NYC Club – Community Service

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 or Martin Van Koolbergen at


Midnight Run – Thursday May 18, 2017

On Thursday night, May 18th, a group of volunteers from the GALA ND/SMC NYC Club will be participating in aMidnight Runto help the homeless in NYC.  The event will start 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.

  • Meeting Location:  Martin van Koolbergen’s apartment at 321 West 139th Street apartment 1 (take BC to 135th or AD to 145th)
  • Time:  7:00pm Food Prep, 9:00pm-11:00pm Van Ride

Volunteer Opportunity:

  1. 7 volunteers to ride the van (3 already committed)
  2. Food donations (4 lbs. sandwich meat, cheese, bread, PBJ to make 60 sandwiches, snacks, drinks) – Food donations will be assigned once everyone signs up
  3. Clothing/supply donations
    1. Socks, underwear
    2. Spring gear
    3. Blankets
    4. Reusable bags
    5. Toiletries
  4. Monetary donation to cover cost of van (Midnight Run suggests $150) – Each person is asked to make a financial donation of $20-$25

If you cannot commit to 7pm-11pm but want to help prep that is OK too. We need a minimum of 5 on the van with max of 7.  If interested, contact John Flanagan at or Martin van Koolbergen at by May 11th.

About the Organization:

Midnight Run is a volunteer organization dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless.

In over 1,000 relief missions per year, Midnight Run volunteers from churches, synagogues, schools and other civic groups distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City. The late-night relief efforts create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection. That human exchange, rather than the exchange of goods, is the essence of the Midnight Run mission.

Volunteer groups donate food and clothes to distribute to the homeless in designated spots through NYC but primarily Manhattan.