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Volunteer opportunities are available at all New York locations: Brooklyn, Hempstead, Islandia and Sands Point.

At HKNC headquarters in Sands Point, you can participate in recreational activities with people who are DeafBlind. The options range from collaborating on arts and crafts projects and making music together to playing games, going to parties in the residence lounge and working out at the gym. Volunteers also accompany participants on outings in the community, including shopping excursions, eating at restaurants, attending church or worship activities, hiking trails and visiting New York City attractions. At HKSB’s Brooklyn location, you can support individuals with reading mail and assisting with our book club. In Hempstead and Islandia, volunteers help with transportation, accompanying individuals to medical appointments and other outings.

What are the benefits for volunteers?

During your volunteer work, you’ll build new skills, and you’ll have the opportunity to work with people of diverse cultural and communication backgrounds.

HKS’ comprehensive training programs encompass a broad range of activities, projects and settings, providing a wealth of opportunities for you to do work that matches your skills and interests.

Man and boy sit on a cushion reading a braille book together
A woman wearing glasses standing in a room and holding papers while looking at 2 other adults who are sitting at a table near her

Who can become a volunteer?

To become a volunteer, you must be at least 18 years of age, reside in New York (preferably on Long Island or in New York City) and undergo a background check and screening.

If you’d like to volunteer at HKNC in Sands Point, you’ll also be required to participate in orientation sessions that are offered on campus. Your orientation will give you a general overview of HKNC services and other important aspects of working with people who are DeafBlind.