October 2014 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities



October 2014 - New York 


Halloween Costume Donation Drive  

Harlem Halloween


Date/Time: Until November 15 


Location: Manhattan Avenue and West 122nd Street  


The Harlem Halloween Project is a grass-roots campaign run by volunteers. They collect new and gently used Halloween costumes to provide to any child who needs one. They also distribute costumes to the Milbank Center Children's Aid Society and to two family shelters through the West Harlem Assistance Group. Costumes may be for all ages.   


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Minimal. Harlem Halloween will coordinate the drop-off or pick-up of donations.


Contact: Stephanie Interbartolo, harlemhalloween@gmail.com, 917.310.1730



Food Pantry Assistance

West Side Campaign Against Hunger


Date/Time: Mondays from 8am-8pm, Tuesdays from 7am- noon, Wednesdays-Fridays from 8am-5pm


Location: 263 West 86th Street, corner of West End Avenue, in the basement of SPSA Church  


Volunteers help bring deliveries, stock shelves, bag bread, pack rice and beans, break down boxes, assist customers with their shopping in the food pantry, work in the checkout area, and much more.  


Ages: Open to all ages; children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.


Time Commitment: Two and one half hours


Contact: Shaira Chaer, Operations Director, schaer@wscah.org, 212.362.3662 ext.123



Keeping It Green For Families  

Central Park Conservancy


Date/Time: Sundays, October 19 and 26, 10:00am-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. This program is for families only, no groups. There is a maximum of three children per parent/guardian. Space is limited and advance registration is required.  


Ages: Ages five and up, accompanied by adult.   


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: 212.360.1461



Tootsie Pop Collection  

Operation Goody Bag (OGB)


Date/Time: At your convenience


Location: Drop off Tootsie Pops at OGB Headquarters, 545 Rt 17S, Paramus, NJ  


Operation Goody Bag was founded right after 9/11 to remember those who were lost, and to express support and appreciation to our military, veterans and first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe and free. OGB sends more than 50,000 Goody Bags each year to troops and first responders. Each Goody Bag is filled with candy treats, personal letters and printed messages of thanks. Operation Goody Bag sponsors goody bag creation events in the region, collects tootsie pops, and sponsors "thank you note" and "goody bag coloring" projects. Tootsie Pops are the only candy OGB collects. If you live in the NY area, consider holding a Tootsie Pop collection this Halloween! OGB only accepts full/unopened bags and boxes of pops.   


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: info@operationgoodybag.org for more information



Thanksgiving Morning Meal Delivery   

God's Love We Deliver


Date/Time: Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 27 - the time will be dependent on task and location. Advance registration is required and sign-ups begin in October.


Location: Dependent on need and availability   


God's Love We Deliver prepares and delivers nutritious meals to individuals suffering from HIV/AIDs, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. The holiday volunteering project takes place on Thanksgiving morning and requires registration in advance. Over 800 volunteers cook and deliver holiday meals to individual clients homes. Families can sign up to deliver meals in the morning, and be home in time for their own holiday celebration. Delivery volunteers must have a valid drivers' license and their own car.  


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Two to three hours in the morning


Contact: Jana Levinson, jlevinson@glwd.org, 212.294.8159



Halloween Candy Buy-Back  

Operation Gratitude


Date/Time: At your convenience, after Halloween


Location: Search for a participating local dentist or ship your candy donations to:
Operation Gratitude/California Army National Guard
ATTN: Halloween Candy/Angel Cuevas
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406  


Plan ahead for all of that leftover Halloween candy! On November 1st, the piles of leftover Halloween candy may be overwhelming. You can allow your children to keep a few favorites, and consider donating the rest to a very good cause. Through the Halloween Candy Buy-Back program, local dentists promise to "buy back" left over Halloween candy with prizes, toothbrushes, coupons, etc. The website allows you to search by zip code for participating dental practices. The candy is donated to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit that sends over 100,000 care packages annually to service members stationed in hostile regions, to their children left behind, and to Veterans. Their mission is simple: to put a smile on soldiers' faces and to show the appreciation and support of the American people. If you are shipping your candy please check the Operation Gratitude website for important packaging and shipping information. Consider asking your children to write a letter or draw a picture to include with your donation, as Operation Gratitude strives to include these personal notes in every care package they send.  


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: For questions regarding this year's Halloween Candy Buyback, please email hcbb13@gmail.com or post your question to Halloween Candy Buyback's Facebook page.

www.halloweencandybuyback.com and www.operationgratitude.com



Family Weekend Repack   

Food Bank New York


Date/Time: Sunday, October 5, 10:30am-1pm


Location: Exact locations are provided upon registration (locations are in the Bronx)  


Volunteers will help repack bulk food donations into smaller packages that will be delivered to food pantries and soup kitchens throughout the five boroughs. Contact the Volunteer Coordinator to register and receive more detailed information and location.  


Ages: Children ages five and up are welcome to volunteer.


Time Commitment: Two and one half hours


Contact: Natashia Betancourt, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer@foodbanknyc.org, 212.566.7855 ext. 8350



Create a Cheerful Drawing  

Color A Smile


Date/Time: Flexible 


Location: Send your children's drawings to Color a Smile, P O Box 1516, Morristown, NJ 07962-1516. It is okay to fold the drawings to fit them in an envelope.  


Color A Smile collects colorful, crayon drawings from school children. Every month they distribute these drawings to Nursing Homes, Meals on Wheels Programs, and individuals all across the country. This activity is a simple one that younger children love to do. Visit the Color A Smile volunteer page for additional coloring instructions.  


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: info@colorasmile.org, 973.540.9222




Forest Restoration    

Cortlandt Park Conservancy


Date/Time: Saturday, October 18, 10am-1pm 


Location: Van Cortlandt Park-Nature Center, click for directions. Meet at the Compost Site off of Mosholu Avenue & Broadway      


Van Cortlandt Park, in the northwest Bronx, is a natural showcase featuring the last vestiges of New York City's native woodlands. The park's 1,146 acres abound with sites that are important to the region and the nation. Volunteers will help with native tree, shrub and understory plantings as well as trail restoration and invasive removal. Email or call for further directions. Dress for the weather and outdoor work. Wear long sleeves, long pants, solid footwear and be prepared to work in light rain.   


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Three hours 


Contact: Paulina Mohamed- Director of Youth and Volunteer Programs, Paulina.Mohamed@parks.nyc.gov, 718.430.4687




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