December 2014 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

December 2014 - New York City

 

Chanukah Visits for the Elderly  

DOROT

 

Date/Time: One evening, December 16-18 or December 21-23. Families need to be available between 4-6pm. The latest start time for a visit is 5pm.

 

Location: At the home of an elderly Dorot client - typically on the 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. Registration is available online and closes Tuesday, December 2. Spaces are limited.  

 

Ages: Families with children age four and up are welcome to volunteer

 

Time Commitment: Each visit should last approximately a half hour  

 

Contact: Shelley Levine, SLevine@dorotusa.org, 914.441.5051
www.dorotusa.org  

 

 

Give It Up For Kids In Need!  

Family-to-Family

 

Date/Time: At your convenience - until December 15

 

Location: Virtual 

 

It's that time of year again! With the holidays approaching, Family-to-Family is launching their "empathy campaign," asking kids across the USA to give up one special gift they have asked for and have a sense they would have gotten this holiday season. Parents and kids are asked to visit the website (www.family-to-family.org/giveitup) and donate the approximate dollar amount of the gift the child has given up. Family-to-Family uses 100% of the money donated by your family to purchase a holiday gift for a child in need. What's different about this toy drive is your donated funds are used to buy gifts for the moms and dads of our nation's poorest kids, enabling them to give to their own kids on the holiday they celebrate. If you'd prefer to shop for your own gift and donate it to the campaign, Family-to-Family provides information on this option, as well. Working with partner agencies, parents in need are invited by Family-to-Family to come in for a "shopping" party. Parents will select a gift for each of their children, wrap them and take them home to give to their kids.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: kids@family-to-family.org, 914.478.0756
www.family-to-family.org

 

 

Community of Hope Christmas Celebration   

Manhattan Church of Christ

 

Date/Time: Saturday, December 13, noon-3 pm

 

Location: Manhattan Church of Christ, 48 East 80th Street, New York  

 

The Community of Hope Ministry will prepare and serve a festive Holiday meal to the homeless on December 13. Children of all ages are welcome to help serve the meal. Register for a volunteer time slot online.   

 

Ages: All ages 

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: carl@manhattanchurch.org

manhattanchurch.org 

 

 

Holiday Book Drive  

Barnes and Noble

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Barnes and Noble locations (call ahead to make sure your nearby location is participating). The B&N at 86th and Broadway IS participating in this project.  

 

Barnes and Noble is providing a great opportunity to take your children shopping with the intention of giving to a child in need. Gift tags with names/ages of recipient children will be available on the Book Drive display at participating Barnes and Noble locations. Select a gift tag, choose a book that you think the child would enjoy, buy the book and sign the bookplate provided by the cashier. Barnes and Noble will deliver the donated book to the child!

 

Ages: All ages 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: 212.362.8835 (B&N at 86th and Broadway), Click for info on Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive
www.barnesandnoble.com 

 

 

Winter Wishes  

New York Cares

 

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

 

Location: Volunteers mail the wrapped holiday gifts directly to the Community Partners using the address provided on the back of each letter.  

 

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. 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 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

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

 

 

#Giving Tuesday   

92nd Street Y    

 

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 2 

 

Location: 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York  

 

#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 nonprofit organizations, and gives communities and families the opportunity to come together to help those in need.    

  • In New York, the 92nd Street Y is hosting a full day of activities, including a sustainability station, in collaboration with Mt. Sinai Hospital - stop by and exchange your disposable water bottle for a reusable one
  • Clothing and Toy Drive in the 92nd Street Y Lobby, sponsored by MommyNearest (www.mommynearest.com)
  • A Blood Drive in the streetside Bloodmobile
  • A knit-a-thon to benefit pediatric cancer patients and others in need

If you cannot participate in the hands-on projects at the 92nd Street Y, the Giving Tuesday website can provide ways to give financial support to causes you care about. Give your time or give a dollar, but be part of the movement.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: www.92y.org/GivingTuesday/Activities.asp 

  

 

Daily News Food Drive - Kids Can Help Competition (schools/groups)  

City Harvest/Daily News

 

Date/Time: Until January 16 

 

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. 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 Food Drive: 

  • Choose collection sites that are both highly visible and secure
  • Call 646.412.0758 or email City Harvest to arrange a pickup date. City Harvest will send one of their food rescue trucks to pick up donations of more than 100 pounds.
  • 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.
  • 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: All ages 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Jeanne Traugot, fooddrives@cityharvest.org, 1.800.77.HARVEST
www.cityharvest.org 

 

 

Keeping it Green for Families  

Central Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Sunday, December 14, 10am- noon

 

Location: 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. Sessions are led by environmental educators. Space is limited and advance registration is required.  

 

Ages: Families with children age five 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 

 

 

Jingle Bell Jog and Sneaker Drive  

New York Road Runners

 

Date/Time: Saturday, December 6, 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 nearly three-quarter 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: The Reindeer Run is for kids ages 7-12  

 

Time Commitment: Approximately two hours

 

Contact:  Register online at NYRR Jingle Bell Jog
www.nyrr.org 

 

 

Holiday Toy Collection  

Toys for Tots

 

Date/Time: At your convenience, until Christmas

 

Location: The two major donation sites in Manhattan are at Toys-R-Us in Times Square and Babies-R-Us in Union Square. Click for  additional 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. The two major donation sites in Manhattan are at Toys-R-Us in Times Square and Babies-R-Us in Union Square. It could not be easier to visit one of those 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  

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: www.toysfortots.org  

 

 

Annual Coat Drive   

New York Cares

 

Date/Time: Now through February 1

 

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.  

 

As the weather begins to get colder, New York Cares starts to distribute coats to 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. All coats need to be delivered to the New York Cares warehouse located in midtown. 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 needed.

 

Ages: All ages 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: info@newyorkcare.org, 212.228.5000

www.newyorkcares.org

 

 

Children's Coat Drive  

Baby Buggy

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Drop-off donations at 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 the drive to help spread the word.
  • Let Baby Buggy know when you are hosting the drive and anticipated end date.
  • Contact Melissa Stein 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: Varies 

 

Contact: Melissa Stein, Melissa@babybuggy.org, 212.239.1687
www.babybuggy.org 

 

 

Letters to Santa  

Macy's Believe Campaign - Make-A-Wish

 

Date/Time: Until December 24 

 

Location: Any Macy's retail store 

 

This is the sixth 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. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Last year, Make-A-Wish granted the wishes of more than 14,000 children, each of them a potential game-changer in their lives. Their vision is to grant the wish of every eligible child.    

 

Ages: All ages 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: www.macys.com/believe

 

 

One Book at A Time  

Family-to-Family

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Your home 

 

Family-to-Family is a non-profit national hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to connecting, one-to-one, families with enough to share to impoverished American families with profoundly less. Family-to-Family programs create a bridge between communities with "more" and some of our country's poorest areas. You and your family can sponsor a child with one book a month through Family-to-Family's One Book at a Time program. The holiday season is the perfect time to take on a broader commitment that will carry your urge to give back through the whole year to come. Part pen pal, part book club, the One Book at a Time program will inspire both the book lovers who give the books and the ones who receive them. Family-to-Family will match you to a child living in poverty in one of the communities they serve, give you the child's name, age, grade, reading level, and list of favorite books or authors, and ask you to send him or her one new book, along with a letter, each month. Your family will commit to the program for one year, sending a total of 12 books and 12 letters. The child who receives the books will be encouraged to write back to you. Visit the DGT™ Feed Hungry Minds project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate as a sponsor; recipient children are primarily between the ages of 7 and 12.  

 

Time Commitment: One year 

 

Contact: Email books@family-to-family.org with your name, address and phone number and you will be matched with a child.  

www.family-to-family.org 

 

 

 

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November 2014 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

November 2014 - New York City

 

Family Volunteer Day!  

Doing Good Together/NY and West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH)  

 

Date/Time: Saturday, November 22, 3:30 - 5pm

 

Location: WSCAH is located at 263 West 86th Street, in the basement of the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew (Between West End Avenue and Broadway)  

 

Doing Good Together/NY has received a generous grant from GenerationOn. We will be sponsoring a fun and meaningful service event for Family Volunteer Day, in conjunction with West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH). Families are welcome to visit WSCAH to learn more about their supermarket-style food pantry. All participating families are asked to bring a frozen turkey to donate to The Thousand Turkey Challenge (or donate $18, the price of one turkey). Please note: There is a Gristedes market next door to WSCAH so you can purchase your turkey on your way to the event. A representative of WSCAH will speak to our group and provide tours of the pantry. We will have service-focused crafts projects for the children (Thanksgiving cards for WSCAH clients and no-sew fleece blankets), snacks and other surprises. We will also be creating toiletry kits for food pantry clients. Please consider bringing any travel-sized toiletry items you may have at home, or purchase some for donation to this project.  
Please note:  if you cannot attend the family volunteer day event on November 22, please consider donating a frozen turkey to WSCAH for the Thousand Turkey Challenge. Turkeys can be delivered to WSCAH the following dates and times: 

  • Monday, November 24, between 9am - 8pm
  • Tuesday, November 25, between 9am - 8pm
  • Wednesday, November 26 between 9am - noon

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: One and one-half hours 

 

Contact: RSVP to Natalie@doinggoodtogether.org, 917.519.8108
www.doinggoodtogether.org and www.wscah.org

 

 

Share Your Abundance Food Drive   

NY Common Pantry

 

Date/Time: The last pick-up day will be Wednesday, November 19

 

Location: 8 East 109th Street, New York  

 

The NY Common Pantry provides over 2,000 complete Thanksgiving meals each year. Consider organizing your own drive to help the Pantry collect food to be distributed to low-income New York families to ensure that everyone who relies on the NY Common Pantry will have the food that they need to have a festive and memorable holiday.

How to Plan a Food Drive: 

Choose collection sites that are both highly visible and secure, and promote to neighbors and friends. Items to be collected include:

  • Canned cranberry sauce
  • Rice
  • Gravy
  • Corn Bread Mix
  • Stuffing Mix
  • 18 oz Oatmeal containers
  • Cake/Brownie Mix
  • Frosting
  • Pasta
  • Canned Beans
  • Dry Beans

PLEASE NO GLASS JARS! 

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Call Jen Winter at 917.720.9710 or email her at jwinter@nycommonpantry.org to arrange a pick-up.
www.nycommonpantry.org   

 

 

Thanksgiving Meal Delivery  

God's Love We Deliver

 

Date/Time: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, 9:30am-12:30pm or 10am-1pm

 

Location: God's Love We Deliver has ten meal distribution centers to choose from throughout the five boroughs where you will pick up the food packages for delivery.  

 

There's no better place to spend Thanksgiving Day than at God's Love We Deliver. Preparing and delivering thousands of meals requires the help of many volunteers to distribute Thanksgiving feasts to clients, their families and guests. Volunteers will pick up Thanksgiving meals from a meal distribution center and deliver them directly to clients' households. Each car will make an estimated 4-5 deliveries.
YOU MUST USE YOUR OWN VEHICLE to make the deliveries. Only ONE person per vehicle should sign up as the driver at this time. Passengers will be registered later.: 

 

Ages: Drivers must have a valid drivers' license. Passengers can be all ages.

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: Jana Levinson, 212.294.8158, Registration is available online
 www.glwd.org

 

 

Pre-Thanksgiving Holiday Meal for the Homeless  

Manhattan Church of Christ

 

Date/Time: Saturday, November 22, shifts begin at 8:30 am. The meal will take place from 11am-2pm.   

 

Location: Manhattan Church of Christ, 48 East 80th Street, New York 

 

On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Manhattan Church of Christ opens its doors to serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal to the homeless. All shifts are family-friendly, and involve a set-up team to set tables and decorate, a service team to run trays of food back and forth to the guests, and a breakdown and clean up team.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Volunteers may stay for as long as they like

 

Contact: Rev. Carl Garrison, carl@manhattanchurch.org
www.manhattanchurch.org (check website for registration/sign-up)

 

 

Halloween Candy Buy-Back  

Operation Gratitude

 

Date/Time: Check with participating local dentists; candy should be shipped to Operation Gratitude no later than November 15

 

Location: Your local participating dentists' office or ship to:

Operation Gratitude 

17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406-5438   

 

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 donate the rest to a very good cause. Through Operation Gratitude's Halloween Candy Buy-Back program, local dentists promise to "buy back" leftover 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: Varies

 

Contact: For questions regarding this year's Halloween Candy Buyback, please email hcbb13@gmail.com or post your question to Halloween Candy Buyback's Facebook page

www.halloweencandybuyback.com, www.operationgratitude.com 

 

 

Feeding NYC 2014  

Feeding NYC  

 

Date/Time: Tuesday, November 25.  There are 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. Benefitting the Dream Big Foundation, FeedingNYC has delivered over 43,000 complete Thanksgiving meals to sheltered families for 13 years. You may sign up to join over 400 volunteers to pack and deliver thousands of Thanksgiving meals to local families and shelters.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate. All participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed waiver.

 

Time Commitment: Two to three hours, depending on shift

 

Contact: feedingnyc@liveperson.com. Registration is available online
www.feedingnyc.org

 

 

Keeping it Green for Families  

Central Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Sundays, November 9, 16 and 30, 10am-noon

 

Location: Projects are located throughout the 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. Environmental educators lead all sessions. Space is limited and advance registration is required.  

 

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

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

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

 

 

The Race To Deliver  

God's Love We Deliver (GLWD)

 

Date/Time: Sunday, November 23; Adult race starts at 8:30am, Kids' Races start at 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. The goal for this year is funding for 40,000 meals, and $10 = one meal. You may sign up for the races, join a team, sponsor a runner or sponsor a team, all through their website.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Several hours, depending on which races you run

 

Contact: raceinfo@glwd.org, 212.294.8119. Registration is available online
www.glwd.org

 

 

Annual Coat Drive  

New York Cares

 

Date/Time: Coat Drive officially kicks off on November 17

 

Location: Donation sites are located across the city, in Police Stations, at major transportation terminals and at participating merchants. Check the New York Cares website for details on drop-off locations. The New York Cares Warehouse is located at 157 West 31st Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues  

 

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 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. All coats need to be delivered to the New York Cares warehouse located in midtown. 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: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: info@newyorkcare.org, 212.228.5000
www.newyorkcares.org 

 

 

Gobble Gobble Give NYC Event  

Gobble Gobble Give

 

Date/Time: Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 27

 

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. There are a variety of volunteer positions, starting as early as 7:30am, with most volunteers arriving at 10:30am. All work is completed by 1pm so that volunteers can go home and enjoy the holiday with family. Pre-registration is not required, however volunteer spots fill up quickly, so arrive early!   

 

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

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: turkeycrew@gobblegobblegive.org. You can also check their Facebook page for more information
www.gobblegobblegive.org 

 

 

Forest Restoration  

Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Saturday, November 22, 10am - 1pm  

    

Location: Van Courtlandt Park Nature Center off of 242nd St. & Broadway    

 

Volunteers will participate in forest restoration, helping with native tree, shrub and understory plantings as well as trail restoration and invasive plant removal. All work will be outdoors so please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.
   

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Approximately three hours

 

Contact: Paulina Mohamed, Director of Youth and Volunteer Programs, 718.430.4687
www.vcpark.org 

 

 

Looking for a Great Holiday Gift that Gives Back?  

Doing Good Together™

 

Location: Order online. Your young recipient can enjoy the Big-Hearted Book Club right at home every month.  

 

Have kids on your gift-giving list? Looking for something you feel GOOD about giving? ALL the proceeds help DGT™ continue to 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 this fabulous book club! Each month your recipient will receive one high-quality children's book, along with a kindness activity, fun stickers and an original recipe. Turn family night into a book-centered kindness practice! Choose between a one-month, three-month, six-month or full-year subscription. (You can decide which month your subscription will begin.) Learn more and subscribe at our DGT Store.

 

Ages: Most appropriate for children 4-10 years old   

   

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

 

 

No Sew Blankets  

Project Linus

 

Date/Time: Flexible, ongoing need

 

Location: Deliver your blankets to your local Project Linus chapter   

 

As the weather grows colder, why not share something snuggly with those in need. Project Linus provides homemade blankets to children in need. Our blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life. Volunteer blanket makers help provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans. You and your family can make easy, no sew blankets to donate to children in need. Click for blanket making instructions.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Check the chapter listings page to find a chapter near you
www.projectlinus.org 

 

 

 

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October 2014 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

October 2014 - New York 

 

Halloween Costume Donation Drive  

Harlem Halloween

   

Date/Time: Until November 15 

 

Location: Manhattan Avenue and West 122nd Street  

 

The Harlem Halloween Project is a grass-roots campaign run by volunteers. They collect new and gently used Halloween costumes to provide to any child who needs one. They also distribute costumes to the Milbank Center Children's Aid Society and to two family shelters through the West Harlem Assistance Group. Costumes may be for all ages.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Minimal. Harlem Halloween will coordinate the drop-off or pick-up of donations.

 

Contact: Stephanie Interbartolo, harlemhalloween@gmail.com, 917.310.1730

 

 

Food Pantry Assistance

West Side Campaign Against Hunger

 

Date/Time: Mondays from 8am-8pm, Tuesdays from 7am- noon, Wednesdays-Fridays from 8am-5pm

 

Location: 263 West 86th Street, corner of West End Avenue, in the basement of SPSA Church  

 

Volunteers help bring deliveries, stock shelves, bag bread, pack rice and beans, break down boxes, assist customers with their shopping in the food pantry, work in the checkout area, and much more.  

 

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

 

Time Commitment: Two and one half hours

 

Contact: Shaira Chaer, Operations Director, schaer@wscah.org, 212.362.3662 ext.123
www.wscah.org

 

 

Keeping It Green For Families  

Central Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Sundays, October 19 and 26, 10:00am-noon

 

Location: Central Park 

 

Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green. Environmental educators will lead mulching and leaf-raking projects throughout the Park. This program is for families only, no groups. There is a maximum of three children per parent/guardian. Space is limited and advance registration is required.  

 

Ages: Ages five and up, accompanied by adult.   

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: 212.360.1461
www.centralparknyc.org/keepingitgreen

 

 

Tootsie Pop Collection  

Operation Goody Bag (OGB)

 

Date/Time: At your convenience

 

Location: Drop off Tootsie Pops at OGB Headquarters, 545 Rt 17S, Paramus, NJ  

 

Operation Goody Bag was founded right after 9/11 to remember those who were lost, and to express support and appreciation to our military, veterans and first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe and free. OGB sends more than 50,000 Goody Bags each year to troops and first responders. Each Goody Bag is filled with candy treats, personal letters and printed messages of thanks. Operation Goody Bag sponsors goody bag creation events in the region, collects tootsie pops, and sponsors "thank you note" and "goody bag coloring" projects. Tootsie Pops are the only candy OGB collects. If you live in the NY area, consider holding a Tootsie Pop collection this Halloween! OGB only accepts full/unopened bags and boxes of pops.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: info@operationgoodybag.org for more information
www.operationgoodybag.org

 

 

Thanksgiving Morning Meal Delivery   

God's Love We Deliver

 

Date/Time: Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 27 - the time will be dependent on task and location. Advance registration is required and sign-ups begin in October.

 

Location: Dependent on need and availability   

 

God's Love We Deliver prepares and delivers nutritious meals to individuals suffering from HIV/AIDs, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The 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: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Two to three hours in the morning

 

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

 

 

Halloween Candy Buy-Back  

Operation Gratitude

 

Date/Time: At your convenience, after Halloween

 

Location: Search for a participating local dentist or ship your candy donations to:
Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
ATTN: Halloween Candy/Angel Cuevas
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406  

 

Plan ahead for all of that leftover Halloween candy! On November 1st, the piles of leftover Halloween candy may be overwhelming. You can allow your children to keep a few favorites, and consider donating the rest to a very good cause. Through the Halloween Candy Buy-Back program, local dentists promise to "buy back" left over Halloween candy with prizes, toothbrushes, coupons, etc. The website allows you to search by zip code for participating 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 are shipping your candy please check the Operation Gratitude website for 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: Varies

 

Contact: For questions regarding this year's Halloween Candy Buyback, please email hcbb13@gmail.com or post your question to Halloween Candy Buyback's Facebook page.

www.halloweencandybuyback.com and www.operationgratitude.com

 

 

Family Weekend Repack   

Food Bank New York

 

Date/Time: Sunday, October 5, 10:30am-1pm

 

Location: Exact locations are provided upon registration (locations are in the Bronx)  

 

Volunteers will help repack bulk food donations into smaller packages that will be delivered to food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the five boroughs. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to register and receive more detailed information and location.  

 

Ages: Children ages five and up are welcome to volunteer.

 

Time Commitment: Two and one half hours

 

Contact: Natashia Betancourt, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@foodbanknyc.org, 212.566.7855 ext. 8350
www.foodbanknyc.org

 

 

Create a Cheerful Drawing  

Color A Smile

 

Date/Time: Flexible 

 

Location: Send your children's drawings to Color a Smile, P O Box 1516, Morristown, NJ 07962-1516. It is okay to fold the drawings to fit them in an envelope.  

 

Color A Smile collects colorful, crayon drawings from school children. Every month they distribute these drawings to Nursing Homes, Meals on Wheels Programs, and individuals all across the country. This activity is a simple one that younger children love to do. Visit the Color A Smile volunteer page for additional coloring instructions.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: info@colorasmile.org, 973.540.9222

www.colorasmile.org 

 

 

Forest Restoration    

Cortlandt Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Saturday, October 18, 10am-1pm 

 

Location: Van Cortlandt Park-Nature Center, click for directions. Meet at the Compost Site off of Mosholu Avenue & Broadway      

 

Van Cortlandt Park, in the northwest Bronx, is a natural showcase featuring the last vestiges of New York City's native woodlands. The park's 1,146 acres abound with sites that are important to the region and the nation. Volunteers will help with native tree, shrub and understory plantings as well as trail restoration and invasive removal. Email or call for further directions. Dress for the weather and outdoor work. Wear long sleeves, long pants, solid footwear and be prepared to work in light rain.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: Paulina Mohamed- Director of Youth and Volunteer Programs, Paulina.Mohamed@parks.nyc.gov, 718.430.4687
www.vcpark.org

 

 

 

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September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and Rosh Hashanah Package Delivery  

DOROT

 

Date/Time: Sunday, September 14, 10am-noon  

 

Location: 171 West 85th Street, New York  

 

The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of an effort originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups who worked to establish the charitable service day in honor of 9/11 victims and survivors, and others who rose up in service in response to the attacks.  In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. In 2011, DOROT received a three-year challenge grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that awarded 14 grants around the country supporting this effort. DOROT is the only New York recipient of this grant. Register as part of the Family Circle program to deliver a package and visit with a DOROT senior, sharing memories and hope as we commemorate the events of 9/11.

   

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Approximately two hours 

 

Contact: Shelley Levine, slevine@dorotusa.org or 917.441.5051. Registration is available online

www.dorotusa.org 

 

 

Pajama Program Book & Pajama Drive  

Big-Hearted Families™ Book Club

 

Date/Time: Flexible 

 

Location: The Pajama Program will contact you with the name of an organization that would love to receive your donation, or you can contact your local Pajama Program chapter.


Join with our Big-Hearted Families Book Club subscribers to help the Pajama Program collect one million new pajamas, one million new books and the resources needed to get them in the hands of children in need by December 31, 2015. The Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need, many who are waiting and hoping to be adopted. These children live in various situations including group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities and are often shuffled from one place to another. Many of them have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. Some of the children we serve are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter. Your family can conduct a pajama and book drive, have a pajama/book themed party, or you can simply send a pair of pajamas and a book from your family to the Pajama Program. Click for information and instructions from the Pajama Program. Once you've completed your drive, report your results here, and the Pajama Program will contact you within seven days with the name of an organization that would love to receive your donation.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: info@pajamaprogram.org, 212.716.9757
www.pajamaprogram.org 

 

 

Meal Delivery  

Citymeals-on-Wheels

 

Date/Time: Any morning, seven days days per week 

 

Location: Various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn 

 

Citymeals-on-Wheels raises private funds to ensure no homebound elderly New Yorker will ever go a day without food or human company. Please remember, 100% of all public donations go to the preparation and delivery of meals. Volunteers will deliver meals on foot to homebound elderly within walking distance of the meal center. You must call to schedule a date, time and location.  

 

Ages: Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult with a ratio of 5:1, minor to adult.

 

Time Commitment: Three hours in the morning 

 

Contact: Vivienne Brown-O'Neill, Vivienne@citymeals.org, 212.687.1234
www.citymeals.org

 

 

Million TreesNYC TreeLC Workshop   

Million TreesNYC and the NYC Parks Department

 

Date/Time: Thursday, September 4 or Thursday, September 11, 10am-1pm

 

Location: Corona, Queens (various locations)  

 

Help water and care for the 110,000+ new street trees that have been planted across New York City! Join the MillionTreesNYC to give trees a little "Tree LC" and stewardship, and help keep New York City green by coming to a free MillionTreesNYC tree care workshop where you will learn: 

  • What is MillionTreesNYC?
  • How to identify trees in New York City
  • Benefits trees bring to our city
  • Tree Care - Water - Weed - Mulch - Plant flowers

Workshops are focused on active tree care, so come ready to get your hands dirty and care for street trees along the sidewalk. Please wear closed-toed shoes and layered clothing that can get dirty. Tree stewardship is similar to gardening work, involving bending and kneeling on the sidewalk. All participants will care for trees using small gardening tools and watering buckets. Please dress for light gardening work, wear close-toed shoes, and bring a water bottle.  

 

Ages: Children are always welcome, and must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Time Commitment: Three hours

 

Contact: stewards@milliontreesnyc.org, 718.760.6803 Registration is available online
www.nycgovparks.org/events  

 

 

Intergenerational Chess Program  

DOROT

 

Date/Time: Ten Wednesdays, beginning September 17; sessions are from 4 - 5:30 pm.  The program will not meet on September 24, October 8 and November 26.

 

Location: DOROT Offices, 171 West 85th Street, New York City  

 

Students and DOROT Seniors will get to know each other and play chess together. Chess Masters will demonstrate different strategies at each session. Refreshments will be served.
Requirements: 

  • Children must be 5th - 12th grade students
  • Children must understand the game of chess
  • Children must understand the different chess pieces and how to move them
  • Children must commit to a minimum of two Wednesdays per month

 

Ages: Children in 5th - 12th grade

 

Time Commitment: Each session is one and one half hours 

 

Contact: Call 212.769.2850 for more information. Complete an online registration form.
www.dorotusa.org

 

 

Books for Troops  

Operation Paperback

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Your home 

 

With Veterans Day just around the corner in November, consider a project to help bring comfort to the brave men and women of our military. 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: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: One hour or less per shipment

 

Contact: Operation Paperback Volunteer Shipper registration
 www.operationpaperback.org   

 

 

Pitch In - Pick Up   

Central Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Flexible, at your convenience

   

Location: Drop by one of these four visitors centers to get a jump on cleaning in Central Park:  

Early fall is a great time to get outdoors and volunteer with your kids. Central Park will welcome you! At 843 acres, there's a lot that goes into maintaining New York City's "backyard" - Central Park  - everyday. The Central Park Conservancy's dedicated staff keeps the Park lush and vibrant, but they need your help, too. The Pitch In, Pick Up volunteer program makes it easier than ever to be a part of your Park. With more than 40 million people visiting Central Park each year, every stray napkin and tossed bottle adds up. Help keep the Park clean and green, whether you have an hour or an afternoon to give. Just stop by one of the Conservancy's visitor centers, sign out a volunteer nametag, and choose either a trash-grabber or sweeper. Then pitch in by helping pick up litter!  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate but children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Click here for more information about the Pitch In, Pick Up volunteer program.
www.centralparknyc.org 

 

 

Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen Volunteers  

St. Xavier Mission Food Pantry

 

Date/Time: Pantry stocking: Second Saturday of each month, 10:30am-noon
Food Preparation: Every Sunday, 8:45-11:30am

 

Location: St. Xavier Mission, 55 West 15th Street, New York City  

 

St. Xavier Mission seeks to welcome, serve and empower those in our New York City community who are in need of human and material support. They provide food, clothing, shelter and life-skills training, guided always by a spirit of love and respect and the goal of building self-sufficiency and self-esteem. The Mission operates a food pantry, shelter and welcome table soup kitchen.  

 

Ages: All ages: an adult should accompany children

 

Time Commitment: One and one half hours 

 

Contact: Christine Strumpen-Darrie at xmfoodprograms@gmail.com. Pre-registration is required via email.
www.xaviermission.org

 

 

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance  

 

During September, the world will pause to remember the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Remembrance and Service. For older children who can handle the material, a visit to the newly opened 9/11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center site provides many opportunities to talk about 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.missioncontinues.org 

www.911day.org  

www.serve.gov   

 

 

 

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Volunteers of America  

Operation Backpack

 

Date/Time: At your convenience - please make all donations before August 9

 

Location: Drop off backpacks at any local Duane Reade retail drugstore or one of these additional sites.
More than 22,000 children live in NYC's homeless and domestic violence shelters. One of the most devastating consequences of homelessness is the impact it has on a child's education. Each year since 2001, Volunteers of America-Greater New York has been distributing new backpacks filled with grade-specific school supplies to homeless children throughout New York City. A filled backpack relieves parents of a financial burden and provides a sense of normalcy to the otherwise chaotic lives of these children, helping them to look and feel more like their classmates. Most importantly, a filled backpack allows these children to start the school year feeling prepared and confident, with the knowledge that their education is important and that someone believes in them. Every backpack given to a child through Operation Backpack is filled with supplies according to the child's grade. The Volunteers of America website provides a list of needed supplies.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Colleen Magri cmagri@voa-gny.org, 212.496.4307
www.voa-gny.org/Get-Involved/Operation-Backpack/What-is-Operation-Backpack.html 

 

 

Adopt a Night Night Package   

Project Night Night

 

Date/Time: At your convenience

 

Location: Find a shelter from the Project Night Night list
Project Night Night provides Night Night Packages, free of charge, to homeless children from birth to pre-teen who need childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and significant. Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children's book, and a stuffed animal -- all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag. Project Night Night establishes a foundation for lasting change through the hands-on volunteer opportunities that we provide to tens of thousands of individuals each year, creating and distributing Night Night Packages to homeless children in their own communities. Every year we donate over 25,000 Night Night Packages, free of charge to homeless children across the country.

Project Night Night provides detailed information, support and a "how to" video on their website. Here's how to get started: 

  • Determine the number of Night Night Packages to complete.
  • Order tote bags from Project Night Night at $3.50 each (this covers the cost of the tote and the shipping)
  • Fill each tote bag with a new blanket, a new/like-new stuffed animal, and a new/like-new children's book.
  • Select a shelter from the Project Night Night list.  
  • Deliver your assembled Night Night Packages to the shelter.
  • Ensure that the homeless children in your community feel special!

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Kendra Robins in San Francisco Kendra@projectnightnight.org or Jessica Bryan in Cleveland Jessica@projectnightnight.org
www.projectnightnight.org 

 

 

9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance Handmade Commemorative Cards

DOROT

 

Date/Time: This is an ongoing summer opportunity. To participate in the 9/11 Postcard Competition, please mail cards to DOROT by Tuesday, July 29. We will continue to accept cards until Monday, September 8

 

Location: Mail finished cards and a Volunteer Return Form to: DOROT, Attn: Card Making Project, 171 West 85th Street, New York, NY 10024
For 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance, DOROT aims to send over 1,000 handmade cards to local military personnel and first responders from NYC police precincts and fire departments to commemorate the day. Our hope is that the cards thank our men and women in military service and local first responders for their service to our country and our city.

Tips for 9/11 Day of Service cards: 

  • Cards should have 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance printed inside or on the cover
  • Cards should have a positive, uplifting theme
  • Cards may reflect patriotic values
  • Please "sign" the back of the card with your first name, age and/or the name of your group and where you are from. DOROT receives cards from all over the country

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Kelsey Donovan, kdonovan@dorotusa.org, 212.769.2850
www.DOROTUSA.org/911DayOfService 

 

 

Summer Reading & Back to School Book Drive  

Room To Grow

 

Date/Time: At your convenience 

 

Location: NYC drop-off location, 54 West 21st Street, #401 (between 5th and 6th Avenue). Check website for specific drop-off information  

Please join Room to Grow in promoting early literacy and participate in the annual Summer Reading and Back to School Book Drive. The need is great - studies show that the ratio of books to children in low-income communities is one book for every 300 children. In middle-income households, the ratio is 13 books to one child. With your help, Room to Grow works to close that gap. In our early literacy program, children take home 40 books every year, while parents receive support and instruction on how to nurture language development. Please help us nurture an early love of reading.  

  • Organize a book drive or make an in-kind donation.
  • Make a financial donation. A gift of $50 will buy 10 baby books to give to a child in their first visit; a gift of $1,000 will help build a full home library for one child age 0-3 years.
  • Purchase bilingual baby books from our wish list. Integrating literacy instruction in a child's native language increases learning.

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Elaine Chow, Elaine@roomtogrow.org, 212.620.7800
www.roomtogrow.org

 

 

Gardening with Concrete Safari's at Jefferson Gardens   

Concrete Safaris - through New York Cares

 

Date/Time: Tuesday, August 19, 10am - 1pm

 

Location: East Harlem
Join Concrete Safaris, an organization dedicated to empowering children and youth to be healthy leaders through outdoor exercise and education programs that enrich the mind, body and community by creating and maintaining green spaces in East Harlem. Reminder - you must attend an orientation prior to signing up on the NY Cares website.

 

Ages: Ages 10 and up with parent or guardian (parents must sign a waiver form for children prior to the event)

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: info@newyorkcares.org, 212.402.1101
www.newyorkcares.org/ 

 

 

Supplies for Success  

UJA Federation-NY     

 

Date/Time: Thursday, August 28, 10am - 1pm (Drop-in, stay for an hour or the whole time)

 

Location: The Ross Lower School Fieldhouse, 739 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton, New York
Join Supplies for Success, UJA-Federation of New York's initiative to provide new school supplies for children in need. Each year, we provide brand new filled backpacks to thousands of disadvantaged children through UJA-Federation beneficiary agencies, schools, shelters, and other local organizations. Started by UJA-Federation's Long Island's Connections division in 2001, the goal of Supplies for Success is to ensure that all children in need return to school with the tools they need to succeed. Volunteers will help fill backpacks with school supplies

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: One to three hours 

 

Contact: For more information or to register, Nancy Leipzig Powers, powersn@ujafedny.org. 516.677.1870. Registration is also available online. There is a cost of $18/person.
www.ujafedny.org/supplies-for-success

 

 

Donate colorful and cheerful drawings  

Color A Smile

 

Date/Time: Any time - at your convenience

 

Location: Mail drawings to: Color A Smile, P O Box 1516, Morristown, NJ 07962-1516
Young children are prolific artists. If you have a little Picasso and are wondering what to do with all their masterpieces, consider sending them to Color A Smile. Color A Smile collects hundreds of drawings created by school children each month, and distributes them to Meals on Wheels programs, nursing homes, hospitals and individuals who are in need of a smile. Follow some simple guidelines, package the artwork together and ship it to Color A Smile, and they will make sure it gets into the hands of a person who needs cheering.  You need not register for this activity.

  • Use 8.5 x 11 white paper
  • Use crayons or colored paper
  • Avoid glitter and glue
  • Avoid using phrases like "Feel better" or "Get Well"
  • Do not put a date on the drawing
  • Ask children to sign just FIRST name and age on the drawing
  • Use one side of paper only
  • Make sure the drawings are bright and happy!

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: 973.540.9222

www.colorasmile.org 

 

 

Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen Volunteers  

St. Xavier Mission Food Pantry

 

Date/Time: Pantry stocking: Second Saturday of each month, 10:30am-noon
Food Preparation: Every Sunday, 8:45-11:30am

 

Location: St. Xavier Mission, 55 West 15th Street, New York City
Hunger doesn't go on summer break. St. Xavier Mission seeks to welcome, serve and empower those in our New York City community who are in need of human and material support. They provide food, clothing, shelter and life-skills training, guided always by a spirit of love and respect and the goal of building self-sufficiency and self-esteem. The Mission operates a food pantry, shelter and welcome table soup kitchen.

 

Ages: All ages: an adult should accompany children

 

Time Commitment: Two and a half hours

 

Contact: Christine Strumpen-Darrie at xmfoodprograms@gmail.com. Pre-registration is required via email
www.xaviermission.org

 

 

 

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9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance Handmade Commemorative Cards 

DOROT
 

Date/Time: This is an ongoing summer opportunity. To participate in the 9/11 Postcard Competition, please mail cards to DOROT by Tuesday, July 29. We will continue to accept cards until Monday, September 8

 

Location: Mail finished cards and a Volunteer Return Form to:
DOROT
Attn: Card Making Project
171 West 85th Street
New York, NY 10024

For 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance, DOROT aims to send over 1,000
handmade cards to local military personnel and first responders from NYC police precincts and fire departments to commemorate the day. Our hope is that the cards thank our men and women in military service and local first responders for their service to our country and our city. For more information, please visit www.DOROTUSA.org/911DayOfService

Tips for 9/11 Day of Service cards: 

  • Cards should have 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance printed inside or on the cover
  • Cards should have a positive, uplifting theme
  • Cards may reflect patriotic values
  • Please "sign" the back of the card with your first name, age and/or the name of your group and where you are from. DOROT receives cards from all over the country  

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Kelsey Donovan, kdonovan@dorotusa.org, 212.769.2850

www.dorotusa.org  

 

Island Ambassador  

Governor's Island Alliance

   

Date/Time: Various dates and times

 

Location: Governor's Island, click for information on getting to the island

Volunteers can serve as Island Ambassadors, welcoming the public to the island, helping orient visitors, and informing them about the island's past, present, and future. Volunteers work with children and other visitors at the island's Harbor Discovery Area. Volunteer forms can be filled out online at governorsislandalliance.org/volunteer

 

Ages: Ages 14 and up (ages 17 and up may assist with the free kayaking program)

 

Time Commitment: Varies, this is an ongoing volunteer position

 

Contact: Christine Hsu, Christine@governorsislandalliance.org, 646.820.7556

www.governorsislandalliance.org 

 

 

Pitch In - Pick Up  

Central Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: At your convenience 

 

Location: Stop by one of our Visitor Centers and get a jump on cleaning Central Park!

Spend meaningful time lending a hand in your community by helping Central Park Conservancy's staff keep the Park clean and green. With 843 acres and 40 million visitors, there's a lot that goes into maintaining New York City's "backyard." Every stray napkin and forgotten water bottle adds up. So Central Park needs your help, whether you have an hour or an afternoon, to pitch in and pick up. Stop by one of the Conservancy's Visitor Centers listed below, sign out a volunteer name tag, choose either a trash-grabber or sweeper, and get to work! 

  • Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
  • Belvedere Castle
  • Chess and Checkers House
  • North Meadow Recreation Center 

Ages: Everyone can participate but children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Click here for more information about the Pitch In, Pick Up volunteer program www.centralparknyc.org

 

 

Make "Cool Ties" to keep our troops cool  

Operation Gratitude  

 

Date/Time: At your convenience

 

Location: Mail donated items, along with a donation form to:   

Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard

17330 Victory Boulevard

Van Nuys, CA 91406

Attn: Receiving (800) 651-8031

Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Their mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our Military.
Operation Gratitude encourages people to knit scarves and hats for donation in winter, but in summer, their focus is on helping troops stay cool. Their website provides step by step instructions on how to make a "cool tie" which is a type of bandana filled with water-absorbent polymers that troops tie around their neck to help keep body temperature down in hot climates.  It's also always a nice idea to include some hand-written notes of support and encouragement to show our troops how much their sacrifice means to us.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

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Operation Backpack  

Volunteers of America

 

Date/Time: At your convenience - please drop off all donations before August 9

 

Location: Drop off backpacks at any local Duane Reade retail drugstore
Operation Backpack provides backpacks filled with grade-specific supplies to children living in New York City's homeless and domestic violence shelters. Last year, with the help of nearly 150 companies, community groups, and the general public, Volunteers of America distributed a record-breaking 16,100 backpacks to these children. This year, the need is greater than ever. You can start a donation drive in your building, workplace, house of worship or club, or simply fill a few backpacks with your family for donation. The Volunteers of America website provides a list of needed supplies, posters you can download for a donation drive, and other information.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

 

 

Kids for Wish Kids  

Make a Wish Foundation of Metro New York

 

Date/Time: At your convenience 

 

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York  grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Children in kindergarten through 12th grade can participate in Kids for Wish Kids, a program that develops project ideas to fundraise for Make-A-Wish. Take part on your own or recruit others to help. Volunteers don't need to raise enough to sponsor a whole wish, but every little bit helps a wish come true. A bake sale, pajama days, car wash, read-a-thon, or penny drives are all great ways to start raising money. Make-A-Wish will provide balloons, buttons, banners, and other MAW items to sell.    

 

Ages: Kids ages 5-18 

 

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on your project 

 

Contact: Kathie Lombardi at 516.944.6212 x141
www.metrony.wish.org 

 

 

Food Packing- Give Laugh Groove 2014  

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)

 

Date/Time: Monday, July 14 and Tuesday July 15, various shifts

 

Location: The Green Building, 452 Union Street, Brooklyn
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God's children hungry in body and spirit. The approach is simple: children and adults hand-pack meals specifically formulated for malnourished children, and we ship the meals to nearly 70 countries around the world. We invite you to join us in being a part of the hunger solution through this Feed My Starving Children MobilePack. This is an opportunity to learn about hunger related issues, raise funds to cover the cost of meals, and pack meals for the hungry. Through this powerful event, we can impact the lives of thousands of children.    

 

Ages: The minimum age to volunteer at FMSC is 5 years old. Additional FMSC age requirements can be found online 

 

Time Commitment: Two hour shifts

 

Contact: Registration is available online
www.givelaughgroove.com 

 

 

The Village Temple Soup Kitchen  

Congregation B'Nai Israel of New York

 

Date/Time: Any Saturday morning, 9:30am-noon

 

Location: The Village Temple, 33 East 12th Street, New York
The Village Temple Soup Kitchen has been proudly serving free meals to the homeless and needy every Saturday since 1987. Some of our guests live in the neighborhood, some come from other areas of the city, and many join us on a regular basis and have become friends. We take great pride in preparing a wonderful hot soup together with sandwiches, fruit, hot/cold drinks and dessert. The Soup Kitchen operations are funded by grants and contributions, and supported by food generously donated weekly from local businesses. We also receive food from City Harvest and the Food Bank for New York. Everyone who works here is a volunteer. Whether a member of the temple or a neighbor, our volunteers are a multi-generational group. Food preparation takes place every Saturday morning between 9:30 am and 12:00 pm. While a driver picks up donated food from local restaurants, bakeries and stores, the rotating group of soupmakers and volunteers chop vegetables and make sandwiches. A child who is old enough to place an apple in a paper lunch bag is welcome to experience the joy of helping others. When the 150+ brown bag lunches of sandwich, fruit and dessert are all assembled, it's time to set up the tables.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Two and one half hours.

 

Contact: J. Dean Chavooshian,  212.255.6063. You are welcome to join us on any Saturday morning - you don't need a reservation - simply show up!
www.villagetemple.org/index.php/community-2013/tikkun-olam-social-action/soup-kitchen.html 

 

 

 

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Love a Library  

New York Cares

 

Date/Time: Saturday, June 7, 11am - 2pm

 

Location: Thirty-three different library locations throughout the five boroughs 

Join NY Cares for the third annual Love a Library Day. Volunteers will work with 33 library branches throughout all five boroughs to inspire people to visit their local branch, and take a fresh look at all of the opportunities libraries provide. Volunteers will spread the word about libraries, organize books and register people for new library cards, enroll children in summer reading programs, lead children's literacy and craft projects and paint murals to inspire library patrons. The event is family-friendly and open to people who have not attended a New York Cares orientation. Online registration is available 

 

Ages: All ages 

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: 212.402.1101 (Project Sign-Up Hotline)
www.newyorkcares.org 

 

 

It's My Park Days  

NYC Parks Department

 

Date/Time: Various Saturdays in June

 

Location: Throughout the month of June, the NYC Parks Department is sponsoring "It's My Park" Days in all five boroughs. The projects vary, depending on the park, but include painting, planting, weeding and clean-up of parks and playgrounds. Always dress for a mess and with closed-toe shoes. Information and contact emails for each individual project are available on the website.

 

Ages: All ages 

 

Time Commitment: Varies depending on activity 

 

Contact: nycgovparks.org/events/volunteer 

nycgovparks.org

 

 

Donate Art Supplies  

FEGS Health and Human Services  

 

Date/Time: At your convenience

 

Location: Please mail donations to FEGS, Haym Salomon Division of the Arts, 315 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013
Donate new art supplies to the Haym Salomon Division of the Arts at FEGS, which will be used in volunteer-run art programs for individuals who face life challenges. Consider asking birthday party guests to donate new art supplies in lieu of (or in addition to) gifts, or sponsor a local "art supply" drive. 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 10,00 people each day, and over 100,000 people each year, inspiring individuals and families and strengthening communities.   

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Nathalie Marcello, 917.606.6536, or nmarcello@fegs.org for a full listing of supplies needed
www.fegs.org 

 

 

Keeping It Green For Families  

Central Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Sundays, June 1 and June 15, 10am - noon

 

Location: Central Park
Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green. Environmental educators will lead mulching and leaf-raking projects throughout the Park. Closed-toe shoes are required. This program is for families only, with a maximum of three children per parent/guardian. Space is limited and advance registration is required.  
This program is made possible by the GM Foundation.

 

Ages: Ages five and up, accompanied by adult

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Email keepingitgreen@centralparknyc.org to register or for more information, or call 212.360.1461
www.centralparknyc.org/keepingitgreen 

 

 

Achilles Hope and Possibility (5 Mile Race and Kids' Races)  

New York Road Runners (NYRR)

 

Date/Time: Sunday, June 29, 9am

 

Location: Central Park 

This road race is a special event that brings together athletes with disabilities along with able-bodied athletes for a celebration of running with a very unique atmosphere. Kids races are free and begin at 10:30am, and traditionally include disabled runners, as well. There is a post-race festival with a variety of activities for the whole family. Click here for NYRR Kids' Races Guidelines

 

Ages: Kids races are for ages two through twelve  

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: For race information and to register, www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2014/achilles-hope-possibility-5m
www.nyrr.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. Organize donations, guide families through food selection, and stock food for the next day's pantry.

 

Ages: Thirteen and older are welcome with an adult

 

Time Commitment: Approximately three hours

 

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

 

 

JUNE + END OF SCHOOL = SUMMER CAMP!  

 

As your kids prepare for a summer filled with fun, sports, games, s'more's, friends and sunshine, take a moment to encourage them to think about children who don't have the opportunity to attend summer camp - either because of financial limitations or health concerns, or both.  Consider working with your kids to have a bake sale, lemonade stand, car wash, dance-a-thon, dog wash or swim-a-thon and raise money for Sunrise Day Camp.

Sunrise Day Camps, located in Pear River, Long Island and Israel, for children ages 3 1/2 - 16, are the only dedicated full summer day camps for children with cancer and their siblings. They are designed to meet the emotional, social, recreational and physical needs of these children while allowing them to enjoy the comforts and safety of their own homes at night.

Best of all, Sunrise Day Camp is offered free of charge to all children being treated for cancer, and their siblings. By raising the needed funds from outside sources instead of charging the parents, Sunrise can help to alleviate some of the costs, and the related stress, that parents incur caring for a sick child throughout the year. Children who have received medical clearance from their physicians are welcome to attend. Though 7 and 1/2 weeks of camp programming are offered, children may register and attend any and every day they feel well enough to do so.

For more information contact Jessice Kamens, JKamens@friedbergjcc.org or 516.634.4171

 

 

 

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Mother's Day Care Package  

Sanctuary for Families

 

Date/Time: At your convenience 

 

Location: You will receive information about the confidential Upper East Side gift drop-off location after you have registered to participate

Sanctuary for Families is the leading nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims and their children. Sanctuary envisions a world in which freedom from gender violence is a basic human right. Your generosity will brighten a mother's day and provide encouragement to continue her quest for a better life for her and her children. Purchase items for a Mother's Day Care Package for Mom and a small gift for each of her children. Please note, this project does require the purchase of new care package items, so is not free.


For each mom, please include: 

  • Bath and body gift set (soaps and lotion)
  • Bath towel set (body towel, hand towel and washcloth)
  • Standard shower curtain with liner and shower rings
  • A note of hope, love and encouragement

For each child: 

  • Age-appropriate new books for each child in the family

There is a price cap for gifts of up to $150 per mother, and no more than $25 per child. The items can be purchased inexpensively at TJMaxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods. Contact Emily LoBue, elobue@sffny.org, and she will send you a family's bio that will include a mother's name and one or more children. She will also send information about the confidential Upper East Side gift drop-off location.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Emily LoBue at elobue@sffny.org, 212.349.6009 x317
www.sanctuaryforfamilies.org 

 

 

Meal Delivery to Homebound Elders  

Hope For New York

 

Date/Time: Sundays, 9:30 am - noon

 

Location: Upper West Side
Volunteer to hand deliver meals on foot to elderly neighbors on the Upper West Side who can't cook or buy groceries on their own. Up to 10 people can serve, so families are welcome to come together.

 

Ages: All ages, must be accompanied by an adult

 

Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours

 

Contact: whitney@hfny.org
www.hfny.org 

 

 

We Care Cards for Mother's Day

Catholic Charities

 

Date/Time: At your convenience, from home 

 

Location: After expressing interest, the volunteer coordinator will contact you to confirm participation and provide directions for this opportunity.  

Throughout the year, volunteers are needed to help provide dignity to New Yorkers in need. Last year alone, Catholic Charities served over 356,000 individuals. Cards are a simple way of communicating with someone in need. When direct service is not possible, these cards let the people we serve know that they are loved and not forgotten. Your family can adopt a program of Catholic Charities and send cards around significant dates such as: Mother's Day, Father's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Cards can be also made around significant events, such as "Welcome to New York!" or "Good Luck on Your Interview!" Add a personal touch by including your own personal message of hope and cheer. The cards express love, support, and encouragement for those who are struggling. This is a great volunteer opportunity for young children.  

 

Ages: Ages five and up   

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Staci-Jo Bruce, Director of Volunteer Services, ccvolunteer@archny.org or 212.371.1000
www.catholiccharitiesny.org

 

Keeping It Green For Families  

Central Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Sundays, May 4th and 18th, 10:00am-noon

 

Location: Central Park
Spend quality time with your family helping to keep Central Park green. Environmental educators will lead mulching and leaf-raking projects throughout the Park. Closed-toe shoes are required. This program is for families; no groups. Space is limited and advance registration is required. This program is made possible by the GM Foundation.

 

Ages: Ages five and up, accompanied by adult

   

Time Commitment: Two hours

 

Contact: keepingitgreen@centralparknyc.org or 212.360.1461
www.centralparknyc.org/keepingitgreen

 

 

Support Baby Buggy for Mother's Day  

Baby Buggy

 

Date/Time: At your convenience

 

Location: Drop-off location, 306 West 37th Street, 8th Floor. Or, if you prefer, Baby Buggy can arrange for a courier to pick-up your donation but donors will need to absorb the tax-deductible cost of the courier.
Baby Buggy works with a network of 50 community based organizations to distribute new and gently used essentials for families with young children, including cribs, bassinets, diapers, clothing, and strollers. Baby Buggy collects these items from individual donors and corporations. Consider doing some spring-cleaning and donating your gently used items to Baby Buggy! Or you could organize a donation drive in your building, office or school community. Baby Buggy accepts gently used items for ages 0-14. Items must have been purchased in the last three years. Visit the "organize a drive" page of the Baby Buggy website for a complete list of accepted items. 

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Jeanne@babybuggy.org
www.babybuggy.org 

 

 

Nature's Helpers  

Prospect Park Alliance

 

Date/Time: Saturdays and Sundays, 2-3 pm

 

Location: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Spend time outside enjoying nature while helping to keep the Park clean. Families can take a tour of the Park and its waterways, and help keep it clean along the way. Gloves, garbage bags, and trash grabbers will be provided.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: One hour 

 

Contact: Volunteer Office at volunteers@prospectpark.org or 718.287.3400
www.prospectpark.org 

 

NEVER FORGET  

 

The National 9/11 Memorial Museum will officially open on May 21, 2014, on the former World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. Note that entrance to the Museum includes the Memorial- the reflecting pools and waterfalls and beautiful tree-lined plaza. The Museum will be an important place to visit with children to explain the events of September 11, 2001, and to engage in discussion about service, tolerance and kindness.   

Free Admission Tuesdays: Admission is free for all visitors on Tuesday evenings from 5-8pm. The last entry is at 7pm. A limited number of tickets are available for online reservations two weeks in advance of each Tuesday evening. Please note the first Free Admission Tuesday will be on May 27, with tickets available beginning May 13. Other timed entry tickets are available for purchase. U.S. Military, FDNY, NYPD and PAPD discounts are also available.  

 

www.911memorial.org/visit-911-memorial-museum 

 

 

 

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Keeping It Green For Families  

Central Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Sundays, April 13 and 27, 10:00am - noon

 

Location: Central Park
Spring is FINALLY HERE! Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green. Environmental educators will lead mulching and leaf-raking projects throughout the Park. Closed-toe shoes are required. This program is for families; no groups. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. This program is made possible by the GM Foundation. 

 

Ages: Ages five and up, accompanied by adult.   

 

Time Commitment: Two hours

 

Contact: Bonnie Ralston, bralston@centralparknyc.org, 212.360.1461
www.centralparknyc.org 

 

 

9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Family Day  

National September 11 Memorial and Museum

 

Date/Time: April 27, 5K at 8:00 am; Family Day activities from 9am - 2pm

 

Location: Run/Walk begins at Pier 26; Family Day will be held on Greenwich Street, between Cortland and Liberty
The 911 Memorial is sponsoring the second annual 5K Run/Walk and Family Day to raise awareness about the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and to encourage volunteerism in memory of 9/11. Following the 5K Run/Walk, Family Day festivities will include entertainment and meaningful activities for all ages, food and refreshments. The Family Day event will also offer information about the Memorial and Museum and ways to learn about volunteer opportunities. No registration is required for Family Day. 

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: www.911memorial.org/5k-runwalk-family-day

www.911memorial.org 

 

 

Passover Package Delivery  

DOROT

 

Date/Time: Sunday, April 6, 10am - noon

 

Location: DOROT, 171 West 85th Street, New York
Brighten the day of a homebound senior this Passover. Deliver a Passover package and create a lasting memory for your family, as you visit with a senior for about an hour. Pre-registration is required for adults visiting with children under the age of 18, and spaces fill quickly.

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Shelley Levine, 917.441.5051, click for more information and registration information
www.dorotusa.org 

 

 

NY Cares Day - Spring 2014  

NY Cares

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 12, 9:30am - 3pm

 

Location: All over New York City

Take part in New York City's largest hands-on spring-cleaning event, and join more than 4,000 volunteers to revitalize the city's public outdoor spaces. This year, volunteers will clean up shorelines, restore garden beds, plant flowers and trees, paint benches, and remove invasive species. By the end of the day, 70 parks and gardens in all 5 boroughs will be transformed.
New York Cares Day Spring is also an important fundraiser. With your generosity, we'll raise funds to pay for supplies on the day, as well as support our year-round volunteer programs, which provide services for 400,000 New Yorkers in need.  

 

Ages: Ages 12 and up, must be accompanied by an adult at all times

 

Time Commitment: Approximately six hours   

 

Contact: info@nycares.org212.228.5000, or the Project Hotline at 212.401.1101. Register online to be part of an "individual" team in a specific borough.
www.nycares.org

 

 

Staten Island Cares Day - Spring 2014  

NY Cares  

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 26, 9:30am - 1:30pm

 

Location: Anning S. Prall IS 27, 11 Clove Lake Place, Staten Island
Join NY Cares at Anning S. Prall IS 27 for the first annual Staten Island Cares Day! Revitalization continues at this fantastic middle school. Assist in the painting of multiple murals in the cafeteria and on the doors of the auditorium and main entrance, plant crops in an educational garden and help build a greenhouse. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty and stay for lunch and fun.

 

Ages: Ages 12 and up, must be accompanied by an adult at all times

 

Time Commitment: Four hours 

 

Contact: info@nycares.org, 212.228.5000, or the Project Hotline at 212.401.1101
www.nycares.org 

 

 

Blankets of Love Knitting Project  

FEGS Health and Human Services

 

Date/Time: Flexible, at your convenience

 

Location: Mail completed squares 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

 

 

Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen Volunteers  

St. Xavier Mission Food Pantry

 

Date/Time: Pantry stocking: Second Saturday of each month, 10:30am -noon
Food Preparation: Every Sunday, 8:45 - 11:30am

 

Location: St. Xavier Mission, 55 West 15th Street, New York City
During the Holiday season of Easter and Passover, Xavier Mission seeks to welcome, serve and empower those in our New York City community who are in need of human and material support. They provide food, clothing, shelter and life-skills training, guided always by a spirit of love and respect and the goal of building self-sufficiency and self-esteem. The Mission operates a food pantry, shelter and welcome table soup kitchen.

 

Ages: All ages: an adult should accompany children

 

Time Commitment: Two and a half hours

 

Contact: Christine Strumpen-Darrie, xmfoodprograms@gmail.com. Pre-registration is required via email.
www.xaviermission.org 

 

 

Help the families affected by the East Harlem gas explosion & building collapse  

 

New Yorkers are well aware of the tragic explosion and building collapse on March 12th that took the lives of eight East Harlem community members, and displaced dozens of families. There are many opportunities to help the people affected by this tragedy.

The Mayor's Office has established a fundraising drive as part of the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. The money collected will be used to support a strategic relief plan with three primary components:   

  1. A victims' assistance fund to cover costs associated with rent, funeral arrangements and household expenses;
  2. Case management and counseling services;
  3. Community-based outreach focused on immigrant communities.

 Visit www.nyc.gov/fund or contact 311 to donate.  

 

Encourage your kids to open their own piggy banks or organize a lemonade stand or bake sale to raise money for the victims and survivors! 

  

In addition, a local bookstore, La Casa Azul at 143 East 103rd Street, is collecting donations of food and clothing to help displaced families and survivors. Check their Facebook page for updates and more information.  

 

 

 

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Project Cicero Annual Book Drive  

Project Cicero    

 

Date/Time: Friday, March 7 - Sunday, March 9

 

Location: Book drive donations should be delivered to: Project Cicero, 53 East 79th Street. Sorting and distribution will take place in the Gold Ballroom at The Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 7th Ave, New York
Project Cicero is a partnership of independent, public, and parochial schools, private and public organizations, and corporations whose primary goal is to create and supplement classroom and school libraries for children in under-resourced New York City public schools through an annual citywide book drive. Project Cicero also puts books into homeless shelters, juvenile detention facilities, community centers, before and after school programs, and wherever else there is a need. This past year, its thirteenth year of operation, Project Cicero distributed more than 150,000 books. To date, Project Cicero has placed two million books into more than 11,000 classrooms and school libraries reaching over 500,000 children in under-resourced schools in New York City. You can start a book drive for Project Cicero in your building or school. The sorting and distribution will occur on the weekend of March 7th.     

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: info@projectcicero.org or 212.288.6900 x 511. Click here to register for sorting and distribution shifts.
www.projectcicero.org/ 

 

 

Family Circle Purim Delivery  

DOROT

 

Date/Time: Wednesday, March 12, 4 - 5:30pm, or Sunday, March 16, 11am - 1pm  

 

Location: Seniors homes around Manhattan
Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim by delivering sweet treats to homebound seniors, and fulfill the "mitzvah" (commandment) of giving gifts to others at Purim. Start a new family tradition and brighten the day of a local senior.

 

Ages: All ages are welcome to participate; children should be accompanied by an adult

 

Time Commitment: Approximately one and one-half hours

 

Contact: Shelley Levine, 917.441.5051, slevine@dorotusa.org. Online registration is available here
www.dorotusa.org 

 

 

Stock & Shop  

Food Bank New York

 

Date/Time: Tuesday - Friday, various times

 

Location: During this very long and cold winter, food insecure homes have been especially hard-hit. Help families bring food home from our pantry in West Harlem so they can share a meal with their family. Volunteers 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

 

 

Saturday Concerts   

Isabella Geriatric Center - through New York Cares

 

Date/Time: Saturdays, 1:30 - 4:30pm

 

Location: Washington Heights, 515 Audubon Avenue, NY

Engage nursing home residents in the performance or activity of the day and assist them
with their needs. Transport residents in wheelchairs, socialize with residents and promote interest and participation by showing your own enthusiasm for the event. In addition to musical performances, activities may include Bingo, Karaoke and games. This opportunity is offered by New York Cares and you must be registered on the NY Cares website.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: Call the project signup hotline, 212.402.1101, or register online. Click the 'family-friendly opportunities' filter and search for Isabella Geriatric Center.  

www.newyorkcares.org

 

 

Pack It Up for Purim Food Drive  

UJA Federation of New York:

 

Date/Time: Drop off your food package before Sunday, March 16

 

Location:  Find a convenient drop off location by visiting  www.ujafedny.org/purim-find-drop-off-location
Join the UJA Federation of New York for their fourth annual food drive, a program to fight hunger in our community by feeding 3,000 needy New Yorkers. Volunteers put together and deliver a nutritious food package. Visit www.ujafedny.org/purim-for-individuals for a sample shopping list, and for stickers to help you personalize your package.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Jacquelyn Shapiro, 212.836.1498, or Shapiroj@ujafedny.org
www.ujafedny.org 

 

 

Time Out for Hunger 2014  

Food Bank NYC and Time Out New York

   

Date/Time: Sunday, March 30 

 

Location: Participating restaurants in the five boroughs
On Sunday, March 30, Time Out New York and Food Bank For New York City are teaming up for the 11th annual Time Out For Hunger campaign! That day, participating restaurants in the five boroughs will be donating 10% of their daily proceeds to Food Bank For New York City, so dine out for a cause and help in our efforts to end hunger in our city. One hundred percent of the donated proceeds go to Food Bank For New York City, and every $1 donated helps provide 5 meals for New Yorkers in need. Every dollar matters! Check the Food Bank for New York City website for a list of participating restaurants.

   

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: www.foodbanknyc.org

 

 

Pitch In - Pick Up  

Central Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: At your convenience

 

Location: Drop by one of these four visitors centers to get a jump on cleaning in Central Park: 

After a long winter, spring is finally in the air. If you are itching to get outdoors and volunteer with your kids, Central Park will welcome you! At 843 acres, there's a lot that goes into maintaining New York City's "backyard" - Central Park  - everyday. The Central Park Conservancy's dedicated staff keeps the Park lush and vibrant, but they need your help, too. The Pitch In, Pick Up volunteer program makes it easier than ever to be a part of your Park. With more than 40 million people visiting Central Park each year, every stray napkin and tossed bottle adds up. Help keep the Park clean and green, whether you have an hour or an afternoon to give. Just stop by one of the Conservancy's visitor centers, sign out a volunteer name tag, and choose either a trash-grabber or sweeper. Then pitch in by helping pick up litter!

 

Ages: Everyone can participate but children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact:  Click here for more information about the Pitch In, Pick Up volunteer program www.centralparknyc.org

 

 

 

Do you know a group of kids who are MAKING A DIFFERENCE?  

 

Through the generous support of Disney, generationOn is giving out  
$500 start-up grants to new youth service clubs in New York City.
  
Register a generationOn Kids Care Club (ages 5 - 10) or a generationOn Service Club (ages 11 - 18) before March 5, 2014, and become eligible to apply for a $500 start-up grant to get your club going. Adult facilitators or youth members (ages 13+) can apply.

For more information, contact Elise Henson at ehenson@generationOn.org or 917.746.8161, or visit the generationON website at www.generationOn.org

 

 

 

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Winter Package Delivery 

Dorot

 

Date/Time: Sunday, February 2, 10am-noon

 

Location: At the home of an elderly person in the community - typically Upper East and Upper West Side

For over 30 years, Dorot has been enhancing the lives of the elderly and bringing generations of people together. Through a variety of programs, Dorot alleviates social isolation among the elderly and provides services to help them live independently as valued members of the community. Participate in the Winter Package Delivery program and warm a senior's day! Deliver a package (supplied by Dorot) to a homebound senior, and enjoy a visit. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 212.769.2850 to register.  

 

Ages: Families with children ages 4 and up

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

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

 

 

Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen Volunteers  

St. Xavier Mission Food Pantry

 

Date/Time: Pantry stocking: Second Saturday of each month, 10:30am-noon
Food Preparation: Every Sunday, 8:45-11:30am

 

Location: St. Xavier Mission, 55 West 15th Street, New York City
During the winter months, the demand for food pantry and soup kitchen services skyrockets. Xavier Mission seeks to welcome, serve and empower those in our New York City community who are in need of human and material support. They provide food, clothing, shelter and life-skills training, guided always by a spirit of love and respect, and the goal of building self-sufficiency and self-esteem. The Mission operates a food pantry, shelter and welcome table soup kitchen. Children are invited to volunteer with an adult chaperone to help sort and stock the pantry with food and clothing donations on the second Saturday of each month. Kids are also welcome on Sunday mornings to help prepare for the evening "welcome table" service by assisting with meal preparation, including chopping fruit and vegetables, pouring cups of juice, setting up tables and chairs and other tasks to be sure the soup kitchen is ready to serve over 1000 meals that evening.   

 

Pre-registration is required via email.

 

Ages: All ages: an adult should accompany children

 

Time Commitment: Two and a half hours

 

Contact: Christine Strumpen-Darrie, xmfoodprograms@gmail.com
www.xaviermission.org 

 

 

Make Valentine's for Women & Children  

Sanctuary for Families

 

Date/Time: Packages should be delivered prior to Monday, February 10 

 

Location: Valentines should be dropped off or sent to Sanctuary's lower Manhattan location. Please contact Emily Lo Bue, elobue@sffny.org, for location details. 

Sanctuary for Families is the leading nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving the needed of domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and their children. Sanctuary envisions a world in which freedom from gender violence is a basic human right. Valentine's Day can be a difficult time for victims of gender-based violence who are living in shelters. It is often a reminder of the violence that brought them to Sanctuary. Receiving valentines from those who care is a wonderful gift! Write an inspirational message, make cards, or include wrapped candy - whatever your heart desires!    

 

Ages: All ages can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Emily LoBue, elobue@sffny.org
www.sanctuaryforfamilies.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

 

 

Coat Drive Extended- Urgent Need For Coats!  

New York Cares 

 

Date/Time: EXTENDED through February 7

 

Location: Donation sites are located across the city, in Police Stations, at major transportation terminals and at participating merchants.
This winter, New York Cares has received more than 100,000 requests for coats. Tens of thousands of people are freezing because, right now, we do not have enough coats. People are lining up hours early at distribution centers to get desperately needed coats. Please go through your closets and donate gently used coats at any one of the public donation sites (see website for a list), or you may start your own family coat drive. 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 needed.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: info@newyorkcares.org, 212.228.5000
www.newyorkcares.org

 

 

Blankets of Love Knitting Project 

FEGS Health and Human Services

 

Date/Time:  Flexible, at your convenience

 

Location: Mail completed squares 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 12 x 12 inch squares that will be used to create handmade blankets. These blankets 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 

 

 

The Birthday Giving Project

Family-to-Family

 

Date/Time: Anytime - at your convenience

 

Location: Contact Family-to-Family at birthdays@family-to-family.org and they will connect you with a local agency where you can deliver your boxes, or you may ship them to one of the communities that Family-to-Family serves.  
With the goal of easing the burden of hunger and poverty for some of America's poorest communities, Family-to-Family is a non-profit that links families with other families who are in need, allowing them to "share their bounty." It's hard for many people to imagine celebrating a child's birthday without a party or presents. But for many of the families that Family-to-Family serves, finding the extra money to afford a child's birthday celebration is a struggle. The Birthday Giving Project is designed to help these families by providing a small "party in a box" for a child in need.
You and your family can help by decorating and filling a shoebox with everything needed for a small birthday party. Each box goes to a different child and should include:

  • cake mix
  • can of frosting
  • box of birthday candles (no matches please!)
  • wall decoration (like streamers, or a happy birthday banner)
  • gently used book from your house that the birthday child might like
  • small $5-$10 dollar gift for the birthday child 
  • If you like, you can also include a goody bag filled with small surprises

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: birthdays@family-to-family.org
www.family-to-family.org

 

 

Donate Colorful and Cheerful Drawings  

Color A Smile

 

Date/Time: Any time - at your convenience

 

Location: Mail drawings to: Color A Smile, PO Box 1516, Morristown, NJ 07962-1516
Young children are prolific artists, especially when they are stuck inside during the colder months. If you have a little Picasso and are wondering what to do with all their masterpieces, consider sending them to Color A Smile. Color A Smile collects hundreds of drawings created by children each month, and distributes them to Meals on Wheels programs, nursing homes, hospitals and individuals who are in need of a smile. Follow some simple guidelines, package the artwork together, ship it to Color A Smile, and they will make sure it gets into the hands of a person who needs cheering. Please follow these drawing guidelines:

  • Use 8.5 x 11 white paper
  • Use crayons or colored paper
  • Avoid glitter and glue
  • Avoid using phrases like "Feel better" or "Get Well"
  • Do not put a date on the drawing
  • Ask children to sign just FIRST name and age on the drawing
  • Use one side of the paper only
  • Make sure the drawings are bright and happy!

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: 973.540.9222

www.colorasmile.org 

 

 

 

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MulchFest 2014 - TreeCycle!

City of New York Parks & Recreation

 

Date/Time: Saturday or Sunday, January 11 & 12, 10am-2pm

 

Join the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Sanitation and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. More than 26,000 trees were recycled last year. You can bring your tree to a chipping location on January 11 and 12, or a drop-off location and the city will recycle it for you later. The Sanitation Department also conducts curbside collections.

Please remember to remove all lights and ornaments before bringing the tree to a MulchFest site. If you'd like to volunteer at MulchFest, you may register to join the Green Team and MillionTreesNYC volunteer group. See website for details.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Contact: www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/mulchfest 

www.nycgovparks.org 

 

 

Holiday Party (rescheduled from December 14)  

The Partnership for the Homeless (PFTH)

 

Date/Time: Saturday, January 11. Buses will depart from PFTH offices at 9:30am

 

Location: Bus transportation will be provided to the party from the PFTH offices located at 305 Seventh Avenue

The Partnership for the Homeless holiday party for homeless and at-risk children from December has been rescheduled for January 11. Volunteers will be needed to make it a cheerful and fun event, especially since the holidays have passed. Volunteers will help sort and wrap toys for 450 children, serve food, help Santa, assist kids with arts and crafts projects and monitor traffic flow from activity to activity. Santa hats will be provided for volunteers. Please wear red shirts to add to the festive atmosphere.  

 

Ages: Ages five and up with parent/guardian supervision

 

Time Commitment: Approximately three hours

 

Contact:  Ed Snowden, Volunteer Coordinator, ESnowden@pfth.org, 212.645.3444 ext 107

www.partnershipforthehomeless.org 

 

 

Create a Card for a Senior  

DOROT

 

Date/Time: At your convenience

 

Location: Mail your cards and a volunteer return form to: DOROT, Attn: Card Making Project, 171 West 85th Street, New York, NY, 10024 

Dorot's greeting card project helps bring joy and celebration to some of our frailest and most isolated seniors. Each month, DOROT mails over 200 birthday cards to seniors. Every card is designed and created by volunteers. Often, this card is the only recognition a senior receives on his or her birthday.
Directions:
Use a  9" X 12" piece of construction paper or card stock folded in half. Cards can be folded horizontally or vertically. Write in large block (print) letters. As people get older, many have a hard time reading small print. See website for more card creation tips. After you finish your cards, mail them to Dorot and our office volunteers will address and mail them to seniors.    

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Shelley Levine, 917.441.5051

www.dorotusa.org 

 

 

Family Birthday Mitzvah Project  

DOROT

 

Date/Time: At your convenience - register online 

 

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 will arrange with you the most convenient time for your birthday visit. On the day of the visit, arrive at DOROT to pick up a special birthday package to bring to the senior and receive a brief orientation to prepare you and your child for the birthday visit. 

 

Ages: Families with children ages four-twelve

 

Time Commitment: One-and-a-half hours

 

Contact: Shelley Levine, 917.441.5051

www.dorotusa.org 

 

 

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.
This winter, we have received more than 100,000 requests for coats. Tens of thousands of people are freezing right now because we do not have enough coats to deliver to them. There are more than 280 drop-off locations throughout all five boroughs, making it easy to donate a coat anywhere in New York City. 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 

 

 

Host a PJ and Book Drive!  

Pajama Program - One Million Good Nights Campaign

 

The Pajama Program is a non-profit organization that provides new pajamas and new books to children in need through a nationwide network of service agencies. The One Million Good Nights campaign has begun, with the goal of providing 1 million new pairs of pajamas, and one million new books, to children in need by Dec. 31, 2015.

Consider hosting a Pajama Party or Book Drive for your child's next Birthday!
  • In lieu of gifts, ask guests to bring a new pair of pajamas or a new book to donate to the Pajama Program
  • Pajamas should be new/unused, and should be a complete set or nightgown
  • Decide on an age range to collect for (all ages, infant, children to age 5, children 6 - 12, teens, etc.)
  • Posters, signs and brochures can be used for invitations or to decorate the party space, and may be downloaded from the Pajama Program website, www.pajamaprogram.org 
  • Once your drive is complete, report the donation to the Pajama Program through a link on the website under Help Us! - Contact Us 
  • Within 7 days, the Pajama Program will contact you with the name of an organization in your area that will accept the donations, and will help you get your donations into the hands of the children they serve

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: 212.716.9757

www.pajamaprogram.org 

 

 

Write a Letter!  

Operation Gratitude

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Letters and artwork can be mailed to Operation Gratitude, 17330 Victory Boulevard, Van Nuys, CA 91406
Operation Gratitude sends 100,000+ Care Packages each year to deployed Troops and Wounded Warriors. Of all the items included in these packages, the most cherished are the personal letters of appreciation! Our goal is to include several letters and colorful drawings in every Care Package and tell our troops "WE CARE!" Writing a letter is a meaningful way for Americans to show support for our Military. It only takes five minutes of your day, but will bring lasting joy to our troops.
Don't know where to start? 

  • Start with a salutation, such as "Dear Service Member" or "Dear Hero"
  • You can write to a Deployed Troop, a Veteran and/or a Wounded Warrior
  • Express your thanks for their selfless service
  • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess; however, saying you pray for them is wonderful
  • Share a little about yourself: Family, Hobbies, Work, Pets
  • Talk about life back home: Sports, Weather, Music, and Movies
  • Adults: Include your contact information (mail or email) so the letter/package recipient can reply.
  • Children: FIRST NAMES ONLY with parent mail/email
  • Still can't find the words? Consider drawing or painting a picture instead (Please avoid glitter!)

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: OpGrat@gmail.com or  info@operationgratitude.com
www.operationgratitude.com  

 

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 

 

 

After School "Mitzvah" Project   

UJA-Federation of New York

 

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 15, 4-5pm

 

Location: UJA-Federation of New York, 130 East 59th Street, Room 653
The UJA-Federation of New York raises funds in support of hundreds of social service agencies around New York, and all over the world. "Mitzvah," or "commandment/good deed" project opportunities are offered for families with young children through the Families Division. Join other families to make snowman craft kits for Sunrise Day Camp's in-hospital program, Sunrise on Wheels. Sunrise on Wheels is a year-round program currently based in six area hospitals that brings the fun of camp right into the outpatient chemotherapy and inpatient units with weekly craft projects, toys, and games. Sunrise Day Camp is a UJA beneficiary agency. It is the only dedicated full summer day camp in the nation for children with cancer and their siblings.

 

Please note there is an $18 fee per child for participation in this program which covers the cost of supplies.  

 

Ages: For children five-ten years old

 

Time Commitment: One-and-a-half hours

 

Contact: Sarah Gass at gasss@ujafedny.org, 212.836.1361

http://www.ujafedny.org 

 

 

Martin Luther King Day of Service is January 20 

"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve"  

 

Monday, January 20th is a school and bank holiday. Looking for something to do with your kids? Consider participating in a service project together to begin a conversation about social justice. GenerationOn is a service learning organization that provides resources and tool kits to help you begin this conversation. GenerationOn is also partnering with NY Cares this year to provide family-friendly service opportunities around New York.

 

More information will be available after the New Year. For resources and to register for events, visit www.generationon.org or www.nycares.org  

 

 

 

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