Our Food Pantry in Forest Hills is open and supplying food for our community. Volunteers can help Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. We need help stocking shelves, preparing individual packages, and distributing packages to those in need. Please complete the volunteer application or if you are already a registered volunteer you can sign up for a specific day through our volunteer portal. Please direct any questions to Amy at [email protected]
As an extension of our Food Pantry during COVID-19, we are delivering individual packages of groceries and meals to homebound seniors and immunocompromised individuals. Deliveries are made on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. We ask volunteers who have access to a vehicle to help as needed. Please email Amy at [email protected] if you would like to help!
All food items must be: Non-Perishable, Kosher, New, and Unexpired
Item Examples: Pasta, Rice, Beans, Cereal, Shelf-stable beverages, Canned Items
Bring donations to our Food Pantry locations for curbside and contact-free drop-off Monday through Thursday, between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm at:
Forest Hills: 108-13 67th Road, Forest Hills, NY 11375 (718-268-5011 x433)
Little Neck: 58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, NY 11362 (718-225-6750 x345)
Messages of Gratitude
Tell our seniors how appreciated they are during this time. Write an uplifting letter or draw a picture, and send to Amy at [email protected] or mail to Judy Vladimir at Commonpoint Queens Sam Field Center (58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, NY 11362). We look forward to sharing these messages of gratitude with seniors in our community!
Garden of Gratitude
Collect small rocks from your yard and paint or decorate them with a message of gratitude. Add your decorated rock to our Garden of Gratitude in front of our Forest Hills Food Pantry 108-13 67th Road, Forest Hills, NY 11375.
Volunteer Your Garden
In support of our Food Pantry during COVID-19, we will have vegetable seedlings available free of charge to anyone willing to donate a portion of your crop to your neighbors in need. Our supplies are limited, so amounts will be determined by demand. You can donate your garden, your farm, or a large container on your balcony.
If you are interested, please contact Jonathan at [email protected] to arrange for a seedling pickup from our Forest Hills location and let him know if you require virtual assistance in getting started and where/how you will be growing your crop, (ie apartment terrace, large backyard or community garden).
You can also support all of our programs by making a donation to Commonpoint Queens. Thank you for all of your support!
A note from Commonpoint Queens to Volunteers:
We are aware that the spread of coronavirus is causing concern. Our priority, as always, is to ensure that everyone has the most up to date advice and the support they need and that their health is not put at risk. With that in mind, please discuss any specific health concerns you have with your healthcare provider. They will be able to give you advice and information which takes into account your specific circumstances.
Commonpoint Queens is following the CDC’s guidelines for hygiene and disease prevention.
We ask volunteers, participants, and staff to take the following precautions to keep everyone healthy and protected:
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- We ask anyone over the age of 65 to remain home and continue with volunteer opportunities once health conditions allow.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Thank you- Your Commonpoint Queens Family
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
People with Special Needs
Have a passion for working with children of different populations? Volunteer your time to teach the children in our programs a craft, musical skill, game, cooking, or much more! Be creative with your own talents to help teach the youth in our community.
- Design and implement a community-based fundraiser- choose your cause, scholarship fund or project for cause and we will assist you with the fundraising.
- Run food drive, special event, coordinate programs (experienced required)
- Volunteer with your agency
Volunteer Opportunities for Teenagers
- Basketball Buddies/ Soccer Stars/Karate Kids – Volunteer to be a “Coach” to a specific Buddy during one of these amazing programs. Work in a one-on-one setting with a child with special needs to help them learn basic and introductory skills in basketball, soccer, and karate. This opportunity requires the volunteer to commit to an orientation as well as the ten sessions which the program will run for.
- Teen council
- Teen summer volunteer opportunities
- Junior council
Work with Seniors
- Alzheimer’s respite program and early stage program-assist in hands on activities with art projects, word games, music, and singing.
- Lead an enrichment, educational, exercise or discussion group for seniors
- Lead enrichment, educational, exercise or discussion group through our virtual senior center e.g. – painting, music, cooking, science, history, Yiddish.
- Medical advice to seniors- must be within the medical field e.g. Nurses, therapists (occupational, physical, speech, psychotherapist), doctors, nutritionists
- Sam’s Cafe- serve food to senior at our senior lunch program
- Caring calls- friendly visiting and telephone reassurance to isolated seniors
- Teach computers to seniors and/or set computer up for seniors in their home
Work with Children
- Volunteer in preschool at Sam Field Center (mornings only)
- Homework help for after school program
Work with Teens
- After School tutoring
Work with Women in Domestic Violence
- Cell phone drive- collect cell phones
- Create safety backpacks
Work with Individuals Who Are Unemployed or Seeing Career Services
- Conduct a workshop on assisting with finding employment
- Conduct workshop on creating own business
- Conduct workshop or series workshops that train individuals to change careers e.g. real estate, stock
Work in the Office
- Become a volunteer office assistant and play a crucial role in the day to day operations of our programs supporting people in need.
- Teach computers (Microsoft programs, social media, graphics, QuickBooks, ebay)
- Volunteer to interview for mock interview
- Edit and correct resume
- ESL teachers (especially Asian languages)
- Be a career mentor
- Scoreboard keeper- assist with score board for men’s, women’s and teens basketball league
- Love gardening? You can volunteer from your own garden by growing produce to donate to our Central Queens food pantry.
Engage: Age With Purpose (Senior Volunteer Opportunities)
UJA-Federation of New York’s Engage Service Corps is for boomers and beyond who want to effect powerful change within the community through hands-on activities. This new model of volunteering is perfect for the generation of game changers looking to reshape society at every stage of their lives.
Through Engage, you can use your skills, expertise, passion and leadership to address issues such as poverty, hunger, joblessness, education, the isolated elderly, and children with special needs – in a way that fits into your life.
Become part of a community of like-minded people who want to find real solutions to real problems.To apply to be an Engage Volunteer, you can click here. For more information, please feel free to reach out to Judy Vladimir, Senior Director of Development, 718-225-6750 ext. 345, [email protected] or Amy Gaffney, Development Assistant, 718-225-6750 ext. 238, [email protected]
Are you from a company or large group interested in bringing your employees to Commonpoint Queens for a meaningful volunteer experience? Contact Amy Gaffney at 718-225-6750 ext. 238 or email [email protected].