January 2015 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities



January - New York City


Winter Package Delivery  



Date/Time: Sunday, January 25, 10am-noon


Location: The home of a senior - typically Upper East or Upper West Side  


DOROT alleviates social isolation among the elderly and provides services to help them live independently as valued members of the community. Your family can help brighten the day for a senior. Participate in the Winter Package Delivery, bringing a package of food and treats to a senior client of Dorot. Visit and chat with the senior for about an hour.  


Ages: All ages can participate


Time Commitment: Two hours 


Contact: Shelley Levine, 917.441.5051



HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen  

Soup Kitchen - service with a smile!


Date/Time: Monday evenings, 4:15-6:45pm


Location: 1 West 4th Street at Hebrew Union College  


Every Monday evening, the student-run HUC-JIR Soup Kitchen welcomes approximately 100 homeless and hungry guests for a nutritious meal. Volunteers are needed to help set up, serve meals and clean-up. There is an area where guests can pick up donated clothing and toiletries, and volunteers are also needed to work in this area. Volunteers can feel free to bring donations of toiletries, coats, socks and clothing.  


Ages: Ages 10 and up accompanied by adult


Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours  


Contact: hucjirsoupkitchen@gmail.com (please email us to check on availability)



Bake a "Share the Dream Cake" with Volunteer New York for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service  

Volunteer New York!


Date/Time: Saturday, January 17 through Monday, January 19  


Location: Volunteer New York! Is a Westchester-based organization that encourages volunteerism and supports local nonprofit organizations  


Have fun with your children while teaching them about sharing and service. Bake a cake or a batch of cookies (maybe in a heart shape) to be shared or given to a community service of your choice (e.g. a homeless shelter, a soup kitchen, neighbors, etc).  

  • We encourage families to shop at local businesses.
  • The use of a seasonal fruit is encouraged.
  • Black and white cakes are very welcome.
  • "Share the Dream" can be written on the cake in memory of Martin Luther King's message and legacy as well as the name of the recipient or nonprofit, and/or a special wish for your community.
  • After you have baked your cake/cookies, take a photograph and spread the word on social media with the tag #dreamcake @VolunteerNYnow

Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Nathalie@volunteernewyork.org



Celebrate MLK Day by Restoring East River Park  

Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps  


Date/Time: January 17, 9:30am-2:30pm


Location: East River Park, Field House, East 6th Street & FDR Drive  


Join SCA and AmeriCorps to celebrate MLK Day with service at East River Park in Manhattan. During Superstorm Sandy, East River Park was inundated with six feet of storm surge, leaving salt and other contaminants in the soil. Volunteers will spread new mulch and wood chips to help restore the soil for spring plantings. All supplies will be provided. There will be free breakfast and lunch for volunteers, plus plenty of coffee and hot chocolate!  


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Five hours (or as long as you can stay)


Contact: Ana Pedtke, apedtke@thesca.org or 212.228.5000. Registration is available online 




Host a PJ and Book Drive!  

Pajama Program - One Million Good Nights Campaign


The Pajama Program is a nonprofit that provides new pajamas and new books to children in need through a nationwide network of service agencies. The goal of the One Million Good Nights campaign is to provide one million new pairs of pajamas, and one million new books to children in need by Dec. 31, 2015. Here are some ways your family can help them reach their goal: 

  • Consider hosting a Pajama Party or Book Drive for your child's next birthday.
  • Invite your guests to a Pajama Party (or a "sleep under" with movies and popcorn - but everyone goes home at the end of the event instead of sleeping over). Guests could wear their own pajamas for fun.
  • In lieu of gifts, ask guests to bring a new pair of pajamas or a new book to to donate to Pajama Program.
  • Pajamas should be new/unused and a complete set or nightgown.
  • Decide on an age range to collect (all ages, infant, children to age 5, children 6 - 12, teens, etc.)
  • Posters, signs and brochures can be used for invitations or to decorate the party space, and may be downloaded from the Pajama Program website, www.pajamaprogram.org.
  • Once your drive is complete, report your donations on the Pajama Program website.
  • Within seven days, the Pajama Program will contact you with a receiving organization in your area that will accept the donations, and help you get the donation into the hands of the children they serve.

Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: 212.716.9757


Mulchfest 2015 TreeCycle!  

City of New York Parks & Recreation


Date/Time: Saturday or Sunday, January 10 & 11, 10am-2pm


Location: Check the NYC Mulchfest  2015 website for locations 


Join the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Sanitation and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. More than 30,000 trees were recycled last year. Bring your tree to a chipping location on January 10 or 11, or a drop-off location and the city will recycle it for you later. The Sanitation Department also conducts curbside collections. Please remember to remove all lights and ornaments before bringing a tree to a MulchFest site.   


MillionTreesNYC is also looking for volunteers to help spread the mulch generated during this event around young street tree beds to help insulate these trees from the cold weather, retain moisture, and provide a decorative addition to neighborhood blocks. You can also pick up bags of mulch to take home with you and use on the trees on your street. Click for more information and to register for one of these volunteer events.  


Ages: All ages can participate  


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: www.nycgovparks.org/highlights/festivals/mulchfest




Blankets of Love Knitting Project  

FEGS Health and Human Services


Date/Time: Flexible


Location: Mail completed squares to FEGS - Haym Salomon Division of the Arts, 315 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013  


FEGS, one of the nation's largest and most diversified nonprofit health and human services organizations, helps individuals achieve greater personal and economic independence. FEGS' network of programs in health/disabilities, housing, homecare, employment/workforce development, education, youth and family services, help more than 100,000 people each year. Help knit or crochet 12x12 inch squares to create handmade blankets that will be donated to the FEGS Center for Women and Families, which works with victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and their families. Knit squares from home and send them to FEGS where they will be stitched together by volunteers to create blankets. Yarn may also be donated to the project.  


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Nathalie Marcello, nmarcello@fegs.org, 917.606.6536




Monday, January 19th is Martin Luther King Day of Service 
"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve"


Monday, January 19 is a school and bank holiday to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Instead of just making it a day OFF, make it a day ON and consider participating in a service project with your family. GenerationOn and the Points of Light Foundation provide tips and resources to begin a conversation about social justice around the holiday. 

Visit www.pointsoflight.org/signature-events/martin-luther-king-jr-day-service or www.generationon.org  



Meal Delivery  



Date/Time: Meals are delivered seven days per week; call or email to schedule


Location: Various locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn


Citymeals-on-Wheels provides a continuous lifeline of nutritious food and human company to homebound elderly New Yorkers in need, helping them to live with dignity in their own familiar homes and communities. 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, Vivienne@citymeals.org, 212.687.1234




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