Promote volunteerism and help New Yorkers connect to service opportunities

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NYC Civic CorpsThe NYC Civic Corps, a federally-funded AmeriCorps program run by NYC Service since 2009, unites a diverse group of professionals to serve full-time with partner organizations, working to increase their organizational capacity to engage volunteers and build sustainable volunteer initiatives.
Corporate ServiceNYC Service will be a catalyst for increasing the number of corporations working with nonprofits and City Agencies.
Special Service VolunteersNYC Service will create new volunteer outreach campaigns to engage skilled volunteers in Volunteer Impact Initiatives.
Military and VeteransNYC Service creates volunteer opportunities to support service member and veteran needs and assists in leveraging veterans as volunteers.
College and University ConnectionsNYC Service will develop relationships and an integrated system with colleges and universities to utilize students in all Volunteer Impact Initiatives.
City EmployeesNYC Service empowers City employees to volunteer in their neighborhoods and other areas and coordinates Special Days of Service and Campaigns.
MarketingTo use the NYC Service website, social media channels and promotional campaigns as a source to promote volunteer recruitment and recognition.
Go PassOffers low-cost, one-time fingerprint-based background checks for volunteers working with vulnerable populations—children, persons with disabilities, and the elderly.

Target volunteers to address New York City's greatest needs

Communities and Neighbors

InitiativeDescription
Homeless SheltersNYC Service will work with the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) and the NYC Department of Education to create support for libraries and tutors in DHS Family Shelters.
Senior SupportNYC Service will support the NYC Department for the Aging (DFTA) in a new bill-paying initiative for NYC’s most vulnerable aging residents and in health initiatives for seniors.
Immigrant ServicesNYC Service supports immigrant needs and stimulates immigrants to serve as volunteers. We encourage immigrant civic leadership and inclusion for all in government.
Days of Service & Special CampaignsNYC Service will organize National, State and City Days of Service and Special Campaigns.
Love Your BlockLove Your Block (LYB) is an initiative of NYC Service in partnership with Citizens Committee for New York City and three City agencies that provides a unique opportunity for City residents to transform and beautify their neighborhoods while leveraging City services.

Health and Well-Being

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Reducing HungerIn partnership with Human Resources Administration and the New York City Coalition Against Hunger, a volunteer corps will reach New Yorkers in need of food assistance.
Shape Up NYCShape Up NYC is a free fitness program offering classes ranging from yoga to kick boxing, available at diverse locations across all five boroughs.
CPR TrainingProvides free CPR training to New Yorkers in all five boroughs. Efforts are currently aimed at building awareness and training high school students in CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) usage.

Education

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Serve our SchoolsExpands the number of adult volunteers who support NYC's public schools through partnerships with local nonprofit organizations.
High School MentorsSupport high school students' needs and support efforts to have caring adults serve as mentors in graduation, college and school-to-work initiatives in high schools.
Middle School After SchoolNYC Service will help to create a volunteer structure in Middle School After School programs.
Universal Pre-KSupport Universal Pre-K enrollment and program operations with volunteers as New York City creates Pre-K seats for over 53,000 youngsters.

Environment

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GreenSpaceSupport volunteer opportunities to expand community gardens and develop green infrastructure to support clean water, including major growth of bioswales.
Energy ConservationNYC °CoolRoofs encourages building owners to cool their rooftops with white reflective coating to reduce energy consumption, cooling costs and carbon emissions. Urban Heat Mitigation will be identified as part of a citywide energy and sustainability strategy.
MillionTreesNYCAims to plant 1,000,000 new trees in NYC by 2017 by empowering New Yorkers to plant and care for trees through educational outreach, city-wide planting days, city-wide stewardship days, and a Stewardship Corps program.

Economic and Workforce Development

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Workforce ReadinessIn partnership with the Human Resources Administration, Workforce Readiness initiative identify and train volunteer tutors to assist High School Equivalency programs.
Financial EmpowermentEngages volunteers in helping their fellow New Yorkers manage, save and protect their money.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

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Emergency Preparedness and Readiness for VolunteersNYC Service coordinates efforts to systematize processes and communications for spontaneous and affiliated volunteers during emergencies.
Sandy Community SupportIdentifies and supports rebuilding and recovery efforts in Sandy-affected areas by coordinating with City and Federal agencies, as well as nonprofit and community partners to identify needs.

Elevate youth volunteer service as a development and leadership strategy for our City

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K-12 Service LearningAn expanded initiatives to create youth service opportunities and improve academic performance and life skills (social and emotional intelligence) of New York City youth.
Teen Service LeadershipThrough outreach and training of teens, this initiative will improve academic performance and life skills (social and emotional intelligence) of New York City youth.

Advance strategic volunteer management in community organizations and public agencies

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Nonprofit & City Board Development & LeadershipNYC Service will identify and support board models to include adults and teens in outreach, recruitment and placement for nonprofits and City Agencies.
Capacity Building Systems & ModelsNYC Service will develop a model for strategic volunteer management

Measure volunteer outcomes and impact, create accountability standards and recognize volunteerism and service

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Volunteer Metrics & Impact EvaluationNYC Service will establish an internal system to track volunteer metrics and impact and recognize pro bono and in-kind contributions. We will develop a volunteer tracking template for all City agencies and community-based organizations.
NYC Volunteer Inventory and Volunteer RecognitionNYC Service will create systems to connect, leverage and recognize all New York City volunteers in City agencies, nonprofits and corporations for their service.