Community Service Society of New York, based in New York City, is a leading, independent, nonprofit organization that provides innovative solutions to the problems facing low-income New Yorkers. The company conducts research that helps shape public policies concerning poverty. It also advocates for low-income New Yorkers at all levels of government. It additionally provides direct services and technical assistance to individuals and organizations and engages volunteers who help build stronger communities. The institution works independently and in coalition with other organizations on issues of urban poverty and in the areas of health care, affordable housing, labor market, public benefit programs and properly financed public education. It also offers the retired and senior volunteer program that is one of the largest volunteer programs for older adults in the United States, with more than 9,000 men and women volunteering in agencies throughout the city.