ONE BK Action is our volunteer program that engages nearly 1,000 volunteers each year. BCS works to create powerful volunteer partnerships with hundreds of individuals, community organizations, the faith-based community, local businesses and corporations who share our vision of ONE Brooklyn Community.

ONE BK Action is driven by the strength of social responsibility. In partnership with the community, we are making a major impact to empower people who have limited resources and are faced with pressing needs.

BCS sees the needs of Brooklynites living in underserved neighborhoods every day.  We’ve been on the frontline serving poor and low-income people in Brooklyn since our founding 150 years ago. And while there has been progress, today, 23% of Brooklynites still live in poverty.

We are calling on Brooklynites who share our vision for ONE Brooklyn Community to partner with BCS and help change the math for the 23% of Brooklynites living in poverty. You can make an impact by becoming a BCS volunteer.


ONE BK Action Monthly Information Sessions for New Volunteers

On the 2nd Wednesday of every month, we host the ONE BK Action Info Session, which is a monthly information session for new volunteers. It takes place  from 5:30- 6:30 pm, at BCS headquarters, 285 Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn.

The program starts promptly at 5:30 pm and concludes at 6:30 pm. Our staff will introduce you to BCS’s comprehensive range of services, volunteer needs and upcoming volunteer events. Our volunteer coordinators will help you find an opportunity to get involved by “matching” you with one of our programs. Please note, some of our programs require a background check and fingerprinting before you can start volunteering.


To contact us, please e-mail volunteer@WeAreBCS.org.

Join BCS’ Community Initiatives this holiday season!

Holiday Gift Drives:
Join BCS in making this holiday season truly the happiest season of all for
all. Donate or volunteer at one our upcoming events happening during
the month of December.

Ways to bring Holiday cheer to BCS this year:

  • BCS Holiday Parties: Hosting a holiday party at one of our after-school
  • Host a Holiday Gift drive at your organization and/business and collect gifts
    for the youth at BCS.
  • Gift Wrapping Parties at BCS: Come help BCS wrap gifts for our clients
    during the holiday season.

Thanksgiving Drives/Dinners/Potlucks:
We need your help in making our annual Thanksgiving Feasts extra special!
Our Cornerstone community centers and after-school programs host
potlucks and community dinners for their members during the Thanksgiving
holidays. During this time, we call on community members to donates
resources such as imperishable goods, turkeys, or your time by helping to
serve and prepare food during the dinners. We also welcome partners who
would like to host Thanksgiving potlucks as well.

Beauty Basket Drive:
BCS hosts an annual beauty basket drive where we collect beauty and
wellness related toiletries and products to create festive gift baskets for the
women of the BCS Transitional Living Community (TLC) and Turning Point
Transitional Shelter. The gift baskets are gifted to the women around
Valentine’s Day to foster self-care and self-worth. TLC helps women with
mental illness or who have experienced trauma transition from
homelessness to permanent housing. Turning Point Transitional Shelter
offers housing and services for women 18 – 25 years of age.

For more information, please contact:

Asea Thompson
Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at
AThompson@WeAreBCS.org or 718-310-5678.

Spring into Action

Spring Into Action is an annual a Brooklyn-wide volunteer initiative calling on New Yorkers to activate their community passion and volunteer, engage and advocate. Spring into Action is the only volunteer initiative dedicated to Brooklyn’s low-income neighborhoods. We hope that you will partner with us as a lead sponsor, or provide an in-kind donation, for this exciting event. Each year, we will host over 300 volunteers and impact hundreds of BCS clients. Our Spring into Action efforts have been featured in TV and print media. Every year, Spring Into Action helps us gain visibility, raise money, form partnerships, and provide vital services and resources for our clients.

Corporate and Group Volunteering

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.

ONE Brooklyn Campus Fellowship Program: 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!

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