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It’s My Park Day – May 18

16 May

It’s My Park Day, presented by Partnership for Parks, will take place on Saturday, May 18th.  Throughout the city, New Yorkers will be chipping in to clean up and help maintain their parks and playgrounds across all five boroughs. Partnerships for Parks invites dedicated community groups to organize It’s My Park Day volunteer projects and free cultural events in their neighborhood parks. Volunteer activities range from horticulture to painting projects, along with a variety of free events, including kayaking, dance performance, and much, much more!

Below are some links to help you find a park near you-strap on those boots and get ready to get dirty!


NYC Parks and Recreation Department

Partnership for Parks




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

16 Nov

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/

King Day of Service

16 Jan

“Life’s most urgent question is:

what are you doing for others?”

Martin Luther King, Jr

This Monday marks the 15th Annual King Day of Service; a day in which citizens are challenged to transform Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community service that helps solve social problems. By participating in service projects that empower individuals or strengthen communities, people will work together towards a common goal of doing good,  which not only serves others, but helps to exemplify the values that Dr. King preached: we are all equal, and we can all work together to make things right for ourselves.

So this Monday, get out there and serve! Here are some organizations who are doing something extra on King Day-and some links to help you get involved:

-New York City Coalition Against Hunger will sponsor their Seventh Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Anti-Hunger “Serve-a-Thon” event which is a three-day event featuring volunteer events at New York City’s food pantries and soup kitchens. If you miss out this weekend, check out their Hunger Maps, where you can search and find food pantries and soup kitchens in your area to volunteer at year round!

– The Met Council needs volunteers to help build a greenhouse for one of their low-income senior residences. You’ll be asked to help build shelves, plant flowers and vegetables. Find contact information (and more opportunities) on the NYC Service Website.

Children for Children, a NY organization founded by parents to foster community involvement and social responsibility in young people, is hosting two free events for kids and teens this Monday in Manhattan. Take your kids to Martin Luther King Jr. High School or PS 57  to participate in a day of service and activities from 10m-2pm. To learn more about attending the Eighth Annual Grow Involved, contact Abby Huber at 212.850.4170 or by email at abby@childrenforchildren.org; for more details click here.

-Head to the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan on the 18th. You can help JCC staff and local residents make welcome kits for hospitalized kids, prepare meals for the homeless, and participate in other community service activities in and around the building. To register, you can contact Judy Gross at 646.505.4450.

-iMentor : Become a mentor! There are kids and teens in this city who don’t have proper role models to guide them through school and show them that someone cares. With iMentor,  an NYC-focused online mentoring program, you can correspond weekly by email with your mentee and meet them in-person at events throughout the year. (January is National Mentoring Month!)

I may be missing some things, but Time Out New York is here to fill in my blanks! Check out their weekend recap for what you can do this Monday to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Volunteer your time, donate blood, or simply attend an event where you can learn about a great man and the legacy he left behind.

Other interesting reads about the day:

Trinity Conference Center

USA Today

MLK Day of Service website