COVID-19: Volunteer Opportunities for Columbia Students

Columbia students who are interested in COVID-19 volunteer opportunities may find Columbia programs and external opportunities.

The Food Pantry at Columbia

The Food Pantry at Columbia provides nonperishable food to students experiencing food insecurity. Write to [email protected] for details. 

COVID-19 Student Service Corps for Medical Center Students (CSSC) 

The COVID-19 Student Service Corps (CSSC) offers CUIMC students the opportunity to engage in a remote service-learning model to promote social distancing and address urgent health systems concerns. Visit the website to learn how you can help.

Visit Columbia's COVID-19 website to find other Columbia volunteer opportunities as they are added.

The following volunteer opportunities have been identified in response to student requests for opportunities to help our community, though please know that Columbia has not sponsored or formally vetted the organizations and programs included on this list. Thank you for wanting to support those impacted by COVID-19.

Help Now NYC

Visit Help Now NYC to learn how you can help New Yorkers affected by the pandemic.

Volunteer New York!

Volunteer New York!’s core mission is to inspire, mobilize and equip individuals and groups to take positive action to address pressing challenges, support nonprofits and strengthen the quality of life in New York communities. Learn about the virtual volunteer center and how you can help.

New York Cares

New York Cares meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service. Find volunteer opportunities.

DOROT's Caring Calls Program  

Form a phone connection with an older adult and let them know you care at DOROT's Caring Calls Program

One Fair Wage 

Be trained as a volunteer and help tipped workers apply by phone for emergency cash relief with One Fair Wage

New York Blood Center

Blood reserves are critically low right now. Learn more about how to donate blood

New York City Medical Reserve Corps

New Yorkers certified in health-care work can visit the Help Now website to register.

Team Rubicon USA

Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service, leveraging their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises. Learn how to volunteer.

Ask Your Local Elected Official

Contact your elected officials to ask if there are safe volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood.