Volunteer FAQ's

What opportunities are available for USO volunteers?

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.

How do I volunteer with the USO in the Tristate Area (Connecticut, New Jersey, New York)?

Individuals interested in volunteering with the USO of Metropolitan New York should submit a volunteer interest form at USOvolunteer.org, or contact Suśan Sobers at ssobers@usonyc.org to learn how to get involved.

Does the USO send volunteers abroad?

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 Volunteers.USO.org to submit a volunteer interest form, or refer to our center directory to find the overseas location nearest to you.

Is it possible to volunteer in Afghanistan or other locations in Southwest Asia?

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.

Is there a placement process to become a volunteer?

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.

What kind of time commitment is required of USO volunteers?

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.

Once I submit a volunteer interest form, do I automatically become a volunteer?

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.

I am not able to make a regular commitment to volunteering but still want to help. What can I do?

We offer a myriad of ways you can get your friends and family involved in supporting our service members.

Who is eligible to volunteer with the USO?

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.

Are USO volunteers required to adhere to certain Standards of Conduct?

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 service members and their families.