HOPE FOR NEW YORK
Don't Walk By
Downtown · The East Side · The West Side · Uptown

Don't Walk By is an annual collaboration of faith-based organizations that are committed to serving the homeless and offering them an alternative to living on the streets.

Volunteers canvass the streets and subway platforms in Manhattan on a search for the homeless, offering the people they encounter care kits and an invitation to return to a nearby church for food and medical assistance. 

For those ready to leave the streets, Don't Walk By will offer a place in a residential recovery program.

OUR PARTNERSHIP
Volunteers walk every street in Manhattan, serve dinner, provide medical services, and offer encouragement and prayer for our homeless neighbors.
Our grant dollars support all the program costs for Don't Walk By, from hearty dinners for the guests to medical supplies and hygiene kits.
Families and children from HFNY's partner churches will assemble over 1,000 care kits filled with hygiene products that will be distributed to the homeless through Don't Walk By.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

2017 Don't Walk By Outreach Dates 

 

Feb 4: Westside (Sign up here entering "HFNY" as promotional code)

Feb 11: East Side (Sign up here entering "HFNY" as promotional code)

Feb 18: Downtown (Sign up here entering "HFNY" as promotional code)

Feb 25: Uptown (Sign up here entering "HFNY" as promotional code)

 

There are several roles you can serve with, including: 

  1. Street Engagement: Walk a 10×10 block radius with your team to reach out to the homeless
  2. Subway Engagement: Ride a subway line with your team to reach out to the homeless 
  3. Team Leader: Lead a volunteer team on the street or subway. Training for this role will be held on Tues, 1/17, and Thur, 1/19. 
  4. Hospitality: Serve at the anchor church to provide a meal, clothing, resources, and encouragement to the homeless guests that arrive off the streets. 
  5. Medical Professionals: Medical Doctors, registered nurses, physician assistants, EMTs, Medical practitioners, certified counselors.

 

**Registration Guidelines for Groups**

If you want to serve with a group: 

1. As a group, choose a date to volunteer and a role you want to play as a group (street engagement or subway engagement)

2. Choose a team leader Decide who from your group will serve as the Team Leader* and write his/her name on the registration form.

*Team leaders must attend one team leader training on one of the following dates (sign up link will be posted soon): 

  1. Tues Jan 17 – 6pm-9pm
  2. Thur Jan 19 – 6pm-9pm

3. Flexibility is key While group affiliations are taken into account when assigning outreach teams, Don't Walk By assigns teams with specific safety constraints in mind and to best serve our homeless neighbors (i.e. co-ed groups, up to 8 people per group, etc). You may be placed on another team than your choosing, so we thank you in advance for your graciousness and flexibility!

If you have any questions, please email volunteer@hfny.org or visit Don't Walk By's FAQ page here: https://www.rescuealliance.nyc/dwb-faq

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Volunteer with Registration

Registration volunteers will greet and check in fellow volunteers who signed up to serve with Don't Walk By. Volunteers for this opportunity must have a smart phone and be comfortable downloading a free app (Eventbrite) to check people in. Training will be provided on the day of the event. See below for links to sign up!

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Homelessness Workshop in March

After Don't Walk By is over, join us in March to learn more about the epidemic of homelessness. Learn more in depth about the causes of homelessness and what organizations in the city are going to holistically care for our homeless neighbors.

Thursday, March 2, from 7pm-10pm. Register online


See below to sign up for these opportunities.
UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES
OPPORTUNITY
 
TIME
LOCATION
SERVING
Don't Walk By

Volunteer at the Registration Table!

 
Sat 242017
12:30 PM 3:30 PM
The West Side
Homeless
Don't Walk By

Volunteer at the Registration Table!

 
Sat 2112017
12:30 PM 3:30 PM
The East Side
Homeless
Don't Walk By

Volunteer at the Registration Table!

 
Sat 2182017
12:30 PM 3:30 PM
Downtown
Homeless
Don't Walk By

Volunteer at the Registration Table!

 
Sat 2252017
12:30 PM 3:30 PM
Uptown
Homeless
“Committing to walk & engage with the homeless made me think about the future: how would stopping this time, instead of walking by, change the way I commute everyday? Could I go back to putting on blinders to the need in my own neighborhood?”
Elizabeth E., Volunteer
MENTIONS
Engage the Homeless? How?
January 14, 2015
You and I will not be able to solve the “homelessness problem” as defined by the world and the society we live in. But we can find a way to get people to the feet of Jesus and offer folks the one thing that we all need to live a life of purpose and meaning: we can offer hope. Here are 3 practical ways to offer hope to our friends on the street this winter.
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How to pray for the homeless this month
February 02, 2015
In preparation for our Don't Walk By outreach during the month of February, here are 5 ways you can join us in prayer for our homeless neighbors this month.
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Why We Love Don't Walk By
January 06, 2016
This year marks Hope for New York's sixth year to participate in Don't Walk By! Don't Walk By is an annual outreach to homeless men and women in New York City during the coldest season of the year. We love partnering with several organizations to host this outreach for so many reasons!
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Meet Awesome Volunteer Bo Huang
February 09, 2016
Awesome volunteer Bo Huang attends Redeemer Downtown and has volunteered with Don't Walk By with his community group for several years. "We’ve always felt compelled to serve with DWB because homelessness is one of the major, ever-present social issues of NYC and Christ cares deeply for the poor," Bo says.
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Love Your Homeless Neighbors through Don't Walk By 2017
January 06, 2017
As New Yorkers, we do it every day. We see a homeless person on the street, huddled up in a sleeping bag or makeshift blankets, their few belongings littered around them...and we keep walking. What if we stopped?
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How Don't Walk By Changed My View of NYC
January 17, 2017
Andrea Yee has lived in NYC for eight years. It wasn't until last year, when she volunteered with Don't Walk By, that she really felt a sense of ownership of the city. It changed the way she views her home, and she believes all New Yorkers should participate in this outreach at least once!
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