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 9:00-12:00 pm or 6:00-9:00 pm.
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 IS 126, 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
-English fluency
-Some prior experience and comfort working with immigrant populations
-Spanish proficiency is a plus, but not required


Time Availability: Arranged by tutor and student

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: 8:30 am-2:00 pm

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 (1:00 pm-3:00 pm)

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

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 1 pm-3 pm; 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 10 am-3 pm

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


Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House