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

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
  • 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.
Garden Volunteers
Concrete Safaris
  • Saturday, June 9, 10am - 1pm
  • Saturday, June 23, 10am - 1pm
  • 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
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
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
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

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