April 2014 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT April 2014 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2014 DGT New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

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  April 2014 - New York 
Volunteer Opportunities
for Families 

Keeping It Green For Families  

Central Park Conservancy


Date/Time: Sundays, April 13 and 27, 10:00am - noon


Location: Central Park
Spring is FINALLY HERE! Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green. Environmental educators will lead mulching and leaf-raking projects throughout the Park. Closed-toe shoes are required. This program is for families; no groups. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. This program is made possible by the GM Foundation. 


Ages: Ages five and up, accompanied by adult.   


Time Commitment: Two hours


Contact: Bonnie Ralston, bralston@centralparknyc.org, 212.360.1461



9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Family Day  

National September 11 Memorial and Museum


Date/Time: April 27, 5K at 8:00 am; Family Day activities from 9am - 2pm


Location: Run/Walk begins at Pier 26; Family Day will be held on Greenwich Street, between Cortland and Liberty
The 911 Memorial is sponsoring the second annual 5K Run/Walk and Family Day to raise awareness about the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and to encourage volunteerism in memory of 9/11. Following the 5K Run/Walk, Family Day festivities will include entertainment and meaningful activities for all ages, food and refreshments. The Family Day event will also offer information about the Memorial and Museum and ways to learn about volunteer opportunities. No registration is required for Family Day. 


Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: www.911memorial.org/5k-runwalk-family-day




Passover Package Delivery  



Date/Time: Sunday, April 6, 10am - noon


Location: DOROT, 171 West 85th Street, New York
Brighten the day of a homebound senior this Passover. Deliver a Passover package and create a lasting memory for your family, as you visit with a senior for about an hour. Pre-registration is required for adults visiting with children under the age of 18, and spaces fill quickly.


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: Shelley Levine, 917.441.5051, click for more information and registration information



NY Cares Day - Spring 2014  

NY Cares


Date/Time: Saturday, April 12, 9:30am - 3pm


Location: All over New York City

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.
New York Cares Day Spring is also an important fundraiser. With your generosity, we'll raise funds to pay for supplies on the day, as well as support our year-round volunteer programs, which provide services for 400,000 New Yorkers in need.  


Ages: Ages 12 and up, must be accompanied by an adult at all times


Time Commitment: Approximately six hours   


Contact: info@nycares.org212.228.5000, or the Project Hotline at 212.401.1101. Register online to be part of an "individual" team in a specific borough.



Staten Island Cares Day - Spring 2014  

NY Cares  


Date/Time: Saturday, April 26, 9:30am - 1:30pm


Location: Anning S. Prall IS 27, 11 Clove Lake Place, Staten Island
Join NY Cares at Anning S. Prall IS 27 for the first annual Staten Island Cares Day! Revitalization continues at this fantastic middle school. Assist in the painting of multiple murals in the cafeteria and on the doors of the auditorium and main entrance, plant crops in an educational garden and help build a greenhouse. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty and stay for lunch and fun.


Ages: Ages 12 and up, must be accompanied by an adult at all times


Time Commitment: Four hours 


Contact: info@nycares.org, 212.228.5000, or the Project Hotline at 212.401.1101



Blankets of Love Knitting Project  

FEGS Health and Human Services


Date/Time: Flexible, at your convenience


Location: Mail completed squares 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



Food Pantry/Soup Kitchen Volunteers  

St. Xavier Mission Food Pantry


Date/Time: Pantry stocking: Second Saturday of each month, 10:30am -noon
Food Preparation: Every Sunday, 8:45 - 11:30am


Location: St. Xavier Mission, 55 West 15th Street, New York City
During the Holiday season of Easter and Passover, 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.


Ages: All ages: an adult should accompany children


Time Commitment: Two and a half hours


Contact: Christine Strumpen-Darrie, xmfoodprograms@gmail.com. Pre-registration is required via email.



Help the families affected by the East Harlem gas explosion & building collapse  


New Yorkers are well aware of the tragic explosion and building collapse on March 12th that took the lives of eight East Harlem community members, and displaced dozens of families. There are many opportunities to help the people affected by this tragedy.

The Mayor's Office has established a fundraising drive as part of the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. The money collected will be used to support a strategic relief plan with three primary components:   

  1. A victims' assistance fund to cover costs associated with rent, funeral arrangements and household expenses;
  2. Case management and counseling services;
  3. Community-based outreach focused on immigrant communities.

 Visit www.nyc.gov/fund or contact 311 to donate.  


Encourage your kids to open their own piggy banks or organize a lemonade stand or bake sale to raise money for the victims and survivors! 


In addition, a local bookstore, La Casa Azul at 143 East 103rd Street, is collecting donations of food and clothing to help displaced families and survivors. Check their Facebook page for updates and more information.  




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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.
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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