The Big Apple boasts of great cultural and recreational experiences that are not to be missed! Our NYC Mercy Volunteers enjoy outdoor festivals and movie nights in the city’s many parks during the warmer months and museums, cultural events, and the spectacular Christmas and New Year activities during the colder months. Volunteers live in their own apartment on the top floor of a convent in Queens. Please note that there is not an elevator in the convent, so the volunteers must utilize the stairs. The neighborhood is quite diverse, and there is much to see and do within walking distance or a short subway ride! The daily commute is about 40 to 60 minutes on public transportation depending on the service site.
Housing: apartment (top floor)
Number of Volunteers: 4-6
Service Site Descriptions
Catholic Migration Services
Mission: To empower underserved immigrant communities and to provide comprehensive advocacy and legal services to advance equality and social justice in a changing and diverse population.
Catholic Migration Services (CMS) engages in the provision of direct legal services to immigrants in need. CMS provides a broad range of immigration legal services, including preparation of applications for political asylum, family-based immigration, and deportation defense as well as housing and labor-related legal services. Two volunteers are needed as 1) immigration specialist, interviewing potential clients and preparing immigration-related applications; 2) workers rights’ counselor, answering calls to a hotline for immigrant workers and participating in outreach and know-your-rights education events. Conversational Spanish is essential for both positions, with Spanish fluency being preferred.
Skills: Social Work, Spanish, Immigration Outreach, Legal Services
Mercy Center Bronx
Mission: To empower women and their families in the South Bronx to liberate themselves from economic poverty and to promote their right to an improved quality of life by addressing the needs of the whole person, developing skills for healthy family living and the economic advancement, and building a community of respect, honesty, and non-violence.
Mercy Center is a neighborhood center for women and families in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. It offers a variety of programs to a primarily immigrant population (mostly Spanish speaking): Family Alternatives to Violence, Employment Training, ESL/Immigrant Services, Social Services/Case Management, Youth Programs, and Personal Development. Two volunteers are needed to serve as youth & social services workers, leading activities for the after-school program, coordinating youth camps, coordinating holiday food and gift programs, assisting with parenting classes, and assisting with the various outreach programs. Conversational Spanish is helpful but not required.
Mission: To inspire hope and promote healing for children and families by providing quality human services and educational opportunities while advocating for social change.
MercyFirst is a child welfare agency that helps abused and neglected children; children with serious emotional problems; teenagers and young adults who are without family; and families coping with the stress and pressures of poverty, domestic violence, mental illness and substance abuse. Programs include family support and after-school programs; foster homes and adoption services; group homes and campus-based residential programs; and medical and mental health services. Two volunteers are needed to serve as the assistant to the youth development coordinator for the housing program, assisting young people (ages 14-21) with educational and employment opportunities, as well as, in developing life skills and leadership skills and obtaining vital documents and ID.