Volunteer to Help Veterans

Volunteers of America has been helping veterans from as far back as the Civil War who are struggling to reintegrate into civilian life. We are one of the largest providers of supportive housing in New York state and we offer a full range of services to help veterans overcome the barriers that prevent them from living stable, secure lives.

As a Strategic Partner, you have an opportunity to volunteer at our veterans programs in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. It's a wonderful way to support the men and women who have served our country, while providing your employees with meaningful engagement opportunities customized for you.

Sample Opportunities

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    Sponsor a Meal

    Sponsor a delicious meal for the veterans at one of our programs as a way to say "thank you" for their service. Veterans Day (November 11) and Memorial Day (May) are popular occasions, but these special events can take place any time of year including the holidays.

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    Organize a Drive

    Help provide "Kitchen Kits" to formerly homeless veterans who are about to move into apartments of their own and are starting from scratch, or participate in our Valentines for Veterans initiative and donate warm winter essentials like gloves, hats and scarves.

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    Beautification Projects

    Spruce up the gardens, add a fresh coat of paint to the common rooms, or participate in another "home improvement" project at one of our veterans' residences. Upgrades like these help give our vets a home they can feel proud of.

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How to Get Involved

While most in-person volunteer activities are still on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some outdoor activities are returning. Other opportunities include fundraising for much-needed basics or special holiday treats. Some of our Partners choose to “adopt” a program, getting to know the clients and staff through in-person and virtual celebrations and special events, organizing drives to collect seasonal items and more.

Email us at volunteers@voa-gny.org to learn more about becoming a Strategic Partner and supporting the work we do helping veterans and many others.

"As a member of a military family and a big supporter of veterans and charities that support them, I have personally enjoyed working with [VOA-Greater New York] and spending time with the veterans at Commonwealth...They are always kind and extremely appreciative of our efforts."

Kim A. Pillar, Secretary at Lenox Foundation