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CATCH Healthy Habits is sponsored by Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation.

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OASIS Programs in New York City

CATCH Healthy Habits in the Bronx:
Better Health for Children and Adults

The Bronx House is seeking volunteers who are 50 or older to help lead a new intergenerational nutrition/activity program, CATCH Healthy Habits, sponsored by OASIS and funded by Empire BlueCross BlueShield. The program pairs teams of volunteers with kids in grades K-5, to teach them fun ways to learn about nutrition and physical activities.

Contact Phone: 347-275-9042       

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CATCH Healthy Habits pairs adults 50-plus with children to encourage healthier eating and physical activity.

OASIS collaborates with Bronx House to offer the CATCH Healthy Habits Program in the New York City area.

Bronx House is a community center that has been dedicated to helping Bronx residents for 100 years. Today, Bronx House is proud to serve the entire Pelham Parkway community with an array of programs and services for ages 1 to 100+. Bronx House encourages educational, cultural, social, recreational, healthy and physical activities for all ages and backgrounds. Thriving programs include an active fitness center, aquatics program, after school program, sports for youth, Universal Pre-K and senior center all under one roof! Please visit us on the web at

The CATCH program combats the serious public health problem of obesity by engaging mature adults as mentors to teach healthy lifelong habits to kids in grades K - 5.

You can help!

Research shows that adults over 50 who volunteer have lower rates of depression and mortality and greater functional ability than those who do not volunteer. And as a CATCH volunteer, you are not only helping promote healthy habits for kids but also gaining that experience for yourself! Being involved in the CATCH program also provides the opportunity to experience the rewards of meaningful community service.

CATCH volunteers have fun as they promote healthy habits for kids and for themselves. To find out about volunteer opportunities with CATCH Healthy Habits in New York City, contact Cherise Sherriffe at 347-275-9042, or

Learn more about CATCH Healthy Habits


Union Settlement Association offers OASIS Tutoring in East Harlem

Share Your Love of Reading with a Child

Would you be willing to spend one hour a week doing something fun and fulfilling -- especially if you knew it could change a child’s life forever?

If your answer is “yes,” please consider being a tutor, mentor and friend for a child who needs help developing reading and language skills.

Union Settlement Association, the OASIS Institute and AT&T New York have partnered to bring the award-winning OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program to East Harlem’s public schools.

What is OASIS Tutoring?

Through the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring program, volunteers, school districts, communities and OASIS work together to help children build reading skills, self-esteem and positive attitudes toward learning.

The need is great: Improving educational achievement is a high priority in East Harlem where 40% of children do not meet reading and math standards.

The OASIS model is a proven success: The OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring program has a 20-year record of success, reaching over 300,000 children in 21 cities. Evaluations show that students’ reading skills improve and their attitudes toward learning are transformed, while the volunteers gain satisfaction and pride from their roles as tutors and mentors.

Learn more about this rewarding program.

How do I become a tutor?

Training and materials are provided; no teaching experience is needed. You begin by completing the tutor training program. You will then be placed with a child to work with one-on-one, twice a week throughout the school year. To volunteer, contact Harriet Stein at the address below.

Where will tutors be placed?

Tutors are working in six East Harlem elementary schools:
•   PS 38 Roberto Clemente
•   PS 50 Vito Marcantonio
•   PS 102 Jacques Cartier
•   PS 146 Ann M Short
•   PS 155 William Paca
•   PS 182 The Bilingual Bicultural School

How can I get involved?

To learn more about the program, volunteering or contributing, please contact:
Harriet Stein
Intergenerational Tutoring Coordinator

Mailing address:
Harriet Stein
Youth Services
Union Settlement Association
1775 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10029