The USO of Metropolitan New York offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, from assisting troops and families at one of our centers, to helping with special events, to delivering USO programs such as United Through Reading®. At times, we are also able to customize opportunities to volunteers’ skills and interests.
Individuals interested in volunteering with the USO of Metropolitan New York should submit a volunteer interest form at, or contact Karen Golden at to learn how to get involved.
The USO does not send volunteers abroad. However, the USO welcomes volunteer interest from individuals already living overseas in Europe or the Pacific, including active-duty military, their families, expatriates, host country nationals and others. If you fit this profile, please visit to submit a volunteer interest form, or refer to our center directory to find the overseas location nearest to you.
USO centers in Afghanistan and other locations in Southwest Asia welcome volunteer interest from active-duty military personnel and other individuals posted on military installations where our centers are located. If you are serving in Afghanistan or another Southwest Asia location, please visit the USO on your installation for more information on how to volunteer. For security reasons, the USO does not currently send volunteers to Afghanistan or Southwest Asia.
Yes. Each volunteer goes through a placement process which may be as easy as submitting your name and contact information for a one-time event, or it may be as comprehensive as completing a volunteer interest form, interviewing for an assignment, signing a volunteer agreement, and completing orientation and training.
Time commitments vary according to each volunteer assignment and your individual needs/availability. Many assignments require an ongoing, weekly commitment to help maintain consistency of service to our troops and their families. Other assignments may require a one-time or short-term commitment.
Submitting a volunteer interest form does not guarantee placement as a volunteer. In most cases, interested individuals must participate in a placement process before becoming active. This is to ensure a successful match between the center’s needs and the volunteer’s skills and interests.
We offer a myriad ways you can get your friends and family involved in supporting the troops.
Volunteer positions are open to all individuals who meet the qualifications established for each position regardless of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, national origin, age, veteran status, or condition of disability.
Yes. The Standards of Conduct outline the principles we ask all USO volunteers and employees to uphold. They were developed to maintain the high standards of conduct expected and deserved by America’s troops and their families.