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:

 Spread Holiday Cheer– BCS Holiday Drive

The holidays are right around the corner, and with them comes BCS’ annual holiday drive. With the pandemic challenging “the usual,” BCS remains committed to ensuring that every youth across the organization gets a wrapped gift for the holidays! Help us keep the holiday festive for BCS youth– purchase and wrap a gift, adopt a program site, host a virtual wrapping party with your coworkers and/or friends. Learn how to participate 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

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many tutoring and mentoring opportunities were put on hold. Luckily, you can still mentor a student of the BCS community virtually — in reading, writing, math, or general mentoring. All volunteers will be matched with a student based on their interests and needs for weekly sessions. 

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

If you are the parent of a BCS student and are interested in enrolling your child in this program, sign up 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 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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