April 2017 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2017 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities


April 2017 - New York City

Passover Package Delivery

Date/Time: Sunday, April 2, 10am - noon

Location: DOROT, 171 West 85th Street off Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan

Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover by delivering gifts of food to our older friends in the community. Volunteers pick up the package at Dorot and then go to visit a senior in their home!
Ages: 4-12 years old with parent

Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: Judith Turner, 212.769.2850. Registration is available online.
Garden Volunteer Sessions
Concrete Safaris
Date/Time: Saturday, April 8, 10am - 1pm, and Saturday, April 22, 10am - 1pm
  • Saturday, April 8, Mad Fun Farm (98th Street and Third Avenue outside 1775 Third Ave)
  • Saturday, April 22, Jefferson Gardens (300 East 115th Street at Second Avenue outside Jefferson Houses)
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.

All ages, an adult must accompany children.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Nia@concretesafaris.org
It's My Park Day
Riverside Park Conservancy
Date/Time: Saturday, April 8, 10am - 1pm
Location: Various locations - Project details and meeting sites are determined two weeks before the project based on the weather and the needs of the park.  

Chip in for spring park improvement projects throughout Riverside Park! These projects are great ways to meet other volunteers or just explore a different area of the Park. Community volunteer events are held rain or shine.  

Ages: Families with children ages 10 and older are welcome to volunteer.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Kristen Meade, grassroots@riversideparknyc.org, 718.430.4687
Host a Birthday Party for Homeless Children
Celebrate U
Date/Time: Friday, April 21, 4 - 6:30pm and Tuesday, April 25, 6 - 8:30pm
  • Friday, April 21: Homes for the Homeless, 730 Kelly Street, Bronx
  • Tuesday, April 25: Henry Street Settlement House, 130 Baruch Place, NYC
Founded in 2014 in New York by two teens, Talia Eskenazi and Chase Kauder, Celebrate U is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to spread happiness by throwing birthday parties for disadvantaged children, living in underserved communities. The effect of these celebrations goes way beyond cake and party favors. Celebrate U believes that by showing children that their community truly cares about them, it can raise self-esteem, provide hope for a brighter future and empower children.

Ages: 6th grade and older alone, 5th grade and younger accompanied by an adult
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Alison Kauder, AlisonKauder@gmail.com
NY Cares Day - Spring 2016
NY Cares
Date/Time: Saturday, April 22, 9:30 am - 2 pm
Location: Throughout the five boroughs

Make NYC a Cleaner and Greener Place to Live! Take part in New York City's largest hands-on spring-cleaning event, and join more than 4,000 volunteers to revitalize the city's public outdoor spaces. This year, volunteers will clean up shorelines, restore garden beds, plant flowers and trees, paint benches, and remove invasive species. By the end of the day, 70 parks and gardens in all 5 boroughs will be transformed.

Ages: Ages 14 and up, accompanied by an adult at all times. Youth between 14 and 17 can participate as part of a Youth Team and all under age participants must have a signed parental consent form.
Time Commitment: Approximately six hours
Contact: info@nycares.org or the Project Hotline, 212.401.1101, 212.228.5000

9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Family Day
National September 11 Memorial and Museum
Date/Time: Sunday, April 23, 5K events begin at 8am
Family Day activities are from 9am - 2pm
Location: Run/Walk begins at Pier 26; Family Day will be held on Greenwich Street, between Cortland and Liberty, adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza

The 911 Memorial is sponsoring the annual 5K Run/Walk and Family Day to raise awareness about the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and to encourage volunteerism in memory of 9/11. Following the 5K Run/Walk, Family Day festivities will include entertainment and meaningful activities for all ages, food and refreshments. This event will also offer information about the Memorial and Museum and ways to learn about volunteer opportunities. Pre-registration and a fee are required for participating in the 5K, and there are adult, teen and child divisions. The Family Day event is free and does not require registration.

Ages: All ages
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: 5krun@911memorial.org
Meal Delivery
Citymeals on Wheels
Date/Time: Seven days per week, various time slots available
Location: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, & the Bronx

Citymeals on Wheels is a meals on wheels program serving the homebound elderly in New York City. We partner with community-based organizations and senior centers to supplement the city's weekday meal delivery program. Volunteers deliver nutritious meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers, within walking distance of local senior centers. Volunteers must complete an application (available online) and attend an orientation before they are able to volunteer. 
Ages: All ages, however an adult MUST accompany anyone younger than 16 years old.
Time Commitment: Three to four hours
Contact: Vivienne O'Neill, 212.687.1234
Stock Food Pantry or Help with Food Preparation for Soup Kitchen
St. Xavier Mission Food Pantry
  • Pantry stocking - Second Saturday of each month, 10:30am - noon
  • Food Preparation - Every Sunday, 8:45 - 11:30 am
Location: St. Xavier Mission, 55 West 15th Street, New York City

Xavier Mission seeks to welcome, serve and empower those in our New York City community who are in need of human and material support. They provide food, clothing, shelter and life-skills training, guided always by a spirit of love and respect and the goal of building self-sufficiency and self-esteem. The Mission operates a food pantry, shelter and welcome table soup kitchen. Pre-registration is required via email.

Ages: All ages - an adult should accompany children.
Time Commitment: Approximately two and one-half hours
Contact: xmfoodprograms@gmail.com
Did you know...
April is National Volunteer Month?
and April 23-29, 2017 is National Volunteer Week?

National Volunteer Week, brought to you by the Points of Light Foundation, is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community. Their stories can serve to inspire others to find ways to take action that creates change.
Service Unites, the theme for National Volunteer Week, captures the power of change-makers to come together to build stronger, more vibrant communities through service

Quick Acts of Kindness
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible, quick ways to add kindness to daily family life
Location: Your home and community

Not all acts of kindness require planning. Check out the Doing Good Together 24+ Quick Acts of Kindness project page for ideas. You can also print out our Design Your Own Kindness Cards to include with your quick kindness activities.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
We're proud of our DGT™ Partnerships

DGT is proud to have amazing partnerships with a variety of organizations. Yours can be next! If your group or organization is interested in hosting a fun family service event, offering a workshop on raising caring kids, or in need of custom materials to introduce children and families to important social issues, we'd love to help. To learn more, contact Jenny by email (jenny@doinggoodtogether.org).


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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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