New York Cares – MTM June Cause To Care (by Alice)
If you live in New York City, you may have heard of New York Cares. They are the organization that runs the yearly NYC Coat Drive. While this is a weekly column and I hope to cover other regions of the US, I want to start out with one of the most versatile voluntary organizations that NYC has to offer. New York Cares provides “vital volunteer support to more than 990 nonprofit agencies, public schools, and other deserving organizations throughout the five boroughs”.
Here’s what you need to do to get involved:
- Sign up for an account through their website
- Attend one of their 2 hour orientation meetings
- Choose from over hundreds of their projects of which they fund. Some are one time commitments and others are reoccurring.
You can volunteer to walk dogs or feed cats for any of the city’s shelters. Go on field trips with public school classes to the Met, Natural History Museum, or the Apollo Theatre. You can tutor a child. Read bedtime stories to children in homeless shelters. Paint a school or garden at one of the community parks. You can visit nursing homes and make a new friend.
As an active volunteer of New York Cares, it’s a great way to not only support your community, and also meet other volunteers with like minded values.
Don’t have time to donate? You can also make a contribution to support their many service projects; you can even designate your gift to benefit the program of your choice.