New York – Volunteering

Volunteering is not only good for your mental health, it helps your self esteem, gives you the chance to learn new skills, it helps your community and friends, and it’s an all around good thing to do when you have the free time. It also shows your kids that it’s just as good to give as it is to receive, especially to people less fortunate than yourself. Nothing is more reward than giving back to the community and making it a better community.

As good of an idea as this sounds, getting started may not be as easy if you’re not a regular volunteer and you don’t know where to look. I can understand the frustrations and I can certainly understand the intimidations of the internet but it’s a worldwide web and if you just search, it can be a big help to you. In the meantime, I will provide you with a few opportunities in New York so maybe you can volunteer for one of these options, or at the very least see how helpful the internet can be.

NYC Service
website: http://www.nycservice.org/
This is a website you can go to where you search for opportunities that move you or mean something to you. This is a good option if you’re looking for something specific and don’t want to settle, and you can possibly find something that will allow you to take your kids with you. This way is a good way to involve the whole family and everyone can receive all the benefits of volunteering.

St John’s Breed & Life
website: http://www.breadandlife.org/home.html
This opportunity is to help issues revolving around hunger and poverty in Brooklyn and Queens. Not only does it have volunteering opportunities but it also has a donation link where you can donate to support it. This would be a good opportunity to involves your kids who are old enough in so they can see how fortunate they are and help out those less fortunate.

New York Restoration Project: NYRD
website: https://www.nyrp.org/
This is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming open spaces in under resourced communities to create greener areas in New York City, according to the website. This is good for those who like to volunteer outdoors and who are into a greener way of living.

City Harvest
website: http://www.cityharvest.org/volunteer
This is a program that connects with a handful of restaurants to feed those in need. This is another good opportunity to help those less fortunate and those who can’t afford food. Definitely consider this option as a choice when looking at volunteering opportunities.

New York Cares
website: https://www.newyorkcares.org/
This opportunity is good for those who want to search for their own opportunities and while it doesn’t list every opportunity, it does list quite a few important causes. This is a good option to consider and possibly include the children in.

While this list is small, it shows that the internet can indeed be helpful and provide you with volunteer opportunities all around New York. When doing your own searches, always put your location so you can get local volunteering opportunities in your area. Don’t be afraid to ask around your community or your work area about volunteering opportunities, or if they know of any either.

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