Long Island Volunteer Center Launches
New Website Platform with
5-Hour Volunteer Challenge
Long Island volunteers encouraged to celebrate power of volunteerism
Hempstead, NY – April 7, 2016 – In conjunction with the Carleton Group, New York Institute of Technology’s (NYIT) student-run advertising and PR agency, the Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC), a legacy Points of Light Volunteer Center and an affiliate of the HandsOn Network, announces a 5-Hour Volunteer Challenge to celebrate National Volunteer Week which runs April 10 through April 16, 2016.National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. Points of Light, which spearheads National Volunteer Week, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service.
Featuring a dozen volunteer opportunities, the 5-Hour Volunteer Challenge also launches a new LIVC website platform, Fundly Connect, that links individuals and groups to the volunteer needs of over 380 nonprofit groups across the region.
The volunteer opportunities will appeal to a variety of interests, passion areas, and ages, including support for literacy and veterans, help for hungry and homeless people, assisting health organizations, and advocating for animal rescue and environmental causes. Some of the featured volunteer opportunities are event based over the next several months and some are ongoing. A five-hour commitment is requested. Partnering organizations will register volunteers according to their internal processes to on-board volunteers. It is expected that the volunteer will have completed the five hours by the end of the calendar year.
Volunteers can register for the 5-Hour Challenge at Roosevelt Field on Sunday, April 10 from 11 am to 3 pm on the Main Level in front of Haagen-Daz and Adidas or on Monday, April 11 from 6 pm to 8 pm in the ALEX AND ANI store located on the Upper Level near Bloomingdale’s. All those who sign up on-site will receive a free commemorative T-shirt and will be eligible for a chance to win a $250 Simon gift card.
With special recognition to JustServe.org which helped identify volunteer opportunities and thanks to Roosevelt Field and ALEX AND ANI, which were instrumental in supporting the volunteer signup events, and to the featured organizations participating in the LIVC 5-Hour Volunteer Challenge with volunteer opportunities:
The Book Fairies
Habitat for Humanity Suffolk ReStore
Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Keep Islip Clean
National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Long Island Chapter
Northport VA Hospital
Parks & Trails New York “I Love My Park Day”
Rebuilding Together Long Island
Ruff House Rescue
Shoes For All
Sweetbriar Nature Center
According to www.volunteeringinamerica.gov, New York State continues to rank last in the nation in volunteer participation rates.
What better way to celebrate National Volunteer Week than by signing up to give back and increasing the number of volunteers while also helping to increase the capacity of Long Islanders to care about regional needs. The Long Island Volunteer Center is committed to raising the profile of volunteerism and helping solve serious societal issues through the impact and power of volunteers. #NVW2016 #GoodDeedsDay
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About National Volunteer Week:
National Volunteer Week, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities.
About NYIT Carleton Group:
The Carleton Group is NYIT’s student run advertising and public relations agency. Students do real work for real clients in various marketing, public relations, and advertising tasks. Some clients include Long Island Ducks, North Shore LIJ, and Nassau County Museum of Art. http://thecarletongroup.org/home/
About the Long Island Volunteer Center:
The LIVC is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round and collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders. A legacy Points of Light Volunteer Center since 1992, LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities. In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as a Regional Volunteer Center. www.longislandvolunteercenter.org