Pajama Program (Long Island)



For this site please contact the site supervisor listed below to schedule your service. Be sure to register your hours in GivePulse once complete. 


Prior to scheduling your service please go to and fill out the volunteer application and background check forms. Once your background check has been cleared e-mail Petti Cellura, Long Island Chapter President at to schedule your service.



Petti Cellura

Long Island Chapter President



Pajama Program provides new pajamas and new books to children in need nationwide, many of whom are waiting to be adopted. These children live in group homes, shelters and temporary housing facilities and are shuffled often from one place to another. Many of them have been abandoned, abused or neglected. Most of these children have never enjoyed the simple comfort of having a parent tuck them in at bedtime with warm, clean pajamas and a bedtime story. Some of the children are living with their families below the poverty level, in desperate need of food, clothing and shelter. These two simple gifts of pajamas and books let the children know that someone cares - sometimes these are the only new things they have ever received.



Reading/ Volunteer Opportunities working with children (ages 4-12) one-to-one or in small groups.


Port Washington-Parent Resource Center

  • Volunteers must have Pajama Program Background Clearance
  • The Resource Center has story time every Friday morning and invites volunteers to read to the children.
  • Please commit to a one hour visit each week
  • Volunteers are responsible for bringing a book(s) to read.


Homework Help/Reading to Children at Shelters

There are opportunities for volunteers to read to children, or help with homework at shelters in Bay Shore, Brentwood, Wyndanch, and Patchogue. You can choose reading during the day to pre-school age children (and perhaps bring a craft activity or game to play), or helping with homework after school.

  • Volunteers must have Pajama Program Background Clearance and will be required to be fingerprinted by the shelter's governing organization.
  • Volunteers should commit to once a week, or bi-monthly. A minimum of 30 minutes should be spent reading aloud to children, an hour for homework help. Volunteers are responsible for bringing a book(s) to read.
  • Volunteers will work under the supervision of the program director and child care staff.



To volunteer, each student will need to fill out a volunteer application and pass a background check.


Visit the website at for the volunteer application form.

Follow this link for the background check:

Once this has been completed, you will have access to view the schedule for the readings that occur Tue. – Fri. during office hours.


 SB 2/5/19


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