Get Involved


At Manny Cantor Center we believe that everyone has the ability to serve, and use their voice. We have a variety of meaningful opportunities for committed community members to get involved using their time, skills and passions, and we encourage each individual to participate in building a stronger, more connected community.

Getting involved means providing direct service in conjunction with the critical services and programs we offer to more than 1,500 people every day, including serving meals to older adults, mentoring for teens, translating materials and helping community members learn English. We also have opportunities to register and mobilize people to vote, learn about key issues our community faces at civic education events, and much more. We must all come together, being active  participants to create meaningful social change and create the world we want to live in.

We need your hands. We need your hearts. We need your voices.

Direct Service:

Our nationally-recognized volunteer program, More Hands, More Hearts provides meaningful short-term, long-term and one-time volunteer opportunities that meet the strategic needs of our agency, while also matching individual skills and interests. We believe everyone has the ability to serve their community and encourage each individual to share their time and talents in the way that best fits them and the needs of our community. Learn more about all of our opportunities to volunteer in our community.

Get started by filling out a volunteer interest form here.

Interested in Volunteering with a group?

Please fill our our group volunteer request form here.

Civic Education & Advocacy:

Democracy only works if we participate, which starts by understanding the issues we face as a community, as a city, and as a nation. Through our series of education and action events in partnership with America 101 Project we are taking the issues you hear about in the news and learning about them from a variety of angles and contexts, so we can best understand why we need to be engaged, and what actions we can take to create the future we want to see.

Upcoming Events

What’s Happening: Climate Action in NYC
Mobilize for a sustainable future in our community
Wednesday | June 5 | 6:30-8PM | Manny Cantor Center 6th Floor


Civic Action Resources:

Want to get involved in the community, but not sure where to start? Check out our Civic Action Resources to find ways to make your voice hear. We’ll have information on petitions to sign, community forums to attend and voter resources to ensure everyone has the opportunity to register to vote, find your polling place, and feel informed at the ballot box and within the community. Whether you are new to being civically engaged or a long-time activist, it is always important to get prepared.

Upcoming Events & Notices:
• Support Seniors & the community to save the M14 Bus Local Stops Rally! May 1st at 10am. Triangle Park at Pitt & Grand Street
• New York State Primary – June 25, 2019, Polls Open 6AM-9PM
• Ongoing: Stop by the membership desk at MCC to get a voter registration form

Want to learn more? Fill out our volunteer interest form to get started!
Have questions? Contact our volunteer team:

Deb Scher, Director of Strategic Service and Civic Engagement or at 646.395.4184

Maya HendinVolunteer & Community Engagement Coordinator or at 646.395.4193

Stay Connected! Sign up for our Service & Civics newsletter here.

Through More Hands, More Hearts launched at Manny Cantor Center, Educational Alliance is certified as a Service Enterprise, joining a small cohort of non-profits committed to effectively delivering on their mission through strategic volunteer engagement.


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