Hempstead, NY – September 18, 2012 – The Long Island Volunteer Center is asking all Long Islanders to get involved and make a difference in their communities. The Long Island Volunteer Center, an affiliate of HandsOn Network, is designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island serving Nassau and Suffolk Counties. This designation, which is a part of the NYS Volunteer Generation Campaign, came in response to the 2011 “Volunteering in America” report that ranked New York last in the nation in volunteer participation rates.
“Many Long Islanders don’t realize that there is a tremendous need that exists right in our own neighborhoods. Local nonprofits accomplish amazing results given their limited resources and manpower, but imagine what we could achieve if every Long Islander committed to even one hour of volunteer work,” said Diana O’Neill, Executive Director of the Long Island Volunteer Center. “One of the easiest ways to get started is to access our website at www.longislandvolunteercenter.org where your interests, skills and availability for local volunteer opportunities can be registered.”
Interested Long Islanders can register online to learn about upcoming volunteer projects. The fall 2012 volunteer opportunities list is now available for download on the website. A link can be found under highlights and on the local opportunities page. As volunteer opportunities are added regularly, registered members will be notified of new projects as they are posted.
About The Long Island Volunteer Center
Created in 1992 to improve the quality of life for all Long Islanders, the Long Island Volunteer Center is a nonprofit organization that encourages people to engage in service to their communities and mobilizes volunteers and donations to support community service initiatives.
For more information, contact the Long Island Volunteer Center at (516) 564-5482 or visit www.longislandvolunteercenter.org