December 2016 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

December 2016 New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

December 2016 - New York 

 
10th Annual - Mom's Christmas Stocking Campaign
Mom's Christmas Stocking
 
Date/Time: Sunday, December 11, 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 through Women In Need (www.women-in-need.org). 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 is welcome to participate

Time Commitment:
 Shop in advance at your convenience. The "stuffing" event is two hours long but feel free to drop in and stuff for as long as you'd like!
 
Contact: D. Wendy Strauss, darylwendy@msn.com  or mom.stocking@gmail.com, 212.920.4719
http://momschristmasstocking.com/
 
 
Volunteer One-Night-of-Chanukah
Dorot
 
Date/Time: Sunday, December 25, Wednesday, December 28, or Thursday, December 29 between 4 and 6pm
 
Location: At the home of an elderly Dorot client - typically Upper East or Upper West side

Set aside one night of Chanukah to light the menorah with an elderly client of Dorot. Together, you and your family will create a memorable and meaningful Chanukah tradition, while fulfilling the mitzvot (commandment) of lighting Chanukah candles with a homebound elder who may have no family with whom to celebrate the holiday. Your family will be assigned to an elder and you call to schedule a time to visit and deliver a care package from Dorot filled with treats, a small menorah, and candles.

Ages: Families with children age four and older
 
Time Commitment: Each visit should last approximately one-half hour
 
Contact: Shelley Levine, SLevine@dorotusa.org, 914.441.5051. Registration is available online.
www.dorotusa.org
 
 
Stuff-A-Stocking
Family-to-Family, Inc.
 
Date/Time: At your convenience - until mid December
 
Location: Send an email to moreinfo@family-to-family.org before you begin stuffing your stocking. If you're making five or more stockings Family-to-Family will link you with a local shelter where you can bring them. If you're making fewer than five stockings, they will provide you with an address for one of their partner organizations in a community where Family-to-Family helps or where you can ship your stockings.

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. You and your family can help by participating in the Stuff a Stocking campaign. You can stuff as many as you'd like! Interested in more ways to give back at the holidays? Visit the Family-to-Family website for more holiday giving ideas.

CHILD'S STOCKING:
  • A child size fleece blanket
  • A snuggly stuffed animal
  • A child's toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Travel size games like Sorry, chess or checkers
  • Mittens
  • Pinky ball
  • Perfume or fragrances for 9-12 yr. olds
  • Nail polish
  • Lip gloss
  • Holiday pencils
  • Lego sets
  • Small puzzles
  • Small blank journal & pen
  • Tube socks
  • Small flashlight with batteries
  • Harmonica
  • Jump rope
ADULT'S STOCKING:
  • Winter gloves
  • Socks
  • Scarf
  • Soap & soap case
  • Body cream or 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

Ages:
Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: kids@family-to-family.org, 914.478.0756
http://www.family-to-family.org
 
 
Soup Kitchen Volunteers
Masbia of Flatbush
 
Date/Time:
  • Sundays - Thursdays: 9:30am - noon; 12:30 - 2:30pm; 2:30 - 5:30pm and 5:30 - 8pm
  • Fridays: 7 - 11am
Location: 1372 Coney Island Avenue

Soup kitchen volunteers may help with the following tasks:
  • Peeling, chopping, dicing and storage of vegetables
  • Greeting customers warmly
  • Assisting customers with signing in and choosing a table
  • Serving hot kosher dinner plates
  • Assisting with bussing tables and trays, wiping tables if needed
  • Serving our community with dignity and respect
  • Assisting crew with pantry bag assembly and distribution

Ages:
 Volunteers under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or approved guardian.
  • Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age to serve during dinner, from 3 to 7:40pm
  • Volunteers must be at least 10 years of age to assist with meal and pantry preparation; with the prior approval of the volunteer coordinator, children under 10 may accompany adult volunteers during non-serving hours, though it is not recommended

Time Commitment:
Shifts range between two and four hours
 
Contact: Laura Allen and Brizaldis Veras, Volunteer Coordinators, 718.972.4445 x209. Registration is available online.
http://www.masbia.org
 
 
Holiday Parties for Community of Hope Ministry of Homeless Outreach
Manhattan Church of Christ
 
Date/Time: Saturday, December 10, 8:30 am - 2 pm, and Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 9 am - 2 pm. Please contact Reverend Carl prior to December 9 to make a donation.

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

Holiday party volunteer shifts are extremely limited and book up quickly. Volunteers can also create gift boxes to be distributed to the homeless at the holiday parties. If you would like to donate items for the gift boxes, the following items are needed:
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Lotion
  • Shampoo
  • Socks
  • Gloves & hats

Ages:
Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Volunteer shifts are extremely limited and book up quickly. If you are interested in volunteering for one of the Holiday parties, please contact Reverend Carl Garrison to sign up at carl@manhattanchurch.org
www.Manhattanchurch.org
 
 


Learn more about
helping the homeless

 
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.

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. Every child can relate to the idea that they receive so many gifts for the Holidays, and yet some children in our community may not receive a special toy for Christmas. It could not be easier to visit a store with your children and let them pick out a toy for a child in need and place it in the donation box.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Coordinator.T4TNYC@gmail.com, 347.450.8697. During the holiday season we will be extremely busy.  Please be patient and leave clear detailed messages so we may return your call as soon as possible.
www.toysfortots.org

 
 
Annual Coat Drive
New York Cares
 
Date/Time: Now through February 1. Deliveries to the New York Cares Coat Drive Warehouse can be made Monday through Friday 9am - 4:30pm until December 31.
 
Location: The New York Cares Coat Drive Warehouse's loading dock is located at 157 West 31st Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in Manhattan. Donation sites are also located across the city, in Police Stations, at major transportation terminals and at participating merchants. Check website for details on drop-off locations

As the weather begins to get colder, New York Cares starts to distribute coats to Community Partners. You can donate gently used coats at any one of the public donation sites, or you can start your own family coat drive and deliver the coats you collect 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. New York Cares Community Partners include nonprofit social service agencies, public schools, religious institutions, and transitional housing shelters - all of which serve some of our city's most vulnerable populations. Both adult and child-sized coats are needed.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: info@newyorkcare.org, 212.228.5000
www.newyorkcares.org/coat-drive
 
 
Collection Drive - Share your Abundance!
Jewish Home and Lifecare
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Donations can be dropped off at Jewish Home Lifecare, Manhattan Division, 120 West 106th Street, New York

Jewish Home and Lifecare provides care for the evolving needs of New Yorkers as they age, from the very frailest to those who just need a little extra help in managing chronic conditions at home. At this time of year, many nonprofits and social service agencies are in need of items to help their clients celebrate the holiday season with dignity and joy. You and your family can help by providing some of these needed items to Jewish Home and Lifecare:
  • Holiday gift wrap
  • Arts and craft supplies
  • New cosmetics
  • New caps, hats and scarves 

Ages:
Everyone is welcome to participate

Time Commitment:
Varies
 
Contact: Miriam Levi, 212.870.4618, mlevi@jhha.org
www.jewishhome.org

 


Learn more about
helping the elderly

 
Letters to Santa
Macy's Believe Campaign - Make-A-Wish
 
Date/Time: Until December 24
 
Location: Any Macy's retail store

This is the 8th 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 is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Learn more online.
 
 

Giving Plates
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location:  Your own home or community location


Making some baked goods to bring along to a holiday gathering? You and your family can bake up some extra treats to share as a holiday gift with new or isolated neighbors, sick or stressed friends, or even service providers you meet on a regular basis, like the mail carrier or school bus driver. Then your family can design giving plates to place your home baked goodies on as part of your gift! Visit the Doing Good Together Design a Giving Plate for directions to make your plates and for additional ideas and reflection questions
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.DoingGoodTogether.org
 
 
Thank You for Your Giving
 
During this season of thanks, we want to thank each one of you for your commitment to making a positive difference in your communities. We are especially thankful for all the families who are living our mission of kindness and volunteering by using these monthly lists to find local volunteering opportunities. These free offerings would not be available if it weren't for the generosity of our donors. If you believe these lists are a value to you and your family, please include Doing Good Together your year-end giving plans.
 

 

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November 2016 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

November 2016 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

 

November 2016 - New York City

 
Thousand Turkey Challenge Kick-off and Family Volunteer Day!
Doing Good Together - New York and West Side Campaign Against Hunger Interfaith Coalition
 
Date/Time: Sunday, November 20, 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 with support from the Walt Disney Company. 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). 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 to donate to this project.

Please note:
If you cannot attend the Family Volunteer Day event on 11/20, please still consider donating a frozen turkey to WSCAH for the Thousand Turkey Challenge. You can bring your
turkeys on Monday and Tuesday, November 21 and 22, from 9am - 8pm and Wednesday, November 23 from 9am - 1pm. FROZEN TURKEYS ONLY. You can also donate online  or Text TURKEY to 77948 on your smartphone ($18 per turkey).

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: RSVP for the Kick-off/Family Volunteer Day to Natalie@doinggoodtogether.org, 917.519.8108
www.doinggoodtogether.org

 


Learn more about
helping the hungry

 
Thanksgiving Holiday Meal for the Homeless
Manhattan Church of Christ
 
Date/Time: Saturday, November 26th, 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 it's 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 break down and clean up team.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Volunteers should email Rev. Carl Garrison to sign up to volunteer, carl@manhattanchurch.org
www.manhattanchurch.org

 
 
Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Feeding NYC
Feeding NYC
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 22; several shifts, beginning at 6am
 
Location: Pier 60/Chelsea Piers - 23rd Street and West Side Highway

FeedingNYC is a grass roots organization that relies on the generosity of volunteers to help provide Thanksgiving dinners to thousands of families in need throughout New York City. Benefitting the Dream Big Foundation, FeedingNYC has delivered over 43,000 complete Thanksgiving meals to sheltered families for 15 years! You may sign up to join over 400 volunteers to pack and deliver thousands of Thanksgiving meals to local families and shelters.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome  to participate. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by adult and have a signed waiver.
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours, depending on shift
 
Contact: feedingnyc@liveperson.com. Registration is available online.
www.crowdrise.com/FeedingNYC2016
 
 
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 recipient 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 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, they will donate the turkey to a family that didn't get one. To learn more about sponsoring a family, visit http://www.family-to-family.org/sponsor-a-family/
 
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
 
 
Deliver Meals to Homebound Elderly
City Meals on Wheels
 
Date/Time: Every Saturday morning
 
Location: Throughout the Bronx

The heart of the City Meals on Wheels 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.

Ages: Volunteers must be 18 and older and have their own vehicle; children may participate with a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours
 
Contact: Sheila Clay, Volunteer Programs Coordinator, 646.866.6286
citymeals.org 
  


Learn more about
helping the elderly

 
Keeping it Green for Families
Central Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Sundays, November 13, 20 and 27, 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. Space is limited and advance registration is required.
 
Ages: Families with children age five and older
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: 212.310.6600. To register for Keeping it Green with Families please contact discovery@centralparknyc.org with the following information:
Name, date requested, number of adults, number and ages of children
www.centralparknyc.org/keepingitgreen
 
 
The 23rd Annual Race To Deliver
God's Love We Deliver
 
Date/Time: Sunday, November 20. The adult race starts at 8:30am, Kids' Races start at 10am
 
Location: Central Park

The Race to Deliver is one of GLWD's largest annual fundraisers. It is a 4 mile run/walk in Central Park, followed by multiple-distance Kids' Races. The race is a symbol of the daily race to ensure that no person ever has to face the unthinkable combination of illness and hunger. The goal for this year is funding for 40,000 meals, $10 = one meal.  You may sign up for the races, join a team, sponsor a runner or sponsor a team, all through the website.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Several hours, depending on which races you run
 
Contact: raceinfo@glwd.org, 212.294.8119
www.glwd.org/race/
 
 
28th Annual Coat Drive
New York Cares
 
Date/Time: Coat Drive Officially kicks off on November 7
 
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. You may also consider setting up a personal collection site/coat drive in your apartment building, church/temple, school or office. In addition, the New York Cares Coat Drive Warehouse's loading dock, located at 157 West 31st Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in Manhattan, opens on November 7, and will stay open through December 31. The hours are Monday through Friday, 9am - 4:30pm. When dropping off your coats to the warehouse, please call 646.801.4022 and someone from the Coat Drive staff will meet you outside to help unload your coats.

It is never too early to start collecting coats for the New York Cares Coat Drive. As the weather begins to get colder, New York Cares starts to distribute coats to Community Partners. You may donate gently used coats at any one of the public donation sites (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 is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: info@newyorkcare.org, or to register your own coat drive, email Maggie.Bernhard@newyorkcares.org, 212.228.5000
https://www.newyorkcares.org/coat-drive
 
 
Share Your Abundance this Thanksgiving
NY Common Pantry
 
Date/Time: Call Jen Winter at 917.720.9710 or email her at jwinter@nycommonpantry.org to arrange a pick-up. The last pick-up day will be Wednesday, November 16.
 
Location: NY Common Pantry, 8 East 109th Street

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

How to Plan a Food Drive:
Choose collection sites that are both highly visible and secure, and promote to neighbors and friends. Items to be collected include:
  • Canned cranberry sauce
  • Rice
  • Gravy
  • Corn Bread Mix
  • Stuffing Mix
  • 18 oz Oatmeal containers
  • Cake/Brownie Mix
  • Frosting
  • Pasta
  • Canned Beans
  • Dry Beans
PLEASE NO GLASS JARS!

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Jen Winter, 917.720.9710 or jwinter@nycommonpantry.org
www.nycommonpantry.org
 
 
Thanksgiving Community Feast
Chilis on Wheels
 
Date/Time: Thursday, November 24, noon - 2pm
 
Location: Tompkins Square Park (East 9th Street & Avenue B)

Chilis on Wheels was started on November, 2014 by Michelle Carrera. After searching for a soup kitchen that would serve a vegan Thanksgiving meal and coming up empty, she decided to cook her own chilis and take them directly to people in need of a warm meal. After receiving a lot of support and encouragement from family and friends, and after seeing first hand the need for such a program, she became inspired and committed to bringing vegan food to those in need. Join Chilis on Wheels for our 2nd Annual Vegan Thanksgiving Community Feast! You are encouraged (but not required) to bring a vegan dish of your choosing to help us celebrate! We will serve food and we will eat food, breaking down the barriers of us vs. them. We expect to serve 1,000 meals and we need your help to do it. We are all part of the community and we should all enjoy a delicious vegan meal together!

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: One to two hours
 
Contact: michellet@chilisonwheels.org
http://www.chilisonwheels.org
 
 
 
"Stuff a Shirt" for the Homeless!
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Contact pkoner@family-to-family.org and Family-to-Family will help you identify a local shelter to which you can bring your donations.

This Thanksgiving, make your meal more meaningful by asking your family and guests to stuff a shirt for the homeless. Many homeless people find themselves moving from one shelter to another, carrying their clothes and other possessions the only way they can - in trash bags. They also have limited and inconsistent access to personal care items, like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, etc. You can help! As part of your Thanksgiving gathering this year, ask your guests to each bring either:
  • a new or gently used soft suitcase, duffel, etc.
  • a backpack
  • a large sized toiletries or cosmetics bag
  • OR a clean, new L or XL t-shirt
Ask everyone to bring small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, soaps, wash cloths, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, body lotions, shaving cream and any other personal care items you might think of to your house. Consider also including kid's shampoo and conditioner as well as kid's toothbrushes and toothpaste. Then have each participant pack the soft suitcases, bags etc. with the personal care items, or lay the t-shirts out flat, and put the personal care items in the center of the t-shirts. Wrap the shirt up around the items like a sack/bag, and tie it with a ribbon or string. You might find that swapping and sharing the personal care items will ensure that each t-shirt "bag" or suitcase has variety. For a nice personal touch, you can make a label with a good will wish and attach it to the ribbon or string, or the handle of the suitcase, etc. 

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: pkoner@family-to-family.org
www.family-to-family.org
 
 
Sponsor a Family  
The Box Project
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: The Box Project will match you with a family that lives in an area of rural poverty in the Mississippi Delta.
 
You and your family can make a difference by sponsoring a family with The Box Project. You'll enrich the lives of a family living in poverty in rural America by establishing a meaningful, long-term relationship and providing needed supplies. The Box Project helps to create supportive, personal relationships directly between a sponsor family and a family in need living in rural America. The Box Project acts as matchmaker, pairing sponsors with carefully screened individuals or families that need help. The sponsors offer long term, meaningful interactions including encouragement, advice, and boxes of needed supplies about once a month. Box items will vary from family to family and month to month, but typically include household supplies, food, school supplies, clothing or seasonal items.
 
Ages: Families are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@boxproject.org, 662.449.5002 or 800.268.9928. Sponsorship registration is available online.
 
 
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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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October 2016 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

October 2016 New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

October 2016 - New York 

 
Halloween Candy Buy Back
Operation Gratitude
 
Date/Time: At your convenience, after Halloween. If you are shipping your candy, it must be shipped no later than November 15.
 
Location: Check Halloween Candy Buy Back website for buy back locations. Donations can also be shipped to:
Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Attn: Angel Cuevas/Receiving
 
Plan ahead for all of that "leftover" Halloween candy! On November 1st, the piles of leftover Halloween candy may be overwhelming. You can allow your children to keep a few favorites, and consider donating the rest to a very good cause. Through the Halloween Candy Buy Back program, local dentists promise to "buy back" left over Halloween candy with prizes, toothbrushes, coupons, etc. The 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 at home, and to Veterans. Their mission is simple: to put a smile on soldiers' faces and to show the appreciation and support of the American people. If you cannot find a local dentist who is participating in the Halloween Buy Back program, Operation Gratitude will accept donations of unopened packages directly. 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 likes to include these personal notes in every care package they send.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: hcbb13@gmail.com
 
 
Lunch Program
Manhattan Church Community of Hope
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 8 and October 22, 10am - 2pm. Starting in November, the Lunch Program will run every Saturday.
 
Location: Manhattan Church Community of Hope, 48 East 80th Street between Park and Madison

The Community of Hope is an outreach ministry to the homeless and marginal at the Manhattan Church of Christ. The Lunch Program provides hot meals to the homeless with dignity and compassion. Volunteer responsibilities include setting up, preparing and serving meals, breakdown and cleanup.

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: carl@manhattanchurch.org
http://www.manhattanchurch.org/community-of-hope/
 
 
6th Annual Tie-Dye Cupcake Bake-off
She's the First
 
Date/Time: Between  October 11 - November 1
 
Location: Your 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 6th Annual Tie-Dye Cupcake Bake-Off. First, sign up here to add yourself to the map of people who plan to have bake sales at their school, office, club or girl/boy scout troop, fundraising 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
 
 
Host a Birthday Party for Kids
CelebrateU
 
Date/Time: Thursday, October 27, 3:30 - 5:30 pm
 
Location: The Jewish Board of Family and Children Services at the Ittleson Center, 505 Iselin Avenue, Bronx

Founded in 2014 in New York by two 15 year old girls, Talia Eskenazi and Chase Kauder, The Celebrate U Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to spread happiness by throwing birthday parties for children in New York City area shelters, or who can't afford to celebrate their birthday. The effect of these celebrations goes way beyond cake and party favors. Celebrate U believes that by showing children that their community truly cares about them, it can raise self-esteem, provide hope for a brighter future and empower children. And every child deserves a birthday party!

Ages: Fifth grade and up
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Heidi@celebrateu.org
 
 
Urban Farm Upkeep
Concrete Safaris
 
Date/Time: Saturday, October 15 and October 22, 10am - 1pm
 
Location:
  • October 15: Meet at Mad Fun Farm, 98th Street and Third Avenue, just south of the flag pole in the gated gardens.
  • October 22: Meet at Jefferson Gardens, 300 East 115th Street, just east of Second Avenue. Gardens span from 113-115 between 2nd and 1st Avenues.
Join Concrete Safaris for our Garden Volunteer Session to spruce up our gardens! We will be doing a variety of garden maintenance activities that consist of repairing 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. Activities will vary and events will take place rain or shine. Wear outdoor clothes that you are willing to get dirty.

Ages:
 Families are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children under 18.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: nia@concretesafaris.org
 
 
Soup Kitchen and Pantry
MASBIA

Date/Time: Sunday - Thursday, times dependent on availability

Location: 372 Coney Island Avenue or 98-08 Queens Blvd

Masbia is a nonprofit soup kitchen network and food pantry, providing hot, nutritious meals for hundreds of New Yorkers in desperate need of food. Along with the hot-meal program, Masbia also gives out bags of much needed groceries every week through the weekend take-home package program. Masbia works to not only feed the hungry, but to provide free, wholesome, and delicious meals for people in a restaurant-style environment, with volunteer waiters serving each person with respect and dignity. Volunteer activities may include:
  • Peeling, chopping, dicing, and storage of vegetables
  • Greeting customers warmly
  • Assisting them with signing in and choosing a table
  • Serving hot kosher dinner plates
  • Assisting with busing tables and trays, wiping tables if needed
  • Serving our community with dignity and respect
  • Assisting crew with pantry bag assembly and distribution
Ages: Volunteers should be 14 or older

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Laura Allen or Brizaldis Veras, 718.972.4446 x 209. Registration is available online.    
 
Tootsie Pop Collection (A great idea for Halloween!)
Operation Goody Bag
 
Date/Time: At your convenience
 
Location: Drop off or ship Tootsie Pops to OGB Headquarters at 545 Rt 17S Paramus, New Jersey.

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 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 of Central Park
American Cancer Society
 
Date/Time: Sunday, October 16. Registration starts at 7am and the walk begins at 8am.
 
Location: Central Park, 72nd Street Bandshell, East 72nd Street and 5th Avenue

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Every family has been touched by cancer in some way, and many have been touched by breast cancer. 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
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Marlene Medina, CentralParkNYStrides@cancer.org, 212.492.8417. Registration is available online.
http://makingstrides.acsevents.org
 
 
Donate Used Halloween Costumes
Halloween Helpers
 
Date/Time: Collections should take place in early October. Contact Halloween Helpers for further details.
 
Location: Check their website for collection sites

Halloween is one of the most important events in a young child's life. It provides lifelong memories, develops self-worth, and allows kids to play an active role in their community.  Unfortunately, many children are unable to participate in this fun, annual experience because they do not have a costume. 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. Visit the Halloween Helpers website for downloadable forms, handouts, and signage to begin your collection drive. 

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Info@TheHalloweenHelpers.com, 610.642.7427
http://www.thehalloweenhelpers.com/index.html
 
 
Trick or Treat for UNICEF
UNICEF
 
Date/Time: The 2016 UNICEF campaign runs from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017
 

Location:
Check the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF website for donation instructions

Add a giving component to your child's trick or treat experience! When children Trick or Treat for UNICEF, the donations they collect help add up to lifesaving change for children. UNICEF helps improve the health and wellness of children in over 150 countries and territories. You can help your children learn about issues facing other kids around the world including education, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation. Visit the Doing Good Together Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF project page for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
 
 

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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 2016 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2016 New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

September 2016 - New York 

 
It's Our Anniversary!

This month marks three 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.
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Intergenerational Youth Programs
DOROT
 
Intergenerational Chess
Date/Time: Mondays, September 26 - December 19, 4 - 5:30pm
Location: DOROT, 171 West 85th Street
Students in 6th - 12th grades and older adults play chess together, share their love of the game and help build intergenerational connections across the chessboard.

Book Buds
Date/Time: Wednesdays, September 21 - December 14, 4 - 5:30pm
Location: DOROT, 171 West 85th Street
A reading adventure for 2nd & 3rd grade students and older adults that nurtures childrens' love of reading through a variety of fun and creative activities.

Shir Simcha
Date/Time: Tuesdays, September 13 - December 13, 4 - 5pm
Location: Congregation B'nai Jeshurun, 270 West 89th Street
An intergenerational chorus for 3rd - 7th graders and older adults that offers a creative experience for learning and singing a variety of Hebrew, English and Yiddish songs. No singing experience or Hebrew necessary!
 
Ages: Varies, depending on activity.
 
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on activity.
 
Contact: Shelley Levine at slevine@dorotusa.org, 917.441.5051. Registration is available online.
www.dorotusa.org
 
 
Summer Reading and Back to School Book Drive
Room to Grow
 
Date/Time: Now until September 30
 
Location: Books should be delivered to 54 West 21st Street, Suite 401, New York

Please help Room to Grow nurture an early love of reading for nearly 800 children. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will be matching every book donated during this drive in order to provide a year's supply of age-appropriate, enriching books for all the babies in Room to Grow's program.

Ways to help:
  • Organize a book drive or make an in-kind donation of new or nearly new books appropriate for children birth to age 3.
  • Buy books for Room to Grow. Integrating literacy instruction in a child's native language increases learning. You can help by purchasing a bilingual board book from our wish lists.
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
 
Find Your Park Day of Service: 9/11 Remembrance in NYC 
Student Conservation Association
 
Date/Time: Saturday, September 10, 8:30am - 2:30pm
 
Location: Kickoff at Governors Island National Monument. Meet at the Manhattan Governors Island Ferry Terminal at 10 South Street (just north of the Staten Island Ferry Terminal). Recommended arrival time is 8:30 - 8:45am to catch the 9am free volunteer ferry. Ferry departs at 9am sharp. Volunteers arriving late will need to pay regular fare for the next public ferry at 10am.

Join SCA to commemorate the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance on Governors Island, located in New York Harbor less than a mile from the southern tip of Manhattan and One World Trade Center. SCA will work with Governors Island National Monument, the Trust for Governors Island, and the Friends of Governors Island to improve this rejuvenated waterfront park space. With the support of American Express and in support of the Find Your Park campaign, SCA is mobilizing volunteers coast to coast in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial. Join us on Governors Island as we unite in service to our public lands. Volunteers will help to restore historic Fort Jay and Castle Williams and improve gardens and trails across the island. Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring a reusable water bottle. The event will take place rain or shine so please dress for the weather! SCA will provide light morning snacks and a free lunch for all volunteers, as well as work gloves and free Find Your Park t-shirts.

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Four hours

Contact: Ann Pedtke, apedtke@thesca.org, 724.678.9401. Please register online.
www.thesca.org/ 
 
 
Rosh Hashanah Package Delivery
DOROT
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 25, 10am - noon

Location(s): Volunteers will meet at one of the following locations and then visit with seniors in their homes.
  • West Side: 171 West 85th Street off Amsterdam Avenue
  • East Side: Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 East 51st Street, between 2nd and 3rd Ave
Brighten the day of a senior! Deliver a holiday package and visit with a DOROT senior.

Ages: Families with children ages 4-12 years old are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Shelley Levine at slevine@dorotusa.org, 917.441.5051. Registration is  available online.
www.dorotusa.org
 
 
Mitzvah Squad
UJA Federation of New York
 
Date/Time: There are four Mitzvah Squad activities from October through April. Transportation is provided from UJA-Federation. Please note, UJA-Federation requests a donation of $120 for all four activities, or $36 per individual activity. 
  • Sunday, October 30, 11:30am - 1pm
  • Sunday, December 11, 2pm - 3:30pm
  • Sunday, January 22, 1 - 3pm
  • Sunday, April 2, 1- 3pm
Location(s): 
  • Sunday, October 30, JCC of Manhattan, Upper West Side
  • Sunday, December 11, The New Jewish Home, Upper West Side
  • Sunday, January 22, UJA-Federation, Upper East Side
  • Sunday, April 2, Met Council, Lower East Side
Are you interested in building a better world - tikkun olam - and helping others? Mitzvah Squad is a program for seventh and eighth graders who want to be more involved in their Jewish community, take part in hands-on volunteer projects (four per year), and meet other cool teens from all over New York City. Each session will have a discussion about Jewish values and a hands-on volunteer project, plus snacks. These are the four projects scheduled for this coming year:

Sunday, October 30, 11:30am - 1pm, JCC of Manhattan, Upper West Side
Participants will gather at the JCC of Manhattan to celebrate a fall themed party with the children in their special needs program. Participants will prepare the room with holiday decorations and decorate cookies and enjoy them with the children.
Sunday, December 11, 2pm - 3:30pm The New Jewish Home, Upper West Side
Participants will prepare the room for seniors to arrive and play bingo. Participants will also lead the games and interact with the seniors.
Sunday, January 22, 1 - 3pm, UJA-Federation, Upper East Side
Participants will prepare food packages with teens of the same age from Catholic Charities to help UJA-Federation of NY's Joint Feeding our Neighbors initiative for an Interfaith program.
Sunday, April 2, 1- 3pm, Met Council, Lower East Side
Participants will participate in Met Council's Passover Distribution project. Participants will prepare, package and distribute food to Met Council's clients.
 
Ages: 7th and 8th graders
 
Time Commitment: Each session is up to two hours
 
Contact: Nicole Fleischman, fleischmann@ujafedny.org, 212.836.1460.
www.ujafedny.org/
 
 
Go Orange to End Hunger
Food Bank for New York City
 
Date/Time: Throughout September. Go Orange Awareness Day is Wednesday, September 28
 
Location: Your local community

Now in its 11th 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:

Ways to Go Orange
  • Check out our Go Orange Events throughout September!
  • Snap a photo of yourself or a friend wearing orange and tag it #GoOrangeNYC to raise awareness - we'll feature the best pictures on our website & social media!
  • Start a Virtual Food Drive - Virtual Food Drives allow the Food Bank to provide more food than a traditional canned food drive thanks to our wholesale purchasing power.
  • Volunteer - Roll up your sleeves and sign up for a volunteer project at our Bronx warehouse or Harlem Kitchen & Food Pantry.
  • Give - Did you know that $1 can help to provide 5 meals?  Double your gift by asking your employer to match your donation!
  • Sign your organization up for a "Food Bank 2 Go" custom repack project, where Food Bank comes to you!
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on activity
 
Contact: 212.566.7855
www.foodbanknyc.org/
 
 
Volunteer to Help Host and Organize a Birthday Party
Celebrate U
 
Date/Time: Friday, September 30, 4 - 6pm
 
Location: Prospect Family Inn, 730 Kelly Street, Bronx

Founded in 2014 in New York by two teens, Talia Eskenazi and Chase Kauder, Celebrate U is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to spread happiness by throwing birthday parties for disadvantaged children, living in underserved communities. The effect of these celebrations goes way beyond cake and party favors. Celebrate U believes that by showing children that their community truly cares about them, it can raise self-esteem, provide hope for a brighter future and empower children.

Ages: Children in sixth grade and older may participate alone; fifth graders and younger may participate if accompanied by a parent
 
Time Commitment: Two hours, plus ½ hour training session
 
Contact: Heidi Packer, heidi@celebrateu.org, 917.415.0963
www.celebrateu.org

 
 
Make a Difference during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!
Alex's Lemonade Stand
 
Date/Time: During September
 
Location: Your community
 
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:
  • Register - you can choose to start a team, join one or participate on your own.
  • Spread the word - tell your family and friends! Get them to join you, support you or donate!
  • Fundraise for the cause - you can accept online donations or hold a fundraising event. We have lots of ideas to help you.
  • 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.
  • 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.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: FundraisingTeam@AlexsLemonade.org, 866.333.1213
www.alexslemonade.org/
 
 
September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

Sunday, September 11th marks the 15th Anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Americans everywhere are encouraged to engage in service with their families.

Visit www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/days-service/september-11th-national-day-service-and-remembrance for more information and to search a database of volunteer opportunities in your community.

 
Magic Mail Center
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Set up in your own home

Creating a Magic Mail Center in your home can make it easy to keep kindness part of your family's fall routine! As your fall family schedule gets busy, keep this simple worksheet on hand. When you have unexpected free time, send a letter and make a difference. Visit the Doing Good Together project page to for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
As we start Back-To-School Season, let's remind our kids about the importance of kindness. We're making it easy to deliver this message with our new Doing Good Together™ Infographic that offers insight and ideas for making kindness a priority! 

Presented in a problem/solution format, with relevant stats, fun graphics, and easy-to-find links, we encourage you to post, pin, tweet, and share this graphic with your circle of friends, family, and educators. You can find this graphic on our website, along with other compelling articles on why kindness matters and why DGT matters too. Thanks for sharing DGT™ with others!
 
 

 

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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 2016 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2016 New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

August 2016 - New York 

 
Garden Maintenance
Concrete Safaris
 
Date/Time: Monday, August 1, 4 - 7pm at Mad Fun Farm; Monday, August 8, 4 - 7pm at Jefferson Gardens.
 
Location(s): 
  • August 1, Mad Fun Farm within Washington Houses, 1775 Third Avenue
  • August 8, Jefferson Gardens within Jefferson Houses, 300 East 115th Street
Enjoy a fun day outside assisting with general garden maintenance. Volunteer activities may include raking, planting, spreading topsoil and wood chips, collecting garbage, and more. Please dress accordingly to the weather.

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Tracy Ronnermann 914.510.2287 or Mac Levine 347.267.2903
www.concretesafaris.org/en/

 
 
Summer Streets 2016
City of New York, Department of Transportation
 
Date/Time: Saturday, August 6, 13 and 20, 7am - 1pm
 
Location: From the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, 7 miles of streets will be closed to cars for six hours to allow walkers, runners, cyclists and people of all ages to take back the streets and enjoy many free activities along the route. 

It will take a lot of people to ensure these great events run smoothly. Enjoy Summer Streets from a different perspective as a part of the Summer Streets team and help inspire participants to climb rock walls, fly down zip lines and water slides, enjoy music, games and many other activities, and help direct and inform people to ensure they have a great day.
 
Ages: Must be 16 years old to participate on your own; children are welcome with a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: volunteer@idekoproductions.com, Registration is available online
www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/involved/volunteer.shtml
 
 
Supplies for Success - Help Pack Backpacks
UJA Federation-NY
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 9, 4 pm - 7:30 (Drop-in, stay for an hour, or the whole time)
 
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. The goal of Supplies for Success is to ensure that all children in need return to school with the tools they need to succeed. 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 will help by packing these backpacks with new school supplies.

Ages:
 Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Up to three and one-half hours
 
Contact: Dara Fersel, ferseld@ujafedny.org, 212.836.1598. Registration is available online
www.ujafedny.org/
 
 
DOROT
Veteran Appreciation Card Project
 
Date/Time: This is an ongoing opportunity. To participate in the Postcard Competition, please mail cards to DOROT by Wednesday, August 17. We will continue to accept cards until Monday, October 31.
 
Location: Mail finished cards to:
DOROT
Attn: Veteran Card Project
171 West 85th Street
New York, NY 10024
 
To mark Veterans Day, DOROT invites volunteers to create cards to express gratitude and appreciation to our veterans for their service to this country. These cards should offer reflection, thanks, and heartfelt wishes for a better tomorrow. Click here for more information.

Please include the following information in the package:
  • Your name, the group's name (if applicable), address, and email
  • How many adults participated? How many children?
  • What were the ages and grade levels of the children?
  • How much time did you spend creating the cards?
  • How many cards did you make?
Tips for creating your cards:
  • Cards should have a positive, uplifting theme
  • Cards may reflect patriotic values
  • Please "sign" the back of the card with your first name, the group's name (if applicable), age (optional) and where you are from (optional). DOROT receives cards from all over the country
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Kelsey Donovan, kdonovan@dorotusa.org, 212.769.2850
www.dorotusa.org
 
 
Volunteer with Seniors
City Meals of Wheels
 
Date/Time: Ongoing, opportunities are available 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.

City Meals 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, the Mobile Food Pantry program delivers weekly bags of grocery staples to the most at-risk elderly and the Fresh Produce program enables us to supplement regular meal deliveries with fresh fruit and vegetables from local farmers.

Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Friendly Visiting: The friendly visiting program brings together our 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 our 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, City Meals receives letters of appreciation from our elderly meal recipients. These letters often include touching, heartfelt stories about their lives. Through this program, volunteers write back to our elderly 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 project
 
Contact: Vivienne O'Neill at Vivienne@citymeals.org, 212.687.1234
www.citymeals.org
 
 
Operation Backpack - NYC
Volunteers of America

Date/Time: Now through the end of August

Location: Click here for official drop-off locations around New York.

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. Operation Backpack provides backpacks filled with grade-specific supplies to children living in New York City's homeless and domestic violence shelters. You can 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, posters you can download for a donation drive, and other information.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: operationbackpacknyc@voa-gny.org, 212.873.2600
www.voa-gny.org/what-is-obp

 
Intergenerational Chess
DOROT
 
Date/Time: Mondays, 4 - 5:30pm, September 26 through December 19. We will not meet on October 3, 17 and 24. Register NOW for the 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. Volunteers must commit to all ten sessions.
 
Contact: Shelly Levine, SLevine@dorotusa.org. Register for the fall session online now.
www.dorotusa.org

 
Feed Hungry Minds One Book at a Time
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home
 
As your family gets ready to go back to school, signing up for this unique, monthly, bookish service opportunity will set the stage for a year of learning and kindness. Family-to-Family is a  national nonprofit hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to connecting, one-to-one, families with enough to share to impoverished American families with profoundly less. You and your family can sponsor a child with one book a month through Family-to-Family's One Book at a Time program. Part pen pal, part book club, the One Book at a Time program will inspire both the young readers who give the books and the ones who receive them. Family-to-Family will match you to a child living in poverty in one of the communities they serve, give you the child's name, age and reading level, and ask you to send him or her one new book, along with a letter, each month. Your family will commit to the program for one year, sending a total of 12 books and 12 letters. The child who receives the books will be encouraged to write back to you. Visit the DGT™ Feed Hungry Minds project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: One year
 
Contact: Email books@family-to-family.org with your name, address and phone number and you will be matched with a child.
www.family-to-family.org
 
 
Add good news and good ideas to your family-focused newsletter or website!

If your organization has a newsletter or website that targets families, DGT™ can help you share kindness and service ideas with them. Once again, we've compiled a school year's worth of Service and Smiles Kindness Tips that you can dole out once a week from September 2016 through May 2017. You'll find service projects, kindness practices, and other simple ideas that teach children about giving, caring, and compassion. They're free to use with attribution to Doing Good Together, of course. Visit our Service and Smiles web page to sign up! Already signed up? Please share your stories or examples with DGT!
 
 

 

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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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July 2016 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2016 New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

July 2016 - New York 

 
Alternative Summer Break
GOOD+ Foundation
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 14 - Thursday, July 16, noon - 3pm
 
Location: GOOD+ Foundation Warehouse, 306 W. 37th Street, between 8th and 9th Ave.

Over the course of three days students will participate in numerous projects throughout our warehouse. Projects depend on our most immediate needs but will likely consist of sorting, screening, and bundling items in preparation for donation to families in need throughout the New York City metro area.

Ages: This opportunity is for high school students.
 
Time Commitment: Three days. Please note that students must be able to commit to all three days of this program to apply. Students will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program.
 
Contact: Jamie Novak, Volunteer Program Assistant for an application. Jamie@goodplusfoundation.org, 212.736.1777
www.goodplusfoundation.org
 
 
Garden Maintenance
Concrete Safaris
 
Date/Time:
  • Monday, July 11 and/or Monday, August 1, 4 - 7pm at Mad Fun Farm
  • Monday, July 18 and/or Monday, August 8, 4 - 7pm at Jefferson Gardens
Location:
  • July 11 and August 1, Mad Fun Farm within Washington Houses, 1775 Third Avenue
  • July 18 and August 8, Jefferson Gardens within Jefferson Houses,300 East 115th Street
Enjoy a fun day outside assisting with general garden maintenance. Volunteer activities may include raking, planting, spreading topsoil and wood chips, collecting garbage, and more. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

Ages:
 Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Nia Padilla, 347.432.4777 or Mac Levine, 347.267.2903
www.concretesafaris.org/en/
 
 
Intergenerational Chess
DOROT
 
Date/Time: Mondays, 4:00 - 5:30pm, September 26 through December 19. We will not meet on October 3, 17 & 24.
 
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 6th-12th grade and understand the game of chess, the different chess pieces, and how to move them.

Ages: Volunteers must be in 6th-12th grade.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours per week. Volunteers must commit to all ten sessions.
 
Contact: Shelly Levine, SLevine@dorotusa.org.
www.dorotusa.org/
 
 
Pick Up and Pitch In
Central Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 3 pm
 
Location: Volunteers meet at one of these four Visitor Centers:
  • Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Inside Central Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues
  • Belvedere Castle, Mid-Park at 79th Street.
  • Chess & Checkers House, Mid-Park at 64th Street.
  • North Meadow Recreation Center, Mid-Park at 97th Street
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 and sign out a volunteer name tag, and choose either a trash-grabber or sweeper. Then pitch in by helping pick up litter.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate but an adult must accompany children under 18.
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact: volunteer@centralparknyc.org, or call the Volunteer Hotline, 212.360.2751
www.centralparknyc.org/support/volunteer/pitch-in-pick-up

 
 
Make "Cool Ties"
Operation Gratitude
 
Date/Time: At your convenience, from home
 
Location: Ship cool ties to:
Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Review the shipping page for more information.

Honor our Service Men and Women this July 4th! Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Their mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our Military. Operation Gratitude encourages people to knit scarves and hats for donation in winter, but in summer, their focus is on helping troops stay cool. Their website provides step by step instructions on how to make a "cool tie" which is a type of bandana filled with water-absorbent polymers that troops tie around their neck to help keep body temperature down in hot climates. It's 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: info@operationgratitude.com
www.opgrat.wordpress.com/
 
 
Operation Backpack - NYC
Volunteers of America
 
Date/Time: Donate before mid-August
 
Location: Click here 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. You can 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, posters you can download for a donation drive, and other information.

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: operationbackpacknyc@voa-gny.org, 212.873.2600
www.voa-gny.org/operation-backpack

 
 
Host a Fundraiser
 
Date/Time: Anytime this summer!
 
Location: Anywhere in your community
 

Support a cause that's special to your family by holding a family fundraiser. Your children will learn about working together to make a real difference, and they'll love to brainstorm themes for their fundraiser. Visit the Doing Good Together Host a Fundraiser Project Page for ideas for your next family fundraiser!
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Flexible, whatever fits in your schedule
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
School is OUT, but summer reading is IN. We've got big-hearted story ideas for your family.

Summer is a great time for big-hearted reading! Encourage your child to expand their reading with titles carefully selected by DGT™. Whether you find books at the library, your local bookstore, or online*, we've got recommendations on discussion-worthy topics, such as gratitude, diversity, mindfulness, citizenship, and nature. Our Read Together page not only features picture book and chapter book lists, we also include Conversation Starters For Any Story.

To round out our selection of children's books, we offer adult-oriented titles, along with website and video recommendations on our Complete DGT™ Resource Collection pages.

*Please note: Our DGT™ website features affiliate links to Amazon, which allows DGT™ to earn advertising fees on purchases made from those pages. Thank you!

 

 

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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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June 2016 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2016 New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

June 2016 - New York 

 
Garden Volunteer Session, Mad Fun Farm
Concrete Safaris
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 11 and/or Saturday, June 18, 10 am - 1 pm
 
Location: June 11; Mad Fun Farm (Meet at 1775 Third Avenue at 98th Street and Third Avenue just east of the flag pole within Washington Houses)
June 18; Jefferson Gardens (Meet at 300 East 115th Street just east of Second Avenue outside of the Jefferson Houses Management Office)

Join Concrete Safaris to help clean and beautify this community garden. Tasks may include: shoveling topsoil and wood chips, composting, creating paths, planting, raking, weeding, and more. Dress in layers and bring a water bottle.
 
Ages: All ages; an adult must accompany children
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Nia@concretesafaris.org
www.concretesafaris.org/en/
 
 
Achilles Hope and Possibility (5 Mile Race and Kids' Races)
New York Road Runners
 
Date/Time: Sunday, June 26, 9am start, Kids races begin at 10:30
 
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: 1.855.569.6977, mynyrr@nyrr.org
 
 
Lady Bug Release
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 18, 12:30 - 1:30pm
 
Location: Elizabeth Street Garden, 203 Elizabeth Street, NYC

Join the Elizabeth Street Garden as they release thousands of ladybugs into the garden and learn how these critters are helpful to the environment and control pests. Did you know that one adult ladybug will eat more than 5,000 aphids in its year-long lifetime? Enjoy the ladybug release, examine ladybugs with magnifying glasses, and learn fun ladybug facts.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: One hour
 
Contact: friends@elizabethstreetgarden.org
www.nycgovparks.org/events/2016/06/18/ladybug-release
 
 
Keeping It Green For Families
Central Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Sunday, June 5 and Sunday, June 19 (Father's Day) 10am - noon
 
Location: Central Park
 
Celebrate summer with your family by helping to keep Central Park green. Environmental educators will lead mulching and leaf-raking projects throughout the Park. Closed-toe shoes are required. This program is for families; no groups. Space is LIMITED, advance registration is required. This program is made possible by the GM Foundation.
 
Ages: Families only, maximum of 3 children per parent/guardian; no groups. Children need to be age 5 or older. An adult must accompany all children under age 18.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: For more information or to register, email discovery@centralparknyc.org or 212.360.1461.
www.centralparknyc.org/keepingitgreen

 
Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair RESCHEDULED BECAUSE OF A RAIN-OUT IN MAY!
Hippo Playground Riverside Park NYC
 
Date/Time: Sunday, June 5. There are multiple 90-minute shifts available. You may sign up for one or more of these shifts:
  • 10 - 11:30 am
  • 11:30 - 1 pm
  • 1 - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30 - 4 pm
Location: Hippo Playground - entrance is at Riverside between 87th or 90th Streets

VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED for this fun family volunteer opportunity, working at the Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair. Volunteers are needed to take tickets, distribute prizes and assist young children with fair activities and games like spin art, face painting, flower pot painting, cupcake decorating, ball toss, etc. Funds raised will be used to maintain the Hippo Playground. If you can't help out, come and join the festivities. All proceeds from the Fair go to support the Hippo Playground Project which maintains Hippo Playground, provides free and low-cost art and music classes at Hippo Playground and provides seed monies for repairs and replacement equipment in playgrounds within northern Riverside Park.

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children between the ages of 8-14. Teens 15 years and up may volunteer alone.
 
Time Commitment: 90 minute shifts, 3 hour shifts and full day shifts. Full day shift volunteers will receive lunch, drinks and snack. We also have a two-hour set up shift from 8 - 10am.
 
Contact: hippoplaygrounduws@gmail.com. Registration is available online.
www.riversideparknyc.org/groups/hippo-playground/
 
 
Shelter Clean-up at St. Francis Xavier
New York Cares
 
Date/Time: Sunday, June 5, 1 - 2:30 pm
 
Location: St. Francis Xavier, 46 West 16th Street

Help St. Francis Xavier clean and revitalize the shelter it operates. Volunteer tasks will include sweeping floors, cleaning the kitchen/bathroom, and changing linens. The shelter provides beds to a dozen homeless men and is open seven nights a week, year-round.
 
Ages: Families with children 12 and older accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, with a signed waiver.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours

Contact: 212.228.5000, info@newyorkcares.org. Volunteers need to sign-up for this project with New York Cares. Volunteers who are new to New York Cares must also register with New York Cares and attend a one-time orientation.
www.newyorkcares.org/ 
 
 
Paint a School with PubliColor
New York Cares
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 11, 9:45am - 3pm
 
Location: Claremont, The Bronx
 
Buddy with a student member of the Publicolor Paint Club, which uses student and adult volunteers to paint schools and brighten up community sites in inner-city neighborhoods. Please bring a $10 donation for pizza lunch.
 
Ages: Families with children 12 and older accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, with a signed waiver.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: 212.228.5000, info@newyorkcares.org. Volunteers need to sign-up for this project with New York Cares. Volunteers who are new to New York Cares must also register with New York Cares and attend a one-time orientation.
www.newyorkcares.org/

 
 
Make this a Summer of Kindness with DGT's Summer Bucket List
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: All summer long
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Print and post one or both of DGT's two innovative Summer of Kindness bucket lists. These creative kindness projects will keep your family making big-hearted memories all summer long.
 
Ages: Preschool to teen
 
Time Commitment: 15 minutes to 1 hour per week depending upon the activities you choose to complete.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodogether.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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May 2016 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2016 New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

May 2016 - New York 

 
Intergenerational Books and Bites
The Book Blossoms and DOROT
 
Date/Time: Four Wednesday afternoons, May 4, 11, 18, and 25, 4 - 5:30pm
 
Location: Dorot, 171 West 85th Street off Amsterdam Ave.

Please join Dorot for a special four-session intergenerational reading adventure workshop for first and second grade students and Dorot seniors. The program is ideal for youth who need extra encouragement to reach for a book. Nurture your child's natural love of reading through a variety of fun and creative activities. Participants will read aloud two books over the course of four sessions and discuss the major themes of the books - respecting one another's differences and the value of kindness. Food and art activities will follow.

Ages: First and second grade students
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: Shelley Levine, slevine@dorotusa.org, 917.441.5051
www.dorotusa.org
 
 
Mitzvah Day 2016
The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services
 
Date/Time: Sunday, May 15, 1 - 3pm
 
Location:  Various locations including Westchester, Ward's Island, midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Upper East Side and Staten Island (visit their website for more details on specific locations and activities, or contact Dana Mindlin.

Volunteer opportunities include:
  • Plant vegetable/herb gardens.
  • Pack it up for literacy (assemble packages for young children).
  • Snap photos on a nature walk to help create a photo montage.
  • Host a "mitzvah day" party for residents with developmental disabilities.
Ages: Most activities are for high school age teens, but some welcome children ten years and older.
 
Time Commitment: Two to three hours, depending on activity
 
Contact: Dana Mindlin, dmindlin@jbfcs.org, 212.632.4688
www.JewishBoard.org/MitzvahDay
 
 
Host Birthday Parties
Celebrate U
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 14, 2:30 - 4:30pm
 
Location: Ittleson Center, 5050 Iselin Avenue

Founded in 2014 in New York by two teens, Talia Eskenazi and Chase Kauder, Celebrate U is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to spread happiness by throwing birthday parties for disadvantaged children, living in underserved communities. The effect of these celebrations goes way beyond cake and party favors. Celebrate U believes that by showing children that their community truly cares about them, it can raise self-esteem, provide hope for a brighter future and empower children.

Ages: Children in sixth grade and older may participate alone; fifth graders and younger may participate if accompanied by a parent
 
Time Commitment: Two hours, plus ½ hour training session
 
Contact: Heidi Packer, heidi@celebrateu.org, 917.415.0963
www.celebrateu.org
 
 
We Care Cards for Mother's Day
Catholic Charities
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or community.

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

Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Staci-Jo Bruce, Director of Volunteer Services, ccvolunteer@archny.org or 212.371.1000
www.catholiccharitiesny.org
 
 
Keeping It Green For Families
Central Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Sunday, May 8, (Mother's Day) 10am - noon
 
Location: Central Park
 
Celebrate Mother's Day 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: Families only, maximum of three children per parent/guardian; no groups. Children need to be age five or older. An adult must accompany all children under age 18.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: For more information or to register, email discovery@centralparknyc.org
www.centralparknyc.org/keepingitgreen


 
Annual Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair
Hippo Playground Riverside Park NYC
 
Date/Time: Sunday, May 1. There are multiple 90 minute shifts available. You may sign up for one or more of these shifts:
  • 10 - 11:30 am
  • 11:30 - 1 pm
  • 1 - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30 - 4 pm
Location: Hippo Playground - entrance is at Riverside between 87th or 90th Streets

VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED for this fun family volunteer opportunity, working at the Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair. Volunteers are needed to take tickets, distribute prizes and assist young children with fair activities and games like spin art, face painting, flower pot painting, cupcake decorating, ball toss, etc. Funds raised will be used to maintain the Hippo Playground. If you can't help out, come and join the festivities. All proceeds from the Fair go to support the Hippo Playground Project which maintains Hippo Playground, provides free and low cost art and music classes at Hippo Playground and provides seed monies for repairs and replacement equipment in playgrounds within northern Riverside Park.

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children between the ages of 8-14. Teens 15 years and up may volunteer alone.
 
Time Commitment: Shifts are 90 minutes. You may sign up for one or more shifts.

Contact: Ruth Lefkowitz rlefkowitz@gmail.com. Registration is available online.
www.riversideparknyc.org/groups/hippo-playground/ 
 
 
Sort and Pack Non-perishable Food Donations
Hope for New York and Cru Inner City
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 21, 9 - 11am or 11am - 1pm
 
Location: CRU Inner City Training and Distribution Center, 9-11 44th Drive, Queens

Join Cru Inner City to serve families in need throughout NYC. Volunteers will sort and pack non-perishable food donations that will be distributed to communities in need. This is a great family-friendly opportunity -- children are welcome!
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: Registration is available online. IMPORTANT: Once you request information for this event through this page, you will receive an email with a separate registration link from Cru Inner City to complete your sign up. Your volunteer spot is NOT reserved until you complete the registration process through the second link.  
 
Download DGT's Feelings Flashcards and Play Empathy-Building Games
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Download and print our Feelings Flashcards and use them to play a variety of games that help kids of all ages recognize and converse about different emotions.
 
Ages: Preschool on up
 
Time Commitment: Games will take 15 to 60 minutes.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 

For your next reunion, company party, or school gathering, help your organization help others! Doing Good Together™ Family Service Fairs allow groups of all ages to serve others in a two-hour fair-style event. Attendees come together to do simple and fun hands-on projects that benefit nonprofit organizations. Want to host a fun fair of your own? Our Family Service Fair Manual with Online Toolkit has everything you need to get started.

 

 

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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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April 2016 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2016 New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

April 2016 - New York 

 
SandSational Riverside
Riverside Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 9, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: Volunteers are needed at the following locations:
  • Neufeld 'Elephant' Playground (76th Street) Neufeld
  • River Run Playground (83rd Street)
  • Hippo Playground (91st Street)
  • Dinosaur Playground (97th Street)
  • 105th Street Tot Lot
  • 110th Street Tot Lot
  • 117th Street Tot Lot
  • Sakura Playground (122nd Street)
  • Claremont 'Dolphin' Playground (124th Street behind Grant's Tomb)
  • Riverbank 'Camel' Playground (143rd Street)
Fresh sand means one thing in Riverside Park: Spring! Help start the season off right by volunteering to help move new sand into your playground's sandbox. SandSational Riverside begins with a family bucket brigade, followed by parents and adults completing the job. Riverside Park Conservancy will provide pails and shovels for kids.
 
Ages: All ages, an adult must accompany children.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Email Tara Meade, grassroots@riversideparknyc.org, 212.870.3073
www.riversideparknyc.org
 
 
Passover Package Delivery
DOROT
 
Date/Time: Sunday April 10, 10am - noon
 
Location: Manhattan
 
Brighten the day of a senior! Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover by delivering gifts of food to our older friends in the community.
 
Ages: Families with children ages 4 - 12 are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: Shelley Levine, 917.441.505. Registration is available online.
www.dorotusa.org 
 
 
Annual Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair
Hippo Playground Riverside Park NYC
 
Date/Time: Sunday, May 1. There are multiple 90 minute shifts available. You may sign up for one or more shifts:
  • 10 - 11:30 am
  • 11:30 - 1 pm
  • 1 - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30 - 4 pm
Location: Hippo Playground - entrance is at Riverside and 91st Street

Volunteer as a family at the Annual Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair. Volunteers are needed to take tickets, distribute prizes and assist young children with fair activities and games like spin art, face painting, flower pot painting, cupcake decorating, ball toss, etc. Funds raised will be used to maintain the Hippo Playground.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to volunteer; parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.  An adult must accompany children between the ages of 8-14. Teens 15 years and up may volunteer alone.
 
Time Commitment: Shifts are 90 minutes.
 
Contact: Ruth Lefkowitz rlefkowitz@gmail.com. Registration is available online.
Register early for this popular event!
www.riversideparknyc.org/groups/hippo-playground/
 
 
Birthday Party for Homeless Children
Celebrate U & Homes for the Homeless
 
Date/Time: Friday, April 8, 4 - 6pm
 
Location: Prospect Family Inn at 730 Kelly Street, Bronx

Founded in 2014 in New York by two teens, Talia Eskenazi and Chase Kauder, Celebrate U is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to spread happiness by throwing birthday parties for disadvantaged children who live in underserved communities. The effect of these celebrations goes way beyond cake and party favors. Celebrate U believes that by showing children that their community truly cares about them, it can raise self-esteem, provide hope for a brighter future and empower children. The children at this month's party will be from Homes for the Homeless. The mission of Homes for the Homeless is to help create lasting solutions for families experiencing homelessness through self-sufficiency planning, goal setting, and achievement. They strive to accomplish this mission by developing practical skills such as financial literacy and job readiness for parents while enriching the lives of children through educational programs, youth development, and fun recreational activities, all the while paving the path for families to move forward.

Ages: Children in 6th grade and older may participate alone; 5th graders and younger may participate if accompanied by a parent.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Heidi Packer heidi@celebrateu.org
www.celebrateu.org, www.hfhnyc.org/
 
 
Garden Volunteer Session, Mad Fun Farm
Concrete Safaris
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 2 and/or Saturday, April 16, 10 am - 1 pm
 
Location:(s)
  • April 2; Mad Fun Farm (Meet at 1775 Third Avenue at 98th Street and Third Avenue just east of the flag pole within Washington Houses)
  • April 16; Jefferson Gardens (Meet at 300 East 115th Street just east of Second Avenue outside of the Jefferson Houses Management Office)
Join Concrete Safaris to help clean and beautify these community gardens. Tasks may include: shoveling topsoil and wood chips, composting, creating paths, planting, raking, weeding and more. Dress in layers and bring a water bottle
 
Ages: All ages; an adult must accompany children
 
Time Commitment: Three hours

Contact: Nia@concretesafaris.org
www.concretesafaris.org/en/ 
 
 
9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Family Day
National September 11 Memorial and Museum
 
Date/Time: Sunday, April 24. 5K events begin at 8am. Family Day activities run from 9am to 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

The 911 Memorial is sponsoring the annual 5K Run/Walk and Family Day to raise awareness about the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and to encourage volunteerism in memory of 9/11. Following the 5K Run/Walk, Family Day festivities will include entertainment and meaningful activities for all ages, food and refreshments. The free event will also offer information about the Memorial and Museum and ways to learn about volunteer opportunities. 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: Flexible
 
Contact: 5krun@911memorial.org
 
 
Meal Delivery
Citymeals on Wheels
 
Date/Time: Seven days per week, various time slots are available.
 
Location: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx

Citymeals on Wheels provides a continuous lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to New York City's homebound elderly. You and your family can help by delivering meals. Meal recipients look forward to these essential meals; the personal visits that come with them help further brighten their days. Volunteers must complete an application and attend an orientation before they are able to volunteer. 

Ages: All ages, however an adult MUST accompany anyone younger than 16 years old.
 
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
 
Contact: Vivienne O'Neill, 212.687.1234
 
 
Keeping It Green For Families
Central Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Sundays, April 10 and/or April 24, 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 only; no groups. This program is made possible by the GM Foundation.
 
Ages: Families only, maximum of 3 children per parent/guardian; no groups. Children need to be age 5 or older. An adult must accompany all children under age 18.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: For more information or to register for a session, email discovery@centralparknyc.org. Please include the following information:
  • Date requested
  • Number of adults
  • Number and ages of children
 
 
NY Cares Day - Spring 2016
NY Cares
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 9:30 am - 2pm
 
Location: Throughout the five boroughs
 
Make NYC a Cleaner and Greener Place to Live! 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.
 
Ages: Ages 14 and up, accompanied by an adult at all times. Youth between 14 and 17 may also participate as part of a Youth Team and all participants must have a signed parental consent form.
 
Time Commitment: Approximately six hours
 
Contact: info@nycares.org or the Project Hotline 212.401.1101. Call 212.228.5000 with questions. Registration is available online.
 
 
Forest Restoration
Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 16, 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. 
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: 
volunteer@vcpark.org, 718.430.4687. Registration required, please call or email.
www.vcpark.org  
 
 
Did you know...
April is National Volunteer Month?
and April 10 - 16, 2016 is National Volunteer Week?

National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It's about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.  Visit www.pointsoflight.org/signature-events/national-volunteer-week
to learn more and to view a video about how kids can make a difference by volunteering!
 
 
Seeds for Change
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location:  Seeds can be sent to one of the locations on the Family-to-Family Seeds for Change page

You and your family can help a family in need to grow their own food by starting a collection of seed packets. You can raise money through a yard sale or a bake sale and purchase the seeds from your local gardening or hardware store. Visit the Doing Good Together Send Seeds for Change Project page for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: kids@family-to-family.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org, www.family-to-family.org
 
 

Have you and your family worked on a Project of the Month from our monthly listings? Please tell us about it using our Good Stories form!  Here's a quote from Noah who participated in the Assemble CWS Kits project:

"I bet in the places the [Syrian] refugees have to stay, they don't have a school, so they need the same things I do like notebooks and pencils."

Noah's mom added: "This was a great project for Noah for two reasons: First, he has been very interested and concerned about the Syrian refugees, so it was nice to have something proactive for him to do; and second, he loves his schooling so much, the idea that refugees would not have the supplies to keep doing their schooling was very upsetting to him. With this project, he was able to help. "
 

 

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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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March 2016 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

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March 2016 - New York 

 
Brooklyn Community Services
Green is the New Black: Street Tree Care
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 26, 9am - 1pm
 
Location: Join Brooklyn Community Services to care for Bed-Stuy's street trees with the NYC Parks Department. Remove litter, mix-up soil and add mulch to the tree beds. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty.
 
Ages: Volunteers must be 10 or older. Volunteers ages 10-13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Simone Ebanks, sebanks@wearebcs.org. Click here to register, 718.310.5823
www.wearebcs.org/bcs/
 
 
Annual Book Drive
Project Cicero
 
Date/Time: Sorting and distribution will take place the weekend of March 12-13. Book drive donations will be accepted up until the sorting and distribution weekend.
 
Location: Deliver book drive donations to: Project Cicero, 53 East 79th Street.
Sorting and distribution will take place at the Gold Ballroom at The Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 7th Avenue.
 
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. Since its inception in 2001, Project Cicero has distributed 2.3 million new and gently used books to more than 13,000 New York City classrooms, reaching over 550,000 students. Donated books must be in excellent condition, and only children's book (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. Check the registration page for more information.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@projectcicero.org or 212.288.6900 x 511. Register online for sorting and distribution shifts.
www.projectcicero.org/

 
Purim Package Delivery
DOROT
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 22 or Thursday, March 24, between 4 - 6pm
 
Location: Seniors' homes in Manhattan
 
Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim by delivering gifts of food to our older friends and sharing a wonderful gift - the gift of friendship.
 
Ages: Families with children 4-12 years old are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Your visit should last approximately 30-45 minutes.

Contact: Shelley Levine, 917.441.5051. Please register online.  
 
 
Junior Volunteer Corps
Prospect Park Alliance
 
Date/Time: Sunday, March 26, 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: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Prospect Park Alliance, 718.287.3400, volunteers@prospectpark.org. Please preregister online.
http://www.nycgovparks.org
 
 
Host a Birthday Party for Children Living in Shelter
Celebrate U
 
Date/Time: Friday, March 18, 3:30 - 5:30pm
 
Location: Harlem Boys and Girls Club, 425 West 144th Street

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 in 6th grade and older may participate alone; 5th graders and younger may participate if accompanied by a parent
 
Time Commitment: Two hours, plus ½ hour training session
 
Contact: Heidi@celebrateu.org, 917.415.0963
www.celebrateu.org
 
 
Keeping it Green for Families
Central Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Sunday, March 27, 10am - noon
 
Location: Central Park
 
Spring is in the air! If you are itching to get outdoors and volunteer with 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. This program is made possibly by the GM Foundation.
 
Ages: Families only, maximum of 3 children per parent/guardian; no groups. Children need to be age 5 or older. All 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. Please include the following information:
  • Date requested
  • Number of adults
  • Number of children
www.centralparknyc.org/
 
Thrift Shop Clothing Drive
Brooklyn Community Services
 
Date/Time: All donations must be made by Wednesday, March 30
 
Location: Drop of all donations at BCS Headquarters, Downtown Brooklyn, 285 Schermerhorn Street, weekdays between 9am and 5pm.

Almost time for some Spring Cleaning? Consider hosting a clothing drive for Brooklyn Community Services. They are collecting donations for their first-ever pop-up thrift shop, which will give BCS clients and community members the opportunity to purchase clothes and home goods at very low prices. Money raised by the shop will support BCS programs.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Kristina Reintamm, kreintamm@wearebcs.org, 718.310.5614
www.wearebcs.org/bcs/
 
 
Birthday Giving Project  
Family-To-Family
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Contact birthdays@family-to-family.org to ask for the name of a shelter or pantry where you can deliver the birthday boxes or call your local food pantry to ask if they accept birthday in a box donations
 
It's hard for many of us - adults or children - to imagine celebrating a child's birthday without a party or presents. Family-to Family's Birthday Giving Project is designed to help families by providing a small "party in a box" for a child in need, and at the same time gives children with "more" the opportunity to learn empathy in a concrete way by helping another child. You and your children can decorate and fill shoeboxes with everything needed for a small birthday party. Each box goes to a different child. If you are making a lot of boxes, please make them for different ages!

Directions:
  • Pick an age (or ages), and choose either boy(s) or girl(s) to send your box to.
  • Find a large sneaker-sized shoebox or party bag and buy the things needed for a party.
Include: 
  • Box of cake mix and a can of frosting
  • Birthday candles (no matches please!)
  • Wall decoration (like streamers, or a happy birthday banner)
  • New or gently used children's book
  • Small $5-$10 gift appropriate to the age and gender of child.
  • Optional: goody bag filled with small surprises
Then:
  • Wrap the book and the gift in birthday paper.
  • Wrap the top and bottom of the shoebox separately (so that even wrapped, the box can be opened), and fill the wrapped box with the birthday items.
  • If you want to give your recipient a chance to write you back, include a stamped postcard with your name, c/o Family to Family, P.O. Box 255, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, 10706. Then email kids@family-to-family.org, put "birthday postcards" in the subject line, say you may get a return postcard, and provide your name and address.
  • You can also make a birthday card to put inside the box. Then tie the box closed with ribbon, and label it with the age and "boy" or "girl". (For example, you might write "6-7 year old boy" or "10-11 year old girl".)
  • Ship or deliver the box(es) you've assembled
Visit the Doing Good Together Birthday Giving Project page for more ideas and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org or birthdays@family-to-family.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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February 2016 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

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February 2016 - New York City  

 
Intergenerational Books & Bites
The Book Blossoms & DOROT
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 17, 10:30am - noon
 
Location: DOROT, 171 West 85th Street, off Amsterdam Avenue
 
Please join DOROT for a special intergenerational event during the February school break. Youth in 1st and 2nd grade will come together with DOROT seniors for a morning of reading and fun activities. Participants will read aloud the book Yoko by Rosemary Wells and discuss the major theme of the book - respecting one another's differences. Great activities including sushi rolling will follow.
 
Ages: Youth in 1st and 2nd grade. Due to limited space, parents/guardians may not be able to attend the program but are welcome to wait at DOROT.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: Shelly Levine, SLevine@dorotusa.org. Only 16 spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Registration is available online.
 
 
Make Valentine's and Care Kits for Women & Children
Sanctuary for Families
 
Date/Time: Valentine packages should be delivered by Monday, February 8; Care Kits may be delivered any time.
 
Location: Valentines and Care Kits should be dropped off or sent to Sanctuary's lower Manhattan location. Please contact Emily Lo Bue, elobue@sffny.org, for location details.
 
Sanctuary for Families is the leading nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving the needed of domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and their children. Sanctuary envisions a world in which freedom from gender violence is a basic human right. Valentine's Day can be a difficult time for victims of gender-based violence who are living in shelters. It is often a reminder of the violence that brought them to Sanctuary. Receiving valentines from those who care is a wonderful gift! Write an inspirational message, make cards, or include wrapped candy - whatever your heart desires! Sanctuary for Families is also in need of "Care Kits" for both adults and children. Care Kits consist of ziplock bags filled with basic travel-sized toiletry essentials (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, hand sanitizer, etc). Please also add a note of encouragement and friendship to each bag! This is a great project to do with kids on a rainy day.
 
Ages: All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Emily LoBue, elobue@sffny.org, 212.349.6009, ext. 317
www.sanctuaryforfamilies.org  

 
Share the Love! Valentine's Day Pajama and Stuffed Animal Drive
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: All donations should be received by February 13
 
Location: Please email Family-to-Family at moreinfo@family-to-family.org and they'll link you with a shelter near your home. Or you can check their website for locations where you can send your donations.
 
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 Family-to-Family serves. When purchasing pajamas, please buy those that meet federal safety regulations. Family-to-Family, Inc. is a nonprofit, national poverty and hunger relief organization.
 
Ages: All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: moreinfo@family-to-family.org
http://www.family-to-family.org/

 
Host a birthday party for children living in shelter
Celebrate U
 
Date/Time: Thursday, February 11, 6 - 8pm, Henry Street Settlement
Saturday, February 27, 12:30 - 2:30pm, The Jewish Board of Family and Children Services, Ittelson Center
 
Location: Henry Street Settlement, 605 FDR Drive or 130 Baruch Place
Ittelson Center, 5050 Iselin Avenue, Riverdale, NY
 
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 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 in 6th grade and older may participate alone; 5th graders and younger may participate if accompanied by a parent
 
Time Commitment: Two hours, plus ½ hour training session
 
Contact: Heidi@celebrateu.org, 917.415.0963
www.celebrateu.org
 
 
Annual Toiletry Drive in support of Valentine's Party for Homeless Women
Brooklyn Community Services
 
Date/Time: All donations must be made by Friday, February 12
 
Location: Deliver all donations to BCS Headquarters, downtown Brooklyn, 285 Schermerhorn Street, weekdays between 9 am - 5 pm
 
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, 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 14th.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@WeAreBCS.org, 718.310.5600
http://www.wearebcs.org/bcs/
 
 
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 children each month, and distributes them to Meals on Wheels programs, nursing homes, hospitals and individuals who are in need of a smile. Follow some simple guidelines, package the artwork together, ship it to Color A Smile, and they will make sure it gets into the hands of a person who needs cheering. You need not register for this activity
  • Use 8.5 x 11 white paper
  • Use crayons or colored paper
  • Avoid glitter and glue
  • Avoid using phrases like "Feel better" or "Get Well"
  • Do not put a date on the drawing
  • Ask children to sign just FIRST name and age on the drawing
  • Use one side of paper only
  • Make sure the drawings are bright and happy!
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: 973.540.9222
www.colorasmile.org
 
 
Two exciting Youth Internship Opportunities!

The Baby Buggy Youth Service Corps - Spring Session
 
The Baby Buggy Youth Service Corps is an opportunity for high school students to participate in hands-on volunteer projects, build leadership skills, and engage with their community through service and action. The Youth Service Corps meets once a week for one hour for eight consecutive weeks at the Baby Buggy Warehouse. The first session will include an orientation, tour of their warehouse, an overview of the project and a brief video. At the end of the eight weeks participants will receive a Certificate of Completion. Please note, to receive the certificate students must attend seven out of the eight sessions.
 
For more information, contact:
Jamie Novak, Volunteer Program Assistant
Jamie@babybuggy.org
Baby Buggy, Inc.
306 West 37th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10018
 
Dorot Teen Internship Program - Summer 2016

DOROT's Summer Teen Internship Program offers two 4-week sessions for high school students entering 10th grade through graduating seniors. Through a competitive process, Dorot chooses up to 18 interns for each session. Summer interns are also expected to volunteer with DOROT during the academic high school year. Interns who are entering college will volunteer during college breaks. Each morning interns gather together at DOROT for their daily assignments. The first day of each session will include an orientation and training. On Thursdays the interns gather for lunch, group reflection and occasional guest speakers.

Teen Interns may:
  • Visit seniors in their home for companionship
  • Teach seniors how to use a computer, iPad, iShuffle, and other types of technology
  • Celebrate seniors' birthdays
  • Deliver meals to seniors
  • Send birthday cards out to seniors
  • Read to visually impaired seniors
  • Shop and deliver groceries to seniors
  • Play chess, cards, scrabble, and other games with seniors
  • Assist with office work at DOROT
  • Have the opportunity to plan, run and implement an intergenerational game day or museum trip
  • Visit DOROT's Homelessness Prevention Program and take part in cooking a meal for the seniors who live in our transitional housing facility
Learn more at www.dorotusa.org/teenapp
Or contact Shelley Levine, slevine@dorotusa.org
 
 
Give An Award
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime you like
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Looking for an alternative to giving out valentines? Your children can celebrate someone they admire with a creative, homemade award. Help recognize the everyday heroes that inspire your family! Visit the Doing Good Together Give an Award project page for award ideas and reflection questions. 
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
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Keep up with your New Year's resolutions by making a plan to connect as a family. Our Family Mission Statement activity helps you turn your lofty goals into a simple, artistic reminder of your family's priorities. Find this project and other ways to connect with your kids in the Parent With Purpose section of our website.
 

 

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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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January 2016 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

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January 2016 - New York 

 
MLK Days of Service
Volunteer New York!
 
Date/Time: Most opportunities are on Saturday, January 16, although a few are Friday, January 15 or Sunday, January 17
 
Location: Locations throughout Westchester
 
The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a beloved community. Family-friendly opportunities are available to families who wish to volunteer together during Days of Service. This is an easy way to volunteer as a family and impart lessons about the importance of giving back and volunteering at an early age.
 
Ages: Varies, depending on opportunity. There are several opportunities for families with children four and older.
 
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on opportunity.
 
Contact: info@volunteernewyork.org, 914.948.4452.
www.volunteernewyork.org/mlk
 
 
Winter Package Delivery
Dorot
 
Date/Time: Sunday, January 31, 10am - noon
 
Location: At the home of an elderly Dorot client - typically Upper East or Upper West side
 
You and your family can warm up the day of a senior. Deliver a food package and visit with an older person.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact:  Shelley Levine, SLevine@dorotusa.org, 914.441.5051. Registration is available online.
www.dorotusa.org
 
 
MLK Day of Service - Coastal Cleanup
NYC Parks Department
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 18, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: Idlewild Park, Queens, 149 Ave. at Rockaway Blvd., Jamaica Bay between James Brown Place and Brookville Blvd
 
Volunteer with the Stewardship Team at Idlewild Park on Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Volunteers will help protect and maintain the wetlands of Idlewild Park by removing floatable debris. Volunteers will be trained in removal and cleanup techniques. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, warm layers, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. 
 
Ages: All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult, and an adult must sign consent forms for children who are volunteering.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Space is limited and registration is required.
www.nycgovparks.org

 
 
2016 MLK Weekend of Service
Food Bank for New York City
 
Date/Time: Friday, January 16 through Monday, January 18, times vary.
 
Location: There are opportunities in all five boroughs
 
Now in its 3rd consecutive year, Food Bank For New York City will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy with a 3-day weekend of volunteer service. During this weekend, volunteers will come together to bring to life Dr. King's vision of uniting people of all ages and backgrounds to strengthen their communities through service. There are two projects for families with younger children: Pantry Distribution in Chelsea and Winter Wonderland in Hunt's Point. There are two additional opportunities for families with teens 13 and older: Pantry Makeover in Jackson Heights and Urban Farming Training School Beautification.
 
Ages: Varies by opportunity
 
Time Commitment: One to five hours, depending on opportunity
 
Contact: Volunteer Engagement Team at 212.566.7855 x8350 or volunteer@foodbanknyc.org.
www.volunteer.foodbanknyc.org/MLK
 
 
Soup Kitchen - Service With a Smile!
HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen
 
Date/Time: Every Monday (4:15 - 5pm set up and education, 5 - 6pm serve guests, 6- 6:45pm clean up and wrap up session)
 
Location: 1 West 4th Street at Hebrew Union College
 
HUC-JIR operates a soup kitchen each Monday evening. 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 needed to work in this area, as well. 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 to check on availability)
http://huc.edu/campus-life/new-york/soup-kitchen
 
 
Host a Pajama or Book Drive
Pajama Program - One Million Good Nights Campaign
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Winter is considered the "danger season" for children in shelter and temporary housing. 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 One Million Good Nights campaign has the goal of providing one million new pairs of pajamas, and one million new books, to children in need. Your family can help by hosting a donation drive!
  • 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.
  • Once your drive is complete, report your donation to the Pajama Program.
  • Within 7 days, 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
 
 
Distribution and Meal Service at the Action Center Hammels
New York Cares
 
Date/Time: Saturday, January 16, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: The Rockaways, Queens
 
The Action Center for Education and Community Development, Inc., developed in 2001, is a nonprofit organization committed to creating and facilitating model programs geared towards stopping at-risk behaviors for disadvantaged youth and their families within the communities served by the Action Center. In addition, the Action Center provides direct and indirect services to over 33,000 Rockaway families, and general services to the entire 105,000 Rockaway base. Help unload supplies, sort, prepare food and serve families and individuals in the Rockaways. Volunteers will also assist in the Saturday distribution of goods and hot food as needed. Please wear comfortable shoes and remain patient and flexible as needs may change on site. In order to participate in NYCares projects, you must register and attend a brief orientation.
 
Ages: Children 11 and up, accompanied by a parent (parents must sign a waiver in advance)
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Project Sign-up Hotline, 212.402.1680, info@newyorkcares.org
www.nycares.org
 
 
Mulchfest 2016 TreeCycle!
City of New York Parks & Recreation
 
Date/Time: Saturday or Sunday, January 9 & 10, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Check the 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 9 or 10, 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: Varies
 
 
 
Intergenerational Chess
DOROT
 
Date/Time: Winter/Spring 2016
 
Location: DOROT - 171 West 85th Street
 
Share your love of the game and bring a smile to a senior! Students and Dorot Seniors will get to know each other and play chess together. Chess Masters will demonstrate different strategies at each session. Refreshments will be served. 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, slevine@dorotusa.org or 917.441.5051
www.dorotusa.org  
 
 
Monday, January 18th is Martin Luther King Day of Service
"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve"

 Monday, January 18th 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, along with the US government and the City of New York provide tips and resources to begin a conversation about social justice around the holiday.

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

 
Almost Instant Kindness Quests
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Your home or other convenient location
 
Follow up on your family's kindness resolutions with these Almost Instant Kindness Quests from Doing Good Together. Print and post this cheat sheet on your refrigerator or cork board and your family will have a readily available list of almost instant kindness activities to choose from. Check out the Doing Good Together project page for more ideas for your family kindness practice.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
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