September 2014 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities


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  September 2014 - New York 
Volunteer Opportunities
for Families 

September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance and Rosh Hashanah Package Delivery  



Date/Time: Sunday, September 14, 10am-noon  


Location: 171 West 85th Street, New York  


The September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance is the culmination of an effort originally launched in 2002 by 9/11 family members and support groups who worked to establish the charitable service day in honor of 9/11 victims and survivors, and others who rose up in service in response to the attacks.  In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. In 2011, DOROT received a three-year challenge grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that awarded 14 grants around the country supporting this effort. DOROT is the only New York recipient of this grant. Register as part of the Family Circle program to deliver a package and visit with a DOROT senior, sharing memories and hope as we commemorate the events of 9/11.


Ages: All ages can participate 


Time Commitment: Approximately two hours 


Contact: Shelley Levine, or 917.441.5051. Registration is available online 



Pajama Program Book & Pajama Drive  

Big-Hearted Families™ Book Club


Date/Time: Flexible 


Location: The Pajama Program will contact you with the name of an organization that would love to receive your donation, or you can contact your local Pajama Program chapter.

Join with our Big-Hearted Families Book Club subscribers to help the Pajama Program collect one million new pajamas, one million new books and the resources needed to get them in the hands of children in need by December 31, 2015. The Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need, many who are waiting and hoping to be adopted. These children live in various situations including group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities and are often shuffled from one place to another. Many of them have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a mother or father tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. Some of the children we serve are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter. Your family can conduct a pajama and book drive, have a pajama/book themed party, or you can simply send a pair of pajamas and a book from your family to the Pajama Program. Click for information and instructions from the Pajama Program. Once you've completed your drive, report your results here, and the Pajama Program will contact you within seven days with the name of an organization that would love to receive your donation.   


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact:, 212.716.9757 



Meal Delivery  



Date/Time: Any morning, seven days days per week 


Location: Various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn 


Citymeals-on-Wheels raises private funds to ensure no homebound elderly New Yorker will ever go a day without food or human company. Please remember, 100% of all public donations go to the preparation and delivery of meals. Volunteers will deliver meals on foot to homebound elderly within walking distance of the meal center. You must call to schedule a date, time and location.  


Ages: Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult with a ratio of 5:1, minor to adult.


Time Commitment: Three hours in the morning 


Contact: Vivienne Brown-O'Neill,, 212.687.1234



Million TreesNYC TreeLC Workshop   

Million TreesNYC and the NYC Parks Department


Date/Time: Thursday, September 4 or Thursday, September 11, 10am-1pm


Location: Corona, Queens (various locations)  


Help water and care for the 110,000+ new street trees that have been planted across New York City! Join the MillionTreesNYC to give trees a little "Tree LC" and stewardship, and help keep New York City green by coming to a free MillionTreesNYC tree care workshop where you will learn: 

  • What is MillionTreesNYC?
  • How to identify trees in New York City
  • Benefits trees bring to our city
  • Tree Care - Water - Weed - Mulch - Plant flowers

Workshops are focused on active tree care, so come ready to get your hands dirty and care for street trees along the sidewalk. Please wear closed-toed shoes and layered clothing that can get dirty. Tree stewardship is similar to gardening work, involving bending and kneeling on the sidewalk. All participants will care for trees using small gardening tools and watering buckets. Please dress for light gardening work, wear close-toed shoes, and bring a water bottle.  


Ages: Children are always welcome, and must be accompanied by an adult.


Time Commitment: Three hours


Contact:, 718.760.6803 Registration is available online  



Intergenerational Chess Program  



Date/Time: Ten Wednesdays, beginning September 17; sessions are from 4 - 5:30 pm.  The program will not meet on September 24, October 8 and November 26.


Location: DOROT Offices, 171 West 85th Street, New York City  


Students and DOROT Seniors will get to know each other and play chess together. Chess Masters will demonstrate different strategies at each session. Refreshments will be served.

  • Children must be 5th - 12th grade students
  • Children must understand the game of chess
  • Children must understand the different chess pieces and how to move them
  • Children must commit to a minimum of two Wednesdays per month


Ages: Children in 5th - 12th grade


Time Commitment: Each session is one and one half hours 


Contact: Call 212.769.2850 for more information. Complete an online registration form.



Books for Troops  

Operation Paperback


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: Your home 


With Veterans Day just around the corner in November, consider a project to help bring comfort to the brave men and women of our military. Soldiers serving the U.S. military often lack access to books. Operation Paperback is a non-profit organization that collects gently used books nationwide and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Volunteer to collect and ship used books to troops, both abroad and in the U.S., to help them through tough times and let them know their service is appreciated. As a volunteer shipper, you will collect and ship your own books using the addresses that Operation Paperback provides. Volunteer shippers are an integral part of Operation Paperback, sending over 90% of the books shipped under the program.  

Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: One hour or less per shipment


Contact: Operation Paperback Volunteer Shipper registration   



Pitch In - Pick Up   

Central Park Conservancy


Date/Time: Flexible, at your convenience


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

Early fall is a great time 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 nametag, 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. 



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  


St. 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.  


Ages: All ages: an adult should accompany children


Time Commitment: One and one half hours 


Contact: Christine Strumpen-Darrie at Pre-registration is required via email.



September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance  


During September, the world will pause to remember the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. In 2009, Congress designated September 11th as a National Day of Remembrance and Service. For older children who can handle the material, a visit to the newly opened 9/11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center site provides many opportunities to talk about service.  If you'd like to find a service project for your family for 9/11, visit the following websites, which allow you to search for projects by zip code.   




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