Volunteer Opportunities

Learn about places to volunteer.

The following are just some of the many Volunteer Opportunities that RSVP has to offer. For these, and to find out about many other opportunities, please call and speak to one of RSVP’s Volunteer Coordinators: Terri Catania 631-979-9490 x15 or Denise Passarelli 631-979-9490 x23.

Welcome friends

Welcome Friends of Greater Port Jefferson is a soup kitchen that serves meals in four churches in the Port Jefferson area. It is volunteer run, and they ask that you have a sense of humor, patience and sensitivity.

Cooks are always needed as well as volunteers to pick up food from lsland Harvest and local markets. They also need coordinators to help serve and assist the cooks.

Pronto of Long Island logo

Pronto of Long Island, located in Bay Shore, is in need of volunteers for many various tasks. Their main mission is to feed the hungry, but they also have a thrift center where they accept donations of clothes, shoes, coats, etc. Bi-lingual volunteers are a definite plus but not a necessity. Volunteers need to be able to work with the public and have patience. Their hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers may give as much or as little time on any day or days they choose. Help is also needed in the ESL and computer classes.

Man performing physical therapy

Parkinson’s Therapy Center in Smithtown is looking for volunteers to help with clerical support. They also are in need of volunteers to assist the clients with the exercise program.

Child playing with toys

The Cohalan Court Children Center in Central Islip is in need of volunteers to help the professional childcare providers care for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years while their parents are in Family Court. The center is open daily from 9 am to 1 pm.

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The Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, located in beautiful Shirley, NY is in need of Saturday volunteers to help out at their Visitor Center. This would be a great fit for someone who enjoys and would like to share the beauty of nature.

Long Island Blood Services logo

Long Island Blood Services is looking for volunteers to greet donors and assist the nurses during blood drives.

Rebuilding Together Long Island logo

This wonderful organization, Rebuilding Together Long Island, services locations throughout Suffolk County. Volunteers are needed to assist in home repairs and modifications to make homes accessible and safe for low income, veterans or physically-challenged seniors.

Family Services League logo

Many varied and wonderful positions are available at the Family Service League at their locations in Huntington, Riverhead and Bay Shore. Some of these are tutoring, mentoring, computer literacy, translating, volunteering in the Ombudsmen Program and helping children as pre-school aides. The need for volunteers is especially great on Long Island’s East End.

Caleb Smith State Park sign

The Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, located in Smithtown, includes both a history and nature museum. The volunteer duties they are looking for include Park Ambassadors to greet visitors and answer questions, trail maintenance and gardening and general carpentry. Volunteers would be exempt from the NY State Park parking fee and would receive free admission to events sponsored by the Preserve.

Mercy HavenInc sign

Mercy Haven’s mission is to acknowledge the dignity and potential of people who are homeless, living with mental illness or living in poverty by providing housing, advocacy, education and life skills development. Currently, they are in need of volunteers for “Breakthrough,” 1 12-week homeless outreach and education program. Volunteers would serve as mentors (training provided) and help prepare meals for program participants.

Two women from Meals on Wheels

Three Village Meals on Wheels is in need of outgoing, compassionate and personable volunteers to deliver mid-day meals to homebound seniors. Meals (8 maximum) are picked up from either St. Charles Hospital or John T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson. Volunteers are asked to do 1 day per week, Mon.-Fri. Total time involved is approximately 2 hours. This volunteer service can be used as a tax write off for gas.

Open Door Exchange logo

The Open Door Exchange, located in Port Jefferson Station, serves needy families on Long Island. Many are transitioning from difficult circumstances such as homelessness. The goal of the Exchange is to rebuild hope by helping them furnish their homes in a dignified manner. Enthusiastic and compassionate volunteers are needed for many different jobs. If you can’t volunteer, please consider a donation of gently-used furniture. Donations – please call 631-941-4271.

John T. Mather Hospital front of building

John T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson is in need of volunteers to help in the Gift Shop as well as their Thrift Shop.

St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation Center logo

St. Catherine of Siena Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Smithtown is in need of a volunteer to assist with clerical duties. The position does not require computer skills. They are also in need of volunteers to help out in the Gift Shop, especially on weekends. The Gift Shop is open from 9 am to 3 pm.

Beach scene

Do you enjoy the salt air and walking along the ocean shore? If so, you might consider a volunteer position at the Fire Island National Seashore. Many different opportunities are available.

HICAP logo

RSVP’s HIICAP (Health Insurance Information Counseling Assistance Program) is in need of volunteers to assist seniors with their concerns involving Medicare. Training will be provided and mentoring with seasoned HIICAP Counselors will be available. Please call Maryflorence Brennan at 631-979-9490 x14 for more information.

Senior Net logo

Senior Net is in need of clerical support at their Huntington and Bellport locations.

The Wyandanch Senior Center front of building

The Wyandanch Senior Center is looking for a volunteer to lead a Yoga Class as well as a Tai Chi Instructor. They would also like to have a volunteer teach a Spanish class.

The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum logo

The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum is located at 301 Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor. The museum is looking for volunteers to meet and greet, handle purchases in the gift shop, assist with school and family programs and perform various clerical tasks.

The Long Island Seaport & Ecology Center logo

The Long Island Seaport & Ecology Center in beautiful Port Jefferson is in need of a computer-savvy volunteer to help maintain their website and also generate its tri-annual newsletter.

Good Shepherd Hospice front of building

Good Shepherd Hospice in Melville is looking for a volunteer to help in the office with filing and data entry.

The East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation building

The East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation has some very interesting volunteer opportunities in the Greenport area. From May to October, they could use volunteers to work as guides, read to children attending their museum program and serve as hosts on light cruises. Also needed are volunteers to work on exhibit installations and assist in maintaining the historic Long Bar (Bug) Lighthouse.

Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk building

Visiting Nurse Service & Hospice of Suffolk is in need of caring and compassionate volunteers to visit hospice patients in their homes to provide much-needed companionship and respite for the caregivers. Volunteers are also needed in the thrift shop (Huntington) and as administrative help (Main Street, Northport).

Several veteran's hats

The Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook has many opportunities for volunteers such as recreation assistants, assisting with one-on-one recreation therapy, trip volunteers, and giving special attention to residents in the Reflections Unit who have different forms of dementia.

One man showing another how to fix a computer

RSVP’s Community Computer Connections Program is looking for computer refurbishers, delivery people and installers. Join this wonderful program and refurbish computers to be given to low-income families and individuals in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The Long Island Maritime Museum logo

The Long Island Maritime Museum in Sayville is looking for tour guides for children tours. They are also in need of a volunteer grounds and maintenance person and anyone interested in gardening as well as someone to answer phones and work at the front desk and gift shop.

Dominican Village logo

Dominican Village, a non-profit retirement community and assisted living residence, located in Amityville, is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of ways: clerical, senior exercise, bridge, canasta, fundraising, party planning and accompanying residents on trips.

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The Gerald J. Ryan Outreach Center serves Wyandanch and the surrounding communities. They provide food, clothing, education and other supportive services to those in need. Volunteers are needed in the following areas: receptionist/secretary, clerical, food pantry workers, clothing room helpers, etc. Compassion and the desire to help others is all that is needed. Bilingual is a plus, and water and snacks are provided for volunteers.

John T. Mather Hospital logo

John T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson is in need of a volunteer to help with clerical support in their Wound Therapy Department. They also are looking for someone to help in their Thrift Shop.

RSVP’s Telephone Reassurance Program

RSVP’s Telephone Reassurance Program is in need of volunteers to make daily phone calls to home-bound seniors. This important call monitors their well being and provides some much-needed socialization. The program takes place Mon.-Fri. at RSVPӳ Smithtown and Amagansett offices. If you have some time one day a week for this very important volunteer position, please call Telephone Reassurance Coordinator, Maggie D'Amico, at (631) 979-9490, ext. 21.

New York State Wildlife Refuge Center FireIsland National Seashore

The New York State Wildlife Refuge Center in Shirley and the FireIsland National Seashore are in need of volunteers. The Refuge Center is in need of greeters in the Visitor Center. They also need help in the nature store. Various shifts are available and training is provided. Many opportunities are available at the National Seashore.

Bethany Hospitality Soup Kitchen

Bethany Hospitality Soup Kitchen in Central Islip is in great need of volunteers to help set up and serve meals to the needy.


Call (631) 979-9490 or email us for more information at info@rsvpsuffolk.org and find out how you can share your lifetime of experience with your community.

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