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


Adoptapalooza – NYC’s Original Mega Pet Adoption Event – Sunday September 17, 2017 – Volunteer Opportunity 8:45am-1:00pm

On Sunday September 17th, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is holding their signature pet adoption event Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park (Broadway and East 17th St). This event feature wonderful cats, dogs, and sometimes rabbits for adoption from dozens of Alliance Participating Organizations.

As part of GALA ND/SMC NYC Community Service Program, join other alums and friends to help make this event a success and see many of these pets be adopted by deserving families in NYC.

Volunteers working between 9 am and 1 pm will be most involved with setting up the event — setting up cages for the cat groups, draping tables with plastic covers, and other jobs associated with set up. Volunteers are also called upon to help the groups set up their stations, including meeting their cars curbside to help move their animals to their assigned tents and being on hand to assist them during setup. This is probably the most hectic period for the groups, and so extra hands are always welcome.

We will meet at 8:45am and go to the volunteer tent as a group, then get assigned locations to assist at.  At 1pm we will wrap up and head to get brunch somewhere nearby.  This event goes on rain or shine, so wear a fun ND tee shirt.

To register by Monday August 29th, go to:  Adoptapalooza Community Service Event.  Even if you can’t volunteer for the whole time, come for a few hours and help out.  For more info, contact Martin van Koolbergen at and at 310-291-9726.


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