Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter
NCS - How You Can Help

Volunteer Opportunities

The Volunteer Director works closely with over 250 individuals annually from schools, community groups, religious organizations and corporations who give their time and talents to help NCS. Short- and long-term projects and one-time opportunities are available at locations on the Upper East Side and in the Bronx. Shifts vary to match volunteers' schedules and interests. For more information on how you can help, contact Prema Menon, Director of Human Resources and Volunteer Services, at or call 212-537-5080.


Becoming a Volunteer at NCS

McGraw-Hill volunteers at Louis Nine House
McGraw-Hill Volunteers on the Louis Nine House green roof help with planting as part of their annual Global Volunteer Day project.

NCS is always looking for volunteers – groups and individuals – to share their talents, time, energy, and resources to make a difference in the lives of the homeless and formerly homeless population we serve. Volunteers are needed at our Upper East Side and Bronx supportive residences.

Bring friends, family, or co-workers and donate, prepare and serve dinner to residents. Come host a monthly birthday party and bring or bake cookies, cakes, or your favorite dessert. Host the Saturday Bingo and High Noon Tea event. Lead a recreational activity like yoga, karaoke, drumming, an arts & crafts class, or a comedy show. We also have outdoor volunteer activities like rooftop gardening.

We also need volunteers at our downtown administrative office to help with clerical tasks, research, and event logistics.

You can donate your time from the comfort of your home as a virtual volunteer by organizing drives and helping NCS source donations for much needed basic necessities like laundry detergent, toiletries, and linens.

If you are a corporation, we are happy to help you plan fulfilling volunteer group activities like meal prep, painting, and gardening projects.

We are always open to new ideas so let us know what interests you and how you can help.

For more information about specific volunteer opportunities, please contact Prema Menon, Director of Human Resources and Volunteer Services, at 212-537-5080 or e-mail