July 2016 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2016 New York Family Volunteer Opportunities


July 2016 - New York 

Alternative Summer Break
GOOD+ Foundation
Date/Time: Tuesday, July 14 - Thursday, July 16, noon - 3pm
Location: GOOD+ Foundation Warehouse, 306 W. 37th Street, between 8th and 9th Ave.

Over the course of three days students will participate in numerous projects throughout our warehouse. Projects depend on our most immediate needs but will likely consist of sorting, screening, and bundling items in preparation for donation to families in need throughout the New York City metro area.

Ages: This opportunity is for high school students.
Time Commitment: Three days. Please note that students must be able to commit to all three days of this program to apply. Students will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program.
Contact: Jamie Novak, Volunteer Program Assistant for an application. Jamie@goodplusfoundation.org, 212.736.1777
Garden Maintenance
Concrete Safaris
  • Monday, July 11 and/or Monday, August 1, 4 - 7pm at Mad Fun Farm
  • Monday, July 18 and/or Monday, August 8, 4 - 7pm at Jefferson Gardens
  • July 11 and August 1, Mad Fun Farm within Washington Houses, 1775 Third Avenue
  • July 18 and August 8, Jefferson Gardens within Jefferson Houses,300 East 115th Street
Enjoy a fun day outside assisting with general garden maintenance. Volunteer activities may include raking, planting, spreading topsoil and wood chips, collecting garbage, and more. Please dress appropriately for the weather.

 Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Nia Padilla, 347.432.4777 or Mac Levine, 347.267.2903
Intergenerational Chess
Date/Time: Mondays, 4:00 - 5:30pm, September 26 through December 19. We will not meet on October 3, 17 & 24.
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 6th-12th grade and understand the game of chess, the different chess pieces, and how to move them.

Ages: Volunteers must be in 6th-12th grade.
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours per week. Volunteers must commit to all ten sessions.
Contact: Shelly Levine, SLevine@dorotusa.org.
Pick Up and Pitch In
Central Park Conservancy
Date/Time: Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 3 pm
Location: Volunteers meet at one of these four Visitor Centers:
  • Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Inside Central Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues
  • Belvedere Castle, Mid-Park at 79th Street.
  • Chess & Checkers House, Mid-Park at 64th Street.
  • North Meadow Recreation Center, Mid-Park at 97th Street
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 and sign out a volunteer name tag, and choose either a trash-grabber or sweeper. Then pitch in by helping pick up litter.
Ages: Everyone can participate but an adult must accompany children under 18.
Time Commitment: Flexible
Contact: volunteer@centralparknyc.org, or call the Volunteer Hotline, 212.360.2751

Make "Cool Ties"
Operation Gratitude
Date/Time: At your convenience, from home
Location: Ship cool ties to:
Operation Gratitude
21100 Lassen Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
Review the shipping page for more information.

Honor our Service Men and Women this July 4th! Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and handmade 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 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: info@operationgratitude.com
Operation Backpack - NYC
Volunteers of America
Date/Time: Donate before mid-August
Location: Click here 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. You can 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, posters you can download for a donation drive, and other information.

Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: operationbackpacknyc@voa-gny.org, 212.873.2600

Host a Fundraiser
Date/Time: Anytime this summer!
Location: Anywhere in your community

Support a cause that's special to your family by holding a family fundraiser. Your children will learn about working together to make a real difference, and they'll love to brainstorm themes for their fundraiser. Visit the Doing Good Together Host a Fundraiser Project Page for ideas for your next family fundraiser!
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Flexible, whatever fits in your schedule
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
School is OUT, but summer reading is IN. We've got big-hearted story ideas for your family.

Summer is a great time for big-hearted reading! Encourage your child to expand their reading with titles carefully selected by DGT™. Whether you find books at the library, your local bookstore, or online*, we've got recommendations on discussion-worthy topics, such as gratitude, diversity, mindfulness, citizenship, and nature. Our Read Together page not only features picture book and chapter book lists, we also include Conversation Starters For Any Story.

To round out our selection of children's books, we offer adult-oriented titles, along with website and video recommendations on our Complete DGT™ Resource Collection pages.

*Please note: Our DGT™ website features affiliate links to Amazon, which allows DGT™ to earn advertising fees on purchases made from those pages. Thank you!



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 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
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