With only five paid staff, Cabrini Immigrant Services of NYC depends almost entirely on the good hearts of our community partners and volunteers. CIS-NYC offers flexible volunteer opportunities to suit all interests. Our volunteers are a critical part of our success and are essential to our Cabrini family. We will help you develop valuable life skills and relationships while you give back to your local community.

We are currently looking for volunteers for the following:

  • Food Pantry Volunteers

    • If you are interested in volunteering at the Food Pantry please fill out this form and our Food Pantry Coordinator will be in touch with you.

    • We are always in need of non-perishable food donations so that we can focus our limited resources on obtaining fresh produce. If you are interested in hosting a food drive for CIS-NYC please fill out this form.

  • Chinese [Cantonese] Translators: CIS-NYC serves a large Chinese population and is always seeking Cantonese-speaking and literate volunteers to assist with Tuesday’s food distribution, with phone calls, and with translating various documents.

  • Paralegal/Immigration Attorney: If you are an immigration attorney or paralegal looking to donate your time and expertise, contact us regarding our present needs.

  • Childcare: Volunteer with experience caring for children to watch kids during workshops. Must be available Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8pm.

  • Justice for Immigrants Volunteer: Make calls to invite members to monthly workshops. Must speak Spanish  and be able to volunteer sometime between 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Friday.

  • Photographer: We are looking for an experienced photographer who can come in a couple of times to take some professional photos of our work to be used in promotional materials and to photograph special events such as our annual benefit.

  • Graphic Designer: To assist with designing promotional materials.

  • Host a fundraiser or collection for CIS-NYC: If you are unable to help with any of the areas listed above or have limited availability during the week, another way you can have a large impact on our work is by hosting a fundraiser or collection. This can range from something small with just your friends and family, to something larger at your school, place of worship, or workplace. We have had people do birthday fundraisers, musicians host benefit shows, workplace fundraisers, etc. You could also hold a food drive for our food pantry (see above) or a gift drive for our annual holiday gift distribution. If you are interested in doing something like this, reach out to our Communications & Development Coordinator, Ella, at ellanimmo@cis-nyc.org or 212-791-4590 ext. 107. She can help you brainstorm ideas and plan an event.

If you are interested in volunteering with us please fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible!



Become a Volunteer

(Some of our volunteer positions have language, availability or experience requirements – Please read the descriptions above to determine which volunteer opportunities you are best suited for!)