April 2015 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities



April 2015 - New York City


Garden Volunteer Session, Mad Fun Farm  

Concrete Safaris


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


Location: Mad Fun Farm is located outside of 1775 Third Avenue, NYC  


Join Concrete Safaris to help clean and beautify this community garden. Tasks include: building raised beds; shoveling topsoil; planting herbs, vegetables, fruits and flowers, spreading mulch; picking up trash; weeding and more. Dress in layers and bring a water bottle.  


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


Time Commitment: Three hours 


Contact: Mac Levine at mac@concretesafaris.org. Registration is available online



9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Family Day  

National September 11 Memorial and Museum


Date/Time: Sunday, April 26; 5K events begin at 8am Family Day activities are 9am - 2pm


Location: Run/Walk begins at Pier 26; Family Day will be held on Greenwich Street, between Cortland and Liberty, adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza   


911 Memorial is sponsoring their annual 5K Run/Walk and Family Day to raise awareness about the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and to encourage volunteerism in memory of 9/11. Following the 5K Run/Walk, Family Day festivities will include entertainment and meaningful activities for all ages, food and refreshments. Information will be available about visiting and supporting the Memorial and Museum, and about volunteer opportunities for adults. Pre-registration and a fee are required for participating in the 5K, and there are adult, teen and child divisions. The Family Day event is free and does not require registration  


Ages: All ages are welcome 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: 5krun@911memorial.org




Summer Teen Internship  



Date/Time: Session 1: June 22-July 16 from 10:30am - 5pm, Monday-Thursday;  

Session 2: July 20-August 13 from 10:30am - 5pm, Monday-Thursday 


Location: Manhattan 


DOROT's Summer Teen Internship Program offers two four-week sessions for high school students entering 10th grade through graduating seniors. Through a competitive process, we choose up to 18 interns for each session. Summer interns are expected to volunteer with DOROT during the academic high school year. For those who are entering college, we hope you will volunteer during college breaks. Teen interns help bridge the generation gap and alleviate social isolation for older adults through friendly visits, birthday deliveries, computer tutoring, cooking and dining with a senior and much more.   


Ages: High School students entering 10th grade through graduating seniors.


Time Commitment: Four days per week for four weeks


Contact: Shelley Levine at slevine@dorotusa.org, 917.441.5051



Keeping It Green For Families

Central Park Conservancy


Date/Time: Sundays, April 12 and 26, 10am - noon


Location: Central Park 


Spring is FINALLY HERE! Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green.  Environmental educators will lead mulching and leaf-raking projects throughout the Park.  Close-toe shoes are required. This program is for families; no groups. Space is limited, 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: For more information or to register for a session, email discovery@centralparknyc.org or call 212.360.1461



NY Cares Day - Spring 2015  

NY Cares 


Date/Time: Saturday, April 18, 9:30am - 3pm


Location: All over New York City  


Take part in New York City's largest hands-on spring-cleaning event, and join more than 4,000 volunteers to revitalize the city's public outdoor spaces. This year, volunteers will clean up shorelines, restore garden beds, plant flowers and trees, paint benches, and remove invasive species. By the end of the day, 70 parks and gardens in all 5 boroughs will be transformed. New York Cares Day Spring is also an important fundraiser. With your generosity, we'll raise funds to pay for supplies on the day, as well as support our year-round volunteer programs, which provide services for 400,000 New Yorkers in need. Register online to be part of an "individual" team in a specific borough.   


Ages: Ages 12 and up, accompanied by an adult at all times


Time Commitment: Approximately six hours


Contact: info@nycares.org, or the Project Hotline, 212.401.1101. Click here for more information or to register online.



Annual Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair   

Hippo Playground Project


Date/Time: Sunday May 3 - Two shifts: 9.45am - 1pm & 12:45 -4pm. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED  


Location: Hippo Playground - entrance is at Riverside between 87th or 90th Streets


Sign up early for this fun family volunteer opportunity, working at the Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair. Volunteers are needed to take tickets, distribute prizes and assist children with fair activities and games. Funds raised will be used to maintain the Hippo Playground, make the park house and bathroom handicap accessible and purchase a piece of play equipment for the playground at 142nd Street.   


Ages: Children 8-14 accompanied by parents and anyone 15 years old and up.    


Time Commitment: Three hours and 15 minutes


Contact: Talietra@gmail.com; register for a volunteer time slot on Sign-up Genius  




Spring Forest Restoration  

Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy


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


Location: Meet at VCP Nature Center, east of 246th Street and Broadway  


Join the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy and help clean up and restore the park after a long winter. Please dress for weather - long sleeves, long pants, solid footwear - and clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Registration is required, please call or email.    


Ages: All ages 


Time Commitment: Three hours 


Contact: Paulina Mohamed at volunteer@vcpark.org, 718.430.4687



Plant a Row for the Hungry  

Ample Harvest or Garden Writers Association


Date/Time: During the growing season  


Location: Your garden, community garden, or wherever you have the opportunity  


Spring is in the air and gardeners everywhere can't wait to get started. Whether you plant a container garden on a windowsill or a deck, overthrow a patch of lawn in favor of a garden, or join a community effort, planning a row dedicated to the local food shelf can make a world of difference. Donating dedicated produce or extra produce from your garden helps food shelves provide more healthy food options and helps prevent food waste. Check out Doing Good Together's Plant a Row for the Hungry page for more information, reflection questions for your family, and additional resources. To find a food shelf near you that would like to receive your produce donation, visit Ample Harvest's find a food pantry page.   


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact:  Ample Harvest, info@AmpleHarvest.org or Garden Writer's Association, Plant a Row for the Hungry, PAR Hotline 1.877.492.2727
www.ampleharvest.org, www.gardenwriters.org


 DGT Families Making a Difference

Are you and your family taking advantage of the opportunities in our monthly listings? We'd love to hear about your experiences. Email us your stories and photos and we'll share them with our readers!

In mid March a number of DGT families from the Boston area came together to help support the Cradles to Crayons Pajama Drive. The event was hosted by Kira Hower, our Boston Coordinator and facilitated by Caryn Oppenheim, youth services coordinator at Cradles to Crayons. The program included a short video about C2C, a reading of the children's book Pajamas of My Dreams, and a thoughtful discussion about what types of donations are important and why. The event ended with the kids and adults making "well wishes" cards to go inside backpacks for the kids. Participants donated over 100 pairs of pajamas and raised awareness about the needs of the C2C families.



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