-up care with the immediate care these services are providing.

What you will be asked to do:

  1. WELCOME our guests and invite conversation while they are waiting for their turn to select clothing.
  2. SERVE baked goods and beverages.
  3. ORGANIZE and restock the clothing closet. 
  4. ASSIST guests with choosing clothing items.
  5. OFFER socks, hygiene kits and prayer.
  6. SETUP/RESET the Chapel area where we serve.
  7. CONNECT guests to experienced staff members to have a LIFE CARE VISIT where deep struggles are shared, individualized action plans are developed, and hope is restored.