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September 11, 2011
BENEFITING: New York Cares
You can support a wide range of New Yorkers in need -- homeless, hungry, home-bound elderly, disabled, struggling readers, children and youth at risk, even homeless dogs and cats -- by supporting a single organization: New York Cares. Read all about it below, then please donate what you can. I support New York Cares because I'm a born and bred New Yorker: this is my city and these are my neighbors. Thank you!
From New York Cares:
New York Cares was founded by a group of friends who wanted to take action against serious social issues that faced our city in the late 1980s. Finding few options to help, they created their own organization to address the problems from the ground up.
New York Cares is now the city's largest volunteer organization, running volunteer programs for 1,200 nonprofits, city agencies and public schools. Today's volunteers share our founders' vision that we all have a role to play in making our city a better place.
How We Work
Our staff works with partner organizations to identify their most pressing needs, creates projects to bridge the gaps, and recruits, trains and deploys teams of volunteers to make a difference.
Our volunteer model is so successful that it sparked a national movement. More than 370 volunteer organizations, united under the umbrella of HandsOn Network/Points of Light Institute, have adopted our unique approach to service.
More than 53,000 people volunteer with us year after year because they know they make a real difference. Together, we help 400,000 disadvantaged New Yorkers through:
Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities: We develop and run 1,200 hands-on, meaningful volunteer projectseach month that provide a lifeline of support to vulnerable children, adults, and communities. Our projects are flexibly scheduled, allowing even the busiest New Yorkers to make a difference.
Citywide Days of Service: We engage 13,000 volunteers over two large days of service: New York Cares Dayeach October, which benefits public schools, and Hands On New York Dayeach April, which benefits community parks and gardens. These days are also important fundraisers for New York Cares.
Corporate Volunteering: We enable thousands of New York City's leading companies to play an important role in meeting pressing social needs. We are the organization that companies of all sizes turn to when they want to create employee volunteer programs.
Disaster Preparedness:We are New York City's lead organization for managing disaster volunteers. Our Disaster Preparedness and Recovery program ensures that volunteers can be quickly and effectively mobilized in the event of a disaster.
Youth Service Opportunities: Our award-winning Youth Service Clubsoffer meaningful volunteer opportunities to hundreds of low-income teens in our city's public schools. Our goal is to prepare the next generation of volunteers by educating students about social issues, engaging them in youth-led service projects, and providing leadership training.
Holiday Coat and Gift Drives: Our holiday programs, the New York Cares Coat Drive and Winter Wishes for Kids and Families, provide warm winter coats and holiday gifts to men, women, and children who would otherwise go without.