September 2013 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

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September 2013 DGT New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

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  September 2013 - New York 
Volunteer Opportunities
for Families 

Forest Restoration Volunteers  

Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy


Date/Time: Saturday, September 7, 10am-1pm


Location: Van Cortlandt Park. Meet at Broadway & Mosholu Avenue

Fix trails, plant native species and take out weeds with the park's restoration crew.   


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Three hours 


Contact: Call 718.430.1890 



Senior Lunch Program  

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty


Date/Time: One Sunday per month, noon-2pm 


Location: Upper East Side of Manhattan

At Met Council's Senior Lunch Program, volunteers serve a hot kosher meal to 20-25 low-income seniors at one of our housing sites in the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Some volunteer duties include setting up, waiting on the clients, serving lunch, and - most importantly - socializing and promoting community building.   


Ages: Ages 5 to 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 14 and up may participate unaccompanied


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: Anna McKinnon,, 212.453.9574, or complete volunteer questionnaire online 



Sukkot Package Delivery and 9/11 National Day of Service  



Date/Time:  Sunday, September 15, 10am-Noon


Location: 171 West 85th Street, New York

DOROT alleviates social isolation among the elderly and provides services to help them live independently as valued members of the community. We serve the Jewish and wider community, bringing the generations together in a mutually beneficial partnership of elders, volunteers and professionals. Deliver a package and visit with a DOROT senior to share memories and hope as we commemorate the anniversary of 9/11 during the Sukkot Package Delivery program.  


Ages: Families with children 4 and older 


Time Commitment: Two and a half hours 


Contact: Call 212.769.2850. Pre-registration recommended, spaces fill quickly. Register online  



Family Birthday Project  



Date/Time: Flexible


Location: 171 West 85th Street, New York 

Families help mark an elder's birthday by volunteering to deliver a birthday cake and share the joy of the occasion with a DOROT senior. DOROT staff arrange with you the most convenient time for your birthday visit. Prior to the day of the visit, families receive a brief orientation to prepare you and your child for the birthday visit. Families also receive a special birthday package to bring to the DOROT senior.   


Ages: Families with children ages 4 and older 


Time Commitment: One and a half hours 


Contact: Call 212.769.2850 or register online 



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 to share a meal with their family at our Pantry in West Harlem. Organize donations, guide families through food selection, and stock food for the next day's pantry.  


Ages: 13 and older with an adult


Time Commitment: Three hours 


Contact: Call 212.566.7855 ext. 8350 or 



Gardening with Concrete Safaris at Jefferson Garden  

New York Cares


Date/Time: Monday, September 16, 6-7:45 pm


Location: Jefferson Garden, East Harlem

Join Concrete Safaris, an organization dedicated to empowering children and youth to be healthy leaders through green exercise programs that enrich the mind, body, community by creating and maintaining green spaces in East Harlem. We will rake leaves, spread wood chips, compost, and more. Dress in layers and bring a bottle of water. New York Cares requires an orientation session prior to volunteering for one of their projects, and you must set up an account as a volunteer.  Please contact New York Cares for more information. Please note, when searching for a project on the New York Cares website, be sure to check the "Family Friendly" box.


Ages: Children 10 and older with an adult 


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: or the Project Hotline 212.401.1101 



Plan a Food Drive  

City Harvest


Date/Time: Flexible


All over the city, New Yorkers help feed their hungry neighbors by organizing food drives in their schools, apartment buildings, businesses and places of worship. Please join them, and help City Harvest feed New York City's hungry men, women, and children.    


How to Plan a Food Drive: 

  1. Choose collection sites that are both highly visible and secure.
  2. Put up City Harvest food drive posters at the collection sites a week or two before the start of the drive--we'll supply the posters, just call 646.412.0758, email us, or download the poster here.
  3. All types of canned and packaged goods are welcome, but no perishable foods please! This helps keep your collection site insect-free and ensures that all food collected is safe for consumption.
  4. The most needed foods are:  
  • canned fruit
  • canned vegetables
  • peanut butter (plastic jars)
  • mac and cheese (packaged)
  • hot and cold cereal (packaged, family-sized)  

Be creative with your food drive and HAVE FUN!


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: For more information or to schedule a food pickup, please call 646.412.0758 or email 



Books for Troops  

Operation Paperback


Date/Time: At your convenience


Location: Your home 

Soldiers serving the U.S. military often lack access to books. Operation Paperback is a non-profit organization that collects gently used books nationwide and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Volunteer to collect and ship used books to troops, both abroad and in the U.S., to help them through tough times and let them know their service is appreciated. As a volunteer shipper, you will collect and ship your own books using the addresses that Operation Paperback provides. Volunteer shippers are an integral part of Operation Paperback, sending over 90% of the books shipped under the program.    


Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: One hour or less per shipment


Contact: Operation Paperback Volunteer Shipper registration  



9/11 National Day of Service  


During September, New Yorkers and Americans around the world will remember the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. September 11th has been designated as a National Day of Service.  If you'd like to find a service project for your family for 9/11, visit the following websites, which allow you to search for projects by zip code: 




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This list was compiled by Doing Good Together ( 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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