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Helping for the Holidays

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‘Tis the season to give back. Here’s where you can lend a helping hand to families in need during the 2017 holiday season.

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. Did you know that the University offers paid time off for volunteering, both for full-time and part-time employees? With the success of #GivingTuesday, we’re hoping carry that 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 for faculty and staff 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 in an individual capacity.

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. Volunteer or donate today!

New York Cares/Holiday Coat Drive: New York Cares runs volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, agencies, and public schools across the city. They also run a holiday coat drive where you can donate to someone in need.

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 supply 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!