As an alumni group, it is important to have a component that encourages giving back to the community. For the GALA ND/SMC NYC Club, this means finding opportunities to help those in need right here in NYC. These could be related to the LGBT community, homeless, sick or just down in their luck.
If you wish to become involved in helping to plan our group’s community service events, or to participate in a scheduled event, please contact community service committee co-chairs John Flanagan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Martin Van Koolbergen at email@example.com.
Xavier Mission Welcome Table at St. Francis Xavier – Sunday May 20, 2018
Open every Sunday, a day when most other soup kitchens in NYC are closed, the Welcome Table serves 900-1,300 hot meals each week. The program strives to go beyond the emergency need of food by also providing our guests with assistance in obtaining government benefits, free chiropractic treatments, legal referrals, and voter registration drives.
GALA ND/SMC members and friends will be volunteering to provide meals to a group of needy individuals served by this program.
The mission is located at 55 West 15th Street (Between 5th and 6th Avenues)
Date: Sunday May 20th
Time: 11:30AM to 3:30PM
MEAL SERVICE: We will be performing tasks such as:
· Putting hot meal items (entrée, bread, juice, coffee, dessert, etc.) on trays
· Working at food stations giving out extras—e.g., coffee, bread, water, etc.
· Washing, rinsing, and drying trays
· At 3:00pm, cleaning the tables and chairs and sweeping the floors
What to wear: Be comfortable! T-shirts and jeans are fine. No sandals or other open shoes.
The Welcome Table will provide full aprons, hairnets, and gloves, which everyone working with the food must wear; if you don’t want to wear a hairnet, you can bring your baseball cap, bandana, or some other type of hat.
To register for this event, go to: St Francis Xavier Mission Event. We already have 5 people signed up and are looking for 5 more!!
Midnight Run – Thursday January 11, 2018
On Thursday, January 11th, a group of volunteers from the GALA ND/SMC NYC Club, together with several members of the NYC ND Club, participated in a “Midnight Run” to help the homeless in NYC. The event started by preparing food at John Flanagan’s home in Harlem, followed by a trip around the city in a van distributing food and clothing.
Adoptapalooza – NYC’s Original Mega Pet Adoption Event – Sunday September 17, 2017
On Sunday September 17th, a group of ND alums and friends participated in the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals pet adoption event Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park. This event was part of GALA ND/SMC NYC Community Service Program.
Midnight Run – Thursday May 18, 2017
On Thursday night, May 18th, a group of volunteers from the GALA ND/SMC NYC Club participated in a “Midnight Run” to help the homeless in NYC. The event started by preparing food prep at a member’s home in Harlem, followed by a trip around the city in a van distributing food and clothing.
Food Prep and Clothing Donation
Run in the Van