(NYC Trend) — Volunteering is a great way to improve the area in which you live, while also having fun and making friends. Actively volunteering can make you feel as if you are giving back to the city you call home. Volunteering can also help boost your self-esteem and overall life satisfaction by giving you purpose and pride.
Every year the New York City Parks Department and its hundreds of dedicated and caring partners ask for help from the community in making the parks of NYC a better place for citizens and families. Throughout the year, they host events where volunteers can sign up to help make a difference in their community.
How to Become a Volunteer
Becoming a volunteer for the NYC Parks system is easy! Here are the three ways to make this happen and improve both your life and the lives of the people in your community:
Attend a Volunteer Event
These events are posted on the New York Parks website. These events are open to anyone who wants to attend and get their hands dirty with their neighbors as they help to improve parks all around NYC. It is a great way to meet people and network with others who are trying to ensure a better quality of life for local New Yorkers. Be sure to note that some events do require you to register beforehand.
Request a Project
If you have a group of people willing to spend their time enhancing the parks of NYC, then requesting a project from the Parks Department is a great idea. There are many ongoing nature-based projects that the department needs groups to take over. So, if you have the time and a few extra hands, be sure to reach out.
If you would rather spend some time in nature alone and work better independently, then there are still opportunities for you to volunteer with the New York Parks Department. To get you started, the staff will provide you with the training and resources you need to feel comfortable making a difference in your community. Plus, if you do decide to take on more team members, you will be skilled to recruit and train them.
Volunteer Activities You Don’t Want to Miss
If you are looking to jump into a volunteer event sooner than later, then check out these opportunities offered by the New York City Parks Department:
- January 9th, 9:30 AM – 11 AM – It’s My Park at Forest Park: “Volunteers will participate in a range of trail maintenance tasks for all ages and abilities. From planting and brush clearing to raking and litter cleanup, there is something for everyone!”
- January 9th, 11 AM – 1 PM – Volunteer at Mulchfest: Soundview Park: “The Stewardship Team is looking for volunteers to help spread mulch (generated during Mulchfest) around young trees to provide insulation and protection for trees during cold weather.”
- January 10th, 10 AM – 11 AM – Urban Park Ranger Volunteer Litter Cleanup: “This season, please join the Urban Park Rangers to clean and beautify Forest Park. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you! We are offering outdoor programs with limited attendance so that you can have a safe and enjoyable time in parks.”
If none of these work for you, you can find plenty of other opportunities on their site.