How to Help


The Ali Forney Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization funded by private foundations, government grants and the generosity of individuals, local businesses and the community at large. If you would like to make a donation, please make checks payable to the Ali Forney Center and mail them to the following address. Your donation is tax deductible.

Ali Forney Center

224 West 35th Street, 15th Floor

New York, NY 10001

Donate online by Clicking Hereor start your own online campaign Here

Help Homeless Youth During the Holidays

Each year the Ali Forney Center provides holiday gifts for the youth in our housing programs, as well as the hundreds of kids on our waiting list.  For many of these kids this will be the only gift they receive for the holidays and possibly the only gift they have received in years.  Our goal is to brighten the holidays of these wonderful youth during what is typically a very depressing time in their lives.  Any support you can lend to helping us in this endeavor would be greatly appreciated. 

Please consider donating the following items:

  • Gift Cards in $10 denominations to four AFC approved vendors (McDonalds, Starbucks, Old Navy, and iTunes)
  • New hats, gloves, and scarves
  • New socks, undershirts, underwear etc.
  • School Supplies (notebooks, markers, etc)

We DO NOT accept used clothing, linens, or toiletries.

These items can be dropped off at our Main Office (224 West 35th Street, 15th Floor)


Would you like to volunteer? There are many ways you can help to improve the lives of New York City's most vulnerable youth:

Meal Preparation:


  • Astoria, Queens
  • Fort Greene, Brooklyn
  • Sunset Park, Brooklyn
  • Harlem, Manhattan
  • Sunset Park, Brooklyn
  • Harlem, Manhattan
  • Fort Greene, Brooklyn
  • Sunset Park, Brooklyn
  • Astoria, Queens
Workshop Facilitator/ Co-Facilitator
  • Life skills training
  • Educational support
  • Creative Arts
  • Recreational activities

Special Events:

  • Holiday Planning Committee
  • Event Planning Committee
  • Special Events Fundraising/Donation Support Community Advocate
  • Administrative Assistance

If you have any ideas or questions about volunteering with our agency, please contact:



If you are interested in working for the Ali Forney Center, please look for our employment notices on or Craig's list. Follow the instructions contained in the ad and forward the appropriate information to the contact person listed in that ad.

Please do not send unsolicited materials.


If you are interested in becoming an intern with the Ali Forney Center, you must apply through the Field Placement office at your school or university.

*Ali Forney Center proudly uses all gender inclusive restroom signs, provided by, Smart Signs


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