New Volunteer Opportunities!

11 Dec

As the holidays approach and people get into the giving spirit, I’ll be posting new volunteer opportunities that pop up around NYC. Feel free to share these with friends and family who might be interested in helping out a local non-profit, whether it’s just for a day or for a few months!

 

Holiday Help at the Food Bank for NYC

Food Bank procures and distributes food to a network of more than 1,000 community-based member programs citywide, helping to provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. From Meals on Heels on the Upper West to Souper Saturdays in Park Slope, there are tons of ways to help out the Food Bank  this holiday season. Sign up here: http://volunteer.foodbanknyc.org/holidays

 

Mulchfest 2014 with NYRP: Saturday, January 11, 12:00pm–2:00pm

Every year Mulchfest diverts thousands of Christmas trees from landfills and recycles them into wood chips that can be used to protect and nourish trees in our parks, gardens and street tree pits. Help spread fresh Christmas tree chippings to street trees and work on various winter maintenance projects in the Sherman Creek Park.

To register to volunteer or to get more information e-mail volunteer@nyrp.org.

 

Helpline Volunteer/Intern with the National Eating Disorders Association (Long-Term)

Position Summary: Information and Referral Helpline interns will offer information and referrals to callers and answer basic questions regarding body image and eating disorders in a caring and compassionate manner. The intern will be continually challenged to accept continuing advancement in responsibilities on the Helpline as the intern becomes ready. The Helpline intern may also assist with other duties in the National Eating Disorders Association office as needed (i.e. writing letters, assisting with information distribution, etc.). This position is a great learning opportunity and involves a minimum of 15 hours of training.

Primary Responsibilities:

  •   Information and Referral Services

·        Provide positive, respectful and timely responses regarding eating disorder information requests via incoming phone calls, voicemail messages, emails, forums, instant messages, and social media sites under Helpline responsibility.

·        Ensure the distribution of Helpline information and referral material in a timely manner that fits the needs of the individual and is presented in a professional manner.

·        Compose general letters of response for information requests.

·        Develop skills related to database management.

·        Increase knowledge and understanding concerning eating disorders and how to appropriately support those affected by them.

·        When deemed appropriate by Helpline Supervisor, the intern may assist in the training of new Helpline volunteers and interns.

·        Contribute to the association’s mission of eliminating eating disorders and body dissatisfaction.

  • Program and Administrative Duties:

·        Assist Programs Department staff with ongoing educational and outreach projects.

·        Assist with minor administrative tasks as needed.

Required Qualifications:

·        High energy, positive attitude, and enthusiasm.

·        Meticulous attention to detail and strong organizational skills.

·        Excellent communication skills and demonstrated ability to provide quality customer service.

·        Strong computer skills, data and word-processing ability.

·        Must be dependable and self-motivated.

·        Able to work effectively as an individual and as part of a team.

·        Must be able to work in New York office.

Time Frame and Commitment:

·        Completion of 15-20 hour Helpline training taking place during the intern’s scheduled shift.

·        Minimum of 8 hours per week for a minimum of 4 months

·        Participation in one activity taking place outside of the main office.

·        Monthly reflections to be submitted and reviewed with Helpline Supervisor to set continuing advancement objectives.

·        Must be able to work at the NEDA headquarters, in New York City, during Helpline hours.

Contact Erin Brekke, Volunteer Coordinator at ebrekke@nationaleatingdisorders.org to apply.

Education Through Music: Give the Gift of Music

25 Nov

Education through MusicEducation Through Music just announced a new partnership with Grain Audio to support music education in inner-city schools, with a plan of action that looks to the future of arts education in NYC. Just in time for the holidays, the two are teaming up to offer a special gift any music lover would be happy to add to their wishlist: the Grain Audio HANDHeld PWS. For each wireless speaker sold to an ETM supporter, Grain Audio will make a contribution of $68 to Education Through Music; so whenever someone purchases a gift for a loved one (or themselves) they are also giving the gift of music to a child in need!

To order the Grain Audio HANDheld wireless speaker in support of Education Through Music, visit: http://www.grainaudio.com/ETM or http://www.etmonline.org/store (*Only the PWS speakers sold through this page will qualify and count towards the charitable donations*)

In addition to the holiday gift that keeps on giving music, GrainAudio will provide audio equipment support to ETM partner schools and host several special events in 2014 to help raise funds for ETM.  Grain Audio will also provide additional marketing support to help increase ETM’s reach and exposure to new audiences and supporters.

“We are honored to be partnering with ETM. The incredible work they are doing touching children’s lives through music is both inspiring and result oriented,” said Mitch Wenger, President of Grain Audio. “They have a real impact and are truly doing incredible work. Grain Audio is thrilled to be partnering with this amazing organization.”

ABOUT EDUCATION THROUGH MUSIC
Education Through Music (ETM) partners with inner-city schools to provide all students with music as a core subject, and to create school communities that value the arts. ETM’s mission is to promote the use of music in schools as a means of enhancing students’ academic performance and general development. The ETM model currently serves 15,000 students in 28 inner-city schools in New York City, and our model reaches another 5,000 children through the work of our licensed affiliate organization in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit http://www.ETMonline.org.
ABOUT GRAIN AUDIO
Headquartered in New York, Grain Audio was founded by a four-person team with backgrounds in acoustics, design, architecture and marketing, united by their love of music and their desire to hear it the way the artist intended. Recognizing its obligation to users to give back via social and environmental initiatives, Grain Audio employs eco-friendly practices and materials (including FSC-certified wood) that minimize the company’s carbon footprint.

Listen v. Lock-Up: Unheard Stories From Teens in Trouble

15 Nov
LISTEN V. LOCK-UP:
UNHEARD STORIES FROM TEENS IN TROUBLE
One Night Only – December 4, 2013

THEATRICAL STAGING OF THE WORK OF YC WRITERS
With Commentary by
The Central Park Five Filmmaker Sarah Burns and
YC Alum Raymond Santana, One of the Central Park Five

Event to Take Place at Morgan Stanley, to Benefit Youth Communication

On Wednesday, December 4, 2013, Youth Communication (YC), the award-winning nonprofit publisher and advocate of reading and writing, will present Listen v. Lock-Up: Unheard Stories from Teens in Trouble.
This unique and powerful one-night-only theatrical event features the voices of one of New York City’s most marginalized groups: teens who have been through the justice system. The performance will take place at Morgan Stanley and will benefit Youth Communication’s literacy and youth development programs.
The production will intertwine dramatic performances of true teen stories by YC writers, with clips from the Ken Burns film The Central Park Five, which re-examines the Central Park jogger case and the five teenagers whose convictions for the crime were later overturned. After the performance, filmmaker Sarah Burns will talk with Raymond Santana, one of the falsely convicted teens and a Youth Communication alum. Mr. Santana participated in a Youth Communication writing workshop while he was confined at the Spofford Juvenile Detention Center.
Joining the conversation will be Marlo, a Youth Communication writer now in his second year of college, and Shawn Welcome, who faced similar challenges but evaded the law and eventually rose from high school dropout to high school principal. They will talk about the city’s justice system, the consequences of being unheard, and how government and society can better support teens in trouble.

“My childhood revolved around disappointment. Disappointment that my mother was dead, and that anytime I asked my father for anything the answer was, ‘I don’t have it’ — not even a subway card. I stole because I wanted things, but also because I was angry.”
Marlo, the young man who wrote these words, was arrested three times and served four months at Rikers Island. Unfortunately, his story is not unique. On any given day in 2012, roughly 1,000 teens in New York City were behind bars. Almost 800 of them were 16 to 18-year-olds in the adult prison system. What had they been through? How did they get there? How can we help these kids do better?

The production of Listen v. Lock-Up: Unheard Stories from Teens in Trouble is adapted and directed by Francisco Solorzano, artistic director of The Barefoot Theatre Company.

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YOUTH COMMUNICATION was founded in 1980, by MacArthur “genius” grantee Keith Hefner. Its mission is to help marginalized youth strengthen the social, emotional, and literacy skills they need to succeed in school, work, and life. Youth Communication publishes high-quality, teen-written stories that facilitate engagement and learning.
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EVENT DETAILS
Name: Listen v. Lock-Up: Unheard Stories From Teens in Trouble
Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Morgan Stanley, 1585 Broadway (at 47th Street), New York, NY 10036

To purchase tickets: visit www.youthcomm.org or contact Sandra Toussaint-Burgher, Development Director at (212) 279-0708 ext. 114 or SToussaint@youthcomm.org

 

Dine Out for a Cause: Bread & Life’s “Feed the Need”

24 Oct

Feed the Need: Dine Out for Bread and Life! is a dine out event that will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2013.  The event will benefit St. John’s Bread and Life, Brooklyn’s largest provider of emergency food.  100% of the funds raised will be used to purchase food for our hungry neighbors! This also happens to be National Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.

1 in 5 adult New Yorkers – and 1 in 4 children — relies on food pantries and soup kitchens to meet their food needs. To respond to this need, Bread and Life needs the help of the entire food community.   Bread and Life serves more than 1,000,000 meals annually to our Brooklyn and Queens neighbors who would otherwise go hungry. We are asking restaurants, food purveyors, patrons and the entire food community to join us in combatting hunger in our neighborhoods! 

Be part of the solution and support a great local cause!

 

Participating Restaurants:

                  

    

    

 

 

About Bread and Life: Bread & Life is a 501c3 organization whose mission it is to feed those most vulnerable. This program began 31 years ago in direct response to the cuts in the federal budget for food aid, cuts which forced tens of thousands of New Yorkers to find a new way of providing meals for their families. Before these cuts, there were just sixteen emergency food agencies in New York City. After the cuts they mushroomed to more than 1,600.

Sunday Night Soul

5 Sep

EXPVOL

Unless you’ve been living under a rock in Midtown, you’ve heard of SoulCycle: the extremely intense yet gratifying workout that features energy-infused music sets, inspiring instructors, and a whole lot of peddling. Whether you’re already a SoulCycle fanatic or looking to finally get on a bike and see what all the fuss it about, this is the perfect opportunity for you:  Join me on September 15th at a charity ride to benefit God’s Love We Deliver.

Friends and supporters of God’s Love We Deliver will get together for 45 minutes of fun, love and sweat! Hosted by God’s Love at SoulCycle in SoHo, 100% of the event proceeds will benefit the God’s Love We Deliver Expansion Campaign!

And that’s not all: Miss USA Erin Brady and Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf will be joining in the evening’s bike ride so buy a bike and you can ride alongside them!

Bikes can be reserved at a number of tiered levels and there’s only 53 available, so grab yours before they’re all gone. Tickets can be purchased on the GLWD website.

For any questions or concerns regarding Sunday Night Soul for God’s Love, please contact Nick at 917-280-5778 or McKenzie at 202-679-5544.

logoGod’s Love We Deliver is the tri-state area’s leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. 

God’s Love We Deliver is a non-sectarian organization, providing meals with the strong belief of “food as medicine.”  To that end, we employ a team of registered dietitians who individually tailor meals to each client’s specific medical requirements.  God’s Love provides all services by employing a small but dedicated professional staff and with the critical assistance of nearly 8,000 volunteers annually.

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