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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. 

General Positions

Immigration Legal Clinic

Address: 10-25 41st Ave., LIC, NY 11101
Location: Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement- Queensbridge
Time: 9 am - 3 pm on May 24, June 21, and July 19.
Program Director: Sophie Simon
Immigration Legal Clinic Riis Settlement is seeking volunteers to work with our Immigrant Services program to support newly-arrived migrants and asylum-seekers. We are organizing monthly legal clinics on May 24, June 21, and July 19 to assist new arrivals with applications for Temporary Protected Status, Work permits, and Asylum. Volunteers can assist with preparing immigration forms, providing translation/interpretation, and more. Training will be provided and no prior experience is necessary. If you would like to volunteer with us at legal clinic, please email volunteerriis@gmail.com. We will contact you to provide details about upcoming volunteer trainings and events.

Immigrant Services

Bilingual Community Outreach Interpreter

Location: Northwestern Queens
Time: Flexible
Program Director: Sophie Simon
Our Immigrant Services program is looking for volunteers who are bilingual in Bengali, Arabic, Haitian-Creole, and Chinese to support our community outreach work in Queens! Bilingual volunteers play a vital role in connecting our organization with the diverse immigrant community we serve. This role involves actively engaging with community members, promoting awareness of our services, and facilitating connections to resources and support.

Substitute ESOL Instructor

Location: Long Island City and Astoria, Queens
Program Director: Sophie Simon
Riis Settlement is looking for substitute teachers who are available to fill in in case a regular teacher calls out. Substitutes will provide content-based English language at various levels. Class schedules include: morning (9:00 - 12:00 pm Tuesday to Thursday), evening (6:00 - 9:00 pm Tuesday to Thursday), and Saturday (9:30am - 4:00pm) at our two program sites in Queens.

1:1 Citizenship Tutor for Adult Immigrants

Time: Tuesdays, 5:45-7:00pm
Program Director: Sophie Simon
Are you passionate about assisting permanent residents in becoming U.S. citizens? This highly rewarding opportunity is tailored for 1:1 or small group settings. Become a tutor for fellow New Yorkers, forge new friendships, and make a substantial impact on someone's life! If interested, please click on "Apply Now" to create an account on our partner's website, New York Cares. All tutoring sessions are conducted virtually.

1:1 ESOL Tutor for Adult Immigrants

Time: Flexible; one session for 1-2 hours per week.
Program Director: Sophie Simon
Are you looking to learn more about a different culture? Do you want to find a new friend and to develop interpersonal skills? If yes, this opportunity is for you! Riis Settlement is looking for volunteers to support students enrolled in our adult English classes for immigrants through online 1:1 tutoring. By providing extra language practice outside of ESOL classes, you will help students improve their English skills for practical use such as in social, educational, or professional settings. This is a remote opportunity. View more information here.

Youth Services

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Older Adult Services

Gardener

Time: Flexible
Program Director: Frank McCrea
Are you interested in gardening, working outdoors, and contributing to a community? Riis Settlement is seeking a volunteer gardener to assist with the beautification and maintenance of our community garden. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals passionate about spending time outdoors and possessing gardening expertise. The ideal candidate will be proficient in gardening techniques and cultivating various plants; familiar with various gardening tools; able to collaborate with a team and work independently; and dedicated to long-term volunteering.

Community Services

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