Sample Projects and Events
By becoming a strategic partner, you can make a significant impact in the lives of people in need in New York City while providing your employees with a meaningful way to get involved in the community. Below are a few examples of the activities you can participate in with your team.
Holiday Carnival, Ice Cream Social or Cookout
Host a fun Holiday Carnival, Ice Cream Social or Outdoor Cookout for families and youngsters residing in our homeless and domestic violence shelters. Events like these can help reduce stress and deepen relationships between residents. Activities can include games, music, food, face painting, arts and crafts, and a barbecue. (Location: Queens, Manhattan or Brooklyn)
Celebrate Our Veterans
Bring all the fixings for a barbecue or luncheon at one of our veterans residences. Both have an outdoor space with 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. (Location: Manhattan or Bronx)
Painting and Beautification Projects
Hands-on painting or beautification projects are available at many of our locations and indoor projects can be done year-round. These projects enable residents to foster a feeling of connection to the community and a sense of pride in where they live. (Location: Various)
Field Day or Field Trip for At-Risk Youth
Host a Barbecue & Field Day or a Field Trip for youth aged 13-21 to make sure they don't miss out on this typical childhood experience. 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. (Location: Northern New Jersey)
Job Preparation Workshops
Coach adults in our shelters and supportive housing residences through best practices for their job search, including resume help and mock interviews. We're currently developing a way to host these workshops remotely, including tips for video interviews. (Locations: Various)
Birthday parties are a normal, happy part of childhood. Brightening Birthdays™ allows children who are homeless and living in our family and domestic violence shelters to experience the thrill of a party, complete with gifts for the children whose birthdays fall within that month, goody bags, games and cake. (Location: Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn)
Activity Books From the Heart
Help adults and children combat social isolation while staying safe indoors by creating custom activity books to keep them entertained. Have each member of your team contribute items like crossword puzzles, word searches, coloring pages or trivia questions and compile them into one book. We’ll provide you with a list of each child’s interests, so you can include something for everyone.
Share Your Expertise
Leverage the unique talents of your team members by participating in skills-based volunteering. Provide homework help to children at our family shelters. Host a panel of experts from different departments in your company to help youth expand their awareness of career possibilities. Coach adults through best practices for job hunting, including preparing for video interviews.