Homelessness in NYC

Ways to Volunteer

Please note: Thanksgiving week volunteer registration will open online on November 1 at 7am EST. Please check back on that date to sign up. Slots are typically fully booked within a few hours!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at The Bowery Mission. Whether you are an individual, a family or a group, there is sure to be a volunteer opportunity that matches your interests and skills! See below to get you started.

In even a short time of service, our volunteers touch hearts and help change lives. And volunteers they say their hearts have been touched, as well. You may never know the impact you have as a volunteer, but we believe what Jesus said in Matthew 25: "Whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

Our most popular activity is helping with Meal Service at The Bowery Mission. That one fills up fast, so be sure to contact us at least one month in advance. You will need a group to sign up.



Are you volunteering with a church? Some of the opportunities like the Outreach Program, and Short-term Missions, are exclusively for churches and Christian groups.


Not in New York? You don’t need to be in New York to help. You could host a Food or Clothing Drive or Raise Funds through your own fundraiser wherever you are in the world!

Looking to put your faith into action? The Don’t Walk By campaign in February or Mentoring Youth in our Mont Lawn City Camp are good ways to share hope with someone who needs it.

Do you have special skills to share? We can use medical professionals in our Weekly Clinic, construction professionals at Mont Lawn Camp, or let us know what skill you want to share.

The Bowery Mission depends on volunteers like you to meet needs and get things done behind our distinctive red doors, in programs throughout New York City, and beyond.  Thank you for considering volunteering with us.