Volunteer

Volunteers are at the heart of our mission. 

Brooklyn Community Services is officially a Service Enterprise!

What does this mean? 

Our Volunteer Vision & Mission

Our Volunteer Vision: To ignite and spread the power of volunteerism as a vehicle for change in Brooklyn, and a way to bring Brooklynites together.

Our Volunteer Mission: To provide opportunities for community members to serve children, youth, adults and families of the Brooklyn community who are overcoming obstacles.

Our volunteer program engages over 800 volunteers each year through one time group projects or long-term service. Volunteers serve as mentors and tutors, help upkeep our community garden, help with events and workshops, provide resume help and financial literacy support and more. Please note, our volunteer projects are based on the needs of our programs, and may change over time.

Featured Volunteer Opportunities:

MLK Weekend of Service

Volunteer with our partner, Repair the World! MLK Day, a national day of service, is an invitation to commit ourselves to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his radical leadership for racial justice in America. As we all sit in this challenging moment in our nation’s history, we invite you to take action through service. From Friday, January 14th to Monday, January 18th, inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists, Repair the World NYC is hosting in-person and virtual opportunities to serve. Can we count on you to join us? Register here!

Mobile Shower Unit

Help BCS Provide Showers!

BCS Shower Bus will be hitting the streets of Brooklyn soon, and we need volunteers! This Mobile Care Unit will provide showers, bathroom usage, toiletries, and a wide array of services to the street homeless population in Brooklyn. Volunteers will help ensure the program runs smoothly. This includes helping manage the shower schedule for each client, managing the lines while implementing social distancing guidelines, and serving as a liaison between clients and their services, all while maintaining a safe and clean environment. 

Learn more about the position, start date, and schedule here.

Sign up to volunteer here.

 Share your Passion for Books!

Do you love reading and sharing that experience with others? You’re in luck — we have openings for reading volunteers for BCS Virtual Storytime! Bring your favorite story to life by recording a video of you reading aloud for the BCS community. Visit the BCS Reading Corner

  • Learn more about the logistics and participation here. 
  • Sign up to volunteer here. 

Take the BCS Good Health Pledge

Every year for Valentine’s Day, BCS gifts shelter residents with  Beauty Baskets for personal care, including menstrual, hygiene and wellness products. Feminine products are significantly more financially inaccessible than other personal care items on the market. Beauty Baskets help us alleviate this financial burden for the women we serve! With your support, we can empower women on their journey to better self-care. From now until February 7th, BCS is collecting beauty and wellness products for the women in our shelters. 

What are we collecting?
♥ Menstrual Products (reusable and otherwise)  ♥  Loofahs  ♥  Hair Products  ♥ Accessories  ♥  Lotion  ♥  Mouth Wash  ♥  Head Scarves  ♥  Nail Polish  ♥  Socks  ♥  Deodorants  ♥   Lotions  ♥  Make up  ♥  Perfumes  ♥   Hand Sanitizer ♥  Face Coverings  ♥

 ♥ Anything that makes you feel confident! ♥

How to get involved?

  • Purchase items from our Amazon Wish List!
  • Mail your donations to: Janelle Anderson, 151 Lawrence St. 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 1120
  • Drop off your donation any weekday from 9:30 to 4:30 at
    151 Lawrence St. 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Other Ways to Volunteer with us:

As COVID-19 continues to drastically impact the lives of thousands, from those infected with the virus, their families and friends, to those whose jobs and schools have been impacted– the health and safety of Brooklynites continues to be our first priority. BCS has paused most in person volunteerism. 

Individual Volunteering

To become a volunteer, please complete the New Volunteer Registration Form

We encourage new volunteers to complete the Virtual Volunteer Information Session, this will allow you to learn more about BCS programs and ways in which you can get involved.

Please bear in mind that BCS is keeping in-person volunteer engagement minimal for the safety of out clients, staff and volunteers.

Corporate & Group Action

BCS works with corporate groups, places of worship, universities, civic groups, and more. Our staff will work with you to make sure your volunteer experience is both meaningful for you, and makes a real difference in Brooklyn’s low-income neighborhoods.

If you are looking to have a group volunteer with BCS, please complete the Group Volunteer Application.

ONE Brooklyn Campus Fellowship Program: Click Here to Apply Now!

BCS has launched the ONE Brooklyn Campus Fellowship Program, a platform to mobilize college students through volunteer service, to effect change for Brooklyn residents living in underserved communities.

The Fellows Program is designed to both give a select group of Brooklyn college students the opportunity to make a difference in Brooklyn and help these students grow into effective leaders in their communities. With the guidance of BCS staff, the Fellows will create and put into practice 70 hours (or more) of community service. College students living in or attending college in Brooklyn are encouraged to apply!

Recent Volunteer Impact– Here’s what BCS volunteers have been up to!

Volunteers built a playground! #PlayMatters

Verizon Media makes STEM fun for youth in Coney Island!

Live Nation speaks with high schoolers about career paths.

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