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.

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.
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
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
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!!

Winter Package Delivery
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.
Host a Birthday Party for Kids
  • Wednesday, January 24, 4 - 6 pm
  • Friday, January 26, 4 - 6 pm
  • 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
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.
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
DOROT Winter/Spring School Year TEEN Internship Program
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
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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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.
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