DON’T WALK BY – MERCY MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY FOR CHRIST CHURCH NYC
DATE: February 8, 2020
TIME: 12:30pm to 8:00pm (it is a full day commitment – there are NO shifts)
LOCATION: Meet at Central Presbyterian Church – 593 Park Avenue (b/w 63rd/64th)
Don’t Walk By is an annual winter outreach to people experiencing homelessness in New York City. Volunteer teams canvass the streets and subway lines of Manhattan looking to meet and our neighbors in need. Outreach teams meet new friends on the street and invite them to dinner at a host site. Here guests are offered a hot meal, and a range of additional items and services such as clothing, basic medical care, overnight hospitality at a partner facility, and the option to enter longer term programs.
REGISTERING TO VOLUNTEER: Click here to register.
Outreach teams are created and assigned by DWB leadership with the goal of a safe and satisfying experience for our volunteers and guests. It is important that all volunteers in any role, on or off site, remember that changes are made to improve each week’s outreach and it is vital to be flexible.
Important things to know before you register:
- You can only register for one role per Saturday.
- Volunteers participate in the entire day; 12:30 to 8 p.m.
- If you sign up to be an Outreach Team Leader, participation in at least one leadership training session is required.
Outreach Volunteer: Outreach volunteers walk a neighborhood or ride a subway line looking to meet and invite people experiencing homelessness back to the host site. Outreach volunteers will be pre-assigned a team and outreach team leader.
Outreach Team Leader (Training Required): Outreach team leaders lead a group of volunteers in outreach on the streets or subway lines, and will be pre-assigned. Outreach team leaders are REQUIRED to attend training before serving.
Hospitality Volunteer: Hospitality volunteers serve at Central Presbyterian in roles pertaining to serving guests, including meal service, clothing distribution, medical care, prayer, and resource connection.
Host Site Volunteer: Host site volunteers assist the DWB staff team with event set up, registration, supply restock, and other tasks throughout the outreach.
Transportation Volunteer: Transportation volunteers assists van drivers in providing transport to teams and guests during the outreach.
Interpreter Volunteer (Bilingual+ Only): Interpreter volunteers will assist with Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese, American Sign Language, and other language interpretation, and will be pre-assigned to a role based on need.
Medical Team Volunteer (Certified Professionals Only): Medical team volunteers will provide mobile care to guests at the host site. Volunteers in this role will be required to provide appropriate credentials and/or certification in order to serve as a skilled professional.
Social Worker Volunteer (Certified Professionals Only): Social worker volunteers will assist in providing assessment and resources to guests at the host site. Volunteers in this role will be required to provide appropriate credentials and/or certification in order to serve as a skilled professional.