Volunteer Opportunities


Please note the following changes:  In an effort to accommodate the increased popularity of volunteer opportunities, registration is limited to TWO volunteer opportunities (including waitlists) per Librafax for EIPL cardholders.  You may register for volunteer opportunities in person or by telephone at the Reference Desk; there is no online registration.

Registration for EIPL cardholders is currently ongoing:

Discovery Backyard Opening Volunteers.  EIY708.  Volunteers will help children celebrate the seasonal opening of our backyard recreational area For grades 7-12.
          --Saturday, April 29, 9:15am - 12:15pm

Chess Lessons Volunteers.  EIY722.  Volunteers are needed to teach grade school students the game of chess.  For grades 7-12. 
          --Monday, May 1, 7 - 8p

Registration for EIPL cardholders for the following volunteer opportunities begins Monday, May 1:

Mother's Day Gift Workshop Volunteers.  EIY745.  Volunteers will help children with a Mother's Day craft.  For grades 7-12. 
          --Monday, May 8, 5:15 - 6pm

Discovery Saturday Volunteers.  EIY708.  Volunteers will help staff with a program in the Discovery Backyard For grades 7-12.
          --Saturday, May 13, 10:15 - 11:45am
          --Saturday, June 10, 10:15 - 11:45am

Library Planting Volunteers.  EIY776. Volunteer your time to help make the library grounds ready to springThis program could get messy, please wear appropriate clothing.  Please bring a hand shovel.  For grades 7-12. 
          --Friday, May 12, 4-5pm

Preschool Prom Volunteers.  EIY706.  Volunteers will help preschool children celebrate their first prom.  For grades 7-12. 
          --Thursday, May 25, 6:45 - 8pm

Fantastic Father's Day Fun Volunteers.  EIY707.  Volunteers will help children celebrate the holiday with their fathers.  For grades 8-12. 
          --Saturday, June 10, 9:15 - 10:30am

Story Walk Volunteers.  EIY709.  Volunteers will help children with a story time.  For grades 7-12. 
          --Friday, June 30, 10:45 - 11:30am

Summer Volunteer Opportunities: The library needs responsible East Islip library cardholder volunteers for the summer.  Spots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  Register at the Reference Desk; there is no telephone or online registration.

Registration for July volunteer opportunities is June 1 - June 26
Registration for August volunteer opportunities is July 1 - July 26
  • Those entering grades 7-12 can register to help in the Children's Room with various craft programs throughout the summer.  You may register for 3 craft programs each month. 
  • Those entering grades 7-12 can register to provide babysitting services during library programs.  You may register for 4 babysitting days for each month.
  • Those who are 14-year-old and older can register for be Summer Reading Club Listeners, requiring you to work a schedule of three hours per week throughout the summer, listening to children report on what they have read. 
  • Those entering grades 7-12 can register for a variety of volunteer positions during the library's Comic Con on Saturday, July 29.
You may be simultaneously registered for any of the above as long as you stay within the limitations for each type of volunteer opportunity (i.e. up to 3 craft programs, up to 4 babysitting shifts, summer reading club listener and/or Comic Con volunteer for each summer month.)   


Long Island Volunteer Center: Long Island's resource for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties.  Advanced search options allow for proximity searches refined by age.

VolunTEENnation: find a local volunteer opportunity geared specifically towards teen volunteers.

Brookhaven Health Care Facility - East Patchogue
Phone: (631) 447-8800 x5637, Loraine
Age: 12+
Volunteers spend time that enhances the quality of life for residents in areas such as: one-on-one visits, assisting with group activities, sharing a hobby or talent, taking day trips, playing games and much more.

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - Melville
425 Broad Hollow Road, Suite 318
Melville, NY 11747
E-mail: Vickie Cella, vcella@cff.org
Phone: (516) 827-1290
Age group: High school students
Opportunities for volunteers working at home, at special events, or in the office.

Habitat for Humanity
643 Middle Country Road, Middle Island, NY 11953
(631) 924 4966 x 225

Age group: 16+
Volunteers can help build houses, work in Habitat's offices, or their store.
HorseAbility Therapeutic Ride Program, Hippotherapy & Summer Day Camp
238 Round Swamp Road, Melville NY 11741
Phone: (631) 367-1646 ext 12, Colleen or Dina
Age group: Middle School and High School
Requirements: Provide own transportation, must be in good health, fill out volunteer contract and attend orientation. Weekdays and weekends available. HorseAbility’s mission is to offer a wide range of horse-related programs to children, adults, and families with special needs to promote the physical, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being of its participants.
660 Main Street, Suite 2, Islip, NY 11751
Phone: (631) 224-2627
Age group: varies, check with organization
Volunteers will work outdoors on various beautification projects.

Little Shelter Animal Rescue & Adoption Center
33 Warner Rd, Huntington, NY 11743
E-mail: LSVolunteersmgr@aol.com
Phone: (631) 368-8770 ext 213
Age group: 16+
Little Shelter is always looking for hardworking, dedicated and reliable animal lovers ages 16 and up to volunteer their time and support for their life saving mission. As a volunteer you can work hands on with the animals, assist in administrative offices, help out at events and so much more.

Long Island Cares, Inc. (the Harry Chapin Food Bank)
10 Davids Dr, Hauppauge, NY 11788
Phone: (631) 582-3663 x102
Age group: 16+
Food sorting is a very physical activity.
250 Lawrence Hill Rd, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
Phone: (631) 367-3384 Alex Entrup
E-mail: volunteer-LI@tnc.org
Age group: Middle school and High School

Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc.
829 Old Nichols Rd., Islandia, NY 11749
Phone: (631) 348-1389
Age group: 16+
Pal-O-Mine’s mission is to teach horseback riding and ancillary equine skills to individuals of all ages with physical, mental and emotional disabilities in order to promote increased self-esteem and confidence, as well as to improve posture, balance, eye-hand coordination and muscle tone.

Public Television, WLIW21 - Plainview
Phone: (516) 367-2100 x8450
E-mail: bilardellom@wliw.org
Age group: 16+ 
Please contact WLIW21 for specific volunteer information.

Ross Health Care Facility
839 Suffolk Avenue, Brentwood NY 11717
Phone: (631) 273-4700, Ina
Age: High school
Please contact Ross Health Care Facility for specific volunteer information.

Save-A-Pet, Animal Rescue and Adoption Center
608 Rt. 112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Phone: (631) 473-6333, Lynn Schoepfer
Age group: kids-adults

The shelter serves the community by teaching and practicing humane behavior toward man and all living things. Save-A-Pet accepts students ages 16+ into their regular volunteer activities, but also has a Jr. Volunteer program for kids 16 years-old and younger.

Sweetbriar Nature Center62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown NY 11787
Phone: (631) 979-6344 x102, Eric Young
Age group: 16+
Located on a woodland preserve along the Nissequogue River, the Center relies on volunteers to support its mission to provide nature education and wildlife rehabilitation.  Intern positions are also available.