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National and Global Youth Service Day 2006


CFC plans to engage more than 15,000 volunteers across New York City and the metropolitan area in hands-on service projects. We are calling upon our great youth, family, schools and community-based organizations in New York to make this a wonderful weekend and showcase the many ways that children give to their communities year-round.

We are asking New Yorkers to sign up and serve this April 21-23, 2006.

Who can particpate? Everyone!

Join a planning committee, volunteer at an event, or plan your own project.

National and Global Youth Service Day, the largest youth service event in the world, mobilizes millions of young people to identify and address the needs of their communities through service. 


CFC's Benefit: Spring 2006, CELEBRATING TEN YEARS
Thursday, April 20, 2006
20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020

The Annual Benefit is an important vehicle through which CFC raises funds to support its youth service programs and purchase essential educational resources for New York City schools struggling to provide quality education to some of the city's most under-resourced communities.

To donate, auction, or raffle items or to become a part of the benefit committee, call us at 212.708.0200 or email



With Children for Children
t-shirts and paintbrushes in hand, over 1,500 students lent a hand to help Gulf states children affected by Hurricane Katrina.  While Habitat for Humanity’s hammers clamored and cameras craned, teams of CFC volunteers worked twelve hours a day for five days to bring relief to Louisiana children as part of NBC’s Humanitarian Week (September 26 through September 30, 2005).  With generous help from Digitas, Children for Children painted 20 paint-by-numbers “Welcome Home” murals designed to greet school children as they return to their local schools.  Created by designer Kevin Bapp, the murals featured five New Orleans-themed images, from alligators and trolley cars to Mardi Gras masks.

In a tent next door, CFC volunteers decorated and filled 250 “Backyard in a Box” kits designed to help children who have lost everything enjoy some of childhood’s pleasures again.  Filled with items supplied by friends at MacAndrews & Forbes and Toy R Us, the boxes became colorful displays of hope as children decorated their exteriors with inspiring messages to their southern peers. 

The murals and “Backyard in a Box” kits were completed on day five and shipped to Louisiana where they would be put to use by local school children and recipients of Habitat for Humanity’s “Houses in a Box.”  Many thanks to all who participated!

Special Thanks to our Partners

Digitas MacAndrews & Forbes
Oz Moving & Storage NBC's "Today" Show
Toys R Us Amy Birdsong and Southern in the City

And Our Special Adult Volunteers:

Kevin Bapp, Al Patton and Leanne Littlejohn of Digitas
The many Digitas volunteers who traced and painted
Joanne Zaiac, and Leslie Engle of Digitas
Charlotte Collins of New Orleans
Leah Keith and Adam Cohen
Zachary David
Katie Couric
Jerome Williams
Jo Laird
Ciaran McDonnell, Jenna Paleski and Diane Paleski,
Katie Donovan, Nicole Denvir, Meredith Taylor, Nick and Leigh Anne Yoo, Stephanie Langhoff, Andrea and Lise Anderson, Mark Lieberman and Lindsey Berns

And Participating Students from:

George Jackson Academy Friends Seminary, Manhattan
Little Red Schoolhouse The Children’s Aid Society
The Bronx Preparatory School Browning School
Calhoun School Cornelia Connelly Center
Sacred Heart School The Ethical Culture School
Gateway School Hope Leadership Academy
Millbank Center P.S. 86, Brooklyn
P.S. 142, Manhattan P.S. 149, Queens
P.S. 155, Manhattan P.S. 161, Manhattan
P.S. 215, Queens  

Check out some images of CFC in action at Humanity Plaza!


Visit the Events Calendar to learn about upcoming happenings at CFC, and don't forget to save the date for the Grow Involved on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Event on Monday January 16 , now!

Grow Involved on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day  

January 16, 2006 - 10:00am-2:00pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. High School,
122 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan

Children for Children will hold its Fourth Annual “Grow Involved on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day” at Martin Luther King, Jr. High School in Manhattan.  Honoring Dr. King’s legacy of a lifetime devoted to service, this huge service event consists of hands-on service projects run by twelve different New York City community-based organizations.  We expect approximately 700 children, families, and school groups to attend.  CFC sponsors a citywide youth Poetry and Art Contest in conjunction with this event.



Press Releases

Download Children for Children's latest press releases here.


CFC in the News

  • Finding Art in Dr. King's Dream - Newsday 1/30/05
  • Jumping Out of Birthday Party Whirlwind - The Villager / Downtown Express 3/11/05
  • Volunteering: the Younger the Better - Parents League Review 2004
  • Post Delivers for School-Book Drive - The New York Post 3/9/04
  • < Help Comes In All Sizes -The New York Times 1/16/04
  • Teachers Pore Through Stacks Of Possibilities - The New York Times 3/10/03
  • The Gift of Giving - The New York Post 3/6/03
  • Spoiled Kids: What's a Parent to Do? -The New York Times 6/30/02
  • Website Brings Volunteer Activities To Kids - Article from NY1 News.
  • New Website Unites Kids with Community - by Ben Spencer, from
  • It's Better to Give Than to Receive - by Harriette Resnick, reprinted from PARENTGUIDE NEWS, April 1999
  • Beyond Bake Sales - by Monique Avakian, reprinted from New York Family, March 1998


Please note that each article is copyrighted by its respective publisher and/or author.


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"Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity... [my students] felt invested, and we had some great conversations about community involvement and activism."

Lauren Packard, 2nd Grade Teacher, Future Leaders Institute (on receiving a Grow Involved Kit)