Virtual Community Service Opportunities

Calhoun is dedicated to providing students with opportunities to be active citizens and make a positive impact. The following organizations offer resources and ways for students to take action from home. 

Bash the Trash
Build musical instruments at home from recycled materials while learning about music, environmental sustainability, STEAM connections and engineering.

Bash the Trash is also presenting an ongoing series of free kid-friendly virtual performances. Join them on Youtube to view livestream in progress.

Best Friends ResQwalk
ResQwalk is a free mobile app that lets you raise money and resources for your favorite animal welfare organization, and all you have to do is walk. You can help your chosen organization earn a portion of this pool by downloading ResQwalk and hitting the pavement.

Chalk the Walks
Spread hope by drawing pictures and writing inspiring messages on your sidewalk. Follow the hashtag #chalkthewalk to see what other young people are doing to bring their communities together.  

CITYarts/Pieces for Peace
CITYarts empowers, educates and connects young people locally and around the world to create art and become active participants in their communities. Participate by drawing to represent what peace in the world means to you, then send it to CITYarts for inclusion in their online international exhibition. Learn more about CITYarts/Pieces for Peace Workshops.

Citymeals on Wheels 
Citymeals works with student, community and corporate groups across New York City to craft handmade cards that brighten the lives of isolated older New Yorkers. Learn more about card making and other ways to help out.

Doing Good Together
This organizations empowers families to raise caring, engaged children by offering unique programs and events, valuable services, and fun activities that promote kindness and giving. Join their Virtual Festival of Giving this October

DOROT enhances the lives of older adults and volunteers, and brings generations together in the process. During this time of physical distance, DOROT is offering two ways to get involved. 

  • Birthday and Holiday Cardmaking:
    A card from a DOROT volunteer may be the only communication an older adult has on special occasions. Making a card is an easy and important way to help decrease social isolation among seniors.

  • Intergenerational Teleconference Program:
    DOROT is launching six new intergenerational teleconference classes pairing teens and seniors. Teens will spend one hour by phone with the seniors exploring similarities and differences of what it was like when the seniors were teens compared to what young people experience today. Teens will meet for a half hour prior to and following the conference call to plan and reflect on the experience each week. To get involved, email

Join millions of young people in a global movement for good. Using DoSomething’s digital platform, members can join their volunteer, social change and civic action campaigns to make real-world impact on causes they care about. Currently, DoSomething is offering a number of resources for reaching out to older family, friends and neighbors. 

Environment New York
Environment New York offers fifty ways to help the environment from home and take action for a greener, healthier New York from home. Help protect the places that all of us love and promote core environmental values. The organization focuses on timely, targeted action that wins tangible improvements in the quality of the environment and New Yorkers’ lives. 

Generation On
Tackle society’s greatest challenges with Generation On. Their toolkit provides tools, tips and resources to help you participate, including DIY projects for youth and families that can be done at home. Learn how you can get involved

The site also provides assets and materials to help you show how you are acting as a #LocalLight and promote your volunteer activities. 

Go Project Tutoring
The Go Project provides NYC public school children with critical academic, social and emotional support starting in the early elementary years. Visit their website to find volunteer opportunities.

God’s Love We Deliver
The mission of God’s Love We Deliver is to improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. Check out Volunteering from Home for ways you can help, including decorating cards for people who are homebound.

Kids for Positive Change
Camille Licate’s Kids for Positive Change℠ & Kids Taking Positive Action℠ strives to REACH, TEACH and INSPIRE kids to address and take action on environmental, local, national and global issues. Calhoun students recently worked with Camille on their own service learning projects. View Calhoun Community Action student projects and get inspired to take action on the Kids for Positive Change Inspire page.

Kindness Rocks
Join the Kindness Rocks movement and decorate rocks with inspiring messages to leave them along the path of life for others to enjoy. Visit the Kindness Rocks website for instructions on how to create your own painted rock. 

Love for the Elderly
Love for the Elderly believes that anyone can make a difference in the lives of seniors. Love for the Elderly has brought joy to tens of thousands of seniors across the globe, motivating and inspiring people in over 60 countries to give back to their elders. Learn how to participate in their initiative Letters of Love, in which young people create handwritten letters to uplift seniors in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and senior centers.

Mask Match 
Mask Match has joined forces with GetUsPPE to help provide healthcare workers and first responders with the equipment they need. Learn how you can give on their website.   

Masks for Heroes
Help healthcare workers and first responders. Learn how to sew a face mask for yourself, family and friends.

Munchkin Fun
Munchkin Fun has curated a list of volunteer opportunities you can engage in while at home. From helping feed hungry families to sending messages of hope, there are many ways to get involved. 

Project Linus
Knit a blanket for Project Linus, which provides homemade blankets to children in need. Check to see if there is a drop-off site in your area.

SEIU Service Employees International Union
Support the union by showing service workers appreciation. Get the whole family together to make a sign and say thank you to your building service workers. Make your own sign or Follow this Link for the Design! Be sure to snap a photo and share on social media using hashtag #ProtectAllWorkers.

The Nature Company
Families can bring a live animal lessons into your home through our distance learning program. Children will meet live animals and participate in an at-home science lesson for free every Friday at 3pm. Space is limited. Children can ask our animal experts questions and we answer them live. Meet animals from the rainforest, desert and more. 

Online Wish Lists and Fundraisers (featuring a number of Community Partners)

BRC Bowery Residents’ Committee
Support BRC’s Virtual clothing drive through Amazon Smile, shared by Calhoun alum Miguel Gudalupe ‘94, BRC Director of Donor Relations.

West End Intergenerational Residence
View the Amazon wishlist of non-perishable foods for residents. Some items are currently on back order, but you can place an order and items will be shipped as soon as they become available or send a gift card to Cheri Fandozzi

Wild Bird Fund
WBF provides medical care and rehabilitation to native and passing migrant wildlife in NYC so that they can be released back into the wild. SUpport WBF through Amazon Smile some ways you can help. You can also do your part from home by decorating your windows with decals. This easy DIY project helps protect birds from window collisions. 

Advocacy and Social Justice (for Middle and Upper School Students)  

CCC Citizens’ Committee for Children of NYC
This nonprofit and nonpartisan child advocacy organization educates and mobilizes New Yorkers to make the city a better place for children. Get involved

Food Bank of New York
Tell your Member of Congress to focus relief resources for low-income people across America by passing legislation. Take action here

Food Pantries
Write letters to the Governor and Mayor to allocate more funds to local food pantries. One-third of NYC food pantries have already been forced to shutter, according to a report.

Global Citizen
Take action and advocate for the world's biggest challenges. Global citizens have an impact on ending extreme poverty. Join their efforts

NARAL Pro Choice America
Celebrate women who have left their mark on history and support NARAL by ordering “World-Changing Women” note cards. Reach out to family, friends and people in your community with messages of resilience and hope during this challenging time. You can also sign petitions and write letters to advocate for reproductive rights. 

NYCLU NY Civil Liberties Union
Learn more about NYCLU’s campaigns focusing on emergency sick leave, jails/prisons, immigrants, public schools and colleges.

Rent Guidelines Board
Advocate to freeze rent for NY rent-regulated tenants.

Transportation Alternatives
Transportation Alternatives’ mission is to reclaim New York City's streets from the automobile and advocate for better bicycling, walking and public transit for all New Yorkers. Advocate for #OpenStreets. TA is connecting New Yorkers who have an extra bicycle to New Yorkers who need one #BikeMatch bicycles are essential transportation for many who need to get around.

Please contact Debbie Aronson, Director of Community Service Learning, with questions or ideas. Upper School students can contact Debbie about continuing to fulfill their community service requirement. Thank you to the entire Calhoun community for getting involved!