Get Involved

Volunteers are an integral and essential part of the Selfhelp community. From our Virtual Senior Center instructors, to the senior center volunteers who serve lunch and the coffee house volunteers who engage with Holocaust survivors, our programs rely heavily on the hard work and support of our volunteers.

Our history is also rooted in volunteerism. In 1936, Selfhelp Community Services was founded as Selfhelp for German Refugees by a group of dedicated volunteers who had recently arrived in New York themselves. Our founders' original purpose was to help victims of Nazi persecution rebuild their lives in America before and after WWII. Volunteers provided them with food, shelter, clothing, employment and financial assistance.

Today, we are honored to have more than 1,000 volunteers working at our sites throughout the boroughs and Nassau County. Here are a few examples of what our volunteers do:

  • Teach classes, at venues such as senior centers or on the Virtual Senior Center (VSC) to homebound seniors, on topics such as exercise, arts and crafts, and language
  • Serve meals at our programs
  • Assist at senior center parties and other events
  • Visit Holocaust survivors at home
  • Organize and lead trips
  • Provide friendly visiting or telephone reassurance to homebound seniors
  • Join YoungGen to volunteer with Chinese seniors

Do you want to contribute your skills and passion?
We have volunteer opportunities across New York City and Nassau County.

For more information, please contact volunteer@selfhelp.net

Thank you to all our wonderful and dedicated volunteers!

Advocate

Selfhelp staff and clients participate in advocacy efforts with our partners in government. We work in coalition with partners including UJA-Federation of NY, LiveOn NY and LeadingAge to advocate for the needs of older adults in policies and programs. We meet with elected and appointed officials, deliver testimony before various legislative bodies, write op-eds and white papers, and participate in rallies at City Hall and Albany.

Click here to see some of our recent testimonies

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Volunteer

Volunteers are an integral and essential part of the Selfhelp community. From our Virtual Senior Center instructors, the senior center members who also serve lunch, and the coffee house volunteers who engage with survivors, our programs rely heavily on the generosity and support of our volunteers.

Our history is also rooted in volunteerism. In 1936, Selfhelp Community Services was founded as Selfhelp for German Refugees by a group of dedicated volunteers who recently arrived in New York themselves. Our founders’ original purpose was to help victims of Nazi persecution rebuild their lives in America before and after WWII. Volunteers provided them with food, shelter, clothing, employment and financial assistance.

Today, we are honored to have over 1,000 volunteers working at our sites throughout the boroughs and Nassau County. Here are a few examples of what our volunteers do:

  • Teach classes - at venues such as senior centers – or virtually – to homebound seniors online, on topics such as exercise, arts and crafts, and language
  • Serve meals at our programs
  • Assist at senior center parties and other events
  • Visit Holocaust survivors at home
  • Organize and lead trips
  • Call homebound seniors

Do you want to contribute your skills and passion? We have volunteer opportunities across New York City and Nassau County. For more information, please contact volunteer@selfhelp.net.

Thank you to all our wonderful and dedicated volunteers!