“The Coalition has filled a huge hole in my heart. We pull up to each stop and send the clients off with a hot meal. I know that if only for that moment in time, my crew and I made a difference in someone’s life.”  – Vanessa, GCFP Volunteer

Grand Central Food Program

The Grand Central Food Program brings food directly to where hungry and homeless people are: Each night, our fleet of vans delivers life-saving meals of hearty stew, bread, fresh fruit, and juice or milk to approximately 1,000 people at 24 different street sites around New York City. Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Grand Central Food Program and distribute food, clothing, blankets and other necessities while raising awareness about the other services provided by Coalition. The vans operate 6:30-9:30 p.m. every night of the year.

To volunteer with the Grand Central Food Program, please sign up here.

First Step Job Training Program

The First Step Job Training Program helps homeless and low-income women gain the skills, confidence and connections needed to secure a job that allows them to support their families.

One workshop featured in the program discusses the importance of dressing professionally and offers the women an on-site “First Step Boutique” filled with donated suits of all sizes, as well accessories and other items of clothing appropriate for job interviews.

We are always looking for volunteers to help organize the gently worn clothing from drives organized by our corporate partners and other individuals, and also for boutique stylists who would work one-on-one with the women, guiding them with their clothing selection.

To volunteer with the “First Step Boutique,” please email  volunteer@cfthomeless.org.

Shelter Monitoring

The Coalition serves as the official court-appointed monitor for the New York City single adult shelter system. Our volunteers assist our Shelter Specialist in performing inspections of more than 80 municipal shelters. A monitor must be 18 years or older, available some evenings and weekends and complete an individual training session. If you are interested in becoming a shelter monitor, please contact David, our Shelter Specialist through volunteer@cfthomeless.org.

Emergency Drives

Project: Back to School

Join us this August as we collect new backpacks and school supplies to help homeless children start the school year successfully. You can help by identifying drop-off locations, hosting a drive at your business or helping to sort, stuff and distribute the bags to homeless girls and boys. Help us give these children a chance at a decent school year.

To volunteer with Project: Back to School, please email us at backtoschool@cfthomeless.org.

Holiday Toy Drive

Every holiday season the Coalition and caring New Yorkers work together to collect new toys for thousands of girls and boys living in homeless shelters. You can help by donating a new, unwrapped toy, hosting a toy drive at your school or business or helping to wrap and sort the gifts. Help us make the holiday season a little brighter for these children.

To volunteer for the Holiday Toy Drive, please email toydrive@cfthomeless.org.