Serve Albany

serve albany logoCurrently in progress: Serve Albany, a week-long event focused on highlighting volunteer opportunities. Blurbage about the event:

The catalyst for Serve Albany can be found in research showing that New Yorkers lag behind the rest of the nation in volunteerism, saying "I haven't been asked" (37 percent) and "Don't know where to go to be of help" (28 percent). Almost six in 10 had not been asked to volunteer by an organization or a cause in the previous year. [Source: Albany Times Union, Dec. 24, 2012, "Why charity doesn't start at (our) home"]
"We believe that volunteering and serving is the best possible way to live," said Jonathan Hentrich, Lead Pastor of Christ's Church Albany. "The purpose of Serve Albany is to make it as easy as possible for people in Albany to serve in our city."

The program is a partnership between Christ's Church Albany and The Stakeholders Regional Volunteer Center. It started this past Monday and runs through Sunday. There are volunteer opportunities still available. (And if you'd like to help out, but can't this week, the projects might give you some ideas for future volunteering opportunities.)

AOA is a media sponsor of Serve Albany.

Comments

I love volunteering. It is good for the soul.

Over the last 15 years I have volunteered as: rape crisis counselor, food pantry worker at an AIDS outreach center, stage managing for local arts organizations, 6 years with Big Brothers Big Sister, and fostering dogs. And those are just the major, long-term gigs. If there is a cause, there is an organization that needs your help. If you have a hobby there is likely an organization looking for volunteers.

Growing local volunteerism is fundamentally a fantastic idea, I hope that the Stakeholders are working with Capital District Volunteers group on Meetup (which has 815 members), and, with Volunteer Match to tap into the community of those who are pretty inclined to give some time here and there.

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