Become a member

To volunteer with the NYJL, follow these steps to become a member:

To be eligible for membership in the NYJL, a prospective member must (i) be at least 21 years of age at the time her admission is approved by the Board, (ii) have an interest in volunteerism and a commitment to community service, (iii) be able to devote time and resources to NYJL programming and events in a meaningful way. If you meet these criteria, please follow these steps:

Step 1: Complete your online profile. Get Started Now!

Once you complete your profile, you will receive an email to verify your account. Click on the verification link to return to the online member portal and to proceed to the next step.


Step 2: Sign up for a new member orientation. 

After verifying your account, you will be able to register for a New Member Orientation (NMO). We typically schedule two or three NMO sessions per month throughout the year.

Upcoming Virtual New Member Orientation Dates

  • 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 13
  • 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 23

Zoom information for virtual NMO will be distributed to registrants within 24 hours of the session.

Upcoming In-Person New Member Orientation Dates

  • 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19
  • 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 9

In-person NMO will be held at the Astor House (130 E 80th St, between Lexington & Park Avenues).

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At orientation, you will learn more about the NYJL and the work that we do. Additionally, we will explain how you can get involved and the next steps in the application process.


Step 3: Submit your application.

After attending an orientation, you will be able to complete and submit an online application. Applications are reviewed continuously throughout the year and confirmations are notified by email.


Step 4: Register for your Provisional Training Course.

All applicants who are accepted participate in a Provisional training course (PTC) before becoming NYJL Active volunteers. PTCs begin in late September and late January. Participation at all training meetings is required. We expect to offer the course both in-person and virtually; all PTC meetings will run from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

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