Volunteer Your Time

Thousands of individual volunteers donate their time and talent to The Fresh Air Fund each year. Volunteers mentor our students, help with administrative projects at our NYC office, lead career workshops, and more!

Looking for corporate or group volunteer opportunities? Learn more here.

Featured Opportunity

Lead A Virtual Career Workshop!

Volunteer your time to help our students connect their interests to a future career. Virtual career workshops are 50-minute interactive sessions that give our students a chance to connect their interests to a future career. Volunteers share about their own career journey and engage the students in a skill sharing activity – and tap a few colleagues to join in with you! Just a couple hours of your day can make a meaningful impact.

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One-time Opportunities

Host a Job Shadowing

Job shadowings are interactive workshops that give students in our Career Awareness Program a chance to connect their interests to a future career. We bring the students to you and help you plan the details! Job shadowings take place from 5:30pm – 6:30pm on weeknights or during the day during school holidays.

Fresh Air Fund Outreach Calls

Help The Fresh Air Fund prepare for summer! Volunteers help make phone calls to families. Outreach Calls are typically scheduled on weeknights from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at The Fresh Air Fund’s midtown office. Some weekday options are available.

Ongoing Opportunities


During weekly mentoring sessions, volunteers help students prepare for college by focusing on topics such as: Money Management and Financial Aid, Decisions and Consequences, Maintaining Focus and Assessing Priorities, Setting Goals, College Decisions, and Relationships and Ethics. Mentors work on an individual and small-group basis. Volunteers make a year-long commitment to attend meetings on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at The Fresh Air Fund’s midtown office.


Help middle school students with academic skill building in math, language arts and social studies. Tutoring takes place once a week for ten weeks at our office in midtown Manhattan. We offer a fall and spring session each year: 6:00pm – 8:00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Daytime Help at the NYC Office

Volunteers have the opportunity to help with a variety of administrative projects, ranging from filing to data entry, assembling mailings or light computer work. Whether you have a few hours a week or want to volunteer on a regular basis, The Fund’s staff can work with you to coordinate a flexible schedule. Daytime volunteer hours are Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm.

Join an Event Committee

Are you a young professional? You can help us by joining the Committee for our annual Spring Fling or our annual Fall Benefit & Silent Auction.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Portland at eportland@freshair.org

Pro Bono or In-kind Support

Donate your time and professional expertise. The Fresh Air Fund is always interested in hearing from pro bono photographers, graphic designers, and more! In addition, please contact us if your company can make an in-kind donation – items like books, sporting equipment, printing services, or exciting auction or raffle items for our special events are greatly appreciated!

Host a Child

Volunteer host families open their hearts and homes to New York City children for one to two weeks during the summer. Host families live in suburbs, small towns, and rural areas, and wish to share the simple joys of their communities. There are no financial requirements for hosting a child. Volunteers may request the age group and gender of the Fresh Air youngster they would like to host. Click here to learn more.

Volunteer and School Credit Internships

Looking to learn more about working at a non-profit organization, or need an internship for school credit? Applicants must be 18 or older. Volunteer internships available from September through May. To learn more about summer jobs at The Fresh Air Fund, visit our jobs page.

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    About Any of our Volunteer opportunities? Email Volunteer@freshair.org

    About Any of our Volunteer opportunities? Email Volunteer@freshair.org