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Concern’s Annual Spring Run Needs Volunteers!

26 Mar
2013

Concern Worldwide US, an international humanitarian agency committed to fighting extreme poverty around the world, needs over 200 volunteers to organize and help execute its annual SPRING RUN fundraising event. This 4 mile run/walk through Central Park will take place on Saturday, April 13th, at 9:30AM. All of the proceeds from the Spring Run will support Concern’s programs fighting extreme poverty in the 25 poorest countries in the world.

Each year, in preparation for the event, Concern relies on volunteers for a variety of promotional tasks, namely helping distribute posters and brochures to local businesses to spread awareness of the event. On the day of the run volunteers will also help in the setup and execution of the day’s events. Both individual volunteers and groups are welcome, but groups are preferred.

For information on how you can get involved, please write them at events.usa@concern.net or visit www.concernusa.org/springrun . You can also visit www.concernusa.org to learn more about the organization. It’s a great day outside and a wonderful way to give back! 

Mae’s Breath 1st Anniversary (Volunteers Needed)

7 Feb
2013

On March 5th, Mae’s Breath Foundation & Fashion Emerge will host the one year anniversary of the newly formed Mae’s Breath Foundation, which began in memory of Brooklyn resident Eartha Mae Lawson, who lost her brief battle with lung cancer in 2010. The evening festivities will include showcasing MBF’s on-line support group, as well as an introduction of the creative arts series which will promote lung cancer awareness.

Mae’s Breath is currently seeking volunteers to assist at this event and help ensure that it runs smoothly. Volunteers will be asked to greet guests and press, distribute giftbags, and assist with model preparation before the showcase begins. If you’re interested in helping, please contact Yolanda at lcproject2010@yahoo.com

MB Flyer

Hurricane Sandy Recovery: Weekend of November 17/18th Volunteer Opportunities

16 Nov
2012

Below are some volunteer opportunities for the weekend of November 17th & 18th, relating to Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts:

– Volunteer in Coney Island at “Relief Village” at MCU Park: http://coneyrecovers.org/volunteer

– Volunteers needed in Red Hook, who still has residents without power, heat, and/or hot water. For opportunities, email volunteers@rhicenter.org and visit the Red Hook Recovers website: https://redhook.recovers.org/

– From the office of Councilman Vincent Gentile: “Here is some information about a few of the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts that the City Council will be helping out with as we head into the weekend. We appreciate your past help and hope you can join us! Activities vary from day to day, but folks should expect to get dirty and wet. Also, volunteers are responsible for bringing their own lunch with them. Please RSVP to SandyRelief@council.nyc.gov with your name, email and cell number and which day that you would like to join us.

Saturday, November 17th & Sunday, November 18th Buses will be leaving Saturday (Nov. 17th) and Sunday (Nov. 18th) morning at 10 am from 250 Broadway (between Murray St. and Park Place in Lower Manhattan) across from City Hall. These buses will be going to hard-hit areas in Brooklyn, Queens and/or Staten Island to do a variety of work, including clean-up/out, resident canvassing, food/water distribution, and small business assistance. Many of the communities in these hard-hit areas need cleaning supplies, mops, brooms, masks, gloves, bleach, bags and work clothes, so if you’d like to bring any of these items with you to donate, please do.

Please look for the Gray Line New York double-decker buses with Sandy Relief signs in the window when you arrive at 250 Broadway. All volunteers must be 18 years or older. We’ll try to get folks back to Manhattan as close to 5-5:30 pm as possible.”

– Distribute warming supplies in the Rockaways (cars needed) on November 17th. RSVP HERE: http://www.warmingrockaways.com/

– For people who are able to give 3-4 days per week, or extended time on weekends, check out Occupy Sandy’s list of ideal volunteers needed, including photographers, tool wranglers, dispatchers, field support and more: http://interoccupy.net/occupysandy/2012/11/15/seeking-to-fill-multiple-roles-in-clean-up-effort/

-NYC Service has many opportunities for volunteers in all 5 boroughs. Sign up here: http://www.nycservice.org

-Join New Jersey Occupy Sandy for Recovery efforts by signing up here: http://interoccupy.net/occupysandynj/volunteer/

Coney Island Volunteer Day

9 Nov
2012

Update 11.8.2012: From the office of Domenic Recchia, coneyislandrecovers.org :

This Saturday, November 10, we are calling for volunteers to come to Coney Island.  Tasks will include storm damage clean up, distribution of supplies to storm victims, and outreach to affected residents and businesses.  If you’re interested in volunteering, please fill out this brief sign-up form.

The day will begin at 9 am.  Please come to Tom’s Restaurant, located on the Boardwalk at the end of Stillwell Avenue (one block from the Coney Island-Stillwell Ave subway terminal), to sign in and get your volunteer assignment.  Can’t wait to see you there, and thanks!

If you plan on volunteering, we suggest that you:

  • Dress warmly, wear sturdy footwear or boots, and bring work gloves.
  • If you can, bring your own flashlight (with extra batteries); a backpack; clean up tools such as a shovel, outdoor broom, contractor bags, etc; and snacks & water for yourself for the day.

Donation requests for distribution to residents:

  • School supplies
  • Blankets
  • Canned or nonperishable goods
  • Individually wrapped sandwiches
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Toilet paper
  • Heavy duty contractor trash bags

Please note that bathroom access on site will be very limited.  Check MTA’s website for the easiest route to get there.

Hurricane Sandy Volunteer Project: Help Manhattan Youth Rebuild

7 Nov

Manhattan Youth, located in Downtown Manhattan, has been helping children, families, adults and seniors for 26 years. Their Downtown Community Center, the heart and nerve center of Manhattan Youth, suffered catastrophic flood damage during Hurricane Sandy. Twenty feet of salt water had to be pumped out of their Arts and Activity level, which also houses their boilers, pumps and pool equipment. The space is now being gutted to prepare for rebuilding.

The pool level and street level also have a lot of damage and will require some demolition and rebuilding of floors and walls, plus the ceiling on the pool deck. Preliminary rebuilding estimates range from an optimistic $1.3 million to $2.5 million or more.

How you Can Help

Volunteer: Join their bucket brigade on Sunday, November 11th, as they pass trash up the stairs. They have to clean out activity rooms, computer rooms, sheetrock walls, art rooms and more before rebuilding. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and able to lift 35 pounds. Bring gloves, a hat, appropriate shoes or boots and old clothes – it is dirty. They’ll provide dust masks. If you plan to attend please be on time for coordination purposes. RSVP on EVENTBRITE BY CLICKING HERE.

Donate: Rebuilding costs are estimated in the millions. Please help by donating through PayPal.