Posts Tagged ‘volunteer opportunities’

Stay Cool This Summer with These Hot Volunteer Opportunities

Friday, June 6th, 2014

DSC_4368So how hot are they?  Check these out:

Getting started as a Catholic Charities volunteer is as easy as one-two-three.

One: Browse our site
Browse our site at any time to search for opportunities.

Two: Attend an orientation.

Three: Sign up for a project you love.

Click here to view our latest volunteer opportunities and find what inspires you!

Want to Volunteer but You’re Tight on Time?

Monday, April 14th, 2014

By Alice Kenny

We have tons of volunteer opportunities you can do from home.

Want to flex your artistic muscles? 

We’re looking for volunteers to create paint-by-numbers style images.  We’ll transfer your images to large canvases and get fellow volunteers to fill in the colors.  When we pull the painted canvases together – voila! – we have beautiful murals that brighten our sites serving folks in need.

How about your hospitality muscles?

We need volunteers to pull together hospitality kits for folks newly arrived in the U.S.. Like hotel welcome kits on steroids, they may include in toothbrushes, soaps and other toiletries, cleaning supplies, subway maps, granola bars and other ingredients you want to pop in to welcome and help folks get their bearing.

Similarly, we’re looking for housewarming gift bags to welcome some of the 440 individuals with mental illness we serve who are moving, many for the first time in their lives, into their own supported housing home.

And here’s an opportunity to bring out your inner Martha Stewart.

Help create We-Care cards to express love, support, and encouragement for those who are struggling.  Add your own personal messages of hope and cheer such as “Welcome to New York!” “Good Luck on Your Interview!” or “Happy Easter!”

 

Join us at Catholic Charities and vol-un-teer; [vol-uhn-teer] VERB: 1. TO PROVIDE HELP 2. TO CREATE HOPE

Lott Seniors Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Catholic Charities Junior Board members partied with seniors at Catholic Charities’ Lott Residence, a home for the elderly in Harlem, in celebration of Mardi Gras.

They danced to a wide range of Bayou beats, feasted on fruit platters, and threw beads while their faces were masqueraded.

“This was a great opportunity for Junior Board members to socialize with our friends at the Lott Residence and spend time with those who are eager to share their stories and listen to ours,” said Catholic Charities Junior Board Member Kellen Dougherty.

“Although our friends at the Lott live in an assisted living facility, the amount of energy and joy that emanates from these residents is incredible, and an inspiration to all of us on the Junior Board.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Lott so we can maintain and strengthen the friendships we have made with so many residents there.”

The event marked one of dozens of volunteer opportunities available this Easter season.

Check them out; Join us and let the good times roll.

Cabin Fever?

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

By Alice Kenny

You gotta be kidding.  Twenty major snow storms since December.  Twice as much snow – 60 inches! – as the year before.  And temperatures dipping yet again into the single digits.

Getting cabin fever?

You betcha.

Well, here at Catholic Charities we have the cure.

With dozens of volunteer opportunities to choose from, we’re certain to have the perfect outlet for you.

So don’t let the weather keep you stuck inside.

How about:

Career Day Presenter

Share your expertise with teens at our annual Career Day on March 13.  Examples of past professional presenters include fire fighters, doctors, accountants, entrepreneurs, college representatives, professors, police officers, dancers, chefs and many more.

Community Outreach Liaison

This volunteer opportunity gets you out big time.  It involves distributing fliers, posters and other outreach material to let folks who live in Bronx Community District 2 — including Parkchester, Longwood, Soundview, Hunts Point, etc.–  know about homeless services available.

Rotating Intake Pantry Manager

You’ll provide support at our food pantries in Washington Heights, the Upper East Side and East Harlem

Corporate Engagement Workshop Presenters

Is your company, team, office or women’s network interested in giving back? Serve as a model/mentor and help us find meaningful jobs for low-income, unemployed women.

Opportunities span from writing resumes to teaching women what it means to “lean in.”

Virtual Database Assistant

Not quite ready to venture out?  Our virtual data base assistants type and compile mailing lists for our new Washington Heights Community Center.

And that’s just for starters.

Click here to find the volunteer opportunity that inspires you.

When a Parking Ticket is a Random Act of Kindness

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Sam Pepper in "Parking Ticket Prank"

By Alice Kenny

It’s Random Act of Kindness Week, February 10 – 16, a time to surprise a loved one or a stranger with unexpected favors and, like kindness, pass them on.

For inspiration, check out “Officer Sam’s” hilarious prank posted on Mashable for some outside-the-box ideas to inspire your random acts of kindness.  As you’ll see, finding a parking ticket tucked in a car’s windshield never felt so good.

Looking for longer term acts of kindness?

Click here to view our latest Catholic Charities volunteer opportunities.

Find out what inspires you!

Searching for Healthy Soul-Food Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Feast?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

By Alice Kenny

That’s what forty seniors learned first-hand  – and you can too — thanks to a volunteer partnership held at Catholic Charities Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Memorial Community Center in Harlem last week.

A guest chef from the local nonprofit organization, Harlem Seeds, demonstrated  how to make quick and yummy  Candy Apple Pie and Roasted Yam Medallions along with this personal favorite among the Brooklyn crowd, Kale with Sundried Tomatoes.

Meanwhile, volunteers from the construction management company, Lend Lease, helped the chef prep, cook and serve the food samples, making sure that each senior brought home their own bag of goodies and recipes.

Lend Lease volunteers also helped man the Catholic Charities Kennedy Center food pantry that provides food to hungry families and gave away bags filled with ingredients and recipes.

Keeping with the spirit of giving, nearly thirty  Lend Lease volunteers helped paint a landscape mural to brighten the yard at Incarnation Children’s Center, a Catholic Charities affiliate and New York City’s only skilled nursing facility that provides specialized care for children and adolescents living with HIV/AIDS.  Read more on the  blog below.

Check out these holiday recipes:

Now, as Thanksgiving approaches, how about volunteering your talents?

Click here to view our latest volunteer opportunities and find what inspires you!

Volunteer for Catholic Charities and Live Longer. Seriously.

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

New research from Carnegie Mellon University shows that older adults who volunteer for at least 200 hours per year decrease their risk of hypertension, or high blood pressure, by 40 percent. The study, published by the American Psychological Association’s Psychology and Aging journal, suggests that volunteer work may be an effective non-pharmaceutical option to help prevent the condition. Hypertension affects an estimated 65 million Americans and is a major contributor to cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S.

So, once again, Catholic Charities is here for you.  When it comes to volunteer opportunities, you name it; we’ve got it.  From coaching a basketball game, to painting a mural, to running the ING NYC Marathon, our cup runneth over with ways you can help.  And ways to extend your life!

Find a volunteer opportunity just right for you.

Teaming Up with Corporate Volunteers, Artist Brightens Lives

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Theresa Flaherty turns on a projector and casts her blueprint onto an 18-square-foot canvas divided into six equal sections  temporarily housed in a Terrance Cardinal Cooke Catholic Center conference room.  After pairing her inspiration with hours of painstaking computer design work, this Catholic Charities volunteer’s creation is ready to roll.

Her creativity provides the essential link between corporate volunteers yearning to brighten the lives of persons in need and locations where some of those served by Catholic Charities live and thrive.

Catholic Charities Beacon of Hope, for example, provides supportive housing and vocational transition programs for persons challenged by mental illness.  While providing much needed services, the sites could benefit from brightening.

Meanwhile, corporate volunteers from the financial services company Deloitte LLP and the media company Viacom offered their help to cheer up these sites.

But their know-how was in business, not in art.

So Catholic Charities Director of Volunteer Services Staci-Jo Bruce advertised for a volunteer mural artist to design paint-by-number-type canvases that corporate volunteer groups could complete.  Voila…Theresa saw the ad posted and signed right up.

“A lot of art out now is about self expression,” Theresa says, as she traces her projected design on to the canvases.  “I want to go someplace else, to give something to the viewer to uplift them.”

Once she finishes her outlines, corporate volunteers can dawn aprons, pick up paint brushes and try their hands in a new line of work.

They have already completed six designs — 36 canvases all told — that now brighten Beacon of Hope locations.

“The unusual coupling of artists with corporate volunteers and persons in need creates a dynamic where everyone wins,” says Damian Buzzerio, who assists with the Catholic Charities volunteer program.

For corporate volunteers, it offers a morale booster where artistic clerks and less artistic bosses swap leadership roles as they take advantage of the opportunity to help those in need.

For Theresa, who earns her living as a book and poster illustrator, volunteering provides a stress reliever that offers an opportunity to create according to her own inspiration.

And for Beacon of Hope residents, the donated art serves as an uplifting reminder that people, many of whom they never meet, care enough to brighten their homes and lives.

“I think art should be where you need it,” Theresa says, “for regular people and not just in galleries.”

Artistic or not, you can make a difference.

Check out our comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities.

Come join us. 

Sign up now.

Join Us at Our New Food Pantry and Help Feed the Hungry

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

We’re opening a new food pantry site at St. Margaret Mary Church on Staten Island this Friday, May 10th, and we’re looking for volunteers.

Tasks can include:

1. Setting up a client choice pantry outside on folding tables. This will require moving cases of food weighing 20-50 lbs.  A hand truck will be available.

2. Greeting the clients of the pantry, providing information and maintaining an orderly flow of people.

3. Breaking down the tables and putting the food away.  This will involve some use of stairs and carrying cases of food.

We will  also be looking for volunteers willing to help at this new site through June. More postings will be made for future dates.

Please share with your friends and sign up to help the hungry.