We provide individualized volunteer opportunities, hands-on experiences, as well as leadership opportunities for people who give their time and effort to support our mission.

Each year, we help 15,000 New Yorkers with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to build full lives, as defined by each person. We are committed to promoting a culture that embraces:

PRIDE: Passion, Respect, Integrity, Diversity and Excellence.

AHRC NYC’s volunteer projects are available in all boroughs of New York City, with projects that take place both in the community and within AHRC NYC’s program facilities.

Available volunteering opportunities are listed below:


Most volunteer assignments are ”hands-on” and will be tailored to your expertise and interests. We will provide the necessary training and supervision necessary, to make your experience meaningful and rewarding, as you will work directly with people who participate in AHRC NYC’s programs.


If you are looking for a hands-on experience with a non-profit human services organization, we want to hear from you! We welcome student volunteers, corporate volunteers, and anyone who has the desire to give back to the community. All we ask is that you make a commitment of at least three hours per week for a minimum of six months. This helps ensure that your efforts will have the most impact.

Employment Mentoring

Spend two hours helping people supported by AHRC NYC with resume and cover letter writing, e-mail correspondence, managing on-line applications and follow up with potential employers after an interview.


I-PREP (Interview, Practice and Review for Emerging Professionals): Work one-on-one to help people supported by AHRC NYC gain confidence and sharpen their employment interview skills.  Each hour and a half session provides them with two 30 minute mock interviews and feedback, and training for the volunteers.

Money Makes Sense

Teach financial literacy skills to people supported by AHRC NYC who need to understand how to save
money. During a two-hour workshop, volunteers work one-on-one with them helping them to improve their budgeting skills, understand credit and increase their savings.

Creative Connections

Volunteers are part of an arts-related workshop and are paired with adults supported by AHRC NYC to create all types of art projects. These workshops allow people to express themselves creatively-helping them to realize new strengths and develop a greater sense of dignity and independence.

Gardening Renovation and Upkeep

Help beautify AHRC NYC residences and schools. Volunteer groups spend a few hours to a full day helping to clean and plant gardens, paint murals or assist with special renovation projects.

Supply Drives

Host a supply drive to help the people that we support. Our current needs include garden supplies, art supplies and acrylic yarn and personal care products.

Recreation Programs

Work as part of a group with people supported by AHRC NYC who attend our SUPER SATURDAY Recreation Programs. Volunteers can help people by assisting with different sports activities, yoga, fitness, cooking, arts, drama, photography, creative writing and any special area of interest that you might want to share with others. You can volunteer for a full or half day.

ONE-for-ONE Program

Will match people living in AHRC NYC residences and attending its programs with volunteers from the community based on common interests and common points of view. Both people will need to commit to a partnership of at least a year, ideally growing into a longer, perhaps lifetime relationship. Volunteers and those supported will spend leisure time together to bridge the gap between people with intellectual disabilities and their neighborhoods.

APPLY TODAY (Applications for the ONE-for-ONE program have been temporarily suspended.)

To Volunteer for any of these programs: Employment Mentoring, I-PREP, Money Makes Sense, Creative Connections, Gardening Renovation and Upkeep, Supply Drives, or our Recreation Programs, contact Karen ZuckermanDirector of Volunteering and Corporate Engagement, email Karen Zuckerman or call 212-895-3393.