August 2017 NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2017 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

August 2017 - New York City

 
Soup Kitchen - Food Preparation and Service
Manhattan Church of Christ
 
Date/Time: Saturday August 12 and Saturday, August 26, 9am - 2pm
 
Location: Manhattan Church of Christ, 48 East 80th Street between Park and Madison

Volunteers are needed to help set up, prepare and serve meals to members of the community who are homeless and/or live marginally. 
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Full service is five hours, but volunteers are welcome any time during the day.
 
Contact: Carl Garrison, carl@manhattanchurch.org
www.manhattanchurch.org/
 
 
Supplies for Success - Help Pack Backpacks
UJA Federation-NY
 
Date/Time(s): Wednesday, August 23, 9:30am - 1:30pm, (Hamptons location) and 2 - 5:30pm, (Manhattan location)
 
Location(s): 
Hamptons location: The Ross Lower School Field House, 739 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton
Manhattan location: UJA Federation, 130 East 59th Street
 
Supplies for Success is UJA-Federation of New York's initiative to provide new school supplies for children in need. Each year, UJA provides brand new filled backpacks to thousands of disadvantaged children through UJA-Federation beneficiary agencies, schools, shelters, and other local organizations. The goal of Supplies for Success is to ensure that all children in need return to school with the tools they need to succeed.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: One hour or more
 
Contact: Hamptons location: Nancy Powers, powersn@ujafedny.org or 516.762.5870. Click for Hamptons online registration.
Manhattan location: Olivia Faden, fadeno@ujafedny.org or 212.836.1845. Click for Manhattan online registration.
www.ujafedny.org/
 
 
Servers / Pantry Food Preparation
Masbia Soup Kitchen Network
 
Date/Time: Servers are needed Sunday through Thursday, 2:30 - 6pm
Food and pantry preparation crew are needed Sunday through Thursday, 8am - 2:30pm
 
Location: Masbia of Flatbush: 1372 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn

Masbia is a nonprofit soup kitchen network and food pantry, providing hot, nutritious meals for hundreds of New Yorkers in desperate need of food.

1) Server and Host/Hostess - Dinner Service
  • Greet customers warmly; when needed, assist them in signing in and choosing a table
  • Apportion hot, kosher dinner plates for customers in the order seated
  • Serve dinner trays directly to customers in the order seated
  • Assist with busing table and trays, wiping tables and, if needed, closing-up tasks
2) Pantry and Produce Preparation Crew
  • Work closely with Masbia of Flatbush staff to intake large food shipments
  • Organize Masbia's cellar, refrigerator, and storage facilities
  • Prepare and count bags of fresh produce in advance to be distributed Thursdays to clients in need
Masbia is a kosher facility and cannot permit any outside food or beverages. Do not wear: sandals, flip flops or any other open toe shoes, high heeled shoes, short cut shorts, short cut skirts, or tank tops.

Ages:
  • Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age to serve during dinner
  • Volunteers must be at least 10 years of age to assist with meal and pantry preparation
     
Time Commitment: At least two hours per shift. Masbia prefers volunteers participate on a weekly basis, although other time commitments are welcome.
 
Contact: Katie Murrell, Volunteer Coordinator, 718-972-4446 x 209. Register online through our website and then the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you about scheduling.
www.masbia.org
 
 
Operation Backpack
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. Every backpack given to a child through Operation Backpack is filled with supplies according to the child's grade. All backpack and supplies are new. Consider donating a filled backpack or two. 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 is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: volunteers@voa-gny.org, 212.496.4307
 
 
Jungle Gym Summer Series 
Concrete Safaris
 
Date/Time: Saturday, August 26, 11am - 3pm
 
Location: Third Avenue between 115th and 117th

Jungle Gym is an obstacle race and festival. Proceeds will provide hundreds of 7 to 24-year-olds from East Harlem with 5-day/week, year-round, after school and summer programming in the next five years. With your support, we can ensure that children living in East Harlem have access to high-quality, outdoor play and education in their neighborhoods and parks. Kids can participate in the run/walk, or families can volunteer to help support race participants. This year, volunteers are needed in the following positions:
  • Check In - assist with registration and general check-in
  • Water Stops - maintain water stations (groups of 10 or more preferred)
  • Finish Line - hand out water and medals at the finish line
  • Food Area - support snack stations to ensure participants are replenished after the race
  • Kids Play Area - oversee a safe play area for the kids
  • Route Guidance - direct participants along the course
  • Online Awareness - share our Facebook posts and website link with walkers and runners you know
  • Race Course Clean-up Crew
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Questions? Call 646.869.1503. Register online at www.junglegymrace.com
www.concretesafaris.org/en/
 
 
Intergenerational Chess
Dorot
 
Date/Time: Mondays, September 18 - December 18, from 4 - 5:30 pm

September 18 - orientation for youth, no seniors attend
September 25
October 2, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20, 27
Dec 4, 11, 18
Register NOW for the Fall Session
 
Location: Dorot, 171 West 85th Street, NYC

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: Ten Mondays, one and one-half hour sessions.
 
Contact: Shai Rosenfeld, srosenfeld@dorotusa.org. Registration is available online.
www.dorotusa.org/
 
 
Creative for A Cause
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or community

Visit the Doing Good Together Creative for a Cause Project Page for a variety of ideas for nurturing creativity and compassion in your children. When we can understand how someone else is feeling and how they might experience life differently, we can search for innovative ways to help. Creativity in its many forms will inspire children to approach problem solving in new ways, which will help them navigate the many roads to kindness in our complex society. Your family can choose a project or projects that inspire you and apply your creativity to an act of kindness

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 

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

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July 2017 NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2017 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

July 2017 - New York City

 
Teen Volunteer Orientation
Met Council
 
Date/Time: Monday, June 26, 5:15 - 6pm
 
Location: 120 Broadway, New York

Join us at Met Council's main office to learn about our summer and year round service opportunities available to teens. Parents are asked to join teen participants for their first service project with Met Council. 

Ages: Teens 14 and older are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Forty-five minutes
 
Contact: Shaina Goldberg, Director, Volunteer Services volunteer@metcouncil.org, 212.453.9619. An RSVP to volunteer@metcouncil.org is required for participation.
 
Keeping It Green For Families
Central Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Sunday, July 2, 10am -2pm
 
Location: Provided with pre-registration

Celebrate summer with your family by 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. Space is LIMITED, advance registration is required. This program is made possible by the First Republic Bank.
 
Ages: Families with children ages four and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children; with a maximum of three children per adult.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: For more information call 210.310.6600. Registration is available online
www.centralparknyc.org/events/parent-events/keeping-it-green-for-families.html
 
 
Servers and Pantry Food Preparation
Masbia Soup Kitchen Network
 
Date/Time: Servers are needed Sunday through Thursday, 2:30 - 6pm, every week.
Food and pantry preparation crew are needed Sunday through Thursday 8am - 2:30pm, every week
 
Location: Masbia of Flatbush,1372 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn

Server and Host/Hostess - Dinner Service
  • Greet customers warmly; when needed, assist them in signing in and choosing a table
  • Apportion hot, kosher dinner plates for customers in the order seated
  • Serve dinner trays directly to customers in the order seated
  • Assist with busing table and trays, wiping tables and, if needed, closing-up tasks
Pantry and Produce Preparation Crew
  • Work closely with Masbia of Flatbush staff to intake large food shipments
  • Organize Masbia's cellar, refrigerator, and storage facilities
  • Prepare and count bags of fresh produce in advance to be distributed Thursdays to clients in need
Register online through our website and then the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you about scheduling. Masbia is a kosher facility and cannot permit any outside food or beverages. Do not wear sandals, flip flops or any other open toe shoes; high heeled shoes, short cut shorts, short cut skirts, or tank tops
 
Ages:
  • Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age to serve during dinner, from 3 - 5:30pm
  • Volunteers must be at least 10 years of age to assist with meal and pantry preparation, from 8am - 2:30pm
Time Commitment: At least two hours per shift. Masbia prefers volunteering on a weekly basis, although other time commitments are welcome.
 
Contact: Katie Murrell, Volunteer Coordinator, 718.972.4446 x 209    
www.masbia.org

 
 
Garden Maintenance
Concrete Safaris
 
Date/Time: Saturday, July 15 and Saturday, July 22, 10am - 1pm
 
Location(s):
  • Saturday, July 15 - Mad Fun Farm (Meet at 1775 Third Avenue at 98th Street and Third Avenue just east of the flag pole within Washington Houses)
  • Saturday, July 22 -Jefferson Gardens (Meet at 300 East 115th Street just east of Second Avenue outside of the Jefferson Houses Management Office)
Join Concrete Safaris for a fun day outside assisting with general garden maintenance for these community gardens. Tasks may include raking, planting, spreading topsoil and wood chips, garbage collection, and more. Please dress according to the weather and bring a water bottle.
 
Ages: All ages, an adult must accompany children.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Nia Padilla, 347.432.4777, or Mac Levine, 347.267.2903
http://www.concretesafaris.org/en/volunteer/group-volunteering
 
 
Alternative Summer Break
GOOD+ Foundation
 
Date/Time: Tuesday through Thursday, July 25 - 27, 1 - 4pm
 
Location: 306 W 37th Street, 8th Floor, New York, New York, 10018

Founded by Jessica Seinfeld, GOOD+ Foundation™ (formerly Baby Buggy) is a nonprofit organization that partners with a national network of leading programs to break the cycle of family poverty through the power of donated child products and life-changing family services. GOOD+ Foundation grants donations of products and services to programs that have demonstrated a capacity to address family poverty in three focus areas: supporting new mothers, investing in early childhood and engaging fathers. Volunteers will be sorting, screening, and processing children's clothing, accessories, books and toys based on real time needs, in order to prepare clothing to go out to local families in the NYC Metro Area. There will be a thirty-minute lunch break each day. High school aged volunteers will receive certificates upon completion of the program.

Ages: This opportunity is for high school students ages 14 - 18.
 
Time Commitment: Nine hours over three afternoons. We ask that volunteers complete all three days, as it is part of a Youth Alternative Summer Break Program with a service-learning component.
 
Contact: Kelly Powers, Kelly@goodplusfoundation.org, 212.736.1777. Please be sure to send Kelly an email, so she can send out a photo release form and application to all volunteers.
www.goodplusfoundation.org
 
 
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! Make "Cool Ties" to keep our troops cool. Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Their mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our Military. Operation Gratitude encourages people to knit scarves and hats for donation in winter, but in summer, their focus is on helping troops stay cool. Their website provides step by step instructions on how to make a "cool tie" which is a type of bandana filled with water-absorbent polymers that troops tie around their neck to help keep body temperature down in hot climates. The website also provides details on shipping cool ties and other donations you may want to send for care packages. 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

 
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

 
 
Become a Citizen Scientist
Doing Good Together/SciStarter

Date/Time: Flexible, on your own schedule

Location: Your home or community
 
Make science your next family service project! A citizen scientist is a curious person wiling to volunteer time, effort, and resources to further scientific endeavors, often - though not always - in collaboration with researchers. Choose one among hundreds of research projects searchable through SciStarter.com. Some are online only. Others get you out into nature. Still others put you to work analyzing results. The truly great thing about citizen science through SciStarter is that you can choose a project based on your interests, the financial investment you're prepared to make, and your child's ability. Visit Doing Good Together's Be a Citizen Scientist project page for more ideas and resources.

Ages: There are projects for children of all ages

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org

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

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June 2017 NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2017 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

June 2017 - New York City

 
Garden Volunteers
Concrete Safaris
 
Date/Time: Saturday, June 3, 10am - 1pm and Saturday, June 10, 10am - 1pm
 
Location(s):
  • Saturday, June 3 - Mad Fun Farm (Meet at 1775 Third Avenue at 98th Street and Third Avenue just east of the flag pole within Washington Houses)
  • Saturday, June 10 -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/
 
 
A Month of Charity and Compassion: Ramadan Food Drive
Muslim Volunteers for New York (MV4NY)
 
Date/Time: Now through June 6
 
Location:
Option 1:
Shop and deliver in person to MV4NY, 200 East 78th Street, #11G, in Manhattan

Option 2:
Check out the "wish list" on Amazon. Then Select the MV4NY gift registry address at checkout
 
Muslim Volunteers for New York has organized its 2nd Annual Ramadan Food Drive to benefit the New York Common Pantry and their commitment to alleviating hunger and poverty. Ramadan is a special month for Muslims throughout the world. It is a time for self-reflection, fasting, spirituality, and charity. We invite you to join us in this effort and illuminate NYC with our collective charity and compassion.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Homera@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/MV4NY
 
 
Serve Dinner to Seniors
UJA Federation - New York: Time For Good
 
Date/Time: Monday through Friday, 4:30 - 6:15pm
 
Location: The Sirovich Center, East Village
 
Help create a welcoming environment and serve dinner to seniors at our Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, an innovative senior center in the East Village. The Sirovich Center is looking for volunteers to serve dinner in our main dining room for approximately 50 members. 
  • Greet seniors and help create a welcoming environment
  • Cooperate with evening kitchen staff
  • Make sure lines are orderly for buffet style service
  • Ensure cleanliness of tables and room both before, during and after meals
  • Opportunity to assist evening kitchen staff with meal preparation or clean up
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Come one time or make it an ongoing activity! There is a one hour commitment minimum.
 
Contact: ShaoMei Zhang, Health & Wellness Specialist, Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, szhang@edalliance.org. Volunteers must complete an online registration form.
 
 
Achilles Hope and Possibility 4-miler
New York Road Runners
 
Date/Time: Sunday, June 25, 9am start, Kids races begin at 10:30
 
Location: Central Park

This event, which brings together athletes with disabilities and able-bodied athletes, is a celebration of running with a very special message. Free T-shirts for kids, medals for all finishers (four-mile race and the kids races) and surprises make this annual event a local favorite. Kids races traditionally include many participants with disabilities as well.

Ages: Kids races are for children ages 2 - 12
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Registration is available online. Questions? Speak to a member of our Runner Services Team at 855.569.6977
www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2017/achilles-hope-possibility-4m
 
 
Servers/Pantry Food Preparation
Masbia Soup Kitchen Network
 
Date/Time:
  • Servers are needed Sunday through Thursday, 2:30 - 6pm
  • Food and pantry preparation crew are needed Sunday through Thursday, 8am - 2:30pm
Location: Masbia of Flatbush, 1372 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn
 
The following volunteers are needed:

1) Server and Host/Hostess - Dinner Service
  • Greet customers warmly; when needed, assist them in signing in and choosing a table
  • Apportion hot, kosher dinner plates for customers in the order seated
  • Serve dinner trays directly to customers in the order seated
  • Assist with busing table and trays, wiping tables and, if needed, closing-up tasks
2) Pantry and Produce Preparation Crew
  • Work closely with Masbia of Flatbush staff to intake large food shipments
  • Organize Masbia's cellar, refrigerator, and storage facilities
  • Prepare and count bags of fresh produce in advance to be distributed Thursdays to clients in need
  • Masbia is a kosher facility and cannot permit any outside food or beverages.
Do not wear: sandals, flip flops or any other open toe shoes, high heeled shoes, short cut shorts, short cut skirts, or tank tops.
 
Ages: Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age to serve during dinner, from 3 to 5:30pm
Volunteers must be at least 10 years of age to assist with meal and pantry preparation 8am- 2:30pm
 
Time Commitment: At least two hours per shift. Masbia prefers that volunteers come on a weekly basis, though other time commitments are welcome.
 
Contact: Katie Murrell, Volunteer Coordinator, 718.972.4446. Register online through our website and then the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you about scheduling.
www.masbia.org    

 
 
Keeping It Green For Families
Central Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Every Sunday in June
 
Location: Central Park

Celebrate summer with your family by 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. Space is LIMITED, advance registration is required. This program is made possible by the First Republic Bank.
 
Ages: Families with children age five and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: discovery@centralparknyc.org, 212.360.1461. Registration is available online.
 
 
Create DIY Kindness Kits for Gratitude on the Go
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home and community
 
Anytime is a good time to express your gratitude to other people. Keep your car stocked with a DIY Kindness Kit and be ready to create thank you notes at any time. Fill your kit with:
  • Candy (melt-resistant works best in the summer)
  • Blank cards
  • Stickers
  • Colorful pens and markers
Read more about Gratitude on the Go and other Kindness Practices on the Doing Good Together website.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Let your summer family gathering, school reunion, or community event be a chance for big-hearted giving. Our DGT Family Service Fairs are an ideal way for families to have fun while doing good for others as they connect with local nonprofits to help others in their community. And, our DIY Family Service Fair Manual makes them easy to host!

 

 

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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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May 2017 NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2017 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

May 2017 - New York City

 
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SandSational
Riverside Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 6, 10am - 1pm
 
Location:  Multiple locations:
  • Neufeld 'Elephant' Playground (76th Street)
  • River Run Playground (83rd Street)
  • Hippo Playground (91st Street)
  • Dinosaur Playground (97th Street)
  • 105th Street Tot Lot
  • 110th Street Tot Lot
  • 117th St Tot Lot
  • Sakura Playground (122nd Street)
  • Claremont 'Dolphin' Playground (124th St 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 begins with a family bucket brigade, followed by parents and adults completing the job. Riverside Park Conservancy will provide pails and shovels for kids. Community volunteer events are rain or shine. Project details and meeting sites are determined two weeks before the project based on the weather and the needs of the park.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
 
 
Sort with Room to Grow
Room to Grow
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 6, 11am - 2pm and Saturday, May 20, 11am - 2pm

Location: 7 West 30th St, 3rd Floor, NY

Room to Grow is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. Volunteers are needed to sort and fold baby clothes and organize an inventory of infant and toddler clothing, books, toys and equipment that will be given to children in poverty throughout their first three years of life.
 
Ages: New York Cares volunteers who have attended a New York Cares orientation can bring their children or legal wards, between the ages of 15 and 17, as long as youth volunteers have a signed waiver and are accompanied by their legal guardian at all times.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Allison Luciano, Site Coordinator, 212.620.7800. Sign up is available through the New York Cares website
www.roomtogrow.org, www.newyorkcares.org/

 
 
Host a Birthday Party for Homeless Children
Celebrate U
 
Date/Time: Thursday, May 11, 4 - 6pm
 
Location: Ittleson Center - 5050 Iselin Ave., Bronx

Founded in 2014 in New York by two teens, Talia Eskenazi and Chase Kauder, Celebrate U is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit 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. A training session will take place one week prior to each event.
 
Ages: 5th grade and younger accompanied by an adult; 6th grade and older can attend by themselves
 
Time Commitment: Two hours, plus ½ hour training session
 
Contact: Alison Kauderr, alisonkauder@gmail.com
www.celebrateu.org
 
 
Soup Kitchen - Food Preparation and Service
Manhattan Church of Christ
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 13 and Saturday, May 27, 9am - 2pm
 
Location: Manhattan Church of Christ, 48 East 80th Street between Park and Madison

Volunteers are needed to help set up, prepare and serve meals to members of the community who are homeless and/or live marginally. 

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Full service is five hours, but volunteers are welcome any time during the day.

Contact:
Carl Garrison, carl@manhattanchurch.org
 
 
We Care Cards for Mother's Day
Catholic Charities
 
Date/Time: At your convenience, from home
 
Location: After expressing interest, the volunteer coordinator will contact you to confirm participation and provide directions for this opportunity.  

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

Ages: Children ages five and older
 
Time Commitment: Five
 
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 28 (registration opens May 1)
 
Location: Central Park

Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green by spreading mulch or raking leaves. Central Park Conservancy environmental educators lead stewardship projects throughout the Park during spring and fall. This program is for families; no groups. Space is LIMITED, advance registration is required. This program is made possible by the First Republic Bank

Ages: Families with children age five and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
 
 
Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair 2017
Riverside Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Sunday May 7, 10am - 4pm. Shifts are 9:45am -1pm and 12:45 - 4pm
 
Location: Hippo Playground in Riverside Park at 91st Street

VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED for this fun family volunteer opportunity, working at the Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair. Activities include helping children with cupcake decorating, ball tosses, bowling, serving burgers, face painting and much more. 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: Children ages 9 through 13 accompanied by an adult are welcome to volunteer; teens 14 and older can volunteer by themselves.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Tali Etra, 917.414.3145, hippoplaygrounduws@gmail.com.
Register for a volunteer time slot online.
www.riversideparknyc.org/groups/hippo-playground/
 
 
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
 
 
Let's multiply kindness!

Thank you to everyone who attended our April 20th Celebration and helped us raise funds to empower families to raise children who care and contribute!

If you weren't able to attend our event, here's your chance to make an impact. Every $25 raised helps DGT™ engage with a new family who wants to share more acts of kindness and service. Those big-hearted efforts have a multiplying effect: As families do more good for others, they start a family routine of giving that benefits others now and in the future.

Whether you want to support one family or several, your donation helps us multiply kindness and extend DGT's reach to families across the nation.

Click here to make your donation.

And to instill a habit of kindness and service in your own family, be sure to join our Membership Circle if you haven't already.

 

 

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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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April 2017 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2017 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

April 2017 - New York City

 
Passover Package Delivery
DOROT

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

Location: DOROT, 171 West 85th Street off Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan

Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover by delivering gifts of food to our older friends in the community. Volunteers pick up the package at Dorot and then go to visit a senior in their home!
 
Ages: 4-12 years old with parent

Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: Judith Turner, 212.769.2850. Registration is available online.
www.dorotusa.org
 
 
Garden Volunteer Sessions
Concrete Safaris
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 8, 10am - 1pm, and Saturday, April 22, 10am - 1pm
 
Location:
  • Saturday, April 8, Mad Fun Farm (98th Street and Third Avenue outside 1775 Third Ave)
  • Saturday, April 22, Jefferson Gardens (300 East 115th Street at Second Avenue outside Jefferson Houses)
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/
 
 
It's My Park Day
Riverside Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 8, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: Various locations - Project details and meeting sites are determined two weeks before the project based on the weather and the needs of the park.  

Chip in for spring park improvement projects throughout Riverside Park! These projects are great ways to meet other volunteers or just explore a different area of the Park. Community volunteer events are held rain or shine.  

Ages: Families with children ages 10 and older are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Kristen Meade, grassroots@riversideparknyc.org, 718.430.4687
www.riversideparknyc.org/event/community-volunteer-day-mar-2017/?instance_id=5745
 
 
Host a Birthday Party for Homeless Children
Celebrate U
 
Date/Time: Friday, April 21, 4 - 6:30pm and Tuesday, April 25, 6 - 8:30pm
 
Location(s):
  • Friday, April 21: Homes for the Homeless, 730 Kelly Street, Bronx
  • Tuesday, April 25: Henry Street Settlement House, 130 Baruch Place, NYC
Founded in 2014 in New York by two teens, Talia Eskenazi and Chase Kauder, Celebrate U is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit 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: 6th grade and older alone, 5th grade and younger accompanied by an adult
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Alison Kauder, AlisonKauder@gmail.com
 
 
NY Cares Day - Spring 2016
NY Cares
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 22, 9:30 am - 2 pm
 
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 can participate as part of a Youth Team and all under age participants must have a signed parental consent form.
 
Time Commitment: Approximately six hours
 
Contact: info@nycares.org or the Project Hotline, 212.401.1101, 212.228.5000
www.newyorkcares.org/new-york-cares-day-spring

 
 
9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Family Day
National September 11 Memorial and Museum
 
Date/Time: Sunday, April 23, 5K events begin at 8am
Family Day activities are from 9am - 2pm
 
Location: Run/Walk begins at Pier 26; Family Day will be held on Greenwich Street, between Cortland and Liberty, adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza

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. This 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
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: 5krun@911memorial.org
www.911memorial.org/5k-runwalk-community-day
 
 
Meal Delivery
Citymeals on Wheels
 
Date/Time: Seven days per week, various time slots available
 
Location: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, & the Bronx

Citymeals on Wheels is a meals on wheels program serving the homebound elderly in New York City. We partner with community-based organizations and senior centers to supplement the city's weekday meal delivery program. Volunteers deliver nutritious meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers, within walking distance of local senior centers. Volunteers must complete an application (available online) 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
www.citymeals.org/
 
 
Stock Food Pantry or Help with Food Preparation for Soup Kitchen
St. Xavier Mission Food Pantry
 
Date/Time:
  • Pantry stocking - Second Saturday of each month, 10:30am - noon
  • Food Preparation - Every Sunday, 8:45 - 11:30 am
Location: St. Xavier Mission, 55 West 15th Street, New York City

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

Ages: All ages - an adult should accompany children.
 
Time Commitment: Approximately two and one-half hours
 
Contact: xmfoodprograms@gmail.com
www.xaviermission.org/programs/foodpantry/
 
 
Did you know...
April is National Volunteer Month?
and April 23-29, 2017 is National Volunteer Week?

National Volunteer Week, brought to you by the Points of Light Foundation, is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community. Their stories can serve to inspire others to find ways to take action that creates change.
Service Unites, the theme for National Volunteer Week, captures the power of change-makers to come together to build stronger, more vibrant communities through service

 
Quick Acts of Kindness
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible, quick ways to add kindness to daily family life
 
Location: Your home and community

Not all acts of kindness require planning. Check out the Doing Good Together 24+ Quick Acts of Kindness project page for ideas. You can also print out our Design Your Own Kindness Cards to include with your quick kindness activities.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
We're proud of our DGT™ Partnerships

DGT is proud to have amazing partnerships with a variety of organizations. Yours can be next! If your group or organization is interested in hosting a fun family service event, offering a workshop on raising caring kids, or in need of custom materials to introduce children and families to important social issues, we'd love to help. To learn more, contact Jenny by email (jenny@doinggoodtogether.org).
 

 

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

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March 2017 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

March 2017 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

March 2017 - New York City

 
Garden Volunteers
Concrete Safaris
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 4, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: Mad Fun Farm, 1775 Third Avenue, New York
 
Garden Volunteer Sessions consist of a variety of garden maintenance activities such as repairing raised beds, shoveling topsoil, planting herbs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers, spreading mulch, picking up trash, weeding, and more. Please wear comfortable clothes, proper footwear, preferably work boots or sturdy sneakers, and bring a reusable water bottle. Food will not be provided, so bring a bagged lunch or order from one of East Harlem's amazing local eateries. The event will take place rain or shine, so please dress for the weather!

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Chevon Cooper, Concrete Safaris' Garden Program Coordinator, 646.647.4472. Registration is available online.
http://concretesafaris.org/en/
 
 
DOROT
Purim Package Delivery
 
Date/Time: Either Wednesday, March 8, between 4 - 6pm or Sunday, March 12, between 1 - 3pm.
 
Location: 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 age 4 - 12 are welcome to volunteer.
 
Time Commitment: One hour between 4 and 6pm
 
Contact: Shelley Levine, 917.441.5051, SLevine@dorotusa.org. Registration is available online. Please disregard registration deadline listed on website - registration is open until all volunteer slots are filled.
www.dorotusa.org
 
 
Annual Book Drive
Project Cicero
 
Date/Time: Friday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12, a variety of volunteer shifts are available. Book drives run from Friday, March 3 through Wednesday, March 8. Books can also be donated to Project Cicero through their Amazon wish list page.
 
Location(s):
  •  Sorting and distribution takes place in the Gold Ballroom at The Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 7th Ave, New York.
  • Most of NYC's independent schools will be running book drives, as well as the JCC of Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave, and New York Society Library at 53 East 79th Street.
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 distributed more than 150,000 books. To date, Project Cicero has placed 2.3 million books into more than 13,000 classrooms and school libraries reaching over 550,000 children in under-resourced schools in New York City. 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. Sorting and distribution volunteers should be in 5th grade or older.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@projectcicero.org or 212.288.6900 x 511. Volunteer registration is available online.
www.projectcicero.org/

 
Soup Kitchen Volunteers
The Manhattan Church
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 11 and 25; 10 am - 2 pm.
 
Location: Prospect Park, 9th Street Entrance, Brooklyn

The Manhattan Church provides a soup kitchen for the homeless and impoverished. Volunteers are needed to set up, prepare food, serve, break down and clean up.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Email Rev. Carl Garrison for more information and to volunteer carl@manhattanchurch.org
 
 
Weekend Repack in Hunts Point
Food Bank of NY
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 11, 12:30 - 2:30 pm
 
Location: Bronx Distribution Center, 355 Food Center Drive, Bronx

Collected food must be re-packed in order to be distributed to the Food Bank's network of approximately 1,000 community-based member programs throughout the five boroughs. The Food Bank's free, full-delivery operation dispatches 8 to 10 tractor-trailers full of food to help our network provide free meals every day to New Yorkers in need. The Food Bank distributes millions of pounds of food every year, including approximately 13 million pounds of fresh produce and more than 1 million pounds of meat and seafood. To date, the Food Bank has distributed more than 958 million pounds of food.

Ages: Families with children ages five and older are welcome to repack the food
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: volunteer@foodbanknyc.org, 212.566.7855 Dial 5. Registration is available online.
www.foodbanknyc.org
 
 
Donation Checking and Sorting
Room to Grow
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, March 14 or Wednesday, March 22, noon - 2pm
 
Location: 7 West 30th St, 3rd Floor, NY, NY 10001 (between 5th Avenue and Broadway)

Volunteers are needed to check and sort donations of baby/toddler clothing and toys, and assist in organizing inventory for use in the clinical program working to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty.

Ages: Volunteers need to be fifteen or older.
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Allison Luciano, Site Coordinator, allison.luciano@roomtogrow.org or 212. 320.8188
http://roomtogrow.org/
 
Boxes of Love: Sort and Pack Non-Perishable Food Donations
HOPE for New York
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 18, 10 am - noon
 
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 group opportunity, and a family-friendly opportunity as well--children are welcome! IMPORTANT: Once you request information for this event through the web page, you will receive a separate email with a 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.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: 917.206.1440. Registration is available online.
www.hfny.org/
 
 
Spring Into Action!
Brooklyn Community Services
 
Date/Time: A variety of dates and times in March and April
 
Location: Various locations throughout Brooklyn
 
Volunteers founded Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) in 1866 in response to the plight of Civil War veterans and homeless children who lost their fathers in the war. Volunteerism remains at the heart of what they do. Spring into Action is the signature volunteer initiative of Brooklyn Community Services (BCS). Now in its 5th year, Spring into Action has galvanized over 1,000 volunteers. This year, BCS is proud to offer more than 20 service opportunities that impact Brooklyn's low-income neighborhoods.
 
Ages: Volunteer opportunities are for families with children ten and older.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: volunteer@wearebcs.org, 718.310.5823. Visit the Spring Into Action webpage for more information and to register.
http://wearebcs.org/springintoaction/
 
Do you have a teen looking for a summer internship program?
DOROT's Summer Teen Internship Program is for rising sophomores through rising seniors.

The internship inspires high school students to develop leadership skills and give back to the community. Interns volunteer with a diverse group of socially conscious teens to connect with older adults and provide assistance.  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
 
Session 1: June 26 - July 20 (exceptions made for Regents exams)
Session 2: July 24 - August 17

The internship is 4 days a week, Monday through Thursday, 10:30am - 5pm
On the last day of the internship, the day ends at 6:30pm.

This is an unpaid internship and is designed to provide students with a minimum of 92 hours of community service. Two locations are available - Manhattan and Riverdale.

Interested teens should complete the online application:

If you have any questions please contact Shelley Levine at slevine@dorotusa.org or 212.769.2850.
 
 
Cook a Meal at a Shelter
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible -- find something that works for your families schedule
 

Location:  
Check the national Homeless Shelter Directory or Emergency Food Programs Directory for shelters or soup kitchens in your area.

Your family can work together to help hungry people in your community by volunteering to cook a meal or bring food to a local homeless shelter or soup kitchen. When you contact a shelter or soup kitchen, ask for the volunteer coordinator, see if they need volunteers and ask if they have any age requirements. Find more information and resources on the Doing Good Together Cook a Meal at a Shelter Project Page.

Ages: Will vary depending on the shelter or soup kitchen's volunteer policy.
 
Time Commitment: Varies; volunteers can typically make either a one-time or ongoing commitment.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
 

One of the hallmarks of DGT™ is that we do more than simply offer opportunities and ideas for sharing kindness and serving others. We also expand on those experiences with important tips that help families prepare for and reflect on the unique situations they encounter during their time spent volunteering. Our newest Reflection Activities are geared specifically to the frequent topics we cover in our listings, e.g. helping the hungry and caring for animals. Look for the reflection banners in our listings to find conversation starters, book recommendations and more. And be sure to bookmark this collection of reflection offerings for easy reference during big-hearted discussions with your family.
 
 

 

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February 2017 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2017 New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

February 2017 - New York 

 
Intergenerational Book Buds
DOROT
 
Date/Time: Wednesdays, February 1 - May 24, 4 - 5:30pm
 
Location: DOROT, 171 West 85th Street

Intergenerational Book Buds is a reading adventure for 2nd & 3rd grade students and older adults that nurtures a child's love of reading through a variety of fun and creative activities. The program is ideal for youth who need extra encouragement to reach for a book and spend time discussing books. The group will read aloud a few books over the course of 14 sessions and discuss the major themes of the books respecting other's differences and the value of kindness. Great food and art activities will follow!
 
Ages: 2nd and 3rd grade students
 
Time Commitment: 14 sessions, 90 minutes each session.
 
Contact: Shelley Levine, slevine@dorotusa.org, 917.441.5051. Registration is available online.
www.dorotusa.org
 
 
It's My Park!
Partnership for Parks
 
Date/Time: Saturdays, February 4, 11 and 25, 8am - noon
 
Location: Henry Hudson Park, Independence Ave, Bronx

Partnerships for Parks empowers New Yorkers to get more involved in their local park, and that includes making a visible difference through the It's My Park program. You and your family can help by volunteering with the Stewards of Henry Hudson Park. Start your Saturday mornings at this Bronx Park; help to amplify its beauty and sustain community with general cleanups and gardening. Rain or shine, there will be something for everyone to do at this unique park!
 
Ages: All ages can participate - Volunteers under 18 are required to present a signed guardian's consent to participate or have a chaperone present.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Please register for the project by emailing dp.reynolds@verizon.net.
http://www.cityparksfoundation.org/events/
 
 
Make Valentines and "Care Kits" for Women & Children
Sanctuary for Families
 
Date/Time: Valentine packages should be delivered by Friday, February 10; Care Kits may be delivered any time. Contact Emily LoBue for delivery information
 
Location: Valentines and Care Kits should be dropped off or sent to Sanctuary's lower Manhattan location. Please contact Emily LoBue, for location details.
 
Sanctuary for Families is the leading nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and their children. Sanctuary envisions a world in which freedom from gender violence is a basic human right.

Valentine's Day can be a difficult time for victims of gender-based violence who are living in shelters. It is often a reminder of the violence that brought them to Sanctuary. Write an inspirational message, make cards, or include wrapped candy - whatever your heart desires!   Also, February is National Children's Dental Health Month. In addition to a Valentine's greeting, consider including a child's toothbrush, toothpaste and floss for the recipient to share with her children.  

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: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Emily LoBue, elobue@sffny.org, 212-349-6009  ext317
www.sanctuaryforfamilies.org 
 
 
Serve Breakfast and Build Relationships
HOPE for New York
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 11, 9am - 11:30am
 
Location: Living Waters Fellowship, 265 Stanhope Street, Brooklyn

Volunteers prepare and serve a delicious breakfast (pancakes, sausages, juice, etc) to over 100 guests, including the elderly, children, and the homeless. Volunteers will set up, cook, serve food/drinks, bus tables and clean. Those who are interested can also visit guests at the tables to offer conversation and friendship.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
 
Contact: Register online at hfny.org/affiliates/living-waters-fellowship/16939, 917.206.1440
www.hfny.org
 
 
Share the Love! Valentine's Day Pajama and Stuffed Animal Drive
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: All deliveries should be made by February 13
 
Location: Click here for a list of locations where you can send your gift.

Family-to-Family is a nonprofit national hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to connecting, one-to-one, families with enough to share to impoverished American families with profoundly less. New pajamas and a snuggly stuffed animal can make a child living in poverty feel special and secure. Consider sending a new pair of pajamas, any size, along with a new stuffed animal and a Valentine's Day card, to an American child living in poverty in one of the communities that Family-to-Family serves. When purchasing pajamas, please buy those that meet federal safety regulations.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
 
 
Annual Toiletry Drive for homeless women (to support Valentine's Day Party gift bags)
Brooklyn Community Services
 
Date/Time: All donations must be made by Friday, February 10
 
Location: Drop all donations at 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 to donate include:
  • Body Wash
  • Loofahs
  • Combs/Brushes
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouth Wash
  • Head Scarfs
  • Socks
  • Stockings
  • Deodorants
  • Perfume
  • Lotions
Please do not include any glass items or 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 our annual Valentine's Day Party held on February 14.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@WeAreBCS.org, 718.310.5600
http://wearebcs.org/about/bcs-150/
 
 
Boxes of Love: Sort and Pack Non-Perishable Food Donations
HOPE for New York
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 18, 10 am - noon
 
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 group opportunity, and a family-friendly opportunity as well--children are welcome!

IMPORTANT: Once you request information for this event through the web page, you will receive a separate email with a 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.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
 
 
Donate Colorful and Cheerful Drawings
Color A Smile
 
Date/Time: Any time - at your convenience
 
Location: Mail drawings to:
Color A Smile
PO Box 1516
Morristown, NJ 07962-1516

Young children are prolific artists, especially when they are stuck inside during the colder months. If you have a little Picasso and are wondering what to do with all their masterpieces, consider sending them to Color A Smile. Color A Smile collects hundreds of drawings created by children each month, and distributes them to Meals on Wheels programs, nursing homes, hospitals and individuals who are in need of a smile. Follow some simple guidelines, package the artwork together and ship it to Color A Smile, and they will make sure it gets into the hands of a person who needs cheering. You need not register for this activity. Click here for Color-a-Smile instruction and coloring pages.
  • 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 is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: 973.540.9222, support@colorasmile.org
www.colorasmile.org
 
 
Friendship Bracelets
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or other community location

Your family can create these colorful bracelets to share with others. Making friendship bracelets for new students, or kids who seem to need more friends, is the perfect activity for the Valentine's season! Visit the Doing Good Together Friendship Bracelets Project Page to learn how to make the bracelets and for reflection materials and resources for this kindness activity.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact:
mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org 
 
 
WE'RE SHARING STORIES FOR STORIES
Have you and your family used our DGT™ resources to share kindness and/or serve others? We want to hear from you! Take part in our STORIES FOR STORIES giveaway. We'll send a DGT-selected big-hearted book to the first five families who share their stories (via the form on this page) along with a photo or video! (Submitted stories may be used on the DGT website and/or social media.) Deadline for submissions: February 15th!
P.S. Remember, your family's act of kindness and service *must* come from a DGT web page, listing, newsletter, or blog.
 

 

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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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January 2017 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

January 2017 New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

January 2017 - New York 

 
MulchFest 2017 - TreeCycle!
City of New York Parks & Recreation
 
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, January 7 and 8, 10am - 2pm. You can bring your tree to a chipping location on January 7th or 8th, or to a drop-off location anytime between Saturday, December 31 and Sunday, January 8. The NYC Department of Sanitation will also be conducting special curbside collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees from Tuesday, January 3 through Saturday, January 14.
 
Location: Click here to find a chipping or drop off location near you.

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. Please remember to remove all lights and ornaments before bringing your tree to a MulchFest site.

Ages:
Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/mulchfest
www.nycgovparks.org/
 
 


Learn more about
helping the earth

 
Outreach, Serve at a Soup Kitchen or Food Pantry, Advocacy
Hunger Free America
 
Date/Time: Friday, January 13 through Sunday, January 16, Martin Luther King Weekend
 
Location: Various locations throughout New York City

Hunger Free America is partnering with agencies throughout New York City to offer a variety of volunteer opportunities for our 2017 Weekend of Service. Check out HungerVolunteer.org for volunteer opportunities--we'll be adding more over the next few weeks.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two to four hours
 
Contact: Rebecca Ligrani, rligrani@hungerfreeamerica.org, 646.553.1547
www.hungervolunteer.org
 
 
MLK Weekend Volunteer Projects
Volunteer New York!
 
Date/Time: Friday, January 13th through Monday, January 16th
 
Location: Various locations throughout Westchester

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

Volunteer projects include:
  • Packing diapers for families in need
  • Making birthday boxes and cards for children
  • Serving meals
  • Paint therapy for seniors
  • And many others
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate. Individual projects may have separate age restrictions.
 
Time Commitment: Varies depending on project

Contact: 914.948.4452. Browse the Volunteer New York! 2017 MLK Day Volunteer page for projects and registration information
www.volunteernewyork.org 
 
 
MLK Weekend of Service Family Art Project: A Hand in Freedom
NYC Parks Department - Partnership for Parks
 
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, January 14 and 15, 10 am - 1 pm. This event is free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.
 
Location: Wave Hill House, West 249th Street & Independence Ave., Bronx

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday, consider his powerful message of justice and freedom. Participants will trace hands on fabric to cut out and then layer and paste on muslin. Use fabric markers and sprays to embed messages and quotes that speak out for kindness to all. Add to your design with bits of cloth, yarn and felt and lots of freedom.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
 
 
Serve a Hot Meal
Repair the World (in partnership with Mandala Café)
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 16, noon - 2 pm or 6 - 8 pm
 
Location: All Souls Church, 88 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York

Mandala Café founder Daiken Nelson has been cooking and serving hot meals on W. 116 St. and Adam Clayton Powell every Wednesday evening for 75-150 people for years. Repair the World hopes to serve upwards of 300 people for a lunch and dinner shift on MLK Day, when children are out of school and hot meals are needed.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: timeforgood_help@ujafedny.org. Registration is available online
www.repairtheworld.nyc/

 
 
MLK Day of Service - various activities to benefit neighbors in Brooklyn
Repair the World (in partnership with Met Council, Union Temple and UJA Federation of New York)
 
Date/Time: Monday, January 16, 10 - noon or 12:30 - 2:30 pm
 
Location: Union Temple, 17 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
  • Assembling winter accessory packets
  • Refreshing supplies for children in local schools
  • Packing food for those experiencing food insecurity
  • Preparing materials for outreach about SNAP benefits
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate

Time Commitment:
Two hours
 
Contact: timeforgood_help@ujafedny.org. Registration is available online
www.repairtheworld.nyc/ 



Learn more about
how to help fight poverty

 
Winter Package Delivery
Dorot
 
Date/Time: Sunday, January 29, 10:00am
 
Location: The home of a senior - typically Upper East or Upper West Side

Brighten the day for a senior! Participate in Dorot's Winter Package Delivery, bringing a package of food and treats to one of Dorot's senior clients. Volunteers will visit and chat with the senior for about an hour.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Shelley Levine, 917.441.5051
www.dorotusa.org
 
 
Intergenerational Chess
Dorot - Intergenerational After School Programs
 
Date/Time: Mondays, January 30 - May 15, 4 - 5:30pm
 
Location: Dorot, 171 West 85th Street

DOROT offers intergenerational programs for youth of varying ages to connect with older adults. Interacting with older adults enables youth to develop communication skills, positive attitudes toward aging, and a sense of purpose and community. 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.
 
Ages: Students in grades 6 - 12
 
Time Commitment: Each session is an hour and a half
 
Contact: Shelley Levine, 917.441.5051
http://www.dorotusa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=after
 
 
Host a PJ and Book Drive!
Pajama Program
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or location of your choosing
 
Pajama Program is a nonprofit that provides new pajamas and new books to children in need through a nationwide network of service agencies. Winter is considered the "danger season" for children in shelter and temporary housing.

Consider hosting a Pajama Party or Book Drive for your child's next Birthday!
  • Invite your guests to a Pajama Party (or any theme party).
  • In lieu of gifts, ask guests to bring a new pair of pajamas or a new book to donate to Pajama Program.
  • Pajamas should be new/unused and a complete set or nightgown.
  • Decide on an age range to collect (all ages, infant, children to age 5, children 6 - 12, teens, etc.)
  • Posters, signs and brochures can be used for invitations or to decorate the party space, and may be downloaded from the Pajama Program website.
  • Once your drive is complete, report the donation to the Pajama Program through the link on the website.
  • Pajama Program cannot provide pickup service for donations. However, within seven days they will contact you with an organization in your area that would love to take your donation. They will give you the contact name and number to arrange for a convenient time for you to drop it off.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: 212.716.9757
www.pajamaprogram.org
 
 
Monday, January 16th is Martin Luther King Day of Service
"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve"
 
Monday, January 16th 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. Many organizations provide tips, resources and hands-on opportunities to begin a conversation about social justice around the Holiday.

Visit the following sites for more ideas:
 

DIY Kindness Journal
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: This is a great project to begin in the New Year, but you can start anytime.
 
Location:  Your home
 
Keeping a compassion-themed journal is a wonderful way to build kindness into busy weeks and shine a spotlight on acts of kindness. Plus, you'll have a place to record family volunteering memories! Decorate a composition notebook with duct tape. Scatter compassion-themed prompts and quotes throughout it. Then make time periodically to discuss, draw, and write about those kindness prompts as a family. Visit the Doing Good Together DIY Kindness Journal page to find printable Family Service Memory Sheets, Kindness Journal Prompts, and ideas for keeping your kindness journal.
 
Ages: Everyone in the family can participate
 
Time Commitment: We suggest scheduling at least fifteen to thirty minutes each week to discuss the journal prompts and write or draw together.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
New Year's Resolution Idea: Join Our Membership Circle for just $24.99!

Whether you're new to family volunteering and want to stay focused on your service goals, or you've gotten started but want expert help on how to expand your family's kindness practice, DGT's Big-Hearted Families™ Membership Circle is a great way to make 2017 a year of kindness and service! Learn more today, and sign up any time throughout the year.
 
 

 

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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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