June 2015 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2015 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities



June 2015 - New York City



Meal Delivery


Date/Time: 10am - 2pm, weekends and select weekdays


Location: Westside, Upper Eastside and Lower Eastside locations  


The heart of the Citymeals program is the hand-delivery of nutritious meals to homebound elderly. Meal recipients look forward to these essential meals; the personal visits that come with them help brighten their days. Each weekend, teams and individual volunteers help deliver meals from meal centers across the city.   


Ages: All ages, anyone under 16 requires adult supervision


Time Commitment: Two hours


Contact: volunteer2@citymeals.org


Garden Volunteer Sessions  

Concrete Safaris


Date/Time: Saturday, June 6, 10am - 1pm at Mad Fun Farm; Saturday, June 20, 10am - 1pm at Jefferson Garden


Location: Mad Fun Farm, 1775 Third Ave. @ 98th St; Jefferson Gardens-just east of 2nd Ave @ 300 East 115th Street  


Concrete Safaris is a model for social change in which children learn how to alter the physical world around them by navigating New York City's infrastructure, becoming confident, experienced, effective leaders at an early age, committed to their health and environment. Join Concrete Safaris by volunteering in their garden program. Work with 7 - 12 year old participants and help to maintain gardens at Mad Fun Farm and Jefferson Gardens. Activities include watering and garden maintenance. Dress for a mess and bring water to drink.   


Ages: Everyone can participate


Time Commitment: Three hours


Contact: 347.267.2903



Host a Graduation Party!  

Celebrate U


Date/Time: Thursday, June 18, 3:30 - 6pm


Location: Stryker's Bay Neighborhood Council, 696 Amsterdam Avenue  


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: Volunteers should be between ages 11 - 17


Time Commitment: Two hours, plus a ? hour training session a week prior to the event.  


Contact: Heidi@celebrateu.org, 917.415.0963



Keeping It Green For Families  

Central Park Conservancy


Date/Time: Sundays, June 7 and June 21, 10am - noon


Location: Central Park  


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: discovery@centralparknyc.org, 212.360.1461



Achilles Hope and Possibility (5 Mile Race and Kids' Races)  

New York Road Runners  


Date/Time: Sunday, June 28, 9am  


Location: Start & finish in Central Park, West 67th St & West Drive  


This road race is a special event that brings together athletes with disabilities along with able-bodied athletes for a celebration of running with a very unique atmosphere. Kids races are free and begin at 10:30am, and traditionally include disabled runners, as well.  There is a post-race festival with a variety of activities for the whole family.  


Ages: All ages; children's races are for ages 2-12


Time Commitment: Varies, depending on event

Contact: Karen, kids@achillesinternational.org, 212.354.0300



Meal Service/Soup Kitchen   

Manhattan Church of Christ   


Date/Time: Monday, June 13 and Monday, June 27, 10am - 3pm

  • Set-up, 10am - noon
  • Meal Service, 12:30 - 2:30pm
  • Breakdown and Clean-up, 2:30 - 3pm 

Location: Manhattan Church of Christ, 48 East 80th Street, NYC   


The Manhattan Church of Christ operates an active homeless outreach and bi-monthly meal service/soup kitchen. Volunteers can help with set-up, meal service and clean-up.     


Ages: Families with children ages three and up are welcome to volunteer 


Time Commitment: About two hours


Contact: Carl Garrison, carl@manhattanchurch.org, 917.714.4026. Sign up for shifts at www.manhattanchurch.org under Community of Hope Ministry (COH).


Donate Colorful & Cheerful Drawings  

Color a Smile


Date/Time: Any time - at your convenience 


Location: Mail drawings to:
Color a Smile
PO Box 1516
Morristown, NJ  07962-1516  


As the school year draws to a close, many children bring home piles and piles of artwork, doodles and drawings. It's impossible to keep and frame all of this wonderful art. Consider sorting through the piles, keeping the truly special pieces, and donating the rest to Color a Smile. They collect hundreds of drawings created by school children each month and distribute them to Meals on Wheels programs, nursing homes, hospitals and individuals who are in need of a smile. Package the artwork together and ship it to Color A Smile, and they will make sure it gets into the hands of a person who needs cheering. Artwork should be on 8.5 x 11 inch white paper, preferably. Please avoid sending pieces with glitter or glue. Ask children to sign FIRST name only and age on each drawing. Do not date the drawing, and if you decide to write a cheerful message on the artwork, avoid phrases like "Get Well" or "Feel better".    


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: 973.540.9222



Start a Community Garden (or help at an existing Community Garden)  

NYC Area Community Gardens


Date/Time: Ongoing


Location: Varies 


Do you like to garden? Starting or joining a community garden is a great way to volunteer with your children and to introduce them to the idea of helping people in their community access healthy food. Click here for ideas on how to start a community garden. Many local food shelves would love to receive donations of fresh produce from your garden. You can find an interested local food shelf near you on the Ample Harvest website


Ages: All ages can participate, depending on the garden or farm 


Time Commitment: Varies 


Contact: Search for an existing garden at the American Community Gardening Association's website or check out the following websites for information about local community gardening resources:


Help Support Nepal  

Multiple Organizations


Date/Time: Ongoing 


Location: At home 


The April 25th earthquake in Nepal was devastating. It's estimated that nearly two million children have been affected by it. It's natural to feel helpless because we are so far away. However, this is a great opportunity to build empathy and awareness of this natural disaster and the impact it has had on so many families. What the relief efforts need most is funding. Here are two sites that list dozens of organizations that need aid: 

You can use this as an opportunity for your family to discuss how to choose an organization to support and then how to raise the money to donate. Lemonade stands or bake sales are great ways for children to be involved in the process of fundraising!  


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Choose a charity from the PRI or Charity Navigator lists 



Share a Story with Heart!

Doing Good Together


Date/Time: Ongoing


Location: Your home 


Writing stories together as a family is a great summer project that gets kids talking, writing, reading, imagining, and building those empathy muscles. Use our Doing Good Together Story Starters with Heart to enjoy a thought-provoking family time activity. Your homemade stories can be a great way to cheer up a sick or lonely friend. Make a gift of your creations!  You can also find lots of story starter ideas for kids of all ages on the Journal Buddies website.  


Ages: Everyone can participate 


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: www.doinggoodtogether.org, journalbuddies.com




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