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Where to Volunteer with Your Kids in Nassau County, Long Island

Where to Volunteer with Your Kids in Nassau County, Long Island


UPDATED NOVEMBER 2019: Lend a little hand in your community, and make it a family affair! We've put together a guide to some places around Nassau County, Long Island, that need your help, including nonprofit organizations, animal shelters, nursing homes, and many more. Volunteer opportunities are availablefor kids and adults alike at these locations. And remember, big or small, everyone has the power to make a difference!
    
   

Build a Home

Habitat for Humanity of Nassau County, a small affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, recruits volunteers to pitch in building houses (must be 18 or older to use power tools) for families in need. Those younger than 18 can assist by bringing lunches to workers on Thursdays and Saturdays. Enterprising families can also organize fundraising campaigns to raise money needed for building supplies. Sign up to volunteer by clicking here. For more information, call 516-627-6047 or email hello@habitatnassau.org. Walk-ins are not permitted. Volunteers must sign a waiver. 1400 Old Northern Blvd., Roslyn.

Do Something Special

Camp Anchor is a year-round program serving 1,200 children and adults with special needs. The camp is split into a six-week summer program and an October through May program. Volunteers must be 14 or older and help out with the different recreational activities such as the bowling program, a swim class, or a Saturday recreational program. The camp facility is completely outdoors during the summer at the Lido Beach Town Park (630 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach), but for indoor activities the camp rents out the necessary venue and space. For more information on how to volunteer, call 516-431-6946 and ask for Mindy Reyer and Gina Federico, volunteer co-coordinators, or visit here.

Special Olympics New York aims to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-style sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Volunteers can coach athletes, raise money, coordinate events, provide office support, volunteer at one-day events, serve on local program committees, help with sport development, and more. There is a place for volunteers of all ages (kids ages 13-16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian), abilities, and interests. For more information on sports events, contact Tim Flynn at 212-661-4327. For more information on development, contact Alexis Dawson 631-386-8038. For more information on the organization, call 631-254-1465 x4204 or visit online. The Long Island office, which serves both Nassau and Suffolk counties, is located at 560 Broadhollow Road, Suite 106, Melville.



Feed the Hungry

Island Harvest works to end hunger and reduce food waste on Long Island. The organization offers opportunities for all ages to make a difference, including children involved in a school club, scout troop, or youth group. Kids and adults alike can help out at community fairs, food drives, and other special events. Groups can also organize their own “food raisers” or fundraisers with help from Island Harvest. One idea is to run a themed food drive through your group or in your neighborhood, with themes like “sandwich fixings,” or “holiday trimmings.” Sign up for volunteer opportunities here, email volunteersupport@islandharvest.org, or call 631-873-4775.

Spring Clean Your Closet

Donate clothes to the Salvation Army. Enlist your kids in the process of cleaning out their closets before springtime. It can even turn into a fashion show to see what still fits. Take your kids with you when you donate the clothes so they can see the impact of their good efforts. Check with your local Salvation Army Family Store for instructions on donating clothes:

• 462 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont; (800) 728-7825
• 194 Front St., Hempstead; 516-481-7600

Start Your Own Project

DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the United States that helps young people rock causes they care about. Kids ages 12 and older take action all year through Do Something’s campaigns and their own projects (apply here). For more information, call 212-254-2390 or visit dosomething.org.

 


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