September 2018 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

September 2018 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 
September 2018 - New York City
 
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Meal Delivery to Homebound
Citymeals on Wheels
 
Date/Time: Saturdays, 10am - noon
 
Location: Mullaly Recreation Center, 1020 Jerome Avenue, Bronx

Deliver meals to elderly Bronx neighbors, on foot, within walking distance of the center. Up to 15 volunteers can be accommodated at a time.

Ages: Youth volunteers, 16 years old and younger require adult supervision
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Sheila Clay, sheila@citymeals.org,
 
 
It's My Park at Fort Independence Playground
NYC Parks
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 9, 9am - noon
 
Location: Fort Independence Park House, 3799-3403 Sedgwick Avenue, Bronx

Volunteer with Jerome Park Friends and Neighbors for their weekly cleanup day in Fort Independence Park and along Sedgwick Avenue. No previous experience necessary.
 
Ages: Volunteers under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult or present a parental/guardian consent form
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: jeromeparkfans@gmail.com, 917.841.6032
https://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/fort-independence-playground/
 
 
Rosh Hashanah Package Delivery
Dorot
 
Date/Time: Sunday, September 16, 10am - noon
 
Location:  West Side: DOROT, 171 West 85th Street off Amsterdam Avenue

Brighten the Jewish New Year for a senior! Deliver a package of treats and visit for about an hour. There will be an orientation upon arrival. To visit the same senior that you have visited in the past, request a PRE-MATCH.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL volunteers must bring photo ID to participate. Your ID number will be recorded.  
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and up are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Quinn Lockwood, 917.441.3714. You must pre-register for this event. Registration is available online.
 
 
Soup Kitchen - Food Preparation and Service
Manhattan Church of Christ
 
Date/Time: Saturdays, September 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Manhattan Church of Christ, 48 East 80th Street between Park and Madison

The Saturday Lunch Program provides hot meals with dignity and compassion to the homeless or those who live marginally. Volunteers are needed to help set up, prepare and serve meals.
 
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, carl@manhattanchurch.org. Please contact Carl to register and for additional questions.
www.manhattanchurch.org
 
 
Intergenerational Chess
Dorot
 
Date/Time: Ten Mondays, October 1 - December 17, from 4 - 5:30 pm. Volunteers must be able to commit to all sessions.

October 1st - orientation for youth, no seniors attend
October 8, 15, 29
November 5, 12, 19, 26
December 3, 10, 17
 
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: Coordinator of Youth and Family Volunteers, 917.441.5051. Applications are available online.
www.dorotusa.org/
 
 
Dorot School Year Teen Internship
DOROT
 
Date/Time: One afternoon per week from 4 - 6pm, October - January
 
Location: Dorot, 171 West 85th Street, NYC

Teens can help alleviate loneliness and social isolation of DOROT's seniors through a variety of hands-on experiences in the community and onsite at DOROT. Volunteers help improve the lives of seniors through friendly visits, birthday deliveries, computer tutoring and much more.

Ages: Students in grades 9 - 12
 
Time Commitment: Two hours, one afternoon per week. Minimum of ten visits.
 
Contact: The Coordinator of Youth and Family Volunteers at 917.441.5051. Teens must apply to be considered. Applications are available online.
www.dorotusa.org
 
 
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
 
Turn awareness into action by joining The Million Mile, the largest childhood cancer awareness challenge that funds researchers so they can find better treatments and more cures for kids battling cancer. Whether you are a casual walker or jogger, an avid cyclist or marathoner, YOU can make a difference in the lives of children fighting cancer. To show support for and bring awareness to Childhood Cancer Month, participants of all ages will walk, run or cycle as many miles as possible all month long while raising money to help kids with cancer. Our goal is to collectively walk, run or ride a million miles during the month of September. 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, Fitbit, or Strava.
  • Your miles get added to the grand total, bringing us toward one million miles. The money you raise funds research toward finding cures.
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: FundraisingTeam@AlexsLemonade.org, 866.333.1213
www.alexslemonade.org/
 
September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance

Tuesday, September 11th marks the 17th Anniversary of the terror attacks on the
World Trade Center and Pentagon. Americans everywhere are encouraged to engage in service with their families.

Visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/days-service/september-11th-national-day-service-and-remembrance for more information and to search a database of volunteer opportunities in your community.

 
Creating a Giving Box
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home and community

Teach your children the importance of sharing money as well as time. Work together as a family to research causes and issues you care about, and then collect coins for the causes that matter the most to you. Create your own Giving Box to collect your family's charitable donations. When your box is full, decide together where the money will go. Visit Doing Good Together's Create your own Giving Box page for more ideas and resources.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
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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. 
                                                                            

                                                                                                     © 2018 Doing Good Together™

                                                                                    

Doing Good Together, 5141 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
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August 2018 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

August 2018 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

August 2018 - New York City

 
Summer Streets 2018
City of New York, Department of Transportation
 
Date/Time: Saturday, August 4, 11 and 18 from 6am - 1pm. There are two shifts:
  • 6 - 10am
  • 10am - 1pm
Location: Summer Streets runs from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park. There are five different volunteer locations:
  • Location 1 - Foley Square (Brooklyn Bridge to Canal St. along Lafayette St.)
  • Location 2 - SoHo (Canal St. to Houston St. along Lafayette St.)
  • Location 3 - Astor Place (Houston St. to 14th St. along Lafayette St.)
  • Location 4 - Midtown (15th St. to 42nd St. along Park Ave.)
  • Location 5 - Uptown (43rd St. to 60th St. along Park Ave.)
From the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, seven miles of streets will be closed to cars for six hours to allow walkers, runners, cyclists and people of all ages to take back the streets and enjoy many free activities along the route. It takes a lot of people to ensure these great events run smoothly. Enjoy Summer Streets from a different perspective as a part of the Summer Streets team and help inspire participants to climb rock walls, fly down zip lines and water slides, enjoy music, games and many other activities and help direct and inform people to ensure they have a great day.
 
Ages: Volunteers must be 16 years old to participate on their own; children are welcome with parent or guardian
 
Time Commitment: Four hour shifts
 
Contact: SummerStreets@dot.nyc.gov. Registration is available online.
 
 
Garden Maintenance
Concrete Safaris
 
Date/Time: Saturday, August 11 and Saturday, August 18, 10am - 1pm
 
Location(s):
  • August 11, Mad Fun Farm within Washington Houses, 1775 Third Avenue, New York
  • August 18, Jefferson Gardens within Jefferson Houses, 300 East 115th Street, New York
Volunteers will spend a fun day outside assisting with general garden maintenance. Activities may include raking, planting, spreading topsoil and wood chips, garbage collection and more. Please dress accordingly for the weather.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: info@concretesafaris.org. Registration is available online.
www.concretesafaris.org/en/
 
 
Supplies for Success - Help Pack Backpacks
UJA Federation-NY
 
Date/Time: Wednesday, August 22, 2 - 5 pm
 
Location: UJA Federation, 130 East 59th Street

Join Supplies for Success, UJA-Federation of New York's initiative and help pack backpacks with 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: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Up to three hours. Drop-in, stay for an hour or the whole time.
 
Contact: Olivia Faden, fadeno@ujafedny.org, 212.836.1845. Registration is available online.
https://www.ujafedny.org/

 
 
Alternative Summer Break for Teens
GOOD+ Foundation
 
Date/Time: Tuesday - Thursday, August 28 - 30, 10am - 1pm. We ask that the volunteers complete all three days of the Youth Alternative Summer Break Program due to the service learning component. There will be a 30-minute lunch break each day. High school volunteers will receive certificates verifying community service hours upon completion of the program.
 
Location: 306 W 37th Street, 8th Floor, New York

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.
 
Ages: High school students ages 14-18
 
Time Commitment: Nine hours over three days
 
Contact: Anastasia Plavnicky, anastasia@goodplusfoundation.org, 212.736.1777. Click here for the GOOD+ Foundation Alternative Summer Break application.
www.goodplusfoundation.org
 
 
Volunteer with Seniors
City Meals of Wheels
 
Date/Time: Ongoing, all year round
 
Location: Meal delivery and friendly visiting occurs in seniors' homes throughout New York City; other volunteer opportunities can be done from your home.

City Meals funds 31 community-based agencies that bring weekend, holiday and emergency meals to homebound elderly New Yorkers who can no longer shop or cook for themselves. In addition, the Mobile Food Pantry program delivers weekly bags of grocery staples to the most at-risk elderly and our Fresh Produce program enables us to supplement regular meal deliveries with fresh fruit and vegetables from local farmers. Volunteers are needed to help with the following programs:

Friendly Visiting:
The friendly visiting program brings together our meal recipients with kind-hearted people who want to help homebound seniors stay connected with the outside world. This social visit becomes so important in the lives of our lonely elderly. The time commitment for this program is one hour per week for at least six months. The visiting schedule is arranged between you and the senior.
Meal Delivery:
The heart of our program is the hand-delivery of nutritious meals to homebound elderly. Meal recipients look forward to these essential meals; the personal visits that come with them help brighten their days. Each weekend, teams and individual volunteers help deliver meals from meal centers across the city. Volunteer opportunities are available throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens on weekends and select locations on weekdays.
Senior Chat:
This program lets caring volunteers connect with isolated, elderly individuals by phone once a week. A weekly phone call can go a long way to help homebound seniors feel safe and connected to the world. Calls typically last about a half hour and can be made from the volunteer's home or office. The time commitment for this program is six months.
Handmade Greeting Cards:
Each year, hundreds of students from local public and private schools - ranging from pre-kindergarten to universities - decorate cards for their homebound elderly neighbors to be delivered with either meals or food packages. Last year they created 69,793 cards.  There is a template on the website, along with further information.
Kitchen Volunteers:
During the weekday, volunteers help package food to be delivered to homebound elderly as well as serve meals to seniors at the meal center.

Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project
 
Contact: info@citymeals.org
https://www.citymeals.org/
 
 
Operation Backpack
Volunteers of America
 
Date/Time: Now through 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: volunteers@voa-gny.org, 212.496.4307
https://www.voa-gny.org/operation-backpack
 
 
Intergenerational Chess - Fall Registration Now Open
Dorot
 
Date/Time: Ten Mondays, October 1 - December 17, from 4 - 5:30 pm. Volunteers must be able to commit to all sessions:

October 1- orientation for youth, no seniors attend
October 8, 15, 29
November 5, 12, 19, 26
December 3, 10, 17
 
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: Registration is dependent on a successful phone interview. For more information, please contact Shai Rosenfeld at SRosenfeld@dorotusa.org. Applications are available online.
 
 
Is your teen looking for a school-year internship?
Help them apply to Dorot's Teen Internship Program
 
One afternoon a week from 4 - 6 pm
October - January
9th-12th graders
 
You can help improve the lives of seniors through friendly visits, birthday deliveries,
computer tutoring, and much more.
 
 
Back to School Kindness Challenge
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Starting September 1

Location: Your home and community
 
Take the Back to School Kindness Challenge! The back-to-school season is a great time to re-orient ourselves to our priorities. Let's resolve to make this a big-hearted school year full of compassion, reflection, and thoughtful acts of kindness. These unique ideas help students focus on daily acts of kindness before, during, and after the school day. Choose from the elementary grade and/or upper grade challenge. Starting on September 1 you can follow along with DGT on social media, both on Instagram and in our Big-Hearted Families community on Facebook, for kindness reminders and personal stories.

Ages: Everyone can participate

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org 

 
DGT's Big-Hearted E-Books

Families who are part of our Membership Circle may already know about our big-hearted e-books which expand on important topics and offer in-depth learning opportunities. We're proud to introduce our newest e-book "Host a Mini Family Service" created just in time for National Night Out™ on August 7th. Choose any of the three e-books (on building community, exploring nature, or becoming an upstander) for just $4.99 each in our online store. Or, become a member (for just $29.99) and receive all three of these e-books for free! As always, your purchase supports DGT and helps us offer free and budget-friendly resources to families nationwide.
 

 

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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. 
                                                                            

                                                                                                     © 2018 Doing Good Together™

                                                                                    

Doing Good Together, 5141 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
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July 2018 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

July 2018 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

July 2018 - New York City

 
Jungle Gym Summer Series
Concrete Safaris
 
Date/Time(s): Saturdays, July 7, 14, 21, 28. Races run from 11am - 2:30pm and the Active Living Fair runs from 11am - 3pm
 
Location(s):
  • Saturday, July 7, East 116th Street between Lexington and Second
  • Saturday, July 14, 21, 28 on East 115th Street between Park and Third Avenues
Concrete Safaris will host JungleGym 2018, celebrating its 10th birthday anniversary and 6th annual obstacle race and Active Living Fair. The race has a 20-obstacle course and is designed by the 7-12-year-olds in Concrete Safaris' City Surfers after-school program and led by our 14-24-year-old Outdoor Leadership Academy interns. Proceeds will provide hundreds of 7-24-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.

Ages: Children ages five and older and families are welcome to test the race course; everyone can participate in the Active Living Fair.
 
Time Commitment: Up to four hours
 
Contact: 646.869.1503. Register online at: http://junglegymrace.com
www.concretesafaris.org/en/
 
 
Soup Kitchen - Food Preparation and Service
Manhattan Church of Christ
 
Date/Time: Saturdays, July 14, 21 and 28, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Manhattan Church of Christ, 48 East 80th Street between Park and Madison

The Saturday Lunch Program provides hot meals with dignity and compassion to the homeless or those who live marginally. All shifts are family-friendly and involve a set-up team to set tables and decorate, a service team to run trays of food back and forth to the guests, and a break down & clean up team. Volunteers are needed to help set up, prepare and serve meals to members of the community who are homeless and/or live marginally.

Ages: All ages, families welcome
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Carl Garrison, carl@manhattanchurch.org. Please contact Carl to register and for additional questions.
www.manhattanchurch.org
 
 
Intergenerational Chess - Fall Registration Now Open
Dorot
 
Date/Time: Ten Mondays, October 1 - December 17, from 4 - 5:30 pm. Volunteers must be able to commit to all sessions:

October 1- orientation for youth, no seniors attend
October 8, 15, 29
November 5, 12, 19, 26
December 3, 10, 17
 
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: Registration is dependent on a successful phone interview. For more information, please contact Shai Rosenfeld at SRosenfeld@dorotusa.org. Applications are available online.
 
 
Serve Dinner to Seniors
UJA Federation - New York: Time For Good
 
Date/Time: Monday through Friday, 4:30 - 6:15pm
 
Location: The Sirovich Center, East Village
 
Help create a welcoming environment and serve dinner to seniors at our Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, an innovative senior center in the East Village. The Sirovich Center is looking for volunteers to serve dinner in our main dining room for approximately 50 members. Volunteers will:
  • Greet seniors and help create a welcoming environment
  • Cooperate with evening kitchen staff
  • Make sure lines are orderly for buffet style service
  • Ensure cleanliness of tables and room both before, during and after meals
  • Have the opportunity to assist evening kitchen staff with meal preparation or clean up
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Come one time or make it an ongoing activity!
 
Contact: ShaoMei Zhang, Health & Wellness Specialist, Sirovich Center for Balanced Living, szhang@edalliance.org or Rahsheeda McRae, Volunteer Coordinator, Manny Cantor Center, rmcrae@mannycantor.org. Registration is available online.
www.timeforgood.org/
 
 
Pitch In, Pick Up
Central Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time(s):
  • Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, daily, 10am - 5pm
  • Chess & Checkers House, Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm
  • North Meadow Recreation Center, daily, 10am - 5pm
Location(s): 
  • Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Inside Central Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues.
  • Chess & Checkers House, Mid-Park at 64th Street.
  • North Meadow Recreation Center, Mid-Park at 97th Street
Want to get outside and get dirty with your kids? Volunteering with Pitch In, Pick Up is a great way to help keep Central Park clean and beautiful. After a brief orientation at a visitor center, you will be given a trash grabber, gloves, and garbage bag for litter. Click here for more information about the Pitch In, Pick Up volunteer program
 
Ages: Everyone can participate but children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Volunteers must show a valid form of ID when they arrive and fill out a waiver form.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: volunteer@centralparknyc.org, or call the Volunteer Hotline at 212.360.2751
www.centralparknyc.org
 
 
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 August 4
 
Location: The official drop-off locations list will be published on the VOA website www.OperationBackpackNYC.org on July 9, the first day of the backpack drive. Drop-off locations are typically retails stores like Duane Reade all over NYC.

Operation Backpack provides backpacks filled with grade-specific supplies to children living in New York City's homeless and domestic violence shelters. Start a donation drive in your building, workplace, house of worship or club, or simply fill a few backpacks with your family. Click here for grade specific supply lists.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: azibell@voa-gny.org
www.OperationBackpackNYC.org
 
 
Take Kindness on the Road!
 
Will you and your kids be going on any long car or plane rides this summer? Consider bringing paper and crayons/colored pencils and creating cards for local nonprofits!
 
  • DOROT's greeting card project helps bring joy and celebration to some of our frailest and most isolated seniors. Each month, DOROT mails over 200 birthday cards to seniors. Every card is designed and created by volunteers. Often, this card is the only recognition a senior receives on his or her birthday. Full directions can be found at on their website.
  • God's Love We Deliver (GLWD) believes that what makes God's Love so special is the personal touch they add to every meal. This includes special meals on holidays and a personalized cake for each client on his or her birthday. To accompany the cake, we include birthday cards and to accompany our holiday meals, we package them in decorated holiday bags, all made by local elementary and high school students.  For full instructions, contact GLWD at volunteer@glwd.org or 212.294.8158.
 
 
Write Letters to a Soldier
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible, at your convenience
 
Location: Contact A Million Thanks or Operation Gratitude for information on where to mail your letters

Practice gratitude as well as kindness. You and your family can send some appreciation and cheer to men and women who are serving our country far from home. Reach out to a soldier that you know or contact A Million Thanks or Operation Gratitude, two nonprofit organizations that  make it easy to send letters to soldiers eager for mail from home. Visit the Doing Good Together Write a Letter to a Soldier project page for reflection questions and other ways your family can make a positive difference for soldiers.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org. If you have specific letter-writing questions please contact www.amillionthanks.org/contactus.php or info@operationgratitude.com directly.
www.doinggoodtogether.org

 
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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. 
                                                                            

                                                                                                     © 2018 Doing Good Together™

                                                                                    

Doing Good Together, 5141 16th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55417
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June 2018 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

June 2018 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

June 2018 - New York City

 
Go Green! Brooklyn Festival
NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

Date/Time: Sunday, June 2, noon - 5 pm

Location: McCarren Park, 900 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn

Go Green! Brooklyn Festival is the place to discover and learn about the many sustainability initiatives in North Brooklyn. Come and figure out how you can become an active participant of this thriving community while enjoying local food, arts and crafts. Festival features include:
  • Live music performances
  • Educational and scientific displays that will enhance our appreciation and understanding of the environment
  • A Greencycle Swap which will take bicycles, electronic equipment, clothing, books, and toys
  • Repair Café
  • Volunteer park cleans with other community groups
  • Yoga and wellness classes
  • Live art projects and galleries, that are also part of Greenpoint Open Studios
Now in its 11th year, Go Green participants include local organizations, artists, artisans, musicians, chefs, community groups, educators, politicians, and companies. Tables will be organized by categories like Transportation, Energy, Food and Open Spaces so that people can learn about each issue from multiple perspectives. Go Green is a fun and informative day of exhibits and activities promoting Earth Day values for the thousands of park-goers who traditionally enjoy McCarren Park on a nice summer day.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate

Time Commitment: Drop in anytime during the afternoon

Contact: info@townsquareinc.com, 347.987.2765
www.nycgovparks.org/events/2018/06/02/go-green-brooklyn-festival

 
Met Council - Bagels and Schmooze with Seniors
UJA Federation - New York: Time For Good
 
Date/Time: Sunday, June 3 or Sunday, June 10; noon - 2pm
 
Location(s):
  • June 3, Murray Hill
  • June 10, Upper East Side
Join Met Council in serving brunch to seniors at one of their low-income senior residences. Volunteers will help set up, serve bagels to seniors, and join them for a morning of socializing.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participaate
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: timeforgood@ujafedny.org. Registration is available online.
www.timeforgood.org 
 
 
Garden Volunteers
Concrete Safaris
 
Date/Time(s):
  • Saturday, June 9, 10am - 1pm
  • Saturday, June 23, 10am - 1pm
Location(s): 
  • June 9: Mad Fun Farm, (98th Street & Third Avenue outside 1775 Third Avenue)
  • June 23: Jefferson Gardens, (300 East 115th Street at Second Avenue outside Jefferson Houses Management Office)
Join Concrete Safaris for our Garden Volunteer Sessions to spruce up these gardens! Tasks may include: shoveling topsoil and wood chips, composting, creating paths, planting, raking, weeding, and more. Dress in layers and bring a water bottle.
 
Ages: All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Nia@concretesafaris.org. Registration is available online at the following links:
Mad Fun Farms
Jefferson Gardens
www.concretesafaris.org/en/volunteer/group-volunteering
 
 
Soup Kitchen - Food Preparation and Service
Manhattan Church of Christ
 
Date/Time: Saturdays, June 9, 16, 23 and 30; 10:30am - 1:30pm
 
Location: Manhattan Church of Christ, 48 East 80th Street between Park and Madison

The Saturday Lunch Program provides hot meals with dignity and compassion to the homeless or those who live marginally. All shifts are family-friendly and involve a set-up team to set tables and decorate, a service team to run trays of food back and forth to the guests, and a break down & clean up team. Volunteers are needed to help set up, prepare and serve meals to members of the community who are homeless and/or live marginally.
 
Ages: All ages, families welcome
 
Time Commitment: Volunteers are welcome any time during the day.
 
Contact: Carl Garrison, carl@manhattanchurch.org
 
 
Roger Morris Park Garden Volunteer Day
NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
 
Date/Time: Sunday, June 10, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: Morris-Jumel Mansion in Roger Morris Park, 65 Jumel Terrace, Manhattan

Whether you have a green thumb or just a curiosity for what makes the garden grow, all are welcome to volunteer in Roger Morris Park, the grounds of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, under the supervision of NYC Parks. All tools and instructions are provided, just bring a willingness to get a little dirty as we beautify our special garden. Closed-toed shoes are required.

Ages: Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: RSVP by emailing John.Kelly@parks.nyc.gov  and write "Volunteer" in the subject line, 212.923.8008
www.nycgovparks.org/events/2018/06/10/roger-morris-park-garden-volunteer-day
 
 
Daily Lunch Service for the Homeless
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
 
Date/Time: Daily, 9:45am - 12:45pm
 
Location: 296 Ninth Avenue

Each weekday, an average of 1,000 hungry and homeless New Yorkers receive a freshly cooked meal at the city's largest soup kitchen. Between 50-60 volunteers gather for a day of service to feed, provide social services and live music to food insecure adults and families who need a helping hand. In addition to serving daily hot meals in the dining room, Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Daily Free Meal Program also prepares and distributes bag lunches for community members who may not be able to make it to our meal times. Volunteers will help assemble sandwiches and bag them up with other goodies like fruit, vegetables and snacks.

Ages: Fifth grade and older. Elementary school age children should be accompanied by a parent and have the stamina to stand for two hours.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Revere Joyce, Volunteer Manager, 646.998.6118 or rjoyce@holyapostlesnyc.org. Registration is available online.
 
 
Feed Our Kids Food Drive
City Harvest
 
Date/Time: Now through June 17
 
Location(s): Donation drop-off sites (click links below):
City Harvest's annual Feed Our Kids food drive runs from Mother's Day to Father's Day and helps provide much-needed food for New York City's children throughout the summer when access to school meals may become limited. Schools, organizations, companies, and New York City's Fire and Police Departments come together to collect non-perishable food donations for City Harvest to pick-up and distribute to our network of 500 soup kitchens, food pantries and other community food programs serving hungry children and their families across the five boroughs. Last year, the Feed Our Kids food drive collected more than 260,000 pounds of food-enough to feed more than 2,800 kids and their families in New York City for an entire summer. Click for the most needed food items and more ideas for your food drive.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: fooddrives@cityharvest.org
www.cityharvest.org
 
 
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.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 

Make this a summer of new experiences!


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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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May 2018 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

May 2018 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

May 2018 - New York City

 
Hippo Playground Spring Fair
Hippo Playground Project
 
Date/Time: Sunday May 6, 10am - 4pm (Rain date May 20). Choose from the following shifts:
  • 9:45am - 1pm
  • 12:45pm - 4pm
Location: Hippo Playground in Riverside Park at 91st Street

The Hippo Playground Project is an all-volunteer, community-based affiliate of the Riverside Park Conservancy that works in conjunction with the Parks Department to maintain the playground and provide free activities for the community. For 35 years, the Spring Fair has been the primary fundraiser to support The Hippo Playground. The Hippo Playground Project funds and runs free programming: Art in the Park, our Free Summer Concert Series, and the Halloween Parade, etc. Volunteers are needed to assist children enjoying Hippo Playground Spring Fair activities. Activities include helping children with cupcake decorating, ball tosses, bowling, serving burgers, face painting, and much more!
 
Ages: Ages 9 through 13 accompanied by an adult, or 14 and up can volunteer without an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Three hour shifts
 
Contact: Nicole Moore, 917.414.3145, hippoplaygrounduws@gmail.com. Registration is available online.
https://riversideparknyc.org/groups/hippo-playground/
 
 
Hungry to Help
UJA Federation of New York - Time for Good
 
Date/Time: Sunday, May 6. Times vary by project.
 
Location: There are locations in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Westchester (round trip transportation from Manhattan provided in some cases).

Join hundreds of New Yorkers for a community-wide day of service addressing hunger and poverty. Projects include packing and delivering food to homebound seniors, Sort and Pack at the Food Bank for New York City, brightening an outdoor space at a low-income senior residence, and packing meals for families in need. 

Ages: Families are welcome at several of the projects. Check individual project descriptions for details.
 
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on the project.
 
Contact: timeforgood@ujafedny.org. Registration is available online.
www.timeforgood.org/
 
 
Month of Charity and Compassion
Muslim Volunteers for New York (MV4NY)
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 5 - Thursday, May 17.
 
Location: Volunteers can shop and donate via our Amazon wishlist. Select the MV4NY gift registry address at checkout. Please check the list starting May 5 as items are still being added.

The mission of Muslim Volunteers for New York is to engage Muslim-Americans along with the community at-large in a variety of grass-root efforts to give back to our City and its residents. Our key areas of focus are: Health & Wellness, Education, the Environment, and Hunger & Poverty Elimination. Muslim Volunteers for New York has organized its 3rd Annual Ramadan Food Drive to benefit the New York Common Pantry and their commitment to alleviating hunger and poverty. Ramadan is a special month for Muslims throughout the world. It is a time for self-reflection, fasting, spirituality and charity. We invite you to join us in this effort and illuminate NYC with our collective charity and compassion.

Ages:
Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Homera Zaman, homera@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/mv4ny/
 
 
Soup Kitchen - Food Preparation and Service
Manhattan Church of Christ
 
Date/Time: Saturdays: May 12, 19, and 26, 9am - 2pm
 
Location: Manhattan Church of Christ, 48 East 80th Street between Park and Madison

The Saturday Lunch Program provides hot meals to the homeless with dignity and compassion. 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, carl@manhattanchurch.org
www.manhattanchurch.org
 
 
SandSational
Riverside Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Saturday, May 19, 10am - 1pm
 
Location(s):  
  • 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. Pails and shovels for kids will be provided by Riverside Park Conservancy. Community volunteer events are rain or shine. Please check the website two weeks prior to the 19th as project details and meeting sites will be 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
 
Contact: Kristin Meade, grassroots@riversideparknyc.org, 212.870.3073
https://riversideparknyc.org/event/sandsational-2018/
 
 
We Care Cards for Mother's Day
Catholic Charities
 
Date/Time: At your convenience, from home
 
Location: Mail completed cards to:
Catholic Charities
1011 First Avenue, 11th Floor
NY, NY 10022

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 also be 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. After expressing interest, the volunteer coordinator will contact you to confirm participation and provide directions for this project.
 
Ages: Families with children ages five and older.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Staci-Jo Bruce, Director of Volunteer Services, ccvolunteer@archny.org or 212.371.1000
www.catholiccharitiesny.org

 
Pitch In, Pick Up
Central Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time(s):
  • Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, daily, 10am - 5pm
  • Chess & Checkers House, Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm
  • North Meadow Recreation Center, daily, 10am - 5pm
Location(s):
  • Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Inside Central Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues.
  • Chess & Checkers House, Mid-Park at 64th Street.
  • North Meadow Recreation Center, Mid-Park at 97th Street
Want to get outside and get dirty with your kids this Spring? Volunteering with Pitch In, Pick Up is a great way to help keep Central Park clean and beautiful. After a brief orientation at a visitor center, you will be given a trash grabber, gloves, and garbage bag for litter. Click here for more information about the Pitch In, Pick Up volunteer program.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate but children under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Volunteers must show a valid form of ID when they arrive and fill out a waiver form
 
Time Commitment: Flexible
 
Contact(s): Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, 212.860.1374; Chess & Checkers House, 212.794.4064; North Meadow Recreation Center, 212.348.4867

www.centralparknyc.org

 
 
Explore Nature with a Scavenger Hunt
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime you can get outdoors with your family!
 
Location: Your local park or nature center

When children learn to appreciate and enjoy nature, they are more likely to grow into adults who value and protect our environment. You and your family can use Doing Good Together's printable Nature Scavenger Hunt checklist to liven up your next walk in the woods. Enjoy exploring nature as a family, invite friends along, or bring this activity to your scouts meeting, classroom, or community gathering. Check out Doing Good Together's Nature Scavenger Hunt project page for more ideas and reflection questions.

Ages: The whole family is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Celebrate Milestones This May!

Whether you are celebrating the graduation of a preschooler or college student - or any big moment in between - these milestone moments offer opportunities for sharing gifts that encourage kindness and giving. Visit our Shop Kind Vendor Page for our favorite gift-giving books. And for advice on tackling transitions (by kids and parents), revisit this post from our Blogger: www.doinggoodtogether.org/bhf/blog/masterful-transitions.

 

 

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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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April 2018 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2018 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

April 2018 - New York City

 
Keeping It Green for Families
Central Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Sunday, April 8 and Sunday, April 22, 10 - 11:30am
 
Location: Provided upon registration

Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green by helping us with seasonal projects.
 
Ages: Families with children ages four and up; maximum of three children per adult. Space is limited and advance registration is required.
 
Time Commitment: Approximately one and one-half hours
 
 
 
Yom Ha'atzmaut Package Delivery
UJA-Federation/Time for Good - J-Serve Teen Service Day for Dorot
 
Date/Time: Sunday April 15, 10am - noon
 
Location: Upper West Side

Jewish teens will visit Jewish seniors as part of DOROT's Yom Ha'atzmaut celebration and UJA-Federation's national day of service. This event will enable isolated seniors to celebrate Israeli Independence Day with a caring intergenerational community. Teens will gather at DOROT to attend an orientation and deliver "taste of Israel" food packages. In groups of two to four, volunteers will visit DOROT seniors in their homes for an hour to share their spirit for Israel.
 
Ages: Teens
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: timeforgood@ujafedny.org. Registration is available online. You must have a "Time for Good" account to log-in and register.
 
 
A Day of Stewardship and Beautification at Ruppert Park
Muslim Volunteers for New York Inc. (MV4NY)
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 21, 10am - 1pm
 
Location: Ruppert Park, 1741 East, 2nd Avenue, (corner of 90th St. and 2nd Avenue)

Please Join MV4NY to commemorate "Earth Day" and enjoy a family, fun-filled day in beautifying one of your neighborhood parks. Activities include, planting, weeding, mulching, clean-up, painting, earth-friendly arts and crafts and much more.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: People are welcome to join us at any time between 10am to 1pm.
 
Contact: Mubeen Siddiqui, 347.224.6232, and Sahar Husain, 646.264.9410. We will have a proper registration for the event closer to the date.
Please follow us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/MV4NY and Instagram @MV4NY
 
 
Soup Kitchen
The Manhattan Church of Christ
 
Date/Time: Saturdays -  April 14 and 21, 10am - 2pm.
 
Location: Manhattan Church of Christ, 48 East 80th Street

The Saturday Lunch Program provides hot meals with dignity and compassion to the homeless or those who live marginally. All shifts are family-friendly and involve a set-up team to set tables and decorate, a service team to run trays of food back and forth to the guests, and a break down & clean up team. Volunteers help set up, prepare and serve meals, then break down and clean up.
 
Ages: All ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies, come for a few hours or stay for the entire shift!
 
Contact: To register, please contact Reverend Carl Garrison at carl@manhattanchurch.org
www.manhattanchurch.org
 
 
Earth Day Celebration
NYC Parks Department
 
Date/Time: Sunday, April 22, 11am - 3 pm
 
Location: St. James Recreation Center, St. James Park, 2530 Jerome Avenue, Bronx

GO GREEN! Help St. James Recreation Center and Friends of St. James Park take care of our park and playground. Activities and service include: recycling projects, gardening, tree care and clean up.

Ages: All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: Sheroly.Jones@parks.nyc.gov, 718.367.3657
www.nycgovparks.org/events/2018/04/21/earth-day
 
 
9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Family Day
National September 11 Memorial and Museum
 
Date/Time: Sunday, April 22
  • 5K events begin at 8am
  • Family Day activities are 9am - 2pm
Location: Run/Walk begins at Pier 26; Family Day will be held on Greenwich Street, between Cortland and Liberty, adjacent to the 9/11 Memorial Plaza

The 911 Memorial is sponsoring the annual 5K Run/Walk and Family Day to raise awareness about the National September 11 Memorial and Museum and to encourage volunteerism in memory of 9/11. Following the 5K Run/Walk, Family Day festivities will include entertainment and meaningful activities for all ages, food and refreshments. This free event will also offer information about the Memorial and Museum and ways to learn about volunteer opportunities.

Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Pre-registration and a fee are required for participating in the 5K, and there are adult, teen and child divisions. The Family Day event is free and does not require registration.
www.911memorial.org/5k-runwalk-community-day

 
Shop and Stock
Food Bank for New York City
 
Date/Time: Many options, check website for full schedule
 
Location: Community Kitchen of West Harlem, 252 W 116th Street, West Harlem

Volunteers are needed to assist senior citizen members of our pantry, check out and bag groceries, and restock shelves at our choice-style food pantry. Dress code for all volunteers includes closed toe shoes and sleeved shirts (t-shirts are okay).
 
Ages: 14 and older accompanied by an adult
 
Time Commitment: Varies, based on shift
 
Contact:  Christopher McDermott, cmcdermott@foodbanknyc.org, 212.566.7855, ext. 8045 / 8220. Registration is available online.
www.foodbanknyc.org
 
 
Food Rescue Volunteers Needed
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, Inc.
 
Date/Time: Varies
 
Location: Throughout NYC

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine provides a volunteer platform to bridge the gap between surplus prepared food from businesses and local shelters and soup kitchens who give this food to those in need. Volunteers are asked to pick up food and bring it directly to the nonprofit food recipient. Learn more by reading our Volunteer FAQ's.

SIGN UP INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Visit: www.rescuingleftovercuisine.org/users/sign_up 
  2. Visit our Events Calendar to view Volunteer Opportunities in NYC. Sign up for events that fit your schedule.
Ages: Whether you're 9 or 99, travel by 4 wheels, 2 wheels or 2 feet, you can volunteer! An adult must accompany children under age 14.
 
Time Commitment: An average event rescues 50 pounds of food, accommodates 40 meals, and takes 30-60 minutes!
 
Contact: info@RescuingLeftoverCuisine.org
 
 
Host a Birthday Party for Kids
CelebrateU
 
Date/Time: Friday, April 20, 4:30 - 6pm and Friday, May 4, 5:30 - 7:30pm
 
Location(s):
  • April 20: Homes for the Homeless, 730 Kelly Street, Bronx
  • May 4: Henry Street Settlement, Baruch Place (downtown off of Houston by the FDR drive) exact address will be released closer to event
The Celebrate U Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2014 by two 15-year-old girls. The mission of Celebrate U 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 short training session will take place for new volunteers one week prior to each event.
 
Ages: Kids in 5th grade and up are welcome to volunteer on their own.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half to two hours
 
Contact: Alisonkauder@gmail.com
www.celebrateu.org

 
 

Did you know...
April is National Volunteer Month
and April 15-21, 2018 is National Volunteer Week?
 
National Volunteer Week, brought to you by The Points of Light Foundation, is an opportunity to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in their community. Their stories can serve to inspire others to find ways to take action that creates change.
During National Volunteer Week, we celebrate the impact of volunteer service and the power of change-makers to come together to tackle tough challenges, and build stronger, more vibrant communities.
 
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

 
Spring into a season of kindness! Join our DGT™ Membership Circle
 
Spring is the season of renewal, so it's an ideal time to focus on big-hearted activities for the
entire family. When you join the DGT™ Membership Circle you have year-round access to our experts who provide inspiration, motivation, advice, and ideas. Plus, there are members-only perks, including our Challenges Download. Perfect for those who want to focus their acts of kindness on a weekly topic, such as environmentalism or generosity. Membership costs just $24.99 annually and benefits DGT's programming. Sign up today!
 
Don't forget: our Facebook Big-Hearted Conversation Group is open to anyone interested in connecting with other big-hearted families. Discuss your kindness and volunteering goals, challenges, and service project ideas, and enjoy the tips posted by our Big-Hearted Families™ Director, Sarah Aadland.
 
 

 

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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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March 2018 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

March 2018 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

March 2018 - New York City

 
Soup Kitchen for the Homeless & Impoverished
The Manhattan Church of Christ
 
Date/Time: Saturdays  ---   March 10, 17, 24 and 31, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Manhattan Church of Christ, 48 East 80th Street, NY
 
The Saturday Lunch Program provides hot meals with dignity and compassion to the homeless or those who live marginally. All shifts are family-friendly and involve a set-up team to set tables and decorate, a service team to run trays of food back and forth to the guests, and a break down & clean up team. Volunteers help set up, prepare and serve meals, then break down and clean up.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies, come for a few hours or stay for the entire shift!
 
Contact: To register, please contact Reverend Carl Garrison at carl@manhattanchurch.org
www.manhattanchurch.org/
 
 
Spring Into Action!
Brooklyn Community Services
 
Date/Time: Various dates from March 20 - April 4.
 
Location: Various locations throughout Brooklyn

BCS was founded by volunteers in 1866 in response to the plight of Civil War veterans and homeless children who lost their fathers in the war. Volunteerism remains at the heart of what they do. Spring into Action is the signature volunteer initiative of Brooklyn Community Services (BCS). Now in its 6th year, Spring into Action has galvanized thousands of volunteers. This year, they are proud to offer more than 20 service opportunities that impact Brooklyn's low-income neighborhoods.

Ages: Families with children ten and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
 
 
Passover Package Delivery
DOROT
 
Date/Time: Sunday, March 18, between 10am and 2pm
 
Location: Westside and Eastside Manhattan locations, as well as Westchester

Brighten the day of a senior! Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover by delivering a package of Passover food to our elderly neighbors and sharing a wonderful gift - the gift of friendship.

Ages: Families with children ages 4-12 years are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: One hour
 
Contact: Shai Rosenfeld, srosenfeld@dorotusa.org, 917-441-5051. Registration is available online.
www.dorotusa.org
 
 
Pack Easter Blessing Bags in Queens
HOPE for New York
 
Date/Time: Saturday, March 24, 9am - 4:30pm. Four shifts are available:  
  • 9 - 10:30am
  • 11am -12:30pm
  • 1 - 2:30pm
  • 3 - 4:30pm
Location: CRU Inner City Training and Distribution Center, 9 - 11 44th Drive, Queens

Each year, Cru Inner City packs thousands of Easter "Blessing Bags" to serve children in need throughout NYC. Volunteers will fill paper bags with Easter treats, crayons, Bible stories, as well as a gospel bead bracelet to share the message of Easter.

Ages: All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: 917.206.1440. Registration is available online. 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.
 
Summer Teen Internship Program
DOROT
 
Date/Time: The internship is 4 days a week, Mondays-Thursdays, 10:30am - 5pm. On the last day of the internship, the day ends at 6:30pm.
  • Session 1: June 25 - July 19 (exceptions made for Regents exams)
  • Session 2: July 23 - August 16
Location: Two locations are available ---   Manhattan and Riverdale
 
Do you have a teen looking for a summer internship program? This internship inspires high school students to develop leadership skills and give back to the community. Interns volunteer with a diverse group of socially-conscious teens to connect with older adults and provide assistance. Teen Interns may:
  • Visit seniors in their home for companionship
  • Teach seniors how to use a computer, iPad, iShuffle, and other types of technology
  • Celebrate seniors' birthdays
  • Deliver meals to seniors
  • Send birthday cards out to seniors
  • Read to visually impaired seniors
  • Shop and deliver groceries to seniors
  • Play chess, cards, scrabble, and other games with seniors
  • Assist with office work at DOROT
  • Have the opportunity to plan, run and implement an intergenerational game day or museum trip
  • Visit DOROT's Homelessness Prevention Program and take part in cooking a meal for the seniors who live in our transitional housing facility
Ages: DOROT's Summer Teen Internship Program is for rising sophomores through rising seniors.
 
Time Commitment: The internship is unpaid and designed to provide students with a minimum of 92 hours of community service.
 
Contact: Shai Rosenfeld at srosenfeld@dorotusa.org or 917.441.5051. Complete the online application, which will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 14th.  Apply early as spots will likely fill prior to May 14th.
 
 
Annual Book Drive
Project Cicero
 
Date/Time: Sorting and distribution event is March 8 - 11, from 10 am - 6 pm. Book donations will also be accepted at the event. Most New York City independent schools are doing book collections, and if you have an independent school in your neighborhood, you should check with them. Donation drives end on March 6.
 
Location: The sorting and distribution event will take place in the Gold Ballroom at The Hotel Pennsylvania, at the corner of 33rd & 7th Ave. There is a side door entrance on 33rd. Book drive donations should be delivered to: Project Cicero, 53 East 79th Street. Books can also be donated to Project Cicero through their Amazon wishlist page.

Project Cicero is a partnership of independent, public, and parochial schools, private and public organizations, and corporations whose primary goal is to create and supplement classroom and school libraries for children in under-resourced New York City public schools through an annual citywide book drive. Project Cicero also puts books into homeless shelters, juvenile detention facilities, community centers, before and after school programs, and wherever else there is a need. To date, Project Cicero has placed 3,250,000 new and gently used books into more than 20,000 classrooms and school libraries reaching over 700,000 children in under-resourced schools in New York City. Donated books must be in excellent condition, and only children's book (through Young Adult/high school level) will be accepted. Please consult the website for more information.

Ages: Sorting and distribution volunteers must be in 6th grade or older. If you are bringing 6th-8th graders, we ask for one adult per 12 kids. Everyone can participate in book drives.
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@projectcicero.org or 212.288.6900 x 511. Volunteers MUST register through the Project Cicero event registration page.
www.projectcicero.org/

 
Become a Senior Angel
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Once a week
 
Location: A  senior in your community

You can help create a more age-integrated society and instill positive attitudes toward aging by providing your child with positive contacts with seniors. By becoming a Senior Angel your family will let a senior know they are remembered and loved through an ongoing weekly correspondence. Seniors who may be home-bound, confined to nursing homes, or in convalescent hospitals will look forward to your weekly greetings! You can reach out to a relative, neighbor or senior you know in your community.

What you'll need:
  • Stationery, greeting cards, pens, drawing or art supplies
  • Occasional small, inexpensive, gifts ($2-$5), such as a box of tea or bar of scented soap
  • Postage
Once-a-week send your older friend chatty letters, friendly cards, uplifting notes, children's drawings and perhaps an occasional small gift. Learn more by visiting the Doing Good Together Become a Senior Angel page.
 
Ages: Your whole family can participate!
 
Time Commitment: Varies, but please plan on making an ongoing, long-term commitment to your senior.
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org

 
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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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February 2018 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

February 2018 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

February 2018 - New York City

 
Host a Birthday Party for Kids
CelebrateU
 
Date/Time: Thursday, February 1, 5 - 7pm
 
Location: Huntington House, 347 East 10th Street, New York

The Celebrate U Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2014 by two 15-year-old girls. The mission of Celebrate U 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 short training session will take place for new volunteers one week prior to each event.

Ages: 5th grade and up
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Alisonkauder@gmail.com
 
 
Tween Operation Chicken Soup at the JCC
UJA-Federation of New York Time for Good
 
Date/Time: Tuesday, February 6, 5 - 7 pm
 
Location: JCC of Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th St, New York

Join with other tweens to prepare hot meals for those in need throughout our community. We'll make delicious recipes as well as explore Jewish values connected to hunger and homelessness.

Ages: Tweens
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Michelle Wexler at mwexler@jccmanhattan.org. Registration is available online.
www.jccmanhattan.org/
 
 
Make Valentine's and "Care Kits" for Women & Children
Sanctuary for Families
 
Date/Time: Valentine packages should be delivered by Friday, February 9; Care Kits may be delivered any time.
 
Location: Valentines and Care Kits should be dropped off or sent to Sanctuary's lower Manhattan location. Please contact Emily Lo Bue, elobue@sffny.org, for location details.

Sanctuary for Families is the leading nonprofit agency in New York State dedicated exclusively to serving the needed 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.  Contact Emily LoBue for delivery information.

Ages: All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Emily LoBue, elobue@sffny.org, 212-349-6009, ext317
 
 
Serve a Hot Meal to the Homeless
Manhattan Church of Christ
 
Date/Time: Saturdays, February 10, 17 and 24, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Manhattan Church of Christ, 48 East 80th St

The Saturday Lunch Program provides hot meals to the homeless with dignity and compassion. All shifts are family-friendly, and involve a set-up team to set tables and decorate, a service team to run trays of food back and forth to the guests, and a break down and clean up team. Volunteers help set up, prepare and serve meals, then break down and clean up.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies, come for a few hours or stay for the entire shift!
 
Contact: carl@manhattanchurch.org
www.manhattanchurch.org 
 
 
Share the Love! Valentine's Day Pajama and Stuffed Animal Drive
Family-to-Family
 
Date/Time: All deliveries should be made by February 13
 
Location: Check the Family-to-Family website for a list of locations where you can send your gift.  

New pajamas and a snuggly stuffed animal can make a child living in poverty feel special and secure. Consider sending one 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 Family-to-Family serves. When purchasing pajamas, please buy those that meet federal safety regulations.

Ages: All ages can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: moreinfo@family-to-family.org
www.family-to-family.org
 
 
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 Thursday, February 15. Drop off donations weekdays between 9 am - 5 pm
 
Location: BCS Headquarters, Downtown Brooklyn location, 285 Schermerhorn Street

Now until Thursday, February 15th, please drop off new, unopened toiletries at the front desk of BCS Headquarters. Items to donate can 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. 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 the annual Valentine's Day Party.

Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: Alesha Smith, asmith@wearebcs.org, 718.310.5646, Ext. 5823
wearebcs.org/about/bcs-150/
 
 
Help Chaperone an Ice Skating Trip for Operation Exodus
Operation Exodus through HOPE for New York
 
Date/Time: Saturday, February 17, 10 am - 3 pm
 
Location: From Washington Heights to Wollman Rink and back home
Operation Exodus, 21 Wadsworth Avenue, NYC

Operation Exodus is a Christian mentoring program for students (K-12) and their families in Washington Heights, Inwood, and the Bronx. Exodus' mission is to launch NYC Latino youth to college and lives of excellence by loving and challenging them through educational opportunities and transformational relationships. Volunteers are needed to help Operation Exodus on their annual ice skating trip in Central Park. Children from kindergarten through middle school will be in attendance, and we need help escorting them down to Wollman Rink from Washington Heights, skating with the kids, and/or escorting them back home.

Ages: Families are welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Five hours
 
 
 
Purim Package Delivery
DOROT

Date/Time: Either Sunday, February 25, between 1 - 3pm, or Thursday, March 1, Purim, between 4 - 6pm.
New families will need to attend an orientation at DOROT on Wednesday, February 21, 6pm. Returning families will need to coordinate a time to pick up the mishloach manot package from DOROT during business hours.
 
Location: Various Upper East Side and Upper West Side locations

Celebrate Purim by delivering gifts of food to our older friends and sharing a wonderful gift - the gift of friendship. You and your family can fulfill the mitzvah of giving mishloach manot, a traditional Purim food package filled with goodies, especially hamantaschen.
 
Ages: For families with children ages 5 to 12.
 
Time Commitment: Visits should be approximately 30-45 minutes
 
Contact: Shai Rosenfeld, srosenfeld@dorotusa.org, 917.441.5051. Registration is available online. Space is limited. The deadline to register is February 14.  Please note that registration may close early if all spots are filled. 
 
 
It's My Park! Days
Partnership for Parks
 
Date/Time: Every weekend in February
 
Location: Various locations including:
  • Henry Hudson Park
  • Leif Erickson Park
  • North Shore Esplanade
  • Lt. Lia Playground
  • Skyline Playground
This "It's My Park" season, join thousands of New Yorkers who come together each year to volunteer and celebrate their neighborhood parks and public spaces. "It's My Park" projects are open to the public and walk-ins are welcome. Rain or shine, there will be something for everyone to do!

Ages: All ages can participate. Volunteers under age 18 are required to present a signed guardian's consent to participate or have a chaperone present.
 
Time Commitment: Varies, depending on project.
 
Contact: Please register for projects by emailing dp.reynolds@verizon.net
www.nycgovparks.org/events/its_my_park_day
 
 
Create a Card for a Senior
DOROT
 
Date/Time: Any time, at your convenience
 
Location: Mail your cards and a Volunteer Return form to:
DOROT
Attn: Card Making Project
171 West 85th Street
New York, NY 10024

DOROT's greeting card project helps bring joy and celebration to some of our frailest and most isolated seniors. Each month, DOROT mails over 200 birthday cards to seniors. Every card is designed and created by you, our volunteers. Often, this card is the only recognition a senior receives on his or her birthday.

Making a card is easy and fun! Whether you're looking for something to do on a rainy day, or planning an activity for a youth group, all you need is a bit of paper, a few pens, and a little imagination. Be sure to use colored paper for the outside, but use white for the inside to make it easier to read.

Tips:
  • The card you create should be able to fit into a 6x9 standard envelope. This is the type DOROT uses to mail out the cards to our seniors.
  • Write in large block (print) letters. As people get older, many have a hard time reading small print.
After you finish your cards, our office volunteers will address and mail them to seniors.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: 212.769.2850, info@dorotusa.org
www.dorotusa.org
 
 
Create Valentines for our Veterans
SoldiersAngels.org!
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Mail your cards and $1 per card to:
Soldiers' Angels
2700 NE Loop 410, Suite 310
San Antonio, Texas 78217

Holidays like Valentine's Day are fun to celebrate when you have loved ones or friends to share the day with. Unfortunately, our military heroes often find themselves alone or feeling homesick during holidays. The mission of Soldiers' Angels is to make sure no one who serves this country feels unloved - and that's especially true on Valentine's Day! You and your family can help by making or purchasing Valentines cards for our military and veteran heroes. Why do we ask for the $1 per card? The $1 helps cover the cost to distribute the thousands of cards we receive. Have questions? Check out our FAQ's here.
  • Feel free to purchase or make your Valentines.
  • Our heroes love hearing from children. Making Valentines is a good activity to do with the kids one afternoon.
  • It's also a fun activity for your office, club, or civic group.
  • Be sure to write a note of encouragement or thanks on your cards.
  • Don't be afraid to sign your name!
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: info@soldiersangels.org
www.soldiersangels.org/

 
Car Window Poetry
Words Matter: Harness the Power of Poetry
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Anytime
 
Location: Your home and community

At Doing Good Together, we know how the right turn of phrase can encourage more kindness. We know how a great book can cultivate empathy, opening a child up to the feelings and experiences of a stranger. The instructions for this project are as simple as its name.
  1. Create short, heart-warming poems, jokes, or artwork. You may want to use the free Car Window Poetry cards available here.
  2. Place your poems on car windows outside your school, playground, library, a busy grocery store, or wherever you happen to be. Note: if it's raining or remarkably windy, postpone this step a bit.
  3. Post your poems on Instagram with the #CarWindowPoetry. While you're at it, kindly add #DoingGoodTogether as well!
Learn more by visiting the Doing Good Together Words Matter: Harness the Power of Poetry project page.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
www.doinggoodtogether.org
 
 
Let's take the lovely day called Valentine's Day and make it a month-long kindness endeavor! Prepare now by printing and posting our 28-Day Valentine Kindness Challenge. Pick and choose your favorite days for doing something extra good for others or challenge yourselves for the entire month of February. This is a great project for families, community or faith groups, or even classrooms. And if you participate in this challenge, kindly let us know how it goes!


 

 

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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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January 2018 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

January 2018 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

January 2018 - New York City

 
MulchFest 2018 - TreeCycle!
City of New York Parks & Recreation
 
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday, January 6 and 7, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Click here to find a chipping or drop off location near you.

Join the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. More than 30,000 trees were recycled last year. You can bring your tree to a chipping location on January 6th and 7th, or to a drop-off location, and the city will recycle it for you later. The Sanitation Department also conducts curbside collections. Please remember to remove all lights and ornaments before bringing a tree to a MulchFest site. If you'd like to volunteer at MulchFest, you may register to join the Green Team and MillionTreesNYC volunteer group. See website for details.
 
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
 
 
ConSERVE NY: MLK Day Service at St. Nicholas Park
Student Conservation Association
 
Date/Time: Saturday, January 13, 9am - noon. Breakfast and check-in beginning at 9 am, kick-off at 9:30 am
 
Location: St. Nicholas Park, St. Nicholas Ave. and W. 135th Street (A/B/C trains to 135th Street)

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America's conservation corps. Our members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and community green spaces in all 50 states. Volunteers will help to restore this historic green space by mulching, improving trails, and combatting invasive species. Please wear sturdy boots or shoes that you don't mind getting wet or dirty. Bring extra layers as the event will take place in any weather! Bring reusable water bottle to stay hydrated. Coffee, breakfast, snacks, work gloves and project supplies will be provided.
 
Ages: All ages; students age 14 and up may participate independently with a signed waiver from a parent, younger children must be accompanied by a parent.
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Ann Pedtke, SCA Events Manager at apedtke@thesca.org or 724.678.9401. Registration is available online.
www.thesca.org/

 
 
Community Meal with Mandala Café
Repair The World in partnership with JCC Harlem
 
Date/Time: Sunday, January 14, two shifts:
  • Prep, Serve and Eat:  3 - 6pm
  • Serve, Eat and Clean:  5 - 8pm
Location: All Souls Church, 88 St. Nicholas Ave. Harlem

In partnership with JCC Harlem, Repair the World invites you to volunteer with Mandala Cafe to prep, serve, and and/or clean up a community meal! Mandala Cafe is a nonprofit committed to providing culinary training for those who have difficulties finding and/or keeping jobs. The kitchen staff, based out of All Souls Church, is typically made up of unemployed/underemployed, formerly homeless, formerly incarcerated, undocumented individuals, and youth. The meal is distributed to community members with varying levels of food security.
 
Ages: All ages; family-friendly
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Alli Lesovoy, alli.lesovoy@werepair.org. Registration is available online. Find additional family friendly MLK Day opportunities on the Repair the World website. www.werepair.org
 
 
MLK Weekend Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer New York!
 
Date/Time: Friday, January 12 through Monday, January 15
 
Location: Opportunities are located in Westchester, Rockland or Putnam
 
Volunteer New York! is a Westchester-based organization that encourages volunteerism and supports local nonprofits. Various volunteer opportunities over MLK weekend throughout the region. Projects include packing diapers for families in need, making birthday boxes and cards for children, serving meals, paint therapy for seniors and many others. 
 
Ages: Many opportunities are family-friendly; check individual opportunities for specific age requirements.
 
Time Commitment: Varies depending on opportunity
 
Contact: 914.948.4452. Register for all events on the website (which has been updated and clearly marks "FAMILY FRIENDLY" opportunities.
www.volunteernewyork.org/mlk
 
 
Deliver a Smile and a Meal to Homebound Elderly
Carter Burden Center
 
Date/Time: Monday through Saturday, 10:15am to 12:30pm.
 
Location: Upper East Side. All the seniors we deliver to are within walking distance.

Volunteers are needed to deliver meals to homebound seniors. These seniors are either very frail and cannot provide food for themselves or have other physical setbacks. Most of the seniors don't receive much company, so a friendly face delivering a hot meal is especially welcome. Volunteers should be able to carry 5-10 pounds and walk up several flights of stairs comfortably.
 
Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Minors age 15 years or younger are required to deliver with an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Delivery routes take around 60-90 minutes to complete. Volunteers may choose the frequency of their commitment, from a one-time experience to a regular weekly route.
 
Contact: saldanai@carterburdencenter.org, Isidro Saldana, 212.835.8768
www.carterburdennetwork.org/
 
 
The Saturday Lunch Program
Manhattan Church of Christ
 
Date/Time: Saturday, January 13 and Saturday, January 27, 9:30am - 2pm
 
Location: Manhattan Church Community of Hope, 48 East 80th Street between Park and Madison

The Saturday Lunch Program provides hot meals to the homeless with dignity and compassion. All shifts are family-friendly, and involve a set-up team to set tables and decorate, a service team to run trays of food back and forth to the guests, and a break down & clean up team. Volunteers help set up, prepare and serve meals, then break down and clean up. 

Ages: Children ages five and up are welcome to volunteer with parents/guardians.
 
Time Commitment: The full lunch program is five hours but volunteers are welcome any time during the day.
 
Contact: carl@manhattanchurch.org
www.manhattanchurch.org
 
 
MLK Day of Services
UJA Federation - NY/ Time For Good Initiative

Date/Time: Monday, January 15, various times

Location: A variety of locations across NYC

On January 15th, join thousands of New Yorkers and sign up to participate in UJA-Federation/Time for Good sponsored MLK Day of Service volunteer opportunities. There are dozens of ways to give back to the community, in many locations across New York, Westchester and Long Island. You will find a wide assortment of opportunities on the Time for Good MLK Day of Service website. When you click on one, at the top it will say if it is appropriate for "All ages", "Families", "Bar/Bat Mitzvah age", "Teens", etc. 
 
Projects include:
  • Painting a community mural
  • Serving lunch to seniors
  • Gardening activites
  • Making care packages for seniors
  • Assembling food packages
  • And many more!
Ages: There are projects for families with children of all ages

Time Commitment: Varies

Contact: View family-friendly opportunities and register online. REGISTER EARLY - SPOTS FILL QUICKLY!!
www.timeforgood.org/mlk-day

 
Winter Package Delivery
Dorot
 
Date/Time: Sunday, January 28, 10am - noon
 
Location: The home of a senior; typically Upper East or Upper West Side.
Groups will meet at two locations for Winter Package Delivery:
  • DOROT, 171 West 85th Street, Off Amsterdam Avenue
  • Park Avenue Synagogue, 50 East 87th Street
Brighten the day for a senior! Participate in the Winter Package Delivery, bringing a package of food and treats to a senior client of Dorot. Volunteers visit and chat with the senior for about an hour.
 
Ages: Families with kids ages five and up
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Shai Rosenfeld, volunteers@dorotusa.org. Registration is available online.
www.dorotusa.org
 
 
Host a Birthday Party for Kids
CelebrateU
 
Date/Time:
  • Wednesday, January 24, 4 - 6 pm
  • Friday, January 26, 4 - 6 pm
Location(s):
  • Wednesday, January 24: The Jewish Board of Family and Children Services at the Ittleson Center, 505 Iselin Avenue, Bronx
  • Friday, January 26: Homes for the Homeless, 730 Kelly Street, Bronx
The Celebrate U Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2014 by two 15-year-old girls. The mission of Celebrate U 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 short training session will take place for new volunteers one week prior to each event.

Ages: Fifth grade and older

Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Alisonkauder@gmail.com
 
 
Intergenerational Chess
DOROT
 
Date/Time: January 29 - May 14; Mondays from 4pm - 5:30pm
 
Location: DOROT, 171 West 85th Street, Off Amsterdam Avenue

Share your love of the game, play chess with older adults, and help build intergenerational connections across the chess board. Students and DOROT Seniors will get to know each other and play chess together. Chess Masters will demonstrate different strategies at each session. Refreshments will be served.
 
Ages: Students in grades 6 through 12
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours each Monday. Volunteers must commit to all sessions.
 
Contact: Shai Rosenfeld, Coordinator of Youth and Family Volunteers, srosenfeld@dorotusa.org, 917.441.5051. Registration is now open and available online.
www.dorotusa.org/chess
 
 
Host a PJ and Book Drive!
Pajama Program - One Million Good Nights Campaign
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your own community

The Pajama Program is a non-profit that provides new pajamas and new books to children in need through a nation-wide network of service agencies. Winter is considered the "danger season" for children in shelter and temporary housing. Snuggling up in cozy, new pajamas with their very own new book, these children are given a secure and nurturing "good night" at bedtime. You can help by organizing a drive to gather new pajamas and books for the children who need them most.

Consider hosting a Pajama Party or Book Drive for your child's next Birthday!
  • Invite your guests to a Pajama Party (or any theme party)
  • In lieu of gifts, ask guests to bring a new pair of pajamas or a new book to donate to Pajama Program
  • Pajamas should be new/unused and a complete set or nightgown
  • Decide on an age range to collect (all ages, infant, children to age 5, children 6 - 12, teens, etc.)
  • Posters, signs and brochures can be used for invitations or to decorate the party space, and may be downloaded from the Pajama Program website.
  • Once your drive is complete, report the donation to the Pajama Program.
  • Within 7 days, Pajama Program will contact you with a receiving organization in your area that will accept the donations, and help you get the donation into the hands of the children they serve.
Ages: Everyone is welcome to participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: 212.716.9757
www.pajamaprogram.org
 
 
DOROT Winter/Spring School Year TEEN Internship Program
DOROT
 
Date/Time: February - May, one day per week, Monday - Thursday, 4 - 6pm
 
Location: DOROT, 171 West 85th Street, Off Amsterdam Avenue
 
Teens help alleviate loneliness and social isolation of DOROT's seniors through a variety of hands-on experiences in the community and onsite at DOROT. Teen Interns may:
  • Visit seniors in their home for companionship.
  • Teach seniors how to use a computer, iPad, iShuffle, and other types of technology.
  • Celebrate seniors' birthdays.
  • Deliver meals to seniors.
  • Send birthday cards to seniors.
  • Read to visually impaired seniors.
  • Shop and deliver groceries to seniors.
  • Play chess, cards, Scrabble, and other games with seniors.
  • Assist with office work at DOROT. 
  • Take part in a variety of other opportunities and experiences.
Ages: High School students
 
Time Commitment:
  • One day a week (Monday - Thursday)
  • Two hours a day (after school - no later than 4 - 6pm)
  • One semester (minimum of 10 times at DOROT)
Contact: Shai Rosenfeld, Coordinator of Youth and Family Volunteers, srosenfeld@dorotusa.org or 917.441.5051
www.dorotusa.org/teen
 
 
Monday, January 15th is Martin Luther King Day of Service
"Everybody can be great because everybody can serve"

Monday, January 15th is a school and bank holiday to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Instead of just making it a day OFF, make it a day ON and consider participating in a service project with your family. Many organizations provide tips, resources and hands-on opportunities to begin a conversation about social justice around the Holiday. 
 
Visit the following sites for more ideas:

 
 
Make No-Sew Blankets
Doing Good Together
 
Date/Time: Flexible
 
Location: Your home or community
 
Enjoy a cozy family kindness project for a cold month! Your children can help make these simple, fleece  blankets and provide comfort to a child in need. No sewing is required. Many local organizations would appreciate your donations of these easy-to-create fleece blankets. Check with hospitals, homeless shelters, care facilities, or police and fire stations to gauge interest. Or you can deliver them to your local chapter of Project Linus or Binky Patrol. These two groups will distribute them to organizations with the greatest need. Visit the Doing Good Together Make No-Sew Blankets Project page for blanket-making instructions and reflection questions.
 
Ages: Everyone can participate
 
Time Commitment: Varies
 
Contact: mail@doinggoodtogether.org
 
Resolve to make 2018 your year to stand for kindness!

Want to make kindness a priority? You're not alone! In fact, there are big-hearted families nationwide who've decided sharing acts of kindness and service should be a top priority in 2018. The Big-Hearted Families Membership Circle can help! Our big-hearted experts are at your service to provide inspiration, motivation, and advice. Plus there are members-only perks too. All for just $24.99 annually.

Get started by joining in conversation with like-minded people. Our Facebook Big-Hearted Conversation Group is now available (free of charge) to anyone who wants to start or continue their family kindness practice. Discuss your goals, challenges, and ideas with other big-hearted families. And enjoy the tips posted by our Big-Hearted Families™ Director, Sarah Aadland.
 

 

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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.
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