Monday, November 22, 2010

Week of November 22 - November 29, 2010

We are 3 days away from Thanksgiving Day, menu planning is in full swing, kitchen duties have been assigned and we will soon sit around the dinner table with our families and friends, and give thanks for all our blessings.

Thanksgiving Day is also a time when I think about those that are less fortunate and how important it is to give back. If like me, you too share this sentiment the following is a list of organizations that could use your help on Thanksgiving Day and every day...



The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879, when its neighborhood came to define the term "skid row"; Our children's programs, called Kids With A Promise, serve at-risk youth and began in 1894 by giving the children of recent immigrants the chance to escape the tenements in the summer. Today, The Bowery Mission & Kids With A Promise is a results-oriented organization that is recognized as one of New York City's most effective. Bowery Mission, 227 Bowery between Rivington and Stanton Streets. (212) 674-3456. To Volunteer contact: Matt Krivich (



Citymeals-on-Wheels raises private funds to ensure no homebound elderly New Yorker will ever go a day without food or human company. Last year, our

family of contributors helped us bring over 2.1 million nutritious meals to 17,713 frail aged in every borough of New York City. In addition, over 1,500 volunteers collectively spent 62,000 hours visiting and delivering meals to New York's frail aged. One hundred percent of all public donations go to the preparation and delivery of meals. Citymeals-on-Wheels,355 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017. (212) 687-1234. To volunteer contact:



In New York City, the number of New Yorkers who report difficulty affording needed food has doubled to four million since 2003. Food Bank For New York City works to end hunger and increase access to affordable, nutritious food for low-income New Yorkers through a comprehensive group of programs that combat hunger and its causes. From food distribution and nutrition curricula to free tax assistance and disaster relief, learn about how our programs help New Yorkers in need throughout the five boroughs. Food Bank for New York City, 39 Broadway, 10th Floor, New York, NY

10006. (212)566-7855. To Volunteer contact:



The mission of God's Love We Deliver is to improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. We prepare

and deliver nutritious, high-quality meals to people who, because of their illness, are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves. We also provide illness-specific nutrition education and counseling to our clients, families, care providers and other service organizations. All of our services are provided free of charge without regard to income. God's Love We Deliver, 166 Sixth Ave at Spring St. (212) 294-8100. To check out Neighborhood Meals Distribution Center in your area follow this link: To Volunteer contact: Susan Oher (



New York Cares was founded by a group of friends who wanted to take action against the serious social issues that faced our city in the late 1980s. Finding few options to help, they created their own organization to address the problems from the ground up. New York Cares is now the city's leading volunteer organization, bringing vital volunteer support to

thousands of nonprofit agencies, public schools, and other deserving organizations. Today's volunteers share our founders' vision that we all have a role to play in making our city a better place. There are dozens of programs you can take

part in over Thanksgiving week's from serving meals to running children's art projects. All volunteers are required to go through a one-hour orientation before signing up for a program; the orientations, which can be booked online, take place every Monday through Thursday, until

Tuesday 23rd.

New York Cares, 214 W 29th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves. (212) 228-5000. To Volunteer contact: Conor Carroll (



The Salvation Army is an international, faith-based charitable organization with a simple mission: to help those in need without discrimination. There are overarching themes that run throughout The Salvation Army's faith-based humanitarian efforts in the United States and beyond, such as relief for victims of disasters, alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs, food, and shelter. The programs and services that each country, territory, or division offers differ drastically depending on the populations they serve. For insta

nce, programs in a third-world country might include a medical clinic or midwifery school, whereas a program in an urban region of the United States might attempt to remedy a lack of extracurricular education for youth by starting a basketball program or a music class. To Volunteer contact: Jennifer Groff ( or (212) 337-7324



Bread and Life daily addresses the issues of hunger and poverty in Brooklyn and Queens. Every day, Bread and Life serves over one thousand meals to hungry New Yorkers. We provide these services both at our Lewis Avenue facility and through our unique Mobile Soup Kitchen. For many, the meals that Bread and Life provide are the only meals they

have. Our goal is to combat poverty and help people achieve self-sufficiency, in addition to educating the public and increasing awareness about meals to needy New Yorkers. St. JohnR17;s Bread and Life Program, 795 Lexington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11221. (718) 574-0058.To Volunteer contact: Lavern Spencer ( or (718) 574-0058 ext. 126



YCP's Pantry Program is New York City's largest community-based food pantry and is designed to meet the needs of our families by providing culturally-appropriate and nutritiously-balanced food. Every

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, YCP distributes grocery packages to between 1600 and 1800 families. YCP's Project Dignity is designed to meet other needs of homeless and hungry individuals in our community and consists of a range of services designed to meet the most basic needs of YCP's clients - food, shelter, hygiene, medical services - as well as the larger, more challenging issues they face - long-term housing, health care, benefits and employment. The overall goal of the Program is to serve as a bridge back to health, well-being and self-sufficiency for our homeless and hungry clients. Yorkville Common Pantry, 8 East 109th Street, New York, NY 10029. (917)

720-9700. To Volunteer contact: Gladys Ortiz ( or (917) 720-9710/ Cell: (646) 280-5939


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