We Hope to See You at the Upcoming Volunteer Summer Socials!


On Friday, August 4th join us at Pier 46 in Greenwich Village to watch the movie, SING! Friends and family are welcome to join. The movie begins at 8:30pm so make sure to arrive at 8pm to meet the group and BYOB (bring your own blanket). Click here to RSVP!

Then join us again on Thursday, August 24th for a Happy Hour get-together at M1-5. Come enjoy appetizers as you mingle with fellow Open Hands Volunteers. Lite bites will be served and festivities will begin at 7pm! M1-5 is located at 52 Walker Street in NYC! Click here to RSVP!

Positions Available

Please take a look at the position we have open and share with friends!

We are seeking an experienced, committed Development and Communications Director with a passion for justice to oversee our fundraising and communications strategies

Open Hands Legal Services, a Christian, legal services, non-profit organization, is seeking applicants for the part-time position of Development and Communications Director.  Open Hands’ mission is to faithfully respond to God’s call to seek justice and defend the rights of the poor by providing free legal services to low-income New Yorkers. 
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development and Communications Director is responsible for all fundraising, development and communication activities. S/he serves as a key team member and active participant in making strategic decisions affecting Open Hands. This position will also design and implement a comprehensive plan for cultivating philanthropic support of Open Hands and will build Open Hands’ visibility, impact and financial resources.
The successful candidate is someone who thinks strategically and engages his or her work with flexibility, excellence and the highest standards.  S/he is a professing Christian who is deeply committed to Open Hands’ mission and values and acts always as an ambassador of our work.   
Duties of the Development and Communications Director
The Development and Communications Director will have an evolving role dependent on the needs of the organization. Responsibilities include the following:
Donor Development and Fundraising

  • Enhance overarching strategy for resource development to methods that will increase foundation and corporate partnerships, individual giving and in-kind donations.
  • In conjunction with Board of Directors and Executive Director, establish yearly fundraising target amounts and work to achieve those goals.
  • Oversee and execute all fundraising activities, including grant research and writing, corporate sponsorships, in-kind donations, the annual benefit and other charitable events. 
  • Cultivate, solicit and steward major donors and actively cultivate lower level donors to increase giving levels. 
  • Implement and execute a high-quality donor experience through correspondence, donor engagement, volunteer engagement, mailings and acknowledgements.
  • Work closely with the Executive Director, Young Professionals Network and Board of Directors to execute all fundraising events, including the annual Spring Benefit. 

Foundation/Corporate Grants

  • Identify and cultivate foundation grantors and corporate sponsors.
  • Research and submit grant requests which would benefit and enhance the ministry's programs.
  • Manage an organized filing system of past and future grants and grant reports.


  • Develop and lead communications and public relations strategies to promote Open Hands’ key messages to funders and the public.
  • ·Create, design and distribute regular e-newsletters and other regular communications to Open Hands’ funders and the public.
  • Design, implement and analyze a social media and web-presence plan as well as website content. 


  • Believe in the Apostles’ Creed and attend a Christian church.
  • Bachelor's Degree (advanced degree preferred).
  • An entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for working in an expanding non-profit organization.
  • 5+ years of development experience or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
  • Strategic and creative leader and self-starter.
  • Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Excellent interpersonal/communication skills.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Experience with web development, HTML newsletters, graphic design, and desktop publishing.
  • Sense of urgency and passion for Open Hands’ mission and vision.


  • This position will start as a part-time role (20 - 32 hours/week) with the possibility of moving to a full-time position.
  • This position requires evening and weekend meetings and full commitment and support to the Open Hands Legal Services team and community.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.

How to Apply
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by e-mail to recruiting@openhandslegalservices.org with “Development and Communications Director Application” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  Due to the high numbers of applicants for this position, we regret that we can only respond to candidates that we would like to interview.


On #GivingTuesday, help us reach our $10,000 match goal!

November 29, 2016 is #GivingTuesday, a holiday that kicks off the giving season using the power of social media! After an eventful year, what a welcome holiday. It's time to use our newsfeeds to spread some cheer!

An anonymous donor is challenging our community to raise $10,000 on #GivingTuesday. If and only if we reach that goal on November 29, they'll make a $10,000 gift as well. 

Here's how to take part in the growing #GivingTuesday tradition and help us raise $20,000! 

LEARN. Take a look at our year-end campaign and video.  
GIVE. Any amount is appreciated and will get us closer to our goal*!
SHARE. Post our campaign on social media, telling friends about why you support Open Hands and inviting them to join you. Tag Open Hands on Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtags #WhyIGive and #GivingTuesday.
CELEBRATE. Watch your joy and generosity become contagious!

Thank you and happy #GivingTuesday!
* If giving by check, let us know at info@openhandslegalservices.org so we can count your gift toward the match.

We're looking for a volunteer photographer!

We're recruiting a professional photographer to capture portraits of ~15 volunteer attorneys who serve at our mobile legal aid desks throughout NYC and ~15 clients whose lives have been impacted by that service. S/he will help craft an uplifting visual story about the mutual transformation of volunteer attorneys and clients through service and relationship. We anticipate 3-4 shoots throughout October 2016 (see proposed dates below) and approximately 10 hours of editing. Deliverables are due November 4, 2016.

About OHLS

OHLS was founded in 2009 by a group of Christian attorneys who felt God calling them to use their legal skills to serve the city. Recognizing that many problems faced by the poor and the oppressed could be solved by an attorney, the group began going to an East Village soup kitchen to provide legal services.

Since then, we’ve grown dramatically in response to high demand from other soup kitchens and shelters across the city. Currently, we serve approximately 500 low-income New Yorkers annually at eight partner locations throughout the city, including the Bowery Mission, NYC Rescue Mission, and the Father’s Heart. Using the law, OHLS can help the homeless obtain housing, the unemployed obtain a fair chance to work, re-entering citizens to move beyond crippling debt, and more.

We’ve trained hundreds of practicing attorneys in basic poverty law so they can serve the city with their legal skills. Following the model of our founders, we do not wait for clients to find us, but we go directly to where we’re needed the most. You can find our dedicated volunteers out in bad weather, sitting under train overpasses and chatting with homeless people right where they live.

Our goal is that our 2016 year-end campaign, our second visual campaign, will encourage people in our community and remind them that despite the division, injustice and brokenness in the 2016 news cycles, there are still compassionate people laboring away to deliver justice to those in need. A gifted professional photographer/storyteller is essential.


  • A photographer who will work with OHLS over 3-4 days to shoot a series of volunteer and client portraits in and around our office in East Harlem (date TBD), the Father’s Heart in East Village on October 8, the Relief Bus in East Harlem on September 17 or October 15, and/or at all Angels’ Church on the Upper West Side on October 18.
  • A set of professionally edited, high-resolution images delivered in JPEG or TIFF format.


  • Distribution of Prep Materials
  • Director of Development & Communications provides background on and goals for the photos (intended usage & number of photos needed).
  • Director of Development & Communications and Volunteer agree upon a work plan including: shoot location, dates, length of shoot and materials needed.
  • Photo Shoots in October 2016: Volunteer directs photo shoots on agreed upon dates and times.
  • Editing: Volunteer edits and color corrects the photos.
  • Presentation of Deliverables by November 4: Volunteer delivers high-resolution images.

If interested, please contact Fay Sardjono, Director of Development & Communications, at fay@openhandslegalservices.org. 




Join our Young Professionals Network!

We're recruiting young supporters to join our Young Professionals Network (YPN)! If you want to gain substantive non-profit leadership experience, enjoy networking and socializing for a good cause, and have a desire to direct your peers’ attention to those in need, consider joining the YPN!

Join us on September 21 to meet past and current YPN members, learn how important the YPN is to Open Hands' mission, and find out what the YPN does throughout the year. We'll also answer any other questions you may have. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Playwright Irish Pub
27 West 35th Street, New York, NY
7:00 - 9:00 PM


Click here for the application, due Friday, September 30