Volunteering in NYC or other cities can be daunting sometimes. Volunteering, yes, but where to start? Which organization? Lots of questions. Wikepedia is always a great starting point. The definition of volenteering: Generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote good or improve human quality of life. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. There is no financial gain involved. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, socialization, and fun. It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue.
Points of Light has the top 10 resources for volunteering in NYC or any other city:
1. Volunteer Leader Guidebook – Learn how to create high-impact, well-managed projects that will help you sustain volunteers and have a positive impact in your community. Click here for supporting resources within the guidebook.
2. Passion Into Action – This collection of 13 tools provides basic tips for volunteers who want to turn their passion for changing the world into action.
3. Adults in Schools – This guidebook is designed for adults interested in volunteering in schools. This guide was created through a collaboration between generationOn and HandsOn Network, with contributions from the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee and the Volunteer Center of Brown County.
4. Professional Skills Matrix – This matrix is designed to provide a structure in using volunteerism to develop personal and professional skills.
5. Be a Leader of NOW - Tips for being a great volunteer leader.
6. Ten Ways to Volunteer on Your Own Schedule – How to make time for volunteering.
7. Defining Civic Involvement – Worksheet for generating ideas around civic engagement.
8. Neighboring Toolkit – This toolkit aims to help volunteers effectively work with under-resourced communities that are less closely connected, often where unemployment, violence and drugs are taking their toll in order to provide positive assistance.
9.Reflection Guide – Here is a list of ideas for generating reflection after completion of volunteer projects.
10. The Connection between Civic Involvement and Service – Tip sheet for connecting volunteers to further civic action.
Now go and volunteer, volunteer and volunteer. Make a difference!