1. Who can volunteer?
Everyone is welcome! OHEL volunteers range in age from teens to seniors.
2. What skills are required?
We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of others. We will help match your interests, unique talents and abilities skills and availability to our current program needs.
3. What types of volunteer opportunities are available?
Volunteers are placed at OHEL Residences, facilities and in community settings. Some Volunteer assignments can be big brother/big sister, mentoring, tutoring, clerical/office assistance as well as other functions. Opportunities exist for groups and schools to partner with OHEL for special events and programs.
4. How can I learn more about the programs before choosing to volunteer? How do I choose the right program?
Read more about OHEL's many programs and services and Volunteer Opportunities. If you choose to apply, you will meet in person with the volunteer coordinator to identify the opportunities that best match your interests and abilities. The best way to learn more is to contact us.
5. Is there a minimum time commitment required? What if I'm only available on certain days, or for a limited period?
Most volunteer opportunities offer flexibility with a wide variety of assignment schedules available. We'll help match your availability to our needs.
6. Do you have Student Internships?
OHEL offers two types of internships:
- Unpaid volunteer internship opportunities suitable for undergraduate college students.
- Formal clinical internships/externships and fellowships for graduate students, postgraduate and doctoral candidates, (Apply one semester in advance.) For information on clinical internships, please contact the Human Resources Department at (718) 686-3102.
7. Can I volunteer for more than one program?
8. Do I have to be in New York?
OHEL has volunteer opportunities across the New York Metro Area including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, and Northern New Jersey.Â