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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/

  • 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
  • Sustainability: Connecting, Learning, Acting
    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).
    Posted Mar 7, 2017, 8:45 AM by Parents Community Service Network
  • Service as Social Justice: An Interactive Workshop
    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. 

    Posted Apr 25, 2016, 2:33 PM by Parents Community Service Network
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