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New Volunteer Opportunities!

11 Dec


Winter 2013: As the holidays approach and people get into the giving spirit, I’ll be posting new volunteer opportunities that pop up around NYC. Feel free to share these with friends and family who might be interested in helping out a local non-profit, whether it’s just for a day or for a few months!


Holiday Help at the Food Bank for NYC

Food Bank procures and distributes food to a network of more than 1,000 community-based member programs citywide, helping to provide 400,000 free meals a day for New Yorkers in need. From Meals on Heels on the Upper West to Souper Saturdays in Park Slope, there are tons of ways to help out the Food Bank  this holiday season. Sign up here: http://volunteer.foodbanknyc.org/holidays


Mulchfest 2014 with NYRP: Saturday, January 11, 12:00pm–2:00pm

Every year Mulchfest diverts thousands of Christmas trees from landfills and recycles them into wood chips that can be used to protect and nourish trees in our parks, gardens and street tree pits. Help spread fresh Christmas tree chippings to street trees and work on various winter maintenance projects in the Sherman Creek Park.

To register to volunteer or to get more information e-mail volunteer@nyrp.org.


Helpline Volunteer/Intern with the National Eating Disorders Association (Long-Term)

Position Summary: Information and Referral Helpline interns will offer information and referrals to callers and answer basic questions regarding body image and eating disorders in a caring and compassionate manner. The intern will be continually challenged to accept continuing advancement in responsibilities on the Helpline as the intern becomes ready. The Helpline intern may also assist with other duties in the National Eating Disorders Association office as needed (i.e. writing letters, assisting with information distribution, etc.). This position is a great learning opportunity and involves a minimum of 15 hours of training.

Primary Responsibilities:

  •   Information and Referral Services

·        Provide positive, respectful and timely responses regarding eating disorder information requests via incoming phone calls, voicemail messages, emails, forums, instant messages, and social media sites under Helpline responsibility.

·        Ensure the distribution of Helpline information and referral material in a timely manner that fits the needs of the individual and is presented in a professional manner.

·        Compose general letters of response for information requests.

·        Develop skills related to database management.

·        Increase knowledge and understanding concerning eating disorders and how to appropriately support those affected by them.

·        When deemed appropriate by Helpline Supervisor, the intern may assist in the training of new Helpline volunteers and interns.

·        Contribute to the association’s mission of eliminating eating disorders and body dissatisfaction.

  • Program and Administrative Duties:

·        Assist Programs Department staff with ongoing educational and outreach projects.

·        Assist with minor administrative tasks as needed.

Required Qualifications:

·        High energy, positive attitude, and enthusiasm.

·        Meticulous attention to detail and strong organizational skills.

·        Excellent communication skills and demonstrated ability to provide quality customer service.

·        Strong computer skills, data and word-processing ability.

·        Must be dependable and self-motivated.

·        Able to work effectively as an individual and as part of a team.

·        Must be able to work in New York office.

Time Frame and Commitment:

·        Completion of 15-20 hour Helpline training taking place during the intern’s scheduled shift.

·        Minimum of 8 hours per week for a minimum of 4 months

·        Participation in one activity taking place outside of the main office.

·        Monthly reflections to be submitted and reviewed with Helpline Supervisor to set continuing advancement objectives.

·        Must be able to work at the NEDA headquarters, in New York City, during Helpline hours.

Contact Erin Brekke, Volunteer Coordinator at ebrekke@nationaleatingdisorders.org to apply.


NYCreates Holiday Craft Fair

14 Dec

“Over 40 Fine Craft Artisans at the NYCreates Holiday Craft Fair”

NYCreates is hosting a Holiday Craft Fair featuring over 40 of New York’s fine, handmade craft artisans.  The 3-day event is being held at the West-Park Church/Center at 86th St. and Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side Friday, December 16 through Sunday, December 18, 2011.

The NYCreates Holiday Market makes it easy to give beautiful, high quality, handmade gifts for the holidays. And now more than ever, it is important to support local businesses like these artisan entrepreneurs.

This event offers neighbors and visitors the chance to shop for unique and desirable holiday gifts directly from the artists who make them.  Clothing designer Catherine Joseph makes distinctive men’s and women’s clothing and counts Tommy Mottola and George Lopez among her clients.  Jewelry Designer Amy Burchanal of House of Z Jewelry creates earrings, necklaces, and bracelets from real sea glass collected on the shores of New York State.  Sandra Armstrong of Gifted Papers creates whimsical clocks, boxes, and journals from handmade paper.  These fine artisans and many more will be showing their work at the NYCreates Holiday Craft Fair.

NYCreates is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting handmade craft artists in New York City by sponsoring events, such as craft fairs, as well as providing training and microfinancing.  “Crafts are a vital part of the creative character of the city, and of the economy as well.” says Ted Berger, Executive Director of NYCreates.  “Often these artisan entrepreneurs go under recognized. Their talent, passion, and dedication is clear in the quality and diversity of the objects they make.”  This event is sponsored by the Business Center for New Americans (BCNA) and the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

Preview participating vendors and find event details at www.NYCreates.org.

Info at a Glance:
NYCreates Holiday Craft Fair at West-Park Church
Friday, December 16 – Sunday, December 17, 2011
The corner of 86th Street and Amsterdam Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Friday and Saturday 11 AM – 7 PM
Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM