Posts Tagged ‘volunteer opportunities’

Enter Our Random Act of Kindness Competition — Win a Surprise Gift.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Did you smile at a stranger today? Buy flowers for a friend? Help a child with homework?

Tell us about your random act of kindness and you could win a free gift from Catholic Charities.

It’s Random Act of Kindness Week. Let’s Celebrate.

Monday, February 11th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

You’re Invited:

What: Random Act of Kindness week 
Uh…What? Just like it sounds: Surprise someone with kindness – this week or every week.
When: February 11-17
Why: Why not!
How:

  • Read to a Child
  • Visit someone sick
  • Help coach a youth sports team
  • Collect canned food for a food bank
  • Mentor an at-risk teen
  • Tutor English
  • Teach seniors to quilt
  •  Help Sandy survivors

And that’s just for starters. Catholic Charities offers dozens of volunteer opportunities for your random – or ongoing – acts of kindness.

Simply type in a key word such as “children” or “marathon” and your zip code.

Ready to start volunteering right away?
Visit Getting Started to learn your next steps.

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Martin Luther King Day, celebrated this year on January 21, is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.” It is a part of United We Serve, the President’s national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

  • If you are in need of volunteers for this day and would like assistance recruiting, please email:
    staci-jo.bruce@ccvolunteer.org
  • Check out Catholic Charities volunteer website for volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

Presidential Inaugural Committee National Day of Service

Monday, January 14th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

With the goal of creating a tradition, President Barack Obama  and others are participating in National Day of Service on January 19.

  • To have your volunteer opportunity posted on the Presidential Inaugural Volunteer website2013pic.org,  please email
    staci-jo.bruce@ccvolunteer.org for more information.
  • Check out Catholic Charities volunteer website for volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

Hurricane Sandy Volunteer Roundup

Monday, December 17th, 2012

By Alice Kenny

During this busy and blessed holiday season we want to express our gratitude for taking time out to help Hurricane Sandy survivors.

A big thank you to all who signed up with Catholic Charities to volunteer with hurricane recovery efforts:

  • 500 people already signed up to help
  • 190 volunteers are recorded, active volunteers
  • 15 different volunteer opportunities are currently available.
    Check them out.

Looking for ways to help but have limited time?  Catholic Charities’ Volunteer Coordinator pulled together this list of items in demand:

  • Power Washer
  •  Masks
  • Flashlights
  • Sheet rock
  •  Joint Tape
  • Joint Compound
  • Insulation
  • Home Depot gift cards

For drop-off locations, contact us at cccontactus@archny.org.

Join our team.

  •  Visit our volunteer website. Your time can make all the difference for your neighbors in need.
  • Text SANDY to 85944 to make a one-time $10 donation.

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Your Time

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

By Chelsee Pengal

With Thanksgiving upon us and Christmas arriving soon, many people’s thoughts turn to giving. While there are countless material items available for purchase, one present that lasts long after the holidays is the gift of your time. Catholic Charities has multiple volunteer opportunities that allow you to dedicate your talents to helping needy New Yorkers.

Some of the ways you can get involved include:

To sign up for these and many other volunteering options, visit our volunteer website. Your time can make all the difference for your neighbors in need this holiday season.

Deloitte Volunteers Make a Big IMPACT at Catholic Charities

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Deloitte IMPACT Day 2012 volunteers with artwork created for Beacon of Hope House.

On Friday June 8, Deloitte employees volunteered for a variety of Catholic Charities programs and agencies as part of Deloitte 2012 IMPACT Day — an annual organization-wide event where Deloitte employees celebrate the beginning of their new fiscal year by giving back to the community and the nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to service all year long.

At the Catholic Charities Washington Heights Ecumenical Food Pantry, volunteers distributed fresh produce along with new vegetable steamers to individuals from the Washington Heights/Inwood communities. The focus of this project was not only to feed the hungry, but also to provide the necessary tools for food pantry clients to prepare healthy meals for their families.

During a morning address to volunteers, Jeanne McGettigan, Catholic Charities Community Services Director of Emergency Food Services, explained the importance of healthy eating for families living in a neighborhood with a proliferation of  cheap, deep-fried food and a scarcity of fresh produce markets.

“While we work in providing food to the community, we consider ourselves public health workers,” McGettigan said.

McGettigan discussed how statistics consistently reveal that harmful health issues stemming from deficient nutrition plague low-income areas, making this project particularly important to the community.

Deloitte volunteers spent the morning preparing vegetables and learning how  many New Yorkers have come to depend on the pantry in these difficult economic times. As volunteers quickly washed and chopped broccoli, carrots, red peppers and fresh greens, a line of clients formed outside the pantry.

By lunch time, the room was transformed into a health-themed showroom. On one side of the room, bilingual volunteers individually showed clients how to use their new steamers. On the other side, a row of freshly steamed vegetables awaited clients as volunteers served them plates with various homemade dipping sauces to sample.

“The idea of giving back is always good, but our work is especially meaningful today, since we are helping people prepare healthy food and contributing to good nutrition,” said Deloitte volunteer Yohan Bobcombe.

In addition to volunteering at the Washington Heights Ecumenical Food Pantry, Deloitte volunteers also gave back at the following locations:

At Grace Institute, a Catholic Charities affiliated agency that provides tuition-free, practical job training for underserved New York area women, Deloitte IMPACT Day volunteers helped students prepare for upcoming job interviews by giving mock job interviews and assisting students with interviewing skills. View pictures of Deloitte IMPACT Day volunteers working with Grace Institute students.

At the Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Center, Catholic Charities’ thriving community center located in the heart of Harlem, volunteers helped the center prepare for an upcoming open house by refreshing the building and helping it look clean and new.  The IMPACT Day team painted hallways and the exterior of the building, and also painted the outside of the “white building”, which used to serve as a coventry for women religious. View pictures of Deloitte IMPACT Day and see how volunteers dramatically refreshed the appearance of our Kennedy Center.

Another Deloitte IMPACT Day team created beautiful artwork to help improve the emotional well being and quality of life for clients of Beacon of Hope House, which operates residences and a day program for the mentally challenged in Staten Island and the Bronx. Volunteers helped paint multiple canvas paintings to be displayed in four Beacon of Hope House locations. View pictures of Deloitte IMPACT Day volunteers and the art they created for Beacon of Hope House.