Volunteer & Community Service Opportunities

Do you want to know how you can use your skills and interest in East Asia to help others? The following is a list of organizations in New York that offer a wide variety of volunteer opportunities related to East Asia and Asian Americans. To request an application, submit a resume, or to learn more about specific positions, please visit the organization's website.

For more information or to suggest an organization or opportunity, please e-mail Kathleen Kuever at kek2162@columbia.edu.

  • Short Term Opportunities
  • East Asian Language Skills a Plus
  • English Teaching and Tutoring Opportunities
  • Arts and Culture Organizations
  • Legal, Activist, and Religious Organizations
  • Opportunities for Working with Children and Youth
  • Opportunities Related to Medicine, Health, and Wellness
  • Opportunities Abroad
  • Short Term Opportunities

    AF3IRM
    Gabriela Network is a Philippines-U.S. women's solidarity organization with several branches around the country. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks.

    Asian Americans for Equality
    Asian Americans for Equality is an advocacy organization that advances the rights of the Asian American community through initiatives such as immigrant assistance, social services, affordable housing, and economic development. Both short and long-term opportunities are available.

    Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
    The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund is an organization that works to protect and promote the civil rights of Asian Americans nationwide. Both short and long-term opportunities are available.

    Asian Cinevision
    Asian Cinevision promotes Asian media expression and organizes the annual New York Asian American International Film Festival. They need interns and volunteers in New York especially in the summer months to assist in planning and staffing the festival.

    Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans (CAPA)
    CAPA is a volunteer organization working towards building a sense of community among Asian Pacific Americans in the tri-state area. They plan the annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival and seek volunteers to staff the day-long event.

    New York Asian Women's Center (NYAWC)
    The New York Asian Women's Center helps women overcome abuse and raises public awareness about domestic violence. NYAWC's extensive volunteer program places volunteers on either team or individual projects such as teaching English, answering the NYAWC hotline, or assisting with children.

    Project by Project
    Project by Project empowers young Asian professionals to affect change in the community by choosing one volunteer focus project per year. Volunteers are needed both for the annual project and for the organization itself.

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    East Asian Language Skills a Plus

    Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
    The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund is an organization that works to protect and promote the civil rights of Asian Americans nationwide. Both short and long-term opportunities are available.

    Asian Professional Extension
    Asian Professional Extension (APEX) provides inner-city Asian American youth with adult role models, educational programs, social services, and other guidance to succeed. Volunteers are needed at APEX to mentor and tutor middle school-aged youth.

    Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
    Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in Chinatown offers healthcare and education to underserved Asian American communities. Undergraduates interested in volunteering or interning may apply for the Project AHEAD summer program designed for students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.

    Children of China Pediatrics Foundation (CCPF)
    CCPF provides direct medical care for children in Chinese orphanages with disabilities and deformities. The Foundation also sends volunteer medical teams to China.

    Chinese American Planning Council
    The Chinese American Planning Council (CAPC) is a community service organization that provides a wealth of programs and opportunities for the Chinese American community in New York. To volunteer with one of these programs, please fill out the application available on the CAPC website.

    Chinese Progressive Association
    The Chinese Progressive Association based in Chinatown aims to gain social and economic justice for Chinese Americans through educational, advocacy, and service programs. Volunteers are needed for English tutoring.

    Chinese Staff and Workers Association (CSWA)
    CSWA is an organization of 1,300 Chinese workers in New York promoting collective values both in the workplace and in the Chinese community. Volunteers are needed to teach English classes.

    Committee of 100
    The Committee of 100 is a national organization of Chinese American leaders who use their collective resources to address issues important to the Chinese American community. Volunteers are occasionally needed. Internship positions are also available.

    Columbia University Chinese Students Club English Tutoring Program
    The English Tutoring Program of the Chinese Students Club is a community service program that pairs Columbia students with Chinese immigrants seeking English help in once-a-week classes. Please visit the website to fill out the volunteer tutor application.

    DAMAYAN Filipino Migrant Workers Association
    Based both in New York and New Jersey, DAMAYAN promotes the rights and welfare of Filipino American workers. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks. Knowledge of a Filipino language is a plus but not necessary.

    Human Rights Watch
    Human Rights Watch is an international human rights advocacy organization. They are seeking a volunteer online editor for their Chinese language website. Applicants must be fully fluent in Mandarin.

    Korean American Family Service Center
    The Korean American Family Service Center offers programs and services to prevent and end domestic violence. They are looking for volunteers to answer their 24-hour hotline, mentor young Korean Americans, help at fundraising events, and more.

    Korean American Voters Council
    The Korean American Voters Council works towards the political empowerment of the Korean community. Volunteers are needed to staff voter registration drives around the city.

    Korean Community Services of Metropolitan New York (KCS)
    KCS develops and delivers a range of community services to meet the needs of the Korean community in New York. Volunteers are needed for many different program areas. Knowledge of Korean language is a plus.

    Museum of Chinese in Americas
    The Museum of Chinese in Americas is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Chinese and their descendants in the Western Hemisphere. Volunteer positions and internships are available for students interested in helping at the museum.

    New York Asian Women's Center (NYAWC)
    The New York Asian Women's Center helps women overcome abuse and raises public awareness about domestic violence. NYAWC's extensive volunteer program places volunteers on either team or individual projects such as teaching English, answering the NYAWC hotline, or assisting with children.

    St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Interpreter Corps
    St. Luke's-Roosevelt is looking for volunteers with college-level proficiency in English and their native language to serve as medical interpreters between health care providers and patients.

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    English Teaching and Tutoring

    Chinese Progressive Association
    The Chinese Progressive Association based in Chinatown aims to gain social and economic justice for Chinese Americans through educational, advocacy, and service programs. Volunteers are needed for English tutoring.

    Chinese Staff and Workers Association (CSWA)
    CSWA is an organization of 1,300 Chinese workers in New York promoting collective values both in the workplace and in the Chinese community. Volunteers are needed to teach English classes.

    Columbia University Chinese Students Club English Tutoring Program
    The English Tutoring Program of the Chinese Students Club is a community service program that pairs Columbia students with Chinese immigrants seeking English help in once-a-week classes. Please visit the website to fill out the volunteer tutor application.

    New York Asian Women's Center (NYAWC)
    The New York Asian Women's Center helps women overcome abuse and raises public awareness about domestic violence. NYAWC's extensive volunteer program places volunteers on either team or individual projects such as teaching English, answering the NYAWC hotline, or assisting with children.

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    Arts and Culture Organizations

    Asia Society
    Asia Society is a large, multi-branch organization based in New York that promotes understanding and dialogue between Asia and the U.S. through arts, culture, business, policy, and education programs. A number of volunteer and internship positions are available.

    Asian American Arts Alliance
    The Alliance supports arts and cultural groups in New York by providing funding, visibility initiatives, and access to new resources. Volunteers assist in the office and at Alliance events.

    Asian Cinevision
    Asian Cinevision promotes Asian media expression and organizes the annual New York Asian American International Film Festival. They need interns and volunteers in New York especially in the summer months to assist in planning and staffing the festival.

    Japan Society
    The Japan Society aims to bring the people of Japan and the U.S. together through programs promoting discussion of the arts, business, education, and public policy related to Japan, the U.S., and East Asia. Volunteers are needed to help at film and performing arts events.

    Museum of Chinese in Americas
    The Museum of Chinese in Americas is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of Chinese and their descendants in the Western Hemisphere. Volunteer positions and internships are available for students interested in helping at the museum.

    Second Generation
    Second Generation is a non-profit theater company that brings Asian American stories to the stage. The company depends on its volunteers to assist in the planning, production, and funding of its plays.

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    Legal Activist Religious Organizations

    AF3IRM
    Gabriela Network is a Philippines-U.S. women's solidarity organization with several branches around the country. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks.

    Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund
    The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund is an organization that works to protect and promote the civil rights of Asian Americans nationwide. Both short and long-term opportunities are available.

    Chinese Progressive Association
    The Chinese Progressive Association based in Chinatown aims to gain social and economic justice for Chinese Americans through educational, advocacy, and service programs. Volunteers are needed for English tutoring.

    Chinese Staff and Workers Association (CSWA)
    CSWA is an organization of 1,300 Chinese workers in New York promoting collective values both in the workplace and in the Chinese community. Volunteers are needed to teach English classes.

    Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV)
    CAAAV mobilizes the Asian community to speak out against anti-Asian violence. The Committee's programs also focus on issues such as affordable housing and organizing women workers.

    DAMAYAN Filipino Migrant Workers Association
    Based both in New York and New Jersey, DAMAYAN promotes the rights and welfare of Filipino American workers. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks. Knowledge of a Filipino language is a plus but not necessary.

    Human Rights Watch
    Human Rights Watch is an international human rights advocacy organization. They are seeking a volunteer online editor for their Chinese language website. Applicants must be fully fluent in Mandarin.

    Korean American League for Civil Action (KALCA)
    KALCA seeks to promote the civic participation of the Korean American and Asian Pacific American communities. Volunteers are needed both for voter registration and other programs. KALCA also offers internships.

    Korean American Voters Council
    The Korean American Voters Council works towards the political empowerment of the Korean community. Volunteers are needed to staff voter registration drives around the city.

    Minkwon Center for Community Action
    Minkwon Center addresses issues of importance to the Korean American community such as immigrant rights, civic participation, cultural awareness, and social services through grassroots organizing, advocacy, and education. To apply for a volunteer or internship position, click here.

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    Opportunities for Working with Children and Youth

    Asian Professional Extension
    Asian Professional Extension (APEX) provides inner-city Asian American youth with adult role models, educational programs, social services, and other guidance to succeed. Volunteers are needed at APEX to mentor and tutor middle school-aged youth.

    Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation
    The Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation raises awareness of leukemia and other fatal blood diseases in the Asian Pacific American community. They provide support to families coping with these types of diseases. Many volunteer opportunities are available.

    Children of China Pediatrics Foundation (CCPF)
    CCPF provides direct medical care for children in Chinese orphanages with disabilities and deformities. The Foundation also sends volunteer medical teams to China.

    Chinatown YMCA
    The Chinatown branch of the YMCA is recruiting volunteers for its Volunteer in Partnership program, in which volunteers assist younger students with homework in the afternoons and on weekends.

    Filipino American Human Services Inc.
    Filipino American Human Services provides community-based programs and services for Filipino Americans in the Greater New York metropolitan area. Volunteers are needed as office interns, development assistants, mentors, and activity instructors.

    Korean American Family Service Center
    The Korean American Family Service Center offers programs and services to prevent and end domestic violence. They are looking for volunteers to answer their 24-hour hotline, mentor young Korean Americans, help at fundraising events, and more.

    New York Asian Women's Center (NYAWC)
    The New York Asian Women's Center helps women overcome abuse and raises public awareness about domestic violence. NYAWC's extensive volunteer program places volunteers on either team or individual projects such as teaching English, answering the NYAWC hotline, or assisting with children.

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    Opportunities Related to Medicine, Health, and Wellness

    Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation
    The Cammy Lee Leukemia Foundation raises awareness of leukemia and other fatal blood diseases in the Asian Pacific American community. They provide support to families coping with these types of diseases. Many volunteer opportunities are available.

    Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
    Charles B. Wang Community Health Center in Chinatown offers healthcare and education to underserved Asian American communities. Undergraduates interested in volunteering or interning may apply for the Project AHEAD summer program designed for students interested in pursuing a career in healthcare.

    Children of China Pediatrics Foundation (CCPF)
    CCPF provides direct medical care for children in Chinese orphanages with disabilities and deformities. The Foundation also sends volunteer medical teams to China.

    Chinatown YMCA
    The Chinatown branch of the YMCA is recruiting volunteers for its Volunteer in Partnership program, in which volunteers assist younger students with homework in the afternoons and on weekends.

    Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence (CAAAV)
    CAAAV mobilizes the Asian community to speak out against anti-Asian violence. The Committee's programs also focus on issues such as affordable housing and organizing women workers.

    Korean American Family Service Center
    The Korean American Family Service Center offers programs and services to prevent and end domestic violence. They are looking for volunteers to answer their 24-hour hotline, mentor young Korean Americans, help at fundraising events, and more.

    New York Asian Women's Center (NYAWC)
    The New York Asian Women's Center helps women overcome abuse and raises public awareness about domestic violence. NYAWC's extensive volunteer program places volunteers on either team or individual projects such as teaching English, answering the NYAWC hotline, or assisting with children.

    St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Interpreter Corps
    St. Luke's-Roosevelt is looking for volunteers with college-level proficiency in English and their native language to serve as medical interpreters between health care providers and patients.

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    Opportunities Abroad

    Volunteer in Asia (VIA)
    Based in San Francisco, VIA facilitates cross-cultural understanding between the US and Asia through volunteer exchange programs. US students may choose from English teaching and volunteer opportunities in Vietnam, China, Indonesia, Laos, Burma, and Thailand. VIA also has close ties to Stanford University.

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