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Spread Holiday Cheer—Volunteer!

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Tis the season for giving! Check out the following volunteering opportunities, both in New York City and Westchester.

The holiday season is officially here, which means it’s officially time to ramp up the generosity. Pace prides itself on a commitment to giving, and with the success of #GivingTuesday, we’re hoping carry the altruistic momentum through the New Year. Remember, every donation or time spent volunteering makes a difference!

The Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR) at Dyson College provides community service and civic engagement opportunities, which are open to all Pace students, faculty, and staff. In addition to a year-round calendar of events both on- and off-campus, the CCAR can work with your department or division on a volunteering project.

In addition, we’ve provided a short list of holiday volunteering opportunities students that will help you work toward goodness as we close out the year.

New York City

New York Common Pantry: The largest community-based food pantry in NYC, the New York Common Pantry enables participants to choose culturally appropriate and well-balanced food packages. Volunteers can help at various programs as groups or individuals.

The Food Bank of New York City: This well-established food bank has hundreds of opportunities through the holiday season for you to help provide food to your fellow New Yorkers. For volunteering and donation options, click here.

New York Cares/Holiday Coat Drive: New York Cares runs volunteer programs for 1,300 non-profits, agencies, and public schools across the city. They also run a holiday coat drive.

Pajama Program: The Pajama Program provides new pajamas and books to children all over the country, many of whom are waiting to be adopted and live in temporary housing facilities. Volunteers participate in reading sessions and pajama presentations, located within walking distance from Grand Central Station.


Volunteer New York: A one-stop resource devoted to increasing volunteerism and community engagement in the greater Westchester area, the core mission of Volunteer New York is to inspire, mobilize, and equip individuals to strengthen the quality of life in our collective community.

Hillside Food Outreach: To donate a holiday meal to an individual or family in need, look to Hillside Outreach, which has been providing food and supplies to underprivileged individuals since 1993. Make a donation today.

Pleasantville Cottage School: The mission of the Pleasantville Cottage School is to help meet the child welfare and mental health needs of children and their families in the New York metropolitan area. Volunteer opportunities range from tutoring, mentoring, companionship, the “lunch ladies” program, and many more.

Rockefeller State Park Preserve: Rockefeller State Park Preserve is always seeking volunteers for help with charity events, beautification maintenance, and educational programs. Fill out a volunteer application and get started!

Can’t commit your time to volunteering right now? How about writing a card or letter to a sick child or soldier? It only takes a few minutes of your time.

For additional volunteer opportunities and information, visit the CCAR website.