May 2015 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities



May 2015 - New York City


Host Birthday Parties  

Celebrate U


Date/Time: Wednesday, May 13, 6 - 8pm


Location: Henry Street Settlement, 605 FDR Drive  


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. Corporate sponsors provide treats and party gifts. A training session will take place one week prior to each event.  


Ages: Volunteers should be between ages 12 and 17.


Time Commitment: Two hours, plus ½ hour training session


Contact:, 917.415.0963 



We Care Cards for Mother's Day  

Catholic Charities


Date/Time: At your convenience, from home


Location: After expressing interest, the volunteer coordinator will contact you to confirm participation and provide directions for this opportunity.  


Throughout the year, volunteers are needed to help provide dignity to New Yorkers in need. Last year alone, Catholic Charities served over 356,000 individuals. Cards are a simple way of communicating with someone in need. When direct service is not possible, these cards let the people we serve know that they are loved and not forgotten. Your family can send cards around significant dates such as: Mother's Day, Father's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Cards can be also made around significant events, such as "Welcome to New York!" or "Good Luck on Your Interview!" Add a personal touch by including your own personal message of hope and cheer. The cards express love, support, and encouragement for those who are struggling. This is a great volunteer opportunity for young children.   


Ages: Ages five and up    


Time Commitment: Flexible


Contact: Staci-Jo Bruce, Director of Volunteer Services, or 212.371.1000 



TLC Community Garden Clean Up  

Brooklyn Community Services


Date/Time: Every Saturday, 11am - 2pm


Location: TLC Community Garden, Glenmore Street, between Williams Avenue and Hinsdale Street, Brooklyn   


Volunteers can drop in anytime between 11am and 2pm to help clean up and beautify the Community Garden. Dress appropriately for outdoor work.  


Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate; all children must be accompanied by an adult.   


Time Commitment: Up to three hours 


Contact: Advanced sign up is required - click here to register online 



Summer Teen Internship  



Date/Time: Session 1: June 22 - July 16 from 10:30am - 5pm
Session 2: July 20 - August 13 from 10:30am - 5pm


Location: Manhattan 


Teens help bridge the generation gap and alleviate social isolation for older adults through friendly visits, birthday deliveries, computer tutoring, cook & dine 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, 917.441.5051 



Keeping It Green For Families  

Central Park Conservancy


Date/Time: Sundays, May 10 (Mother's Day) and May 24 (Memorial Day Weekend), 10am - noon


Location: Central Park 


Celebrate Mother's Day and Memorial Day - the official start of summer - with your family helping keep Central Park green. Environmental educators will lead mulching and leaf-raking projects throughout the Park. Closed-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:, 212.360.1461 



Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair 2015  

Hippo Playground Project


Date/Time: Sunday, May 3, Two shifts: 9:45am - 1pm and 2:45 - 4pm  


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


Volunteers are still 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. Even if you can't volunteer, come out and join the festivities! 


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


Time Commitment: Three hours and 15 min


Contact:, Register for a volunteer time slot on Sign-up Genius. 



Foster a Pet  

Your Local Animal Shelter Organizations


Date/Time: Ongoing



Fostering a pet is one of the most rewarding experiences your family can have. When you foster a pet you: 

  • Free up a spot so the shelter or rescue can take in another pet.
  • Give your foster pet the time he or she needs to be ready for adoption.
  • Help the shelter or rescue learn more about the pet so he or she can end up in the best home possible.
  • Socialize the pet to a home environment

Visit the DGT™ project page for reflection ideas, book suggestions, and ways to take this project further.   

Ages: Fostering a pet is a great family opportunity. Your local animal shelter organizations will let you know if they have any specific age requirements


Time Commitment: Varies


Contact: Check Petfinder's list of Animal Welfare groups by state to find a rescue group or shelter near you.




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