Join us for: Feeding the Hungry and Getting to Zero Waste

posted Sep 16, 2017, 7:55 AM by Parents Community Service Network   [ updated Sep 16, 2017, 7:58 AM ]

Tuesday, October 12, 2017, 7-9pm
This event is open to Parents and Educators and registration is required.  Click here to register or email 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

Sustainability: Connecting, Learning, Acting

posted Feb 6, 2017, 4:32 PM by Parents Community Service Network   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 8:45 AM ]

Sustainability:  Connecting, Learning, Acting
March 6, 2017
An inspiring morning with a wealth of information on service-learning and sustainability.
Our speakers, Flannery Denny, Ken Higgins and Melissa Elstein, discuss how to grow an environmental advocate.

Flannery Denny 
Sustainability Curriculum Project Coordinator and 
Middle School Math Teacher at Manhattan Country School 

Ken Higgins 
Dean of Students, Sustainability Coordinator and Music Teacher at The Town School 

Melissa Elstein 
Secretary and Founding Member of the West 80s Neighborhood Association 

The Event was kicked off by a Resource Fair with participants from City Agencies and Local Environmental Organizations.
See our Meeting Notes Page for copies of handouts and other resources.

Our Speakers (front left) Melissa Elstein, Ken Higgins, Flannery Denny, with the PCSN Leadership Committee, Carl Garrison, Sabrina Coughlin, Jariya Wanapun, Karen Weissman, Laurel Skarbinski, Valeska Stupak (Lori Gleeman not pictured).

Service as Social Justice: An Interactive Workshop

posted Feb 29, 2016, 11:20 AM by Parents Community Service Network   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 2:33 PM ]

A PCSN Seminar
Service as Social Justice: An Interactive Workshop
Thursday, February 25, 2016

Moderators Michelle Wonsley, Tené Howard and Erica Corbin guide PCSN members through 
discussions on Implicit Bias, Service Social Justice and Critical Service-Learning

Erica Corbin

Director of Community Life and Diversity, The Chapin School, Chair, NYSAIS Diversity Committee

Tene Howard

Director of Global Outreach, Service and Sustainability, Packer Collegiate Institute

Michelle Wonsley

Director of Community Life, The Brearley School

A Gallery Walk gets to the heart of why PCSN members support community service and 
service-learning in their children's schools.

Breakout Discussions

Our Speakers with the PCSN Leadership Committee.  
From left to right: Carl Garrison, Laurel Skarbinski, Karen Weissman, 
Tené Howard, Erica Corbin, Michelle Wonsley, Jariya Wanapun, Valeska Stupak. 

Coffee Connection: Service Activities for Earth Day--Completed

posted Dec 16, 2015, 8:15 AM by Parents Community Service Network   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 2:39 PM ]

Spring Coffee Connection: Service Activities for Earth Day
Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 9:30 - 11:00 am
On the Upper East Side (email us for details
Any members with environmental project ideas please let us know if you would be willing to share with the group.

Service and Smiles: Kindness Tips from Doing Good Together

posted Oct 23, 2015, 10:04 AM by Parents Community Service Network   [ updated Oct 23, 2015, 10:08 AM ]

DGT has a great FREE resource called Service and Smiles: Kindness Tips from Doing Good Together. You can subscribe on the Doing Good Together website ( When you do, each week throughout the school year you’ll get a fun tip to insert in the newsletter you send to families. Included are simple service project ideas, kindness practices and other tips that teach children about caring and compassion. Again, this is at no cost at all to you. If you have questions, you can contact Nassim at

Become a PCSN Parent Representative

posted Oct 14, 2015, 8:16 AM by Parents Community Service Network

PCSN is inviting schools to designate a parent representative to work with us.  The role involves attending three meetings during the school year and sharing what you learn with your school community.  It's that simple--and very rewarding!  Many schools in the New York City area have already signed on.  If you would like to represent your school, or want more information, email

Coffee Connection--October 21, 2015--COMPLETED

posted Oct 14, 2015, 8:13 AM by Parents Community Service Network   [ updated Oct 23, 2015, 10:02 AM ]

Wednesday, October 21, 2015, 9:30-11:00am
On the Upper East Side (RSVP for details)
We'll talk about community art projects and using art as a fundraiser, and hear form local organizations that use art to inspire creativity and learning, particularly in schools where access to the arts is severely limited.  If any PCSN members have worked on an art-related project, please let us know if you are willing to share your experience at the Coffee Connection.  RSVP to

Coffee Connection--April 23, 2015--COMPLETED

posted Apr 20, 2015, 1:39 PM by Parents Community Service Network   [ updated Oct 14, 2015, 8:18 AM ]

The last PCSN Coffee Connection of the school year is coming up:
Thursday, April 23, 9:30-11:00am
1370 Avenue Of The Americas @56th Street, 26th Floor
In the conference room of Pharo Management
Grab a coffee at the Starbucks across the street (1380 6th Ave)
Tell lobby security that you are with PCSN

"In Need of Nourishment"
As a follow-up to the successful PCSN seminar in February, we'll talk about more Hunger-related projects for kids, as well as service ideas on Nutrition and Nutritional Education.
You'll hear about fresh food drives, organizations that provide healthy school snack options, programs to help kids who rely on the National School Lunch Program meet their nutrition needs on long weekends away from school, and more!

RSVP's are greatly appreciated if you are able to tell us in advance!

Beyond the Food Drive: Teaching Kids How to Bring an End to Hunger

posted Mar 3, 2015, 2:36 PM by Parents Community Service Network

A PCSN Seminar
Beyond the Food Drive: Teaching Kids How to Bring an End to Hunger
Thursday, February 26, 2015

Alison M. Cohen of WhyHunger (left) moderates an expert panel in a conversation about hunger.   With Michael Hurwitz of GreenMarket, GrowNYC, Katherine Soll from Teens for Food Justice, Jeanne Traugot of City Harvest, and Cassandra L. Agredo from Xavier Mission.

Thank you to all of our panelists and attendees who came out to make this seminar a huge success and deep learning experience for us all!
(Note: Resources and Service Project Ideas discussed in the seminar may be found on this forum under a separate post.)

PCSN Seminar: Beyond the Food Drive Resource Guide

posted Mar 3, 2015, 2:34 PM by Parents Community Service Network

Beyond the Food Drive: Teaching Kids How to Bring an End to Hunger 
On February 26, 2015, PCSN held a conversation with leading experts in the field of Hunger. Below are the resources and project ideas that came from our expert panelists, as well as audience members. 

Panelist Websites 
WhyHunger (
Alison M. Cohen, Senior Director of Programs (Seminar Moderator) 

Xavier Mission (
Cassandra L. Agredo, Executive Director 

Greenmarket Program, GrowNYC (
Michael Hurwitz, Director 

Teens for Food Justice (
Katherine Soll, CEO/Director/Founder 

City Harvest (
Jeanne Traugot, Manager, Food Sourcing 

Make Your Mark on Hunger, March 15 – April 30, 2015. (see attached flyer) 
Service Project Ideas for students and families. 
Educator Resources including lesson plans. 

TEDx Manhattan: Changing the Way We Eat, March 7, 2015 

With a viewing party hosted by NYCCAH and Xavier Mission 
When: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: Xavier Mission
 46 West 16th St. New York, NY 10011 

TEDx Manhattan Adventure: A Tale of Two Food Brooklyns – New York City Coalition Against Hunger, Sunda, March 8, 2015 

Resource Materials provided by WhyHunger 

Project Ideas for School Communities: 

Stop Hunger Now. 

Tweak your food drive to have greater impact by collecting a dollar with every packaged food item. A can of food is of tangible value in teaching a child about hunger and charity. But a can of food costs over a dollar at your local supermarket, whereas a pantry is able to buy roughly three cans of food with every dollar donated. 

Hold a fresh food drive. 

Adopt both a pantry and a farm. Raise money to pay the farm to raise food for the pantry. 

New York Common Pantry, 

Help pack food at the pantry. 

Have older students who are able to work at the pantry share their experience with younger students. At one school, older kids are giving younger students tickets to represent a limited food budget and asking the younger students to plan meals on this budget. 

Organize a Paper Plate Campaign to ask state and federal legislators to make hunger a priority. 

Take the SNAP Challenge. Spend a week living on the average daily food stamp benefit. 

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