July 2015 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2015 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities



July 2015 - New York City


Intergenerational Chess  



Date/Time: Mondays, 4:00 - 5:30pm, beginning September 21. Register NOW for Fall Session!    


Location: DOROT, 171 West 85th Street  


Student volunteers and DOROT Seniors will get to know each other and play chess together. Chess Masters will demonstrate different strategies at each session. Share your love of the game and bring a smile to a senior! Refreshments will be served. Students must be in 5th-12th grade and understand the game of chess, the different chess pieces and how to move them.   


Ages: Volunteers must be in 5th-12th grade.


Time Commitment: One and one-half hours per week 


Contact: info@dorotusa.org, 212.769.2850; complete the online registration form



Painting and Revitalization at Coffey Park  

NY Cares and Red Hook Community Center


Date/Time: Saturday, July 11 or Saturday, July 18, 9:30am - 2pm


Location: Red Hook, Brooklyn  


Give this community park in Red Hook a sprucing up for the summer. Volunteers will prep and paint park benches, paint handball courts, and complete other tasks as needed. The volunteer team leader can provide additional information.  


Ages: Youth ages 12-17 are welcome to volunteer with their families.


Time Commitment: Four and one-half hours


Contact: info@newyorkcares.org, 212.228.5000. Once you have completed a New York Cares volunteer orientation, you will be able to register for this and other New York Cares projects.



Host a Birthday Party   

Celebrate U


Date/Time: Wednesday, July 22, 6 - 8pm 


Location: 170 W 83rd Street (W83 Ministry Center), 5th Floor  


Help host a birthday party for teen moms and their children at the Inwood House.
The Celebrate U Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by two 15 year old girls, Chase Kauder and Talia Eskenazi. Celebrate U hosts, organizes and manages birthday parties for children in shelters or who can't afford to celebrate their birthday in the New York City area. Early education is essential, but so is building a child's self esteem, giving them hope for a bright future and knowing society cares about them. Who doesn't feel special when they have a big birthday celebration? Celebrate U partners with the nationally known social service agency, Henry Street Settlement, as well as Boys and Girls Club of Harlem for bi-monthly birthday celebrations since 2014. Corporate sponsors provide treats and party gifts.  


Ages: Ages ten and older with a parent


Time Commitment: Two hours


Contact: heidi@celebrateu.org, 917 415 0963
www.celebrateu.org; www.inwoodhouse.com 



Pick Up and Pitch In  

Central Park Conservancy


Date/Time: At your convenience


Location: Central Park Conservancy Centers:

  • Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
  • Belvedere Castle
  • Chess & Checkers House
  • North Meadow Recreation Center

Spend meaningful time lending a hand in your community by helping Central Park Conservancy's staff keep the Park clean and green. With 843 acres and 40 million visitors, there's a lot that goes into maintaining New York City's "backyard." Every stray napkin and forgotten water bottle adds up. So Central Park needs your help, whether you have an hour or an afternoon, to pitch in and pick up. Stop by one of the Conservancy's Visitor Centers listed above, 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; an adult must accompany children under 18


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Volunteer Hotline, 212.360.2751, volunteer@centralparknyc.org, youth@centralparknyc.org,



9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance Handmade Commemorative Cards



Date/Time: This is an ongoing summer opportunity. To participate in the 9/11 Postcard Competition, please mail cards to DOROT by Tuesday, August 4. We will continue to accept cards until Tuesday, September 8.


Location: Mail finished cards to:


Attn: 911 Card Making Project

171 West 85th Street

New York, NY 10024 


Please include the following information in the package: 

  1. Your name, the group's name (if applicable), address, and email
  2. How many adults participated? How many children?
  3. What were the ages and grade levels of the children?
  4. How much time did you spend creating the cards? How many cards did you make?   

For 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance, DOROT aims to send over 1,000 handmade cards to local veterans groups. Our hope is that the cards thank our veterans for their service to this country  


Tips for 9/11 Day of Service cards:  

  • Cards should have a positive, uplifting theme
  • Cards may reflect patriotic values
  • Please "sign" the back of the card with your first name, age and/or the name of your group and where you are from. DOROT receives cards from all over the country 

Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Kelsey Donovan, kdonovan@dorotusa.org



Make "Cool Ties" to keep our troops cool  

Operation Gratitude  


Date/Time: At your convenience, from home


Location:  Visit the Operation Gratitude website for specific shipping instructions  


Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Their mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and to provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our Military. Operation Gratitude encourages people to knit scarves and hats for donation in winter, but in summer, their focus is on helping troops stay cool. Their website provides step by step instructions on how to make a "cool tie," which is a type of bandana filled with water-absorbent polymers that troops tie around their neck to help keep body temperature down in hot climates. It's always a nice idea to include some hand-written notes of support and encouragement to show our troops how much their sacrifice means to us.  


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: LoreneM@socal.rr.com



Operation Backpack  

Volunteers of America


Date/Time: Donations are accepted between July 13  - August 7


Location: Visit VOA's Operation Backpack website for official drop-off locations around New York   

Operation Backpack provides backpacks filled with grade-specific supplies to children living in New York City's homeless and domestic violence shelters. Start a donation drive in your building, workplace, house of worship or club, or simply fill a few backpacks with your family. The Volunteers of America website provides a list of needed supplies, information on how to organize a donation drive, and other helpful information.  


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: volunteers@voa-gny.org, 212.873.2600



Assemble CWS Kits  

Church World Service (CWS)


Date/Time: Kits are accepted year-round



Location: Ship all Kits prepaid to:  

Church World Service
Brethren Service Center Annex 

601 Main Street

P.O. Box 188
New Windsor, MD 21776-0188  


CWS Kits are small packages of supplies assembled by volunteers and shipped to people in need around the world. Assembling these kits is a great activity to add kindness to a summer barbeque or other summer family get-together. Church World Service (CWS) collects School Kits, Hygiene Kits, Baby Care Kits and Emergency Clean-up Buckets and distributes them worldwide to those in need. Click the above links for instructions for assembling and shipping the kits. You can make it a party and divide the cost among many families. Doing Good Together's Assemble Kits for CWS page offers suggestions for reflections, resources and ways for your family to take it further.  


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: 1.800.297.1516, info@cwsglobal.org




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