Community Service

Community service is an activity that engages students with real-life solutions to strengthen communities.

Upcoming Community Service Opportunities

These opportunities are for educators, students, and school leaders who want to develop community service activities with their school. These approaching deadlines and events are updated regularly and are listed in chronological order.

  • Middle and High Schools: Volunteer with the Youth Service Opportunities Project


      The Youth Service Opportunities Project offers middle school and high school students meaningful volunteer work, combined with a orientation and reflection. Members of this project provide vital services to those in need while reflecting on their experiences and broadening their perspective. Students help the hungry and homeless people of New York City through their work in shelters, soup kitchens, schools, food and clothing banks and other direct-service institutions. Students volunteer in a Workcamp environment, which helps build team spirit and give them direction. Learn more and apply.

  • High Schools: Apply Now for Best Buddies Student Friendship Clubs
      Contact: Stephanie Jimenez /917-225-0109

      Best Buddies invites NYC principals, teachers, and students to start a Best Buddies chapter in their schools. Best Buddies club model celebrates social inclusion by building friendships between students with and without disabilities. Club members organize meaningful activities and service projects and gain lifelong skills through their friendships. School partnerships are available throughout Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. Registered clubs gain access to extensive Best Buddies resources including local and national trainings, networking events, and volunteer opportunities. Learn more about Best Buddies International here

    Planning Guides and Resources

    Getting started in community service? These planning guides and resources will help inspire and develop community service with your school.

    A+ Fundraisers for High Schools Guide and Toolkit
    This contains tips from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to implement a successful fundraiser to help keep the community healthy.

    CBK Associates/ABCD Books
    On the CBK Associates/ABCD Books website, you will find a wide set of free materials that can assist your service-learning program at any stage of development. Under Resources, find numerous articles by Cathryn Berger Kaye that promote "Meaningful Reflection," "Guideposts to a Meaningful Service Learning Program" and more. By clicking on Blog, find answers to critical questions to advance service learning and examples of student action from all over the world. From this blog, for example, you can download four free service learning student guides. For free curriculum, click here.

    Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots
    This resource provides free project planning documents for community service that supports the animal community, human community, and environment. Materials include the Roots & Shoots Formula Toolkit, curriculum materials, and access to online Roots & Shoots courses.

    NYC Service’s Volunteer Project Finder
    This database allows school staff and students to locate volunteer opportunities by age requirements, borough/ zip code, interests and issues, skill sets, keywords, and dates.

    New York Cares Youth Volunteering Programs
    Students can find a variety of New York Cares’ opportunities to serve their community throughout the year. There are one-time and long-term projects to engage in community service. New York Cares offers teen friendly volunteer opportunities for groups of young people. Click here to learn more about these teen group opportunities.

    Youth Service America 
    Find free tools and guides to enhance service and service-learning in your school, including "A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging a New Generation of Anti-Hunger Leaders,” “Classrooms with a Cause," “Youth Changing the World: A Service Project Toolkit,” and "Semester of Service."