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:

Complete a Year of Service with BCS!

Service member will focus on recruiting, screening and training prospective individual volunteers. The member will also work on developing strategies to retain volunteers who come to BCS through a group volunteer activity or other one-time service opportunity. The member will have a special focus on recruiting volunteers who can either provide long-term skills based volunteer service or who live or work in the communities we serve. The member will also be the project lead for improving volunteer participation at our mental health programs, part of a larger commitment to reducing the stigma of mental illness. View full position description here. Apply now through NYC Service.

DEADLINE: JUNE 25th

Support COVID-19 Response Efforts

Join Brownsville Community Justice Center to package and deliver groceries, packaged meals, and essential items to individuals and families in Brownsville.  Volunteer efforts will be conducted at the Brownsville Community Justice Center, located at 50 Belmont Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11212, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, and at Brownsville Community Culinary Center located at 69 Belmont Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11212, every Friday for the rest of the COVID-19 pandemic.
To learn more about Brownsville Community Justice Center, please visit, courtinnovation.org

Take the BCS Good Health Pledge

Do your part! Pledge to keep Brooklyn safe and in good health.

Pledge to:

  1. Stay home to slow the spread
  2. Practice physical distancing by staying at least 6ft. away from others
  3. Avoid forwarding, spreading or sharing unverified information
  4. Be considerate of others and only purchase the items I need
  5. Check in on friends and family to mitigate the effects of isolation

Virtual Phone Bank & Training with NYC Census

We need all Brooklynites to get counted this year in order to get our fair share of resources and representation for our borough and city for the next 10 years. Census data is critical to the functioning of our hospitals, schools, housing, jobs, community centers and emergency response.

NYC Census 2020 is leading phone banking events and trainings each Wednesday from 5-6pm. RSVP for the next phone bank and training here. The point of these calls is to check in on neighbors and share with them why the census is important is to you and how they can fill it out right away either online at my2020census.gov or by calling the US Census Bureau by phone (we are not collecting census responses ourselves). Once you’ve been trained, you can make calls when you want on your schedule.

There will be a brief training by video conference for the first half hour beginning at 5pm (see below for video conferencing details), and we will stay on the video conference during phone banking to troubleshoot any issues that may arise and to keep each other company. If you’d like a preview of the training, check out the slides here.

Help get out the count on Wednesday!

Virtual Events

Creative Writing for Youth 

BCS wants to assist elementary school students build their creative writing skills through our Online Creative Writing Workshops, produced and delivered by Emily Olcott. The purpose of these workshops is for students to practice building their creative writing skills through fun and engaging lessons focused on character creation, story-making, and more. These workshops are for youth in grades 1-5. You can learn more and sign up by clicking here.

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 attend our ONE BK Action Info Session, which is held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. It takes place  from 5:30- 6:30 pm, at BCS headquarters, 151 Lawrence, 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201.

RSVP HERE

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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