Volunteer

Volunteer at our Administrative Office or on Ellis Island itself!

Why volunteer? There are many reasons – volunteers believe in a cause, want to make a difference, like to meet new people, or broaden their resume and/or life experience. Our volunteer program offers the opportunity to work with others who share your love of history and historic preservation.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life, and you don’t need a history background. The only requirements are curiosity, enthusiasm and a dedication to learn and share what you’ve learned with others.

Help tell the story of Ellis Island as a volunteer.

  • 20 New York, Ellis Island, departing Ferry BuildingShare Ellis Island’s rich past through education and public programs dedicated to the issues of migration and public health.
  • Contribute your time and skills to an organization that you believe in.

Save Ellis Island is enlisting the support of individuals and groups interested in working toward the rehabilitation of Ellis Island and for its future. In the last year volunteers have contributed more than 3,000 hours in support of our mission.

Volunteering with Save Ellis Island has given me the opportunity to walk in my ancestors’ footsteps, and share part of their story as well as deepen my own learning through working with other volunteers and the Park staff. Everyone brings such a rich diversity of knowledge, interests, and their own personal & professional background.
– Ellis Island volunteer Matt Funk

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Thank you for your consideration of volunteering for Save Ellis Island and we hope to see you soon.


From 1892 to 1954, over 12 million immigrants entered USA through the portal of Ellis Island in New York Harbor

We are part of America's story

Ellis Island tells the story of the journey of millions of men, women and children from around the world who sought a new future on these shores.

Walking around these buildings we're not just talking about history-visitors are able to touch, feel, and understand in a way that connects them to the past. As we rebuild parts of Ellis Island, we are rebuilding its legacy and revitalizing living landmarks to a world gone by. Save Ellis Island is working to create a destination that echoes the beacon of hope that it once was for nearly twelve million immigrants and continues to be for the nearly two million visitors each year.

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Our Supporters

The Save Ellis Island website is made possible by a generous donation from Heidi Liebi Root in memory of her father Fred Liebi