February 2017 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2017 New York Family Volunteer Opportunities


February 2017 - New York 

Intergenerational Book Buds
Date/Time: Wednesdays, February 1 - May 24, 4 - 5:30pm
Location: DOROT, 171 West 85th Street

Intergenerational Book Buds is a reading adventure for 2nd & 3rd grade students and older adults that nurtures a child's love of reading through a variety of fun and creative activities. The program is ideal for youth who need extra encouragement to reach for a book and spend time discussing books. The group will read aloud a few books over the course of 14 sessions and discuss the major themes of the books respecting other's differences and the value of kindness. Great food and art activities will follow!
Ages: 2nd and 3rd grade students
Time Commitment: 14 sessions, 90 minutes each session.
Contact: Shelley Levine, slevine@dorotusa.org, 917.441.5051. Registration is available online.
It's My Park!
Partnership for Parks
Date/Time: Saturdays, February 4, 11 and 25, 8am - noon
Location: Henry Hudson Park, Independence Ave, Bronx

Partnerships for Parks empowers New Yorkers to get more involved in their local park, and that includes making a visible difference through the It's My Park program. You and your family can help by volunteering with the Stewards of Henry Hudson Park. Start your Saturday mornings at this Bronx Park; help to amplify its beauty and sustain community with general cleanups and gardening. Rain or shine, there will be something for everyone to do at this unique park!
Ages: All ages can participate - Volunteers under 18 are required to present a signed guardian's consent to participate or have a chaperone present.
Time Commitment: Four hours
Contact: Please register for the project by emailing dp.reynolds@verizon.net.
Make Valentines and "Care Kits" for Women & Children
Sanctuary for Families
Date/Time: Valentine packages should be delivered by Friday, February 10; Care Kits may be delivered any time. Contact Emily LoBue for delivery information
Location: Valentines and Care Kits should be dropped off or sent to Sanctuary's lower Manhattan location. Please contact Emily LoBue, for location details.
Sanctuary for Families is the leading nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of domestic violence victims, sex trafficking victims, and their children. Sanctuary envisions a world in which freedom from gender violence is a basic human right.

Valentine's Day can be a difficult time for victims of gender-based violence who are living in shelters. It is often a reminder of the violence that brought them to Sanctuary. Write an inspirational message, make cards, or include wrapped candy - whatever your heart desires!   Also, February is National Children's Dental Health Month. In addition to a Valentine's greeting, consider including a child's toothbrush, toothpaste and floss for the recipient to share with her children.  

Sanctuary for Families is also in need of "Care Kits" for both adults and children. Care Kits consist of ziplock bags filled with basic travel-sized toiletry essentials (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, hand sanitizer, etc). Please also add a note of encouragement and friendship to each bag!  This is a great project to do with kids on a rainy day.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: Emily LoBue, elobue@sffny.org, 212-349-6009  ext317
Serve Breakfast and Build Relationships
HOPE for New York
Date/Time: Saturday, February 11, 9am - 11:30am
Location: Living Waters Fellowship, 265 Stanhope Street, Brooklyn

Volunteers prepare and serve a delicious breakfast (pancakes, sausages, juice, etc) to over 100 guests, including the elderly, children, and the homeless. Volunteers will set up, cook, serve food/drinks, bus tables and clean. Those who are interested can also visit guests at the tables to offer conversation and friendship.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Two and one-half hours
Contact: Register online at hfny.org/affiliates/living-waters-fellowship/16939, 917.206.1440
Share the Love! Valentine's Day Pajama and Stuffed Animal Drive
Date/Time: All deliveries should be made by February 13
Location: Click here for a list of locations where you can send your gift.

Family-to-Family is a nonprofit national hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to connecting, one-to-one, families with enough to share to impoverished American families with profoundly less. New pajamas and a snuggly stuffed animal can make a child living in poverty feel special and secure. Consider sending a new pair of pajamas, any size, along with a new stuffed animal and a Valentine's Day card, to an American child living in poverty in one of the communities that Family-to-Family serves. When purchasing pajamas, please buy those that meet federal safety regulations.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Annual Toiletry Drive for homeless women (to support Valentine's Day Party gift bags)
Brooklyn Community Services
Date/Time: All donations must be made by Friday, February 10
Location: Drop all donations at BCS Headquarters, downtown Brooklyn, 285 Schermerhorn Street, weekdays between 9 am - 5 pm

Please drop off new, unopened toiletries at the front desk of BCS Headquarters. Items to donate include:
  • Body Wash
  • Loofahs
  • Combs/Brushes
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouth Wash
  • Head Scarfs
  • Socks
  • Stockings
  • Deodorants
  • Perfume
  • Lotions
Please do not include any glass items or shaving razors. The items collected make a real difference to the homeless women served by BCS, who come into the shelter with very few personal possessions. All donated items will be included in gift bags distributed at our annual Valentine's Day Party held on February 14.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: info@WeAreBCS.org, 718.310.5600
Boxes of Love: Sort and Pack Non-Perishable Food Donations
HOPE for New York
Date/Time: Saturday, February 18, 10 am - noon
Location: Cru Inner City Training and Distribution Center, 9 - 11 44th Drive, Queens

Join Cru Inner City to serve families in need throughout NYC. Volunteers will sort and pack non-perishable food donations that will be distributed to communities in need. This is a great group opportunity, and a family-friendly opportunity as well--children are welcome!

IMPORTANT: Once you request information for this event through the web page, you will receive a separate email with a registration link from Cru Inner City to complete your sign up. Your volunteer spot is NOT reserved until you complete the registration process through the second link.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Two hours
Donate Colorful and Cheerful Drawings
Color A Smile
Date/Time: Any time - at your convenience
Location: Mail drawings to:
Color A Smile
PO Box 1516
Morristown, NJ 07962-1516

Young children are prolific artists, especially when they are stuck inside during the colder months. If you have a little Picasso and are wondering what to do with all their masterpieces, consider sending them to Color A Smile. Color A Smile collects hundreds of drawings created by children each month, and distributes them to Meals on Wheels programs, nursing homes, hospitals and individuals who are in need of a smile. Follow some simple guidelines, package the artwork together and ship it to Color A Smile, and they will make sure it gets into the hands of a person who needs cheering. You need not register for this activity. Click here for Color-a-Smile instruction and coloring pages.
  • Use 8.5 x 11 white paper
  • Use crayons or colored paper
  • Avoid glitter and glue
  • Avoid using phrases like "Feel better" or "Get Well"
  • Do not put a date on the drawing
  • Ask children to sign just FIRST name and age on the drawing
  • Use one side of paper only
  • Make sure the drawings are bright and happy!
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact: 973.540.9222, support@colorasmile.org
Friendship Bracelets
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Your home or other community location

Your family can create these colorful bracelets to share with others. Making friendship bracelets for new students, or kids who seem to need more friends, is the perfect activity for the Valentine's season! Visit the Doing Good Together Friendship Bracelets Project Page to learn how to make the bracelets and for reflection materials and resources for this kindness activity.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Have you and your family used our DGT™ resources to share kindness and/or serve others? We want to hear from you! Take part in our STORIES FOR STORIES giveaway. We'll send a DGT-selected big-hearted book to the first five families who share their stories (via the form on this page) along with a photo or video! (Submitted stories may be used on the DGT website and/or social media.) Deadline for submissions: February 15th!
P.S. Remember, your family's act of kindness and service *must* come from a DGT web page, listing, newsletter, or blog.


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This list was compiled by Doing Good Together™ (www.doinggoodtogether.org)
 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.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 

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