While we should be in the giving spirit all year, there’s something about the holiday season, starting with Thanksgiving that makes people really realize that they can probably be doing so much more to help others. This summer, I volunteered with The Uni Project, doing pop up reading rooms at various Playstreets in the South Bronx. It was great to be part of something bigger than myself and help kids become interested in something I’m really passionate about — reading.
So here’s a very brief round up of places you can donate your time to in the Bronx and get yourself into the habit of giving back:
South Bronx United — This nonprofit organization uses soccer to engage youth and provides a host of resources to support growth within the community, such as immigrant legal services and health and wellness promotion.
Masa — Promoting educational attainment and civic engagement for underserved families, particularly those of Mexican descent, Masa has a bunch of different ways for volunteers to get involved.
POTS (Part of the Solution) — Offering a food pantry, shower and haircut services, a clinic, and legal services, POTS aims to be a “one stop shop” for those in need.
Presbyterian Senior Services (PSS) — A nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors, PSS has a number of different volunteer opportunities available.
Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS) — Supporting recovery and rehabilitation for people living with mental illness, JBFCS also has a wide variety of volunteer positions. Note: All volunteers must be at least 21 years old.