Friday, February 11, 2011

Volunteering with New York Cares

Volunteering with the charity 'New York Cares' is a great way to get involved with your local community.  Not only is it very rewarding, it is also great fun and a good way to meet people.  In order to get started you need sign up for an induction on their website.  The inductions are only a couple of hours long and are offered across New York at varying times of the day during the week and at the weekends. 

Once you have completed your induction you can start signing up for projects.  They have so many different opportunities available, including working with children, the elderly, at animal shelters, tidying local parks, painting schools and proving food for the homeless.  You can give as much or as little time as you want, it really is up to you.  There are some projects that require long-term commitment, but many only require you to sign up for one session at a time.  It is all web based, so it is very easy and convenient to view and sign up for the projects thay have available.

If you are unable to work in the US due to Visa reasons, or unable to get a social security number, you can still volunteer with New York Cares and sign up for many of their projects.  However, they do require two references when you sign up to volunteer.

I really enjoy volunteering with New York Cares and have a few projects that I work with regularly.  I have met some great people and it has really helped me to become part of the community and get to know the city.

For more information visit  http://www.newyorkcares.org/

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