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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

 
We need your input! Be on the lookout for our upcoming DGT communications survey, which will be emailed to you mid-October. We appreciate your feedback!

 
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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 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. 
                                                                            

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August 2015 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

August 2015 - New York City

 

Back to School Drive  

Baby Buggy

 

Date/Time: August 1-September 1

 

Location: 306 West 37th Street, 8th Floor, New York   

 

Baby Buggy takes an innovative child-focused approach to curbing generational poverty by linking access to critical child gear items to parental participation in programs designed to lift the family out of poverty. Together, the services and the items add up to far greater impact. Donations, which are distributed to a network of over 100 community-based organizations across the country, help to offset the high cost of providing for infants and young children at a critical stage in a family's life. Help Baby Buggy provide school supplies to children in New York City! Donate new school supplies at their warehouse or send them in the mail by September 1st. A pair of scissors, markers, or a spiral notebook - each item helps families to prepare their children for the upcoming school year!  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: One-half hour or more 

 

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

 

 

Volunteer Opportunities with Seniors  

Citymeals-on-Wheels

 

Date/Time: Ongoing, all year round 

 

Location: Meal delivery and friendly visiting occurs in seniors' homes throughout New York City; other volunteer opportunities can be done from your home.  

 

Citymeals-on-Wheels funds 31 community-based agencies that bring weekend, holiday and emergency meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers who can no longer shop or cook for themselves. In addition, their Mobile Food Pantry program delivers weekly bags of grocery staples to the most at-risk elderly and their Fresh Produce program enables them to supplement regular meal deliveries with fresh fruit and vegetables from local farmers. Citymeals-on-Wheels has the following family-friendly volunteer opportunities:  

  • Friendly Visiting: The friendly visiting program brings together meal recipients with kind-hearted people who want to help homebound seniors stay connected with the outside world. This social visit becomes so important in the lives of our lonely elderly. The time commitment for this program is one hour per week for at least six months. The visiting schedule is arranged between you and the senior.
  • Meal Delivery: The heart of the program is the hand-delivery of nutritious meals to homebound elderly. Meal recipients look forward to these essential meals; the personal visits that come with them help brighten their days. Each weekend, teams and individual volunteers help deliver meals from meal centers across the city. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens on weekends and select locations on weekdays.
  • Senior Chat: This program lets caring volunteers make contact with isolated, elderly individuals by phone once a week. A weekly phone call can go a long way to help homebound seniors feel safe and connected to the world. Calls typically last about a half hour and can be made from the volunteer's home or office. The time commitment for this program is six months.
  • Senior Script: Every week, Citymeals receives letters of appreciation from elderly meal recipients. These letters often include touching, heartfelt stories about their lives. Through this program, volunteers write back with a warm, personalized response.
  • Kitchen Aide: During the weekday, volunteers help package food to be delivered to homebound elderly as well as serve meals to seniors at the meal center.

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on activity.  

 

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

 

 

Operation Backpack  

Volunteers of America

 

Date/Time: Now through the end of August

 

Location: Click here for a listing of official drop off locations in NY   

 

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. All backpack and supplies should be new. You may also organize an Operation Backpack drive at your company, club, camp, school or place of worship. Click here for more information and grade specific shopping lists.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact:  volunteers@voa-gny.org, 212.496.4307
www.voa-gny.org  

 

Adopt a Night Night Package  

Project Night Night

 

Date/Time: At your convenience

 

Location: Select a shelter from Project Night Night's 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 they provide to tens of thousands of individuals each year, creating and distributing Night Night Packages to homeless children in their own communities. Every year they donate over 25,000 Night Night Packages, free of charge, to homeless children across the country.

Visit the Project Night Night website for detailed information, support and a "how to" video.  

  1. Determine the number of Night Night Packages you want to complete.
  2. Order tote bags from Project Night Night at $3.50 each (this covers the cost of the tote and shipping to you).
  3. Fill each tote bag with a new blanket, a new/like-new stuffed animal, and new/like-new children's book.
  4. Select a shelter from the Project Night Night list.  
  5. Deliver your assembled Night Night Packages to the shelter.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

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

 

 

Summer Reading & Back to School Book Drive   

Room To Grow

 

Date/Time: Now until September 30

 

Location: 54 West 21st Street, Suite 401. Click here for drop-off hours and additional 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. Here's how you can help nurture an early love of reading:   

  • Organize a book drive or make an in-kind donation. Contact elaine@roomtogrow.org.
  • Make a financial donation. A gift of $50 will buy 10 baby books to give to a child on 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: Varies

 

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

 

 

Garden Crew   

Friends of Van Cortland Park

 

Date/Time: Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 10 am - 1 pm

 

Location: Van Cortland Park, enter at Van Cortland Park South and Gouverneur Avenue. Meet at the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park's Compost Garden Site.  

 

Volunteers help care for the Van Cortland Park vegetable beds and compost bins All of the produce will be donated to local food pantries and sold at the Youth Run Farm Stand. Bring water and sunscreen.  

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: info@vancortland.org. All volunteers must register at 718.601.1553 for further instructions.
www.nycgovparks.org 

 

 

Supplies for Success - Help Pack Backpacks   

UJA Federation-NY

 

Date/Time:  Tuesday, August 18, 4 - 7:30pm     

 

Location: UJA Federation,130 East 59th Street  

 

Join Supplies for Success, UJA-Federation of New York's initiative to provide new school supplies for children in need. Each year, UJA provides brand new filled backpacks to thousands of disadvantaged children through UJA-Federation beneficiary agencies, schools, shelters, and other local organizations. Volunteers help pack backpacks with school supplies. The goal of Supplies for Success is to ensure that all children in need return to school with the tools they need to succeed.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Drop-in, stay for an hour or the whole time

 

Contact:  Leslie Black, email blackl@ujafedny.org, 212.836.1598. Registration is available online
www.ujafedny.org 

 

 

Intergenerational Chess  

Dorot

 

Date/Time:  Register NOW for Fall Session: 

  • Mondays, 4:00 - 5:30pm, beginning September 21
  • October 12, 19 & 26
  • November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
  • December 7, 14, 21

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. Share your love of the game and bring a smile to a senior! Refreshments will be served. Students must be 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 nine sessions.  

 

Contact: Complete the online registration form
www.dorot.org 

 

 

Sign a Petition  

Change.org

 

Date/Time: Anytime

 

Location: Your own location 

 

This is a great summer activity that will challenge your kids to think critically and take action about causes that matter to them. Take time as a family to learn about and support a cause that you and your children care about through online petitions. You can start a petition or sign a existing petition at Change.org. This way you can participate in initiatives that are up and running, or start a petition for a cause that's meaningful to you. Check out Doing Good Together's Sign a Petition page for ideas on how to get started!

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: www.Change.org 

 

 

Share Kindness Campaign  

Doing Good Together

 

Date/Time: Now through July 31 only 

 

It's a kindness campaign! It's a fundraiser! It's a fashion statement! Doing Good Together™ is holding a limited-time fundraising sale of these fun 2-sided "Share kindness" T-shirts. When you wear our colorful shirt, you'll be spreading a positive message, building awareness of DGT™ and helping our nonprofit raise funds to continue our big-hearted programming efforts. T-shirts must be ordered no later than July 31.  

 

Order your t-shirts at www.booster.com/doinggoodtogether. Youth and adult size shirts are available.  

 

 

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July 2015 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2015 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

July 2015 - New York City

 

Intergenerational Chess  

DOROT

 

Date/Time: Mondays, 4:00 - 5:30pm, beginning September 21. Register NOW for Fall Session!    

 

Location: DOROT, 171 West 85th Street  

 

Student volunteers and DOROT Seniors will get to know each other and play chess together. Chess Masters will demonstrate different strategies at each session. Share your 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 and one-half hours per week 

 

Contact: info@dorotusa.org, 212.769.2850; complete the online registration form
www.dorot.org

 

 

Painting and Revitalization at Coffey Park  

NY Cares and Red Hook Community Center

 

Date/Time: Saturday, July 11 or Saturday, July 18, 9:30am - 2pm

 

Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn  

 

Give this community park in Red Hook a sprucing up for the summer. Volunteers will prep and paint park benches, paint handball courts, and complete other tasks as needed. The volunteer team leader can provide additional information.  

 

Ages: Youth ages 12-17 are welcome to volunteer with their families.

 

Time Commitment: Four and one-half hours

 

Contact: info@newyorkcares.org, 212.228.5000. Once you have completed a New York Cares volunteer orientation, you will be able to register for this and other New York Cares projects.
www.newyorkcares.org 

 

 

Host a Birthday Party   

Celebrate U

 

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 22, 6 - 8pm 

 

Location: 170 W 83rd Street (W83 Ministry Center), 5th Floor  

 

Help host a birthday party for teen moms and their children at the Inwood House.
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 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. Who doesn't feel special when they have a big birthday celebration? Celebrate U partners with the nationally known social service agency, Henry Street Settlement, as well as Boys and Girls Club of Harlem for bi-monthly birthday celebrations since 2014. Corporate sponsors provide treats and party gifts.  

 

Ages: Ages ten and older with a parent

 

Time Commitment: Two hours

 

Contact: heidi@celebrateu.org, 917 415 0963
www.celebrateu.org; www.inwoodhouse.com 

 

 

Pick Up and Pitch In  

Central Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: At your convenience

 

Location: Central Park Conservancy Centers:

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

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 above, 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; an adult must accompany children under 18

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: Volunteer Hotline, 212.360.2751, volunteer@centralparknyc.org, youth@centralparknyc.org,
www.centralparknyc.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, August 4. We will continue to accept cards until Tuesday, September 8.

 

Location: Mail finished cards to:

DOROT

Attn: 911 Card Making Project

171 West 85th Street

New York, NY 10024 

 

Please include the following information in the package: 

  1. Your name, the group's name (if applicable), address, and email
  2. How many adults participated? How many children?
  3. What were the ages and grade levels of the children?
  4. How much time did you spend creating the cards? How many cards did you make?   

For 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance, DOROT aims to send over 1,000 handmade cards to local veterans groups. Our hope is that the cards thank our veterans for their service to this country  

 

Tips for 9/11 Day of Service cards:  

  • 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

www.dorotusa.org  

 

Make "Cool Ties" to keep our troops cool  

Operation Gratitude  

 

Date/Time: At your convenience, from home

 

Location:  Visit the Operation Gratitude website for specific shipping instructions  

 

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 to 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 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

 

Contact: LoreneM@socal.rr.com
www.operationgratitude.com 

 

 

Operation Backpack  

Volunteers of America

 

Date/Time: Donations are accepted between July 13  - August 7

 

Location: Visit VOA's Operation Backpack website for official drop-off locations around New York   

Operation Backpack provides backpacks filled with grade-specific supplies to children living in New York City's homeless and domestic violence shelters. Start a donation drive in your building, workplace, house of worship or club, or simply fill a few backpacks with your family. The Volunteers of America website provides a list of needed supplies, information on how to organize a donation drive, and other helpful information.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: volunteers@voa-gny.org, 212.873.2600
www.voa-gny.org/operation-backpack 

 

 

Assemble CWS Kits  

Church World Service (CWS)

 

Date/Time: Kits are accepted year-round

 

 

Location: Ship all Kits prepaid to:  

Church World Service
Brethren Service Center Annex 

601 Main Street

P.O. Box 188
New Windsor, MD 21776-0188  

 

CWS Kits are small packages of supplies assembled by volunteers and shipped to people in need around the world. Assembling these kits is a great activity to add kindness to a summer barbeque or other summer family get-together. Church World Service (CWS) collects School Kits, Hygiene Kits, Baby Care Kits and Emergency Clean-up Buckets and distributes them worldwide to those in need. Click the above links for instructions for assembling and shipping the kits. You can make it a party and divide the cost among many families. Doing Good Together's Assemble Kits for CWS page offers suggestions for reflections, resources and ways for your family to take it further.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: 1.800.297.1516, info@cwsglobal.org
www.cwsglobal.org 

 

 
 

 

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June 2015 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2015 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

June 2015 - New York City

 

Citymeals-on-Wheels  

Meal Delivery

 

Date/Time: 10am - 2pm, weekends and select weekdays

 

Location: Westside, Upper Eastside and Lower Eastside locations  

 

The heart of the Citymeals program is the hand-delivery of nutritious meals to homebound elderly. Meal recipients look forward to these essential meals; the personal visits that come with them help brighten their days. Each weekend, teams and individual volunteers help deliver meals from meal centers across the city.   

 

Ages: All ages, anyone under 16 requires adult supervision

 

Time Commitment: Two hours

 

Contact: volunteer2@citymeals.org
www.citymeals.org 

 

Garden Volunteer Sessions  

Concrete Safaris

 

Date/Time: Saturday, June 6, 10am - 1pm at Mad Fun Farm; Saturday, June 20, 10am - 1pm at Jefferson Garden

 

Location: Mad Fun Farm, 1775 Third Ave. @ 98th St; Jefferson Gardens-just east of 2nd Ave @ 300 East 115th Street  

 

Concrete Safaris is a model for social change in which children learn how to alter the physical world around them by navigating New York City's infrastructure, becoming confident, experienced, effective leaders at an early age, committed to their health and environment. Join Concrete Safaris by volunteering in their garden program. Work with 7 - 12 year old participants and help to maintain gardens at Mad Fun Farm and Jefferson Gardens. Activities include watering and garden maintenance. Dress for a mess and bring water to drink.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Three hours

 

Contact: 347.267.2903
www.concretesafaris.org

 

 

Host a Graduation Party!  

Celebrate U

 

Date/Time: Thursday, June 18, 3:30 - 6pm

 

Location: Stryker's Bay Neighborhood Council, 696 Amsterdam Avenue  

 

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 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. Who doesn't feel special when they have a big birthday celebration? Celebrate U partners with the nationally known social service agency, Henry Street Settlement as well as Boys and Girls Club of Harlem for bi-monthly birthday celebrations since 2014. Corporate sponsors provide treats and party gifts.

 

Ages: Volunteers should be between ages 11 - 17

 

Time Commitment: Two hours, plus a ? hour training session a week prior to the event.  

 

Contact: Heidi@celebrateu.org, 917.415.0963
www.celebrateu.org 

 

 

Keeping It Green For Families  

Central Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Sundays, June 7 and June 21, 10am - noon

 

Location: Central Park  

 

Environmental educators will lead mulching and leaf-raking projects throughout the Park. Close-toe shoes are required. This program is for families; no groups. Space is LIMITED, 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: discovery@centralparknyc.org, 212.360.1461
www.centralparknyc.org/keepingitgreen

 

 

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

New York Road Runners  

 

Date/Time: Sunday, June 28, 9am  

 

Location: Start & finish in Central Park, West 67th St & West Drive  

 

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.  

 

Ages: All ages; children's races are for ages 2-12

 

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on event


Contact: Karen, kids@achillesinternational.org, 212.354.0300
www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2015/achilles-hope-possibility-5m   

 

 

Meal Service/Soup Kitchen   

Manhattan Church of Christ   

 

Date/Time: Monday, June 13 and Monday, June 27, 10am - 3pm

  • Set-up, 10am - noon
  • Meal Service, 12:30 - 2:30pm
  • Breakdown and Clean-up, 2:30 - 3pm 

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

 

The Manhattan Church of Christ operates an active homeless outreach and bi-monthly meal service/soup kitchen. Volunteers can help with set-up, meal service and clean-up.     

 

Ages: Families with children ages three and up are welcome to volunteer 

 

Time Commitment: About two hours

 

Contact: Carl Garrison, carl@manhattanchurch.org, 917.714.4026. Sign up for shifts at www.manhattanchurch.org under Community of Hope Ministry (COH).
www.manhattanchurch.org

 

Donate Colorful & 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  

 

As the school year draws to a close, many children bring home piles and piles of artwork, doodles and drawings. It's impossible to keep and frame all of this wonderful art. Consider sorting through the piles, keeping the truly special pieces, and donating the rest to Color a Smile. They collect hundreds of drawings created by school children each month and distribute them to Meals on Wheels programs, nursing homes, hospitals and individuals who are in need of a smile. 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. Artwork should be on 8.5 x 11 inch white paper, preferably. Please avoid sending pieces with glitter or glue. Ask children to sign FIRST name only and age on each drawing. Do not date the drawing, and if you decide to write a cheerful message on the artwork, avoid phrases like "Get Well" or "Feel better".    

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: 973.540.9222
www.colorasmile.org

 

 

Start a Community Garden (or help at an existing Community Garden)  

NYC Area Community Gardens

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Varies 

 

Do you like to garden? Starting or joining a community garden is a great way to volunteer with your children and to introduce them to the idea of helping people in their community access healthy food. Click here for ideas on how to start a community garden. Many local food shelves would love to receive donations of fresh produce from your garden. You can find an interested local food shelf near you on the Ample Harvest website

 

Ages: All ages can participate, depending on the garden or farm 

 

Time Commitment: Varies 

 

Contact: Search for an existing garden at the American Community Gardening Association's website or check out the following websites for information about local community gardening resources:

 

Help Support Nepal  

Multiple Organizations

 

Date/Time: Ongoing 

 

Location: At home 

 

The April 25th earthquake in Nepal was devastating. It's estimated that nearly two million children have been affected by it. It's natural to feel helpless because we are so far away. However, this is a great opportunity to build empathy and awareness of this natural disaster and the impact it has had on so many families. What the relief efforts need most is funding. Here are two sites that list dozens of organizations that need aid: 

You can use this as an opportunity for your family to discuss how to choose an organization to support and then how to raise the money to donate. Lemonade stands or bake sales are great ways for children to be involved in the process of fundraising!  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Choose a charity from the PRI or Charity Navigator lists 

 

 

Share a Story with Heart!

Doing Good Together

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

Location: Your home 

 

Writing stories together as a family is a great summer project that gets kids talking, writing, reading, imagining, and building those empathy muscles. Use our Doing Good Together Story Starters with Heart to enjoy a thought-provoking family time activity. Your homemade stories can be a great way to cheer up a sick or lonely friend. Make a gift of your creations!  You can also find lots of story starter ideas for kids of all ages on the Journal Buddies website.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: www.doinggoodtogether.org, journalbuddies.com

 

 

 

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May 2015 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

May 2015 - New York City

 

Host Birthday Parties  

Celebrate U

 

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 13, 6 - 8pm

 

Location: Henry Street Settlement, 605 FDR Drive  

 

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 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. Who doesn't feel special when they have a big birthday celebration? Celebrate U partners with the nationally known social service agency, Henry Street Settlement as well as Boys and Girls Club of Harlem 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: Volunteers should be between ages 12 and 17.

 

Time Commitment: Two hours, plus ½ hour training session

 

Contact: Heidi@celebrateu.org, 917.415.0963

www.celebrateu.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 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 

 

 

TLC Community Garden Clean Up  

Brooklyn Community Services

 

Date/Time: Every Saturday, 11am - 2pm

 

Location: TLC Community Garden, Glenmore Street, between Williams Avenue and Hinsdale Street, Brooklyn   

 

Volunteers can drop in anytime between 11am and 2pm to help clean up and beautify the Community Garden. Dress appropriately for outdoor work.  

 

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate; all children must be accompanied by an adult.   

 

Time Commitment: Up to three hours 

 

Contact: Advanced sign up is required - click here to register online
www.wearebcs.org/bcs 

 

 

Summer Teen Internship  

DOROT

 

Date/Time: Session 1: June 22 - July 16 from 10:30am - 5pm
Session 2: July 20 - August 13 from 10:30am - 5pm

 

Location: Manhattan 

 

Teens help bridge the generation gap and alleviate social isolation for older adults through friendly visits, birthday deliveries, computer tutoring, cook & dine with a senior and much more.   

Ages: High School students entering 10th grade through graduating seniors.

 

Time Commitment: Four days per week for four weeks

 

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

 

 

Keeping It Green For Families  

Central Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Sundays, May 10 (Mother's Day) and May 24 (Memorial Day Weekend), 10am - noon

 

Location: Central Park 

 

Celebrate Mother's Day and Memorial Day - the official start of summer - 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, 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: discovery@centralparknyc.org, 212.360.1461
www.centralparknyc.org/keepingitgreen 

 

 

Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair 2015  

Hippo Playground Project

 

Date/Time: Sunday, May 3, Two shifts: 9:45am - 1pm and 2:45 - 4pm  

 

Location: Hippo Playground - entrance is at Riverside between 87th or 90th Streets  

 

Volunteers are still needed to take tickets, distribute prizes and assist children with fair activities and games. Funds raised will be used to maintain the Hippo Playground, make the park house and bathroom handicap accessible and purchase a piece of play equipment for the playground at 142nd Street. Even if you can't volunteer, come out and join the festivities! 

 

Ages: Children 8-14 accompanied by parents and anyone 15 years old and up.  

 

Time Commitment: Three hours and 15 min

 

Contact: Talietra@gmail.com, Register for a volunteer time slot on Sign-up Genius.
www.riversideparknyc.org/groups/hippo-playground 

 

 

Foster a Pet  

Your Local Animal Shelter Organizations

 

Date/Time: Ongoing

 

 

Fostering a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences your family can have. When you foster a pet you: 

  • Free up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another pet.
  • Give your foster pet the time he or she needs to be ready for adoption.
  • Help the shelter or rescue learn more about the pet so he or she can end up in the best home possible.
  • Socialize the pet to a home environment

Visit the DGT™ project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.   

Ages: Fostering a pet is a great family opportunity. Your local animal shelter organizations will let you know if they have any specific age requirements

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Check Petfinder's list of Animal Welfare groups by state to find a rescue group or shelter near you.

 

 

 

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April 2015 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

April 2015 - New York City

 

Garden Volunteer Session, Mad Fun Farm  

Concrete Safaris

 

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

 

Location: Mad Fun Farm is located outside of 1775 Third Avenue, NYC  

 

Join Concrete Safaris to help clean and beautify this community garden. Tasks include: building raised beds; shoveling topsoil; planting herbs, vegetables, fruits and flowers, spreading mulch; picking up trash; weeding and more. Dress in layers and bring a water bottle.  

     

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

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: Mac Levine at mac@concretesafaris.org. Registration is available online
www.concretesafaris.org/en/ 

 

 

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

National September 11 Memorial and Museum

 

Date/Time: Sunday, April 26; 5K events begin at 8am Family Day activities are 9am - 2pm

 

Location: Run/Walk begins at Pier 26; Family Day will be held on Greenwich Street, between Cortland and Liberty, adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza   

 

911 Memorial is sponsoring their 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. Information will be available about visiting and supporting the Memorial and Museum, and about volunteer opportunities for adults. Pre-registration and a fee are required for participating in the 5K, and there are adult, teen and child divisions. The Family Day event is free and does not require registration  

 

Ages: All ages are welcome 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: 5krun@911memorial.org

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

 

 

Summer Teen Internship  

DOROT

 

Date/Time: Session 1: June 22-July 16 from 10:30am - 5pm, Monday-Thursday;  

Session 2: July 20-August 13 from 10:30am - 5pm, Monday-Thursday 

 

Location: Manhattan 

 

DOROT's Summer Teen Internship Program offers two four-week sessions for high school students entering 10th grade through graduating seniors. Through a competitive process, we choose up to 18 interns for each session. Summer interns are expected to volunteer with DOROT during the academic high school year. For those who are entering college, we hope you will volunteer during college breaks. Teen interns help bridge the generation gap and alleviate social isolation for older adults through friendly visits, birthday deliveries, computer tutoring, cooking and dining with a senior and much more.   

 

Ages: High School students entering 10th grade through graduating seniors.

 

Time Commitment: Four days per week for four weeks

 

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

 

 

Keeping It Green For Families

Central Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Sundays, April 12 and 26, 10am - 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.  Close-toe shoes are required. This program is for families; no groups. Space is limited, 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: For more information or to register for a session, email discovery@centralparknyc.org or call 212.360.1461
www.centralparknyc.org/keepingitgreen 

 

 

NY Cares Day - Spring 2015  

NY Cares 

 

Date/Time: Saturday, April 18, 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. Register online to be part of an "individual" team in a specific borough.   

 

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

 

Time Commitment: Approximately six hours

 

Contact: info@nycares.org, or the Project Hotline, 212.401.1101. Click here for more information or to register online.
www.nycares.org 

 

 

Annual Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair   

Hippo Playground Project

 

Date/Time: Sunday May 3 - Two shifts: 9.45am - 1pm & 12:45 -4pm. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED  

 

Location: Hippo Playground - entrance is at Riverside between 87th or 90th Streets

 

Sign up early for this fun family volunteer opportunity, working at the Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair. Volunteers are needed to take tickets, distribute prizes and assist children with fair activities and games. Funds raised will be used to maintain the Hippo Playground, make the park house and bathroom handicap accessible and purchase a piece of play equipment for the playground at 142nd Street.   

 

Ages: Children 8-14 accompanied by parents and anyone 15 years old and up.    

 

Time Commitment: Three hours and 15 minutes

 

Contact: Talietra@gmail.com; register for a volunteer time slot on Sign-up Genius  

www.riversideparknyc.org/groups/hippo-playground/ 

 

 

Spring Forest Restoration  

Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy

 

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

 

Location: Meet at VCP Nature Center, east of 246th Street and Broadway  

 

Join the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy and help clean up and restore the park after a long winter. Please dress for weather - long sleeves, long pants, solid footwear - and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Registration is required, please call or email.    

 

Ages: All ages 

 

Time Commitment: Three hours 

 

Contact: Paulina Mohamed at volunteer@vcpark.org, 718.430.4687
www.vcpark.org 

 

 

Plant a Row for the Hungry  

Ample Harvest or Garden Writers Association

 

Date/Time: During the growing season  

 

Location: Your garden, community garden, or wherever you have the opportunity  

 

Spring is in the air and gardeners everywhere can't wait to get started. Whether you plant a container garden on a windowsill or a deck, overthrow a patch of lawn in favor of a garden, or join a community effort, planning a row dedicated to the local food shelf can make a world of difference. Donating dedicated produce or extra produce from your garden helps food shelves provide more healthy food options and helps prevent food waste. Check out Doing Good Together's Plant a Row for the Hungry page for more information, reflection questions for your family, and additional resources. To find a food shelf near you that would like to receive your produce donation, visit Ample Harvest's find a food pantry page.   

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact:  Ample Harvest, info@AmpleHarvest.org or Garden Writer's Association, Plant a Row for the Hungry, PAR Hotline 1.877.492.2727
www.ampleharvest.org, www.gardenwriters.org

 

 
 DGT Families Making a Difference

Are you and your family taking advantage of the opportunities in our monthly listings? We'd love to hear about your experiences. Email us your stories and photos and we'll share them with our readers!

In mid March a number of DGT families from the Boston area came together to help support the Cradles to Crayons Pajama Drive. The event was hosted by Kira Hower, our Boston Coordinator and facilitated by Caryn Oppenheim, youth services coordinator at Cradles to Crayons. The program included a short video about C2C, a reading of the children's book Pajamas of My Dreams, and a thoughtful discussion about what types of donations are important and why. The event ended with the kids and adults making "well wishes" cards to go inside backpacks for the kids. Participants donated over 100 pairs of pajamas and raised awareness about the needs of the C2C families.
 

 

 

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March 2015 - New York City

 

Annual Book Drive  

Project Cicero

 

Date/Time: Sorting and distribution will occur on the weekend of March 6-8. Book donations should be delivered by March 6.

 

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. There are specific age and chaperone requirements for sorting, and all volunteers MUST register through the Project Cicero website

 

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. Donated books must be in excellent condition, and only children's books (through Young Adult/high school level) will be accepted. 

 

Ages: Everyone can participate in book drives. There are age and chaperone requirements for sorting and distribution volunteers. See instruction sheet for more details.  

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: info@projectcicero.org or 212.288.6900 x 511. Register online for sorting and distribution shifts.
www.projectcicero.org 

 

Junior Volunteer Corps  

Prospect Park Alliance

 

Date/Time: Sunday, March 29, 1:30 - 3:30pm

 

Location: Prospect Park, 9th Street Entrance, Brooklyn  

 

Join the Prospect Park Alliance for a day of giving back. Families are invited to join us to help prepare the park for spring by raking leaves and other activities. Learn the value of service and meet other families and children. Refreshments will be provided.    

 

Ages: All ages 

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: volunteers@prospectpark.org

www.nycgovparks.org/events/2015/03/29/junior-volunteer-corps 

 

Stock & Shop   

Food Bank New York

 

Date/Time: Tuesday - Friday, various times

 

Location: Food Bank Pantry in West Harlem  

 

During this very long and cold winter, food insecure homes have been especially hard-hit. Volunteer at the Food Bank Pantry in West Harlem and help families "shop" for the ingredients they need to create meals in their own homes. Organize donations, guide families through food selection, and stock food for the next day's pantry.  

 

Ages: Volunteers 13 and older with an adult

 

Time Commitment: Approximately three hours

 

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

 

Family Circle Passover Delivery   

DOROT

 

Date/Time: Sunday, March 22, 10am-noon 

 

Location: Seniors homes in Manhattan     

 

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   

 

Ages: Children ages 4 - 12, accompanied by an adult

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

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

Time Out for Hunger 2014  

Food Bank NYC and Time Out New York

 

Date/Time: Sunday, March 29    

 

Location: Participating local restaurants 

 

On Sunday, March 29th, Time Out New York and Food Bank For New York City are teaming up for the 12th annual Time Out For Hunger campaign! On March 29, 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! 100% of the donated proceeds go to the Food Bank For New York City, and every $1 donated helps provide 5 meals for New Yorkers in need. Every dollar matters!

 

Contact: Check the Food Bank NYC website for a list of participating restaurants.

www.foodbanknyc.org 

 

Keeping it Green for Families  

Central Park Conservancy

 

Date/Time: Every other Sunday, starting March 15, 10am-noon 

 

Location: Projects are located throughout 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. Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green by spreading mulch or raking leaves. Led by environmental educators, projects are located throughout the Park. Space is limited - please register in advance. All participants must have a signed consent form. Arrive early for check-in. This program is made possibly by the GM Foundation.  

 

Ages: Ages five and up. Families only, maximum of three children per parent/guardian; no groups. Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: For more information or to register for a session, email discovery@centralparknyc.org

www.centralparknyc.org/about/programs/youth-programs/keeping-it-green-for-families.html

 

Annual Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair  

Hippo Playground Project

 

Date/Time: Sunday May 3, 9:45am-1pm or 12:45-4pm. Advanced registration required. 

 

Location:  Hippo Playground - entrance is at Riverside between 87th or 90th streets  

 

Sign up early for this fun family volunteer opportunity, working at the Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair. Volunteers are needed to take tickets, distribute prizes and assist children with fair activities and games.   

 

Ages: Children 8-14 accompanied by parents and anyone 15 years old and up.  

 

Time Commitment: Three hours and a quarter hours 

 

Contact: Talietra@gmail.com

www.riversideparknyc.org/groups/hippo-playground 

 

Moms In Training - 2015 Kick-off Event!  

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS)

 

Date/Time: Saturday, March 28, 9 - 10am

 

Location: 92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue between 91st and 92nd Streets)  

 

Have fun, get in shape, engage your children in fitness and fundraising and raise money for LLS! Moms In Training is a social, flexible ten-week workout program in Central Park and nine additional NYC locations on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. The program includes a family fitness class in May and a kid's fun run in June, and culminates with the opportunity to compete in an all women's 6.2 mile run/walk on Saturday, June 13 in Central Park. Refreshments will be served and t-shirts will be distributed at the kick-off event. Training begins in April.

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: One-hour kickoff event, training takes place over eight weeks

 

Contact: Email momsnyc@lls.org to register and for more information, 212.376.7758
www.teamintraining.org/nyc/moms 

 

Host a Clothing & Shoe Drive  

Soles4Souls

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Check the Sole4Soles website for drop-off locations or to purchase shipping labels.  

 

Almost time for some Spring Cleaning? Consider hosting a clothing and shoe drive, and donate gently used items you collect to Soles4Souls. By recycling gently worn shoes with the Soles4Souls, the discarded footwear will be given a second chance at life. By being redistributed through the organization's international micro-enterprise partners, men and women will be given the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty by earning a sustainable income. Soles4Souls receives millions of articles of used shoes and clothing that have been collected by individuals, schools, faith-based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners. To get started, determine the dates of your drive and complete the application on the website. Download the press release and promotional materials and use our logo and pictures to make your own collection boxes! Soles4Souls recommends collecting $1.00 per pound of items collected to help offset the fees of shipping to the warehouse.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: info@giveshoes.org, 615.391.5723 or 866.521.SHOE
www.soles4souls.org

 

Visiting the Elderly  

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: Various New York City area locations 

 

Many seniors in our community face loneliness every day. You and your family can share the kindness of a personal connection with an older adult. When your family visits a senior you help your children become comfortable with our aging population and bring cheer to those who are isolated and lonely. Regular visits with a senior can help enhance the lives of both the senior you visit and your family. Many programs provide training and ongoing support for volunteers; some will ask for a minimum time commitment, typically at least six months. Doing Good Together's Visit the Elderly project page offers lots of suggestions for visiting with seniors, reflection questions for your family, and additional resources. You can contact a local nursing home,  care facility or an organization in New York City that offer senior visiting programs like DOROT, or the UJA Federation of New York.  

 

Ages: Organizations may have differing age requirements but most will welcome families with children.

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: DOROT, slevine@dorotusa.org. UJA Federation of New York, 212.836.1883 or volunteer@ujafedny.org

You can also search for nursing homes in your area on the New York State Nursing Home Profile website 

 

 

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February 2015 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

February 2015 - New York City

 

Share the Love! Valentine's Day Pajama and Stuffed Animal Drive  

Family-to-Family

 

Date/Time: Now through February 13

 

Location: Please email us at moreinfo@family-to-family.org and we'll link you with a shelter near your home. Or if you prefer, you can send your donations directly to one of the Family-to-Family locations listed on our website.  

 

New pajamas and a snuggly stuffed animal can make a child living in poverty feel special and secure. Consider sending one new pair of pajamas, any size, along with a new stuffed animal and a Valentine's Day card, to an American child living in poverty in one of the communities that Family-to-Family serves. Choose pajamas for a boy or girl size 18 months to size 16, and consider including a warm lap blanket or a cuddly stuffed animal. You and your children can make your own wrapping paper and a homemade Valentine's Day card, and the shelter or our community partners will distribute your gift to a child in need. When purchasing and sending PJs please purchase pajamas that meet federal safety regulations.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

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

 

Help Grow Big Hearts with the Big-Hearted Families Book Club!   

Doing Good Together

 

Date/Time: Place your order by February 1 to receive before Valentine's Day.    

 

Location: Your young recipient will enjoy this gift right at home   

 

Looking for something you feel GOOD about giving? Give a Valentine's Day gift of the Big-Hearted Families Book Club. You'll transform family night into a fun, book-centered kindness practice. Your recipient will receive a fantastic picture book, conversation starter questions,  a kindness related activity, tasty recipe and fun stickers right to their mailbox each month. You can subscribe for one month, three months, six months or a full year. Learn more and subscribe at our DGT Store.  

 

Ages: Most appropriate for children ages four to ten    

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

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

 

Make Valentine's for Women & Children  

Sanctuary for Families

 

Date/Time: Packages should be delivered prior to Monday, February 9

 

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 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. 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: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

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

 

Share Music with Elderly & Isolated Communities  

Hope for New York

 

Date/Time: Saturday, February 7, 1:30 - 3:30 pm

 

Location: Dewitt Nursing Home, 211 East 79th Street  

 

Does your child sing or play a musical instrument? Would they like to bring joy to an appreciative audience while making a difference in the community? Hope for New York is piloting a volunteer program for youth that provides opportunities for students ages 4 - 18 years old to perform for the elderly at area nursing homes and senior centers. Ten to twelve youth volunteers will each perform five minutes of music. There will be a pianist available to accompany students on songs if needed. Parents are welcome to attend. RSVP on the HFNY website. Parents may RSVP on behalf of young children and add them as guests during registration.  

 

Ages: Children ages 4-18 

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: volunteer@hfny.org
www.hfny.org 

 

Food Pantry or Soup Kitchen Food Preparation Volunteers  

St. Xavier Mission Food Pantry

 

Date/Time: Pantry stocking - Second Saturday of each month, 10:30am - noon; Food Preparation - Every Sunday, 8:45am - 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 increases. 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. Pre-registration is required via email.  

 

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate. Children should be accompanied by an adult.  

 

Time Commitment: Approximately two and one-half hours  

 

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

 

Annual Toiletry Drive in support of Valentine's Party for Homeless Women   

Brooklyn Community Services

 

Date/Time: All donations must be made by Thursday, February 12

 

Location: Drop all donations at BCS Headquarters, downtown Brooklyn, 285 Schermerhorn Street, weekdays between 9am - 5pm  

 

Please drop off new, unopened toiletries at the front desk of BCS Headquarters. Items should include: shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, face wash, feminine hygiene products, loofahs, moisturizer, lotion, makeup remover, cotton puffs, tissue boxes, makeup bags, and lip balm. Hotel or travel-size items are the perfect contribution. Please do not include any shaving razors. The items collected make a real difference to the homeless women served by BCS, who come into the shelter with very few personal possessions. All donated items will be included in gift bags distributed at the annual Valentine's Day Party held on February 15.  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: info@WeAreBCS.org, 718.310.5600
www.wearebcs.org/bcs 

 

Martin Richard Bridge Builder Grant Program  

generationON, Hasbro and the Martin Richard Foundation

 

Date/Time: Applications are due February 13

 

Location: Apply online 

 

generationOn and Hasbro, Inc. have teamed up with the Martin Richard Foundation to announce the launch of The Martin Richard Bridge Builder Grant Program, a call to action for kids and teens ages 5-18 across the U.S. to submit service projects that will promote peace and kindness and create positive change in their schools and communities. Almost two years ago the nation watched as the Boston Marathon -- an athletic event that brings together the greater community in celebration of peaceful competition -- was disrupted by tragic violence. The outpouring of support and the engagement of the national and international community in the wake of the marathon, however, inspired communities around the world.

This year, generationOn and Hasbro are offering thirty $500 grants to encourage young people around the U.S. to take action that advances peace and kindness in their communities. This initiative is in the memory of Martin Richard, an eight-year-old who was tragically killed when the second of two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. In the days after the bombing, a photo of Martin holding a handmade poster that read, "No more hurting people - Peace" went global and made many see Martin as a symbol of peace. Martin's view of peace went well beyond simply wanting to prevent violence. To him, peace meant things like togetherness, compassion, teamwork, fairness, sportsmanship, inclusion, and being kind. Visit the generationOn website for idea starters, inspiration, lesson plans, recommended reading and videos. Grant applicants must have a U.S.-based nonprofit organizational partner (ex. school or community organization) that will receive your grant funds and pass them on to you. Click for online application.  

 

Ages: Ages 5-18 

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

Contact: www.generationon.org/educators/news-events/bridge-builder
www.generationon.org 

 

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, 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 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.   

  • 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 

 

Create Cage Comforters for Shelter Animals  

Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

Location: 336 West 37th Street, 12th Floor, New York City  

 

Small quilts can change the lives of shelter animals. Cage comforters are simple, small quilts placed in the cages of shelter animals. Not only do they make the cage a more comfortable place to be, but they also can help to increase an animal's chances of adoption by reducing stress and allowing potential adopters to more easily see the animals as part of their homes and lives. Anyone who can thread a needle can create a cage comforter, and help get a Little New Yorker adopted! You and your children can make cage comforters for the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals or you can check out Doing Good Together's Create Pet Toys project page, which includes ideas for lots of different pet toy projects, and reflection questions and other resources. The animal lovers in your family will enjoy the activity of sharing love and toys with lonely pets. 

 

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: info@AnimalAllianceNYC.org or 212.252.2350
www.animalalliancenyc.org/index.htm 

 

 

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January 2015 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

January - New York City

 

Winter Package Delivery  

Dorot  

      

Date/Time: Sunday, January 25, 10am-noon

 

Location: The home of a senior - typically Upper East or Upper West Side  

 

DOROT alleviates social isolation among the elderly and provides services to help them live independently as valued members of the community. Your family can help brighten the day for a senior. Participate in the Winter Package Delivery, bringing a package of food and treats to a senior client of Dorot. Visit and chat with the senior for about an hour.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate

 

Time Commitment: Two hours 

 

Contact: Shelley Levine, 917.441.5051
www.dorotusa.org

 

 

HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen  

Soup Kitchen - service with a smile!

 

Date/Time: Monday evenings, 4:15-6:45pm

 

Location: 1 West 4th Street at Hebrew Union College  

 

Every Monday evening, the student-run HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen welcomes approximately 100 homeless and hungry guests for a nutritious meal. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve meals and clean-up. There is an area where guests can pick up donated clothing and toiletries, and volunteers are also needed to work in this area. Volunteers can feel free to bring donations of toiletries, coats, socks and clothing.  

 

Ages: Ages 10 and up accompanied by adult

 

Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours  

   

Contact: hucjirsoupkitchen@gmail.com (please email us to check on availability)
www.http://huc.edu/campus-life/new-york/soup-kitchen

 

 

Bake a "Share the Dream Cake" with Volunteer New York for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service  

Volunteer New York!

 

Date/Time: Saturday, January 17 through Monday, January 19  

 

Location: Volunteer New York! Is a Westchester-based organization that encourages volunteerism and supports local nonprofit organizations  

 

Have fun with your children while teaching them about sharing and service. Bake a cake or a batch of cookies (maybe in a heart shape) to be shared or given to a community service of your choice (e.g. a homeless shelter, a soup kitchen, neighbors, etc).  

  • We encourage families to shop at local businesses.
  • The use of a seasonal fruit is encouraged.
  • Black and white cakes are very welcome.
  • "Share the Dream" can be written on the cake in memory of Martin Luther King's message and legacy as well as the name of the recipient or nonprofit, and/or a special wish for your community.
  • After you have baked your cake/cookies, take a photograph and spread the word on social media with the tag #dreamcake @VolunteerNYnow

Ages: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: Nathalie@volunteernewyork.org
www.volunteernewyork.org/mlk 

 

 

Celebrate MLK Day by Restoring East River Park  

Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps  

 

Date/Time: January 17, 9:30am-2:30pm

 

Location: East River Park, Field House, East 6th Street & FDR Drive  

 

Join SCA and AmeriCorps to celebrate MLK Day with service at East River Park in Manhattan. During Superstorm Sandy, East River Park was inundated with six feet of storm surge, leaving salt and other contaminants in the soil. Volunteers will spread new mulch and wood chips to help restore the soil for spring plantings. All supplies will be provided. There will be free breakfast and lunch for volunteers, plus plenty of coffee and hot chocolate!  

 

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Five hours (or as long as you can stay)

 

Contact: Ana Pedtke, apedtke@thesca.org or 212.228.5000. Registration is available online 

www.allforgood.org/volunteer/opportunity/new-york/celebrate-mlk-day-restoring-east-river-park/13421 

 

 

Host a PJ and Book Drive!  

Pajama Program - One Million Good Nights Campaign

 

The Pajama Program is a nonprofit that provides new pajamas and new books to children in need through a nationwide network of service agencies. The goal of the One Million Good Nights campaign is to provide one million new pairs of pajamas, and one million new books to children in need by Dec. 31, 2015. Here are some ways your family can help them reach their goal: 

  • Consider hosting a Pajama Party or Book Drive for your child's next birthday.
  • Invite your guests to a Pajama Party (or a "sleep under" with movies and popcorn - but everyone goes home at the end of the event instead of sleeping over). Guests could wear their own pajamas for fun.
  • In lieu of gifts, ask guests to bring a new pair of pajamas or a new book to to donate to Pajama Program.
  • Pajamas should be new/unused and a complete set or nightgown.
  • Decide on an age range to collect (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 your donations on the Pajama Program website.
  • Within seven days, the Pajama Program will contact you with a receiving organization in your area that will accept the donations, and help you get the donation into the hands of the children they serve.

Ages: Everyone can participate

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

Contact: 212.716.9757
www.pajamaprogram.org

 

Mulchfest 2015 TreeCycle!  

City of New York Parks & Recreation

 

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

 

Location: Check the NYC Mulchfest  2015 website for locations 

 

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 30,000 trees were recycled last year. Bring your tree to a chipping location on January 10 or 11, 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 a tree to a MulchFest site.   

 

MillionTreesNYC is also looking for volunteers to help spread the mulch generated during this event around young street tree beds to help insulate these trees from the cold weather, retain moisture, and provide a decorative addition to neighborhood blocks. You can also pick up bags of mulch to take home with you and use on the trees on your street. Click for more information and to register for one of these volunteer events.  

 

Ages: All ages can participate  

 

Time Commitment: Flexible

 

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

www.nycgovparks.org/

 

 

Blankets of Love Knitting Project  

FEGS Health and Human Services

 

Date/Time: Flexible

 

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: Everyone can participate 

 

Time Commitment: Varies

 

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

 

 

 

Monday, January 19th is Martin Luther King Day of Service 
"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve"

 

Monday, January 19 is a school and bank holiday to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Instead of just making it a day OFF, make it a day ON and consider participating in a service project with your family. GenerationOn and the Points of Light Foundation provide tips and resources to begin a conversation about social justice around the holiday. 


Visit www.pointsoflight.org/signature-events/martin-luther-king-jr-day-service or www.generationon.org  

 

 

Meal Delivery  

Citymeals-on-Wheels

 

Date/Time: Meals are delivered seven days per week; call or email to schedule

 

Location: Various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn

 

Citymeals-on-Wheels provides a continuous lifeline of nutritious food and human company to homebound elderly New Yorkers in need, helping them to live with dignity in their own familiar homes and communities. 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

 

 

 

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