Community Service

All Hunter College High School students are required to perform 75 hours of community service activities by the time they graduate.  The purpose of the PTA Community Service Committee is to facilitate that process by working closely with the school’s external affairs department and serving as a liaison between the school, the students and non-profit community organizations.

We hope parents stay engaged in the HCHS community service programs—not only as a graduation requirement, but as a public service that we can nurture and model for our children.  See below for information about the school’s collaborating organizations, program guidelines, resources and ways that parents can get connected and stay involved.

Upcoming Community Service Events:

Check back for future events!

Ongoing Community Service Opportunities: 

  • NY Public Libraries need a lot of help reshelving books and students as young as 13 may be able to volunteer. Visit your local library or a library near school to speak with the librarian. Here's a link to listings.
  • Eldercare Facilities welcome volunteers to provide activities for seniors such as reading aloud, music, games. Please click here for a list of eldercare facilities and contact info.
  • Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens welcome help from volunteers of all ages to prepare and serve food, organize food donations, sort and bag groceries for clients and to help clean up.  Almost every house of worship has one.  Look for pantries that have Saturday or Sunday mornings or weekday dinners.  New York Common Pantry at 8 East 109th St., for instance, needs up to 5 volunteers from 11:30-3:30 on Saturday May 3 and Saturday June 7 or any Tuesday or Wednesday morning from 9-12. Please email Hunter parent Sylvia at if interested. Students have also enjoyed working at Xavier Mission at 46 West 16th St, NY NY, 212-627-2100, on Saturdays 10-11:30, and Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, 296 9th Ave, New York, NY, (212) 924-0167, every weekday, including holidays, from 9:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m;  e-mail for more info. For complete listings, click here.
  • Community Centers are operated by the NYC Housing Authority as well as private, non-profit organizations. They provide meal service, after school activities and a variety of other food, arts and educational activities. Most welcome students to help serve meals, tutor young students, participate in arts and crafts or sports activities. Please click on this link for a listing.
  • Doing Good Together Events: click on this site then check out this link on the right: ‘Subscribe to our Newsletter.’  You'll receive monthly listings of family-friendly activities throughout the NYC area.
  • Every Saturday and Sunday, Citymeals-on-Wheels provides a continuous lifeline of food and company to homebound elderly New Yorkers in need, helping them to live with dignity in their own familiar homes and communities.  HCHS students have a variety of opportunities to assist the elderly in senior centers.  Individuals and families are encouraged to deliver meals and visit with homebound Seniors. Children under the age of 16 are encouraged to participate with their parents. Contact: Sheila Clay, Volunteer Coordinator, 212-687-1234, x3003, or Opportunities available in citywide.
  • The NYC Department of Parks sponsors family activities in outdoor park grounds and recreation centers located in all five boroughs.
  • United Way of New York City offers a variety of opportunities for individuals and groups to fight poverty citywide.
  • The Manhattan Church of Christ, located at 48 East 80th Street (at Madison Avenue), works closely with New York City's homeless community. HCCS families have participated in several of the church's programs, including 2012 and 2013 Holiday celebrations. HCES parent Carl Garrison is the church's Minister of Homeless Outreach. If you are interested in participating, please contact Carl:
  • The Educational Alliance, which sponsors dozens of inter-generational and cross-cultural education programs in lower Manhattan. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Amy Stollmack, Director of Volunteers Services, at 646-395-4089 or

How Pa​rents Can Get Involved:

  • Lending your support to upcoming community service activities.  Examples include providing carpooling service, donating supplies, or assisting with fundraising activities to offset students’ occasional long distance travel costs.
  • Sign up for the Community Service Committee to receive bulletins about upcoming programs
  • Suggest Community Service opportunities to the Committee at
  • Participate in family-friendly community service activities alongside your children
  • Doing Good Together promotes family-friendly volunteer opportunities; subscribe to their New York listings here

Requirements and Forms

Community Service Opportunities for HCHS Students

Any questions or suggestions please contact the PTA Community Service Committee at

NY Public Libraries.pdf66.71 KB
Eldercare Facilities.pdf57.86 KB
Community Centers.pdf64.15 KB
Food Pantries Hunter.pdf167.62 KB