Volunteer at Housing Works, Chelsea

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Housing Works operates 9 thrift stores and a Bookstore & Cafe with the help of its selfless volunteers. We have 8 locations, including the Bookstore & Cafe in Manhattan and 2 in Brooklyn. This posting is for our thrift shop, located in Chelsea, on West 17th Street in Manhattan. Our thrift stores help generate revenue that provides funding for Housing Works' healthcare and housing programs.

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Volunteering Details

When you volunteer for one of our stores, you play a pivotal role on the team as a:

  • Category Expert: Most of our volunteers pick 2 kinds of items we have donated to our stores, like literature and housewares, to focus on as their subject expertise and assist our customers with.
  • Merchandiser: You'll take point in keeping our departments organized and neat with your own creative style!
  • Donations Pricing & Processing: You'll play an important role in getting items out onto the sales floor.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

  • Our selfless volunteers receive a 25% discount on purchases in our stores,
  • Flexible,manageable schedules for our Volunteers
  • A well-managed experience & a valued place on our volunteer team,

All of our volunteers attend a New Volunteer Information Session, where our Volunteer Coordinators go over our organization and the volunteering roles we offer. Sign up via the form, or on VolunteerMatch to receive your invite to our info session.

We hold information sessions every other Thursday, with the next on June 6th and June 13th.

Note: If you would like to work a shift that does not appear on our VolunteerMatch listing, contact us at volunteer@housingworks.org expressing your interest in volunteering with us and we would be more than happy to work within your availability.

Please send any questions to volunteer@housingworks.org, we're happy to help!

6 Shifts

  • 11:00 AM to 03:00 PM EST - Spots available: 10+
  • 12:00 PM to 04:00 PM EST - Spots available: 10+
  • 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM EST - Spots available: 10+
  • 02:00 PM to 06:00 PM EST - Spots available: 10+
  • 03:00 PM to 07:00 PM EST - Spots available: 10+
  • 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM EST - Spots available: 10+
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About Housing Works


130 Crosby Street 7th Floor, New York, NY 10012, US

Mission Statement

Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV & AIDS. Our goal is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.


Housing Works is powered by a vibrant community of volunteers who lend their time, dedication, and passion to many different roles within our social enterprise department, Bookstore Cafe, and Thrift Shops.

Individuals and groups of volunteers assist our organization greatly, by coming together to better the communities that they live and work in. Housing Works is pleased to partner with corporations, universities, and community based groups, in the creation and implementation of volunteer projects that benefit homeless men and women living with HIV & AIDS. We are one of New York City’s largest and most successful support services for those in these under served communities, and becoming a part of the Housing Work’s family is an exciting way for companies to give back.

Each project challenges volunteers to develop new skills and engage new people, contributing to a greater sense of camaraderie. We welcome the opportunity to work with corporations to find volunteer opportunities that meet their needs and priorities. Volunteering with Housing Works is a great way for companies to engage employees while demonstrating their commitment to the fight against homelessness and AIDS, and the improvement of the lives of all at-risk New Yorkers.


Health & Medicine
Homeless & Housing
Health & Medicine, Homeless & Housing, LGBTQ+


We'll work with your schedule.
This opportunity has 6 shifts


Multiple locations New York, NY 10012



  • Customer Service
  • Professional Development
  • Research
  • Healthcare
  • Retail / Sales
  • People Skills


  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • We ask that our volunteers volunteer for 3-4 hours per shift, with a cap of 2 shifts per week. Our volunteers do recurring shifts, with a day, or two days per week, selected by the volunteer to work on a weekly basis.
  • Our Volunteers will attend a 45 minute New Volunteer Information session and complete a waiver form. Housing Works requires that its staff and volunteers are vaccinated, so our volunteers will fill out a brief form to confirm.

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