Volunteer opportunity description

The Actors Theatre Workshop (ATW) is in need of volunteers to help serve a meal to over 40 homeless children and adult volunteers who will attend our Holiday Celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 14. Being displaced by homelessness does not always allow the children the opportunity to have a traditional family gathering complete with hot nutritious food, a creative class and special gifts. Share your love and compassion, and help these precious children reconnect to the dream and essence of the Holiday Season. 


This holiday celebration is part of The Builders of the New World Program, ATW's award-winning after-school theater-arts education program, which has been serving homeless and at-risk youth living in NYC's temporary housing facilities since 1995. To sign-up for this event, please RSVP here.


Volunteers will do any or all of the following:

Between 12:00 - 4:30pm:

  • Set-up our 5,000 square foot theater facility for the holiday parties before children’s arrival to our theater around 4pm.

  • Pick-ups by foot or subway already prepared meals that were generously donated. Volunteers will visit local NYC restaurants or our Supervisor’s nearby apartment in Chelsea by foot primarily, by subway for further locations to do these pick-ups. All meals will be packaged for easy transport. A dolly will be provided for heavy or multiple items. Pick-ups may be organized in groups of two to four.

Between 4:30 - 6:00pm:

  • Plate and serve hot, nutritious, home-cooked meals to approximately 40-50 children and mentors. Specific tasks include plating and running plates from our kitchen to our theatre. We serve a multi-course dinner that includes a main, dessert and beverages. Volunteers who interact directly with children on the day of will be provided a set of rules they must sign and a brief on-site training.

  • Help us clean and organize after the food service is complete. Specific tasks may include plate pickup and disposal, trash removal, washing dishes, table break down, left-over food packaging and light general cleaning. Cleaning products used might include Windex, Dirtex, Pine-Sol, Endust/Pledge, Goo Gone and other similar products with different brand names. Gloves will be provided.


Other possible tasks:

•         Moving furniture

•         Washing dishes

•         Doing last minute decorations or gift wrapping

•         Purchasing supplies, if we run out. (ATW will provide cash or reimburse for this.)



  • You must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and wear a mask on-site to participate. Proof of vaccination and temperatures will be checked.

  • Prior skill as a waiter or a server at large events is desired.

  • The day’s events will be videotaped & photographed for our program documentation and communication purposes. Volunteers must be comfortable with this. We will distribute Video Releases to each volunteer when they arrive to review and sign. We cannot accommodate any volunteer who doesn’t wish to be taped.

  • This event is extremely fast-paced and operates on a tight schedule. Rooms will be crowded with furniture, children, and people and be bustling with activity during this volunteer event. Instructions provided by ATW staff will be brief and to the point.

  • Participants must dress in business casual or festive holiday attire. We want to look nice and professional for the event, as this is a special Holiday celebration for the kids, but you will want to be comfortable too. We suggest flat shoes and no short skirts.

  • Due to the popularity of these events, participants who sign-up should arrive PROMPTLY at 12:00PM and stay for the whole event, until 6:00PM. If a volunteer knows in advance that s/he cannot come or cannot stay for the whole event, we'd appreciate that s/he release their spot as soon as they know to allow someone who can stay for the whole event the opportunity to sign-up.

  • Participants will be split into smaller groups to complete the overall. Please bring a can-do and professional attitude to the day!

Our volunteer needs

We need volunteers who are free at these times


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The Actors Theatre Workshop, Inc.

Eileen Burke
Senior Staff
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