We're Looking For a TikTok Intern!
Volunteer New York! on 08/03/2022

We're Looking For a TikTok Intern!

Calling all content creators! Volunteer New York! just launched a new internship opportunity for creative teens. This three-month internship is a great way to build up your marketing and communications experience, fulfill service hour requirements, and help inspire volunteerism in the community and among your peers through fun TikTok videos.

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Featured Opportunity: Become a Summer Reading Buddy
Volunteer New York! on 07/21/2022

Featured Opportunity: Become a Summer Reading Buddy

School's out, and while it's exciting to finally break free of the classroom in favor of the waterpark, there's a not-so-fun problem holding back our younger siblings: the dreaded "Summer Slide." Never heard of it? Unfortunately, it's got nothing to do with swimming pools and sprinklers.

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Teen Spotlight: Sammi van Benschoten of KidsGiving
Gianna Mosca on 06/03/2022

Teen Spotlight: Sammi van Benschoten of KidsGiving

We all know how important it is to give back to our communities, but it can seem like quite the overwhelming task. This is especially true when our communities face so many challenges and we already have so much on our plates! But for one New York teen, addressing that challlenge was worth it.

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What We Can Do to Help Ukrainian Refugees
Jessica Friedlander and Gianna Mosca on 04/21/2022

What We Can Do to Help Ukrainian Refugees

It's been just over two months since Russia launched a full-scale invasion on Ukraine, creating one of the largest humanitarian crises in recent history. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than five million refugees have fled Ukraine, with about a quarter of the population being displaced. (See a timeline here.)

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How to Get Involved This MLK Day
Gianna Mosca on 01/10/2022

How to Get Involved This MLK Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day of action for volunteers to help bring about MLK’s vision for a world where divisions between race, class, and gender are unified in solidarity. Even during the COVID-19 epidemic, there are a multitude of ways to get involved in local opportunities—with many of them being virtual. Below is a list of thought-provoking and insightful opportunities to gather knowledge and understanding of inequities in our society and ways to heal them. Sign up now to volunteer for an unforgettable event!

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Top 5 Holiday Volunteer Ideas
Volunteer New York! on 12/23/2021

Top 5 Holiday Volunteer Ideas

The holidays are here, but not everyone will be able to enjoy the season. More than ever, families are struggling to make ends meet this winter. Thankfully, there's a lot that volunteers can do to help! Continue reading to see how you can make a difference in someone's life this season.

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Where to Volunteer on Thanksgiving (and This Weekend)
Volunteer New York! on 11/24/2021

Where to Volunteer on Thanksgiving (and This Weekend)

The season of giving is upon us, and in between bites of turkey and stuffing, we should think of ways to give back to our neighbors in their time of need. Here are just a few volunteer projects that you can do in the spirit of service this Thanksgiving weekend.

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Congressman Mondaire Jones Launches Youth Advisory Council For High School Teens
Volunteer New York! on 08/13/2021

Congressman Mondaire Jones Launches Youth Advisory Council For High School Teens

It goes without saying that decisions made by our elected officials in Congress have a huge impact on people of all ages, but teens in particular may feel left out. Whether or not we like the policies coming out of Washington, we're too young to vote for the people creating those policies that ultimately affect us—and that can be frustrating.

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Summer STEM Hacker Camp for Black Teens in Westchester
Volunteer New York! on 07/21/2021

Summer STEM Hacker Camp for Black Teens in Westchester

Ever wanted to learn how to build your own computer from scratch? A new summer camp is about to kick off in Westchester, and Black teens who have an interest in STEM, computer programming, or who simply like to play around with technology are invited to join—no experience needed!

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New Rochelle Youth Invited to Help Design New Park, The LINC
Volunteer New York! on 07/19/2021

New Rochelle Youth Invited to Help Design New Park, The LINC

Planning for the City of New Rochelle's Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) is well underway, and now you can have a hand in the design of one of its most anticipated features: the LINC!

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Find the Perfect Summer Volunteer Project
Volunteer New York! on 07/02/2021

Find the Perfect Summer Volunteer Project

Can you believe we're already halfway through the summer season? Whether you've got community service requirements to fulfill or you're inspired to do something great (and stay busy) these next two months, we've got you covered when it comes to finding the perfect project.

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To Camp or Not to Camp? Tips For Teens This Summer
Volunteer New York! on 06/23/2021

To Camp or Not to Camp? Tips For Teens This Summer

On Wednesday, June 2, the Westchester County Youth Bureau presented a panel entitled "Preparing For Summer: Updates on COVID-19 Safety and Guidance For Youth and Families." The panel—which featured medical experts and coordinators of summer programs—was designed to inform youth and their families about COVID safety practices in light of upcoming summer camp programs.

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How to Sign Up For Next Week's Youth Racial Equity Sessions For Teens
Volunteer New York! on 06/11/2021

How to Sign Up For Next Week's Youth Racial Equity Sessions For Teens

Next week, YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester—which provides women of all ages with programs to increase their self-sufficiency—is partnering with 4ward Inclusion to launch its Youth Racial Equity 101-103 curriculum. Over the course of three sessions (June 14, 16, and 18), high-schoolers of any gender will explore racial constructs and unpack the historical foundation of racism. The program aims to prepare young people to become agents of change in racial inequity and intersectionality.

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Top Volunteer Opportunities for Memorial Day Weekend
Volunteer New York! on 05/28/2021

Top Volunteer Opportunities for Memorial Day Weekend

It's Memorial Day Weekend, and while many associate the holiday with barbecues, sales at retail stores, and the unofficial start of summer, we mustn't forget that it's a day to remember those who have served—and gave the ultimate sacrifice to—our country.

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Top Opportunity of the Week: Virtual Summer Reading Buddies
Volunteer New York! on 05/14/2021

Top Opportunity of the Week: Virtual Summer Reading Buddies

Every year, JCY-Westchester Community Partners—a nonprofit that aims to improve children's literacy—asks volunteers of all ages to devote a few minutes each week to helping a child learn to read during its Summer Reading Buddies program. This year, Summer Reading Buddies is going virtual, so you can help kids read from your own cozy reading nook at home!

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Sign Up for the Camp Vollo Virtual Summer Camp for Teens
Volunteer New York! on 05/12/2021

Sign Up for the Camp Vollo Virtual Summer Camp for Teens

Summer camp is now open! Volunteer New York!'s Camp Vollo is a free, virtual volunteer camp experience for local changemakers. What does VOLLO stand for? It's a call-to-action about inspiring and empowering volunteers locally to build strong, healthy, and resilient communities.

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Top Volunteer Opportunities for Mother's Day Weekend
Volunteer New York! on 05/07/2021

Top Volunteer Opportunities for Mother's Day Weekend

Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9, and if you're like us, you definitely forgot. (Sorry, Mom.) Not to fear: whether your favorite brunch spot is all booked up or jewelry is a bit outside your budget, there are plenty of ways to treat your #1 lady this Mother's Day Weekend while doing some good in your neighborhood. Check out these sweet volunteer opportunities every mama would love. (Especially if she's always asking why you don't spend more time with her!)

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Westchester County Town Hall: An Open Conversation on COVID-19 and Teens
Volunteer New York! on 05/06/2021

Westchester County Town Hall: An Open Conversation on COVID-19 and Teens

Calling all teens! Westchester County Executive, George Latimer, will be hosting another virtual Town Hall Series. Dubbed "An Open Conversation on COVID-19 and Teens," the event—which will be streamed on Facebook Live—gives local youth the opportunity to talk to the County's top elected official about their questions and concerns regarding the pandemic that's still gripping the world more than a year after it began.

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The 2021 Volunteer Spirit Awards Are Here!
Volunteer New York! on 04/06/2021

The 2021 Volunteer Spirit Awards Are Here!

The big day is almost here! Friday, April 9 marks our 41st Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards, and you're invited. The first hour of this virtual presentation is entirely free, so be sure to register and stream it live wherever you are. Congratulations to all our award winners and volunteers!

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