Volunteering in New York City: Donate Your Time

In a city of more than eight million people, there are plenty who have need of help - be it food, a place to stay, or counseling. Superstorm Sandy has only added to the pressure on resources and staff at the city’s charities, and the ongoing recovery efforts are set to continue for years New York City is a busy place for those working here, but even with all the time constraints – the commuting, the work, the rush of daily life – many New Yorkers will take time to volunteer on a regular basis. Why should you volunteer? NYC volunteering is a great way to give back to the city and the people in it, but for new New Yorkers and internationals it’s also a way to meet people, to understand the underlying infrastructure of the city, and to see a different side of New York than you might be used to. The opportunities are here, so it’s up to you to get involved. Volunteering in NYC goes far beyond food drives. There are so many areas you can get involved in: education, sports, environmental issues, emergency preparation ... the list goes on. A great centralized source is NYC Service. Providing year-round volunteer opportunities in a whole range of locations and programs, NYC Service makes it easier than ever before to find a way to use your particular skills to make a difference. The Parks Department, the Mayor’s Office, and the Office of Emergency Management all need eager New Yorkers to offer their time and services. From acting as a judge for the NYC Debate League to helping with the Boys’ Club of New York Culinary Program, to snow removal when needed, nycservice.org has tons of opportunity You can also find information on the NYC.gov website about becoming a mentor, supporting NYC’s youth, joining the auxiliary police – acting as trained eyes and ears on the ground, aiding the police department - and a range of other official programs where you can make a difference in others’ lives.Helping out in your community matters just as much in New York City as it does in small town USA.

About The New York City Urban Debate League

Our mission is that every school should have a debate team and every student should have the opportunity to the best debate education opportunities. One of the most critical problems in education today is the academic and civic achievement gaps. Our solution is to provide the best college, career, civic, communication and community opportunities through year round academic debate. Each month we work with thousands of students and hundreds of schools. We support debate practices every day, debate centers every week, tournaments every weekend, workshops every month, debate camps all summer, and year round support for any student and teacher. We are one of the the city’s most award winning curricular and extracurricular programs. We have received awards from the White House, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Presidential Commission on the Arts and Humanities, National Institute for Museum and Library Services, The Social Index of Top 100 Nonprofits, BoardSource, Points of Light’s Civic Accelerator, Teach for America, and by the First Lady as “one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the country.” Why Debate? Debate teaches every academic skill and every academic subject. A Great Debater means a person who has the skills and confidence to lead, to speak up, to argue, to question, to read and write to right the wrongs, to know about the world around you, and to change the world around you.

The New York City Urban Debate League
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