Volunteer Opportunities

Community, Caring, & Belonging
Social Justice & Activism

We create kehillah (community) not only by performing acts of tikkun olam (repairing the world) but also through our commitment to providing a caring and welcoming atmosphere. Over one thousand BJ members volunteer every year using talents ranging from cooking meals to leading shiva minyanim, from strategic planning to visiting the sick. Our community is built on the involvement of these active volunteers and is a source of great pride. Members and non-members have an open invitation to support our community by volunteering.

Volunteering creates intimacy and builds friendships: it is the secret to making this large community feel like a tight-knit family.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

The following volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. We would love for you to join us!

Blood Drive

Every December and June, BJ partners with the New York Blood Center to organize a community-wide blood drive. Though these drives provide great opportunities to become a donor, donations for patients of every age, ethnicity, and blood type are desperately needed all year round, and many of us are capable of giving up to six times a year. When just one pint of blood from a single donor can save up to three lives, each and every one of us can make the choice to be someone’s hero. Visit the New York Blood Center website to schedule an appointment to give.

BJ Reads at P.S. 166

Volunteers have been paired as reading partners with the students at P.S. 166 on 89th Street for almost 20 years. BJ Reads offers volunteers the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of elementary school children who are not yet reading at grade level or need a little extra support throughout the year. With the steady presence and enthusiasm of our volunteers, our partner’s reading and comprehension skills flourish over the course of the year.


The BJ Reads volunteer co-chairs are longtime BJ Members Ellen Schecter and Sandy Davidson. Between them, they have decades of teaching and literacy experience and have created a wonderful approach to learning for volunteers and their reading partners.