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Volunteer Opportunities - Rose Hill

We welcome your interest in learning from and serving in our community through one of the following community organizations.  The following organizations, listed by type, are opportunities available to volunteer on a weekly basis.  If you are interested in getting more information or would like to connect with one of our volunteer opportunities, please register through our Volunteer Interest Profile.

Ongoing Programs and Projects


Adult Learning Center
Located on Main St. in New Rochelle, the Adult Learning Center offers basic English and literacy classes, as well as citizenship training to recent immigrants from Mexico, Central and South America. 

Grace Outreach
Located near 149th St. (aka the Hub), Grace Outreach offers GED classes to women over the age of 19.  Volunteers assist as tutors and teachers for women working to pass this high school equivalency exam.

The Hopeline-Linea de la Esperanza
The Hope Line, located on 155th St., is a community resource center in the South Bronx that offers a variety of programs including, English as a Second Language (ESL), citizenship classes, drug counseling, employment classes and a food and clothing bank to residents in the neighborhood.  Most volunteers teach ESL classes to predominantly Spanish speaking immigrants.

The International Center
The International Center, located at 50 West 23rd St. between 5th and 6th Ave., serves immigrants, refugees, students and other newcomers to the United States with English language training and programs in American culture.  Volunteers teach classes while learning about other cultures.  They serve as conversation partners and friends to nearly 2,500 newcomers that take advantage of services at the International Center.

Mercy Center
Mercy Center, located on 145th Street, offers a number of programs designed to help empower women to become agents of change for themselves, their families and their communities including family skills classes, employment training, counseling and tutoring.  Volunteers are especially needed to teach ESL classes and basic computer skills.

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Bronx AIDS Services
Bronx AIDS Services (BAS), located on Fordham Road, is an AIDS service organization that helps more than 25,000 Bronx residents each year with an array of free services, including extensive outreach, education and prevention services directed toward people at high risk for HIV transmission.  Volunteers help BAS deliver services by assisting with peer education, food pantry preparation and performing administrative support.

BAS Go Girl Program
The BAS Go Girl program aims to increase gender awareness and self identity of teenage women in the Bronx.  Volunteers attend and help run two creative writing workshops per month with program participants, gaining an insight into their lives and challenges.  Volunteers have an opportunity to attend one field trip with participants each month.

God's Love We Deliver
Fordham volunteers deliver noon-time meals to homebound people infected by the HIV virus.  Volunteers pick up meals at the Center for Service and Justice (formerly the Community Ser office located in the McGinley Center of the Rose Hill campus and deliver meals to the Fordham, Bedford Park and Belmont sections of the Bronx. 

Incarnation Children's Center
ICC is New York’s only pediatric skilled nursing facility for HIV-infected children.  ICC provides a home-like setting for children who are too sick to be at home, or whose medical needs are too complex to be provided adequately in a home setting.  Volunteers offer children help with homework and serve as mentors and companions during recreation time.

Lifebeat is a non-profit HIV/AIDS resource and awareness organization dedicated to mobilizing the talent of the music industry around this disease.  Volunteers assist with outreach tours, distributing information and prevention materials and organize and staff special events.

Partnership for Family Health: N. Manhattan HIV Consortium
The After School Program of the Partnership for Family Health: Northern Manhattan HIV Consortium (PFFH) provides academic tutoring, mentoring and music and art experiences after school as a part of a respite program for HIV-infected or affectedchildren and youth, their siblings and families.  The term "respite services" refersto short termcare and services provided on a temporary basis to individuals afflicted with HIV/AIDS in order to temporarily relieve the stress that their family members experience while providing the extracare that is required in parenting sons and daughters with special needs.  The after school program is primarily for ages 4-18 receiving health care at the clinics in the Bronx.  Volunteers are trained and matched to work one-on-one with children in the program. 

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Community Development

Citizens Advice Bureau
Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is the largest settlement house program in the Bronx.  They run programs for homeless populations, HIV/AIDS infected and affected populations and extensive youth academic enrichment programs and college preparation.

Highbridge Community Life Center
For over 20 years, Highbridge Community Life Center has offered a variety of services to empower neighborhood residents.  From after school programs for youth to adult education, from emergency services to job training and employment services, Highbridge helps area residents become more self-sufficient.  Volunteers play essential roles in all of these programs.

formerly National Student Partnerships (NSP)
LIFT (formerly National Student Partnerships [NSP]) is an organization that uses the unique talents of college students as researchers, problem solvers, and creative strategists to provide a cost-free employee search service for businesses and to help individuals in the local community navigate the job training and employment system.  Student volunteers act as client service representatives, counseling community members one-on-one.

Mosholu Preservation Corporation
Mosholu Preservation Corporation (MPC), an independent not-for-profit corporation, got its start as a buyer and renovator of decaying property, and a catalyst for reinvestment in a strengthened private market.  Over the past 25 years, with help from development projects and generous benefactors, it has since grown into a multi-directional force for preservation and pride in the northwest Bronx.  MPC also publishes the Norwood News, a bi-weekly community newspaper.  Volunteers can play an instrumental role in environmental projects or can intern with the Norwood News local paper. 

Northwest Bronx Community Clergy Coalition
The NWBCCC is a community-based organization that unites members of ten neighborhood associations in neighborhoods across the Bronx.  Their mission is to provide structures through which Northwest Bronx residents can define and act upon common problems.  Volunteers can choose an issue of interest to focus on, ranging from education, housing, police accountability and youth organizing. Volunteers also tutor youth involved with Sistas and Brothas United.

Norwood News
Volunteers for this community newspaper are exposed to journalism at its finest, covering news and events affecting the Norwood, Bronx communities.  Fordham students volunteer as reporters, photographers, and layout editors.

Saint Rita’s Immigrant andRefugee Center
Located just past St. Nicholas of Tolentine church on Fordham Rd and Andrews Ave., St. Rita’s serves as a much needed center for resources and empowerment of recent immigrants.  Volunteers are involved with programs such as English and acculturation classes, women’s support groups, and after school programs.

The Point
The Point is a non-profit organization dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx.  Volunteers can work with youth and teenagers in a variety of programs, including photography, dance, and theater.  The Point also offers opportunities in community organizing.

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Frances Schervier Home for the Elderly
Volunteers at Schervier help with daily assistance with the seniors, including participating and running senior social and recreational activities.

Jesuit Companions
Volunteers engage in a one-to-one relationship with retired Jesuits who reside in Murray-Weigel Infirmary, directly outside Fordham’s Bathgate entrance.  Student volunteers accompany Jesuits on walks,  help senior Jesuits write letters and engage in other leisure activities during visits.

Rose Hill Apartments
The Rose Hill Apartments is a senior citizen residence located outside the Fordham Prep Gate.  Fordham volunteers participate in recreational activities and act as companions to senior citizens.

St. Patrick’s Home for the Elderly
Volunteers at St. Pat’s visit with the senior citizens providing companionship and daily care assistance.

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Bainbridge Urban Garden
When weather permits, volunteers worked on a weekly basis at the Urban Garden on 193rd and Bainbridge Avenue to beautify and maintain the formerly abandoned lot with neighborhood residents.

Bissel Gardens
Located in the Northeast Bronx, Bissel Gardens consists of a community garden, a vegetable garden where food is harvested for local soup kitchens and food pantries, achildren’s garden and a farmers market.  Students participate in planting and clean up projects in the garden, light construction and harvesting vegetables.

Bronx River Alliance
Continuing in the 27 year tradition of Bronx River Restoration, the Alliance works to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor and greenway so that they can be healthy ecological, recreational, educational and economic resources for the communities through which the river flows. Volunteers assist Bronx River staff with educational and outreach projects.

Crotona Park Nature Center
Crotona Park hosts a number of environmental education days and workshops to people living around the park.  Workshops include canoeing, creating compost boxes, making natural beauty products, and watching hawks and other birds.  Volunteers assist Parks Dept. staff in running these workshops, as well as planting and clean up projects throughout the park.

New York Botanical Garden
Fordham students volunteer at the NYBG as environmental educators teaching children about plant science using hands-on, interactive exhibits at the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden.

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Gloria’s Place of Hope
This incredibly unique organization brings children from all over the world to the U.S. to have surgery for congenital heart disease.  Volunteers visit these children and families in the hospital at local hospitals and help to make the families feel a little more at home.

Montefiore Hospital
Volunteer assignments at Montefiore Medical Center are plentiful and dynamic.  Opportunities range from working with children at the hospital to feeding or visiting elderly patients.

St. Barnabas Reach Out and Read
The Reach Out and Read program seeks to provide parents/guardians and children with the knowledge, support, and materials necessary to make books a part of their lives.  Each time a child visits the St. Barnabas Pediatric Center they receive a new book.  Volunteers read stories aloud to children in the waiting area.

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Citywide Task Force on Housing Court
At Citywide, volunteers work with tenant organizers, staffing an information booth at the Bronx County Court House.  Here the volunteers provide tenants close to eviction information on their rights to housing services.  All volunteers first receive training on a variety of housing matters including stipulations in court, eviction notices, housing part actions, and the general court processes and procedures in non-payment and hold-over cases.

Fordham Bedford Housing Corporation
FBHC manages more than 70 tenant and community controlled apartment buildings.  Their primary work remains in taking over deteriorated, occupied buildings to prevent abandonment, restore services and work towards renovations that also preserve affordability for low and moderate income households. Volunteers mainly work with the Policy and Development Director working on quality of life projects including increasing green space, beautifying local parks and reporting on the deteriorating neighborhood conditions.

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Epiphany Lutheran Church
For the last 15 years, Epiphany Lutheran Church has been serving a lunchtime meal Monday thru Friday to hungry members of the Norwood community.  Epiphany Lutheran also organizes clothing donations for guests of the church.  Volunteers prepare and serve meals, as well as help to organize donated clothes. Volunteers also tutor youth in Epiphany's After-School Program.

Part of the Solution Soup Kitchen
Part soup kitchen and part shelter, P.O.T.S. serves noontime meals to the homeless seven days a week.  Some volunteers helped in the kitchen, while others assist with PANS (People Advocating for New Solutions) organizing around housing/hunger issues.

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Religious Education

St. Brendan’s
Fordham volunteers teach CCD at Saint Brendan’s School of Religion in the Norwood section of the Bronx.

St. Margaret Mary Parish
Volunteers at St. Margaret Mary’s teach children who are preparing for the Sacrament of Baptism and teach children catechism.

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Shelter Outreach

Concourse House
Concourse House is a Tier II Shelter which provides temporary housing for women and children.  Volunteers help implement a recreational and educational program for the young children at the shelter.  Activities include assisting with homework assignments, providing guidance and acting as positive role models to the children.

Icahn House
Icahn House is a Tier II transitional temporary housing facility for families of single mothers with children up to 12 years old.  Volunteers work with children ages 5 to 12 in the after school program tutoring, helping with homework and improving literacy.

Thorpe Family Residence
Thorpe Family Residence is a transitional housing program with services for mothers and children.  Volunteers primarily assist with youth programming: trips to the zoo, arts and crafts, tutoring, storytelling, and literacy programs.

Women In Need
Fordham works primarily with the Lehman Brothers Residence, a transitional housing facility for 27 families.  Volunteers lead activities for children, assist with homework and organize weekend recreation activities.

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Special Needs

Harry Gordon Preschool
This school, located on 2465 Bathgate Avenue, provides services for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with special needs.  Their early childhood program provides a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children.  Volunteers assist with the infant, toddler and preschool programs.

New York Institute for Special Ed
This school of special education has programs for children with a variety of disabilities including blindness, learning disabilities and emotional difficulties.  Volunteers work as assistants in classrooms during the day or in the afternoon/evening hours as tutors in the dormitories. 

This not-for-profit organization is dedicated to helping people with special needs grow through safe, challenging, creative and fun experiences that enhance mobility, self-confidence and socialization.  Volunteer leaders accompany participants on daily, weekend and weeklong outings.

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Fordham Bedford Children’s Services
FBCS is an after school program for second, third, and fourth graders from Our Lady of refuge and P.S. 46.  Located at Our Lady of Refuge on 198th and Bainbridge, volunteers help with homework, reading, and organizing recreational activities.

Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School
Fordham volunteers provide the Our Lady of Refuge teachers with classroom assistance as well as tutor one-on-one with students in a variety of subjects.

P.S. 56
Under the supervision of Priscilla Sheeran, Fordham student volunteers assist teachers in the classroom with the curriculum.

P.S. 205A
Located on Southern Boulevard near Fordham Road, P.S. 205A utilizes Fordham volunteers to run a library research project program with elementary school children during study hall period.

P.S. 254
Located between Third Ave. and Webster, P.S. 254 matches Fordham students with teachers based on the subject each volunteer wants to tutor.  Volunteers can work with groups of students during class time or after school.

St. Martin of Tours Catholic School
Student volunteers lead after-school tutoring sessions with local 7th and 8th graders from St. Martin’s.  Activities focus on homework assistance and other educational and recreational activities.

St. Rita’s Center
Located in Theodore Roosevelt High School, St. Rita’s works with recent immigrants from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, South America and Eastern Europe.  Fordham volunteers work one on one with high school students in a variety of subjects.

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Tutoring and Mentoring

Beacon 45
Located next to Theodore Roosevelt High School, Beacon School 45 is open after school, in the evenings and on the weekends.  Volunteers assist with educational and recreational activities for middle school youth.

Children’s Aid Society
Children’s Aid Society runs community schools that combine academics with full child and family services.  These schools are open 16 hours a day, six days a week and combine education with needed human services.  Fordham students volunteer as tutors and mentors in after school programs at one of these schools located in Washington Heights, Manhattan.

Crotona Achievement Center
The Crotona Program is an all boys youth educational and recreational program.  Fordham volunteers participated in one-to-one mentoring and tutoring to young boys on Saturday mornings. Crotona also runs the Business Skills Consortium Program which is meant to help local high school students better learn business concepts while advancing their current academics. This program takes place on the Rose Hill campus.

International Rescue Committee (IRC)
IRC focuses on giving refugee children the tools and support they need to thrive in their new environment.  The Ascent program strives to provide immigrants with a community that supports their academic excellence, social responsibility, emotional health and development of leadership skills.  Volunteers work with junior high school-aged students in an after school program. This program takes place on the Rose Hill campus.

Jumpstart's mission is to close the achievement gap before it starts by helping young children develop the skills they need to be successful in Kindergarten and in life. Each team of 5-7 Fordham volunteers travels via Ram Van to its partner preschool in the Bronx twice a week. Corps members work together to guide their classroom of children through skill-building activities such as reading and playing in centers. A Jumpstart staff member conducts pre-service training for all Fordham corps members on the Rose Hill campus in the fall, and coaches all volunteers throughout the year. Team leadership positions and part-time AmeriCorps positions are also available. See more program information at

Junior Achievement
The mission of Junior Achievement is to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, understand business and economics and be workforce ready.  Volunteers teach business-based curriculumto elementary school students in local schools, ranging from Kindergarten to 8th grade.

Love Gospel Assembly Church
Love Gospel Church organizes an after school program to improve the literacy of grammar school children.  Volunteers read stories with children and offer assistance with homework.

Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center
This community center offers an after school program to grammar school children, which is part tutoring and part recreational.  Volunteers assist with homework help for one hour and then take part in karate, drama, sports, arts and crafts and science activities.

Melrose “I Have A Dream” Program
The “I Have a Dream” Program helps children from the low-income Melrose projects become productive citizens by providing a long-term program of mentoring, tutoring and enrichment with an assured opportunity for higher education.  Volunteers work closely with these “Dreamers,” following a group of children from 3rd grade to high school.

Phipps Head Start
Phipps Head Start is a program to prepare preschoolers for positive interaction in a classroom setting.  Activities are designed to enhance each child’s strengths by building their trust, fostering their independence, and teaching them to respect the feelings and rights of others.  Volunteers assist teachers in the classroom.

Rosedale Achievement Center
Rosedale is a one-to-one match program between college female students and young pre-teen females from the South Bronx.  A van, provided by the center, picks up and returns volunteers to campus.  Volunteers tutor the young girls in a variety of subjects and also acted as positive role models.

St. James Center
St. James Community Center houses an after school program for children ages 6-12.  Volunteers work one-on-one with school children doing homework help and math and English tutoring.

St. Raymond’s Community Outreach
St. Raymond’s runs a literacy program for children in the Parkchester community.  Volunteers work one-on-one with first through third grade students to increase the number of fourth graders that pass the New York State Language Arts exam.

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Youth Mentoring

Expectant Mother Care
Expectant Mother Care operates three donor supported New York City crisis pregnancy centers in Manhattan, Riverdale and the South Bronx.  Volunteers help counsel young girls about their pregnancy. 

Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
Kingsbridge Heights Community Center is an educational program designed to provide college guidance to middle and high school students as well as GED recipients.  Volunteers act as counselors as wellas positive role models.

Mentoring U.S.A.
Mentoring USA is a school or site-based mentoring program that matches volunteers on a one-to-one basis with children in grades K-8.  The trained mentor helps the child to broaden his or her vision of opportunities and to achieve academic and personal goals.

Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation (NIDC)
Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation is a not for profit community based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in the Allerton Avenue/Pelham Parkway area.  Volunteers assist with after-school and evening youth leadership programs. 

Unitas Therapeutic Community
Unitas is a youth mental health organization located in the South Bronx that serves a predominantly Hispanic population.  Unitas is one of the oldest volunteer mentoring programs at Fordham.  Introduced by Dr. Edward Eismann, Unitas founder, volunteers serve as surrogate family for young people, practicing  peaceful conflict resolution and family building.  Fordham volunteers participate on Thursday afternoons and attend a retreat once a year.

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