Each year, the Carter Burden Network works with hundreds of community volunteers who share in our dedication to ensuring that older people live safely and with dignity. CBN offers a wide variety of opportunities to meet your organization's interests. Opportunities can range from a one-time service day to a long-term volunteer commitment. CBN can accommodate your needs to ensure that your community group has a meaningful and effective volunteer experience. 

Volunteer Opportunities for Community Groups:


Meal Service

Every day, seniors gather to socialize and enjoy a hot meal. The Carter Burden Network prides itself on serving restaurant-style meals made in our own kitchens and served on-site to our participants. Volunteers work both in the kitchen and dining room in food preparation, meal distribution, and cleaning capacities.

Hours & Locations: Volunteer hours are from 10:30am - 1:00pm. Meal Service operates in two locations: Monday - Friday at the Carter Burden Luncheon Club & Senior Program located in the Upper East Side (351 East 74th Street) and Monday - Sunday at the Carter Burden/Leonard Covello Senior Program located in East Harlem (312 East 109th Street). 


Meal Delivery 

The Carter Burden Luncheon Club oversees meal delivery to homebound senior citizens living in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Meal delivery volunteers not only provide the advantage of a daily lunch to our seniors but are able to interact with those they are benefitting face-to-face. Each meal delivery also serves as a status check and a friendly visit for seniors who are often unable to leave their home and receive few, if any, visitors. Meals are delivered on foot to clients living between 69th and 79th Streets, between 5th Avenue and the East River. Volunteers should be able to carry 5-10 pounds and walk up several flights of stairs comfortably. 

Hours & Location: Volunteer hours are from 10:15am to 12:30pm, Monday through Saturday. Volunteers may choose the frequency of their commitment, from a one-time experience to a regular weekly route. The Meal Delivery program operates out of the Upper East Side location. 


class instruction 

Volunteers lead classes by teaching seniors an array of different activities, exercises, and technology sessions. Some examples include crafting, holiday card making and computer classes. 

Hours & Location: Time commitment is flexible and location is to be determined. 


Volunteers play an integral part in keeping our locations attractive and comfortable for our seniors. Special projects include gardening, painting and renovating at our senior centers.

Hours & Location: Time commitment is flexible and location is to be determined. 

Special events & holidays

Throughout the year, the Carter Burden Network hosts large events and holiday parties for our seniors. Volunteers assist with the planning and day-of production, and the Carter Burden Network will work with your organization to plan a special event for our participants. 

Hours & Location: Time commitment is flexible and location is to be determined. 

If you are interested in volunteering with us as a community group or if you have questions, please contact Elinor Dale, Director of Volunteer Services, at dalee@carterburdennetwork.org or 212-423-9665 ext. 423.