Street Project has a variety of projects supporting a number of causes led by a dedicated staff of volunteers. Check out the pages for each of the projects we support and feel free to contact project leaders with any questions.
Bingo with Seniors
Street Project is proud to announce a new initiative with Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation to provide their elderly residents, many wheel chair bound, much needed social interaction!
The Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation was recently cited by the Mayor's office for setting the standard in compassionate and quality care for older New Yorkers. Cabrini provides the elderly with the best of two worlds. A modern, up-to-date 240-bed facility and a century-old tradition of compassionate care. This Center offers nursing and rehabilitation care in a home-like environment.
Career Gear provides business clothing, much-needed job retention and advancement coaching to low-income men looking to transition into the workforce. It helps its clients to build on their achievements and continue their upward path after they have completed job training and have a job interview scheduled. Career Gear served 1,310 men in New York and another 3,125 at affiliates around the country in 2010. Street Project volunteers assist Career Gear by sorting through its donations of men's business clothing, helping manage its inventory and preparing the workshop area for sessions. This volunteer event is offered on a quarterly basis - come check out the next event!
Career Gear is also in need of volunteers in various areas including: suiting clients, running coat drives, leading workshops, etc. If you would like to get involved in these areas please visit http://careergear.org/volunteer.htm.
Citymeals-on-Wheels volunteer program provides contact, connection and companionship to Citymeals’ isolated homebound elderly New Yorkers. The heart of the program is the hand-delivery of hot, nutritious meals to homebound seniors. They look forward to these much needed meals and personal visits, which brighten the day. Each weekend, teams and individual volunteers help deliver meals from meal centers. Their routes are short – usually no more than 10 -12 stops – so they have time to stop and speak with our meal recipients along the way. Volunteers must be 18 years or older. Saturdays from 10:00am - 12:30pm. www.citymeals.org.
Dress for Success
Dress for Success helps low-income women make tailored transitions into the workforce by providing interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to more than 45,000 women in over 75 cities each year. Street Project provides volunteers for monthly Clothing Donation Days in Manhattan, where professional clothing is sorted to keep only the best for Dress for Success clients. These are fun and easy events that are a great opportunity to get involved in the NYC community, or just bond with friends. Please check out our calendar for the next event and volunteer! If you represent a group of volunteers seeking a community service event, we can arrange a Dress for Success day for you.
Dress for Success is also in need of experienced, professional women wanting to volunteer on an individual basis for its career mentorship program, job search preparation, mock interviews, and personal shopping. If you are interest, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Harlem Dowling West Side Center (175th St) and Central (125th St) for Children and Family Services is a nonprofit social service agency dedicated to serving and assisting children and their families in times of crisis and distress.
Street Project plans monthly activities for each of the two centers for the children that are both entertaining and educational. These events provide the children an opportunity to explore all that New York City has to offer in a safe and structured environment.
Helping Hands volunteers spend a couple of hours each month helping to refurbish public school buildings in New York City. Volunteers primarily assist with painting work. Each volunteer is usually paired up with a student. This opportunity can be used to set a great example for the budding youth. Being a part of changing a student's learning environment with color can yield positive results beyond your imagination.
Street Project has teamed up with various parks agencies and non profit organizations to provide group-based, ongoing volunteer opportunities and to bring further awareness to parks throughout New York City. Volunteers interested in getting involved in parks can participate in a wide range of activities including painting, planting, clean-up and other ongoing park stewardship. If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact the following project leader(s).
Police Athletic League
Police Athletic League offers monthly Saturday activities for young children (ages 6 to 11) from the Harlem PAL Center. Volunteers participate in outings such as ice skating, bowling, movie and museum trips. Interaction with the children during the outings allows the volunteers to develop friendships and act as mentors.
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine
Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC) is a non-profit food rescue organization based in New York City that provides solutions to prevent excess wholesome cuisine from being wasted. RLC provides services such as food waste consulting, excess food delivery, co-branding services, and tax credit assistance.
Founded on July 3, 2013, Rescuing Leftover Cuisine leverages the experience that the two co-founders have gained over the four years of leading a food rescue at their university. The co-founders, Robert Lee and Louisa Chen were both part of a university organization called Two Birds One Stone, which delivered leftover dining hall food on campus to homeless shelters. The founders have taken this concept ‘off campus’ and now work local restaurants and vendors to collect otherwise discarded food and deliver the collections to local soup kitchens.
To date, RLC has delivered over 10,000 pounds of food in New York City with a negligible delivery cost of just 2 cents a pound making us one of the most efficient systems attempting to end hunger and food waste.
Ronald McDonald House
The Ronald McDonald House provides temporary housing, a “home-away-from-home”, for pediatric cancer patients and their families. The House provides families a supportive and caring environment which encourages and nurtures the development of child-to-child and parent-to-parent support systems. Ronald McDonald House New York is the largest facility of its type in the world.
University Soup Kitchen
Volunteers at the University Soup Kitchen, Street Project's longest running activity, serve meals to men and women of all ages in a respectful "restaurant-style" environment. Soup Kitchen is a great, fun way for busy people to lend a hand to the community while meeting other young professionals in the city. Saturdays from 11:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Urban Adventures works with Manhattan Middle School to provide an educational and recreational outlet to seventh graders. As many as 20-35 students can participate look to the program as an opportunity to explore the city. The group meets one Saturday per month for four to six hours to explore museums, parks, exhibits, zoos, etc. We encourage consistent involvement from volunteers but welcome any and all interest in the program. Please note that while we always cover full admission for the students, volunteers are required to pay their own admission into each event.