December 2013 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

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Winter Wishes  

New York Cares

 

Date/Time: At your convenience - gifts should be sent by early December 

 

Location: Volunteers mail gifts directly to a Community Partners organization. 

Every holiday season, New York Cares works with over 250 Community Partners to provide holiday gifts for children, teens and seniors who might otherwise go without holiday cheer. New York Cares collects thousands of wish letters from Community Partners and distributes them to volunteers, who purchase gifts and grant the wishes. Register online to grant wishes. You can take one letter, or several. Each letter comes with approximately a $40 commitment. Volunteers mail the wrapped holiday gifts directly to the Community Partners using the address provided on the back of each letter. The Community Partners distribute the gifts to their clients who enjoy a happy holiday knowing someone in New York cares.

Please note: You must have a New York Cares account to register for this event. It is very easy to sign up for an account. Click this link to go to the account registration page.   

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: info@newyorkcares.org, 212.228.5000
www.newyorkcares.org/winter-wishes 

 

 

Daily News Food Drive - Kids Can Help Week

City Harvest/Daily News

 

Date/Time: December 9 - 13

 

Location: Citywide - in your business, apartment building, school, club, Girl Scout/Boy Scout troop, etc.
The Daily News Food Drive is held citywide from October to January, with a special week in December highlighting the impact our city's kids can have on the issue of hunger. Help the Daily News and City Harvest reach their goal of 1 million pounds donated to feed hungry New Yorkers this holiday season by organizing your own food drive.  

How to plan your KIDS CAN HELP WEEK Food Drive: 

  1. Choose collection sites that are both highly visible and secure.
  2. Call 646.412.0758 or email City Harvest to arrange a pickup date (fooddrives@cityharvest.org). City Harvest will send one of their food rescue trucks to pick up donations of more than 100 pounds.
  3. Put up City Harvest food drive posters at the collection sites a week or two before the start of the drive. City Harvest will supply the posters, just call 646.412.0758, email, or download the poster from the website.
  4. All types of canned and packaged goods are welcome, but no perishable foods please! This helps keep your collection site insect-free and ensures that all food collected is safe for consumption.  

The most needed foods are:  

  • canned fruit
  • canned vegetables
  • peanut butter (plastic jars)
  • mac and cheese (packaged)
  • hot and cold cereal (packaged, family-sized)

Ages: Everyone can  participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Jeanne Traugot at fooddrives@cityharvest.org, 1-800-77-HARVEST
www.cityharvest.org 

 

 

Keeping it Green for Families  

Central Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Sunday, December 15, 10am - noon

 

Location: Work together as a family to help keep Central Park green. Activities include spreading mulch, raking leaves and doing other important jobs in the Park. Led by environmental educators, projects take place throughout the Park. Participants should dress to get dirty and wear closed-toe shoes only. Gloves and tools are provided. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

 

Ages: Families with children ages 5 and over; maximum of three children per parent/guardian.

 

Time Commitment: Two hours

 

Contact: Register via email at keepingitgreen@centralparknyc.org, 212.310.6600
www.centralparknyc.org/keepingitgreen 

 

 

4 Mile Road Race and ½ mile Reindeer Run for Kids

Jingle Bell Jog and Sneaker Drive

 

Date/Time: Saturday, December 7, beginning at 8:30am

 

Location: Central Park
This festive annual road race is a celebration and fundraiser benefiting New York Road Runners Youth Programming. NYRR provides running programs to over 200,000 children in underserved schools across the city. You can also give the "gift of running" by making a financial donation to the sneaker drive, providing new running shoes for Youth Runners and Mighty Milers. The new half mile Reindeer Run is a fun way for kids to participate and help other children. Each entrant receives antler headbands and jingle bells to wear during the race.

 

Ages: Reindeer Run is for children ages 7 - 10

 

Time Commitment: Approximately two hours

 

Contact: Register online at NYRR Jingle Bell Jog
www.nyrr.org/races-and-events

 

 

Holiday Toy Collection  

Toys For Tots

 

Date/Time: Now until December 20

 

Location: The two major donation sites in Manhattan are at Toys-R-Us in Times Square and Babies-R-Us in Union Square. Check here for other local drop-off locations.
Toys for Tots is a well-known charity, established in 1991 by the US Marine Corps Toys For Tots Foundation. Their mission is simple: to provide a tangible sign of hope to economically disadvantaged children at Christmas. Every child can relate to the idea that they receive so many gifts for the Holidays, and yet some children in our community may not receive a special toy for Christmas. Toys for Tots partners with major retailers every year, and you'll find donation boxes all over the city. It could not be easier to visit one of these stores with your children and let them pick out a toy for a child in need and place it in the donation box.

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: www.toysfortots.org 

 

Celebrate Hanukkah with Hurricane Sandy survivors

Met Council

 

Date/Time: Thursday, December 5, 9-11:30am

 

Location:  Met Council, 3811 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn
Celebrate Hanukkah with clients in a low-income senior residence in Seagate, a community that was especially hard-hit by Sandy. Last year, many of these individuals were still displaced from their homes during Hanukkah. Help give them a holiday to remember this year with jelly doughnuts, songs and dreidel games.    

Ages: All ages - a great activity for families with pre-school aged children

 

Time Commitment: Approximately two-and-a-half hours

 

Contact: Alex Shwarzstein, Volunteer Coordinator, 212.453.9526
www.metcouncil.org

 

 

Two Great Holiday Gifts that Give Back!  

Doing Good Together

 

Location: Order online. Your young recipient can enjoy these gifts right at home
Have kids on your gift-giving list? Looking for something you feel GOOD about giving? With these two gifts, ALL the proceeds benefit nonprofits that serve children and families. In addition, the gifts themselves teach children about the joy of doing for others. Most important of all, though, children will LOVE these fabulous presents.  

 

Big-Hearted Families Book Club  

Each month your recipient will receive one high-quality children's book, along with a kindness activity and an original recipe. Turn family night into a book-centered kindness practice! Choose between a one-month, three-month or full year subscription. (You can decide which month your subscription will begin.) Learn more & subscribe at our Big-Hearted Families shop

 

Crafts with Kindness Kits
Families can make a difference, right from their own kitchen table - and have fun in the process! Crafts with Kindness is an all-in-one craft kit that makes it easy for families to complete a meaningful service project, no matter how busy their schedule might be. Learn more & purchase your kits today: www.craftswithkindness.org 

    

Ages: Most appropriate for children 3-9 years old

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Laurie at laurie@doinggoodtogether.org with any questions
www.doinggoodtogether.org and www.bigheartedfamilies.org   

 

 

Children's Coat Drive  

Baby Buggy

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Drop-off location, 306 West 37th Street, 8th Floor
All over the city, New Yorkers help families in need by organizing their own coat drives in schools, apartment buildings, businesses, and places of worship. Help a family in need provide a warm coat for their child this winter.


How to Plan a Children's Coat Drive: 

  • Choose a collection site that is both highly visible and secure.
  • Put up Baby Buggy drive posters/printouts at the collection sites a week or two before the start of your drive to help spread the word.
  • Let Baby Buggy know when you are hosting the drive and the anticipated end date.
  • Contact Jeanne Martin, Volunteer Program Manager, to schedule a drop-off of collected coats. All items should be new or gently used.
  • Baby Buggy distributes coats to boys and girls from infants to age 14.

Ages: All ages 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible, at your convenience 

 

Contact: Jeanne Martin, Jeanne@babybuggy.org, 212.239.1687
www.babybuggy.org 

 

 

Letters to Santa  

Macy's Believe Campaign - Make-A-Wish

 

Date/Time: At your convenience, until December 24

 

Location: Any Macy's retail store
This is the 6th year of Macy's Believe campaign benefiting Make-A-Wish. Kids of all ages can download a "letter to Santa" template from the Macy's website, and drop their stamped letter, addressed to Santa At The North Pole, in the Santa Mail letterbox at any Macy's retail store. For each letter received through December 24th, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-a-Wish, up to $1 million. Make-A-Wish provides magical, life-changing experiences for terminally ill children and their families.

 

Ages: All ages 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: You can download a template for a letter to Santa on Macy's website at www.macys.com/believe

 

 

New York Cares 25th Annual Coat Drive  

New York Cares

 

Date/Time: Now through February 7 

 

Location: Donation sites are located across the city, in police stations, at major transportation terminals and at participating merchants. Check website for details on drop-off locations.
You may donate gently used coats at any one of the public donation sites, the New York Cares warehouse located in midtown, or you may start your own family coat drive. You can set up your  personal collection site/coat drive in your apartment building, church/temple, school or office. Recipients of the coats include churches, schools and shelters, all of which serve New York's most in-need populations.  Adult and child-sized coats are welcomed.

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: info@newyorkcares.org, 212.228.5000
www.newyorkcares.org/coat-drive 

 

 

Chanukah Visitors for the Elderly  

Dorot

 

Date/Time: December 1-4, at your convenience.  

 

Location: At the home of an elderly person in the community - typically Upper East or Upper West Side
Set aside one night of Chanukah to light the menorah with an elderly client of Dorot. Together, you and your family will create a memorable and meaningful Chanukah tradition, while fulfilling the mitzvot (commandment) of lighting Chanukah candles with a homebound elder who may have no family with whom to celebrate the holiday. Your family will assigned to an elder and you call them to schedule a time to visit and deliver a care package from Dorot filled with treats, a small menorah and candle

 

Ages: All ages, perfect for families

 

Time Commitment: Home visits should last between 30 minutes and an hour

 

Contact: Shelley Levine, SLevine@dorotusa.org, 917.441.5051
www.dorotusa.org 

 

 

Giving Tuesday  

Multiple opportunities - around NYC and online

 

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 3
The second annual #GivingTuesday is on December 3. #GivingTuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the holiday season, after Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, #GivingTuesday celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations, and gives communities and families the opportunity to come together to help those in need. In New York, the 92nd Street Y was the catalyst and incubator for #GivingTuesday, and the United Nations Foundation joined as partners, along with many other charitable organizations. In 2012 there were over 2,500 recognized #GivingTuesday partners from all 50 states, and over $10 million in online donations were processed through partner agency websites. Search the website for registered partners and learn how you can support non-profits that work on issues of importance to you and your family.

Some examples of the projects you can support: 

  • WaterAid, a non-profit that works to ensure clean water, sanitation and hygiene in developing countries, has a matching grant that will double your donation on #GivingTuesday.
  • Mobile resource site MommyNearest and the 92nd Street Y are co-sponsoring
     a donation drive. You can drop off your gently used children's clothing and toys at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue) or any Giggle retail location on December 3rd.  

Ages: Everyone can participate, at every level of financial support, and hands-on projects are available. Give a dollar or give your time, but be part of the movement.

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: www.community.givingtuesday.org

 

 

 

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Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together. Doing Good Together bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations.
                                                                            

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November 2013 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

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Halloween Candy Buy-Back  

Operation Gratitude 

 

Date/Time: Check with participating local dentists; candy should be shipped to Operation Gratitude by mid-November

 

Location: On November 1st, the piles of leftover Halloween candy at your house may be overwhelming. Consider having your children keep a few of their favorites, and donating the rest to a very good cause. Through Operation Gratitude's Halloween Candy Buy-Back program, local dentists promise to "buy back" left over Halloween candy with prizes, toothbrushes, coupons, etc. Search their website by zip code for participating local dental practices. The candy is donated to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit that sends over 100,000 care packages annually to service members stationed in hostile regions, to their children left behind, and to veterans. Their mission is simple: to put a smile on soldiers' faces and to show the appreciation and support of the American people. If you cannot find a local dentist who is participating in the Halloween Buy-Back program, Operation Gratitude will accept donations of unopened packages directly. The Operation Gratitude website provides important packaging and shipping information. Consider asking your children to write a letter or draw a picture to include with your donation, as Operation Gratitude strives to include these personal notes in every care package they send.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate  

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact:  www.halloweencandybuyback.com or www.operationgratitude.com

 

 

The Thousand Turkey Challenge  

West Side Campaign Against Hunger

 

Date/Time: Drop off turkeys at WSCAH on Monday and Tuesday, November 25 & 26 from 9am-8 pm or Wednesday, November 27 from 9am-noon.

 

Location: 263 West 86th Street, in the basement of the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew (Between West End Avenue and Broadway)
West Side Campaign Against Hunger provides Thanksgiving turkeys to low-income families. Last year, thanks to the Challenge, over 1800 families visiting the emergency food pantry received turkeys and other special food for the holiday. Note: There is a Gristedes supermarket next door to the WSCAH on the corner of 86th and Broadway.  You can purchase your turkey there and take it right next door. Small turkeys up to 14 pounds are strongly preferred. Spread the word to your friends! 

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact:

 

 

Feeding NYC 2013

Feeding NYC

 

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 26; several shifts, beginning at 6am

 

Location: Pier 60/Chelsea Piers - 23rd Street and West Side Highway
FeedingNYC is a grass roots organization that relies on the generosity of volunteers to help provide Thanksgiving dinners to thousands of families in need throughout New York City. FeedingNYC has delivered over 43,000 complete Thanksgiving meals to sheltered families for 12 years! You may sign up to join over 400 volunteers to pack and deliver thousands of Thanksgiving meals to local families and shelters.    

 

Ages: All ages can participate. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by adult and have a signed waiver

 

Time Commitment: Two to three hours, depending on shift

 

Contact: feedingnyc@liveperson.com
www.crowdrise.com/feedingnyc2013/fundraiser/feedingnyc 

 

 

Keeping it Green for Families  

Central Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Sunday, November 17, 10 am-noon

 

Location: Central Park Conservancy. Various locations within Central Park
Work together as a family to help keep Central Park green. Activities include spreading mulch, raking leaves and doing other important jobs in the Park. Led by environmental educators, projects take place throughout the Park. Participants should dress to get dirty and wear closed-toe shoes only. Gloves and tools are provided. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

 

Ages: Families with children age 5 and over; maximum of 3 children per parent/guardian

 

Time Commitment: Two hours

 

Contact: keepingitgreen@centralparknyc.org, 212.310.6600
www.centralparknyc.org/keepingitgreens 

 

 

The Race To Deliver - Celebrating 20 Years!  

God's Love We Deliver

 

Date/Time: Sunday, November 24; Adult race @ 8:30am, Kids' Races @ 10am

 

Location: Central Park
The Race to Deliver is one of GLWD's largest annual fundraisers. It is a 4 mile run/walk in Central Park, followed by multiple-distance Kids' Races. The race is a symbol of the daily race to ensure that no person ever has to face the unthinkable combination of illness and hunger. To date, nearly 88,000 caring New Yorkers have participated, with 5,000 more anticipated this year. You may sign up for the races, join a team, sponsor a runner or sponsor a team, all through their website.

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Up to several hours depending on which races you run

 

Contact:  raceinfo@glwd.org, 212.294.8119. Online race registration available
www.glwd.org/race

 

 

New York Cares 25th Annual Coat Drive  

New York Cares  

 

Date/Time: Now through February 7

 

Location:Donation sites are located across the city, in police stations, at major transportation terminals and at participating merchants. Check website for details on drop-off locations. You may also consider setting up a personal collection site/coat drive in your apartment building, church/temple, school or office.
It is never too early to start collecting coats for the New York Cares Coat Drive. As the weather begins to get colder, New York Cares starts to distribute coats to their Community Partners. You may donate gently used coats at any one of the public donation sites, or you may start your own family coat drive. Starting November 12, you can drop off your coats at the New York Cares Coat Drive warehouse, located in mid-town Manhattan. Please check back then for the address. Coat recipients include churches, schools and shelters, all of which serve New York's most in-need populations.  Adult and child-sized coats are needed.

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: info@newyorkcares.org, 212.228.5000
www.newyorkcares.org/coat-drive 

 

 
Two Great Holiday Gifts that Give Back!
Doing Good Together

 

Location:  Order online. Your young recipient can enjoy these gifts right at home
Have kids on your gift-giving list? Looking for something you feel GOOD about giving? With these two gifts, ALL the proceeds benefit nonprofits that serve children and families. In addition, the gifts themselves teach children about the joy of doing for others. Most important of all, though, children will LOVE these fabulous presents.

Big-Hearted Families Book Club 

Each month your recipient will receive one high-quality children's book, along with a kindness activity and an original recipe. Turn family night into a book-centered kindness practice! Choose between a one-month, three-month or full-year subscription. (You can decide which month your subscription will begin.) Learn more & subscribe at our Big-Hearted Families shop. 

 

Crafts with Kindness Kits
Your family can make a difference, right from your kitchen table! Crafts with Kindness is an all-in-one craft kit that makes it easy for families to complete a meaningful service project, no matter how busy their schedule might be. (Note: Must order by November 10. This kit ships on November 15.) Learn more & purchase your kits today: www.craftswithkindness.org  

     

Ages: Most appropriate for children 3-8 years old  

 

Contact:Laurie at laurie@doinggoodtogether.org with any questions

 

Chanukah Visitors for the Elderly  

DOROT

 

Date/Time:  Choose one evening, Wednesday, November 27 or Sunday-Wednesday, December 1-4

 

Location: At the home of an elderly person in the community - typically Upper East or Upper West Side
Set aside one night of Chanukah to light the menorah with an elderly client of Dorot. Together, you and your family will create a memorable and meaningful Chanukah tradition, while fulfilling the mitzvot (commandment) of lighting Chanukah candles with a homebound elder who may have no family with whom to celebrate the holiday. Your family will be assigned to an elder and you call them to schedule a time to visit and deliver a care package from Dorot filled with treats, a small menorah and candles.

   

Ages: All ages, perfect for families

 

Time Commitment: Home visits should last between 30 minutes and an hour

 

Contact: Shelley Levine, SLevine@dorotusa.org, 917.441.5051
www.dorotusa.org 

 

 

Stock & Shop  

Food Bank New York

 

Date/Time: Tuesday-Friday, various times

 

Location: Food Bank Pantry in West Harlem
Hunger shouldn't come without dignity. Help families bring food home from our pantry in West Harlem so they can share a meal with their family. Organize donations, guide families through food selection, and stock food for the next day's pantry.

 

Ages: Thirteen and over with adult

 

Time Commitment: Approximately three hours

 

Contact: volunteer@foodbanknyc.org, 212.566.7855 ext. 8350
www.foodbanknyc.org

 

 

Plan a Thanksgiving Food Drive   

City Harvest

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: As we celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday in November, consider organizing your own food drive to help City Harvest feed New York City's hungry men, women, and children.

 

How to Plan a Food Drive:  

  1. Choose collection sites that are both highly visible and secure
  2. Call 646.412.0758 or email City Harvest to arrange a pickup date (fooddrives@cityharvest.org). City Harvest will send one of their food rescue trucks to pick up donations of more than 100 pounds.
  3. Put up City Harvest food drive posters at the collection sites a week or two before the start of the drive--we'll supply the posters, just call 646.412.0758, email us, or download the poster here.
  4. All types of canned and packaged goods are welcome, but no perishable foods please! This helps keep your collection site insect-free and ensures that all food collected is safe for consumption.
  5. The most needed foods are
  • canned fruit
  • canned vegetables
  • peanut butter (plastic jars)
  • mac and cheese (packaged)
  • hot and cold cereal (packaged, family-sized)    

Be creative with your food drive and HAVE FUN!

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: For more information or to schedule a food pickup, please call 646.412.0758 or email City Harvest at fooddrives@cityharvest.org or the food sourcing team at jtraugot@cityharvest.org.
www.cityharvest.org
 

 

Gobble Gobble Give NYC Event  

Gobble Gobble Give

 

Date/Time: Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28.  Start time is at 10 am but slots are filled on a first come, first serve basis so plan to arrive early.  There are also early bird volunteers needed, starting as early as 7:30am.  

 

Location: Church of the Intercession, 550 West 125th Street
Gobble Gobble Give is a volunteer-run organization that collects "pot-luck" dishes, along with toiletry items and blankets, and delivers a hot meal and care package to the homeless around the city on Thanksgiving Day. All work is completed by 1pm so that volunteers can go home and enjoy the holiday with family. Volunteer tasks include: early bird helpers, kitchen crew, conveyor belt crew, food boxers, vehicle coordinators, drivers, and clean-up crew. You can check the Gobble Gobble Give website for more detailed descriptions of volunteer tasks. It is not imperative to specify your position in advance. Just keep in mind what it is that you want to do when you arrive. It will help us get you right in to the action. Early birds just arrive early.

Volunteers are asked to bring the following:  

  • AN ALREADY HEATED DISH. This is a potluck event. Your dish can be as little as a side of vegetables or it can be three large bowls of your grandma's famous "cranberry walnut stuffing". We can always use Turkeys and main course items. Side dishes are great as well; mashed potatoes, yams, vegetables, greens, etc. Desserts are always awesome too.
  • FIVE (5) SMALL TOILETRY KITS. Each kit should include a: toothbrush/toothpaste, soap and shampoo. You can get these items very inexpensively at $0.99 stores.
  • CLOTHING AND BLANKETS. Please bring any used blankets and/or gently used sweaters, jackets, shirts, socks, shoes, beanies/hats for men, women, children.

At 10:15am we begin a large "conveyor Belt" of food and with the everyone's help  we put the meals together. We box them up together with care packages of toothbrushes, soap, clothes, etc. At around 11am the first vehicles begin to roll out. If you want to be a driver we will put a few people in your car with you and you will go out in two or three car teams. We hit the riverbeds, the alleys, the freeway overpasses. Sometimes we discover small villages of people in dirt fields and empty lots. The vehicles return to the church after delivering all the meals.  

 

Pre-registration is not required however volunteer spots fill up quickly, so arrive early!  

 

Ages: All ages are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult

 

Time Commitment: Varies, depends on volunteer position 

 

Contact: turkeycrew@gobblegobblegive.org

www.gobblegobblegive.wordpress.com 

 

 

Holiday Mail for Heroes

 

Date/Time: Cards need to be received no later than Friday, December 6. Holiday cards received after this date cannot be guaranteed delivery.

 

Location: Send cards to: Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456
Be part of the 2013 American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes. Each year the American Red Cross provides assistance to more than 2 million service members and many of our nation's 24 million veterans. We support military families, military and veterans hospitals and provide emergency communications across the globe. And once a year, we get the joy of delivering holiday cards to veterans, military families and active-duty service members at hospitals and installations around the world. The cards and personal messages, sent by tens of thousands of Americans, provide a welcome "touch of home" for our troops during the holiday season. The process is very simple and takes no time at all. All you need is a pen and a card to share your appreciation for the sacrifices members of the U.S. Armed Forces make to protect our freedom.

Card Guidelines: Every card will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country. Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:  

  • Ensure that all cards are signed.
  • Use generic salutations such as "Dear Service Member." Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
  • Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
  • Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
  • Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
  • Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
  • If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: www.redcross.org/holidaymail

 

 

 

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This list was compiled by Doing Good Together (www.doinggoodtogether.org). When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
                                                                            

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October 2013 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

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Good Neighbor Bags  

Met Council  

 

Date/Time: Sunday, October 13, 2-4:30 pm

 

Location: Jewish Home and Lifecare on the Upper West Side, 120 West 106th St, New York City
October marks the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, when so many homebound elders in New York were stranded and in need. Mark the area's recovery from this devastating natural disaster by helping to make emergency kits for over 200 elders to prepare for the 2013 hurricane season. Volunteers will help elder residents assemble emergency go-kits to be distributed to their fellow residents and seniors at other low-income housing sites. Tasks will include escorting wheelchair-bound elders, setting up the assembly line for items, aiding seniors in packing kits, and clean-up.  

 

Ages: Open to all ages; children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult

 

Time Commitment: Two and a half hours

 

Contact: Simone Carvalho, scarva@metcouncil.org, 212.453.9675. Volunteer registration available online
www.metcouncil.org 

 

 

Thanksgiving Morning Meal Delivery

God's Love We Deliver    

 

Date/Time: Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28. Time will be dependent on task and location. (Advance registration required - sign-ups begin in October)

 

Location: Dependent on need and availability
God's Love We Deliver (GLWD) prepares and delivers nutritious meals to individuals suffering from HIV/AIDs, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. This holiday volunteering project takes place on Thanksgiving morning, and requires registration in advance. Over 800 volunteers cook and deliver holiday meals to individual clients homes. Families can sign up to deliver meals in the morning, and be home in time for their own holiday celebration. Delivery volunteers must have a valid drivers' license and their own car.

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Two-three hours on Thanksgiving morning

 

Contact: Jana Levinson, jlevinson@glwd.org, 212.294.8159
www.glwd.org 

 

 

Birthday Card Project

God's Love We Deliver   

 

Date/Time: At your convenience, cards are created at home and sent to GLWD

 

Location: God's Love We Deliver, 166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013

God's Love We Deliver (GLWD) is the tri-state area's leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. Every meal delivered by GLWD comes with a personal touch. This includes a personalized cake and card for each client on his/her birthday. Volunteers are needed to make these birthday cards. Be creative and have fun. Please, do not include religious sentiments or "get well wishes," as many clients are terminal. Do not include personal information. No sequins, glitter or feathers that might get into the food.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Jana Levinson, jlevinson@glwd.org, 212.294.8159
www.glwd.org 

 

 

Stock & Shop

Food Bank New York    

Date/Time: Tuesday-Friday, various times

 

Location: Food Bank Pantry in West Harlem
Hunger shouldn't come without dignity. Help families bring food home from our pantry in West Harlem so they can share a meal with their family. Organize donations, guide families through food selection, and stock food for the next day's pantry.

 

Ages: Thirteen and over with adult

 

Time Commitment: Approximately three hours

 

Contact: volunteer@foodbanknyc.org, 212.566.7855 ext. 8350
www.foodbanknyc.org 

 

 

Volunteer Planting Day  

Presented by the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and the NFL  

NYC Parks/MillionTreesNYC     

 

Date/Time: Saturday, October 19, 9am-1 pm

 

Location: Rockaway Community Park at Almeda Avenue
Every spring and fall, thousands of New Yorkers volunteer with MillionTreesNYC to plant young trees in public parks. This year, for the first time ever, MillionTreesNYC will be planting all 20,000 trees in one day in one park! This project will help Rockaway Community Park continue to recover from Superstorm Sandy that nearly destroyed this 253-acre community green space last October. Registration required.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Four hours

 

Contact: rsvp@milliontreesnyc.org. Registration is available online
www.nycgovparks.org/events 

 

 

Help Serve Hot Meals

Masbia of Flatbush  

 

Date/Time: Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings, 3-9pm. 

 

Location: 1372 Coney Island Avenue (Between Ave. J & K), Brooklyn

Masbia is a nonprofit soup kitchen and food pantry network, preparing and serving hot, nutritious meals to those in need in a restaurant style environment. Volunteer waiters serve meals so that each individual is treated with respect and dignity. Volunteers assist kitchen staff by ladling food, bringing trays to clients, and busing tables of trays.  

 

Ages: Fourteen and up

 

Time Commitment: Six hours per shift. You can volunteer on a one-time or ongoing basis 

 

Contact: Jnelson@masbia.org, 718.972.4446 x 209
www.masbia.org

 

 

Blankets of Love Knitting Project

FEGS Health and Human Services  

 

Date/Time: Flexible, at your convenience

 

Location: Please mail donations of 12x12 inch squares (knit or crochet, any color or yarn type) to FEGS - Haym Salomon Division of the Arts, 315 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013
FEGS, one of the nation's largest and most diversified nonprofit health and human services organizations, helps individuals achieve greater personal and economic independence. FEGS' network of programs in health/disabilities, housing, homecare, employment/workforce development, education, youth and family services, help more than 100,000 people each year.  Help knit or crochet 12x12 inch squares to create handmade blankets that will be donated to the FEGS Center for Women and Families, which works with victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and their families. Knit squares from home and send them to FEGS where they will be stitched together by volunteers to create blankets. Yarn may also be donated to the project.

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Nathalie Marcello, nmarcello@fegs.org, 917.606.6536
www.fegs.org 

 

 

Letters & Holiday Cards  

A Million Thanks

 

Date/Time: Letters can be sent at any time. Holiday cards should be sent by the following deadlines: 

  • Thanksgiving cards and letters should be postmarked no later than November 1
  • Christmas/holiday cards and letters should be postmarked no later than December 1

Location: Letters and cards can be mailed to A Million Thanks, 17853 Santiago Blvd. #107-355, Villa Park, CA 9286
A Million Thanks is a year-round campaign to show appreciation for U.S. Military men and women, past and present, for their sacrifices, dedication, and service to our country. Show your appreciation for our military by writing letters or sending Thanksgiving or holiday cards: 

  • Do not put letters in individual envelopes. Send multiple letters together in the same envelope or box
  • Do not send edible items
  • Do not use loose glitter, confetti, or anything that is not attached to the letter or card
  • Only include positive messages. Any negative messages will be discarded
  • Be creative! Draw pictures, talk about you, and let them know their work does not go unnoticed
  • Include your address or email address if you wish. Most military personnel will write back to you
  • We ask that if children are too young to include a message of thanks, please write one on their behalf so our service members get a message along with a drawing

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: www.amillionthanks.org

 

 

 

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Forest Restoration Volunteers  

Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Saturday, September 7, 10am-1pm

 

Location: Van Cortlandt Park. Meet at Broadway & Mosholu Avenue

Fix trails, plant native species and take out weeds with the park's restoration crew.   

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: Call 718.430.1890

www.vcpark.org 

 

 

Senior Lunch Program  

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty

 

Date/Time: One Sunday per month, noon-2pm 

 

Location: Upper East Side of Manhattan

At Met Council's Senior Lunch Program, volunteers serve a hot kosher meal to 20-25 low-income seniors at one of our housing sites in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Some volunteer duties include setting up, waiting on the clients, serving lunch, and - most importantly - socializing and promoting community building.   

 

Ages: Ages 5 to 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 14 and up may participate unaccompanied

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Anna McKinnon, amckinn@metcouncil.org, 212.453.9574, or complete volunteer questionnaire online 

www.metcouncil.org 

 

 

Sukkot Package Delivery and 9/11 National Day of Service  

DOROT

 

Date/Time:  Sunday, September 15, 10am-Noon

 

Location: 171 West 85th Street, New York

DOROT alleviates social isolation among the elderly and provides services to help them live independently as valued members of the community. We serve the Jewish and wider community, bringing the generations together in a mutually beneficial partnership of elders, volunteers and professionals. Deliver a package and visit with a DOROT senior to share memories and hope as we commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 during the Sukkot Package Delivery program.  

 

Ages: Families with children 4 and older 

 

Time Commitment: Two and a half hours 

 

Contact: Call 212.769.2850. Pre-registration recommended, spaces fill quickly. Register online  

www.dorotusa.org  

 

 

Family Birthday Project  

DOROT

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: 171 West 85th Street, New York 

Families help mark an elder's birthday by volunteering to deliver a birthday cake and share the joy of the occasion with a DOROT senior. DOROT staff arrange with you the most convenient time for your birthday visit. Prior to the day of the visit, families receive a brief orientation to prepare you and your child for the birthday visit. Families also receive a special birthday package to bring to the DOROT senior.   

 

Ages: Families with children ages 4 and older 

 

Time Commitment: One and a half hours 

 

Contact: Call 212.769.2850 or register online

www.dorotusa.org 

 

 

Stock & Shop  

Food Bank New York

 

Date/Time: Tuesday - Friday, various times

 

Location: Food Bank Pantry in West Harlem

Hunger shouldn't come without dignity.  Help families bring food home to share a meal with their family at our Pantry in West Harlem. Organize donations, guide families through food selection, and stock food for the next day's pantry.  

 

Ages: 13 and older with an adult

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: Call 212.566.7855 ext. 8350 or volunteer@foodbanknyc.org

www.foodbanknyc.org 

 

 

Gardening with Concrete Safaris at Jefferson Garden  

New York Cares

 

Date/Time: Monday, September 16, 6-7:45 pm

 

Location: Jefferson Garden, East Harlem

Join Concrete Safaris, an organization dedicated to empowering children and youth to be healthy leaders through green exercise programs that enrich the mind, body, community by creating and maintaining green spaces in East Harlem. We will rake leaves, spread wood chips, compost, and more. Dress in layers and bring a bottle of water. New York Cares requires an orientation session prior to volunteering for one of their projects, and you must set up an account as a volunteer.  Please contact New York Cares for more information. Please note, when searching for a project on the New York Cares website, be sure to check the "Family Friendly" box.

 

Ages: Children 10 and older with an adult 

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: info@nycares.org or the Project Hotline 212.401.1101

www.nycares.org 

 

 

Plan a Food Drive  

City Harvest

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

All over the city, New Yorkers help feed their hungry neighbors by organizing food drives in their schools, apartment buildings, businesses and places of worship. Please join them, and help City Harvest feed New York City's hungry men, women, and children.    

 

How to Plan a Food Drive: 

  1. Choose collection sites that are both highly visible and secure.
  2. Put up City Harvest food drive posters at the collection sites a week or two before the start of the drive--we'll supply the posters, just call 646.412.0758, email us, or download the poster here.
  3. All types of canned and packaged goods are welcome, but no perishable foods please! This helps keep your collection site insect-free and ensures that all food collected is safe for consumption.
  4. The most needed foods are:  
  • canned fruit
  • canned vegetables
  • peanut butter (plastic jars)
  • mac and cheese (packaged)
  • hot and cold cereal (packaged, family-sized)  

Be creative with your food drive and HAVE FUN!

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: For more information or to schedule a food pickup, please call 646.412.0758 or email jtraugot@cityharvest.org

www.cityharvest.org 

 

 

Books for Troops  

Operation Paperback

 

Date/Time: At your convenience

 

Location: Your home 

Soldiers serving the U.S. military often lack access to books. Operation Paperback is a non-profit organization that collects gently used books nationwide and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Volunteer to collect and ship used books to troops, both abroad and in the U.S., to help them through tough times and let them know their service is appreciated. As a volunteer shipper, you will collect and ship your own books using the addresses that Operation Paperback provides. Volunteer shippers are an integral part of Operation Paperback, sending over 90% of the books shipped under the program.    

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: One hour or less per shipment

 

Contact: Operation Paperback Volunteer Shipper registration

 www.operationpaperback.org  

 

 

9/11 National Day of Service  

 

During September, New Yorkers and Americans around the world will remember the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. September 11th has been designated as a National Day of Service.  If you'd like to find a service project for your family for 9/11, visit the following websites, which allow you to search for projects by zip code:

www.serve.gov 

 

 

 

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This list was compiled by Doing Good Together (www.doinggoodtogether.org). When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
                                                                            

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