Greetings. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Mayor’s Volunteer Center, now part of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU), and spread the message of volunteerism and the importance of community involvement in this city of neighborhoods.
The Mayor’s Volunteer Center brings together individuals, corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations in order to connect people and facilitate meaningful volunteer opportunities that improve quality of life in New York City. Now that the Volunteer Center has combined efforts with CAU, there has never been a better time to get involved in your own community or where your help is needed most.
Our city has a vibrant civic life, with active community leaders committed to enhancing their neighborhoods and helping others. With support from willing individuals and groups, we can provide even more resources to improve streets and parks, as well as to give voice to worthy causes.
Volunteering is a great way to lend a helping hand to fellow New Yorkers, meet new people, see more of the city and, most importantly, take an active role in making the greatest city in the world even greater. From neighborhood clean-ups to helping someone learn to read, serving food to the hungry or planting a tree, you are bound to find something that interests you.
With more than 700 non-profits as partners, and over 1,000 volunteer opportunities across the five boroughs at any given time, it’s easy to find something that fits your schedule. Please visit our website at www.nyc.gov/volunteer or call 3-1-1 to learn more. We have lots of exciting events coming up - get involved and have a stake in New York’s future.
Nazli Parvizi is the Commissioner of the Community Affairs Unit