Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Manhattan

Service Projects

The Sathya Sai Baba Center of Manhattan hosts regular service projects in conjunction with the other Centers in the New York City area. Here are some of our regular activities.

For more than 10 years, we have served out dinner to about 50 - 60 persons. Setting up starts between 5:45 - 6:00. Food is served at 6:00 PM.

Volunteers are urgently needed! Please let us know if you would like to participate.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 5:45 PM
Place: Corner of 116th Street and 7th Avenue (Adam Clayton Powell Blvd)

We serve out food every week at this time. Whether you can bring food or bring yourself to help serve, your assistance is most welcome!

(Note: The Bowery Food Service takes place every Saturday at the same place and time, and all are welcome each week.)

When: Every Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM
Place: In front of the Nativity Mission On Forsythe Street (Between Houston and Stanton)

For 12 years the River Service has provided lunch every Saturday. Thanks to our beloved Swami, more than two hundred people are served.

The vegetarian meal includes rice, lentils, vegetables, fruits, salad, pasta, bread, vegetable soup, tea, water.

Set up starts at 12:30 pm and lunch is served at 1:00. Whether you can bring food or bring yourself to help serve, you are welcome!

When: Every Saturday
Time: 12:30 AM
Place: First Avenue between 29th - 30th Streets

For over 15 years, lunch has been prepared and served to about 50 senior residents of the neighborhood, on the third Sunday of every month.

You can come at anytime for as little or as long as possible. Food preparation is done in the morning with food served at lunch time.

When: Third Sunday of the Month
Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Place: Madison Avenue Baptist Church - 30 East 31st Street (Between Park and Madison) 4th Floor

Every month we meet at the Goldwater Auditorium from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM to distribute birthday cards and welcome new patients.

During special occasions such as Christmas we arrange to distribute holiday cards and presents to patients.

Please join us for this regular monthly service activity.

When: One Saturday a Month
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Goldwater Auditorium - Coler-Goldwater Memorial Hospital (see directions)

The regular monthly service activity begins at the C12 Children's ward at the Coler Main Building.

The Service activity includes:

  • Singing songs accompanied by musical instruments
  • Coloring/Reading activity
  • One on one interaction with the children
  • Taking the children out for a stroll within the Hospital

Volunteers are urgently needed to spend time with the children. Please join us for the Service and let us spend quality time with the children.

When: Last Saturday of the Month
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Place: Coler hospital - Coler-Goldwater Memorial Hospital (see directions)

Selfless service to others is at the heart of Sathya Sai Baba's teachings. Service projects should be performed with love and humility, without the slightest desire for publicity, recognition, power, or even the spreading of Sathya Sai Baba's name.

Please feel free to talk with our Service Coordinator, or any of the officers at the center for more information.

“Swami Says ...”

Service is the essence of devotion, the best cure for egotism. Consider service as the best spiritual discipline. But do not believe that you can by means of service reform or reshape the world. You may or may not; that does not matter. The real value of service, its most visible result, is that it reforms you, reshapes you. Do service as a spiritual discipline; then you will be humble and happy.

- Sathya Sai Baba