Volunteer for OHNY Weekend

Volunteer registration for the 2017 Open House New York Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15, will begin in mid-August. 


Looking to immerse yourself in architecture, design, and New York City history? Want to share your love for New York City with others? Open House New York invites you to join our team of more than 1,000 volunteers who help make Open House New York Weekend one of New York's most exciting events. Volunteering gets you…
• The opportunity to meet others who share your interest in architecture, design, history, and New York City's built environment
• Access to an expedited line for you and a friend at all Open Access sites during OHNY Weekend that do not require Advance Reservations
• A limited-edition OHNY volunteer t-shirt and OHNY volunteer passport, which identifies you as an official OHNY volunteer
How do I register?
Volunteer for the 2017 OHNY Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15 will begin in August. 
What is the time commitment to volunteer?
All OHNY Weekend volunteers are asked to:
• Attend a required orientation session at PS41 located at 116 West 11th Street in late September. 
• Complete one volunteer shift (four hours on average) on Saturday or Sunday of OHNY Weekend, October 14 or 15. 
What do volunteers do?
Volunteers work one four-hour shift at one of our participating sites, and may help out with any of the following:
• Greeting visitors and asking them to sign up for the OHNY mailing list
• Assisting with crowd control and directing visitors to certain areas
• Answering general questions about the site and about OHNY Weekend
• Managing lines
• Counting how many people visit the site during the shift
All OHNY volunteers are expected to abide by our Volunteer Code of Conduct

Do I get to pick my site?
Due to the high volume of sites and volunteers, OHNY staff does not have the capacity to field specific placement requests. Volunteer assignments are based on availability, interest, and accessibility.

Can I volunteer with a friend?
Absolutely! On the registration form, you can indicate the name of a friend with whom you would like to volunteer, and we will do our best to place you together – just make sure you are available at the same times. Spread the word, and tell a friend about volunteering at OHNY Weekend! 

When and where are the volunteer orientation sessions? 
All volunteers are required to attend one orientation session of approximately 90 minutes at PS41, The Greenwich School, 116 West 11th Street at Sixth Avenue, in late September.

What happens at the volunteer orientation sessions? 
At orientation, you will:     
• Receive your OHNY Weekend site assignment
• Pick up your limited-edition OHNY volunteer t-shirt and OHNY volunteer passport, which identifies you as an official OHNY volunteer and grants you access to an expedited line at sites that do not require reservations throughout the Weekend
• Meet your District Coordinator, OHNY staff, and other volunteers
• Learn what is expected of you as an OHNY volunteer and ask questions about the volunteer experience

If I am a past volunteer, do I need to attend an orientation session?
If you have volunteered during OHNY Weekend for three or more years, you are only required to pick up your assignment materials and t-shirt at the beginning of the orientation and may leave before the presentation begins.

I have other questions!
Email us at volunteer@ohny.org. We're happy to help!

Please note: while OHNY makes every effort to place all volunteers who register, due to varying site needs, registration does not guarantee placement.