Community Service

Volunteer Opportunities

November and December Volunteer Opportunities: 

Registration begins on Wednesday, November 1 at 9:00 a.m. and is for East Islip patrons only. Registration is limited to TWO opportunities including waitlists (exluding Painting For a Purpose and the Teen Advisory Board). Please call or visit the library to register for the following four programs.  

Discovery Saturday Volunteers (EIY908):  Saturday, November 18, 10:15 a.m.—11:30 a.m.  Help the Children’s Department with a program in our discovery backyard.  Earn one and a quarter (1.25) hours of community service. 

November Story Craft Volunteers (EIY909): Tuesday, November 21, 5:45 p.m.—7:00 p.m.  Assist children with crafts that are inspired by a book.  Earn one and a quarter (1.25) hours of community service.

12 Days of Giveaways Volunteers (EIY901):  Thursday, November 30, 7:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.  See page 14 for more information.  Earn one (1) hour of community service.

How to Catch a Gingerbread Person Volunteers (EIY905):  Monday, December 4, 6:45 p.m.—8:00 p.m.  Help children with a fun, interactive gingerbread quest!  Earn one and a quarter (1.25) hours of community service. 

Teen Advisory Board (EIY818):  Thursday, December 7, 7:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.  See page 14 or more information.  Earn one (1) hour of community service.

Painting for a Purpose (EIY903):  Monday, December 11, 7:00 p.m.—8:00 p.m.  See page 14 for more information.  Earn one (1) hour of community service.

DIY Winter Holiday Ornaments (EIY906):  Tuesday, December 12, 5:45 p.m.—7:00 p.m.  Help children create festive ornaments for the holiday season.  Earn one and a quarter (1.25) hours of community service. 

Teen Toy Paramedics (EIY857): Thursday, December 28, 10:30 a.m.—11:30 a.m.  See page 14 for more details.  Earn one (1) hour of community service.

Noon Year's Eve Volunteers (EIY907):  Friday, December 29, 10:45 a.m.—12:15 p.m.  Help children ring in the NOON year!  Earn one and a half (1.5) hours of community service.

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities:

Book Reviews
Earn community service hours for reviewing a you
ng adult book!

  • For East Islip Public Library cardholders in grades 7-12
  • Read the Book Review Guidelines here and submit a title for approval here
  • Once approved, write your review and email your finished document to 
  • You can earn three (3) hours of community service per book, up to nine (9) hours per month
  • Not sure of a book to review?  The American Library Association has tons of Young Adult book recommendations.  You can view them here.  

Kindness Rocks
Paint or draw designs and hopeful, inspirational words on to rocks you find in your yard. Place rocks where people might see them around the neighborhood or on nature trails.

  • For East Islip Public Library cardholders in grades 7-12
  • To receive credit you must take and submit photos of the four rocks you have placed around your neighborhood. Please be mindful of the background of your photos and avoid including any personal identification information in the shot (license plates, house numbers, etc.)
  • You will receive a maximum of one (1) hour of community service for the 4 decorated rocks and accompanying photos
  • Please submit photos to with the subject line: "KINDNESS ROCKS".  Please include your photos, your full name, library card barcode, phone number, and grade.

Outside Organizations

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.

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,
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
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
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
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 Center
62 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.

Please note: If you are submitting a review for a community service requirement such as National Honor Society, religion, or for college applications, please submit well in advance of your deadline.  We cannot guarantee that reviews or community service material will be read the night before required hours are due.  Letters and/or certificates are typically sent out within three to five business days after submission.