June 2014 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT June 2014 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2014 New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

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  June 2014 - New York 
Volunteer Opportunities
for Families 

Love a Library  

New York Cares


Date/Time: Saturday, June 7, 11am - 2pm


Location: Thirty-three different library locations throughout the five boroughs 

Join NY Cares for the third annual Love a Library Day. Volunteers will work with 33 library branches throughout all five boroughs to inspire people to visit their local branch, and take a fresh look at all of the opportunities libraries provide. Volunteers will spread the word about libraries, organize books and register people for new library cards, enroll children in summer reading programs, lead children's literacy and craft projects and paint murals to inspire library patrons. The event is family-friendly and open to people who have not attended a New York Cares orientation. Online registration is available 


Ages: All ages 


Time Commitment: Three hours 


Contact: 212.402.1101 (Project Sign-Up Hotline)



It's My Park Days  

NYC Parks Department


Date/Time: Various Saturdays in June


Location: Throughout the month of June, the NYC Parks Department is sponsoring "It's My Park" Days in all five boroughs. The projects vary, depending on the park, but include painting, planting, weeding and clean-up of parks and playgrounds. Always dress for a mess and with closed-toe shoes. Information and contact emails for each individual project are available on the website.


Ages: All ages 


Time Commitment: Varies depending on activity 


Contact: nycgovparks.org/events/volunteer 




Donate Art Supplies  

FEGS Health and Human Services  


Date/Time: At your convenience


Location: Please mail donations to FEGS, Haym Salomon Division of the Arts, 315 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013
Donate new art supplies to the Haym Salomon Division of the Arts at FEGS, which will be used in volunteer-run art programs for individuals who face life challenges. Consider asking birthday party guests to donate new art supplies in lieu of (or in addition to) gifts, or sponsor a local "art supply" drive. 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 10,00 people each day, and over 100,000 people each year, inspiring individuals and families and strengthening communities.   


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Nathalie Marcello, 917.606.6536, or nmarcello@fegs.org for a full listing of supplies needed



Keeping It Green For Families  

Central Park Conservancy


Date/Time: Sundays, June 1 and June 15, 10am - noon


Location: Central Park
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 only, with a maximum of three children per parent/guardian. 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: Email keepingitgreen@centralparknyc.org to register or for more information, or call 212.360.1461



Achilles Hope and Possibility (5 Mile Race and Kids' Races)  

New York Road Runners (NYRR)


Date/Time: Sunday, June 29, 9am


Location: Central Park 

This road race is a special event that brings together athletes with disabilities along with able-bodied athletes for a celebration of running with a very unique atmosphere. Kids races are free and begin at 10:30am, and traditionally include disabled runners, as well. There is a post-race festival with a variety of activities for the whole family. Click here for NYRR Kids' Races Guidelines


Ages: Kids races are for ages two through twelve  


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: For race information and to register, www.nyrr.org/races-and-events/2014/achilles-hope-possibility-5m



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. Organize donations, guide families through food selection, and stock food for the next day's pantry.


Ages: Thirteen and older are welcome with an adult


Time Commitment: Approximately three hours


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





As your kids prepare for a summer filled with fun, sports, games, s'more's, friends and sunshine, take a moment to encourage them to think about children who don't have the opportunity to attend summer camp - either because of financial limitations or health concerns, or both.  Consider working with your kids to have a bake sale, lemonade stand, car wash, dance-a-thon, dog wash or swim-a-thon and raise money for Sunrise Day Camp.

Sunrise Day Camps, located in Pear River, Long Island and Israel, for children ages 3 1/2 - 16, are the only dedicated full summer day camps for children with cancer and their siblings. They are designed to meet the emotional, social, recreational and physical needs of these children while allowing them to enjoy the comforts and safety of their own homes at night.

Best of all, Sunrise Day Camp is offered free of charge to all children being treated for cancer, and their siblings. By raising the needed funds from outside sources instead of charging the parents, Sunrise can help to alleviate some of the costs, and the related stress, that parents incur caring for a sick child throughout the year. Children who have received medical clearance from their physicians are welcome to attend. Though 7 and 1/2 weeks of camp programming are offered, children may register and attend any and every day they feel well enough to do so.

For more information contact Jessice Kamens, JKamens@friedbergjcc.org or 516.634.4171




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 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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