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Ollie’s Place Cat Adoption Center

Volunteer Cat caregiver and housekeeper

Location   430 East 9th st East Village


Seeking mature active volunteers 50+ to help care for our cats, includes cleaning housing, litterboxes, general housekeeping and socializing.
Additionally, this position would involve mentoring teens doing community service
We have multiple shifts as follows: Weekday mornings 830a-11a Weekday evenings early 5p-730p closing 7p-9p

Weekends Saturday 8a-1030a 10a-1230p 12-230p 2p-430p 4p-7p Sunday 9a-1130a 10a-1230p 12p-230p 2p-430p 4p-7p

Not all shifts are available at all times

Expiration Date   12/31/2017

Qualifications   Prefer cat experience, and no allergies.  Comfortable working with diverse groups and able to direct others as needed.

How to Apply   Send a brief detailed email about your experiences, and your preferred availability. Contact Email   Opsked@gmail.com 


JASA (Jewish Association Serving the Aging) has several volunteer opportunities


Office Volunteer – JASA Brooklyn Caregivers Respite Program
161 Corbin Pl., Brooklyn, NY 11235
Assist JASA’s Brooklyn Caregiver Respite Program with key administrative tasks.

Filing & copying
Telephone reassurance calls to clients

Comfortable using a copy machine
Have a good general knowledge of computer operations including internet applications and Microsoft Office
Ability to work independently and as part of a team
Good organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks
Strong communication skills

Flexible scheduling is available with a minimum commitment of one day a week
Ongoing opportunity
Maintain professional behavior at all times and adhere to JASA’s volunteer policies

Lunch Service Volunteer
Club 76, 120 W. 76th Street, Manhattan, 10023
Help to ensure seniors are receiving warm, nutritious meals in a timely, orderly manner by assisting with set-up, serving and clean-up for weekday lunches.


  • Set tables before lunch
  • Portion food and serve meal to seniors
  • Clean up tables
  • Communicate effectively and courteously with JASA seniors and staffSkills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Friendly personality
  • Ability to stand on feet for extended periods of time
  • Ability to lift up to 5 pounds and push a cart


  • Interest in nutrition
  • Minimum commitment of one day a week, preferably Fridays
  • Ongoing opportunity for several months

Writing Workshop Instructor
Club 76, 120 W. 76th Street, Manhattan, 10023
Teach seniors the benefits of expressing themselves through the art of creative writing.


  • Prepare weekly lessons for seniors to learn about creative writing
  • Prepare assignments for seniors to practice creative writing
  • Communicate effectively and courteously with JASA seniors and staff


  • Experience teaching creative writing
  • Experience working with seniors is helpful, but not required
  • Patience


  • Class meets on Thursday afternoons, ongoing opportunity

Clerical Volunteer 
JASA’s Central Office, 247 W. 37th Street, Manhattan 10018
Provide clerical and administrative assistance at one of New York’s largest agencies serving older adults.

  • General clerical duties including filing, photocopying, fax and mailing
  • Answer telephone, screen and direct calls
  • Perform data entry
  • Perform other duties as requested


  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Excel
  • Adept working on photocopier, fax, and other office equipment
  • Clerical experience, including alpha-numeric filing is preferred

Expiration Date
How to Apply
Email volunteer@jasa.org to express interest. Please indicate in your subject line which position you are interested in. Include that you learned about the opportunity from Coming of Age NYC.



Selfhelp Friendly Visiting Program
The Friendly Visitor Program matches homebound seniors with volunteers in the community who make weekly visits in the seniors’ homes. Friendly visiting helps relieve the senior’s social isolation and is an enriching opportunity for the volunteer to develop a meaningful friendship. Seniors and the volunteer can take part in fun activities like playing card games, discussing current events, sharing stories, learning/teaching new skills, and celebrating special days in the lives of the seniors. Your time and companionship as a friendly visitor is invaluable!

Matches are based on your availability and geographic location.
Expiration Date
We ask for a minimum commitment of six months of weekly hour-long visits. Volunteers must be 18 years or older. Interview, training, references and background check are required.

Call or e-mail Karen Toussaint
(718) 321-8194

DFTANYC Department for the Aging has several volunteer opportunities

2 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10007

The New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) is the largest Area Agency on Aging (AAA) in the United States with more than 35 years of experience addressing the needs of older New Yorkers. Among DFTA’s functions are: overseeing and supporting a network of senior centers, case management agencies, and home delivered meal providers; managing contracts with providers that offer these core services as well as other DFTA-funded programs such as Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities and elder abuse prevention initiatives; conducting innovative research and evaluating programs that serve New York’s older adult population; conducting legislative advocacy; and educating the public about aging issues.
The Volunteer Resource Center was launched in 2014 by the NYC Department for the Aging to promote, increase, and strengthen volunteerism, civic engagement, and community service for the Agency’s programs that provide vital supports and services for NYC seniors. Click here to view current volunteer opportunities with DFTA.

Please take a moment to complete the Volunteer Interest Form. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Volunteer Resource Center at volunteer@aging.nyc.gov or 212-602-4464, Monday through Friday, between 10:00am and 6:00pm.



senor planet

Love technology? Senior Planet Exploration Center has Four Volunteer Opportunities

Class Assistant — The class assistant helps Senior Planet trainers to lead a formal course on technology for senior planet members. Trainers serve as primary instructors while the class assistant helps students that fall behind the pace of the class to get back on track. You may also be asked to assist with tracking attendance, reach out to students that are absent, or manage equipment distribution in the class. Classes generally meet twice a week for for 10 weeks and attendance in each class is crucial. This volunteer position is ideal for someone with tutoring or teaching experience that is relatively comfortable with most commonly used technology products.

Data Entry/Clerical Assistant — The data entry/clerical assistant helps to ensure that keep track of our membership and registration information at the Center. In this role, you are responsible for entering the data from new membership forms into our online database as well as keeping track of RSVP’s for special events and workshops. You may also be asked to assist with filing or serve as a backup for the greeter. This volunteer position is ideal for someone who is detail oriented and who is relatively comfortable using the internet

Tech Talk Host – The tech talk host leads a 20 minute one-on-one conversation related to technology with visiting members at the Center. In this role, you assist a member to accomplish a technology-related goal for the session based on their existing knowledge and our tech talk guidelines. The ability to manage expectations and redirect members to other technology related resources is critical as tech talks are not meant to be prolonged tutoring sessions or computer repair consults. This volunteer position is ideal for someone that is relatively comfortable with most commonly used technology products and also skilled at communicating about them in a cogent manner.

Greeter – The greeter is the first point of contact our visitors have with the Center. In this role, you are responsible for welcoming each new visitor, articulating our mission and services, ensuring that visitors sign in and comply with our House Rules, and helping to answer phone and e-mail inquiries. This volunteer position is ideal for someone with customer service experience or who has a natural ability to relate to people. We ask that volunteers commit to at least one shift per week. Volunteer shifts are on weekdays and most last for 4 hours, from 8:30am – 12:30pm or from 12:30pm – 4:30pm.

127 W. 25th Street, New York NY

How to Apply

  1. Submit a letter of interest via e-mail The first step to becoming a Senior Planet volunteer is to submit a letter of interest via e-mail to volunteer@seniorplanet.org. Let us know a little bit about yourself and your experience, and why you want to volunteer at the Center.
  2. Interview with a Senior Planet staff member Once we review your letter of interest via e-mail, we’ll contact you to schedule a one-on-one interview with a Senior Planet staff member. The purpose of this interview is to find the right volunteer placement for you at Senior Planet and to answer your questions.
  3. Attend a Volunteer training In some cases, the volunteer opportunities at Senior Planet require initial training and may include other commitments as well. You can find out more about this during your interview with a Senior Planet staff member.

Contact Email: volunteer@seniorplanet.org