NYJL community partner application


Our community partners are NYC-based organizations that work hand-in-hand with an NYJL team of trained volunteers on an on-going basis. Our volunteers will come work with you as needed, which can vary from once a year for one-off projects to once a week for on-going programs. Types of on-going programs include mentoring, job/career search, tutoring, adult education, and much, much more.

Apply to be an NYJL community partner

  • Application process overview

  • Step 1: First, determine if your proposed project meets NYJL requirements.
    • • Is your project located in Manhattan?
    • • Is it designed to utilize trained NYJL volunteers? (Please note, NYJL volunteers cannot participate in fundraising-related activities for other organizations.)
    • • Does it fall within one of our four Community Councils: Adult Education & Mentoring, Children’s Education, Culture & the Arts, City Impact, or Child Health & Welfare? Please read the descriptions of each area above to determine whether your organization’s mission and proposed project would fit within the NYJL’s existing community priorities.
  • Step 2: Formally propose a program which takes into account the following:
    • • the NYJL volunteer year runs from September through May. Volunteer activities must take place within this period of time, with daytime programs running from 10:00 a.m. to noon and evening programs starting at 6:30 p.m. or later.
    • • Volunteer activities do not take place during the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day). Committees typically meet weekly or bi-weekly for 1 to 2 hours. Weekday projects are preferable.
  • Step 3: If approved, work with NYJL’s Community Program Research committee to determine the appropriate partnership level. Partnership may take the form of either an ongoing NYJL volunteer committee—your project is ongoing and requires regular and consistent attendance by a dedicated group of NYJL volunteers on specific day(s) of the week—or a one-off volunteer event that occurs up to several times per year but does not require a formal volunteer committee.
  • Timeline: Your application will be considered on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year. All newly established partnerships will begin in September. Applications must be submitted by December 31.
  • Application process:
    1. The organization submits initial Expression of Interest in Partnership on the NYJL website.
    2. An auto-generated email is sent to the organization to confirm receipt.
    3. The Expression of Interest in Partnership is reviewed and evaluated by the NYJL within thirty (30) days of receipt.
    4. An email is sent to the organization contact indicating whether or not the NYJL will proceed further with the review process.
    5. If approved to proceed, an in-person interview and site visit with the organization at the proposed project site will be arranged.
    6. If approved, the organization may be asked to help coordinate and schedule a one-off volunteer event, also known as a Done in a Day On Demand test event, that would closely model the proposed volunteer project. Both the organization and participating NYJL committee complete an event evaluation.
    7. The NYJL Board of Directors vote whether to approve the new community partner—the partnership will either become an ongoing, long-term NYJL volunteer committee or a DIAD project that requires NYJL volunteers less frequently.
    8. If approved, the organization and the NYJL execute a formal Letter of Agreement establishing a long-term partnership.
  • Ready to start the application process? Complete the application

  • Questions? Do you know of an organization that might be a great community partner for the New York Junior League? Email our Community Program Research committee at cpr@nyjl.org.

Strengthening the families of the greater New York area.

The New York Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

We believe that all women, children, and families should have equal opportunity, the resources to unlock their potential, and the structures to support them.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion at the New York Junior League.

We welcome all women who value our mission. We are committed to inclusive environments of diverse individuals, organizations, and communities.


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