Posts Tagged ‘volunteering’

Turning Tragedy Into Kindness

Friday, December 13th, 2013

To mark the one-year anniversary tomorrow of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, relatives of the young victims said they would light a candle today, Friday, and urged people to honor the victims  by finding ways to give back to their own communities.

Newtown officials asked for privacy as they joined the victims’ families in calling for people to mark the event by performing acts of kindness or volunteering with charities, reports The Christian Science Monitor.

“In this way, we hope that some small measure of good may be returned to the world,” JoAnn Bacon told the news organization.

Ms. Bacon’s 6-year-old daughter, Charlotte, was among the 20 students and six educators shot to death in the school on Dec. 14, 2012. She was reading from a statement released by the families of all 26 victims.

Please join us at Catholic Charities in honoring the victims and their families.

Your involvement can take many different forms:  making a donation, lending your time, and lending your voice to help those in need.

Get In the Spirit of Christmas

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Join Catholic Charities in our commitment to care for the most vulnerable families in New York City and its neighboring communities, by volunteering at our annual Kmart Shopping Day. We help nearly 4,000 individuals by providing them with essential items such as coats, hats, gloves, scarves, sweaters, pajamas, socks, and blankets to help them stay warm throughout the winter season and job training classes, computer literacy classes, food from one of our many food pantries, and school supplies throughout the rest of the seasons.

Join us in shopping for those in need. Items are purchased with previously donated funds.  Additional donations are welcome but not required.
Volunteers needed for all or part of the day.

Date: December 14, 2013
Time: 8 am – 3 pm
Location: Kmart, Astor Place, NYC
 

To volunteer or learn more about the St. Nicholas Project contact:

Ivy Hurwit 
(646) 794-2525
Ivy.Hurwit@archny.org

REMEMBER…This is a year round project – We continue to accept donations all year long to assist New Yorkers in need!

Donate  Volunteer

 

 

Join Our March for Immigration Reform

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

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Join us on October 5th as we team up with folks in more than 100 cities across the country to raise our voices for immigration reform.  We need to let Congress know that we’ll stand for nothing less than immigration reform with a path to citizenship for eleven million undocumented Americans and for the country as a whole.

It is the right thing to do, the smart thing to do, and long overdue. No more delays!

Catholic Charities Executive Director will join other distinguished speakers at this event led by New Yorkers for Real Immigration Reform, a campaign coordinated by the New York Immigration Coalition.

 

Join Us!

When: Saturday, October 5th, 12:00 noon

What: March for Immigrant Dignity and Respect

Where: Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn  

Closest trains:  F to York Street, A/C at High St; 2/3 at Clark St; 2/3/4/5/R at Borough Hall

How about volunteering? 

Just fill out this form to join us as a volunteer on October 5th: www.thenyic.org/volunteeroct5th

We are looking for volunteers to:

  1.  Support day-of logistics. By signing up to volunteer for day-of logistics, you are committing to attending the entire event and supporting support needs.
  2.  Work as a marshal during to the rally and march. As a marshal you are charged with guiding the march, keeping order, and relaying instructions to the advocates at the event and while crossing the Brooklyn Bridge.

By signing up to marshal, you are agreeing to participate in an NYIC marshal training, be present at a training by NYPD on the day of Oct. 5th, and committing to attending the event.

Run the Inside Lane with Team Catholic Charities in the NY ING Marathon

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

By Alice Kenny


It’s National Running Day today — June 5 — and runners are rallying.
  

Just six months since Superstorm Sandy shut down the  2012 ING New York City Marathon and two months since the Boston Marathon bombing, runners are lacing their sneakers and preparing to take to the road.

Join us at Team Catholic Charities to run the 2013 ING New York City Marathon.

There are only a few ways to get into this exclusive event. These include elite runners who qualify based on running time. Lucky ones – just a few percent –  get selected through a lottery. Not-so-lucky ones who qualified but couldn’t run in last year’s canceled race get another try.  Members of New York Road Runners qualify by running nine races and volunteering for one.

And remarkable people qualify by running for charity.

And here’s the great news.  Catholic Charities is an official charity partner.

You can become one of the remarkable people running by qualifying for one of Catholic Charities’ ten elite spots.

Learn more.

Download the application.

Show your support.  Donate now.

Contact us at TeamCathCharitiesNY@archny.org or dial 646-794-2570

Try Out Your Talents; Find the Perfect Volunteer Opportunity Tailored Just for You

Friday, April 5th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Visit our volunteer website  to check out these volunteer opportunities and dozens more.

Take the Catholic Charities Random Acts of Kindness Week Challenge

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Show your spirit for service by performing random acts of kindness and you could be eligible to win a prize!

During Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 11-17), tell us what act of kindness you performed during this week and you will be automatically entered for your chance to win a free gift from Catholic Charities.

Your random act of kindness can be big or small, for a stranger or a friend, or even done anonymously. Join Catholic Charities in providing help and creating hope for the community during Random Acts of Kindness Week and beyond.
Visit us on Facebook to enter the contest!

 

 

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.

Looking to Volunteer? Sandy Survivors Need You

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Catholic Charities is pulling together a team of volunteers this Saturday, January 19, to help with the physical clean up of four Staten Island homes badly destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Tasks include removal of sheet rock & insulation, cleaning behind it and removal of flooring. Transportation will be provided.

Sign up or learn more.

Providing Help and Creating Hope One House at a Time

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Damaged homes by Hurricane Sandy on Patterson Avenue Staten Island NYBy Alice Kenny

Catholic Charities volunteers Jim and Deborah Deats know firsthand of the destruction Sandy caused throughout New York.

While Deborah’s house is on a hill in Concord and escaped undamaged, when she witnessed the devastation across the island, she knew she had to do something. Immediately after the storm, she traveled by car to friends and families to offer help.

Deborah said she drove around “giving hugs, smiles, anything we could, just to tell these people that we’re here for them—that there is hope, that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”

Deborah’s father, Jim Deats, was in Florida at the time of the hurricane, but he drove up as soon as he could to offer help to the community on his native Staten Island. Teaming up with his daughter, he started volunteering with Catholic Charities to clean up houses on the island that had nearly been destroyed in the storm.

Working with Catholic Charities’ Staci Bruce and Damian Buzzerio, along with over 100 generous and devoted volunteers, Jim and Deborah have now cleaned up nine houses. After assessing what work needs to be done, Jim provides instructions for the volunteers, making sure everyone has a specific job. In addition to mucking out the houses, Deborah also visits with the residents and offers emotional support.

“One house at a time, one family at a time, we’ll get through it together,”Deborah said.

To hear more on how Catholic Charities volunteers give hope and strength to people who are rebuilding after Sandy, listen to Deborah and Jim Deats’ conversation with Monsignor Kevin Sullivan on JustLove.

Facts About World Refugee Day

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

“No one wants to become a refugee. No one should have to endure this humiliating and arduous ordeal. Yet, millions do. Even one refugee forced to flee, one refugee forced to return to danger is one too many.” – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on World Refugee Day, when it was first officially marked on June 20, 2001.

  • World Refugee Day, held each year on June 20, was first marked in 2001, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. The annual event is recognized in more than 100 countries, involving government officials, aid workers, celebrities, civilians and the forcibly displaced. Learn more at the UN Refugee Agency.
  • The theme of World Refugee Day 2012 is Refugees have no choice. You do.” It is part of the United Nations “Dilemmas” campaign, which highlights the difficult decisions refugees must make for survival.
  • There are currently 264,574 refugees and 6,285 asylum seekers in the United States, according to UNHCR. Globally, there are 10.5 million “refugees of concern” at the beginning of 2011.
  • Angelina Jolie, appointed Special Envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, has helped promote World Refugee Day
  • In New York, UNHCR will be commemorating World Refugee Day during an evening event at the UN Secretariat Building in Manhattan. The event will launch a photo and text exhibit on the UNHCR publication, “The State of the World’s Refugees.”Learn about World Refugee Day events taking place worldwide.
  • In Washington, D.C., Khaled Hosseini, Afghan-born author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, as well as UNHCR supporter and former refugee, will be involved in several events featuring international artists. Hosseini will introduce a live performance of “No Place Called Home,” written and performed by Kim Schultz. The play tells the story of an American woman who accidentally falls in love with an Iraqi man while interviewing refugees.
  • Looking for more World Refugee Day events throughout the country? Explore the full list of official World Refugee Day 2012 events in the United States.
  • Looking for World Refugee Day events elsewhere in New York State? There are events taking place today in Utica, Syracuse, and Albany.

Top content on refugee services at Catholic Charities:

  • JustLove on SiriusXM: On a special World Refugee Day broadcast, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan speaks with guests who work and volunteer in the field of refugee resettlement and employment.
  • A New, Safer Life. “Manaf Hashim did not know who was threatening to kill him in the note left on the front door of his Baghdad home or in a message left on his cellphone two days later. He suspected he was being targeted because his fiancée, Farah, was Sunni, and he was Shia. He knew only that it was best to heed such warnings…”
  • Burmese Couple Build Life in the Bronx. “Bae Reh and his wife, Moo Pro, were raised on a five-mile-long patch of land they were not permitted to leave, except to gather leaves to fortify the bamboo huts in which they slept. They are refugees from Myanmar whose parents fled to a camp in Thailand to escape a government that drafted citizens at random and forced them to commit atrocities against their own ethnic tribes.
  • On the Road with the Neediest Cases: On the Anniversary of Haiti’s Earthquake. “Jovins told me he feels lucky despite losing half his leg.  The massive earthquake that struck Haiti just over a year ago tore a beam from his home, pinned him down and crushed his leg...”
  • Saving a Refuge, With Help from Our Volunteers. Volunteers help restore St. Rita’s Center for Immigrant and Refugee Services.
  • Learn more about what Catholic Charities does to help refugees and immigrants in New York.