Join us every Thursday night for our “mini” Don’t Walk By’s!
To sign up, please contact Jessica Wright at volunteer@newyorkcityrelief.org or 1-800-736-2773.

Did you love your experience serving at the annual Don’t Walk By February initiative, but can’t wait until next year to do it again?

Don’t Walk By outreach is now available every Thursday night. This weekly outreach is not on the same scale as the annual event, but it focuses on the area in New York City most densely populated with homeless people – midtown Manhattan. New York City Relief, one of the member organizations for The Rescue Alliance coordinates all the weekly Don’t Walk By volunteers.

When: Thursday nights
Time: 5:45 PM – 9:30 PM
Meet at: St. Francis Center – 139 W. 31st St. (b/t 6th & 7th Ave)
How to participate: Contact Jessica Wright at volunteer@newyorkcityrelief.org or 1-800-736-2773 to sign up for an available spot for yourself or a group

How it works: This outreach begins with a briefing and then everyone is split into smaller groups of 3-4.  These groups are guided by and experienced team leader.  The teams then hit the streets where they have the opportunity to show love to our friends living on the streets in NYC.  Teams are equipped with messenger bags filled with socks, hygiene kits and information about The Relief Bus outreaches as well as other community Resources.   At the end of the night, all the teams meet back at a designated location to return the bags and share about their experience.

What to bring: For this outreach, we suggest volunteers bring ~$15 with them to invite a new friend from the street out to dinner.  There is no obligation to do this, but it is something some of our volunteers enjoy doing.


team prayer




Why Volunteer?  Watch our 4 minute promotional video:

HOW DON’T WALK BY WORKS (Annual February Campaign) 

  • We split Manhattan up into four zones (Downtown, Eastside, Westside, Uptown) and cover one zone each Saturday in February.
  • We bring our services (meals, clothing, basic medical care, resource referral) to an anchor church who is hosting in that particular quadrant.
  • Street & Subway teams are formed from registration and assigned a team leader who has gone through our team leader training.  They go out to assigned subzones within that Saturday’s zone on a search and rescue mission walking every block or subway platform.
  • When our street or subway engagement teams meet someone who would like to return to the anchor church, they contact our transportation team who will arrange for a pick-up.  The volunteers wait with the guest until they are picked-up by transportation.
  • Back at the anchor church, Hospitality staff and volunteers await guests who will return to the anchor church to take advantage of what we’re offering that day.  Guests can also speak to our resource team about alternatives for life on the streets. Guests will also have the opportunity to stay at our overnight private shelter (at NYC Rescue Mission).


  1. Team Leaders *(changes from previous years)
    1. Role:
      1. Leads a team of either Street Engagement, Subway Engagement, or Hospitality volunteers
        1. Street or Subway team leaders leads an assigned team through and assigned subzone or train line.
        2. Hospitality team leaders (*new role*) assigned an area in hospitality to oversee the group of volunteers in a specific section
      2. Responsible for the team assigned to you.
      3. Responsible to enable your team to carry out the duties assigned to your area within the framing of the vision and mission of Don’t Walk By.
    2. Qualifications for team leaders:
      1. 21 years of age or older
      2. A follower of Christ (Only for team leaders – as leaders, our foundation, source, and motivation is knowing the love of God and bearing witness to that in our service)
      3. Must attend ONE of the following four set training sessions all held at Hope for NY Office (1166 Ave of the Americas Suite 1610). ID will be required to enter the building.
        1. Tues Jan 12 – 6pm-9pm
        2. Tues Jan 19 – 6pm-9pm
        3. Mon Jan 25 – 6pm-9pm
        4. Tues Jan 26 – 6pm-9pm
      4. Should be able to multi-task and delegate tasks as appropriate and fitting to team members.
      5. Be flexible as things don’t always go smoothly.
      6. For Street & Subway: Ability to walk in possible inclement weather for about 3 hours.
      7. For Hospitality: friendly, ability to engage guests in conversation and to stay calm under chaotic conditions.
      8. Your priorities are:
        1. To ensure the safety of your team
        2. To be prepared from training and know all the material you are given
        3. Delegate to your team – give out assignments and tasks
        4. Help keep the morale of your team up by encouraging and reminding them of the mission and greater goal
        5. Keep the team on its mission and cover your assigned zone/area.
        6. For street/subway team leaders, be the contact person for transportation.
  2. Street Engagement Volunteer
    1. Walks about a 10×10 block radius your assigned team on a search and rescue mission to find the homeless
    2. 18 yrs or older
    3. Ability to walk in possible inclement weather for about 3 hours.
    4. Ability to follow the lead of your team leader.
    5. It would help to have a personal Metrocard so that if you are assigned to a subzone farther away from the anchor church, you will be able to take public transportation back to the anchor church.
  3.  Subway Engagement Volunteer
    1. Rides a subway line / or walks the subway platforms and stations (at your team leader’s direction) with team on search and rescue mission to find the homeless.
    2. 18 yrs old or older
    3. Ability to follow the lead of your team leader.
    4. Have a personal Metrocard to use (we are unable to provide these for you)
  4. Hospitality Volunteer
    1. You will serve at the anchor church to  aid in providing a meal, clothing, medical treatment, resources, and more to the homeless guests that arrive off the streets. Specific assignments will be given at training / orientation.
    2. This role will have 100% engagement with the population we are trying to engage with in this role.  You should be prepared to smile, converse with, be helpful to, and serve with joy to our guests.
  5. Medical Professionals
    1. Medical doctors, registered nurses, physician assistants, Emergency medical technicians, Medical practitioners, Certified counselors are all needed.
  6. Transportation
    1. We need New Yorkers who know the streets of Manhattan who can direct our drivers safely, and map out effciently for multiple pick-ups within a certain timeframe.  Must have a smart phone with GPS capability.
    2. Must be at least 21 yrs old

You are welcome to register for multiple Saturdays of outreach, however, it is only possible to sign up for ONE role per Saturday.  If you sign up to be a team leader, we would love if you could be a team leader for multiple Saturdays if possible.

You may sign up as an individual and we will assign you to a team.  Otherwise, we would love for you to sign up with your church, community group, or a group of friends.  To ensure that your team will be together, please make sure you have 4-5 people in your team, a designated team leader for every 3 people who will attend the team leader training, and no more than 2 males OR 2 females per team.  Two teams of 4-5 people will be assigned to ONE subzone.

  1. Decide on an outreach date to volunteer with your group.
  2. Street or Subway?
    Determine if your group will be doing Street or Subway Engagement and inform all team members to select this choice when registering.  For every 3-4 people you MUST have one team leader. For street teams,  will be in one subzone.
  3. Choose a Team Leader and determine a team name.
    Choose a team name and designate a team leader (age 21+) who will attend a mandatory team leader training – one leader for every 3-4 people. If you have a group of 8-10, TWO of them must be team leaders.
  4. Male and Female members.
    Make sure you have a mix of males and females in your group. We will NOT accept all male or all female teams for safety reasons.
  5. Register individually.
    Each person on your team will still need to register individually but enter in the same team name that you have determined together ahead of time. If there are multiple teams from the same church, please create unique team names (if you are from a  large church, there may be multiple teams from the same church so don’t just write your church name) or use the name of your team leader. You will be prompted during registration to enter your team name.

Please make note:

  1. While group affiliations are taken into account when assigning outreach teams, we assign teams with specific safety constraints in mind and to best serve our homeless neighbors. We require having 1 team leader for every 3-4 people in your group. We will assign your team to a specific subzone to walk. You may be placed on another team than your choosing if these requirements are not followed, so we thank you in advance for your graciousness and flexibility!
  2. If you do not have a group of at least 4 and would like to be grouped with another person, please list their name when you register in the “team name.” We will do our best to honor those requests.
  3. Depending on the subzone you are assigned to and many other factors, it is possible for street and subway engagement teams to not have any engagement. Please follow the lead of your team leader.
  4. There are no teams for Hospitality.  If your church or small group is signing up to serve in hospitality, they need to sign up individually.

If you are unable to attend on the day you registered for, please edit your registration and/or send an email to info@dontwalkby.org.

Check the FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions.  Please visit the Don’t Walk By website for more details. If you have further questions, please email info@dontwalkby.org.

All team leaders must register to attend ONE of the following four team leader trainings.  When you register as a team leader, you will be prompted to select a training date.

Thanks for volunteering to be a part of this unprecedented homeless outreach campaign!



Help us with the following supplies:

  1. New Hats & Gloves. We need new hats and gloves to give away.  Insulated gloves, large and XLarge sizes, dark colors.  You may drop them off on the day of the event at the anchor church.
  2. New or Gently used Coats. We also need coats! Large, XL, and XXL sizes and dark colors are preferred. These may also be brought on the day of the event at the anchor church.
  3. Hygiene Kits – Travel sized toiletries in a resealable bag.  Suggested items: shampoo, liquid soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, deodorant, razor, comb, nail clippers.  You can include a pair of socks, underwear, face towel, and / or a healthy snack as well.  Female hygiene kits are needed as well – just include tampons or sanitary pads.
  4. Other items needed.  Belts, shoes (men’s – sizes 10 and up), men’s Large, XL, and XXL pants, sweatshirts and sweaters.