Help the Homeless
Grace Episcopal Church helps organize food and shelter for the homeless in our county. Parents and children can volunteer through the church’s Helping Hands program, which provides a hot dinner and overnight shelter for homeless individuals three times a month, December through April. Volunteers can also participate in the Midnight Run program on the second Saturday of each month. To volunteer or get more information, call the church and leave your name at 845-358-1297. 130 First Ave., Nyack.
Living Christ Church provides nondenominational suppers at 5pm each Sunday, year-round. Parents and children ages 12 and older can help with serving and cleanup. Children younger than age 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Please call at the beginning of the week to see if more volunteers are needed on a particular Sunday. Contact Gary Hecht at 914-419-5450. 150 Piermont Ave., South Nyack.
Christ Episcopal Church runs a soup kitchen and thrift shop, each of which accepts volunteers ages 15 and older. The thrift shop welcomes donations of gently used clothes, furniture, and houseware items. Contact Kitty Nash at 845-357-1615 x15. 65 Washington Ave., Suffern.
JCC of Rockland Mitzvah Program is dedicated to the enrichment and continuity of Jewish life and to the preservation and celebration of Jewish heritage. The center’s mission is to strengthen individual awareness and connection to the Jewish community, the state of Israel, and the community at large through recreational, physical, educational, social, and cultural programs. Volunteers are always welcome. The Mitzvah Program is designed for middle school and high school aged kids. For certain other JCC programs certified by the state, you must be 16 to volunteer, and for family event programs you must be 14 in order to volunteer. If you would like to know how you can utilize your skills or outreach passion, contact Emily Shotland, director of teens and Maccabi experience, at email@example.com or Monica Rosenbaum, director of youth and family engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org. 450 W. Nyack Road, West Nyack.
Rockland Jewish Family Service helps organize volunteers to work with the Rhoda Bloom Kosher Food Pantry of Rockland County and various synagogues in the area to provide staples to needy families in the County. Once a month, volunteers prepare bags of non-perishable food to be picked up by the families enrolled in the program. For more information visit their website or call Kathryn Samalin at 845-354-2121.
Walk for a Cause
Head to nymetroparents.com/walks to find fundraising walks in your community. Walking together for a cause can bring your family closer together while supporting a worthy organization. It’s also a great way to get outdoors, exercise, and make new friends. Most charity walks in the New York metro area take place in the spring and fall. Be sure to plan ahead, because the sooner you register, the longer you have to raise money for the cause. Coming up: Give Hope Walk in April, Kids Walk for Kids With Cancer in May, March for Babies in May, Great Strides: Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis in May.
Do Something Great
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 at dosomething.org/campaigns). For more information, call 212-254-2390.
Do Your Kids Volunteer?
See the Rockland County recipients of the 2016 NYMetroParents Caring Kids Awards and read their inspiring stories of community service and volunteer work.