May 2017 NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2017 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities


May 2017 - New York City

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Riverside Park Conservancy
Date/Time: Saturday, May 6, 10am - 1pm
Location:  Multiple locations:
  • Neufeld 'Elephant' Playground (76th Street)
  • River Run Playground (83rd Street)
  • Hippo Playground (91st Street)
  • Dinosaur Playground (97th Street)
  • 105th Street Tot Lot
  • 110th Street Tot Lot
  • 117th St Tot Lot
  • Sakura Playground (122nd Street)
  • Claremont 'Dolphin' Playground (124th St behind Grant's Tomb)
  • Riverbank 'Camel' Playground (143rd Street)
Fresh sand means one thing in Riverside Park: Spring! Help start the season off right by volunteering to help move new sand into your playground's sandbox. SandSational begins with a family bucket brigade, followed by parents and adults completing the job. Riverside Park Conservancy will provide pails and shovels for kids. Community volunteer events are rain or shine. Project details and meeting sites are determined two weeks before the project based on the weather and the needs of the park.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
Time Commitment: Three hours
Sort with Room to Grow
Room to Grow
Date/Time: Saturday, May 6, 11am - 2pm and Saturday, May 20, 11am - 2pm

Location: 7 West 30th St, 3rd Floor, NY

Room to Grow is dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development. Volunteers are needed to sort and fold baby clothes and organize an inventory of infant and toddler clothing, books, toys and equipment that will be given to children in poverty throughout their first three years of life.
Ages: New York Cares volunteers who have attended a New York Cares orientation can bring their children or legal wards, between the ages of 15 and 17, as long as youth volunteers have a signed waiver and are accompanied by their legal guardian at all times.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Contact: Allison Luciano, Site Coordinator, 212.620.7800. Sign up is available through the New York Cares website,

Host a Birthday Party for Homeless Children
Celebrate U
Date/Time: Thursday, May 11, 4 - 6pm
Location: Ittleson Center - 5050 Iselin Ave., Bronx

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. A training session will take place one week prior to each event.
Ages: 5th grade and younger accompanied by an adult; 6th grade and older can attend by themselves
Time Commitment: Two hours, plus ½ hour training session
Contact: Alison Kauderr,
Soup Kitchen - Food Preparation and Service
Manhattan Church of Christ
Date/Time: Saturday, May 13 and Saturday, May 27, 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 volunteer
Time Commitment: Full service is five hours, but volunteers are welcome any time during the day.

Carl Garrison,
We Care Cards for Mother's Day
Catholic Charities
Date/Time: At your convenience, from home
Location: After expressing interest, the volunteer coordinator will contact you to confirm participation and provide directions for this opportunity.  

Throughout the year, volunteers are needed to help provide dignity to New Yorkers in need. Last year alone, Catholic Charities served over 356,000 individuals. Cards are a simple way of communicating with someone in need. When direct service is not possible, these cards let the people we serve know that they are loved and not forgotten. Your family can send cards around significant dates such as: Mother's Day, Father's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Cards can be also made around significant events, such as "Welcome to New York!" or "Good Luck on Your Interview!" Add a personal touch by including your own personal message of hope and cheer. The cards express love, support, and encouragement for those who are struggling. This is a great volunteer opportunity for young children.

Ages: Children ages five and older
Time Commitment: Five
Contact: Staci-Jo Bruce, Director of Volunteer Services, or 212.371.1000

Keeping It Green For Families
Central Park Conservancy
Date/Time: Sunday, May 28 (registration opens May 1)
Location: Central Park

Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green by spreading mulch or raking leaves. Central Park Conservancy environmental educators lead stewardship projects throughout the Park during spring and fall. This program is for families; no groups. Space is LIMITED, advance registration is required. This program is made possible by the First Republic Bank

Ages: Families with children age five and older are welcome to volunteer. An adult must accompany children.
Time Commitment: Two hours
Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair 2017
Riverside Park Conservancy
Date/Time: Sunday May 7, 10am - 4pm. Shifts are 9:45am -1pm and 12:45 - 4pm
Location: Hippo Playground in Riverside Park at 91st Street

VOLUNTEERS ARE STILL NEEDED for this fun family volunteer opportunity, working at the Hippo Playground Project Spring Fair. Activities include helping children with cupcake decorating, ball tosses, bowling, serving burgers, face painting and much more. 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: Children ages 9 through 13 accompanied by an adult are welcome to volunteer; teens 14 and older can volunteer by themselves.
Time Commitment: Three hours
Contact: Tali Etra, 917.414.3145,
Register for a volunteer time slot online.
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.

Let's multiply kindness!

Thank you to everyone who attended our April 20th Celebration and helped us raise funds to empower families to raise children who care and contribute!

If you weren't able to attend our event, here's your chance to make an impact. Every $25 raised helps DGT™ engage with a new family who wants to share more acts of kindness and service. Those big-hearted efforts have a multiplying effect: As families do more good for others, they start a family routine of giving that benefits others now and in the future.

Whether you want to support one family or several, your donation helps us multiply kindness and extend DGT's reach to families across the nation.

Click here to make your donation.

And to instill a habit of kindness and service in your own family, be sure to join our Membership Circle if you haven't already.



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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.
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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