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The Parents Community Service Network (PCSN) was created to share resources and connect parents who are working on community service projects in their children's schools.  Our members are parents of children in public and private schools throughout New York City and the surrounding area, as well as educators and nonprofit professionals.  Many schools designate a PCSN parent liaison for the year, and some parents attend on their own.  To become a PCSN member, click here.  For a complete listing of PCSN activities, current announcements and project ideas, join our Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/891229567651369/

  • Homeless but Not Helpless
    HOMELESS BUT NOT HELPLESS:
    Building a better understanding of homelessness and how kids can help
    Presented by the Parents Community Service Network and Corlears School
    Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 6-8 PM

    The evening began with a Service Fair showcasing what students can, and are, doing to address issues of homelessness.  From curricular programs to after-school clubs, the ideas presented were impressive and inspiring!  A big "thank you" to all of our service fair participants. (A list of participants, along with other resources from the seminar may be found on our Meeting Notes Page.)
    Student Service Fair at Homeless but Not Helpless.

    The main event!  Presentations on the Dimensions of Homelessness, Transitional Housing and Advocacy for Affordable Housing by experts in the field.
    Left to right: Dr. Van Yu Chief Medical Officer, Center for Urban Community Services; Theresa Young, MSW Director, Helen’s House at Henry Street Settlement; Divya Sundaram Policy & Civic Engagement Coordinator, Community Voices Heard.

    Karen Weissman, Parents Community Service Network; Theresa Young, MSW, Helen’s House;  Dr. Van Yu, Center for Urban Community Services; Divya Sundaram, Community Voices Heard; Alex Gelman, Corlears School.

    See our Meeting Notes Page for speaker presentations and resources on Homelessness and Service Learning.
    Posted Mar 2, 2019, 12:38 PM by Parents Community Service Network
  • Join us for: Homeless but Not Helpless
    Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 6-8pm
    This free event is open to Parents and Educators and registration is required.  Click here to register or email parentscommunityservicenetwork@gmail.com for more information.

    HOMELESS BUT NOT HELPLESS: 
    Building a better understanding of homelessness and how kids can help 
    Corlears School and PCSN invite you to an evening of information and exploration of homelessness in NYC, including insights on what students can do - and are already doing - to help. With our speakers:

    Dr. Van Yu Chief Medical Officer, Center for Urban Community Services
    Theresa Young, MSW Director, Helen’s House at Henry Street Settlement 
    Divya Sundaram Policy & Civic Engagement Coordinator, Community Voices Heard

    The event includes a SERVICE FAIR with displays of student volunteer work on homelessness, and a SUPPLY DRIVE for NYC Mamas Give Back. Attendees are encouraged to bring diapers (size 4-6) and wipes to benefit young families in need.



    Posted Jan 23, 2019, 12:19 PM by Parents Community Service Network
  • NYC Organizations that Work with School Groups
    Check out our PCSN crowdsourced list of local charities that have/can work with school groups.  This list was assembled at the recent PCSN Coffee Connection, Acting Locally in NYC, held on October 12, 2018.  Some charities accommodate groups on site, some send you out into the city and some will send speakers to your schools. 
    Posted Oct 17, 2018, 12:42 PM by Parents Community Service Network
  • Feeding the Hungry and Getting to Zero Waste
    Feeding the Hungry and Getting to Zero Waste
    Tuesday, October 12, 2017

    After a screening of "Just Eat It," an inspiring documentary that will change your thinking and habits about food waste, the audience heard from our expert panel.  
    Moderator, Evan Glazer, Head of Avenues: The World School.  Robert Lee, Founder & CEO of Rescuing Leftover Cuisine.  Michael Ottley, Director of Operations at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen.  Keith Waskowitz, Senior Food Service Director at Avenues, With Flik Hospitality Group.

    This was PCSN's first joint seminar, produced in partnership with the Avenues Zero Waste Committee.
    Evan Glazer, Robert Lee, Sabrina Coughlin (Avenues Parent & PCSN Leadership), Karen Weissman (PCSN Chair), Leslie Davol (Avenues Parents & Co-chair, Avenues Zero Waste Committee), Keith Waskowitz, Michael Ottley.

    See our Meeting Notes Page for resources on Hunger, Zero Waste and Service Learning.
    Posted Jan 18, 2018, 8:47 AM by Parents Community Service Network
  • Join us for: Feeding the Hungry and Getting to Zero Waste
    Tuesday, October 12, 2017, 7-9pm
    This event is open to Parents and Educators and registration is required.  Click here to register or email parentscommunityservicenetwork@gmail.com for more information.

    PCSN has partnered with the Avenues Parents’ Association Zero Waste Committee to create a special event that focuses on the intersection of three worldwide crises: mounting waste, global warming, and world hunger.  The program includes a 50-minute screening of the documentary film:
    Followed by a panel featuring:

    Robert Lee, Founder & CEO of Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, an organization that redistributes food to where it is most needed

    Michael Ottley, Director of Operations at Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, the largest emergency food program in New York

    Keith Waskowitz, Senior Food Service Director at Avenues, With Flik Hospitality Group, a comprehensive food service company

    Posted Sep 16, 2017, 7:58 AM by Parents Community Service Network
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