Teens and Families Volunteer for MLK Day

Volunteer with TIGN and the Waxman Youth House in honor of Martin Luther King Day of Service!

Opportunities for all ages Sunday and Monday!

Bring your family! Send your teen! All are invited to participate in meaningful volunteer opportunities over the holiday weekend with our friends at AfyaCommonpoint Queens and Repair the World, projects supported by UJA-Federation of New York.

Participating? Please let us know! Take a pic and tag @templeisraelofgreatneck on Instagram and/or email lamer@tign.org.

Selected Projects:

*Join TIGN’s Director of Teen and Community Engagement, Loen Amer at these shifts.  

Learning Opportunities | Community Programs | About These Organizations


Sunday, January 15

Package Hygiene Kits in Harlem

with Repair the World for Community Kitchen & Pantry of West Harlem at JCC Harlem – 318 W 118th St., New York NY 10026

Four shifts: Sunday, 9:30-11:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., 1:45-3:15 p.m., or 3:30-5:00* p.m.
Advance sign-up required; first come, first served. Open to adults and families with children of all ages. Children under 15 must be accompanied at all times.

*Join TIGN’s Director of Teen and Community Engagement, Loen Amer at this shift. 

Baby Blessings in Plainview

at Mid-Island Y JCC – 45 Manetto Hill Road, PlainviewNY 11803

Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Help parents of children ages 3 and under obtain essential items for their children. Volunteers will collect donations, set up the event, prepare a take-home lunch, and assist parents in choosing items needed.

Paint an Indoor Community Mural in Sunset Park

with Repair the World for Mixteca in Sunset Park – 245 23rd Street, second floor, New York NY 11215

Three shifts: Sunday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 1:30-3:00 p.m., or 3:30-5:00 p.m. 
Advance sign-up required; first come, first served. Open to teens and adults ages 16+.


Monday, January 16

Plant Daffodil Bulbs to Beautify Forest Hills

Commonpoint Queens – 67-09 108th St, Forest Hills, NY 11375

Two shifts: Monday, 12:00-12:45 p.m. or 1:00-1:45 p.m.  
Advance sign-up required; first come, first served. (Click here to create a profile on CERVIS, required for sign-up.)

Prepare Oatmeal Packages in Little Neck

Commonpoint Sam Field – 5820 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck NY 11362

Two shifts: Monday, 12:00-12:40 p.m. or 1:00-1:45* p.m. 
Advance sign-up required; first come, first served. (Click here to create a profile on CERVIS, required for sign-up.)

*Join TIGN’s Director of Teen and Community Engagement, Loen Amer at this shift. 

Sort Medical Supplies in Yonkers to be Distributed Around the World

with UJA-Federation of New York for Afya Foundation – 140 Saw Mill River Road, second flood, Yonkers, NY 10701

Two shifts: Monday, Family volunteer shift 12:30-2:00 p.m.; Teen only volunteer shift 2:30-4:00 p.m.  
Advance sign up required; very limited spots. 

Donate Blood in Greenvale

Sid Jacobson JCC Gym – 300 Forest Dr., Greenvale, NY 11548

Monday, 1:00 – 7:00 p.m. 
Appointments preferred. Teens age 16+ can give blood with parental permission. Download the permission form here.

Please remember to eat and drink well prior to donating blood, and bring a photo I.D. (your New York Blood Center Donor I.D. card is preferred). Masks are required for all donors regardless of vaccination status.


Plus, many more service opportunities with Commonpoint Queens, Repair the World, Sid Jacobson JCC and UJA-Federation of New York.


Learning Opportunities

Many of the projects listed are made possible by UJA-Federation of New York. UJA’s “In Service of All: An Afternoon of MLK Learning” explores three questions on Sunday, January 15: After three challenging years, what does service look like right now? How can volunteerism bring people of all backgrounds together? What do Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Jewish texts have to say about changing the world?


Community Programs

Our Kulanu partners at Temple Beth-El are hosting Letitia James, New York State Attorney General, at their annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Erev Shabbat service. Learn more.


About These Organizations

  • Afya improves the quality of life of people in communities in need by helping to sort, identify, and pack critical medical supplies that will be shipped to communities in need locally and overseas
  • Commonpoint Queens (formerly Samuel Field Y in Little Neck and the Central Queens Y in Forest Hills, two of the largest social service agencies in Queens, now merged) is dedicated to sustaining and enhancing the quality of individual, family and communal life throughout Queens.
  • Community Kitchen & Pantry of West Harlem provides hot meals, food pantry items, and other essentials to low-income New Yorkers.
  • Mixteca addresses critical needs facing the Mexican and Latin American immigrant community in Brooklyn.
  • Repair the World mobilizes Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world.
  • Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center is dedicated to serving every aspect of community wellness, regardless of age or ability as the only full-service JCC on Long Island’s North Shore.
  • UJA-Federation of New York cares for Jews everywhere and New Yorkers of all backgrounds, responds to crises close to home and far away, and shapes our Jewish future.