Volunteer opportunity description

Give a helping hand to the Lower East Side community!

The United Jewish Council of the East Side (UJC) works to support the Lower East Side of Manhattan through a wide range of human services and community development programs. While the majority of programs are oriented to the needs of elderly, UJC also operates programs for families and children. UJC volunteers are essential to our mission as we serve the community.

Food Pantry Assistance volunteers support staff at UJC's food pantries. One of UJC's food pantries is located in the Orenstein Building at 15-17 Willett St./Bialystoker Pl., and the other pantry is in the Lillian Wald Houses at 12 Avenue D.

As a volunteer, you will assist with:

  • Unloading new food supplies from a truck
  • Sorting and stocking shelves
  • Packing grocery items for client pick-up.

Tasks include bending and lifting heavy materials. No experience is necessary, and training is provided on site. UJC practices recommended social distancing and safety protocols related to COVID-19.

You can join compassionate people in supplying nutritious food to the New York City community.

Food pantry assistance is often needed on selected Wednesdays, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., but support on other weekdays and times will be considered.

Join the UJC team! You can sign up on your own, or with a group of friends, family, or coworkers (group of 4 maximum). Please complete an online application form at ujceastside.org/volunteer-nyc. You must be 14+ years old to volunteer, and groups of volunteers 14-17 years old must be accompanied by adult parent(s) or guardian(s).


You must be 14+ years old to volunteer.

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About the organization

United Jewish Council of the East Side

Dana Donati
Manager of Volunteer Services
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