Sponsor an On-Site Project
Project Name: Celebrate Our Veterans
Project Description: Bring all the fixings for a barbecue in our East 119th Street Veterans Residence outdoor space, which includes a basketball hoop and chess tables. In addition to food, you may also bring board games, BINGO and arts and crafts activities to enjoy with our veterans on a summer evening or weekend day.
Project Location: East 119th Veterans Residence, Manhattan
Project Date: A mutually convenient time
Project Budget: $1,000 to $2,000
Project Name: Summer Carnival or Ice Cream Social
Project Description: Host a fun Summer Carnival or Ice Cream Social for youngsters residing in our homeless and domestic violence shelters. Volunteers create a fun and memorable event for these children, transforming a recreation room with festive decorations, playing games, painting faces, sharing pizza and ice cream, and handing out gift bags.
Project Location: 2 sites in the Bronx; 2 sites in Manhattan; 1 site in Queens and 2 in Brooklyn
Project Date: Spring or summer weekend, or summer weekday
Project Budget: $750 - $1,500
Project Name: Family Day Cookout
Project Description: Join the staff of Volunteers of America in hosting a Family Day
Cookout for families affected by domestic violence. Many women who leave violent relationships find moving to a shelter very difficult, and they often lack adequate social skills to build better lives for themselves and their children. This Family Day helps these women and their children to reduce stress levels and deepen relationships with other residents in the shelter. Activities include games, music, food, face painting, arts and crafts, and a barbecue.
Project Location: Queens, Manhattan or Brooklyn
Project Date: Spring or Summer Weekday
Project Budget: $750-$1,000
Project Name: Painting and Beautification Projects
Project Description: Painting or beautification projects are available at many of our locations. Capital improvement projects enable residents to foster a feeling of connection to the community and a sense of pride in where they live.
Project Location: Various locations
Project Date: Spring or Summer Weekday or Weekend
Project Budget: $1,500-$3,000
Project Name: Barbecue & Field Day for At-Risk Youth
Project Description: Host a Barbecue and Field Day for young people aged 13-21, bringing them the joy and laughter that being a kid is all about. The youth who benefit from this program are in transition or crisis and live with us in group homes, short-term emergency shelters, or supportive housing programs for youth aging out of foster care. Field Day activities include a barbecue, softball, volleyball and basketball, contests (jump rope, hula hoop, water balloon toss), and raffles.
Project Location: Merrill Park, Northern New Jersey
Project Date: A weekday in the summer
Project Budget: $1,000-$2,000, for barbecue food, games, prizes
Project Name: Brightening Birthdays
Project Description: Host a birthday party for children living in our homeless and domestic violence shelters to restore normalcy in their lives and ensure that all of our children are celebrated. Five to ten volunteers come to the party for the children with birthdays that fall in that month to paint faces, work on arts and crafts projects, and serve cake and pizza. Prior prep work involves decorating special name badges and crowns for the birthday children.
Project Location: Manhattan
Project Date: Monthly dates available
Project Budget: $700