Volunteer at Riverside

There are many opportunities to volunteer at Riverside throughout the year. Discover the joy of giving back, establish connections with those who share your passion and purpose, and make a lasting difference in the lives of those we serve. Every act of service, big or small, brings us closer to creating a stronger, more compassionate world.  Ready to be part of something extraordinary? Join Riverside’s volunteer family today and let your light shine in all the ways that matter. Together, we can build a brighter future.  See a list of selected volunteer opportunities below:


Seeking music instructors to teach children in kindergarten to 6th grade how to play piano, percussion, guitar, and/or ukulele. Conduct engaging and interactive lessons that foster creativity and musical expression. Create fun musical activities to ignite children’s passion for music and cultivate a lifelong love for the art form. For more details, visit here. If interested, contact hrhelp@trcnyc.org or Minister Heelee Velez at HVelez@trcnyc.org.


Work with our dedicated team who provides hope for the hungry! Individuals are invited to help organize the food pantry as well as provide refreshments and hospitality for pantry clients when the pantry is open. Contact Julio Quirindongo at jquirindongo@trcnyc.org for more information.


Help sort, organize, and stock our clothing ministry inventory that provides garments for those in need. Contact Reyita Rodriguez for more information at rerodriguez@trcnyc.org.


Join us in our efforts to fight systems of oppression and build a beloved community rooted in love, freedom, and justice. Contact the Mission & Social Justice office at msj@trcnyc.org for more information.


Volunteer and join one of our Digital Ministry teams at The Riverside Church. Work with Riverside’s Digital Minister, Rev. Jim Keat, and others from our Riverside community as we continue to grow and expand our online congregation and digital content. Together we can share the good news of God’s love and justice by any media necessary! For more information, visit our Digital Ministry page here.


“Worship is at the center of the life of The Riverside Church.”  And worship is the work of ALL the people (not just the clergy and the musicians).  If you would like to help lead the congregation in worshiping God on Sunday mornings, the Worship Ministry is looking for volunteers to read and offer prayers. We are looking for people of ALL ages (from children to seniors and everyone in between).  We are also looking for people who speak a language other than English.  We are looking for your participation too.  So if you want to join us in leading worship, please fill out the form below.  We would love to lead worship together with you.


The Communion Ministry faithfully prepares and serves Communion for worship on the first Sunday of each month and other special liturgical services throughout the year.  This ministry assists the clergy in distributing the bread and the cup during service. They help create a welcoming atmosphere and ensure that everyone is served with reverence and care. The preparation team is responsible for setting up the Communion elements, including the bread and the cup. They ensure that everything is in place for a seamless service. Complete the form below if interested in volunteering with this ministry. 


Become one of the first faces that people see when they visit The Riverside Church. Our greeters are strategically placed to help first-time visitors, guests and members find their way around the building and answer any questions. Complete the form below if interested in volunteering with this ministry.


The Usher Ministry has provided hospitality to all who enter The Riverside Church for more than 90 years. The role of a church usher is to help our first-time guests, repeat visitors and members experience the joy and sacredness of our worship service. They greet people in a warm way that makes them feel good about their presence in Church. They serve at Riverside by volunteering their time and talents on Sundays and many other events. Complete the form below if interested in volunteering with this ministry. 

To learn more about these and other volunteer opportunities at The Riverside Church, download the 2023-2024 Lay Ministry Booklet here.