May 2014 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

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May 2014 DGT New York Family Volunteer Opportunities

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  May 2014 - New York 
Volunteer Opportunities
for Families 

Mother's Day Care Package  

Sanctuary for Families


Date/Time: At your convenience 


Location: You will receive information about the confidential Upper East Side gift drop-off location after you have registered to participate

Sanctuary for Families is the leading nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving the needs 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. Your generosity will brighten a mother's day and provide encouragement to continue her quest for a better life for her and her children. Purchase items for a Mother's Day Care Package for Mom and a small gift for each of her children. Please note, this project does require the purchase of new care package items, so is not free.

For each mom, please include: 

  • Bath and body gift set (soaps and lotion)
  • Bath towel set (body towel, hand towel and washcloth)
  • Standard shower curtain with liner and shower rings
  • A note of hope, love and encouragement

For each child: 

  • Age-appropriate new books for each child in the family

There is a price cap for gifts of up to $150 per mother, and no more than $25 per child. The items can be purchased inexpensively at TJMaxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods. Contact Emily LoBue,, and she will send you a family's bio that will include a mother's name and one or more children. She will also send information about the confidential Upper East Side gift drop-off location.  


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Emily LoBue at, 212.349.6009 x317 



Meal Delivery to Homebound Elders  

Hope For New York


Date/Time: Sundays, 9:30 am - noon


Location: Upper West Side
Volunteer to hand deliver meals on foot to elderly neighbors on the Upper West Side who can't cook or buy groceries on their own. Up to 10 people can serve, so families are welcome to come together.


Ages: All ages, must be accompanied by an adult


Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours





We Care Cards for Mother's Day

Catholic Charities


Date/Time: At your convenience, from home 


Location: After expressing interest, the volunteer coordinator will contact you to confirm participation and provide directions for this opportunity.  

Throughout the year, volunteers are needed to help provide dignity to New Yorkers in need. Last year alone, Catholic Charities served over 356,000 individuals. Cards are a simple way of communicating with someone in need. When direct service is not possible, these cards let the people we serve know that they are loved and not forgotten. Your family can adopt a program of Catholic Charities and send cards around significant dates such as: Mother's Day, Father's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Cards can be also made around significant events, such as "Welcome to New York!" or "Good Luck on Your Interview!" Add a personal touch by including your own personal message of hope and cheer. The cards express love, support, and encouragement for those who are struggling. This is a great volunteer opportunity for young children.  


Ages: Ages five and up   


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Staci-Jo Bruce, Director of Volunteer Services, or 212.371.1000


Keeping It Green For Families  

Central Park Conservancy


Date/Time: Sundays, May 4th and 18th, 10:00am-noon


Location: Central Park
Spend quality time with your family helping to 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: or 212.360.1461



Support Baby Buggy for Mother's Day  

Baby Buggy


Date/Time: At your convenience


Location: Drop-off location, 306 West 37th Street, 8th Floor. Or, if you prefer, Baby Buggy can arrange for a courier to pick-up your donation but donors will need to absorb the tax-deductible cost of the courier.
Baby Buggy works with a network of 50 community based organizations to distribute new and gently used essentials for families with young children, including cribs, bassinets, diapers, clothing, and strollers. Baby Buggy collects these items from individual donors and corporations. Consider doing some spring-cleaning and donating your gently used items to Baby Buggy! Or you could organize a donation drive in your building, office or school community. Baby Buggy accepts gently used items for ages 0-14. Items must have been purchased in the last three years. Visit the "organize a drive" page of the Baby Buggy website for a complete list of accepted items. 


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Flexible





Nature's Helpers  

Prospect Park Alliance


Date/Time: Saturdays and Sundays, 2-3 pm


Location: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Spend time outside enjoying nature while helping to keep the Park clean. Families can take a tour of the Park and its waterways, and help keep it clean along the way. Gloves, garbage bags, and trash grabbers will be provided.  


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: One hour 


Contact: Volunteer Office at or 718.287.3400 




The National 9/11 Memorial Museum will officially open on May 21, 2014, on the former World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. Note that entrance to the Museum includes the Memorial- the reflecting pools and waterfalls and beautiful tree-lined plaza. The Museum will be an important place to visit with children to explain the events of September 11, 2001, and to engage in discussion about service, tolerance and kindness.   

Free Admission Tuesdays: Admission is free for all visitors on Tuesday evenings from 5-8pm. The last entry is at 7pm. A limited number of tickets are available for online reservations two weeks in advance of each Tuesday evening. Please note the first Free Admission Tuesday will be on May 27, with tickets available beginning May 13. Other timed entry tickets are available for purchase. U.S. Military, FDNY, NYPD and PAPD discounts are also available. 




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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.
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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