The holiday season is officially underway and unfortunately for many New Yorkers, this time is filled with unfortunate hardship. There are a number of charities in the city that are giving to the less fortunate by organizing donation drives and setting up volunteer groups for shelters. There are many ways to support those in need and we’ve put together a list of charities that are in New York City.
New York City Cares
Send out Winter Wishes to children and families in need during the holiday season. If you are interested in fulfilling a Winter Wish, choose from the online wish lists community partners: Good Shepherd Services, Episcopal Social Services and Senior Wishes for Residents at 175 Eldridge.
Salvation Army Greater New York Division
The Salvation Army Greater New York Division serves the neediest communities in 14 counties – including all the boroughs of New York City, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Current volunteer opportunities include: Soup Kitchen, Toy Shop, Clerical work and Bell Ringer. Online donations can be made on the Salvation Army website. During Christmas The traditional red kettle plays an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless.
Food Bank For New York City
This food-distribution program helps feed more than 1.5 million people per year citywide. You can volunteer at local soup kitchens or assist in collecting non perishables collected from food drives. Volunteer applications for the Food Bank.
This year the Food Bank For New York City is asking their supporters to Go Orange, the color of hunger awareness, and help them to Fill a Plate for the 3 million New Yorkers who struggle to afford food.
Citymeals-on-Wheels provides a continuous lifeline of nutritious food and human company to home-bound elderly New Yorkers in need, helping them to live in their own homes and communities. There are many different holiday volunteer opportunities at Citymeals that suit all types of schedules and interests. You can hand-deliver meals, make social visits or answer letters as a individual or corporate group.
God’s Love We Deliver
The Holidays at God’s Love is their busiest and biggest days of the year. With the help of over 700 volunteers, they prepare and deliver meals to those in need. They are looking for volunteers to assist in their kitchen’s to prepare food and people that can help package and deliver to those in need. Their Winter Feast holiday celebration is being held this year on Saturday, December 24th. If you would like to volunteer, you can fill out a form here.