The mission of Yale Community Connect is to build ongoing relationships based on volunteering between Yale alumni (and friends) and community-based organizations (including public schools). Our philosophy is that to volunteer on an ongoing basis is a privilege, because volunteers are guaranteed to grow in amazing ways and to feel good about helping communities grow as well.

The name of our entity, Yale Community Connect, intentionally avoids the word “service” — which focuses on the good deeds of the volunteer. Instead, Yale Community Connect emphasizes the relationship of mutual benefit and enjoyment that both volunteer and host institution experience in an ongoing relationship of connection, engagement, and resource-sharing.


The vision of Yale Community Connect is a world in which:

  • Communities are strengthened by increased meaningful, ongoing volunteer engagements between Yale alumni and community-based organizations;
  • Yale is strengthened by producing alumni who have internalized the self-expectation to connect, engage, and share resources with vulnerable communities; and
  • The notion of “service,” which focus on volunteers’ good deeds, is expanded to an appreciation for the “equity of exchange” or mutual benefit that occurs in meaningful, ongoing relationships between volunteers and organizations.

Our goals for Yale Community Connect volunteers are to:

  • Strengthen the 10-year tradition of Yale Day of Service (YDoS) by helping to deliver on its expanded mission;
  • Be useful to organizations that support and strengthen communities;
  • Establish and sustain ongoing relationships based on volunteering with organizations;
  • Socialize with other like-minded volunteers (Yale alumni, friends, organization partners, and others)

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Yale Community Connect Flyer


Brownsville Partnership (community.solutions/what-we-do/brownsville-partnership)
NY – Brooklyn, August 18, 10:00am to 2:00pm, Howard Playground

Carver Community Garden (facebook.com/Carver-Community-Garden-of-East-Harlem-NYC-221679724697634)
NY – East Harlem, August 25, 10:30am to 2:00pm

Mosaic Preparatory Academy (M375) (insideschools.org/school/04M375)
NY – East Harlem, August 31, 10:00am to 2:00pm

  • Activity Leaders for Back-to-School Block Party Jam
    • Volunteers needed to run stations (face painting, storytelling, craft projects, etc.)
  • Contact Yale Community Connect to RSVP and for more details

Van Dyke Playground  (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Van-Dyke-Playground/465531963465284)
NY – Brownsville, Brooklyn, September 12, 11:00am to 3:00pm


Mosaic Preparatory Academy (M375) (insideschools.org/school/04M375)
NY – East Harlem, Every Friday, 1:00pm to 2:30pm, (Oct. 5, 2018 — May 31, 2019)

  • School Wide Enrichment Program (SWEP) Volunteers Needed
    • Robotics, Chess, Gardening, Creative Writing, Art, Knitting, Jump Rope, and other Enrichments
  • For more details and to RSVP contact Yale Community Connect

Behind the Book (behindthebook.org)

  • Summer 2018 volunteer opportunities have been filled! New program opportunities expected October 2018!

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (theyoungcenter.org)

  • Volunteers needed to serve as Child Advocates for individual immigrant children; All cultures, professions, races, ethnicities, social backgrounds welcome; Must be 21+ and complete background check & have consistent availability
  • More info

GallopNYC (gallopnyc.org)

Harlem Children’s Zone (hcz.org)

  • Paid Part-Time Summer Evening Position: Community Pride Program Specialist/Service Learning Coordinator (college students and recent grads encouraged to apply)
  • Flyer with more info

iMentor (imentor.org) matches every student in our partner high schools with a college-educated mentor—a personal champion to help them on their college journey.

  • Roles Needed: mentors (especially men) for high school students
  • Become a mentor

National Immigrant Justice Center (immigrantjustice.org/how-help)

  • Various ways to volunteer and to donate

Cayuga Center

  • Foster a child on the border (must speak Spanish; child must attend learning center 7:30am-4:30pm each day)
  • 718-860-1656

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (asylumadvocacy.org/volunteer)

  • Current waitlist — check back regularly

CARA Family Detention Pro Bono Project (caraprobono.org/volunteer)

  • Volunteer lawyers, law students, paralegals interested in asylum issues needed; Spanish-speakers preferred

#StandWithImmigrants (standwithimmigrants.org/volunteer)

  • Various volunteer opportunities including translation, social work, etc. For a variety of volunteer opportunities, from translation to social work and more
    https://www. standwithimmigrants.org/ volunteer

Mosaic Preparatory Academy (school website) is a college prep elementary school that rents buses to take students to colleges inside & outside NYC.

West Side Campaign Against Hunger (www.wscah.org/volunteer) is a supermarket-style food pantry on the Upper West Side.

  • Roles Needed:
    • Help bring in food deliveries, stock shelves, bag bread, break down boxes, assist customers, work checkout, and other tasks as needed
  • WSCAH Volunteers Needed:
    • Mondays: 7am – 7pm
    • Tuesdays: 7am – noon
    • Wed, Thurs, Fri: 7am – 5pm
  • RSVP: email ycconnect@yana.community with: (1) your preferred dates/times; (2) a preferred range of dates over the next three months. A group will be organized based on respondents’ availability (WSCAH can only accommodate 8 or fewer at one time).

Nonprofit Board Vacancy

  • Teens for Food Justice (TFFJ), the 2014 winner of YANA’s social impact Showdown Contest and 2015 Spotlight presenter is seeking new board members.  TFFJ works to ensure universal, equitable access to healthy, fresh, affordable food through a cutting-edge, youth-led urban agricultural movement.
  • For more details contact Founder & CEO Kathy Soll.

Bridal Garden (NYC) (http://bridalgarden.org/about-2/) is not only a bridal boutique, but also a not-for-profit charitable organization whose proceeds benefit education for disadvantaged children.

Gray Panthers NYC (graypanthersnyc.org) needs a volunteer accountant for about one hour/week.