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 jof9043@nyp.org or Martin Van Koolbergen at mvan@kgmlighting.com.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Midnight Run – Thursday January 11, 2018

On Thursday, January 11th, a group of volunteers from the GALA ND/SMC NYC Club will participate in a “Midnight Run” to 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 St Apt # 1 (take BC to 135th or AD to 145th)

Time:  7:00pm Food Prep, 9:00pm-11:00pm Van Ride

 

Volunteer Opportunity:

  • 7 volunteers to ride the van
  • Food donations (4 lbs. sandwich meat, cheese, bread, PBJ to make 60 sandwiches, snacks, drinks) – Food donations will be assigned once everyone signs up
  • Clothing/supply donations
    • Socks, underwear
    • Spring gear
    • Blankets Reusable bags
    • Toiletries
  • 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 jof9043@nyp.org or Martin van Koolbergen at mvan@kgmlighting.com.


PRIOR EVENTS

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