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“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

The Coalition greatly appreciates your interest in volunteering and helping homeless New Yorkers. In an effort to maintain social distancing and prevent spread of the virus, we are not currently accepting new volunteers. However, if you are interested in learning more about the Coalition’s COVID-19 response, please click here, and to support our programs please click here.

Shelter Monitoring

The Coalition for the Homeless is the designated independent monitor of the municipal shelter system. Our volunteers assist our Shelter Specialist in performing inspections of more than 350 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 our Shelter Specialist through

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 25 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.

We are currently accepting a limited number of volunteers for our first stop located at St. Bartholomew’s Church, on 51st Street (between Park and Lexington). The shift runs from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. If you are interested in scheduling a volunteer slot, please email

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

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