Volunteer opportunity description

The Neighborhood Stories Project is a storytelling initiative by the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS), which aims to gather and permanently preserve the stories of New York City community members - connecting local history with the records of City government maintained in the collections of the Municipal Archives and Library.

Position Summary:

We are looking for volunteers to help conduct interviews for the Neighborhood Stories Project. Participants in the project are interviewed and their oral account of their neighborhood is recorded and maintained in the City Archives with the goal of documenting changes in New York City from a personal perspective. Volunteers must have access to a computer/phone and internet.

Volunteers will serve remotely. Training will be provided.



  • Perform outreach to organizations, groups and individuals to engage them in the Neighborhood Stories project. Outreach to include; making phone calls, sending emails, attending virtual community engagement events, etc.
  • Develop interview questions, guide participants through the interview process, and conduct interviews
  • Manage technical aspects of recording the interviews.
  • Maintain reports documenting outreach and interviews
  • Perform other duties to support the Neighborhood Stories Project, as assigned


  • Candidates must possess strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong research and organizational skills are helpful;
  • Volunteers must be able to work well with people of diverse backgrounds;
  • Candidates must be Internet proficient;
  • Proficiency with audio editing software would be helpful;
  • Candidates must be comfortable learning new equipment and programs (e.g., audio recording equipment, online communications platforms such as Zoom, etc.);
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus.
  • Candidates with experience conducting oral history interviews are a plus

If you are at all interested in being a part of this project, please email volunteercoordinator@records.nyc.gov with questions. If you are ready to get started, please fill out this volunteer sign up form: (Linked Here)  

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NYC Department of Records and Information Services

LaTonya Jones
Director, External Affairs
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