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October 2012 Highlighted Volunteer Projects!

6 Oct

Check out the following opportunities for weekend warrior volunteers coming up this October!

On the Upper East Side: On October 13th, Volunteer with Meals-on-Wheels, delivering meals by foot to home-bound seniors, who look forward to these much-needed personal visits. For more info click here.

On the Lower East Side: On October 14th, donate two hours to help run a chili cook-off for charity! Or, join the fun and buy a ticket! All proceeds will benefit God’s Love We Deliver. For more info about the event click here. For volunteer info, email giveandgetnyc@gmail.com

Midtown East: On October 20th, donate your time to Dress for Success and Street Project by sorting clothing donations. For more info click here.

In Northern Manhattan: On October 27th, help keep a beautiful park beautiful by raking leaves and making mulch with the NYRP. For more info click here.


Volunteer with GLWD this Friday!

20 Sep

God’s Love We Deliver is looking for four volunteers to help out at a reception this Friday evening, September 23rd from 4:30pm-7:00pm. Volunteers would assist staff with bartending and passing food platters. T-shirts and hats will be provided. Please email Kate at ksuhr@glwd.org if you’re interested in helping out!


New Volunteer Opportunities with NYRP!

14 Sep

 New York Restoration Project is excited to host 2 volunteer events this fall at their Sherman Creek Campus in Northern Manhattan. Volunteers will help plant, beautify and maintain the natural areas and gardens of Swindler Cove, Sherman Creek Park and Highbridge Park. Volunteers are welcome to come to one or all of the events and learn about a variety of seasonal gardening activities while helping NYRP keep these parks growing. The two upcoming projects are:

Saturday, September 17: 11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Planting and invasive removal in Highbridge Park

Sunday, October 9: 1:00 to 3:30 pm

Leaves and compost

There is room for a limited number of volunteers at each event. Please pre-register by contacting Leah Kragh at volunteer@nyrp.org or (212) 333-2552.For both projects, close-toed shoes are required. Work gloves, tools and water will be provided. Please dress in long pants and work clothes. Children are welcome with the supervision of an adult.

The Details:

Location: The meeting site for all dates is the picnic benches by Swindler Cove Park building.

Directions: A train to Dyckman/200th St. Walk East on Dyckman St. towards the Harlem River, cross the Harlem River Driveway/10th Avenue, enter the Bikepath/Esplanade in front of P.S. 5. Entrance to Swindler Cove Park is on right

A little bit about New York Restoration Project: “Working in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, NYRP staff, AmeriCorps members and countless corporate and community volunteers have planted hundreds of thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers to support the restoration and maintenance of NYRP’s community gardens, as well as four New York City parks – resulting in the removal of nearly 133,000 bags of trash removed from the city’s green spaces.” For more information about NYRP, please visit their website.

Pando Projects: Service for the New Millennial

18 Feb

I recently came across the website WhatGives?!, which is dedicated to spreading the good word about volunteerism, organizations, and causes, using social media to help raise awareness and funds for nonprofits. It’s teeming with useful information I love to read about and is now on the top of my bookmark list. More importantly (and relevant to this article), is that I read about Pando Projects for the first time. A new start-up based in New York City, it’s mission and platform immediately caught my attention and I needed to know more. Enter: Milena Arciszewski. Ask and you shall receive; I was able to get on the phone with Milena and learn more about Pando, and confirm that she is, in fact, as cool and candid as the voice she writes with on her site and blog.

Pando Projects is a nonprofit that “empowers people to step up as leaders and develop new, local solutions to the problems in their communities.” The Pando platform that was created will allow project leaders to create personal sites for their local causes to raise money, manage volunteers, organize events, and share their experience and results. As projects are completed, the leaders will become mentors to 5 more up-and-coming Pando Project leaders; with Pando as the catalyst, this is sure to become a chain reaction for change and create a true social network for good.

Though Pando Projects accepts applications from anyone over 18 years old, their primary demographic is Millennials: us young people born between 1980 and 1994. This includes Milena herself, who told me that our generation has big ambitions to change the world but we’re bored with what’s out there. Millennials don’t necessarily want the traditional volunteer experience, they want to create their own project and make change happen on their own terms. This is sure to harness the passionate energy of millennials not only to start their own projects, but also to donate to local projects to which they feel most connected. When I asked Milena about whether Pando Projects would serve mainly as an online platform or something that connects people in real life, she said that “Our platform definitely encourages off-line action. The idea is that we give Millennials the encouragement and tools they need to start amazing initiatives in their own communities.  But then they come home and share their experience on their website and then distribute the update through Facebook, email, and Twitter.  It’s offline action that’s documented through social media.”

I love the concept of Pando Projects, and I’m really happy that Milena chose New York City as her base of operations. In such a big city it’s easy for a lot of smaller, local community issues to go unnoticed and unfixed. Pando Projects is ready to empower New York’s ambitious Millennials to step up and fix the problems they see in their own backyards. I can’t wait to watch how this progresses as projects are successfully completed and the network of NYC do-gooders begins to grow through the mentorship program.

The pilot has officially begun- check out the inaugural projects by visiting http://pilot.pandoprojects.org. You can sign up to volunteer or make a donation on the individual project page you’re most passionate about (or more than one-they’re all pretty interesting!).


And if you’re wondering why it’s called the “Pando Project”: Pando is the name of the largest aspen forest in the U.S. whose trees are all connected with one root system. <<insert ‘The More Your Know’ jingle here>>