SAGE: Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders
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Volunteers are the backbone of SAGE. Without our volunteers, we wouldn't be able to offer many of the programs and services that are so important to enriching the lives of LGBT older people. No matter what type of volunteer activity you choose, volunteering is a great way to get involved with SAGE.

Do You Want to Get Your Company Involved?

SAGE has a multitude of opportunities to offer companies: from skills-based volunteering such as guiding workforce development workshops to purpose-driven community engagement such as special events across the country or serving dinner to LGBT older adults, we offer our partners' employees enriching personal experiences while promoting intergenerational exchanges within the LGBT community. For more information contact Elise Colomer at or (212) 741-2247 Ext. 238.

How Do I Become a SAGE Volunteer?

Attend a Volunteer Orientation: The first step to becoming a SAGE volunteer is to attend a Volunteer Orientation, held on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm. We gather at SAGE Center Midtown (305 7th Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY). Call the front desk at 646-576-8669 to make sure that the orientation is not being held in a SAGE satellite office. Advance registration is not required—just bring yourself and a pen.

Next Steps: After you attend the volunteer orientation, you may be contacted for a one-on-one interview with a SAGE Community Services staff member, depending on the volunteering role you apply apply for and to answer any questions you may have. Some positions may allow you to jump right in and see if it is a fit with your skills and interests. Most volunteers will begin their service by responding to a Volunteer Opportunities email.

Attend a Volunteer Training: In some cases, the volunteer opportunities at SAGE require initial training and may include other commitments as well. You can find out more about this at the Volunteer Orientation.

If you are not able to attend a Volunteer Orientation, please send an email with your name and contact information to:, or call Bertis Shankle-Reyes at (212) 741-3592. If the volunteer services you offer are in high demand, we may be able to arrange for an earlier orientation.

What kind of volunteer opportunities are available at SAGE?

SAGE offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, such as Friendly Visiting, Event Volunteering, Clerical Support, participation in a SAGE Committee and other programs. If you would like to volunteer be sure to attend a Volunteer Orientation to find out what opportunities might be available. We are currently seeking Programming Proposals for SAGE Centers, the country's first full-time innovative senior centers for LGBT older adults, located in New York City. Interested? Download and fill out our Programming Proposal here.

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