February 2014 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT February 2014 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities


February 2014 DGT New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

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  February 2014 - New York 
Volunteer Opportunities
for Families 

Winter Package Delivery 



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


Location: At the home of an elderly person in the community - typically Upper East and Upper West Side

For over 30 years, Dorot has been enhancing the lives of the elderly and bringing generations of people together. Through a variety of programs, Dorot alleviates social isolation among the elderly and provides services to help them live independently as valued members of the community. Participate in the Winter Package Delivery program and warm a senior's day! Deliver a package (supplied by Dorot) to a homebound senior, and enjoy a visit. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 212.769.2850 to register.  


Ages: Families with children ages 4 and up


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: Shelley Levine, 917.441.5051, slevine@dorotusa.org



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 winter months, the demand for food pantry and soup kitchen services skyrockets. 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. Children are invited to volunteer with an adult chaperone to help sort and stock the pantry with food and clothing donations on the second Saturday of each month. Kids are also welcome on Sunday mornings to help prepare for the evening "welcome table" service by assisting with meal preparation, including chopping fruit and vegetables, pouring cups of juice, setting up tables and chairs and other tasks to be sure the soup kitchen is ready to serve over 1000 meals that evening.   


Pre-registration is required via email.


Ages: All ages: an adult should accompany children


Time Commitment: Two and a half hours


Contact: Christine Strumpen-Darrie, xmfoodprograms@gmail.com



Make Valentine's for Women & Children  

Sanctuary for Families


Date/Time: Packages should be delivered prior to Monday, February 10 


Location: Valentines should be dropped off or sent to Sanctuary's lower Manhattan location. Please contact Emily Lo Bue, elobue@sffny.org, for location details. 

Sanctuary for Families is the leading nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving the needed 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. Receiving valentines from those who care is a wonderful gift! Write an inspirational message, make cards, or include wrapped candy - whatever your heart desires!    


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Emily LoBue, elobue@sffny.org



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



Coat Drive Extended- Urgent Need For Coats!  

New York Cares 


Date/Time: EXTENDED through February 7


Location: Donation sites are located across the city, in Police Stations, at major transportation terminals and at participating merchants.
This winter, New York Cares has received more than 100,000 requests for coats. Tens of thousands of people are freezing because, right now, we do not have enough coats. People are lining up hours early at distribution centers to get desperately needed coats. Please go through your closets and donate gently used coats at any one of the public donation sites (see website for a list), or you may start your own family coat drive. Recipients of the coats include churches, schools and shelters, all of which serve New York's most in-need populations. Adult and child-sized coats are needed.


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: info@newyorkcares.org, 212.228.5000



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 12 x 12 inch squares that will be used to create handmade blankets. These blankets 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



The Birthday Giving Project



Date/Time: Anytime - at your convenience


Location: Contact Family-to-Family at birthdays@family-to-family.org and they will connect you with a local agency where you can deliver your boxes, or you may ship them to one of the communities that Family-to-Family serves.  
With the goal of easing the burden of hunger and poverty for some of America's poorest communities, Family-to-Family is a non-profit that links families with other families who are in need, allowing them to "share their bounty." It's hard for many people to imagine celebrating a child's birthday without a party or presents. But for many of the families that Family-to-Family serves, finding the extra money to afford a child's birthday celebration is a struggle. The Birthday Giving Project is designed to help these families by providing a small "party in a box" for a child in need.
You and your family can help by decorating and filling a shoebox with everything needed for a small birthday party. Each box goes to a different child and should include:

  • cake mix
  • can of frosting
  • box of birthday candles (no matches please!)
  • wall decoration (like streamers, or a happy birthday banner)
  • gently used book from your house that the birthday child might like
  • small $5-$10 dollar gift for the birthday child 
  • If you like, you can also include a goody bag filled with small surprises


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: birthdays@family-to-family.org



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, ship it to Color A Smile, and they will make sure it gets into the hands of a person who needs cheering. Please follow these drawing guidelines:

  • 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 the paper only
  • Make sure the drawings are bright and happy!

Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: 973.540.9222





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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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