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The 7 Best Places To Volunteer In NYC

March 28, 2012 6:00 AM

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Spring is an ideal time to get out there and try something new. Have you thought about volunteering? Here are the 7 best places to offer your time and talents in New York City, with tips to find just the right spot for you. By Sherry Mazzocchi

Animal Care and Control of NYC

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locations in all five boroughs
Call 311 for more information
nycacc.org

American Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

424 E. 92nd St. NYC 10128
(212) 876-7700
aspca.org

If you love animals, New York is full of organizations that welcome assistance. Animal Care and Control needs people to walk dogs, play with cats and clean cages as well as perform administrative tasks. Interested in animal activism? Start your own neighborhood watch program and spot stray animals with tips from the ASPCA. Or use Petfinder.com to get in touch with animal rescue organizations.

NYC Service

nycservice.org

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Volunteering at the community level can make a big impact on a lot of lives. With NYC Service’s website, search by zip code or area of interest to find opportunities right in your own neighborhood. Whether it’s planting trees in parks, teaching yoga to seniors or tutoring children, this site has hundreds listings and is updated daily.

Idealist

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idealist.org

Thinking of combining a vacation with a virtuous act? Perhaps you could develop a website in Belize or become a photographer in Peru. Have a look at Idealist.org–their website is chock-full of non-profit volunteer (and job) opportunities the world over.

TimeBanks NYC

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TimeBanks NYC is a great way to swap your skills for another person’s service. Essentially, the program is a clearinghouse for services needed and offered.  Want to learn a foreign language? Teach someone how to play piano. Volunteer for one job and then cash in your “time credits” to get something in return. Or save up for a rainy day.

New York Cares

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newyorkcares.org

Want to inspire your children to be better citizens? New York Cares has volunteer opportunities for teens as well as entire families. Whether you only want to donate to their holiday coat drive or teach children financial literacy, this organization finds the best opportunity for you.

The Samaritans of New York

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(212) 673-3000
samaritansnyc.org

Listening can save lives. Samaritans of New York offer an intensive training for suicide prevention hotline volunteers, who volunteer one morning or afternoon shift per week and one overnight shift per month answering the calls of those who are experiencing a crisis or suicidal thoughts.

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