Volunteer Opportunities

Healthy Families – a volunteer or a group of volunteers will plan fun family events for clients of the program in Bay Shore. The “Family Fun” volunteer(s) would plan and execute an outing such as pumpkin picking, a trip to the aquarium, a day at the beach, or a summer barbecue pool party.

Operation Success – Assist in FSL’s Homework Help and Tutoring after-school program at our Family Centers in Bay Shore, Brentwood, Huntington Station and Riverhead, October through May.

ESL Tutoring Program – Help teach English to adult immigrants at our Bay Shore or Huntington Station Family Centers. Tutors range from advanced college students to business professionals to retired teachers. Two-hour classes, mornings or evenings. Teaching experience not required.

Use Your Medical Background to volunteer with Family Service League’s Community Health Care partnership with Northwell Health.  RN, LPN, Medical Assistant or medical office experience a plus.  Volunteers help with a variety of patient services including scheduling, intake and follow-up.  Monday-Friday, 9-5; choose your day and hours. Bay Shore.

Help Us Feed the Hungry. Pick up donated food from Island Harvest, Hauppauge, and deliver to Family Service League’s food pantry in Bay Shore and homeless shelter in Brentwood; Tuesday or Thursday mornings at 8:30 a.m.; approximate 12 mile trip.

RECESS – This is a recreational program for children from ages 7 to 13 who are coping with mental health issues. Several times a month Saturday sessions are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Bay Shore, Bellport, and Riverhead. Volunteers assist with activities such as arts and crafts, sports, games, and outings.

Preschool Aides – Do you love interacting with preschool children? Volunteer to assist teachers who are helping to mold young minds through our Universal Pre-K programs in Huntington, Laurel, and Mineola. Morning and afternoon programs begin the first week of September and continue throughout the school year. Scheduling is flexible. September through June.

LEAD—Assist in promoting skill-building and group interaction with teens 14 to 18 with mental or behavioral health issues. The objective is to develop their leadership and mentoring skills to help younger children with mental health diagnosis. Bay Shore.

Translators – Do you speak Spanish, European Portuguese, Croatian, Haitian Creole or Afghanistan Pashto? Volunteer to help interpret the needs of families that speak other languages but little English. Days and times are flexible at our Family Centers in Bay Shore and Huntington.

Kidnastics—Help youngsters 6-13 who are on the autism spectrum engage in a wide array of physical activities including trampoline and balance beam and make friends through games and crafts. Center Moriches.

Underage Drinking & Substance Abuse. Volunteer with our program in Bellport to help address this serious LI problem in conjunction with the COMPASS Unity Coalition and the Country School District community.

Ombuds Service (Services and Advocacy for Seniors) – Make a difference in the lives of your neighbors who live in Suffolk County’s long-term care homes. Volunteers are trained as advocates for residents living in nursing homes, adult care homes, and family-type homes. Volunteer ombudspersons visit an assigned home once a week to help residents and their families understand and exercise their rights to quality care and quality of life. Call 631-470-6755 for more information about becoming an ombudsperson volunteer.

Thrift Shop – Help receive, sort, price, display, and sell donated clothing and household goods in Huntington.

Mommy and Me – assist moms learning to strengthen their parenting skills by reinforcing positive behavior with their preschool children. Huntington Station, April – October.

Children and Parents Together (CAPT) – Volunteers assist with infants and preschool children while parents with mental health issues learn better parenting skills. Bay Shore.

Computer Literacy – Do you have great computer skills? Why not help others learn or upgrade their PC skills by assisting our instructors in coaching adult students using web-based teaching programs? Classes are held weekdays in Bay Shore, Brentwood & Huntington (Microsoft Office 2010). Bilingual English/Spanish is highly desirable in Huntington. Programs are ongoing and volunteer schedules are flexible.

Operations—Use your strong analytical and writing skills to help with special projects in our Operations and office management departments.

Special Events – Volunteers work on one or more of FSL’s exciting fundraising event committees.

Clerical – Volunteers with office and computer skills can help out for a few hours a week at one of our 21 offices doing general clerical work.

Backpacks for Back to School–Help send LI children in low income families back to school with the supplies they need to be prepared to learn—Contribute new backpacks, note books, pens, crayons, colored pencils and more—or donate a check to help purchase these items—or organize a neighborhood or workplace drive to collect them.  For a complete list of supplies & FSL locations, email michelle.buckle@fsl-li.org.

Project T.O.Y. (Treasure Our Youth) – Join us in bringing holiday happiness to more than 3000 children this December. Beginning in October, help us collect donations of toys and gifts from various businesses, banks and corporations. You also can help by coordinating your own toy collections in your neighborhood or at your business, club or other group. Gift cards and financial donations are needed as well as toys. In December, lend a hand picking up donated toys and bringing them to our distribution centers. Volunteers also help set up “shopping” areas, assist parents in choosing age-appropriate gifts and wrap gifts before parents take them home to give to their children. 

Contact Michelle Buckle, Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Family Service League, at Michelle.Buckle@fsl-li.org or 631-470-6772