Want to start doing Community Service? Whether your passion be environmentalism, education, social justice, art – or anything else – you’ve come to the right place. Over the past few years, Saint Ann’s students have volunteered at a wide range of organizations spanning multiple boroughs, including The Brooklyn DA’s Office, The Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, and Rebuilding Together.  (For a complete list of organizations Saint Ann’s has worked with in the past year, click here.) Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about community service, if you are looking to volunteer, and/or if you know of any organizations that are in need of student volunteers. We can be reached via email at sacommserv@gmail.com, or by phone at 718-522-1660 x206. You can also find a list of opportunities below:



To sign up to join us on April 20th, or to help fund our event, click here!

We’re so excited; thanks very much for your participation and support!

For more information, email Diane Gnagnarelli.


On Friday, April 20th, Saint Ann’s high school students and faculty will have the opportunity to take a stand against the pernicious and all-too pervasive phenomenon of global hunger, by packaging meals for those in need, in collaboration with the organization Rise Against Hunger.
“What is Rise Against Hunger?” you may ask.
Rise Against Hunger is an organization whose objective is to end global hunger by the year 2030, and it’s a bold one, seeing as there are some 815 million malnourished people worldwide.  But it’s bold, daring thinking precisely of that sort, I think, that will lead to real change.  Rise Against Hunger goes about its work by packaging some 72 million meals yearly, which in turn reach some 1.4 million people, in 36 countries.  Just 40 volunteers can package over 10,000 healthy meals in about two hours–that gives you a sense of the potential for April 20th’s event.  Rise Against Hunger is additionally committed to bringing about long-term change in developing countries–many of which have been negatively impacted by climate change, in terms of what food access looks like–by promoting sustainable practices.  To give you an idea of what April 20th will entail: at about 1PM that afternoon, we’ll leave Saint Ann’s to board buses bound for Rise Against Hunger’s Newark location, a commute that should take not much more than one hour at most.  (I should perhaps add that you’re excused from class.)  Once there, we’ll spend several hours packaging meals, before heading back to Brooklyn Heights (on the buses).  Food will be provided.

Our 2017 Annual New Toy Drive to benefit children at the Columbia University Early Head Start Program begins NOW and runs through December 18th.

Primarily assisting low-income Latino immigrants, the program is dedicated to providing over 300 families with children up to five years of age, offering language workshops, parental education symposiums, and numerous other initiatives that focus “on building parent/child relationships and fostering young children’s development.” For more information on the Columbia University Head Start Project, visit their website at: https://www.mailman.columbia.edu/become-student/departments/population-family-health/programs/columbia-university-head-start.
Puzzles, pop-up toys, trucks, building blocks, dolls, art sets, cooking sets, preschool matching and board games:  any toys that can spur a young child’s imagination and enhance dexterity, emotional, physical, or cognitive skills are welcome.

Students may select one or more hand-decorated tags from posters located in division offices or near the security desk on the first floor of the Bosworth Building.

You may also donate new items of your choosing without selecting a tag.

Please do not wrap toys; the teachers at Head Start prefer to do the sorting and wrapping in order to ensure that each child gets the appropriate gift.

Please have students bring new and unwrapped toys, with or without a tag attached, to any division office or to the security desk at the Bosworth Building or the Townhouses.

Finally, thank you to everyone who donated to the recent food drive.

Intern at the Children’s Law Center


Interested in education and the law? If so, consider applying for the internship below–the Children’s Law Center is conveniently located near Saint Ann’s, on Court St. in Brooklyn Heights. See below for specifications and relevant information.

Unpaid High School Internship

The Children’s Law Center New York (CLC) is a not-for-profit law firm founded on the belief that children deserve skilled, zealous advocates in the court system.  Through our trial, appellate and reflective practices, we represent over 7,000 children annually in Family and Supreme Court.   We handle abuse, neglect, high conflict custody, guardianship, visitation, child support, paternity, Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS), Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), domestic violence matter, termination of parental rights, and adoption cases.  Since 1997 we have represented over 100,000 children and youth.  Along with trial and appellate work we are in the community helping our clients with educational advocacy and social services supports.  As an interdisciplinary team of attorneys and social workers we are committed to providing high quality legal services to our young clients and providing them with a voice and a continuum of client management services.  Our offices are located in Bronx, Kings, Queens and Richmond Counties.

Some of the duties for unpaid high school interns include:

  • Observing court;
  • Observing client and litigant interviews;
  • Reading books & playing games with child clients;
  • Assisting clients with homework;
  • Creating legal and social work file folders;
  • Preparing legal and social work files to be archived;
  • Photocopying legal and social work files;
  • Data entry projects;

The goals of a CLC internship are to learn about family law, gain hands on administrative skills, and to provide assistance to CLC staff, but more importantly our clients.  After an orientation and training high school, interns are paired with a CLC staff mentor and will receive close supervision.

Internship hour requirements: Minimum of 8 hours per week (with some flexibility)

How to apply:

Please email a statement of interest and/or resume to:   volunteerjobs@clcny.org

Put “High School Internship Application” in the subject line.

Attn: Tanisha McKnight, Esq., Director of Paralegal & Volunteer Services

Dear Saint Ann’s School Families,

Each year, our community participates in a Thanksgiving food drive. This year, we will work in partnership with The Church of St. Ann and the Holy Trinity to benefit CAMBA, an organization with a 40-year history of helping Brooklyn residents. Between November 1st and November 17th we will collect non-perishable food items to help individuals and families who are struggling to get sufficient nutrition. It is said that approximately 1 in 5 children in New York City do not receive adequate nourishment, which may actually be underestimating the problem.

We will have collection boxes for cans, jars, boxes, and factory-sealed, long-preserve plastic wrapped items in divisional offices, near the security desk at 129 Pierrepont Street, at the Parish Hall security desk at 157 Montague Street, in front of the security desks at the Farber Building and the Preschool, and in the gym of the Kindergarten at Henry Street. High-protein items such as peanut butter, sardines, tuna, canned salmon, canned chicken, granola bars, and soups are particularly helpful. If you are dropping off a large box, the 157 Montague Street location is preferable.

Again, the dates of the drive will be November 1st through November 17th. If you have any questions about this or any other service opportunity please don’t hesitate to be in touch.

Dear fellow high schoolers!
Greetings; if you don’t know us, we’re Julia Binder and Toby Berggruen (both Seniors), and we’re writing to you as student liaisons for PS8!
What is PS8, you might ask?
Well, for a number of years now, Saint Ann’s students have worked with students at PS8, a public elementary school that is a quick five minutes from Saint Ann’s!  These intrepid Saint Ann’s students, who volunteer during free periods (two consecutive frees are ideal, but not absolutely necessary), are able to interact with younger students organically and playfully, in numerous capacities. For instance, our volunteers have assisted teachers in the classroom, worked in the school’s library, and written poetry with 1st graders over lunch.
Saint Ann’s students have found the opportunity to be enlightening, rewarding, and joyful, all at once; PS8 represents an opportunity to interact with children, to concomitantly teach and learn, and, last but not least, to have a lot of fun!
So… if this sounds at all appealing; please email both of us your schedule, by next Friday, September 29th.  We’ll coordinate with PS8’s administration, and find a suitable time for you to volunteer on a weekly basis.  (Also feel free to ask us any questions about PS8 you might have; we can be reached at: jbinder.2018@saintannsny.org and tberggruen.2018@saintannsny.org.)
Thanks so much, and we very much look forward to having you on board for this worthwhile pursuit!
Julia and Toby​

Greetings Saint Ann’s Community,

We hope everyone is having a restful and rejuvenative summer!  As the summer progresses, we’re continuing our conversations with numerous organizations, and will continue to post information about opportunities both long- and short-term, in accordance with our mission.

Read below to learn more about events and news from NYC’s Parks Department!


The Saint Ann’s Community Service Team

The Bronx

Green Neighborhoods – Soundview & Castle Hill 
Saturday, July 22
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Soundview Park, Bronx
Join the NYC Parks Stewardship Team for our monthly Green Neighborhoods event! This month, volunteers will learn how to aerate, cultivate, mulch, and identify street trees as they help green their neighborhoods!


Green Neighborhood – Sunset Park
Saturday, July 8
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Location: Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Come join the NYC Parks Stewardship Team as we care for street tree beds and young trees in Brooklyn. This event is part of our monthly Green Neighborhood series in the neighborhood of Sunset Park.


Street Tree Care – Harlem
Thursday, July 22
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
 Sunshine Playground
Come take care of street trees in one of NYC’s most historic neighborhoods! Join the NYC Parks Stewardship team in helping clean, weed, aerate, and mulch young street trees

Other news from the Parks Department:

Raoul Wallenberg Forest Invasive Species Removal

At our last Spring Citywide Stewardship Day, hardworking volunteers helped remove harmful invasive species from Raoul Wallenberg Forest in The Bronx. On Saturday July 8, NYC Parks Stewardship is offering the opportunity to do it again! Past volunteers can come and see the progress of their work and new volunteers can join in and learn some invasive species removal techniques.

New York Invasive Species Awareness Week!

New York Invasive Species Awareness Week is coming up this month, and NYC Parks Stewardship will be hosting multiple volunteer events to celebrate! On July 12 we will pull Mile-a-minute vine at Willow Lake, Queens. On July 13, we will remove mugwort at Marine Park, and remove Brooklyn & Japanese knotweed at Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island. And last but not least, on July 14 we will cut multiflora rose in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx. We hope to see you celebrating with us during this important week!

City of Water Day!

City of Water Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with the NYC Parks Stewardship Team! This year we will be hosting three separate City of Water Day volunteer events to help connect New Yorkers with our waters: Ferry Point Park and Pelham Bay Park, Bronx and Goodhue Pond Park, Staten Island. This Staten Island event will also serve as a part of our monthly green neighborhood program for July.


The STEW-MAP 2017 survey is now live!  STEW-MAP is a map and searchable database of stewardship groups designed to help understand and strengthen our civic capacityto take care of New York’s neighborhoods. Check your inbox or mailbox for your copy of the survey, and respond ASAP to make sure your group gets on the map!  Your response and input helps support a vibrant, connected, and green NYC.  Visit the NYC Urban Field Station’s website for more information about STEW-MAP, and contact stewmap.ufs@gmail.com with any questions.

Atlas: DIY is a collaborative organization for immigrant youth in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. Run largely by the youth who constitute its members, Atlas provides immigrant teens with legal services, college application assistance, educational programs, and a safe space the teens themselves organize and facilitate. Over the past year, Saint Ann’s students and teachers have met with Atlas’ members (read about these meetings here, and here) and further collaborations—to take place in the fall—are in the works. In the meantime, please consider attending Atlas’ Fifth Anniversary celebration, to be held tomorrow, June 23rd! (See below for more details.…)



Volunteers Needed: Puppetry Arts – Sat., June 24th

Puppetry Arts is a Park Slope-based organization that fosters creativity and civic responsibility through the development and staging of puppet shows.  It hosts numerous workshops for children of all ages throughout the year – often working with public school children to create puppet shows from scratch!  (This process includes writing scripts, making puppets, and, of course, putting on the show!)

On Saturday, June 24th, Puppetry Arts will be hosting a puppet-laden festival in Park Slope, for which 100 volunteers are needed to assist in all facets of the program – help is needed for set-up, the facilitation of puppet shows and puppet creating, as well as clean-up.  There will be two shifts: one from 8AM–1PM; the other will be from 12PM–5PM.  (N. B.: While Puppetry Arts would appreciate volunteers for the entirety of either shift, any amount of time you can spare would be fine.)  Lunch will be provided!

Location: 339 2nd Street, 1R, Brooklyn, NY, 11215

Directions: 4th Street to 5th Avenue (take the R train to Union St. or 8th Street – the location is next to the Old Stone House)

Please direct all questions to Puppetry Arts by

Upcoming: Summer Service Opportunities Fair 

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Upcoming Events: Arab American Family Support Center

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The Arab American Family Support Center is hosting a Heritage Celebration celebration with Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, coming up on Thursday April 27 at Brooklyn Borough Hall from 5:30pm-8pm. The Keynote Speaker will actress, comedian, and disability advocate Maysoon Zayid, and a wide range of people from Brooklyn’s Arab-American community will be honored. There will also be delicious food and great live music.

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They are also hosting a Know Your Rights Immigrant Workshop with CUNY CLEAR at Borough Hall on April 25. Both events are free and open to the public, and would welcome Saint Ann’s students interested in attending.

Here is a link to RSVP for Heritage Celebration.

The Arab-American Family Support Center is “the first and largest Arabic-speaking trauma-informed social service agency in New York City.” As a settlement house, it is devoted to helping recent immigrants acclimate to their new surroundings, and provides educational, legal, and medicinal support. 

For further information on the Arab American Family Support Center, please visit: www.aafscny.org.


Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer

The Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer is described as “an upbeat, family friendly walkathon that supports pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. ” The walk, which will take place on Saturday, May 6th, was started in 2001 by Sophie Staples, a student at the Packer Collegiate Institute, and since then, more than $4,000,000 have been raised for cancer research.  Over 70 schools participated in 2016, totaling more than 2,500 walkers.

The 2016 Saint Ann’s Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer Team!


Saint Ann’s will have its own team at the event—to register, visit our team website athttp://mskcc.convio.net/goto/saintanns2017. If you can’t attend, and would still like to be involved, please consider making a donation at the aforementioned link. Last year, Saint Ann’s students raised nearly $4,000; so far this year, we have raised nearly $9,000—we are close to our $10,000 fundraising goal!

For more information, speak with team organizers, Julia B. (11th grade) and Isabelle S. (11th grade).

Calling All Musicians – Brooklyn Family Justice Center


Are you a musician looking to share your love of music with others? If so, you’ve come to the right place. The Brooklyn Family Justice Center is seeking instrumentalists – of any and all varieties – to perform at their Literacy Project’s event on December 12th, at 6PM. Conveniently located at the Park Plaza Diner (220 Cadman Plaza West), less than five minutes away from Saint Ann’s!

The Brooklyn Family Justice Center operates under the auspices of the District Attorney’s Office, and is committed to helping victims of domestic violence on a multitude of levels, such as with legal representation, safety, education, therapy, and much more. Offering services ranging from support groups to assistance with housing, the Family Justice Center operates in response to nearly 200,000 yearly reports of domestic violence in the city per year. Saint Ann’s students volunteering on December 12th will be performing for youth enrolled in the program’s English as a Second Language initiative. Any and all musicians welcome! To find out more, email us at sacommserv@gmail.com. For more on the Family Justice Center, click here.

Toy Drive – Until December 16th

Over the next few weeks, Saint Ann’s community service is collecting new and gently new toys to benefit hundreds of low-income children who participate in Columbia University’s Head Start Program. Founded in 1990 under the auspices of Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health, the Head Start program primarily assists immigrant Latino children living in upper Manhattan, near Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus. Specifically targeted towards pregnant women and young children (0-5), Head Start offers a preschool and workshops that build parent/child relationships. Additionally, health services are provided, as well as English language programs.

Play is an integral facet of a child’s well-being, acting as an impetus for cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. It fosters creative thought, fine motors skills, and community-building/relationship development – it has been suggested that children attending schools that incorporate less time to play are less readily able to store information compared to those who have exposure to play and toys.  In fact, even the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights identifies play as a fundamental right of every child.  For more on “The Importance of Play,” click here. 

Key Information:

  • Accepting toys at the security desk and all division offices, until December 16th
  • Toys should be new, and geared towards young children between the ages of zero and five
  • For more information, contact Diane Gnagnarelli.

BAC Friends Program – Brooklyn Autism Center


Located in Downtown Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Autism Center provides a “high quality, effective educational” experience for children with special needs. Educating students from Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and New Jersey, the Center educates children between the ages of five and twenty-one, in a structured, 1:1 environment, with activities such as horseback riding, karate, music, fitness, swimming, and field trips. As a result of the Center’s 1:1 student-teacher ratio, each student receives a highly individualized education, oriented to his/her capacities and interests.

The BAC is in search of volunteers for its Peer Socialization Program, an “after-school program designed to foster an inclusive environment where we enhance social interaction and communication between children with autism and their typically developing peers in a fun, engaging, and inspiring setting.” Volunteers work with students in engaging actives, that value “interaction, communication, learning and fun.” The program takes place on Thursday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 PM, and runs from September-June. Volunteers are asked to commit to working with students on most Thursdays, as continuity is needed in establishing and maintaining relationships. For more information on the program, click here. To find out more, email us at sacommserv@gmail.com.

Saturday Literacy Program – Read 718


67% of Brooklyn’s low-income 3-8 graders are reading below grade level. 

69% of Brooklyn’s 3-8 graders are reading below a “basic” literacy level. 

70% of all U. S. students entering high school are not proficient in reading. 

These jarring statistics illustrate why organizations like Read 718 are so important. Brooklyn-based, Read 718 offers “individualized literacy instruction and mentorship to low-income students in grades 3-8 who are reading below grade level.” The organization is currently looking to expand in breadth, and is seeking volunteers to help 1st through 3rd graders during the months of January and February. Volunteers will work one-on-one with a student on reading skills for four Saturdays (Jan. 21st-Feb. 11th). The sessions run from 11AM-12PM, and all student volunteers are asked to attend a 1.5 hour-long training session on January 7th (1-2:30PM). To find out more, email us at sacommserv@gmail.com.

Arab American Family Support Center


The Arab-American Family Support Center is “the first and largest Arabic-speaking trauma-informed social service agency in New York City.” As a settlement house, it is devoted to helping recent immigrants acclimate to their new surroundings, and provides educational, legal, and medicinal support.

Our Volunteer Activities

  • Homework Help/Tutoring
  • Literacy
  • Test Prep
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Chess, cards, other Boardgames

For further information on the Arab American Family Support Center, please visit: www.aafscny.org.

BCHandS (Brooklyn Community Housing and Services)


Brooklyn Community Housing and Services (BCHS) is committed to assisting the formerly homeless, empowering them to live “productively and independently, with dignity and hope.” BCHandS helps thousands of individuals each year, providing them with healthcare, counseling, and housing, among other necessary services.

For more information on Brooklyn Community Housing and Services, please visit: www.bchands.org.

Brooklyn Youth Sports Club


Their mission: To build an enriching educational setting for economically disadvantaged youth, using athletics as a vehicle to inspire them to fulfill their academic, physical, and personal potential. BKYSC is driven by an ethical imperative to instill values of integrity, perseverance, self-esteem, and hard work to empower student-athletes to be leaders in school, on the court, and in the community.

What you can do: Volunteer! BKYSC is just a quick 5 minute walk away from Saint Ann’s and they are always looking for new volunteers to tutor and do homework help. The George Westinghouse HS location is right near the main post office (105 Johnson Street) and tutors are needed Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5. You can volunteer just one time or on a recurring bases! Available for 9th-12th graders.

For more information on Brooklyn Youth Sports Club, please visit: www.brooklynyouthsportsclub.org.

Any inquires about other locations or questions about the volunteer opportunities, please comment below, email us, or contact Diane Gnagnarelli!