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
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
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.

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.
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.

  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
Date/Time: Friday, April 20, 4:30 - 6pm and Friday, May 4, 5:30 - 7:30pm
  • 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


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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This list was compiled by Doing Good Together™ (www.doinggoodtogether.org)
 When calling to volunteer for any of the opportunities listed above, please let the coordinator know you found it through this listing. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have of the sponsoring organization before committing to a project.
Disclaimer: This list is provided as a service to families. Inclusion of organizations in this listing does not imply affiliation, endorsement or quality assurance on the part of Doing Good Together.™ Doing Good Together™ bears no responsibility whatsoever for the activities and actions of the listed organizations. 

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