Volunteer in DUMBO

Ever wondering how to get involved around DUMBO? Here are a few great places around the neighborhood that are looking for volunteers!


Stoked’s mission is to inspire teens who are the most vulnerable, to believe in themselves through action sports. They believe that riding a wave, building a skateboard, and gliding down snowy mountains can show teens that they are capable of greatness, despite the odds against them.

  • Mentor Position: Mentors act as role model for students to help create a community of fearless leaders. Mentors provide guidance, support, and nonstop encouragement to students. Individual opportunity. http://www.stoked.org/volunteer/


Brooklyn Bridge Park is a world-class waterfront park with rolling hills, riverfront promenades, lush gardens, and spectacular city views.

  • Spring Spruce Up and Cutbacks: Volunteers enjoy the outdoors and getting their hands dirty as they help prepare the park for a new growing season. Volunteers, with various levels of experience, support BBP Gardeners by cutting back overwintered grasses and perennials, removing winter debris, and helping tidy up the planting beds. March-April. Group Opportunity. http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/activities/volunteer
  • Zone Volunteers: Zone Volunteers work alongside BBP Gardeners to care for the park’s diverse plant communities and habitats. Members of this horticultural team must commit to working 3-4 hours per week. Year round. Group Opportunity. http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/activities/volunteer
  • Docent/Tour Guides: Docents lead guided park tours to the public on weekends and to groups during scheduled visits. Docents represent BBP and The Conservancy to visitors and play a crucial role in educating the public about Brooklyn Bridge Park’s unique design, history, and ecology. Year round. Individual Opportunity. http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/activities/volunteer
  • Park Greeters: Stationed at the Conservancy’s Mobile Info Station, Park Greeters welcome visitors to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Greeters are important members of the BBP Visitor Services team who engage the public, answer questions, distribute park literature, and more. Year round. Individual Opportunity. http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/activities/volunteer
  • Park Visitor Count: Lend a hand in the park by collecting data that will help us better understand how Brooklyn Bridge Park is used by guests. Volunteers count visitors entering/exiting the park at different access points and report their findings after each assignment. June-August. Group Opportunity. http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/activities/volunteer
  • Photographers: Volunteers offer their time and talents to the Conservancy to support Brooklyn Bridge Park’s social media, educational materials, and special projects. Year round, as needed. Individual Opportunity. http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/activities/volunteer
  • Program Volunteers: Public Program Volunteers greet and provide information to the public, help facilitate programs, assist in the set-up and break down of equipment, and administer park surveys. Year round, as needed. Individual Opportunity.  http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/activities/volunteer
  • Corporate Groups: Large-scale horticultural and maintenance projects promote team-building while providing an important service to the park. Brooklyn Bridge Park can host corporate groups with up to 30 members. Activities are based on the needs of the park at the time of the scheduled visit and are typically scheduled on Mondays and Thursdays for 2-3 hours. Year round. Group Opportunity. http://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/activities/volunteer


The mission of the New York City Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in New York City by working in partnership with the community to enforce the law, preserve peace, reduce fear, and maintain order.

  • Auxiliary Police: Auxiliary Police provide extra "eyes and ears" for the Police Department by performing uniformed foot, vehicle and bicycle patrols. They are trained to observe and report conditions requiring the services of the regular police. Whenever possible, they assist in non-enforcement and non-hazardous duties. Individual Opportunity. http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/careers/auxiliary_police.shtml


Recycle-A-Bicycle (RAB) is a community-based bike shop and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that facilitates job training and environmental education. Through innovative programs such as Earn-A-Bike, Green Jobs Training Programs, High School Internships, Recycled Arts Workshops, Summer Youth Employment Program, and Kids Ride Club, RAB is dedicated to the health, development, stewardship, and empowerment of NYC youth. In the past year alone, more than 1,000 RAB youth collectively refurbished 500 bicycles, pedaled 24,000 miles, and burned 1,750,000 calories. On average, RAB salvages 1,800 bicycles each year from the waste stream, diverting a total of 45,000 pounds of waste from NYC's landfills.

  • Volunteer Night: Every wednesday night is volunteer night at Recycle-A-Bicycle. Lend a hand, meet others, and learn basic bike mechanics, free of charge. Year round. Group Opportunity. http://www.recycleabicycle.org/volunteer


Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.

  • Coach: Coaches commit to one or two practice sessions each week for one season (ten weeks). Girls on the run will start accepting applications for coaches for their Spring 2017 season in October 2016. Year round. Individual Opportunity. http://www.gotrnyc.org/volunteer/
  • Committee Volunteer: help with office with communications, development, SoleMates, volunteer engagement, special events, and more. The commitment varies between committees but every group is essential to the organization.Year round. Individual Opportunity. http://www.gotrnyc.org/volunteer/
  • Outreach Ambassador:represent Girls on the Run NYC at fun events, meet new people, and share the Girls on the Run mission! They are trained in all things Girls on the Run, and are the face of Girls on the Run NYC, sharing the mission at a range of events throughout the year. Year round. Individual Opportunity. http://www.gotrnyc.org/volunteer/
  • Sparkle Runners: Run alongside the girls during the 5k and encourage every girl to make it to the finish line! One Time Opportunity. Individual Opportunity. http://www.gotrnyc.org/volunteer/
  • General Volunteers: Assist with the 5k by handing out water, getting the girls lined up at the starting line, or even giving out the medals at the end. One time opportunity. Individual Opportunity. http://www.gotrnyc.org/volunteer/


Millon Trees NYC is a public-private program that has one goal: to plant one million trees across New York City's five boroughs within the next decade. The program with the help of many volunteers was able to achieve this goal ahead of schedule, but the work is not over. Now volunteers are needed to help maintain the newly planted trees.

  • Adopt a tree: Have you ever wanted to own a tree? Well now you can! Millon Trees is looking for people to adopt trees in their neighborhood. Your duties include watering your tree once a week, making sure your tree stays nice and healthy, and giving your tree all the love it needs to grow. May-October. Individual or Group Opportunity. http://stewardship.nycparks.org/
  • Tree Steward: NYC Parks is investing in the future and we need your help. Our volunteers help with forest and wetland restoration, planting and pruning street trees, harvesting and propagating native seed and monitoring local wildlife. By becoming a steward of NYC’s green spaces, you can help ensure that our city’s natural resources are kept safe for future generations. Year round. Individual or Group Opportunity. https://www.nycgovparks.org/reg/stewardship

Another good resource is NYC Service website. On the NYC Service website you can type in a zip code and they will give you a list of local volunteer opportunities. http://www.nycservice.org/search/#s