June 2016 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2016 New York Family Volunteer Opportunities


June 2016 - New York 

Garden Volunteer Session, Mad Fun Farm
Concrete Safaris
Date/Time: Saturday, June 11 and/or Saturday, June 18, 10 am - 1 pm
Location: June 11; Mad Fun Farm (Meet at 1775 Third Avenue at 98th Street and Third Avenue just east of the flag pole within Washington Houses)
June 18; Jefferson Gardens (Meet at 300 East 115th Street just east of Second Avenue outside of the Jefferson Houses Management Office)

Join Concrete Safaris to help clean and beautify this community garden. Tasks may include: shoveling topsoil and wood chips, composting, creating paths, planting, raking, weeding, and more. Dress in layers and bring a water bottle.
Ages: All ages; an adult must accompany children
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Nia@concretesafaris.org
Achilles Hope and Possibility (5 Mile Race and Kids' Races)
New York Road Runners
Date/Time: Sunday, June 26, 9am start, Kids races begin at 10:30
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: 1.855.569.6977, mynyrr@nyrr.org
Lady Bug Release
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
Date/Time: Saturday, June 18, 12:30 - 1:30pm
Location: Elizabeth Street Garden, 203 Elizabeth Street, NYC

Join the Elizabeth Street Garden as they release thousands of ladybugs into the garden and learn how these critters are helpful to the environment and control pests. Did you know that one adult ladybug will eat more than 5,000 aphids in its year-long lifetime? Enjoy the ladybug release, examine ladybugs with magnifying glasses, and learn fun ladybug facts.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: One hour
Contact: friends@elizabethstreetgarden.org
Keeping It Green For Families
Central Park Conservancy
Date/Time: Sunday, June 5 and Sunday, June 19 (Father's Day) 10am - noon
Location: Central Park
Celebrate summer with your family by helping to 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: Families only, maximum of 3 children per parent/guardian; no groups. Children need to be age 5 or older. An adult must accompany all children under age 18.
Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: For more information or to register, email discovery@centralparknyc.org or 212.360.1461.

Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair RESCHEDULED BECAUSE OF A RAIN-OUT IN MAY!
Hippo Playground Riverside Park NYC
Date/Time: Sunday, June 5. There are multiple 90-minute shifts available. You may sign up for one or more of these shifts:
  • 10 - 11:30 am
  • 11:30 - 1 pm
  • 1 - 2:30 pm
  • 2:30 - 4 pm
Location: Hippo Playground - entrance is at Riverside between 87th or 90th Streets

VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED for this fun family volunteer opportunity, working at the Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair. Volunteers are needed to take tickets, distribute prizes and assist young children with fair activities and games like spin art, face painting, flower pot painting, cupcake decorating, ball toss, etc. Funds raised will be used to maintain the Hippo Playground. If you can't help out, come and join the festivities. All proceeds from the Fair go to support the Hippo Playground Project which maintains Hippo Playground, provides free and low-cost art and music classes at Hippo Playground and provides seed monies for repairs and replacement equipment in playgrounds within northern Riverside Park.

Ages: Families are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children between the ages of 8-14. Teens 15 years and up may volunteer alone.
Time Commitment: 90 minute shifts, 3 hour shifts and full day shifts. Full day shift volunteers will receive lunch, drinks and snack. We also have a two-hour set up shift from 8 - 10am.
Contact: hippoplaygrounduws@gmail.com. Registration is available online.
Shelter Clean-up at St. Francis Xavier
New York Cares
Date/Time: Sunday, June 5, 1 - 2:30 pm
Location: St. Francis Xavier, 46 West 16th Street

Help St. Francis Xavier clean and revitalize the shelter it operates. Volunteer tasks will include sweeping floors, cleaning the kitchen/bathroom, and changing linens. The shelter provides beds to a dozen homeless men and is open seven nights a week, year-round.
Ages: Families with children 12 and older accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, with a signed waiver.
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours

Contact: 212.228.5000, info@newyorkcares.org. Volunteers need to sign-up for this project with New York Cares. Volunteers who are new to New York Cares must also register with New York Cares and attend a one-time orientation.
Paint a School with PubliColor
New York Cares
Date/Time: Saturday, June 11, 9:45am - 3pm
Location: Claremont, The Bronx
Buddy with a student member of the Publicolor Paint Club, which uses student and adult volunteers to paint schools and brighten up community sites in inner-city neighborhoods. Please bring a $10 donation for pizza lunch.
Ages: Families with children 12 and older accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, with a signed waiver.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: 212.228.5000, info@newyorkcares.org. Volunteers need to sign-up for this project with New York Cares. Volunteers who are new to New York Cares must also register with New York Cares and attend a one-time orientation.

Make this a Summer of Kindness with DGT's Summer Bucket List
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: All summer long
Location: Your home or community
Print and post one or both of DGT's two innovative Summer of Kindness bucket lists. These creative kindness projects will keep your family making big-hearted memories all summer long.
Ages: Preschool to teen
Time Commitment: 15 minutes to 1 hour per week depending upon the activities you choose to complete.
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
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