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Reasons to Get Involved
Why should your family lend a helping hand?
- It feels good. The satisfaction and pride that come from helping others are important reasons to volunteer. When you commit your time and effort to an organization or a cause you feel strongly about, the feeling of fulfillment can be endless.
- It strengthens your community. Organizations and agencies that use volunteers are providing important services at low or no cost to those who need them. When a community is doing well as a whole, its individuals are better off, too.
- It can strengthen your family. Volunteerism is a great way for families to have fun and feel closer. But many people say they don’t have the time to volunteer after fulfilling work and family commitments. If that’s the case, try rethinking some of your free time as a family. You could select just one or two projects a year and make them a family tradition (for example, making and donating gift baskets to care facilities for the elderly around the holidays).
- It can help you build a network. Volunteering for an organization or cause gives you the opportunity to meet new people and become familiar with organizations that help our community and can provided resources and experience to individuals that are looking to better themselves and gain knowledge and skills that can benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Resources and Organizations that need volunteers:
Local Volunteer Opportunities
Local volunteer service opportunities can always be found by visiting http://www.nycservice.org/ and putting in your local zip code. The following organizations have volunteer opportunities available:
Fitness Instructors Wanted
The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation seeks your participation to enrich their recreation facilities! Shape Up New York is a free fitness program for all ages and is looking for additional instructors at Detective Keith L. Williams Field House (106-16 173rd Street Between 172 & 173 Streets) in Jamaica, Queens. Volunteer opportunities are available for a variety of classes and activities, including aerobics, yoga and pilates. Volunteers must have some experience as a fitness instructor, and once accepted, will have the opportunity to shadow a current instructor before leading their own classes. This position offers flexibility and creativity for enthusiastic volunteers interested in giving back to their communities and addressing pressing health issues such as Diabetes and Obesity. Volunteers are required to undergo a background check and attend one day of training prior to starting. Classes are offered once a week for a six to eight week period. For additional information, visit http://www.nycgovparks.org/befitnyc, or contact New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Queens, Volunteer Coordinator at 212 360-3300 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have a passion that you would like to share with young people? If so, the Business, Academics and Community Institute (B.A.C.) seeks to provide students with skills and experiences designed to support their personal growth. Key to the Institute is the active participation of the private sector, individuals and community who provide real world connections for our students through work experiences and weekly seminars. The combination of seminars and work experiences is incredibly effective as it builds students’ confidence and skills to pursue new opportunities and cultivates productive members of society. We invite you to become a part of the B.A.C Institute and the Queens Satellite High School for Opportunities community. From health to professionalism, entrepreneurship or the arts, your knowledge is valuable! Mentors can participate in one day sessions, or teach a seven-week seminar on a topic of your choice. Your company or colleagues can team-up with you to teach the seminar. Technical assistance for lesson planning and working with youth will be provided throughout your experience. Volunteers must like and respect young people, Some teaching or training background is a plus, but not required. Volunteers can sign-up for a one-time periodic sessions or provide more indepth mentoring over seven weeks. To take advantage of this volunteer opportunity, you must be available on Thursdays from 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm at pm or 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm at an off-site location. For additional information, contact Kristy Nguyen, Manager at 718-657-3920, 4031 or email@example.com.
The Daughters of Isis Foundation, Inc. Volunteer Opportunity
The Daughters of Isis Foundation’s vision is to create and effect change for young women and children, by helping them develop the necessary tools to become successful in life. Please spread the good news. If anyone is interested in volunteering, interning, or becoming a mentor, please contact Simone Williams, Founder and CEO, at (347) 731-1721 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information, visit www.thedaughtersofisisfoundation.org.
First Jamaica Community Urban Development Corporation
The First Jamaica Community Urban Development Corporation is seeking a Board Member. The Board Member will take on responsibilities including attending meetings, providing resources and expertise to help achieve the corporation’s mission and vision. The requirements include community development, fundraising, and marketing. For additional information about this volunteer opportunity, contact Yvette Thompson, Administrative Assistant, (718) 526-4775, Ext. 11 or email@example.com.
Volunteer Office/Clerical Assistant
The First Jamaica Community Urban Development Corporation is seeking an Office/Clerical Assistant. Responsibilities include clerical duties to assist organization with daily operation. The Office/Clerical Assistant will assist with copying, mailings, light computer, answering phone. For additional information about this volunteer opportunity, contact Yvette Thompson, Administrative Assistant, at (718) 526-4775, Ext. 11, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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