BRC volunteers are crucial in our continuing effort to provide homeless New Yorkers with a hand up and a way home.

Thank you for visiting BRC's Volunteer Services page, and for considering BRC as your choice for volunteerism. Click here to register to volunteer.

It's people like you that truly enhance the work we do within the community. BRC volunteers are crucial in our continuing effort to provide homeless New Yorkers with a hand up and a way home, and we welcome your help in our efforts. Please take a moment to review our volunteer needs and opportunities, and feel free to suggest new ones: 

  • Learn more about volunteer opportunities for individuals.
  • Learn more about volunteer opportunities for small groups.
  • Learn more about volunteer opportunities for large groups.
  • Learn more about opportunities for high school students and educators.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of volunteer positions are available at BRC? Volunteer positions vary widely, from teaching ballroom dancing, to painting hallways, teaching English as a second language or assisting our staff during meal service. Take a look at the brief descriptions below. We're confident you will find something that fits your interest and availability.

Can my group of friends, work colleagues or neighbors volunteer together?Absolutely! A number of our programs can put small groups of volunteers to work; the actual job, however, depends on the size, the time of day and area of interest. We encourage you to contact us for further information. We would also love to conduct onsite volunteer orientations or setting up an information table on your own premises. Just give us a call and we can discuss it.

I'm pretty limited in my availability because I work during the day. Is there anything I can do at night or on weekends? Rest assured, we understand the pressures a job can bring and we are very aware of limited time and availability. Because most of our programs are 24-hour operations, we do need help in the evenings and weekends. Take a look at our volunteer needs. You'll probably find something that fits your schedule.

I have a special skill that I would like to offer BRC but I'm not sure you need it. What should I do? You never know what we might need, whether it's writing a newsletter, or teaching our clients crochet or needlepoint. Some jobs require specific skill-sets, but others are really up to what you can bring. So register and let us know what you can offer.

Can child(ren) volunteer? Due to the nature of our client needs, individual volunteer positions are only appropriate for people 18 years of age or older. However, we do welcome high school volunteers as part of a structured and supervised activity. Or, if you are interested in volunteering with your children, we encourage you to contact us so that we can discuss this in more detail.

How can I be notified of updates or future events in which I can serve? Once you have completed the New Volunteer Registration form and have attended an orientation, you will be added to our database and be kept abreast of new programs and needs via email. Typically these emails will be sent out on a bi-weekly basis. When something catches your interest, let us know and we'll sign you up!

I'm interested! What should I do next? First things first, please complete the New Volunteer Registration form. Before receiving an assignment, we do require that you also attend a New Volunteer Orientation so that you may familiarize yourself with BRC, as well as learn more about the specific volunteer position you are interested in. Once we've received your registration form, we will contact you to arrange a requisite orientation.

I still have a few questions. Is there someone I can talk to or email? Please feel free to contact Rick Akin, Director of Volunteer Services at (212) 803-5720 or send him an email at Rakin@BRC.org

From the Desk of Muzzy

Rather than create wealth for private developers, could we use the same shelter contract to create housing for low-income people?

Muzzy Rosenblatt,
CEO & President