About This Initiative

The NYC Service collaborates with the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) and senior service organizations on this initiative, calling on the City’s most valuable resources – its’ residents – to enhance the health, well-being and quality of life for older New Yorkers.

NYC Service will support DFTA and partners in stimulating, leveraging and recognizing older adult volunteers and others who serve older adults. With life expectancy increasing for baby boomers reaching age 65, the senior population continues to grow significantly. As a result, DFTA sees a profound need to underscore the important role of volunteerism. Not only providing support and services to older adults, DFTA also offers rewarding opportunities for older adults wishing to stay active and contribute to their communities. DFTA will also create a Model Volunteer Management System to stimulate, leverage and recognize senior volunteers.



Volunteers can have an impact by increasing awareness of senior services, promoting health and wellness workshops, mentoring youth or by providing skills-based support to build capacity in community-based senior service organizations.

To volunteer with any of these NYC Department for the Aging programs, please click on the following link and complete the Volunteer Interest Form http://bit.ly/1AiYGsD .  You will be contacted about the next information session. 

If you would like more information, please email the Volunteer Resource Center at volunteer@aging.nyc.gov or call 212-602-4464.


DFTA Volunteer Opportunities 

Big Apple Senior Stroller Walking Club Volunteer

Bill Payer Volunteer

Foster Grandparent Volunteer

Health Insurance Information, Counseling and Assistance Program (HIICAP) Volunteer

Integrated Benefits Enrollment Volunteer 

Keep on Track Blood Pressure Monitoring Volunteer

STAY WELL Exercise Program Volunteer

Click here to view all of DFTA's volunteer opportunities.


AARP Volunteer Opportunities

AARP’s Create the Good initiative makes it easy to help out in your community on the projects and with the people you care about most. Connect with ways to share your life experience and skills that match your schedule and interests.

Visit the Create the Good website and type in your ZIP code to search for local volunteer opportunities.


Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Opportunities

RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. You can use the skills and talents you’ve learned over the years, or develop new ones while serving in a variety of volunteer activities within your community. RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week.

Volunteers receive pre-service orientation, training from the organization where they will serve, and supplemental insurance while on duty. RSVP volunteers do not receive monetary incentives, but sponsoring organizations may reimburse them for some costs incurred during service.

Visit the RSVP website for more information.


Coming of Age NYC 

Coming of Age NYC is a partnership leading innovative and diverse non-profit agencies working together to help individuals 50+ connect and contribute to their communities. They offer Explore Your Future Workshops, special presentations and networking socials. Their Capturing the Energy training helps local organizations better utilize the skills, passions and interests of those 50 and older.

To volunteer and learn more click here.