DGT October 2013 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities
October 2013 DGT NewYorkFamilyVolunteerOpportunities
October 2013 - NewYork
Good Neighbor Bags
Date/Time: Sunday, October 13, 2-4:30 pm
Location: Jewish Home and Lifecare on the Upper West Side, 120 West 106th St, NewYork City October marks the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, when so many homebound elders in NewYork 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
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
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, NewYork, 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.
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.
Presented by the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee and the NFL
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.
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
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, NewYork, 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.
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
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.