Have Fun Running a Cafe Cart and Interacting with Seniors! Students Only!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


331 E 12 StreetNew York, NY 10003


Cafe on the Mezz presents our Volunteer Service and Professional Development Program (VSPD):

  • Work with a multi-generational team of teens, college students, young adults, and senior adults who will grow and develop the Café program into your own
  • Meet new friends and make a lasting impact on the people you meet at the café
  • Gain leadership and relationship-building skills
  • Work at several stations including the Café cart, tablet and game desk, dinner ticket table, dinner service, and other areas tailored to our volunteers’ interests or ideas
  • Facilitate activities of interest including planning fun events and activities, designing flyers, sharing technology information and usage of mobile and tablet apps, fundraising, marketing, etc.
  • Optional opportunities to develop and lead own workshop, class or event with the support of our staff and volunteer team
  • Be part of the Advisory Committee to develop and implement your ideas for the café, new programs and events
  • Explore and engage in our programs and events at Sirovich Center as a whole--we have lots!
  • Opportunities to receive gift cards, movie tickets, and more!

Opportunities to Volunteer Include:

  • Cafe cart responsibilities:
    • Setting up and closing the cafe cart
    • Serving customers' orders
    • Create smoothies, serve tea, coffee and cookies
    • Offer board games, tablets, and technology instruction (cell phones, tablets, etc.)
    • Interact and play games with seniors
  • Lead Classes of interest including Technology, Arts & Crafts, etc. (ie. Origami class, Acting workshop, Chinese class, Health workshop, etc.)
  • Assist with developing and marketing new classes, programs and event planning
    • Design program flyers, assist with outreach etc.
    • Create Cafe Monthly Newsletter and Calendar
    • Fundraising
  • Assist with scheduled café activities including:

     Game Night
     Technology Night
     Paint Night
     Dance Party
     Music Night
     Monthly Events
     Other Special Eventsf
  • Opportunity to enhance your professional and career skills and interests!

Participate in ongoing Meetings, Trainings, and Workshops:

o Monthly Inter-generational Workshop, Projects and Events
o Monthly Cafe Advisory Committee Meetings

Time Commitment:
  • Volunteers serve flexible hours from Tuesday -Friday, 2:30-5:30pm
  • On average, volunteers serve a minimum 2-7 of hours per week
  • Minimum 1 day a week commitment required
  • Must be 14-25 years old


  • Customer Service
  • Food & Beverage Services
  • Elder care
  • Multi-Tasking
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers serve flexible hours from Tues-Friday
  • Must be 14-25 years old.

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