Aisling Irish Volunteers for the Homeless
The Aisling Irish Volunteers for the Homeless are an active and dedicated group who strive to help feed people experiencing homelessness throughout New York City.
The idea of setting up this group came about when Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich visited New York. He suggested that the Irish people give back to the city to show thanks for the success and opportunities they had experienced since immigrating to New York.
Founded in 1990 during our early days as Tír na Nóg, the Aisling Irish Volunteers for the Homeless are our longest running program! Over the years, many volunteers have come together for this importance cause. Their commitment reflects the generous and caring nature of our community.
Our group of about 40-45 volunteers meets at the center on Monday afternoons to prepare hundreds of meals.
Senior volunteers and school children alike meet to prepare and package nutritious sandwiches, beverages, soups, and healthy treats. A second group of dedicated volunteers collect the packaged food and beverages and then deliver them to the homeless community. The food is taken to multiple locations throughout the city, including Fifth Avenue, and feeds approximately 300 homeless people.
This group is very valuable not only on a philanthropic level, but also as a wonderful social outlet for many newly arrived Irish immigrants and the more settled immigrant community. As members of the Aisling Irish Volunteers for the Homeless, they have the opportunity to help the less fortunate, get together with peers, and identify with their broader society.
We are always delighted to welcome new volunteers! There’s no better way to get the week off to a great start than doing a good deed! If you would like to lend a hand or can drive, please consider dedicating a few hours on a Monday evening once a month. We need drivers (van provided) to bring volunteers down to Manhattan on a Monday night and hand out food to the homeless. It only requires a commitment of a few hours once a month or less and is a great act of kindness towards those who are less fortunate. Please call Marie at 914-237-5121 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to get involved.