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New York Initiatives

Food Bank for New York City

Working to end hunger by organizing food, information and support for community survival, empowerment, and dignity. Food Bank For New York City has been working to end food poverty in our five boroughs for 35 years, current;y serving 1.5 million. As the city’s largest hunger-relief organization, we employ a multifaceted approach centered on helping low-income New Yorkers overcome their circumstances and achieve greater independence.

Projects: Prep & serve hot meals for families, restock food pantries & assist guests, help senior citizens, repack donations, plus seasonal opportunities such as tax preparation, farmers market, and holiday events   
Times: Morning, afternoon, & evening shifts​ on weekdays & weekends

Locations: Primarily Harlem & the Bronx

Pajama Program

"We deliver good nights with an intention of providing good days."
Bedtime 
is a vulnerable time for every child, but for millions in America, it is especially sensitive. For these children who don’t know a loving home environment or who live unstable lives in unsafe situations, the treasured bedtime ritual most of us grew up with is unknown. Our goal is to change this part of their day with loving, magical gifts that offer a new reality — and, in the process, change their nights, their days and their lives.
 

 

Project:   Reading Buddy to elementary aged children 
Times: 1-2 reading parties on weekdays at 11a, 1:30p, or 3:30p

Location: Midtown East

Salvation Army Meal Service

The Salvation Army is an international, faith-based charitable organization with a simple mission: to help those in need without discrimination. Volunteers serve a community meal and offer guests an encouraging word or two near Union Square twice a week. 

 

Project: Greet & help guests find a place to sit, serve meals & drinks restaurant style, and assist with clean up
Times: Mondays & Wednesdays 11:15a-1:30p

Location: Near Union Square

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity New York City transforms lives and communities by building and preserving affordable homes with families in need, and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing.  Offering hard-working New Yorkers “a hand up, not a hand out” HFH helps families to build equity, financial stability, and self-reliance through affordable homeownership and financial education.

 

Projects: Construction Work - Help build homes across the 5 boroughs (no experience or personal tools needed), A Brush With Kindness - Refresh public spaces through painting, landscaping, & minor construction, Office Work - Help behind the scenes at HFH Downtown office, ReStore -  Help out at retail store in sales, customer service, pricing, & merchandising. 

Times: Opportunities available depend on season, normally a waitlist for Build Days

Locations: All 5 boroughs

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