Volunteer Opportunities for Social Justice

Fighting for social justice can come in many forms. It takes education, civic engagement, legal action, organizing in marches and more (hint hint: New York City primary is on June 23rd!). Here's a list of organizations that do one or all of these things that are looking for willing volunteers and interns to help them continue their crucial work. After all, the saying goes "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

Center for Racial Justice in Education

The Center for Racial Justice in Education envisions a world where all young people learn and thrive in racially equitable, liberating, and empowering educational spaces. Volunteer to dismantle racism in your community by helping build schools and provide critical education to youth about racial justice.

The Audre Lorde Project

LGBTQIA2 and Gender Non-Conforming BIPOC community organizing center that works toward community wellness and progressive social and economic justice. As a volunteer, you'll be working on the frontlines, and helping organize members to achieve justice for the community.

Make the Road NY

Helping empower immigrant communities. Looking for outreach volunteers, classroom assistants and more to spread the word about Make the Road NY's adult education program. Outreach volunteers help plan and conduct outreach to organizations in the community that are working to strengthen marginalized communities with education. Classroom assistants help ESL instructors optimize their time in the classroom on weekdays and weekends. You can also assist in adult literacy or with Aliadxs, a decentralized network of allies committed to using their skills, privilege and resources to support MRNY.

New York Communities for Change

NYCC resists fascist and racist policies that affect our most vulnerable communities. NYCC leads know your rights trainings and a rapid response program to protect our communities against deportations, police brutality and evictions. You can join a member group to help organize trainings and other anti-racist programming.

Moms Rising

This organization of mothers organizes campaigns around multiple social justice issues, most recently, fighting for justice for George Floyd. You can get involved with organizing and attending local events as well as recruiting members.

New York Civil Liberties Union

This organization has been protecting the civil rights of New Yorkers since 1951. Get involved by becoming a Free New York Ambassador. Volunteer your skills in design, writing, legal, fundraising and more. Plus, serve as a protest monitor and receive training to be the eyes and ears at local demonstrations.


Help portray the LGBTQ community in a fair, accurate and inclusive way. Volunteers will assist in public relations and fundraising programs and will be matched with a project that fits your availability and interests.

Open Society

Provide private funding for foundations around the world that fight for inclusive democratic communities. They are offering grants, scholarships and fellowships to organizations and individuals. Apply to receive funding for your own social justice work. 

Correctional Association of New York

The only independent organization in New York monitoring the prisons, communicating with incarcerated people and reporting to the legislature and general public. They are flexible with your availability. They are currently looking for people with skills including research, administration, translation, social media, professional writing and outreach.

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)

Become an advocacy ambassador to fight for better mental health services in NYC and train to meet with elected officials and create change. You can also sign up to be a volunteer, which requires a one year commitment and provides specialized training. Plus, they also offer internship opportunities here.

OutRight Action International - NYC

OutRight Action International stands against injustice to protect the rights of the global LGBTIQ community. OutRight volunteers from around the world are working together to spread awareness about global LGBTIQ issues - and help to support our critical work with local "Engagement Committees" that hold periodic events and fundraisers as well as serve to benefit activists and global LGBTIQ leaders in their communities.

Amnesty International

The world’s largest grassroots human rights group made up of millions of activists around the globe. Volunteer to campaign for individual cases, engage in advocacy campaigns, push for legislative reform, and spread the word about human rights in their communities.

We Are New York Values

Offering volunteer opportunities with multiple organizations standing for racial and social justice, from teaching coding to Black youth to offering administrative support and more. 


Know of an organization looking for volunteers that's not on our list? Hit us up at [email protected]