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October 9, 2013
#GivingTuesday is the brainchild of the 92nd Street Y, a nonprofits cultural and community center in New York. The idea is to inspire giving and help charities nation-wide. How? By creating a daylong national effort to help charities raise money online during the holiday shopping season – and do so right on the heals of Cyber Monday and Black Friday. This is a big deal for nonprofits as last year alone the movement drew donations to about 2,600 nonprofits. (more…)
September 5, 2013
By Brad Jamison: contributing writer and founder of Good Citizen.
Back-to-school time is an annual reminder of the many service opportunities we have to help ensure kids have a fun and productive school year.
While I find great joy in doing all sorts of service, one of the things that delights me the most and provides enormous satisfaction is working with a nonprofit that benefits kids. In fact, last year, when I conducted Thirty Days of Service – 30 service projects with 30 organizations in 30 consecutive days – I spent nearly one-third of my time volunteering to help kids.
One of the most exhausting, yet rewarding, days of my thirty came when I volunteered with KaBOOM!. On that 90 degree day, I joined 200 others to build a new playground for the kids of an LA-area community. When we arrived at the site there was nothing to be seen other than a vacant space where an old dilapidated playground once stood and a sea of people eager to help. But, when we left there was a gorgeous, safe place for kids to play. It reminded me of the types of play space I was fortunate enough to grow up with, which is why I love doing these builds.
It is on a day like this, one when strangers come together with a common goal that I am reminded of the truth in one of my favorite quotes from Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” On that day, we changed the world for the kids in this community.
Another thing I love about service is seeing the impact I have on the person I am helping. One place that happens for me, over and over, is at the Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood. I have been on the Board of the Club for more than four years, a role that brings me great joy and satisfaction. But, from time to time, I also volunteer with them in other ways.
During my Thirty Days of Service, I spent an afternoon helping kids with their homework in the Club’s learning center, which is where I visibly witnessed the impact I was having. I was sitting working with a young man struggling with his math assignment, something I could relate to, as I was never a superstar when it came to math. As I tried to help him, offering up various ways he could approach the equation, he grew more and more frustrated and was nearly begging me to just give him the answer. Not one to give in too easily to the charms of sweet kids, I kept working with him when suddenly something I said clicked with him and he was able to arrive at the correct answer. That little moment felt like magic for both of us!
Speaking of magic, the folks at Playworks might not be magicians, but they are experts at transforming schools by providing play and physical activity at recess and throughout the school day. I have seen firsthand how their hands-on approach helps build self-esteem in kids through play in a positive, supportive and non-threatening environment. As a kid who was frequently teased and picked last in gym, I know how intimidating the playground can be and I wish Playworks had been around for me. The day I served with Playworks, I wrote the following in my blog, “Many of life’s lessons are learned on the playground and I am thrilled that these kids, and kids at other Playworks schools, have an opportunity to learn those lessons in a safe and supportive environment. For the kids, it might seem like it’s just playtime, but we adults know it’s much more than that.”
So, whether it’s helping a teacher or kid, playing or instructing, there are so many ways to give to our next generation of leaders. I hope that during this back-to-school season, you will join me in pledging to find a way to serve this school year and help ensure a bright future for all.
About the author
Brad Jamison is a pro-social marketing expert, speaker, writer, producer, service advocate, philanthropist and founder of Good Citizen. A volunteer since he was 8, last year Brad conducted Thirty Days of Service – 30 service projects with 30 organizations in 30 consecutive days, for which he was honored with the Daily Point of Light Award, which recognizes the power of the individual to spark change and improve the world.
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August 23, 2013
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Imagine this: your seventeen-year-old daughter is texting her friend on her flip phone. She’s had this phone since eighth grade and she doesn’t mind; she can call, she can text and that’s fine by her.
A pack of cool girls in her class walks by. They’re all on their iPhones, checking Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. They look over at your daughter’s old phone. “What is that,” one of them snorts, “a dumbphone?”
In this era of “entitlement” when adolescents are given more privileges than ever, empathy with people who are different or who don’t have the same material resources, are at an all time low. According to researchers, entitled children often seek only their own pleasure, and forget about other people’s feelings. They don’t empathize that not everyone grows up with Retina Display. (By the way, that was an actual exchange between kids in a high school in California this year.)
Most parents don’t intend to spoil their kids. Well-meaning parents take their kids to piano classes, take them to museums in Europe and buy them cell phones, not with the intent to spoil, but to give them a solidly well-rounded and well-provided-for childhood. But one unintended consequence is that their child may grow up into a selfish and narcissistic adolescent.
How do you make sure that your child stays humble, responsible, and empathetic?
The secrets to raising a compassionate, responsible child are surprisingly simple, according to researchers.
Top 5 Ways To Raise A Compassionate Kid:
1. Assign your kids chores. When your kids are young, start by assigning chores early on, so they understand the concept of each family member taking on a specific job for the wellbeing of the entire family. Studies show that this is one of the best ways to encourage compassion and prosocial behavior. Older kids can babysit younger siblings or other kids in the neighborhood. Older boys can be particularly good babysitters and develop a caring relationship with younger boys.
2. Praise them not just about their act, but their internal motivation. When you see your child doing a good deed, make sure you recognize her actions – but go a step further and attribute these actions to her “internal disposition” (e.g. “Wow, Julie, thanks for helping your brother with his homework! You’re such a kind and caring person.”) When your kids hear about how their actions reflect their inner good nature, rather than just hearing about how good the deed itself was, this fosters a prosocial self image that results in more empathetic actions.
3. Reward not for rare goodness, but for consistent behaviors. Children are continuously learning, so don’t reward them after just one instance of a good behavior; wait until they’ve shown it multiple times, when it’s starting to become more of a habit. Make sure your child understands that their behavior has consequences; consistent mature, responsible behavior will elicit praise or rewards while continued irresponsible behavior results in loss of rewards. Don’t reward too often – by only calling attention to your child’s exceptional behavior, this sets the social responsibility expectation higher for them. Rewarding them for every small, already-expected action causes them to lower their own expectations of what constitutes good behavior.
4. Encourage open expression of emotions in your family. Many families find it difficult to openly air out negative emotions, but talk it through with your child when she comes home upset or sad. Children who are more tuned in to emotions from an early age often end up more empathetic and are more likely to understand and consider others’ feelings, rather than taking them for granted. Growing up in a tight-knit family provides a conducive atmosphere for children to openly express their feelings; encourage this by spending more time with your kids.
5. Volunteer. In general, researchers have found volunteering is associated with increases in adolescents’ self-esteem and self-acceptance, moral development, and belief in one’s personal responsibility to help. Volunteering often brings a new dimension to the world through children’s eyes; it helps them grasp that not everyone has the same privileges they do and makes them more empathetic.
Empathy and compassion take years to develop. The one caveat is not to force your child against her will. If she doesn’t want to go to the food pantry this weekend to help stock food, don’t yell at her and push her into going; she may associate negative emotion with volunteering, according to studies.
One final tip: go home from work today and tell your kid you love him or her. It doesn’t matter if they’re seven or if they’re seventeen. Just one little phrase can remind them of how much love and compassion they have – and in turn, allow them to spread that love and compassion to others.
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August 23, 2013
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Dan is on his way to work and pulls up to the coffeehouse down the street from his office. He orders a latte and a scone, pays $5, and leaves. Amy is standing behind him in line. It’s the birthday of the intern in her office, and while Amy doesn’t really know her that well, she buys a $5 gift card for her intern.
Dan and Amy both spent $5 this morning. Logically, they should feel relatively equal from an emotional standpoint after having just spent the same amount of money, but studies have shown that Amy feels happier and, in fact, wealthier than Dan does. The reason for this difference? Dan spent the $5 on himself, while Amy spent it on someone else. Studies show that when you give, whether you give randomly to a stranger or donating to a charity, it boosts both your happiness and your feeling of wealth.
Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton’s book Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spendingexplains why this simple good deed can be such a powerful mood booster. In one experiment people randomly received an envelope containing $5 that asked them to spend it on themselves and gave others one containing $5 that asked them to spend it on a gift for someone else or donation to charity. At the end of the day, those who spent money on others were measurably happier than those who spent money on themselves.
Another experiment gave people an envelope containing $1 and randomly assigned them to either keep the money, give the money back to the experimenter, or give the money to a charity. Following the same logic as Dan and Amy, those who gave the money back and gave the money to a charity should have felt equally poor – but instead, those who gave to charity felt significantly wealthier than those who gave the money back, and just as wealthy as those who got to keep their $1. Giving money away makes us feel wealthy.
“It is in spending oneself that one becomes rich,” said Sarah Bernhardt.
Want to feel happy today? Spend some money on others today – pick up a coffee for your intern, give a gift to someone, or make a donation to a nonprofit! You’ll get the rush of natural happiness.
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August 23, 2013
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Leave behind more from this summer than bad tan lines and stale cotton candy. Have an adventure and make a difference. Check out some great travel volunteer opportunities as recommended by the community at GreatNonprofits.org. You can experience different cultures, the diverse beauty of this world – and help a child to read, build a bridge, or contribute to rainforest research.
Create wildlife or flora guides, monitor wildlife and forest growth, teach English, map uncharted areas of the rainforest
You’re walking through the Amazonian rainforest just as sunlight is starting to spill through the tips of the canopy leaves; a crimson-tailed hummingbird flits through the air and a capuchin monkey scrambles between tree branches. Working with Amazon Conservation Association, which is dedicated to preserving the biological diversity of the Amazon Basin, you can explore Amazonian nature as a conservationist striving to ensure that the beauty of these rainforests lasts for generations to come. There’s a lot you can do to preserve these forests – you can create wildlife and flora photoguides and artwork to document research, for instance.
Said one volunteer of his trip down the Peruvian Andes to visit ACA’s research facilities and meet the indigenous community, “The entire experience was profound. ACA’s research stations were filled with students studying various aspects of the cloud forest and rain forest….The whole atmosphere was exciting and filled with creativity….The issues are huge but the organization has talented, hardworking, committed people who have a track record of achieving results.”
Take a look at more ways to volunteer with ACA in the Peruvian rainforests.
Teach English, help the disabled, volunteer at daycares, work in hospitals helping HIV/AID patients
Salvador, Brazil is a city that is impossible to forget; the pastel colonial architecture of its historic center and its Afro-Brazilian music. You can savor those experiences and volunteer to improve education and healthcare with Cross-Cultural Solutions. You can teach English, work in a daycare or a hospital.
“Being a volunteer with Cross Cultural Solutions is one of the best things I have ever done with my life,” said one volunteer. “I spent ten weeks in Salvador, Brazil from October through December 2011. During my time in Brazil, I was able to assist in a day care for a few weeks and work with underprivileged children. I also taught English at two different schools to people who only spoke Portuguese….The beach, the people, volunteering, and CCS…It is a great combination and a very rewarding experience.”
Discover what you can do with CCS to impact someone’s life across the world.
Build bridges, clean water systems, and recycling stations; engage in reforestation and organic agricultural work
Costa Rica’s craggy volcanoes, picturesque beaches, and incredible flora and fauna biodiversity make for an overwhelmingly colorful and unique experience for travellers. It’s the perfect place to take one of Globe Aware‘s Volunteer Vacations – soak up the sun and culture while helping to build infrastructure. By day, you can build suspension bridges, practice organic farming, and construct recycling stations; by night, meet the locals, learn about traditional sugar cane processing, and enjoy the delicious food.
“…I just returned from building a pedestrian bridge in the middle of the rainforest in Costa Rica with them this June, and I have to say, out of all my life experiences, truly none have ever come close to these,” said a past volunteer.
Learn more about Globe Aware’s opportunities for change in Costa Rica and other destinations for volunteer travel.
Teach English and art, assist in pediatric and medical care
Sela is an 8-year-old boy with a gap-toothed, wide-mouthed grin, ears that stick out, and an impish look in his eyes. He looks just like any other excited elementary school kid – except that he gets his education, food and healthcare from the Cambodian Children’s Fund. You can volunteer to help children like him this summer by working in the school, bakery, or health clinic.
Said one volunteer who visited CCF facilities, “I had the opportunity to do some volunteer work for CCF in Phnom Penh this past year and experience first-hand what Scott and his team are doing. It was a truly amazing experience that left a huge impression on me….CCF is transforming an entire community and helping them lift themselves out of poverty by addressing the major problems that these people face including schooling for children, health care, vocational training, substance abuse and domestic violence. None of this would be possible without CCF.”
Find out how to get involved with Cambodian Children’s Fund.
Build stoves, work in nurseries and plant trees
Guatemala is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Central America; you can wander through the Mayan ruins, climb a volcano, or explore the open-air markets. You can also travel with other volunteers of the Highland Support Project this summer to rebuild depleted forests and limit harmful smoke exposure within indigenous Mayan communities. You’ll build fuel-efficient stoves to replace open-pit fires in poorly ventilated homes, engage in reforestation, or work in Guatemalan schools presenting affordable art programs to help these communities achieve social sustainability.
“What I love about HSP is its commitment to collaborative/cooperative work in the villages versus what some folks call “hit and run” (drop in with supplies, then not show up again for another month or 6 months or longer). Members of the communities are active partners in all of the work that HSP supports. Through HSP I have experienced the true meaning of empowerment in its most positive way,” said a past volunteer.
Explore the ways that you can make a difference this summer in Guatemala.
Build water and sanitation systems, construct stoves, work with women’s activist groups
Uganda’s beautiful national parks and boundless savanna are the perfect destination for adventurous travelers with a thirst for exploring Africa’s rugged terrain and endlessly diverse wildlife. This summer, go on safaris and raft on the Nile while helping the Foundation for Sustainable Development improve water and food sanitation in Uganda’s Masaka district. Help construct rainwater collection tanks, educate communities about the importance of hygiene, and build pollution-minimizing stoves.
“The entire FSD team in Uganda was incredibly helpful and my host family was accommodating at all times,” said one volunteer. “The team made our experience truly hands on and exposed us the daily work that the Uganda people engaged in and we worked on projects that were making a real impact in the community….Overall it was a wonderful experience that broadened my horizons and cultivated my interests in global sustainable development.”
Explore the other destinations you can travel to and volunteer services you can provide with the Foundation for Sustainable Development.
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August 22, 2013
Want to volunteer or intern at a great Tampa nonprofit? Whether you’re new to Tampa, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a community not for profit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!
Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite Tampa charities. Every organization on this list has earned an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on GreatNonprofits.org, and must have been reviewed by at least 5 volunteers. If your favorite Tampa non-profit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on GreatNonprofits.org, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list!
“We were enveloped into this very warm, caring, loving family of volunteers, no experience necessary. Equestrian Inc. is one of those special places that will be in our hearts for many more years to come.”
Epilepsy Services Foundation
“I have had the honor of volunteering for ESF for several years under the leadership of Tom Orth and his very dedicated staff. Tom and his team exude a passion for this foundation that goes beyond a commitment to raising funds for resources needed for persons suffering with seizure disorders. They provide a caring, personal and meaningful methodology for each candidate and their families.”
Family Justice Center of Hillsborough County
“During my time at FJC, I felt that my contributions, no matter how small, really had an impact on the guests served. Whether it was simply helping a guest choose clothing for a job interview or reviewing an Injunction for Protection, before it was submitted to the court, I felt like I was making a difference in a survivor’s journey.”
Warriors For Autism
“The Riveras & Warriors for Autism have educated me & my boys & are an awesome example of TRUE warrior spirit. They give wholeheartedly & our community is very lucky to have them among us. I’ve learned so much over the years & my sons & I enjoy volunteering whenever we can.”
Lovely Litas Sheltering Tree Foundation
“I have never met anyone who works as hard as Karen does. She has continued to make herself available to other rehabbers across the country for advice and consultation. For her, this is truly a work of passion that she has devoted her life to. I can see myself volunteering for years to come!”
“Two years ago, I was looking for an organization to volunteer for and I found Stageworks. Anna and Andrea welcomed me into this great organization. Giving me terrific opportunities to share my abilities in many different ways. Their purpose in the community is admirable and has done great service for the local disadvantaged as well as the art community as a whole.”
Special Operations Warrior Foundation
“I’ve been volunteering for SOWF since shortly after my son was killed in Iraq in 2005. It was his charity of choice and the only non-profit that we’re involved with now. We consider ourselves part of their family!”
“I am so proud to be a part of this great organization that is truly saving lives! Awareness of sepsis is key in reducing the death rate from this equal opportunity killer! Suspect Sepsis, Save Lives and Limbs!!”
Big Cat Rescue
“Big Cat Rescue is by far the best organization I have ever volunteered for or visited. Not only do they provide top notch care for all of their cats, they do tremendous work to end the trade and exploitation of big cats. Educating the public about the plight of exotic cats is critical in ending the abuse and BCR makes change happen.”
August 22, 2013
Want to volunteer or intern at a great San Francisco nonprofit? Whether you’re new to SF, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a community not for profit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!
Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite San Francisco charities. Every organization on this list has earned an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on GreatNonprofits.org, and must have been reviewed by at least 5 volunteers. If your favorite San Francisco non-profit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on GreatNonprofits.org, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list!
Child Family Health International
“It was one of the best rotations of my medical school career. Getting the opportunity to perform a number of procedures while also seeing what healthcare challenges another culture faced allowed me to develop tremendously as a doctor and person in the beginning stages of my career.”
Experience Corps Bay Area
“I feel so fulfilled when working as a volunteer. Tutoring “one-on-one” in two third grade classes each week has been challenging and rewarding. I have been embraced by the school community and the EC staff and feel that I am making a difference through this wonderful program.”
“This has been an enriching and educational experience. I really enjoy the work environment and the professional, creative, and dedicated people. I feel like I am making a difference to promotes social change.”
La Casa de Las Madres
“Volunteering has allowed me to become plugged into an incredible community of individuals, staff and volunteers, who are dedicated to supporting women and children who are victims of domestic violence. I feel honored to be a part of the necessary and meaningful work that we do here!”
Foundation for Students Rising Above
“People will say, “you are changing her life” when the truth is, she is changing mine. I have 2 words to describe SRA. Life changing!”
The Coming Home Project
“I was fortunate to attend a training conference in California–it was a life-changing experience–camaraderie, trust, learning new skills, sharing pain and joy and SO MUCH MORE.”
“Interning at The Pachamama Alliance was one of the most rewarding things I have done. The passion and dedication that everyone has at the organization is inspiring.”
Foundation for Sustainable Development
“The staff spent a lot of time ensuring that your strengths could be optimized in the community by placing you in organizations that best satisfy your interests. I had a great experience with this NGO.”
“They impress me over and over again. The are extremely innovative, practical, and exactly the kind of impact our community needs. I am so impressed with our staff, who are all volunteers. They are all extremely personable, dedicated, and talented.”
Muttville Senior Dog Rescue
“Muttville is a wonderful organization and has helped so many deserving senior dogs find loving and caring homes. I am very proud and honored to be able to contribute to such a deserving organization.”
August 22, 2013
Want to volunteer or intern at a great Pittsburgh nonprofit? Whether you’re new to Pittsburgh, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a community not for profit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!
Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite Pittsburgh charities. Every organization on this list has earned an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on GreatNonprofits.org, and must have been reviewed by at least 5 volunteers. If your favorite Pittsburgh non-profit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on GreatNonprofits.org, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list!
Sarah Heinz House Association
“The staff are professional and go above & beyond what is expected of them. The Sarah Heinz House changes lives and has inspired me in many ways.”
“I enjoyed learning about all the amazing work this organization has done! It was an honor to be able to help sort medical supplies that might one day save someone’s life! And on top of that, we had a lot of fun too!”
Genesis of Pittsburgh Inc.
“We liked the idea that Genesis depended on prospective adoptive couples like us to volunteer their time and services to the organization. The folks at Genesis wanted to get to know us so that they could make the best possible match for everyone involved. ”
Homeless Children’s Education Fund
“The employees and volunteers have such enthusiasm for what they do. Their commitment and advocacy to for the children is amazing. It’s truly a refreshing and rewarding program for all involved.”
“I can’t say enough about how great Rabbit Wranglers has been. They make a huge difference in the care and well being of rabbits in Pittsburgh, and have expanded the bond between me and the bunnies who own my heart.”
“Southwinds is a wonderful organization! They are one big family! I look forward to helping out at their special events because it gives me a chance to talk all of the wonderful adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that they serve!! It is very rewarding experience!”
August 22, 2013
Want to volunteer or intern at a great Phoenix nonprofit? Whether you’re new to Phoenix, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a community not for profit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!
Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite Phoenix charities. Every organization on this list has earned an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on GreatNonprofits.org, and must have been reviewed by at least 5 volunteers. If your favorite Phoenix non-profit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on GreatNonprofits.org, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list!
“I have volunteered at MP for the past 2 years.The organization of all areas is great. The staff are all very dedicated to their jobs and yet there is always a sense of family, they enjoy what they are doing and have fun together along with the moms and babies.”
Good News India
“Good News India is an incredible organization that rescues kids from a life of human trafficking. I had the honor of going on a GNI tour last month and it changed my life. It is incredible to see firsthand the kids at the Dream Centers receiving food, shelter, clothing and having other basic needs met.”
Arizona Trail Association
“Working with the Arizona Trail Association has always been a pleasure. Whether volunteering on trail construction and maintenance projects, or planning my AZT thru-bike adventures, the ATA has always been there in full support.”
“My dog and I visit kids at the Crisis Nursery and see first hand how amazing the interaction and responses are between the dog and the children. Gabriel’s Angels makes a difference in children’s lives and I see it with my own eyes.”
Dancers and Health Together
“DAHT works hard to promote a healthy lifestyle that is filled with the joy of dance. I have had the opportunity to work with this organization before and it is always rewarding. What an incredibly passionate organization!”
Scottsdale International Film Festival
“I continue to volunteer for the SIFF because it is a true gem. Very well run. The festival director is extremely knowledgeable and year after year puts on an incredible festival. This festival is truly an international event with something for everyone, every time!”
Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center
“The MOST rewarding part of any day I spend at SARRC is the interaction with the children, both typical and those in the spectrum. The growth of each and every child is nothing short of amazing.”
“I recently hd the privilege to volunteer with Kaity’s Way. The focus of this great group of people from all walks of life is amazing. They truly honor Kaity in their efforts to educate the public about teen dating violence and teach ways to build healthy relationships. ”
Foundation for Children with Microcephaly
“Excellent Non Profit – It is amazing seeing the Families unite together. The support and love that you see happening right before your eyes, the bonding of families sharing their heart felt stories.”
S H I E L D Foundation
“I donate my time, effort and my car for transportation needs of SHIELD clients. It was great experience! I got rewarded in THANK YOU! notices from the clients and their children! I will volunteer in the future, and will do my best for SHIELD and their clients!”
August 22, 2013
Want to volunteer or intern at a great New York City nonprofit? Whether you’re new to NYC, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a community not for profit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!
Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite New York City charities. Every organization on this list has earned an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on GreatNonprofits.org, and must have been reviewed by at least 5 volunteers. If your favorite NYC non-profit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on GreatNonprofits.org, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list!
Wild Bird Fund
“Out of all the centers I investigated to volunteer at, the WBF impressed me as the most well-organized, clean, and professional. Since starting there I’ve only had that impression confirmed. Every animal receives a quality of care that most professional veterinary clinics would be hard-pressed to provide.”
“Volunteering has turned out to be one of the best decisions that I have recently made, as I have immensely enjoyed attending their events as well as meeting their enthusiastic staff and fellow volunteers, whom are so dedicated and committed to the cause.”
“My first time volunteering for chemo comfort I was hooked! Not only was the company of the other volunteers so enjoyable, but it was obvious what a thoughtful and necessary service they were providing. ”
Arts For All
“It’s such a blessing to have been able to help out for so many kids who just need to know that they are loved and that they can do anything they want in their lives. They’re a great organization and I recommend them to anyone who wants to volunteer.”
Global Autism Project
“The SkillCorps Kenya trip was one of the most meaningful and impactful experiences of my life. I have memories and a new group of friends that will last a lifetime! For those looking to do international work that will make a meaningful difference, I highly recommend the Global Autism Project and SkillCorps!”
Business Council for Peace
“The staff at Bpeace is stellar. The organization is run like a business–efficient, effective, and proven. They are honest and communicative and it has been my pleasure to work with them. ”
Friends of Renascer
“I had the pleasure to meet the amazing people who work there, and can attest that they are passionate about what they do. I strongly recommend this NGO for its ethical values, accountability and passion to execute its impactful mission.”
“InMotion has by far been my favorite organization to spend my summer volunteering at. Everyone who works there is there because they want to be, which provides for such a warm atmosphere.”
Foundation for a Drug Free World
“This experience was awesome! I met so many people. A man that made a pledge was doing so because he put his wife on psych meds and he said it was a big mistake. She is not on the meds now and he said that what we were doing was very important. He actually changed after taking the pledge. Best experience ever!”
“After interning I have not stopped bragging about the organization. The duality of my internship introduced me to both the administrative side of LitWorld as well as engaged me in the organization’s physical mission of promoting literacy. Its staff members truly believes in the organization’s purpose.”