South Bronx United
If soccer is your sport of choice, South Bronx United provides a great means to volunteer in the local community. Not only is there an emphasis placed on soccer, but life skills and education are also equally stressed by its 200+ volunteers. Positions range from college prep mentor to youth soccer coach to pro bono lawyer. For more, visit southbronxunited.org.
Bike New York
Bike New York promotes and encourages cycling and bicycle safety through courses, events and more in the Big Apple. The Five Boro Bike Tour is one of its main events, where thousands take to the streets—void of cars—on the first Sunday each May. Not only are volunteers rewarded by promoting healthier and environmentally friendlier modes of transportation, but there’s also an incentive program, too. For more, visit bikenyc.com.
The goal of PowerPlay NYC is to empower and educate girls through sports while teaching life skills including leadership, teamwork and more. Volunteer opportunities range from youth coach to college mentors to even photography or data entry. For more, visit powerplaynyc.org.
Brooklyn Boat Works
Armed with four sheets of marine-grade plywood, a set of plans and basic tools, groups of middle-school students are encouraged to work together to build a boat. At the end of the school year they launch the boat in the water in celebration of their accomplishment. For more, visit brooklynboatworks.org.
Special Olympics New York
Special Olympics New York provides sports training and athletic competition year round for children and adults with disabilities. Events encourage athletes to continue to develop physical fitness, confidence, courage and a sense of community. Volunteer opportunities include scorekeepers, athlete escorts, set-up and more. For more, visit specialolympics-ny.org.
Back On My Feet
This program targets the city’s homelessness problem through the power of running, community support and housing/employment resources. Volunteer opportunities include FundRacing to raise funds for the program and running with those experiencing homelessness. For more, visit nyc.backonmyfeet.org.