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ORGANIZATION: AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP in New York City/CSSNY

Want to make a difference?

Want to help hungry New Yorkers down on their luck and in need of something to eat? Look no further as AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP partners with a number of food pantries, soup kitchens, and community fridges that fight hunger across the five boroughs. Whether you want to serve on the front lines or behind-the-scenes, inquire today!

At food pantries, depending on the organization, volunteers may be responsible for conducting pantry intakes, stocking and organizing shelves, inventorying, and/or packing and distributing goods.

At soup kitchens, depending on the organization, volunteers may be responsible for setting tables, preparing meals, serving meals, cleaning up, and/or providing benefits counseling.

At community fridges, clean, maintain, empty out, and restock the fridges themselves; purchase items to be added to them; transport items donated by local supermarkets, organizations, and/or individuals; greet clients; and/or engage with the community; etc. There may also be remote tasks available, such as researching new donation sources or creating outreach material. Currently, we are working with partners in Harlem and Red Hook.

While many assignments require helpers to be on their feet for relatively long periods on end, there may be less physically demanding assignments available--it does not hurt to ask! Also note that during the COVID-19 pandemic a number of pantries and kitchens have switched to grab-and-go models with curbside pickup.

Guess what?! There are even more great opportunities for volunteers 55 and older in all 5 boroughs!

AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP in New York City works with over 250 partner organizations. If this opportunity is not for you, we can help you find another that is. Inquire about our active opportunities today and/or ask to be added to our contact list for after things settle down!

**Please note: all of our volunteer opportunities are for individuals 55 and older; also, most assignments are with our partners located across the City**

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About AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP in New York City/CSSNY


633 Third Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10017, US

Mission Statement

AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP in New York City was started in 1966 by the Community Service Society (CSS), an over 170-year-old nonprofit agency. CSS's mission is to identify problems which create a permanent poverty class in New York City, and to advocate the systemic changes required to eliminate such problems. CSS will focus on enabling, empowering and promoting opportunities for poor families and individuals to develop their full potential, to contribute to society, and to realize social, economic, and political opportunities.


AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP in New York City matches adults 55 and older with meaningful volunteer opportunities at New York City nonprofits. With more than 2,300 volunteers, our program is one of the largest senior volunteer programs in the nation. There are over 600 of us which operate nationally and many that do so internationally. We match volunteers on the basis of interests and abilities, community needs, geographic convenience, and experience.


Crisis Support
Community, Crisis Support, Hunger


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations New York, NY 10017



  • Cooking / Catering
  • Food Delivery / Distribution
  • Food Service
  • Multi-Tasking
  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Service


  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 55

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