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


Stay tuned for fun community service events during the 2017 Christmas season.


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