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Barnard Reach Out for New Students

Saturday, September 7, 2013 and Sunday, September 8, 2013
Various Sites in New York City

Barnard Reach Out


The Barnard Reach Out Program for New Students ("BRO") is designed to give incoming Barnard students the opportunity to get involved with community service in the New York City area at the beginning of the semester.  We hope that by becoming involved with such opportunities early on, new students will continue to give back to the community throughout their time at Barnard.  BRO consists of a day-long service project either on Saturday, September 7, 2013 or Sunday, September 8, 2013.  Each BRO group will be led by a Barnard staff and a current Barnard student.  We have secured approximately 140 slots for incoming Barnard College first-year and transfer students to join the program. 

Available projects for the September 2013 BRO program are as follows:

Saturday, September 7th Projects:

City Harvest Greenmarket Team (5:45pm to 7:30pm) (10 Volunteers): Volunteers will visit the Union Square Greenmarket to collect excess food from farmers and load it onto City Harvest trucks, which deliver the food directly to community programs in the five boroughs.

Citymeals-on-Wheels (9:15am to 12:00pm) (15 Volunteers) - Volunteers will be delivering meals to homebound elderly.  Deliveries will be made on foot within walking distance of the Stanley Isaacs Senior Center.

Lower East Side Ecology Center (10am to 2pm) (30 Volunteers) - Volunteers will work with the Lower East Side Ecology Center to do general gardening work, such as weeding, and applying compost and wood chips to improve the East River Park’s condition.

Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries (10am-1pm) (10 Volunteers) – Volunteers will be helping with gardening, planting, and harvesting produce on the rooftop farm. Volunteers must be able to take the stairs to the roof (about 5 floors). Volunteers also may be painting a mural. Dress appropriately.

St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry (12-3:30pm) (5 Volunteers):  Volunteers prepare bag lunches (juice, sandwich, fruit), and hot soup in the winter and pasta salad in the summer, and take them to people on the streets and in parks in Harlem.

Sunday, September 8th Projects:

Chemo Comfort Kit-Making Session (8:45am to 12pm) (3 Volunteers): Volunteers will help prepare kits to be delivered to patients undergoing chemotherapy.

Citymeals-on-Wheels (9:15am to 11:30am) (15 Volunteers) - Volunteers will be delivering meals to homebound elderly.  Deliveries will be made on foot within walking distance of the Stanley Isaacs Senior Center.

Grow NYC  (AM Session) (8am-12pm) (15 Volunteers) - Our heavy-duty recycling army right in the thick of the excitement and entertainment.  Encourage recycling and make sure that people think before they throw in the greater expo area.

Grow NYC (PM Session) (12-4pm) (15 Volunteers) - Post-race cleanup happens fast and can sometimes get a little chaotic.  We need some responsible and active volunteers who can direct the cleanup crew to use the proper recycling receptacles, keeping recycling separate from garbage.  Captains will also answer questions about where everything goes, what can be recycled, and contact the GrowNYC staff directly for assistance.

Housing Works Brooklyn Heights Store (11:45am to 3:30pm) (5 Volunteers): Housing Works’ mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain the organization’s efforts.  Volunteers will assist with a special sale where designer used clothing is sold at low prices.  Housing Works is looking to raise $25,000 in these 8 hours of the business day.

Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (12pm to 2pm) (10 Volunteers): Volunteers will be working with the Senior Lunch Program through Met Council.  They will be serving hot kosher lunches to 20-25 low income seniors at a low income housing site in Manhattan.  Volunteers will help set up, wait on the clients, serve lunch, and socialize with the residents.

Transportation Alternatives Brooklyn Bridge (9:30am – 2:00pm) (6) Stationary Marshals  - Not as flashy as a riding marshal, but a much more integral and key position! Standing marshals help guide riders through confusing sections and areas where pedestrians/traffic are present. Stationary marshals do NOT need any prior experience. This is a great way to get involved on the course if you're unsure of your riding skills. 

Transportation Alternatives Central Park (9:30am – 2:00pm) (5) Start/Finish Site Volunteer (non-riding) - Like a rest area volunteer, you will help do a multitude of tasks. Depending on the shift you select you will be helping with everything from loading/unloading our trucks, to helping register riders, to handing out rider t-shirts and water bottles. Don't worry, we will work with you to find the right job for you!

Transportation Alternatives Van Cortlandt Park (10:30am – 2:30pm) (4) Rest Area Volunteer (non-riding)- Help with EVERYTHING! From hanging signs to making peanut butter sandwiches, rest area volunteers are the glue that makes our rest areas so great. At rest areas you will help prep and serve food and drinks to our riders... and cheer them on riders as they pass through.


BRO participants are required to stop by the Career Development Office (Elliott Hall, 2nd Floor) at one of the following times below to pick up their service project assignments and other materials:

  • Wednesday, August 28th: 10am to 12pm
  • Thursday, August 29th: 10am to 12pm
  • Friday, August 30th: 10am to 12pm

Projects are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis so sign up now via this online form!   

Please feel free to contact Won Kang, Senior Associate Director, Barnard Career Development at 212-854-2033 or wkang@barnard.edu with any questions regarding this program.

Sep. 07, 2013 (All day)