Organize a Drive

  • Safe & Sound Mom and Baby Welcome Kits

    Families entering our domestic violence shelters, at times, arrive with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Hold a drive to collect essentials for the babies in these families or for those soon to be born; items needed include receiving blankets, onesies, bottles, pacifiers, socks, bibs, wash cloths, baby lotion, diapers, wipes, and formula. (Year round)

  • Kitchen Housewarming Package for Veterans

    Raise funds to purchase housewarming gifts for formerly homeless veterans who are about to move into apartments of their own. For most of these men and women, this is their first permanent home in a long time, and they are starting from scratch. A Kitchen Welcome Package may include pots and pans, a set of dishes, silverware and utensils, and some condiments, and pantry staples. (Year round)

  • Book Drive

    Libraries in several of our residences have recently been refurbished but many of the books and magazines on the shelves are outdated and in poor condition. Hold a book or magazine drive in your office to replenish the contents in these libraries so that our clients are up-to-date with current events and able to enjoy today's bestsellers. (Year round)

  • “A Room of One's Own" Welcome Package

    Help give a fresh start to foster children entering one of our group homes in Northern New Jersey. by raising funds with which we can purchase new bed linens, a comforter, pillow and a set of pajamas for each child. They can then take these cherished possessions with them when they transition to their first independent homes. (Year round)

  • Back to Basics Kit

    Hold a drive to collect basic items needed by residents in all of our facilities, including  soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant and moisturizer. (Please - no razors or mouthwash.) For the men at our shelter on Wards Island, we always need new socks and underwear. For the children at our Bronx Early Learning Center, we need pull-up diapers, as most of the children are not potty trained when they enter the program. (Year round)

  • Early Learning Starter Backpack

    Many of the preschoolers at our Early Learning Center in the South Bronx live in poverty and don't have a single book in their home. You can help these children start strong – and actively engage their families in the learning process – by giving them a backpack to take home filled with a “starter library" as well as watercolors, crayons and a drawing pad or coloring book. The backpacks also include a composition notebook in which teachers write daily notes home to parents, wipes, a sippy cup, and a durable snack food container so that the children can bring to school foods that are comforting to them. (June or July)

  • Halloween Heroes Costume Drive

    Initiatives like Operation Backpack® and Brightening Birthdays™ exist to help normalize the lives of children in our shelters. So, what's Halloween without costumes? Halloween Heroes Costume Drive is a new initiative that helps children in our homeless and domestic violence shelters experience the excitement of the Halloween season. (September-October)

  • Valentines for Veterans

    Show our veterans you care this Valentine's Day by donating new gloves, hats or scarves, and making or purchasing cards with heartfelt messages of support and encouragement. Organize a drive to collect items at your office, or among family and friends. Learn more about participating in Valentines for Veterans. (January-February)

Email us at volunteers@voa-gny.org to learn how you can participate.