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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

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.

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

Mentor for Young People Ages 8-11

Address: 37-44 21st St, Long Island City, NY 11101
Location: Queens Library in LIC
Time: Wednesdays 4:00-5:15pm*
Program Director: Ievgeniia Lavrenishyna
Riis Settlement is seeking adult mentors who want to make a difference in the lives of young people ages 8 - 11. Our mentors are excited to collaborate with young people, flexible in thinking, and open to feedback. This is a group mentoring program; each mentor will be matched with 2-3 mentees. *The next mentorship cycle will begin in February 2024.

Older Adult Services

Gardener

Time: Flexible
Program Director: Gwendolyn Wilson
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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