New York Cares volunteering pt. 5

Before I get started recapping my experience as a volunteer team leader for New York Cares, I would like to direct your attention to the annual Coat Drive. Between now and February 7, New York Cares is taking coat donations at a ton of locations in every NYC borough, as well as Westchester and Rockland County and Long Island, between now and Feb. 7.

coat driveAt the moment they are experience a severe shortage of coats; they’re getting a lot less donated than they had hoped for. If you are able to take a look in your closet and find a perfectly good coat you just don’t want or need any more (I found and donated two of mine) — or if you could take a little time out of your day to pick out a coat at a store — please consider whether someone in need might need it more than you do, and then consider dropping it off at one of the locations from this list. The staff at New York Cares even compiled a list of the neatest places to take your coat on their blog. Locations include the coat drive bin in Bryant Park, accessible 24 hours a day until the drive ends. Continue reading

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New York Cares Volunteering pt. 4

As was the case between my first post about volunteering through New York Cares and the second, and between the second and the third, a lot has happened since I last wrote about the volunteering hobby I started in September.

I have now led the Coler Hospital Variety Night project on Roosevelt Island a few times, and I have decided to team lead a brand new book cart project at Beth Abraham Hospital in the Bronx where I previously participated in a game night as part of the five-borough challenge for new volunteers.

The new bi-weekly book cart project starts in January, since I figured it would be easiest just to start after the holidays are over and we’re in the New Year. The concept is to bring a book cart (loaded up with books and magazines beforehand by hospital staff) around to hospital residents’ rooms from 2 to 4 pm on Saturdays.

It’s not just about providing some reading material, though. It’s about chatting with people who just need someone to talk to and showing them that they are cared about and not forgotten. In some social situations I can be a little shy or introverted, but when it comes to volunteering I get to turn on my extroverted side and meet interesting new people. Continue reading