October 2013 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT October 2013 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

October 2013 DGT New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

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  October 2013 - New York 
Volunteer Opportunities
for Families 

Good Neighbor Bags  

Met Council  


Date/Time: Sunday, October 13, 2-4:30 pm


Location: Jewish Home and Lifecare on the Upper West Side, 120 West 106th St, New York City
October marks the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, when so many homebound elders in New York were stranded and in need. Mark the area's recovery from this devastating natural disaster by helping to make emergency kits for over 200 elders to prepare for the 2013 hurricane season. Volunteers will help elder residents assemble emergency go-kits to be distributed to their fellow residents and seniors at other low-income housing sites. Tasks will include escorting wheelchair-bound elders, setting up the assembly line for items, aiding seniors in packing kits, and clean-up.  


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


Time Commitment: Two and a half hours


Contact: Simone Carvalho, scarva@metcouncil.org, 212.453.9675. Volunteer registration available online



Thanksgiving Morning Meal Delivery

God's Love We Deliver    


Date/Time: Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28. Time will be dependent on task and location. (Advance registration required - sign-ups begin in October)


Location: Dependent on need and availability
God's Love We Deliver (GLWD) prepares and delivers nutritious meals to individuals suffering from HIV/AIDs, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. This holiday volunteering project takes place on Thanksgiving morning, and requires registration in advance. Over 800 volunteers cook and deliver holiday meals to individual clients homes. Families can sign up to deliver meals in the morning, and be home in time for their own holiday celebration. Delivery volunteers must have a valid drivers' license and their own car.


Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: Two-three hours on Thanksgiving morning


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



Birthday Card Project

God's Love We Deliver   


Date/Time: At your convenience, cards are created at home and sent to GLWD


Location: God's Love We Deliver, 166 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013

God's Love We Deliver (GLWD) is the tri-state area's leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. Every meal delivered by GLWD comes with a personal touch. This includes a personalized cake and card for each client on his/her birthday. Volunteers are needed to make these birthday cards. Be creative and have fun. Please, do not include religious sentiments or "get well wishes," as many clients are terminal. Do not include personal information. No sequins, glitter or feathers that might get into the food.  


Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


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



Stock & Shop

Food Bank New York    

Date/Time: Tuesday-Friday, various times


Location: Food Bank Pantry in West Harlem
Hunger shouldn't come without dignity. Help families bring food home from our pantry in West Harlem so they can share a meal with their family. Organize donations, guide families through food selection, and stock food for the next day's pantry.


Ages: Thirteen and over with adult


Time Commitment: Approximately three hours


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



Volunteer Planting Day  

Presented by the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and the NFL  

NYC Parks/MillionTreesNYC     


Date/Time: Saturday, October 19, 9am-1 pm


Location: Rockaway Community Park at Almeda Avenue
Every spring and fall, thousands of New Yorkers volunteer with MillionTreesNYC to plant young trees in public parks. This year, for the first time ever, MillionTreesNYC will be planting all 20,000 trees in one day in one park! This project will help Rockaway Community Park continue to recover from Superstorm Sandy that nearly destroyed this 253-acre community green space last October. Registration required.  


Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: Four hours


Contact: rsvp@milliontreesnyc.org. Registration is available online



Help Serve Hot Meals

Masbia of Flatbush  


Date/Time: Tuesday and/or Thursday evenings, 3-9pm. 


Location: 1372 Coney Island Avenue (Between Ave. J & K), Brooklyn

Masbia is a nonprofit soup kitchen and food pantry network, preparing and serving hot, nutritious meals to those in need in a restaurant style environment. Volunteer waiters serve meals so that each individual is treated with respect and dignity. Volunteers assist kitchen staff by ladling food, bringing trays to clients, and busing tables of trays.  


Ages: Fourteen and up


Time Commitment: Six hours per shift. You can volunteer on a one-time or ongoing basis 


Contact: Jnelson@masbia.org, 718.972.4446 x 209



Blankets of Love Knitting Project

FEGS Health and Human Services  


Date/Time: Flexible, at your convenience


Location: Please mail donations of 12x12 inch squares (knit or crochet, any color or yarn type) to FEGS - Haym Salomon Division of the Arts, 315 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013
FEGS, one of the nation's largest and most diversified nonprofit health and human services organizations, helps individuals achieve greater personal and economic independence. FEGS' network of programs in health/disabilities, housing, homecare, employment/workforce development, education, youth and family services, help more than 100,000 people each year.  Help knit or crochet 12x12 inch squares to create handmade blankets that will be donated to the FEGS Center for Women and Families, which works with victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and their families. Knit squares from home and send them to FEGS where they will be stitched together by volunteers to create blankets. Yarn may also be donated to the project.


Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


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



Letters & Holiday Cards  

A Million Thanks


Date/Time: Letters can be sent at any time. Holiday cards should be sent by the following deadlines: 

  • Thanksgiving cards and letters should be postmarked no later than November 1
  • Christmas/holiday cards and letters should be postmarked no later than December 1

Location: Letters and cards can be mailed to A Million Thanks, 17853 Santiago Blvd. #107-355, Villa Park, CA 9286
A Million Thanks is a year-round campaign to show appreciation for U.S. Military men and women, past and present, for their sacrifices, dedication, and service to our country. Show your appreciation for our military by writing letters or sending Thanksgiving or holiday cards: 

  • Do not put letters in individual envelopes. Send multiple letters together in the same envelope or box
  • Do not send edible items
  • Do not use loose glitter, confetti, or anything that is not attached to the letter or card
  • Only include positive messages. Any negative messages will be discarded
  • Be creative! Draw pictures, talk about you, and let them know their work does not go unnoticed
  • Include your address or email address if you wish. Most military personnel will write back to you
  • We ask that if children are too young to include a message of thanks, please write one on their behalf so our service members get a message along with a drawing

Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: www.amillionthanks.org




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This list was compiled by Doing Good Together (www.doinggoodtogether.org). When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.

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