Volunteer Opportunities

“If you continually give, you will continually have.”- Unknown

Edge Magazine is dedicated to finding ways to get involved with giving back to the community we live in. It is the duty of every man, woman and child to leave this world with more than what it had when we arrived. There are endless ways to give back through volunteering around town. We have taken the time to compile a small list of websites, organizations and companies in major cities who offer opportunities for service. For all you high schoolers and college students, this list should make it easy for you to obtain those much needed hours for graduation. We’ve done our part, now we encourage you to do yours. Give back!

For you Californians:

CHILDREN OF THE NIGHT

14530 Sylvan St., Van Nuys CA 91411

Tel: 818-908-4474

http://www.childrenofthenight.org

Dedicated to assisting children between the ages of 11-17 who are sexually abused and forced to prostitute on the streets for food and a place to sleep. Services include nationwide 24-hour free hotline, a street outreach program and a 24-bed shelter home with a private on-site school. Volunteers organize 2-hour presentations (crafts, make-up, acting, animation, first aid, dance, yoga, jewelry making, self-defense, etc. Professional health providers, psychiatric, social service, doctors, dentists, psychologists, clerical, public speakers, writers, artists, etc. are needed

SCHOOL ON WHEELS

28128 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu CA 90265

Tel: 310-589-2642

http://www.schoolonwheels.org

School on Wheels provides volunteer tutors for homeless children, kindergarten through Grade 12, of families living in shelters, motels, cars or on the street. There are 50 locations in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Tutors give one hour per week on a one-to-one basis. They concentrate on the scholastic weaknesses that have occurred either through the stress of being homeless or frequent moving of the family.

LAC+USC MEDICAL CENTER

1200 North State Street, Room 1900, Los Angeles 90033

Tel: 323-226-6941

Most patients are economically disadvantaged. Volunteers, age 14 and up, are “friendly visitors” to patients, work in the outpatient clinic, the gift shop, read to pediatric patients, play with children in child care. Specialized volunteer opportunities are available for both teen and college students who are interested in pursing early childhood or medical careers.

For a more extensive list of volunteer opportunities, visit:

http://www.americantowns.com/ca/losangeles-make-a-difference

A Lovely Hello to the New Yorkers in our community! Here are some volunteer opportunities in your area:

LifeBeat INC

630 9th Ave Suite #1010

New York, New York 10036

212.459. 2590 volunteers@lifebeat.org

Hearts & Voices Through the Hearts & Voices program, artists perform for people living with AIDS in healthcare facilities throughout Manhattan. Volunteers help to make the show a special event by: visiting with patients/residents to personally invite each to the show, assisting people who may need help attending the show, setting up performance space, and other services as needed. This is a wonderful and gratifying opportunity to work directly with people and see a high quality, intimate live performance.

Tour Outreach Local Tour Outreach volunteers staff informational tables at concert venues in New York City. Those interested in volunteering opportunities in other cities should contact your local AIDS service organization. The tables provide information about HIV/AIDS, referrals to local testing sites, program services, and free safe sex and harm reduction materials. This is a great opportunity for volunteers to spread the prevention message in the relaxed, peer-based atmosphere of concert venues.

Everybody Wins!

(212) 965-2289

hgeller@everybodywinsNY.org

Join Everybody Wins! and become a Power Lunch Reading Buddy in Brooklyn Share your love of reading by joining Everybody Wins!, a literacy and mentoring organization, and volunteering to spend one hour a week reading with and mentoring a young student at PS 270 and Community Partnership Charter School, both located at 241 Emerson Place, and at PS 287, 50 Navy St. Everybody Wins! mission is to increase children’s prospects for success in school and in life through one-to-one reading experiences with caring adults. Program runs through May.

Aging In New York Fund, Inc.

www.anyf.org

Did you ever think that shoveling a walk would help you learn a foreign language? Or that tutoring a student in math would get your living room painted? By joining TimeBanksNYC, you’ll be part of a network of people exchanging their talents and skills for personal improvement and the good of the community.

All you have to do is donate one hour of your time to help a member, and you’ll earn a credit for an hour of help from another.

Here’s how to get started:

Visit WWW.TIMEBANKSNYC.ORG and click on “join”

For a more extensive list of how to get involved in your city, visit: http://www.nycservice.org/index.php

Summertime Chi! Hello to our friends in the Windy City, here are some volunteer opportunities in your area:

Kindness Care & Compassion

P.O. Box 439465, Chicago IL 60643

Contact: Jeannine Haris

708-774-1929

Kindness, Care & Compassion is a faith based non-profit community and volunteer based organization designed to provide social support services to isolated, underserved and vulnerable seniors who live in assisted living, senior housing, nursing homes, supportive living and shared housing facilities, throughout the South Suburbs and some areas of Chicago. Our endeavor is to help older people to stay active and healthy and to make it easier for older people to have access to resources and social connections. Lastly, we strive to help prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation of seniors.

Every Future- Chicago Non-Profit

1155 W. Armitage

Suite 209

Chicago, IL 60614

Tel: (312) 560-5999

Every Future needs volunteer advisers to help our scholars with the college application process

Chicago Anti-Hunger Association

4345 W. Division Street

Chicago, IL 60651

(773) 252-3663

The Chicago Anti-Hunger Association was founded in 1990 and provides more then 3.6 million meals a year. With that amount of meals being provided, it’s no surprise that they are always on the lookout for new volunteers to help their non profit organization. You can chose to work behind the scenes or with the public. If you chose to work with the public you may be working in soup kitchens, shelters and more.

For a more extensive list of volunteer opportunities in your area, visit: http://www.chicagovolunteer.net/

You can always volunteer at any Boys and Girls Club of America, Red Cross, Food Bank, Homeless Shelter, Women and Children Home or Juvenile Detention Center in your city. Get Involved! It’s the least you can do!

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