December 2015 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

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December 2015 - New York City 

 
9th Annual - Mom's Christmas Stocking Campaign
Mom's Christmas Stocking
 
Date/Time: Saturday December 5, 1 - 3pm
 
Location: Grassroots Fitness Project, 519 W. 80th St NYC - 1st Floor

D. Wendy Strauss started this project in honor of her own mother. After her Mom passed away, Wendy found a request from her mom that she continue to fill a Christmas stocking for her each year, and to give it to a woman in need. Mom's Christmas Stocking fills upwards of 200 stockings for women and children each holiday season to be distributed to shelters in NYC. Volunteers are needed to purchase stocking stuffers for women and babies and to participate on event day; filling stockings and transporting bags of filled stockings to the final location before pick up.

Suggested stocking stuffer items include:
  • Makeup
  • Travel size toiletries, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant
  • Feminine products
  • Jewelry
  • Hair accessories
  • Toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss
  • Nail kits, emery boards, polish
  • Socks, trouser socks, slipper socks
  • Candy, chocolates, mints
  • Specialty gift items, hats, gloves, slipper socks, pashmina scarves
  • Pens, markers, notebooks, note pads, pocket calendars, date books
  • NEW baby clothing such as bibs, socks, onesies
  • Child safe toys, bottles, pacifiers, baby care kits, wipes, diapers
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Shopping in advance at your convenience; "stuffing" event is two hours
 
Contact: D. Wendy Strauss, darylwendy@msn.com, 212.920.4719
 
 
Host A Birthday Party
Celebrate U
 
Date/Time: Friday, December 4, 3 - 5pm
 
Location: Harlem Boys & Girls Club, 425 West 144th St

Help throw a birthday party for disadvantaged children in NYC. Two 15-year-old girls, Chase Kauder and Talia Eskenazi, founded The Celebrate U Foundation. Celebrate U hosts, organizes and manages birthday parties for children in shelters or who can't afford to celebrate their birthday in the New York City area. Early education is essential, but so is building a child's self esteem, giving them hope for a bright future and knowing society cares about them.
 
Ages: Children 11 or younger may volunteer with a parent. Volunteers ages 12 and older may participate on their own.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Heidi@celebrateu.org, 917.415.0963
www.celebrateu.org
 
 
Family Chanukah Celebration with Seniors
UJA Federation of New York
 
Date/Time: Sunday, December 6, 10:30am - noon
 
Location: Jewish Home Lifecare, 120 West 106th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam), Manhattan

Jewish Home Lifecare, a UJA-Federation beneficiary agency, provides healthcare services and assistance for elders. With more than 160 years of experience as a not-for-profit elder care system, Jewish Home Lifecare provides a broad spectrum of care and serves as a resource for concerns of aging for elders and caregivers. Join UJA Federation for arts and crafts, songs, and bringing Chanukah cheer to the seniors at Jewish Home Lifecare. Space is limited and advance registration is required.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate; this project is geared toward families with children under age 12
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: Jamie Antell, antellj@ujafedny.org, 212.836.1899
http://jewishhome.org/
 
 
Winter Wishes
New York Cares
 
Date/Time: At your convenience - gifts should be ordered by early December
 
Location: Gifts can be ordered online from home, at your convenience
 
This holiday season, the only gift a child, teen, or senior may receive could be from you. New York Cares works with nonprofit or school community partners and Amazon to give families the opportunity to grant holiday wishes. Browse through the Winter Wishes Amazon wish lists, select a gift that you'd like to donate and place in your cart. Write a note to the recipient wishing them a happy holiday, and proceed with checkout as normal. The address is pre-populated and the gift will go directly to the organization and reach the hands of the recipient just in time for the holidays.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@newyorkcares.org, 212.228.5000
https://www.newyorkcares.org/winter-wishes
 
 
Giving Tuesday
92nd Street Y
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, December 1
 
Location: 92nd Street Y, 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. The fourth annual #GivingTuesday is on December 1. In the same way that retail stores take part in Black Friday, #GivingTuesday celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support non-profit organizations, and gives communities and families the opportunity to come together to help those in need.  

In New York, the 92nd Street Y is hosting a full day of activities, including:
  • Clothing and Toy Drive in the 92nd Street Y Lobby, sponsored by MommyNearest (www.mommynearest.com)
  • Coat Drive for New York Cares
  • Medicine Bottle collection drive to benefit The Malawi Project
  • Beads for Love - share your love of jewelry-making with students from PS 57 at the 92nd Street Y Jewelry Center
  • And lots more!
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: 212.415.5500
 
 
Stuff-A-Stocking
Family-to-Family, Inc.
 
Date/Time: At your convenience - until December 18
 
Location: Family-to-Family will link you with a shelter where you can drop off your stocking. Or you can ship your stocking to one of the communities where Family-to-Family helps!
 
It's that time of year again!  With the holidays approaching, Family-to-Family is providing lots of great opportunities to help kids and families living in poverty, and to allow them to celebrate the holiday with dignity. Your and your family can help by participating in the "Stuff-A-Stocking" campaign. Provide a holiday stocking and stuff it with any of these suggested items:

Child's Stocking:
  • A child-size fleece blanket
  • A snuggly stuffed animal
  • A child's toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Travel size games like Sorry/chess/checkers
  • Mittens
  • Pinky ball
  • Perfume/fragrance for 9-12 yr. olds
  • Nail polish
  • Lip gloss
  • Holiday pencils
  • Lego sets
  • Small puzzles
  • Small blank journal & pen
  • Tube socks
  • Small flash light with batteries
  • Harmonica
  • Jump rope
Adult's Stocking:
  • Winter gloves
  • Socks
  • Scarf
  • Soap & soap case
  • Body cream/moisturizer
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Fragrance
  • Small shampoo and conditioner
  • Lip balm or chapstick
  • Nail manicure kit
  • Crossword or Sudoku book
  • Deck of cards
  • Current magazine
When you've finished stuffing your stocking you can send Family-to-Family an email and they'll link you with either a local shelter where you can bring your stocking, or to one of the impoverished communities Family-to-Family serves where you can ship it. Either way, an outreach worker will hand out your stocking to a mom or dad in need to give to their child, or to an adult in need. 
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: kids@family-to-family.org, 914.478.0756
www.family-to-family.org/stuff-a-stocking
 
 
Intergenerational Chess
DOROT
 
Date/Time: Winter/Spring 2016
 
Location: DOROT - 171 West 85th Street
 
Students and Dorot Seniors will get to know each other and play chess together. Chess Masters will demonstrate different strategies at each session. Your child can share their love of the game and bring a smile to a senior! Refreshments will be served. Students must be in 5th-12th grade and understand the game of chess, the different chess pieces and how to move them.
 
Ages: Volunteers must be in 5th-12th grade.
 
Time Commitment: One hour per week. Students must commit to a minimum of 15 sessions.
 
Contact: Coordinator of Family and Youth Volunteer Services at slevine@dorotusa.org or 917.441.5051. Complete the online registration form
www.dorot.org
 
 
Garden Maintenance
Concrete Safaris
 
Date/Time: Sunday, December 5 and Sunday, December 12, 10-1pm
 
Location: December 5: Mad Fun Farm, 98th Street and Third Avenue, just south of the flag pole in the gated gardens.
December 12: Jefferson Gardens, 300 East 115th Street just east of Second Avenue. If you are late, find us in the development in the gardens around the basketball courts.
 
Activities may include: planting, harvesting, weeding, raking leaves, spreading wood chips, trimming shrubs, and picking up trash. Dress to get sweaty, dirty, and get stuff done. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated. Please dress for messy garden work, and appropriately for the weather.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and older are encouraged to participate
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Nia Padilla, 347.432.4777 or Mac Levine 347.267.2903
concretesafaris.org
 
 
4 Mile Road Race and ½ Mile Reindeer Run for Kids
Jingle Bell Jog and Sneaker Drive
 
Date/Time: Saturday, December 5, 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 half-mile Reindeer Run is a fun way for kids to participate and help other children. Each entrant receives antler headbands and jingle bells to wear during the race. This race is nearing capacity so register soon!
 
Ages: The Reindeer Run is for children ages seven to ten

Time Commitment: Approximately two hours
 
 
 
Holiday Toy Collection
Toys for Tots
 
Date/Time: At your convenience, until Christmas
 
Location: 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.
 
Toys for Tots is a well-know 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. Many children 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 at all for Christmas. 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: Coordinator.T4TNYC@gmail.com, 347.450.8697
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 the New York Cares 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 (see website for a list), 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/coat-drive
 
 
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. You and your family can help a family in need provide a warm coat for their child this winter.

How to Plan a Children's Coat Drive:
  1. Choose a collection site that is both highly visible and secure.
  2. 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.
  3. Let Baby Buggy know when you are hosting the drive and the anticipated end date.
  4. Contact Melissa Stein, Volunteer Program Manager, to schedule a drop-off of collected coats.
  5. All items should be new or gently used.
  6. 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 7th year of Macy's Believe campaign benefiting Make-A-Wish. Kids of all ages can download a "letter to Santa" template from the Macy's website, and drop their stamped letter, addressed to Santa At The North Pole, in the Santa Mail letterbox at any Macy's retail store. For each letter received through December 24th, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-a-Wish, up to $1 million. Make-A-Wish provides magical, life-changing experiences for terminally ill children and their families.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 

 
Collection Drives - share your abundance!

At this time of year, many non-profits and social service agencies are in need of items to help their clients celebrate the holiday season with dignity and joy. Consider providing some of these needed items to Jewish Home and Lifecare  and/or the Community of Hope Ministry of Homeless Outreach at the Manhattan Church of Christ.
 
Jewish Home and Lifecare is in need of:
  • Holiday Gift Wrap
  • Arts and Craft Supplies
  • New Cosmetics
  • New Caps, Hats and Scarves
Donations can be dropped off at:
Jewish Home Lifecare, Manhattan Division
120 West 106th Street

Contact Mirim Levi for more information or to coordinate a donation, 212.870.4618, mlevi@jhha.org
www.jewishhome.org 
 
The Community of Hope Ministry of Homeless Outreach at The Manhattan Church of Christ is in need of:
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Socks
  • Gloves & hats
The Community of Hope distributes gift boxes to the homeless at their annual holiday party on December 12. All donations must be made prior to December 12 and can be dropped off at:
Manhattan Church of Christ
48 East 80th Street

Contact Rev. Carl Garrison for more information or to coordinate a donation carl@manhattanchurch.org
www.manhattanchurch.org
 
 

Create a Family Mission Statement

Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: This is a great year-end project but you can do it anytime!
 
Location: Your home or other convenient location
 
As the New Year approaches, take time away from life's busy demands to create an artistic representation of your family's mission. Our conversation starters will guide you through a big-hearted discussion about your family's passions, priorities, and goals. Your New Year's resolutions will be more meaningful, and more doable, than ever! Check out the Doing Good Together project page for more ideas on creating your own family mission statement!
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: One hour or more

Contact: www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
BIG-HEARTED FAMILIES™ BOOK CLUB 
Just in time for holiday gift giving:  Our new and improved Big-Hearted Families Book Club offers families a unique opportunity to turn reading time into family time. Every quarter we'll deliver recipients (kids ages 4-10) more than a carefully chosen book with a big-hearted theme. We also include customized conversation cards for parents and kindness activities for the entire family. It's a great way to help families connect while learning big-hearted lessons too. Order by December 16 for Christmas delivery. Find our book club and other kindness-themed gift options in our online DGT Store.

 

 

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November 2015 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

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November 2015 - New York City

 
Thousand Turkey Challenge Kick-off and Family Volunteer Day!
Doing Good Together/NY and West Side Campaign Against Hunger Interfaith Coalition (WSCAH)
 
Date/Time: Sunday, November 22, 12:30 - 2pm
 
Location: WSCAH - 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 the West Side Campaign Against Hunger Interfaith Coalition and their Thousand Turkey Challenge Kick-off event. 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 arts and crafts projects for the children, recipe sharing for the adults, snacks, refreshments 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 this project. This service event is being sponsored by the WSCAH Interfaith Coalition and generationON.

If you cannot attend the Family Volunteer Day event on 11/22, please consider donating a frozen turkey to WSCAH for the Thousand Turkey Challenge or making a financial donation. You can drop off turkeys at WSCAH on Monday & Tuesday, November 23 & 24, from 9 am - 8 pm and Wednesday, November 25th from 9 am - 1 pm.  Frozen Turkeys Only please. Financial donations can be made online at www.wscah.org or Text TURKEY to 77948 on your smartphone ($18 per turkey)
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: RSVP to Natalie@doinggoodtogether.org, 917.519.8108
www.doinggoodtogether.org, www.wscah.org
 
 
Host A Birthday Party for Children Living in Shelter
CelebrateU
 
Date/Time: Saturday November 7, 1 - 2:30pm, The Jewish Board of Family and Children Services, Ittelson Center
Thursday, November 12, 6:30 - 8:00pm, Henry Street Settlement
 
Location: Ittelson Center, 5050 Iselin Avenue, Riverdale, NY; Henry Street Settlement, 605 FDR Drive or 130 Baruch Place
 
Two 15-year-old girls, Chase Kauder and Talia Eskenazi, founded The Celebrate U Foundation. Celebrate U hosts, organizes and manages birthday parties for children in shelters or who can't afford to celebrate their birthday in the New York City area. Early education is essential, but so is building a child's self esteem, giving them hope for a bright future and knowing society cares about them. Celebrate U partners with the nationally known social service agencies for bi-monthly birthday celebrations. Corporate sponsors provide treats and party gifts. A training session will take place one week prior to each event.
 
Ages: Children 11 or younger may volunteer with a parent. Volunteers ages 12 and older may participate on their own.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours, plus ½ hour training session
 
Contact: Heidi@celebrateu.org, 917.415.0963
www.celebrateu.org
 
 
Thanksgiving Holiday Meal for the Homeless
Manhattan Church of Christ
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 28, shifts beginning at 9am. The meal will take place from 11am - 2pm. Volunteers may stay for as long as they like.
 
Location: Manhattan Church of Christ, 48 East 80th Street
 
On the Saturday after 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 & clean-up team.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Variable
 
Contact: Rev. Carl Garrison, carl@manhattanchurch.org; email for more information and to register.
www.manhattanchurch.org

 
 
Thanksgiving Turkey Drive for Families in Need
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: At your convenience, before Thanksgiving
 
Location: Online
 
Help make Thanksgiving happen again this year, for all the families in our "extended family." Consider making a $20 donation to purchase a turkey plus one side dish (e.g. potatoes or stuffing) for one Family-to-Family family. Or, buy a "flock of turkeys" (you choose how many) to feed more than one family. If you currently sponsor a family, send Family-to-Family an email at moreinfo@family-to-family.org after you donate, with your name, the name of your sponsored family and the community where they live. Family-to-Family will make sure they receive your turkey, and will let them know you've purchased it specifically for them. If you don't sponsor a family, Family-to-Family will donate the turkey to a family that didn't get one. Are you interested in learning more about sponsoring a family? Click here for more information.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: It only takes a few minutes to donate online, but you and your family can use this opportunity to talk about what it would be like to not be able to afford a Thanksgiving dinner, and why it's important to you to help other families.
 
Contact: moreinfo@family-to-family.org, 914.478.2641. Click here to learn more and to make your Turkey Drive donation.
www.family-to-family.org
 
 
Thanksgiving Day Meal Delivery
God's Love We Deliver
 
Date/Time: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 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, who will hit the road distributing 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 take an estimated four to five households worth of deliveries.
 
Ages: Driver must have valid driver's license. Passengers can be all ages.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Jana Levinson, 212.294.8158. Volunteer registration is available online. VOLUNTEERS MUST USE OWN VEHICLE. Only ONE person per vehicle should sign up as the driver at this time. Passengers will be registered later.
www.glwd.org
 
 
Share One Night of Chanukah with a Homebound Elder
DOROT
 
Date/Time: December 6, 9, 10 or 13.
 
Location: Seniors' homes in Manhattan
 
Families with children ages 4-12 can help share holiday joy in the home of a DOROT senior. Set aside one night of Chanukah to light the menorah with an older friend. Together, you and your family will create a memorable and meaningful Chanukah tradition. DOROT will provide a menorah, candles, chocolate gelt, a dreidel and helpful guidelines for Chanukah blessings, songs, and dreidel-playing. All you need to bring is your family!
 
Ages: Families with children ages 4-12
 
Time Commitment: One hour
 
Contact: Shelley Levine, Slevine@dorotusa.org, 917.441.5051. Registration is available online. Registration closes November 20. 
www.dorotusa.org
 
 
Feeding NYC 2015
Feeding NYC
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 24. Three shifts: 6 - 8am, 8 - 11am, or 10am - noon.
 
Location: Pier 60/Chelsea Piers - 23rd Street and West Side Highway
 
FeedingNYC is a grass roots organization that relies on the generosity of volunteers to help provide Thanksgiving dinners to thousands of families in need throughout New York City. FeedingNYC has delivered over 43,000 complete Thanksgiving meals to sheltered families for 13 years. You and your family can sign up to join over 400 volunteers to help pack up and deliver thousands of Thanksgiving meals to local families and shelters.
 
Ages: Everyone can volunteer; all participants under 18 must be accompanied by adult and have a signed waiver.
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours, depending on the shift
 
Contact: feedingnyc@liveperson.com, registration is available online.
www.feedingnyc.org
 
 
Keeping it Green for Families
Central Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Sundays, November 15, 22 and 29, 10 am - 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. 
 
Ages: Families with children age five and over are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: 212.310.6600, discovery@centralparknyc.org. Space is limited and advance registration is required.
www.centralparknyc.org/keepingitgreen
 
 
The 22nd Annual Race To Deliver
God's Love We Deliver
 
Date/Time: Sunday, November 22; Adult race at 8:30am, Kids' Races at 10am
 
Location: Central Park
 
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; $10 = one meal. You may sign up for the races, join a team, sponsor a runner or sponsor a team, all through the race website.
 
Ages: All ages
 
Time Commitment: Several hours, depending on which races you run.
 
Contact: raceinfo@glwd.org, 212.294.8119
www.glwd.org/race/
 
 
27th 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 website for details on drop-off locations.
 
It is never too early to start collecting coats for the New York Cares Coat Drive. As the weather begins to get colder, New York Cares starts to distribute coats to their Community Partners. You may donate gently used coats at any one of the public donation sites or you may start your own family coat drive in your apartment building, church/temple, school or office. 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. Both adult and child-sized coats are welcomed.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@newyorkcares.org, 212.228.5000
www.newyorkcares.org/coat-drive
 
 
Share Your Abundance This Thanksgiving
NY Common Pantry
 
Date/Time: The last pick-up day is Wednesday, November 18
 
Location: 8 East 109th Street
 
Organize your own Food Drive to benefit the NY Common Pantry. They provide over 2,000 complete Thanksgiving meals each year. You and your family can organize your own food 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 they need to have a festive and memorable holiday. Choose collection sites for your food drive that are both highly visible and secure, and promote your drive 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: Jen Winter, 917.720.9710 or email at jwinter@nycommonpantry.org to arrange
www.nycommonpantry.org
 
 
Repackage Rice and Beans- Help Stock the Food Pantry
Feeding America
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: Find a food pantry in your local community
 
One in seven people in America are food insecure, living in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. Rice and beans are nourishing, filling, and infinitely adaptable food staples. You and your family can help feed the hungry in your community by transforming inexpensive bulk-packaged goods into meal-sized portions. Check out Doing Good Together's project page for project instructions and reflection questions. 
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Find your local food pantry on the Feeding America website
www.FeedingAmerica.org
 
 
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Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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October 2015 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

 October 2015 - New York City

 
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5th Annual Tie-Dye Cupcake Bake-Off 
She's the First
 
Date/Time: October 11 - November 1
 
Location: Your own location
 
She's the First provides scholarships to girls in low income countries with the goal of creating first generation graduates and our next generation of global leaders. This fall, She's The First is expecting hundreds of bake sales to happen between October 11-November 1 during their 5th Annual Tie-Dye Cupcake Bake-Off. First, sign up here to add yourself to the map of people planning to have bake sales at their school, office, club or girl/boy scout troop to raise funds to send girls to school with She's the First. Then, share all over social media to recruit your friends and family. Visit their website for a tie-dye cupcake recipe and more information.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@shesthefirst.org
www.shesthefirst.org/cupcakes
 
 
TreesCount! 2015
NYC Parks
 
Date/Time: Ongoing
 
Location: All around the five boroughs of NYC
 
New York City street trees make our city cooler, our air cleaner, and our neighborhoods more beautiful. TreesCount! 2015 is New York City's effort to inventory our urban forest, and tree-loving citizens are needed to help collect data. Volunteers will be trained on how to identify and assess street trees, using simple site surveying tools and software to map them block-by-block. Volunteers will receive rewards when they hit certain milestones! 
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment:Varies

Contact: TreesCount@parks.nyc.gov. Create an account to get started as a TreesCount 2015 volunteer!
www.treescount.nycgovparks.org/ 
 
 
Urban Farm Upkeep
Concrete Safaris
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 3, 10am - 1pm and Saturday, October 17, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: October 3, Mad Fun Farm, 98th Street and Third Avenue, just south of the flagpole in the gated gardens.
October 17, Jefferson Gardens, 300 East 115th Street, just east of Second Avenue. Gardens span from 113-115 between 2nd and 1st Avenues.
 
Concrete Safaris would like to invite families to join them for their fall Garden Volunteer Dates. Activities may include: planting, harvesting, weeding, raking leaves, spreading wood chips, trimming shrubs, and picking up trash. Dates will be canceled if the temperature is below 35 degrees, if the gardens are full of snow or ice, or if there is a threat of lightning or other natural disasters. Dress to get sweaty, dirty, and get stuff done! Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.  Events will happen rain or shine. Wear outdoor clothes that you are willing to get dirty.
 
Ages: Families are welcome; children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours

Contact: patrick@concretesafaris.org
www.concretesafaris.org 
 
 
Sort with Room to Grow!
Room to Grow
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, October 20, 5:30 - 7:30pm
 
Location: 54 East 21st Street, Suite 401, New York

Room to Grow is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. Volunteers will sort and fold baby clothes, and organize an inventory of infant and toddler clothing, books, toys and equipment that will be given to children living in poverty throughout their first three years of life. 
 
Ages: Volunteers should be 15 or older
 
Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: 212.402.1680. Sign-up on the New York Cares website.
www.roomtogrow.org/ 
 
 
Halloween Candy Buy-Back 
Operation Gratitude (OGB)
 
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, your piles of leftover Halloween candy may be overwhelming. You can let 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.  You can search by zip code for participating dental practices. The candy is donated to Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit 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.comwww.operationgratitude.com
 
 
Tootsie Pop Collection 
Operation Goody Bag
 
Date/Time: At your convenience
 
Location: Mail your full, unopened bags or boxes of Tootsie Pops to:
Operation Goody Bag
45 Rt 17S
Paramus, New Jersey 07653

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

 
 
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk
American Cancer Society
 
Date/Time: Sunday, October 18, Walk starts at 8am
 
Location: Central Park 72nd Street Bandshell, East 72nd Street and 5th Avenue, Manhattan
 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Every family has been touched by cancer in some way, and many have been touched by breast cancer. You can teach your kids about the importance of fundraising for cures and support programs, and enjoy a fun, celebratory day of walking in the park.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate in the walk
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: David Sanchez, CentralParkNYStrides@cancer.org
www.makingstrides.acsevents.org
 
 
Donate Used Halloween Costumes 
Halloween Helpers
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your own location
 
Developed in 2008 by then 11-year-old Emma Rose Shapiro, the mission of The Halloween Helpers is to collect previously enjoyed, gently used Halloween costumes and donate them to children in need. Emma's goal was to enlist children who outgrow or become disinterested in their previous years' costumes and share them with kids in their own community who would not typically receive costumes. Through this one simple effort, Emma's ultimate objective is to provide children with life-long memories, develop self-worth, and "level the playing field" among all children. You can help by holding a costume drive at your school, business, camp, scout troop, religious group, special event or organization; distribute and/or retrieving costume collection boxes; sorting and labeling costumes; or helping out at costume distribution events. Check out The Halloween Helpers website for downloadable forms, handouts and signage to begin your collection drive.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: To get involved for Halloween 2015, email Info@TheHalloweenHelpers.com or call 610. 642.7427
www.thehalloweenhelpers.com/index.html
 
 
Clean Up Your Neighborhood
Nicodemous Wilderness Project
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Pick a location to clean up in your community
 
Fall winds are sending wayward wrappers flying out of open car doors and fluttering school papers out of our hands. In spring, everyone is in the mood for neighborhood clean up, but by October, the Earth Day influence seems to have worn off. Recommit to cleaning up during your fall walks. Clear out litter from a section of park, beach, vacant lot or your own neighborhood. Take all necessary precautions, including wearing sturdy gloves, being careful on riverbanks or near roads, having adults handle dangerous items and supervising children closely. You can pick your favorite walk and do a one-time sweep, or make clean up a regular family event. Take a few digital photos of what you've picked up. Then have your family send an essay about your experience along with your favorite photo, your names, age(s) and address to mail@wildernessproject.org. Your essay will be published on the Nicodemus Wilderness Project website, your children's names will appear in the Registry of Apprentice Ecologists, and you'll get an official certificate. Visit the DGT™ Clean Up Your Neighborhood project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@wildernessproject.org
www.wildernessproject.org/
 
 
BIRTHDAY PARTIES THAT GIVE BACK
 
Is this the year you want to host a child's birthday party that's less materialistic but still lots of fun? Our e-book 12 Fun, Creative Birthday Parties That Give Back ($5.99) inspires kids and parents to creatively re-imagine the joy a birthday party can bring. Download it today, or better yet, join our Big-Hearted Families Membership Circle ($24.99) and receive the e-book for free!
 
 

 

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This list was compiled by Doing Good Together™ (www.doinggoodtogether.org)
 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

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September 2015 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
 
 September 2015 - New York City
 
It's Our Anniversary!   

This month marks two years since we sent out our first New York DGT family friendly volunteer opportunities listing and we'd like to hear from you, our subscribers. How have you and your family used this information? Please send us your photos, stories, and feedback. We'd love to hear from you!
 
 
Garden Beautification
Concrete Safaris
 
Date/Time:
  • Jefferson Gardens, Saturdays, September 26, October 17, November 21 and December 12; 10am - 1pm
  • Mad Fun Farm, Saturdays, September 12, October 3, November 7 and December 5; 10am - 1pm
Location:
  • Jefferson Gardens, 300 East 115th Street just east of Second Avenue. If you are late, meet at the development in the gardens around the basketball courts.
  • Mad Fun Farm, 98th Street and Third Avenue, just south of the flag pole in the gated gardens
Concrete Safaris would like to invite families to join them for their fall Garden Volunteer Dates. Activities may include: planting, harvesting, weeding, raking leaves, spreading wood chips, trimming shrubs, and picking up trash. Dates will be canceled if the temperature is below 35 degrees, if the gardens are full of snow or ice, or if there is a threat of lightning or other natural disasters. Dress to get sweaty, dirty, and get stuff done! Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and above are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Mac Levine, mac@concretesafaris.org
www.concretesafaris.org
 
 
Rosh Hashanah Package Delivery 
DOROT
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 20, 10am

Location: Orientation at DOROT at 171 West 85th Street NY; senior visits will be on the West or East Side of Manhattan
 
Deliver a holiday package and visit with a DOROT senior to share memories and hope as we commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 during the Rosh Hashanah Package Delivery.
 
Ages: Families with children ages 4-12 years old are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
 
Contact: Shelley Levine, 917.441.5051
www.dorotusa.org
 
 
Host a Party
Celebrate U
 
Date/Time: Thursday September 10, 5:30 - 7:30pm
 
Location: Henry Street Settlement, 605 FDR Drive
 
Help host a carnival-themed party for children in need. The Celebrate U Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by two 15-year-old girls, Chase Kauder and Talia Eskenazi. Celebrate U hosts, organizes and manages birthday parties for New York City area children who are living in shelters or who can't afford a birthday celebration. Who doesn't feel special when they have a big birthday celebration? Celebrate U has partnered with the Henry Street Settlement and the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem for bi-monthly birthday celebrations since 2014. Corporate sponsors provide treats and party gifts. 
 
Ages: Children in 5th grade or younger may volunteer with a parent; sixth graders and older may participate on their own.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Heidi Eskinazi Heidi@celebrateu.org
www.celebrateu.org
 
 
Sort with Room to Grow!
Room to Grow
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 19, 11am - 2pm
 
Location: 54 East 21st Street, Suite 401, New York

Sort and fold baby clothes and organize an inventory of infant and toddler clothing, books, toys and equipment that will be given to children in poverty throughout their first three years of life. 
 
Ages: Volunteers should be 15 or older.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
 
9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance Handmade Commemorative Cards 
DOROT
 
Date/Time: To participate in the 9/11 Postcard Competition, please mail cards before 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 the DOROT website
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Kelsey Donovan, kdonovan@dorotusa.org, 212.769.2850 
www.dorotusa.org
 
Go Orange to End Hunger
Food Bank for New York City
 
Date/Time: Throughout September. Go Orange Awareness Day is Wednesday, September 17
 
Location: Your local community
 
Now in its 10th year, Go Orange is a citywide call to action for all New Yorkers to get involved in support of the 1.5 million individuals who rely on Food Bank For New York City and our network of member charities. Here are some ways you and your family can help:
  • Snap a photo of yourself or a friend wearing orange and tag it #GoOrangeNYC to raise awareness - we'll feature the best pics in our gallery and on social media!
  • Start a Virtual Food Drive - Virtual Food Drives allow food banks to provide more food than a traditional canned food drive thanks to our wholesale purchasing power.
  • Teens and adults can also find onsite volunteer opportunities on the Food Bank for New York City website.
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: 212.566.7855
www.foodbanknyc.org
 
 
Open House New York Weekend
Open House New York (OHNY)
 
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18. Volunteers must register in September for the event in October.
 
Location: Volunteers receive their location assignments at the training session. They could be placed at any one of over 200 sites, located in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens, or Staten Island.

Volunteer for the 2015 OHNY Weekend. Volunteer activities may include any of the following: staffing check-in at one of our participating sites; greeting visitors, managing lines, asking visitors to sign up for the OHNY mailing list; assisting with crowd control. Open House New York (OHNY) is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes a greater appreciation of the city's built environment; broadens public awareness by exposing diverse audiences to distinctive examples of architecture, engineering and design; educates and inspires discussion of issues of excellence in design, planning and preservation; and showcases outstanding new work as well as structures of historic merit.
 
Ages: 16 or older. Volunteers under 18 years old must volunteer with a parent.
 
Time Commitment: Volunteers must attend one of our required training sessions on either September 24 or 26 before OHNY Weekend, and pick up your OHNY Volunteer Button, T-Shirt, and assignment sheet. Volunteer must complete one volunteer shift (up to four hours) on Saturday or Sunday of OHNY Weekend, October 17-18.
 
Contact: Clara Peretz, volunteer@ohny.org, 212.991.6470 x103. Registration is available online. Volunteers registration closes on September 13.
www.ohny.org 

 
 
Sign up to Make a Difference this September!
Join Alex's Lemonade Stand on the Journey to a Million
 
Every day, parents of children battling cancer travel thousands of miles for treatments. That's why this September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Alex's Lemonade Stand is going a million miles to raise awareness and fundraise for cures. Last year, more than 12,000 people logged miles and raised money for childhood cancer research. This year they are doing it again! To find a cure for childhood cancer, we're going the distance - running, walking or biking to exceed one million miles.

The goal is to collectively run, walk and/or ride one million miles during a single month: September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and fundraise to find cures. Anyone can join and there are no minimum mileage or fundraising requirements. Every mile and dollar helps!

How to Get Started:
  1. Register - you can choose to start a team, join one or participate on your own.
  2. Spread the word - tell your family and friends! Get them to join you, support you or donate!
  3. Fundraise for the cause - you can accept online donations or hold a fundraising event. We have lots of ideas to help you.
  4. Each day in September (Childhood Cancer Awareness Month), walk, run or bike at your own pace, on your own schedule, logging your miles manually or using MapMyFitness or Fitbit.
  5. Your miles get added to the grand total, bringing us toward one million miles. The money you raise funds research toward finding cures
Why One Million Miles? One million miles is 40 times around the equator or two round-trips to the moon. But it's less than five miles for each kid or adolescent who will be affected by childhood cancer this year, worldwide. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States. That's why it is vital that we raise money to cure it, now.

Learn more at  www.alexslemonade.org/campaign/2015-alexs-million-mile

 
Sponsor a Family
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: Once a month
 
Location: Click here to see the communities where Family-to-Family sponsors families
 
Start a new school year with a new kindness commitment that will keep giving on your calendar month after month. Family-to-Family is a nonprofit 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. Start the new school year with a new kindness commitment that will keep giving on your calendar month after month. You and your family can help an American family living in poverty with a monthly box of groceries. Your monthly donation or the box of food you ship will ensure that "your" family gets the food they need the last week of every month, when food stamps often run out.  After you sign up we'll send you details about the family you're helping. Visit the DGT™ Sponsor a Family project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Nancy Hennessee, nhennessee@family-to-family.org. Visit the Family-to-Family Sponsor A Family page for sign-up options.
www.family-to-family.org 
 
 
KINDNESS TIPS FOR YOUR NEWSLETTER
 
Want to share kindness tips in your school, faith group or organization newsletter? Doing Good Together has compiled a school year's worth of weekly tips, which you can use weekly, monthly, or whenever you'd like! Tips include ideas for service projects, kindness practices, and other simple ways to teach children about giving, caring, and compassion. And they're FREE! (With attribution to DGT™ of course.) To subscribe or learn more, please visit our website or contact Nassim (Nassim@doinggoodtogether.org).

 

 

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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 
                                                                            

                                                                                                     © 2015 Doing Good Together™