April 2019 - NYC Family Volunteer Opportunities

April 2019 New York City Family Volunteer Opportunities

 

April 2019 - New York City

 
Host a Birthday Party for Kids
CelebrateU
 
Date/Time(s):
  • Thursday, April 4, 4:30 - 6pm
  • Thursday, April 25, 6:15 - 8pm
Location(s):
  • April 4, Homes for the Homeless, 430 Kelly Street, Bronx
  • April 25, The Henry Street Settlement, 130 Baruch Place, New York City
The Celebrate U Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to spread happiness by throwing birthday parties for children in shelters or who can't afford to celebrate their birthday in the New York City area. 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. Early education is essential, but so is building a child's self-esteem, giving them hope for a bright future and knowing society cares about them. And every child deserves a birthday party. A short training session will take place for new volunteers one week prior to each event.
 
Ages: Fifth grade and up
 
Time Commitment: Approximately two hours
 
Contact: Alisonkauder@gmail.com
 
 
Family Volunteer Days
Central Park Conservancy
 
Date/Time: Saturdays, April 6, 13 and 20, 10 - 11:30am
 
Location: Provided upon registration

The mission of the Central Park Conservancy is to restore, manage, and enhance Central Park in partnership with the public. Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green by helping us with seasonal projects.
 
Ages: Families with children age four and older, with a maximum of three children per parent/guardian.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours
 
Contact: Space is limited; advanced registration is required and is available online.
http://www.centralparknyc.org/
 
 
MV4NY Environmental Stewardship Day
Muslim Volunteers for New York Inc.
 
Date/Time: Saturday April 13, from 10am to 1pm (April 27 is the rain date).
 
Location: Ruppert Park, 1741, 2nd Avenue, (btw 91 and 92nd Street).

Muslim Volunteers for New York (MV4NY) is a registered 501(c)(3) community-based organization engaged in charitable and volunteer-based initiatives in support of the Greater New York area. Established in early 2015, our mission is focused on engaging Muslim Americans along with the community at large in a variety of grassroot efforts to give back to our City and its residents. We will be planting bulbs for the spring, raking leaves, mulching and more! All supplies - tools, gloves, and masks will be provided. Dress comfortably and be ready to dig-in. In addition to park beautification and cleanup activities there will be complimentary refreshments, eco-friendly arts and crafts, music and much more.

Ages: This is a family-friendly event open to all ages.
 
Time Commitment: Volunteers can come any time between 10am to 1pm and work for as long as they like within that time slot.
 
Contact: muslimvolunteers4ny@gmail.com, 646.267.9410 or 347.224.6232. Registration is available online.
https://www.facebook.com/mv4ny/
 
 
Tastes of Gowanus Earth Day Crawl
Seeds in the Middle
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, event is 2 - 6 pm
 
Location: Gowanus, Brooklyn. There will also be activities at the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse, 165 2nd Street, Brooklyn

Volunteers are needed at the Tastes of Gowanus Earth Day Crawl. Volunteer positions include helping to serve at restaurants, punching tickets, or assisting with kids' activities. Youth and children can also help run the Hip2B Healthy Market juice stands. This is a food and drink crawl for all ages to support small business and a fundraiser for Seeds in the Middle - empowering Brooklyn kids in food deserts to create their own healthy environments! Volunteers are also needed help with set-up from noon on and breakdown. Note: Food and drink tickets may also be purchased. All proceeds will go to Seeds in the Middle. 
 
Ages: Volunteers of all ages are welcome
 
Time Commitment: At least two hours
 
Contact: Nancie, tastesofbrooklyn@gmail.com, 917.697.3745
tastesofbrooklyn.com
 
 
Serve a Hot Meal to the Homeless
Manhattan Church of Christ
 
Date/Time(s): Saturdays, April 13, 20 and 27, 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.
 
Ages: Everyone is 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
 
 
Urban Farm Volunteers
The Campaign Against Hunger (formerly Bed Stuy Against Hunger)
 
Date/Time: Thursday, April 25, 11am -2pm
 
Location: Saratoga farm located by the food pantry in Bed Stuy, 1965-1971 Fulton St, Brooklyn. At the intersection of Hull Street, Fulton Street, and Saratoga Avenue

Every day, The Campaign Against Hunger (TCAH) helps thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers by giving them the food and resources they need to survive. Since 1998 TCAH has been using a community approach to caring and feeding hungry people in Bed-Stuy and neighboring communities. TCAH offers a continuum of wrap-around services and programs that meet the unique needs of each individual with the goal of setting them free from reliance on New York's social service safety net. In addition to a food pantry and mobile markets, The Campaign Against Hunger has two full sized urban farms. Family volunteers are needed to volunteer at the Saratoga farm to transplant vegetables for spring. These vegetables will then be sold at our farmers market, donated at our food pantry, and used as a teaching tool. Our urban farm allows people to learn about sustainability, green living, and connect with nature, in Brooklyn!

Ages: Families with children ages three and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Three hours
 
Contact: Miriam Ehrlich, Volunteer Coordinator, 718.773.3551x115, mehrlich@tcahnyc.org
http://www.tcahfarms.org/
 
 
Urban Farm Volunteers
The Campaign Against Hunger (formerly Bed Stuy Against Hunger)
 
Date/Time(s): Two hours between 10am and 2pm on the following dates:
  • Seeding and transplanting: Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5
  • Bed Preparation: Monday, April 8 through Friday, April 12
Location: Far Rock farm location, 385 Beach 45th St. Far Rockaway, Queens

Every day, The Campaign Against Hunger (TCAH) helps thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers by giving them the food and resources they need to survive. Since 1998 TCAH has been using a community approach to caring and feeding hungry people in Bed-Stuy and neighboring communities. TCAH offers a continuum of wrap-around services and programs that meet the unique needs of each individual with the goal of setting them free from reliance on New York's social service safety net. Volunteers are needed to help with seeding, planting, and harvesting activities at our Far Rock farm location.
 
Ages: Families with children ages ten and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Miriam Ehrlich, Volunteer Coordinator, 718.773.3551x115, mehrlich@tcahnyc.org
http://www.tcahfarms.org/
 
 
Food Pantry Food Distribution
Campaign Against Hunger (formerly Bed Stuy Against Hunger)
 
Date/Time: Monday, Thursday and Friday, 9:30am -4pm; Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30am - 6pm
 
Location: 2010 Fulton Street, Brooklyn. C Train Euclid Bound to Ralph Avenue.

Every day, The Campaign Against Hunger (TCAH) helps thousands of vulnerable New Yorkers by giving them the food and resources they need to survive. Since 1998 TCAH has been using a community approach to caring and feeding hungry people in Bed-Stuy and neighboring communities. TCAH offers a continuum of wrap-around services and programs that meet the unique needs of each individual with the goal of setting them free from reliance on New York's social service safety net. Volunteers are needed to spend a few hours sorting, packing or restocking food on the pantry shelves. There is parking available but the location is also close to the train.

Ages: Volunteers should be age 13 or older (with some accommodation for younger children possible)
 
Time Commitment: Two hours minimum per shift, six hours maximum
 
Contact: Miriam Ehrlich, Volunteer Coordinator, 718.773.3551x115, mehrlich@tcahnyc.org
http://www.tcahfarms.org/
 
 
April Family Farm Day at Bushwick City Farms
Repair the World
 
Date/Time: Saturday, April 28 1 - 3pm
 
Location: Bushwick City Farm, 354 Stockton St., Brooklyn

Bushwick City Farms (BCF) is a network of open spaces run by neighborhood volunteers that provides free food, clothing, and educational programs for the community. BCF builds and helps maintain vegetable gardens for local public schools and coordinates with local businesses to distribute bread and fresh produce donations. Volunteers will be engaging in hands-on work such as composting, clean up, and other farm maintenance, and discussing food access and the importance of community gardens.
 
Ages: Families with kids ages 8-14 are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours
 
Contact: Alison Rollman, alison.rollman@werepair.org. Registration is available online.
https://werepair.org/our-local-work/our-cities/nyc/
 
 
Crown Heights Youth Soccer and Basketball
Seeds in the Middle
 
Date/Time:  Every Saturday, 11am - 3 pm and Sunday, 3:30-6 pm (program starts April 6 and runs through June 23)
 
Location: Hamilton Metz Field, 608 Lefferts Avenue, Brooklyn, NY (corner of Albany/Lefferts Avenues)

Seeds in the Middle runs a joyful, volunteer-run soccer and basketball program for underserved children. Volunteer coaches are needed - they particularly welcome volunteer families where parents coach and kids can show peers how to play soccer. Youth and parents who play soccer or basketball with other programs can show the youth in this neighborhood - many of whom have never played soccer - how to play. You can also take part in our free kids' soccer tournament on April 7, or our 3 on 3 basketball tournament on March 30.
 
Ages: Families with children ages three and older are welcome to volunteer
 
Time Commitment: Two hours on a Saturday or Sunday. Choose your sport - Soccer is where most help is needed.
 
Contact: Nancie, info@seedsinthemiddle.org, 917.697.3745
 
 
Earth Day Celebration at Fort Tryon Park
NYC Parks Department
 
Date/Time: Sunday, April 28, 10am - 2pm
 
Location: Fort Tryon Park, Cabrini Blvd and Fort Washington Avenue. Sign in with the Friends Committee at the Margaret Corbin Circle Entrance to the Heather Garden

Celebrate Earth Day by being a great park steward. Your family can give back to the park by volunteering with the Friends Committee of the Fort Tryon Park Trust and NYC Parks at a Beautification Day. Plants, tools, and gloves will be provided. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

Ages: All ages; volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
 
Time Commitment: Four hours
 
Contact: info@forttryonparktrust.org, 212.795.1388. Registration is available online. Groups of more than five must RSVP by emailing info@forttryonparktrust.org by April 15.
https://www.forttryonparktrust.org/
 
 
9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Family Day
National September 11 Memorial and Museum
 
Date/Time: Sunday, April 28
  • 5K events begin at 8am
  • Family Day activities run from 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. The 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.
https://www.911memorial.org/
 
 
After School Homework Volunteers
MS54, Booker T. Washington Middle School
 
Date/Time: One day per week for 11 weeks, 3 - 4:30pm
 
Location: MS54 (Booker T. Washington), 103 West 107th Street

Volunteer as a homework coach at MS54 to pass your study skills on to the next generation. You will coach a small team of 6th graders, helping with homework while teaching them how to stick with hard questions, organize their time, and support one another. Expert teachers will supervise and train you as you prepare your team for a lifetime of success. 

Ages: Volunteers must be in 9th grade and above.
 
Time Commitment: One and one-half hours, minimum of one day per week for 11 weeks
 
Contact: Volunteer application is available online.
 
 
Five Boros Bike Tour
Bike New York
 
Date/Time: Sunday, May 5. Shifts are between 5am and 5pm
 
Location: Citywide; all five boroughs

Bike New York empowers New Yorkers to transform their lives and their communities through bicycling. Our vision is to increase ridership, to empower youth to lead healthy, productive lives, to remove barriers to cycling, and to advocate for and expand services to reach more New Yorkers. We need hundreds of volunteers to support the tens of thousands of participants. From handing out bananas to helping a fellow cyclist fix a flat, there's a job for everyone. There are many perks to volunteering with us, such as accruing community service hours and cultivating a meaningful experience plus complimentary breakfast and lunch and a commemorative T-shirt.

Ages: Families with children ages ten and up are welcome to volunteer.

Time Commitment: Five to six hours
 
 
 
Did you know....
April is National Volunteer Month
and April 7-13, 2019 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.

 
 
Foster Animals
Doing Good Together

Date/Time: Varies

Location: Foster a pet in your home. Specific organizations may require visits to their organization.

Open your house to a pet who needs a home. When your community has dogs or cats that need extra love and care (usually because they are very young, sick, or the shelter has limited space), your family can provide a temporary home. Call your local animal shelter to learn about your fostering options. Visit Doing Good Together's Foster Animals page for more ideas and resources.
 
Ages: Families with children of all ages can typically help with foster a pet opportunities.
 
Time Commitment: Will vary depending on organization.
 
Contact: Click here to find your local animal shelters.
https://www.petfinder.com/animal-shelters-and-rescues/search/
 
NEW TO DGT's WEBSITE MENU: GROUP LESSONS
 
Helping the hungry
Just Be Kind


Doing Good Together's Hunger Curriculum deepens a child's understanding of this complex issue, and it makes food drives more meaningful. Our recently released Just Be Kind Club gives parents or youth leaders the training and tools they need to lead their family or a youth group, faith group, troop, or after-school group in a variety of big-hearted lessons and activities. Our newest offering, Beyond Our Neighbors is a free resource that builds empathy in elementary-age children. All of these unique, high-quality offerings can now be found on our website's main menu under the GOOD STUFF tab as Group Lessons: https://www.doinggoodtogether.org/group-lessons. Kindly check out these innovative resources and share them with others.
 

 

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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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