July 2017 NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2017 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities


July 2017 - New York City

Teen Volunteer Orientation
Met Council
Date/Time: Monday, June 26, 5:15 - 6pm
Location: 120 Broadway, New York

Join us at Met Council's main office to learn about our summer and year round service opportunities available to teens. Parents are asked to join teen participants for their first service project with Met Council. 

Ages: Teens 14 and older are welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Forty-five minutes
Contact: Shaina Goldberg, Director, Volunteer Services volunteer@metcouncil.org, 212.453.9619. An RSVP to volunteer@metcouncil.org is required for participation.
Keeping It Green For Families
Central Park Conservancy
Date/Time: Sunday, July 2, 10am -2pm
Location: Provided with pre-registration

Celebrate summer with your family by helping keep Central Park green. Environmental educators will lead mulching and leaf-raking projects throughout the Park. Close-toe shoes are required. This program is for families only. Space is LIMITED, advance registration is required. This program is made possible by the First Republic Bank.
Ages: Families with children ages four and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children; with a maximum of three children per adult.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: For more information call 210.310.6600. Registration is available online
Servers and Pantry Food Preparation
Masbia Soup Kitchen Network
Date/Time: Servers are needed Sunday through Thursday, 2:30 - 6pm, every week.
Food and pantry preparation crew are needed Sunday through Thursday 8am - 2:30pm, every week
Location: Masbia of Flatbush,1372 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn

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
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
Register online through our website and then the Volunteer Coordinator will contact you about scheduling. 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, from 3 - 5:30pm
  • Volunteers must be at least 10 years of age to assist with meal and pantry preparation, from 8am - 2:30pm
Time Commitment: At least two hours per shift. Masbia prefers volunteering on a weekly basis, although other time commitments are welcome.
Contact: Katie Murrell, Volunteer Coordinator, 718.972.4446 x 209    

Garden Maintenance
Concrete Safaris
Date/Time: Saturday, July 15 and Saturday, July 22, 10am - 1pm
  • Saturday, July 15 - Mad Fun Farm (Meet at 1775 Third Avenue at 98th Street and Third Avenue just east of the flag pole within Washington Houses)
  • Saturday, July 22 -Jefferson Gardens (Meet at 300 East 115th Street just east of Second Avenue outside of the Jefferson Houses Management Office)
Join Concrete Safaris for a fun day outside assisting with general garden maintenance for these community gardens. Tasks may include raking, planting, spreading topsoil and wood chips, garbage collection, and more. Please dress according to the weather and bring a water bottle.
Ages: All ages, an adult must accompany children.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Nia Padilla, 347.432.4777, or Mac Levine, 347.267.2903
Alternative Summer Break
GOOD+ Foundation
Date/Time: Tuesday through Thursday, July 25 - 27, 1 - 4pm
Location: 306 W 37th Street, 8th Floor, New York, New York, 10018

Founded by Jessica Seinfeld, GOOD+ Foundation™ (formerly Baby Buggy) is a nonprofit organization that partners with a national network of leading programs to break the cycle of family poverty through the power of donated child products and life-changing family services. GOOD+ Foundation grants donations of products and services to programs that have demonstrated a capacity to address family poverty in three focus areas: supporting new mothers, investing in early childhood and engaging fathers. Volunteers will be sorting, screening, and processing children's clothing, accessories, books and toys based on real time needs, in order to prepare clothing to go out to local families in the NYC Metro Area. There will be a thirty-minute lunch break each day. High school aged volunteers will receive certificates upon completion of the program.

Ages: This opportunity is for high school students ages 14 - 18.
Time Commitment: Nine hours over three afternoons. We ask that volunteers complete all three days, as it is part of a Youth Alternative Summer Break Program with a service-learning component.
Contact: Kelly Powers, Kelly@goodplusfoundation.org, 212.736.1777. Please be sure to send Kelly an email, so she can send out a photo release form and application to all volunteers.
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! Make "Cool Ties" to keep our troops cool. Operation Gratitude annually sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made 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. The website also provides details on shipping cool ties and other donations you may want to send for care packages. 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

Become a Citizen Scientist
Doing Good Together/SciStarter

Date/Time: Flexible, on your own schedule

Location: Your home or community
Make science your next family service project! A citizen scientist is a curious person wiling to volunteer time, effort, and resources to further scientific endeavors, often - though not always - in collaboration with researchers. Choose one among hundreds of research projects searchable through SciStarter.com. Some are online only. Others get you out into nature. Still others put you to work analyzing results. The truly great thing about citizen science through SciStarter is that you can choose a project based on your interests, the financial investment you're prepared to make, and your child's ability. Visit Doing Good Together's Be a Citizen Scientist project page for more ideas and resources.

Ages: There are projects for children of all ages

Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org

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