September 2017 NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2017 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities


September 2017 - New York City

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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

DOROT offers intergenerational programs for youth of varying ages to connect with older adults. Interacting with older adults enables youth to develop communication skills, positive attitudes toward aging, and a sense of purpose and community. 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.
Book Buds
Date/Time: Wednesdays, September 13 - January 17, 4 - 5:30pm
September 13 (orientation for youth, no seniors attend)
September 27
October 4, 18, 25
November 1, 8, 15, 29
December 6, 13, 20
January 3, 10, 17
Location: Dorot, 171 West 85th Street, NYC

DOROT offers intergenerational programs for youth of varying ages to connect with older adults. Book Buds is an intergenerational reading adventure for 2nd and 3rd graders and older adults. The program is ideal for youth who need extra encouragement to reach for a book and spend time discussing books. Nurture your child's natural love of reading and chatting through a variety of fun and creative intergenerational activities. The group will read a few books aloud during 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: Volunteers should be in 2nd or 3rd grade
Time Commitment: One and one-half hour weekly sessions
Contact: Shai Rosenfeld, Registration is available online.
September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance
Catholic Charities

Date/Time: Monday, September 11, 3:30 - 5:30pm

Location: Intrepid Air & Space Museum
In observance of this year's 16th anniversary of 9/11, we'd like to invite you to join Catholic Charities and more than 2,000 other New Yorkers to help pack more than half a million meals in NYC for families, seniors and veterans in need. No special skills are required. All you have to do is show up on time, ready to make a difference. Please bring a government issued ID with you to the event. Additionally, everyone who volunteers for the 9/11 Meal Pack will also receive free admission to the museum to enjoy the exhibits.

Ages: Ages 13 and up with an adult.

Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: Staci Bruce, Director of Volunteer Services, Registration is available online. 
Soup Kitchen - Food Preparation and Service
Manhattan Church of Christ
Date/Time: Saturday, September 9, 23, and 30,  9:30 am - 2 pm
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. 

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,
Rosh Hashanah Package Delivery

Date/Time: Sunday, September 17, 10am - noon

  • West Side: DOROT, 171 West 85th Street off Amsterdam Avenue
  • East Side: Temple Israel of the City of New York, 112 East 75th Street between Park and Lexington
Brighten the Jewish New Year for a senior! Deliver a package of treats and visit for about an hour. To visit the same senior you have visited in the past, request a PRE-MATCH. At the West Side location there will be a Family Circle Program for volunteers with children ages 5-12. At the East Side location there will be arts and crafts for the kids.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL volunteers must bring photo ID to participate. Your ID number will be recorded.

Ages: Families with children ages 5 and up are welcome to participate

Time Commitment: Two hours

Contact: Shai Rosenfeld, Pre-registration is required and is available online. Online registration closes on September 8.
Make a Difference during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month!
Join Alex's Lemonade Stand on the Journey to a Million
Date/Time: During the month of September
Location: Your community
Every day, parents of children battling cancer travel thousands of miles for treatments. That's why this September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Alex's Lemonade Stand is going a million miles to raise awareness and fundraise for cures. Last year, more than 12,000 people logged miles and raised money for childhood cancer research. This year they are doing it again! To find a cure for childhood cancer, we're going the distance - running, walking or biking to exceed one million miles. The goal is to collectively run, walk and/or ride one million miles during a single month: September, Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and fundraise to find cures. Anyone can join and there are no minimum mileage or fundraising requirements. Every mile and dollar helps!

How to Get Started:
  • Register - you can choose to start a team, join one or participate on your own.
  • Spread the word - tell your family and friends! Get them to join you, support you or donate!
  • Fundraise for the cause - you can accept online donations or hold a fundraising event. We have lots of ideas to help you.
  • Each day in September (Childhood Cancer Awareness Month), walk, run or bike at your own pace, on your own schedule, logging your miles manually or using MapMyFitness or Fitbit.
  • Your miles get added to the grand total, bringing us toward one million miles. The money you raise funds research toward finding cures.
Why One Million Miles? One million miles is 40 times around the equator or two round-trips to the moon. But it's less than five miles for each kid or adolescent who will be affected by childhood cancer this year, worldwide. Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15 in the United States. That's why it is vital that we raise money to cure it, now.
Ages: Everyone can participate
Time Commitment: Varies
Contact:, 866.333.1213
September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

Monday, September 11th marks the 16th Anniversary of the terror attacks on the
World Trade Center and Pentagon. Americans everywhere are encouraged to engage in service with their families.

Visit for more information and to search a database of volunteer opportunities in your community.

Plan for Make a Difference Day - October 28
Create a Service Project and Register with The Points of Light Foundation!
Make A Difference Day is one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide. Volunteers from around the nation come together with a common mission: to improve the lives of others.

Make A Difference Day shows that anyone, regardless of age or background, can make an impact on their community. Thousands of projects take place every October, some large, many small, but each effort makes an important difference to our communities. Make A Difference Day is made possible by volunteers like you and the people of TEGNA with help from Arby's Foundation and Points of Light. Use the Points of Light website and resources to shape your mission, recruit volunteers, spread the word about your efforts and empower your community. Additionally, registering your project qualifies you for one of fourteen $10,000 grants that will make an even bigger impact on your project and those in need.

Visit to plan for your project today!

Adopt Everyday Big-Hearted Habits
Doing Good Together
Date/Time: Flexible
Location: Your home and community
We are what we do. By adopting one or two simple, caring routines, you'll give your children a strong sense of themselves as helpers. In this way, big-hearted habits empower kids to become thoughtful, engaged citizens throughout their lives. Visit the Big-Hearted Families Adopt Everyday Big-Hearted Habits page for ideas to add kindness to your everyday family routines.
Ages: There are ideas for families with children of all ages.
Time Commitment: Varies
Take DGT's 30-Day Back-To-School Kindness Challenge!

Big-hearted families may be familiar with our popular 30-Day Kindness Challenge and our Summer of Kindness Bucket List. Now with the fall season upon us, we're offering children and tweens/teens their own "30-Day Back-To-School Kindness Challenge"! These unique ideas help students focus on daily acts of kindness before, during, and after the school day. Let's make the 2017-18 school year the kindest one ever! Print and post yours today. Choose from the elementary grade and/or upper grade challenge.


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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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