What Our Volunteers Love About Virtual Volunteering

Hope for New York volunteers are used to getting proximate in person with our affiliates, and the communities they serve. But when everything changed during COVID-19, our volunteers found new ways to serve! 

Once affiliates began offering virtual volunteer opportunities in April, there have been close to 1,000 sign-ups, with some volunteers serving more than one affiliate. We love that our virtual volunteers signed up to mentor and tutor youth, teach ESL to immigrant families, reach out to isolated communities through phone calls and letters, and so much more.

How Serving Deepened My Pastoral Connection to New York City

Chuck Armstrong joined the Redeemer Lincoln Square team as their Pastoral Resident in 2016 and was ordained in 2018 to become their Assistant Pastor. On Wednesday, July 1, Chuck will be planting a new church in Hell's Kitchen, called the Hell's Kitchen Community Church. Throughout his years in New York City and at Redeemer, Chuck has been involved in the mercy and justice ministry work through Hope for New York.

Virtual Volunteering: Sending Letters and Art to Isolated Residents

While New York City was "on pause," some of our volunteers have made connections by reaching out to isolated and immunocompromised residents at two HFNY affiliates. Volunteers of all ages got creative when writing letters and making art to send to Upper East Side Rehabilitation Nursing Center and Isaiah 58.