Volunteering At Riverdale Y

The Riverdale Y is a robust, community engaging nonprofit that values its volunteers. Hundreds of community members share their talents with us, contributing thousands of hours of time.
Volunteers work alongside staff to embody our universally held values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. They strengthen our community by being determined, nurturing, genuine, hopeful, and welcoming. We are truly honored and grateful for each of our volunteers.

All Are Welcome!

No matter your age, background, or experience, everyone is welcome here. Young enthusiasts (ages 6 to 13) are invited to join with a guardian. Volunteers ages 14-17 can participate with parental consent, and those over 18 are, of course, welcome as well. Volunteers can opt for drop-in events or become committed impact makers. Whether you’re an individual or part of a group, explore personalized volunteering opportunities that make a positive impact on our community.

Volunteer Benefits

  • Resume Building: Boost your resume with valuable volunteer experience.
  • Making Friends: Connect and build lasting friendships with like-minded individuals.
  • Learning New Skills: Grow personally and professionally by acquiring new skills.
  • Proof of Community Service Hours: Get official documentation for your community service hours.
  • Recognition and Awards: Clock in your hours for a chance at recognition! Awards, certificates, and acknowledgments are up for grabs based on your dedicated time. Young volunteers up to 18 might snag the prestigious Young Leadership Award, and those over 18 are considered for the Community Service Award.

Become a Committed Volunteer

Ready for a lasting impact? Apply to join our committed team. Enjoy a seamless check-in process via a logbook or Better Impact App, contributing to the continuous growth of our community programs. To learn more about being a regularly committed volunteer, please contact anyashina@riverdaley.org.

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Join us for a pop-up volunteer activity

Spontaneity awaits! Sign up 48 hours in advance, receive a confirmation email, and check in with the dedicated staff member on the event day to make a difference on your time.

Sign up for an upcoming volunteer pop-up here

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Pool Deck Assistant
Every Sunday
Roles: 2 positions available
Activities: Assist visitors and staff to ensure a welcoming environment.
Requirements: Must be over 14, possess a friendly demeanor, and ability to follow directions.
Training: Onboarding and extensive training required for long-term commitment. Email volunteers@riverdaley.org for details.

Sunday Market Support
Every Sunday in March from 9am to 3pm
Roles: 2 positions available each Sunday
Activities: Assist in setting up, managing, and cleaning up at the Sunday Farmer’s Market during the Winter Market season.
Requirements: Ability to stand for up to 5 hours, friendly demeanor, capable of lifting up to 10lbs, good interpersonal skills.
Training: On-the-job training provided before each shift.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

In April, we are looking for help with:

March 31, Sunday, 11:00AM – 1PM: Riverdale Y’s Garden Support (weather permitting)

April 3, Tuesday, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: AmPark NORC Food Pantry – distribute food to those in need

April 7, Sunday, 2:00 PM – 4:00PM: Service Project at Riverdale Y – Join Macauley Honor Students to make a difference in our community

April 9, Tuesday, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Birthday Lunch with the Older Adult Center – set up, serve and celebrate April Birthdays with Older Adults

April 11, Thursday, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Volunteer Appreciation at Riverdale Y – A mid-morning celebration, perfect for those who visit the center during weekdays.

April 12, Friday, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Intergenerational Program Support – join Winston Prep students with different learning abilities for conversation and lunch

April 14, Sunday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Blood Drive – Register to give blood and save lives

April 15, Monday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Riverdale Y Food Pantry – distribute food to those in need

April 16, Tuesday, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Intergenerational Program Support – Join Horace Mann for conversation and a service project where we prepare for Passover Model Seder

April 17, Wednesday, 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM: Passover Seder with the Older Adult Center – set up, serve and celebrate Passover with Older Adults

April 18, Thursday, 03:30 PM – 5:00 PM – Volunteer Appreciation at Riverdale Y – An afternoon celebration, ideal for volunteers who are still in school.

April 19, Friday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Intergenerational Program Support – Join Ethical Studies Fieldston School for discussion and a service project where we pack hygiene kits for Alliance for Positive Change

April 25, Thursday, 2:00PM – 3:00PM – Community Service Day at the Y – make a difference at Riverdale Y during this Passover Seaso

To participate in any of these activities, please register here.

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