Riis Settlement builds and strengthens underserved communities in Western Queens and acts as a catalyst for change.

Open Volunteer Positions

Welcome to our Volunteer Page! Thank you for your interest in working with us to benefit greater Western Queens.

Below is a list of volunteer opportunities that are currently available. 

To apply for one of these positions, click here.

General Positions

Help with Meal Distribution

Time: Mondays: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm; Tuesdays: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Program Director: Robert Madison
Help distribute 250 meals to families in need at the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City, Queens. Volunteers will help distribute pre-packaged hot meals to members of the community. Distribution will take place from 11:30am-12:30pm on Mondays and Tuesdays. Long term (4-5 months) volunteers are highly preferred.

Immigrant Services

1:1 Citizenship Tutor for Adult Immigrants

Time: Tuesdays, 5:45-7:00pm
Program Director: Sophie Simon
All tutoring takes place virtually.

1:1 ESOL Tutor for Adult Immigrants

Time: Flexible; one session for 1-2 hours per week.
Program Director: Sophie Simon
All tutoring takes place virtually. Bilingual volunteers and/or volunteers with tutoring experience are highly encouraged to apply via the online form above. View more information here.

Youth Services

Mentor for Young People Ages 10-14

Address: 37-44 21st St, Long Island City, NY 11101
Location: Queens Library in LIC
Time: Wednesdays 4:00-5:15pm*
Program Director: Levgeniia Lavrenishyna
*The next mentorship cycle will begin in October 2023.

Older Adult Services

Volunteer Gardener

Time: Flexible
Program Director: Gwendolyn Wilson
Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement is looking for a volunteer gardener to help with beautifying and maintenance of the community garden. The individuals should know about gardening and how to grow different plants. They should also have knowledge on what tools to use for different projects. The individual will be working with older adults in the community garden behind the Riis Settlement Community Center.

Community Services