March 2014 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

DGT March 2014 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

March 2014 DGT New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

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  March 2014 - New York 
Volunteer Opportunities
for Families 

Project Cicero Annual Book Drive  

Project Cicero    


Date/Time: Friday, March 7 - Sunday, March 9


Location: Book drive donations should be delivered to: Project Cicero, 53 East 79th Street. Sorting and distribution will take place in the Gold Ballroom at The Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 7th Ave, New York
Project Cicero is a partnership of independent, public, and parochial schools, private and public organizations, and corporations whose primary goal is to create and supplement classroom and school libraries for children in under-resourced New York City public schools through an annual citywide book drive. Project Cicero also puts books into homeless shelters, juvenile detention facilities, community centers, before and after school programs, and wherever else there is a need. This past year, its thirteenth year of operation, Project Cicero distributed more than 150,000 books. To date, Project Cicero has placed two million books into more than 11,000 classrooms and school libraries reaching over 500,000 children in under-resourced schools in New York City. You can start a book drive for Project Cicero in your building or school. The sorting and distribution will occur on the weekend of March 7th.     


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: or 212.288.6900 x 511. Click here to register for sorting and distribution shifts. 



Family Circle Purim Delivery  



Date/Time: Wednesday, March 12, 4 - 5:30pm, or Sunday, March 16, 11am - 1pm  


Location: Seniors homes around Manhattan
Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim by delivering sweet treats to homebound seniors, and fulfill the "mitzvah" (commandment) of giving gifts to others at Purim. Start a new family tradition and brighten the day of a local senior.


Ages: All ages are welcome to participate; children should be accompanied by an adult


Time Commitment: Approximately one and one-half hours


Contact: Shelley Levine, 917.441.5051, Online registration is available here 



Stock & Shop  

Food Bank New York


Date/Time: Tuesday - Friday, various times


Location: During this very long and cold winter, food insecure homes have been especially hard-hit. Help families bring food home from our pantry in West Harlem so they can share a meal with their family. Volunteers organize donations, guide families through food selection, and stock food for the next day's pantry.


Ages: Thirteen and over with adult


Time Commitment: Approximately three hours


Contact:, 212.566.7855 ext. 8350



Saturday Concerts   

Isabella Geriatric Center - through New York Cares


Date/Time: Saturdays, 1:30 - 4:30pm


Location: Washington Heights, 515 Audubon Avenue, NY

Engage nursing home residents in the performance or activity of the day and assist them
with their needs. Transport residents in wheelchairs, socialize with residents and promote interest and participation by showing your own enthusiasm for the event. In addition to musical performances, activities may include Bingo, Karaoke and games. This opportunity is offered by New York Cares and you must be registered on the NY Cares website.   


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Three hours 


Contact: Call the project signup hotline, 212.402.1101, or register online. Click the 'family-friendly opportunities' filter and search for Isabella Geriatric Center.



Pack It Up for Purim Food Drive  

UJA Federation of New York:


Date/Time: Drop off your food package before Sunday, March 16


Location:  Find a convenient drop off location by visiting
Join the UJA Federation of New York for their fourth annual food drive, a program to fight hunger in our community by feeding 3,000 needy New Yorkers. Volunteers put together and deliver a nutritious food package. Visit for a sample shopping list, and for stickers to help you personalize your package.


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Jacquelyn Shapiro, 212.836.1498, or 



Time Out for Hunger 2014  

Food Bank NYC and Time Out New York


Date/Time: Sunday, March 30 


Location: Participating restaurants in the five boroughs
On Sunday, March 30, Time Out New York and Food Bank For New York City are teaming up for the 11th annual Time Out For Hunger campaign! That day, participating restaurants in the five boroughs will be donating 10% of their daily proceeds to Food Bank For New York City, so dine out for a cause and help in our efforts to end hunger in our city. One hundred percent of the donated proceeds go to Food Bank For New York City, and every $1 donated helps provide 5 meals for New Yorkers in need. Every dollar matters! Check the Food Bank for New York City website for a list of participating restaurants.


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible





Pitch In - Pick Up  

Central Park Conservancy


Date/Time: At your convenience


Location: Drop by one of these four visitors centers to get a jump on cleaning in Central Park: 

After a long winter, spring is finally in the air. If you are itching to get outdoors and volunteer with your kids, Central Park will welcome you! At 843 acres, there's a lot that goes into maintaining New York City's "backyard" - Central Park  - everyday. The Central Park Conservancy's dedicated staff keeps the Park lush and vibrant, but they need your help, too. The Pitch In, Pick Up volunteer program makes it easier than ever to be a part of your Park. With more than 40 million people visiting Central Park each year, every stray napkin and tossed bottle adds up. Help keep the Park clean and green, whether you have an hour or an afternoon to give. Just stop by one of the Conservancy's visitor centers, sign out a volunteer name tag, and choose either a trash-grabber or sweeper. Then pitch in by helping pick up litter!


Ages: Everyone can participate but children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact:  Click here for more information about the Pitch In, Pick Up volunteer program




Do you know a group of kids who are MAKING A DIFFERENCE?  


Through the generous support of Disney, generationOn is giving out  
$500 start-up grants to new youth service clubs in New York City.
Register a generationOn Kids Care Club (ages 5 - 10) or a generationOn Service Club (ages 11 - 18) before March 5, 2014, and become eligible to apply for a $500 start-up grant to get your club going. Adult facilitators or youth members (ages 13+) can apply.

For more information, contact Elise Henson at or 917.746.8161, or visit the generationON website at




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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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