Volunteer Jobs

Below is a partial list of Volunteer Jobs, with descriptions, that are available at Riis Settlement. To apply to be a volunteer, fill out the Volunteer Application. For more information, contact us via e-mail at volunteer@riissettlement.org or by phone at (718) 784-7447 Ext. 133.


Immigrant Services and ESOL Classes

Citizenship Class Tutor

Full DescriptionWhen immigrants in the United States officially become citizens, countless doors open for them. Volunteers will create a friendly environment using curriculum, activities and games to engage participants with learning and practicing skills to pass the Citizenship Exam. 

Requirements:
-A patient and culturally-sensitive attitude
-Basic knowledge of U.S. Government, history, and the citizenship process to complement the course instructor's curriculum
-English proficiency and effective oral communication skills
-Perform one-on-one mock interviews

Time Availability: Every Friday 6:00-7:30 pm.
Class will be held from October to December.

Conversation Class: Engage Students in Practicing English using Technology

Full Description: Volunteers will be involved in a three-hour conversation class using computers as a tool to enhance the learning experience of the ESOL students. Feel free to bring your creativity to this classroom. Our goal is to implement three things; English, students and technology.

Requirements: 
-Ability to communicate orally in English.
-Basic proficiency in a second language including (but not limited to) Spanish, Arabic, Bengali, Urdu, and Farsi is a plus, but not required.
-Prior experience and comfort working with immigrant populations is preferred.

Time Availability: Every Wednesday 9:00-12:00pm or 6:00-9:00pm.
Class will be held from October to December.
If you cannot commit to the three hour class, one-hour in a half of your time will help us reach our goal.

Morning positions will take place at Jacob A. Riss. Evening shifts will take place at IS126, located at 31-51 21st Street in Astoria.

 Individual English Language Tutor

Full Description: Matched with an individual ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) student based on mutual time availability, volunteers will be able to provide direct assistance to adult students hoping to achieve English fluency.

Requirements:
-Patient and culturally-sensitive attitude
-Some prior experience and comfort working with immigrant populations
-Spanish proficiency is a plus, but not required

Time Availability: Arranged by tutor and students
Senior Services

Assist a Senior! Become a Chinese (Mandarin) or Spanish Interpreter!

Full Description: Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House is looking for an enthusiastic Chinese (Mandarin) or Spanish translator/interpreter to help staff at the Senior Services Center in communicating and registering Chinese or Spanish speaking seniors.

Requirements:

-Fluency or advanced proficiency in Chinese (Mandarin) or Spanish
-Prior experience working with elderly would indeed be welcomed
-Applicants must be patient, engaging, and have a positive attitude

Volunteer availability: Anytime between: 8:30am-2:00pm


Birthday Party Coordinator (Senior Services)

Full Description: Help turn a senior’s birthday into an unforgettable birthday party! Riis Settlement is seeking committed volunteers who will be in charge of planning and executing monthly birthday parties for the seniors who regularly visit the center.

Requirements:

-Applicants must be Creative, Outgoing, and Entertaining 
-Strong Organizational and Communication Skills

Volunteer Availability: Preferably, Fridays at the end of each month (1:00pm-3:00pm)


Cook Helper (Senior Services)

Full Description: Jacob A. Riis Settlement House is seeking volunteers to assist cooking staff to serve breakfast and lunch to seniors. They would also help during set up and clean up time.

Requirements: 

-Applicants must be friendly and respectful towards seniors and staff
-Cooking experience would certainly be a plus!

Volunteer Availability: Breakfast 8:30am to 9:30am and/or Lunch from 12pm to 1pm.



Seniors’ Computer Teacher

Full Description: In a period when everything, from Medicaid Renewal to bill payments, is moving online, we need our seniors to develop the skills to catch up to the advancing technology. With that in mind, the Senior Services Program at Jacob A. Riis is seeking the assistance of volunteers to teach computer skills to senior citizens. Participants would focus on teaching seniors the advantages of using the internet to manage many of their responsibilities.

Requirements:

-Participants must have basic computer and internet skills.
-Must be engaging, entertaining, and patient
-Must possess strong communication skills
-Participants must equip seniors with the most useful tips to use the internet to find relevant and useful information.

Volunteer Availability: Monday-Friday 1pm-3pm; at least 1 day per week commitment required.


Community Garden Helper

Full Description: Jacob A. Riis Settlement House seeks committed volunteers to assist senior citizens beautify, plant, and maintain flowers at their Queensbridge garden. Since winter season is near, we are seeking volunteers to help our seniors get their garden prepared for the upcoming chilly weather.

Requirements:

-Participants must have knowledge of garden maintenance
-Strong interpersonal skills
-Applicants must be patient, engaging, and have a positive attitude

Volunteer Availability: At least 1 day a week (Mon-Fri); At least one hour between 10am-3pm


Dance Instructor

Full Description: Jacob A. Riis Settlement House seeks fun, energetic, enthusiastic, and engaging volunteers to teach seniors how to dance Ballroom and line dancing.

Requirements:

-Instructors must have experience teaching dance
-Prior experience working with elderly would indeed be welcomed
-Applicants must be patient, engaging, and have a positive attitude

Volunteer Availability: At least 1 day a week (Mon-Fri) for 1 hour between 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Ravenswood

Graphic Design and Social Media
Full Description: Ravenswood Community Center is looking for a graphic design volunteer who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic to strengthen our means of communication and outreach. This volunteer must be willing to learn about the programs beings offered to create a pamphlet.

Requirements

-Comfortable working on social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.)
-Familiarity with online media sources (bloggers, e-news, etc.)
-Skill in graphic design/Adobe Illustrator preferred
-Knowledge of local (Long Island City/Queens) media is a plus
-Interest in community building and the nonprofit sector
-Must have strong writing and grammar skills

Volunteer Availability: Approximately 5-10 hours/week (working remotely on a daily basis). On-site work and from home. 

(This position will take place at Ravenswood Community Center, located at 35-40 21st Street in L.I. City.)


Mentors –Young Men Initiative Mentoring Program
Full Description: The Young Men Initiative Mentoring Program is in need of serious and committed volunteers who could serve as an older brother/sister to the members of this community. Our mentors and staff work with the students to explore career options, build self-confidence and self-esteem, increase communication skills and goal setting to achieve future success.
Requirements

-Complete application and screening process, including criminal background check and references checks.
-Commit to the program at least one school year
-Interest in being a positive influence and role model for teens
-Respect for young people
-Ability to listen actively
-Ability to see solutions and opportunities
-Be flexible and open

Volunteer Availability: One day a week for 1.5 hours. Long-term commitment.  
(This position will take place at Ravenswood Community Center, located at 35-40 21st Street in L.I. City.)


GED (TASC) and College Assess Program

GED (TASC) Prep Component: Volunteers will be responsible for tutoring adults for the GED exam, which may entail explaining major concepts to students as well as practicing test-taking strategies. Volunteers are expected to break down and explain concepts to adults.

College Prep Component: Volunteers will guide high school students through the college application process and help them prepare successful admission applications. This may include providing assistance in: narrowing down college choices, completing applications, securing letters of recommendation, and successfully transitioning into college life. Volunteers will also be available to help students brainstorm, draft, and polish college essays and to help them fill out FAFSA paperwork to receive Financial Aid.

Requirements: 
-Mastery of material on GED (TASC) Exam
-Previous experience preferred but not necessary
-Strong skills in college application process
-Upbeat, engaging, and supportive attitude

Volunteer Availability: Monday-Thursday 6:00-10:00 pm or Saturday 10:00-5:00 pm; at least 2 day per week commitment required.  
(This opportunity is located at Ravenswood Community Center, located at 35-40 21st Street in L.I. City.)

Computer Instructor
Full Description: Volunteers needed to help adults learn and practice computer skills. Engage adult learners into an active and beneficial computer class. Creativity and engaging yourself with adults is strongly beneficial for the learning and teaching experience.   
Requirements: 
-Be patient, enthusiastic and respectful for other cultures.
-Be punctual

Volunteer Availability: Must be able to commit to at least Tuesday or Saturday for 1 hour, between 6:00-10:00 pm.
(This opportunity is located at Ravenswood Community Center, located at 35-40 21st Street in L.I. City.)

Arts and Crafts/Music Volunteers
Full Description: Do you enjoy Arts & Crafts or Music? Our afterschool programs are currently looking for volunteers with a creative imagination to engage our kids and teens with the beauty of art. From basic water colors to contour drawing, the time you spent within our community should be fun, musical and colorful. Just imagine of all the great opportunities. All materials will be provided.    

Requirements:
-Be patient, friendly and an artist at heart
-Problem solver

Volunteer Availability: Monday to Saturday; 4:30-6:00 pm. Open availability, could work around your schedule.

(This opportunity is located at Ravenswood Community Center, located at 35-40 21st Street in L.I. City.)

INFO TECH
Homework Help Tutor

Full Description:   Tutors will provide one-on-one or small-group academic support to high school students (grades 9-12) by assisting with homework and standardized test preparation. General subject tutoring may include (but is not limited to) Math, Literature, Sciences, and History. 

Requirements: 
-Mastery of math, literature, Global and U.S. History at a high school level or greater.
-Upbeat, engaging, and supportive attitude

Volunteer Availability: Monday-Thursday 3:00-5:30 pm; at least 1 day per week commitment required. 

(This opportunity is located at Information Technology High School: 21-16 44th Road, Long Island City)

Boys Group/ Girls Group
Full Description: High School. Boys. Girls. Best friends. Drama. Tears. Laughs. Love.
High school is a time of our life we all tend to experience new things. Good or bad our students need volunteers to hear them out and provide a safe zone to speak about their personal day to day problems.    At our Info Tech location we are currently looking for an experienced man and woman who will engage students in casual conversations on sexual education, self-confidence, body expectations and or any other related topic.

Requirements:
-Experience preferred
-Be engaging and supportive to students

Volunteer Availability: Monday to Friday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. commit to one day a week for at least one hour. (Friday Preferred)

(This opportunity is located at Information Technology High School: 21-16 44th Road, Long Island City)
 
Enrichment Program
Full Description: Jacob A Riis is looking for talented volunteers who will love to spend a couple of hours engaging our students in sports, dance, arts and crafts or any other talent you may have. After a full day of school we will like to motivate students by engaging them in hands-on experiments and activities. We have open volunteer positions in our Enrichment Program from 1st grade to 12th grade.  
Requirements:
-Be experienced on the talent or activity you will like to share with students
-Possess creativity, be engaging and have a great sense of humor.

Volunteer Availability: Monday to Saturday, 3:00 pm to 6:00pm. Open to availability. Must commit to at least one day a week. 

RIIS ACADEMY YOUTH SERVICES

Veronica Franklin
Riis Academy Elementary (K-5) Program Coordinator, QB

Elementary School Tutors

Full Description:
Riis Academy, a community-based after-school program, partners with local schools, families and community leaders to provide the best possible services and activities for youth in grades K-12. We offer a supportive, friendly environment where children feel safe to be themselves and make new friends. Riis Academy offers comprehensive services from tutoring and homework help to arts and recreation. Our approach to youth development is based on the simple philosophy that every child can reach his/her greatest potential if given the opportunity to learn and grow in a supportive environment.

We are seeking volunteers committed to helping elementary students (K-5) attain their greatest academic achievement in the 2014-2015 school year. Participants would assist students with their homework or will individually assist students that might need academic reinforcement in reading, math, or writing.

Requirements:
-Basic proficiency in English, Math, Science at an elementary school level or greater
-Upbeat, engaging, and supportive attitude
-Enthusiasm for working with children
-Must be consistent

Volunteer Availability: Mon-Thurs from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Maurice Rawls
Riis Academy Program Coordinator, Middle School (6th-8th grade)

STEM Tutoring

Full Description: Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement is currently seeking smart, motivated, and skillful volunteers to tutor middle school scholars at their STEM Program. If you are knowledgeable in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (or all of them!), this is a great opportunity to put those great skills to the service of students who will greatly benefit from them.

Requirements:
-Mastery of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics at a middle school level
-Knowledgeable in STEM Education
-Some teaching experience preferred
- Engaging and supportive attitude

Volunteer Availability: Wednesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m. @ Queensbridge Riis Academy Program


Middle School Academic Tutor

Full Description: Volunteers will provide homework help for middle school students (grades 6-9) during scheduled homework help time for students. Tutors will be working with students individually and in small groups. During the hour-long homework help session, the middle school group leader(s) will be present in the room as well to assist in retaining students focus on academic material. 
Volunteer tutors will contribute to the academic and personal growth of youth. These tutors will support the Jacob Riis philosophy that every student can reach their potential with the appropriate support. Tutors will encourage middle school students’ engagement in academics and school.

Requirements:
-Knowledge of middle school academic subjects
-Must be patient and not become frustrated easily if students become distracted
-Must be supportive of each student’s academic needs by working at their pace
-Must be energetic and a positive role model by maintaining an encouraging and warm demeanor when working with students

Volunteer Availability: Mondays-Thursdays 3:15-4:30pm

Natalie Durand
Program Coordinator, Queensbridge Teen Program (9th-12th grade)

Service Learning Leader

Full Description: Engage high school students in community service projects. As Service Learning Leaders, volunteers will also ensure that students learn valuable lessons/topics while serving their community.

Requirements:
-Strong interpersonal skills
-Experience working with youth is a plus
- Applicants must be patient, outgoing, and engaging
- Strong leadership skills

Volunteer Availability: Wednesday Nights. This in a continuing program from Oct-Jan & Feb-Mar

Homework Help Tutor for High School Students

Full Description: Tutors will provide one-to-one or small-group academic support to high school students (grades 9-12) by assisting with homework and standardized test preparation. General subject tutoring may include (but is not limited to) Math, Literature, Sciences, and History.

Requirements:
-Mastery of Math, literature, sciences, and history at a high school level or greater
-Upbeat, engaging, and supportive attitude

Volunteer Availability: Mon-Thurs; 4:00pm-7:30pm (at least 2 days per week commitment for 1 hour)


P.S. 171

Elementary School Tutor

Jacob A. Riis Settlement House is seeking motivated and talented tutors to assist its afterschool program at P.S. 171. Volunteers will assist students from K-5 grade with their homework and supervise and/or engage in other activities such as Arts and Crafts. P.S. 171 is located at 14-14 29th Ave, Long Island City, NY 1102.

Requirements:
-High School or College Level Education
-Strong Reading and Math Skills
-Enthusiasm for working with children

Volunteer Availability: Fridays from 3:00-5:30 pm





Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House