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Barnard Reach Out for New Students

Saturday, September 10, 2011 and Sunday, September 11, 2011
Various Sites in New York City
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The Barnard Reach Out Program for New Students ("BRO") is designed to give incoming Barnard students the opportunity to get involved with community service in the New York City area at the beginning of the semester.  We hope that by becoming involved with such opportunities early on, new students will continue to give back to the community throughout their time at Barnard.  BRO consists of a day-long service project either on Saturday, September 10, 2011 or Sunday, September 11, 2011.  Each BRO group will be led by a Barnard faculty member or administrator, a Barnard alumna, and a current Barnard student.  We have secured approximately 150 slots for incoming Barnard College first-year and transfer students to join the program. 

Available projects for the September 2011 BRO program are as follows:

Saturday, September 10th Projects:

City Harvest Greenmarket Team (5:45pm to 7pm) (10 to 12 Volunteers) - Volunteers will visit the Union Square Greenmarket to collect excess food from farmers and load it onto City Harvest trucks, which deliver the food directly to community programs in the five boroughs.

Citymeals-on-Wheels (9:45am to 12pm) (30 Volunteers) - Volunteers will be delivering meals to homebound elderly.  Deliveries will be made on foot within walking distance of the Stanley Isaacs Senior Center.

East River Park Stewardship Day (10am to 2pm) (30 Volunteers) - Volunteers will work with the Lower East Side Ecology Center to do general gardening work, such as weeding, and applying compost and wood chips to improve the East River Park's condition.

Komen Race for the Cure - Race Publicity (12pm to 3pm) (5 to 7 Volunteers) - Volunteers will distribute information (registration cards and advertising flyers) about the 2011 Race for the Cure by canvassing outdoor farmers' markets.

St. Francis Xavier Food Pantry (8:30am to 12pm) (10 Volunteers) - On the second Saturday of every month, over 100 registered families are served at Xavier Mission's customer-choice shopping-style food pantry.  Volunteers will assist with set-up, registration, distribution and clean-up.

Sunday, September 11th Projects:

Cathedral Community Cares Soup Kitchen (Approx. 9am to 2pm) (10-15 Volunteers) - Volunteers are needed to prepare and serve meals, as well as set-up and clean-up of the dining space.

DOROT (30 Volunteers) (10:15am to 1:30pm) (30 Volunteers) - Volunteers will assist with DOROT's 9/11 Day of Service & Rosh Hashanah Package Delivery Program.  Volunteers will break into small groups and deliver packages to and visit with seniors residing in the Upper West Side area of Manhattan.  Students who are interested in volunteering with DOROT during the academic year are highly encouraged to participate in this project.

Komen Race for the Cure - Race Publicity (12pm to 3pm) (5 to 7 Volunteers) - Volunteers will distribute information (registration cards and advertising flyers) about the 2011 Race for the Cure by canvassing outdoor farmers' markets.

Kraft Clothing Pantry (11am to 2pm) (6 to 8 Volunteers) - Volunteers will sort clothing donated to the Kraft Clothing Pantry over the summer season.

St. Francis Xavier All Saints Clothing Room (8:30am to 11:30am) (6 Volunteers) - Through donations from the community, the All Saints Clothing Room provides clean, casual clothing for all sizes, toiletries, and appropriate business wear for interviews and employment to approximately 60 guests each Sunday morning.  This clothing distribution is mainly geared towards men, though some women’s clothing is available.

St. Francis Xavier Welcome Table (Soup Kitchen) (AM Shift) (8:45am to 11:30am) (5 Volunteers): Open every Sunday, a day when most other soup kitchens in NYC are closed, the Welcome Table serves 800-1200 hot meals each week.  The AM shift is meal prep for the 800-1000 meals that the Welcome Table will be serving in the afternoon.  You won’t be cooking or preparing food; instead, you’ll be pouring 800 cups of juice, buttering 800 slices of bread, making 800 fruit cups, etc.

St. Francis Xavier Welcome Table (Soup Kitchen) (PM Shift) (11:45pm to 3:30pm) (5 Volunteers): Open every Sunday, a day when most other soup kitchens in NYC are closed, the Welcome Table serves 800-1200 hot meals each week.  The PM shift is the actual meal service.  Volunteers will be performing tasks such as: putting hot meal items (entrée, bread, juice, coffee, dessert, etc.) on plates and the plates on trays, working at food stations giving out extras—e.g., coffee, bread, water, etc., washing, rinsing, and drying trays, and cleaning the tables and chairs and sweeping the floors at the end of the shift.

BRO participants are required to stop by the Career Development Office (Elliott Hall, 2nd Floor) at one of the following times below to pick up their service project assignments and other materials:

Wednesday, August 31st:  10am to 12pm
Thursday, September 1st:  10am to 12pm
Friday, September 2nd:  10am to 12pm

Projects are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis so sign up now via this online form!   

Please feel free to contact Valerie Chow, Program Director, Internship Program/Civic Engagement, Barnard Career Development at 212-854-2033 or vchow@barnard.edu with any questions regarding this program.