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)

Contact YC Connect


Yale Community Connect Flyer


Current Opportunities: 


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

Breakthrough New York (btny.org)

  • Volunteers to interview 6th grade students and families applying to Class of 2028. Multiple dates for training and interviewing.
  • More info and sign-up



Brownsville Partnership (community.solutions/what-we-do/brownsville-partnership)

  • Volunteer painters to assist local artist in finishing mural along the Langston Hughes housing development in Brooklyn.
  • Register
  • Flyer with more info

The Architect is IN

Islamic Center at NYU Welcome to Friday Prayers (icnyu.org)
NY – Manhattan, May 11

  • Rabbi Marisa James from Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) will welcome all first-timers and give an orientation about the interfaith partnership program
  • Site Coordinators:

Harold Levine ‘78
hslevine@gmail.com | 917.488.1594

Mickey Dobbs ‘92
michael.dobbs@yale.edu | 203.436.8491

Metropolitan College of New York: Career Coaching for Adult Students (mcny.edu)
NY – Manhattan, May 12, 11:00am – 3:00pm (lunch served)

  • MCNY offers working New Yorkers a chance to earn an undergraduate or master’s degree while continuing in their jobs.
  • Seeking volunteers to share career experience with 10-12 students; Especially seeking those with experience in Business, Social Service, Healthcare Administration, Media, Information Technology, Education, Emergency Management and First Response
  • Site Coordinator:

Brian Hammerstein ‘85

Y Tu Tambien – College Access Program Presenters (lulf.org/ytt.html)
NY – Manhattan, May 12 | afternoon of mentorship

  • MCNY offers working New Yorkers a chance to earn an undergraduate or master’s degree while continuing in their jobs.
  • Seeking volunteers to share their experience applying to college, attending college, and creating their career journey with NYC high school students students
  • Site Coordinator (confirm attendance & location):

Juan Carlos Salinas ‘03 MFA
Chair, Yale Latino Alumni Association Tri-State Area


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.

  • Volunteer weekend retail positions available

Please reach out to Dana Berk at Dana.Berk@Bridalgarden.org or 212-504-2067.


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

Please contact Peg Graham for more info.