August 2017 NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2017 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities


August 2017 - New York City

Soup Kitchen - Food Preparation and Service
Manhattan Church of Christ
Date/Time: Saturday August 12 and Saturday, August 26, 9am - 2pm
Location: Manhattan Church of Christ, 48 East 80th Street between Park and Madison

Volunteers are needed to help set up, prepare and serve meals to members of the community who are homeless and/or live marginally. 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: Full service is five hours, but volunteers are welcome any time during the day.
Contact: Carl Garrison,
Supplies for Success - Help Pack Backpacks
UJA Federation-NY
Date/Time(s): Wednesday, August 23, 9:30am - 1:30pm, (Hamptons location) and 2 - 5:30pm, (Manhattan location)
Hamptons location: The Ross Lower School Field House, 739 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton
Manhattan location: UJA Federation, 130 East 59th Street
Supplies for Success is UJA-Federation of New York's initiative to provide new school supplies for children in need. Each year, UJA provides brand new filled backpacks to thousands of disadvantaged children through UJA-Federation beneficiary agencies, schools, shelters, and other local organizations. The goal of Supplies for Success is to ensure that all children in need return to school with the tools they need to succeed.
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate.
Time Commitment: One hour or more
Contact: Hamptons location: Nancy Powers, or 516.762.5870. Click for Hamptons online registration.
Manhattan location: Olivia Faden, or 212.836.1845. Click for Manhattan online registration.
Servers / Pantry Food Preparation
Masbia Soup Kitchen Network
Date/Time: Servers are needed Sunday through Thursday, 2:30 - 6pm
Food and pantry preparation crew are needed Sunday through Thursday, 8am - 2:30pm
Location: Masbia of Flatbush: 1372 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn

Masbia is a nonprofit soup kitchen network and food pantry, providing hot, nutritious meals for hundreds of New Yorkers in desperate need of food.

1) Server and Host/Hostess - Dinner Service
  • Greet customers warmly; when needed, assist them in signing in and choosing a table
  • Apportion hot, kosher dinner plates for customers in the order seated
  • Serve dinner trays directly to customers in the order seated
  • Assist with busing table and trays, wiping tables and, if needed, closing-up tasks
2) Pantry and Produce Preparation Crew
  • Work closely with Masbia of Flatbush staff to intake large food shipments
  • Organize Masbia's cellar, refrigerator, and storage facilities
  • Prepare and count bags of fresh produce in advance to be distributed Thursdays to clients in need
Masbia is a kosher facility and cannot permit any outside food or beverages. Do not wear: sandals, flip flops or any other open toe shoes, high heeled shoes, short cut shorts, short cut skirts, or tank tops.

  • Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age to serve during dinner
  • Volunteers must be at least 10 years of age to assist with meal and pantry preparation
Time Commitment: At least two hours per shift. Masbia prefers volunteers participate on a weekly basis, although other time commitments are welcome.
Contact: Katie Murrell, Volunteer Coordinator, 718-972-4446 x 209. Register online through our website and then the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you about scheduling.
Operation Backpack
Volunteers of America
Date/Time: Now through the end of August
Location: Click here for official drop-off locations around New York

More than 22,000 children live in NYC's homeless and domestic violence shelters. One of the most devastating consequences of homelessness is the impact it has on a child's education. Each year since 2001, Volunteers of America-Greater New York has been distributing new backpacks filled with grade-specific school supplies to homeless children throughout New York City. A filled backpack relieves parents of a financial burden and provides a sense of normalcy to the otherwise chaotic lives of these children, helping them to look and feel more like their classmates. Most importantly, a filled backpack allows these children to start the school year feeling prepared and confident, with the knowledge that their education is important and that someone believes in them. Every backpack given to a child through Operation Backpack is filled with supplies according to the child's grade. All backpack and supplies are new. Consider donating a filled backpack or two. 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 is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact:, 212.496.4307
Jungle Gym Summer Series 
Concrete Safaris
Date/Time: Saturday, August 26, 11am - 3pm
Location: Third Avenue between 115th and 117th

Jungle Gym is an obstacle race and festival. Proceeds will provide hundreds of 7 to 24-year-olds from East Harlem with 5-day/week, year-round, after school and summer programming in the next five years. With your support, we can ensure that children living in East Harlem have access to high-quality, outdoor play and education in their neighborhoods and parks. Kids can participate in the run/walk, or families can volunteer to help support race participants. This year, volunteers are needed in the following positions:
  • Check In - assist with registration and general check-in
  • Water Stops - maintain water stations (groups of 10 or more preferred)
  • Finish Line - hand out water and medals at the finish line
  • Food Area - support snack stations to ensure participants are replenished after the race
  • Kids Play Area - oversee a safe play area for the kids
  • Route Guidance - direct participants along the course
  • Online Awareness - share our Facebook posts and website link with walkers and runners you know
  • Race Course Clean-up Crew
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Questions? Call 646.869.1503. Register online at
Intergenerational Chess
Date/Time: Mondays, September 18 - December 18, from 4 - 5:30 pm

September 18 - orientation for youth, no seniors attend
September 25
October 2, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20, 27
Dec 4, 11, 18
Register NOW for the Fall Session
Location: Dorot, 171 West 85th Street, NYC

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: Ten Mondays, one and one-half hour sessions.
Contact: Shai Rosenfeld, Registration is available online.
Creative for A Cause
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Your home or community

Visit the Doing Good Together Creative for a Cause Project Page for a variety of ideas for nurturing creativity and compassion in your children. When we can understand how someone else is feeling and how they might experience life differently, we can search for innovative ways to help. Creativity in its many forms will inspire children to approach problem solving in new ways, which will help them navigate the many roads to kindness in our complex society. Your family can choose a project or projects that inspire you and apply your creativity to an act of kindness

Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project

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