With a short-term goal of 2,015 new volunteers by early 2015, Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYC Service have made their New Year’s resolution to double the current number of registrants this year.
“In recent weeks more than ever, there’s been tremendous need for help and community outreach across our boroughs,” de Blasio said in a statement. “As we prepare to ring in the New Year, I encourage all New Yorkers to commit to service in 2015—and make the resolution to volunteer a lifelong one. This is about lifting up your communities—simple as that.”
Through a newly launched ad campaign, the city plans to increase the percentage of New Yorkers who volunteer from 18 to 50 percent with the slogan, “Volunteering. Good for you. Good for your city.”
NYC Service currently mobilizes roughly 62,000 New Yorkers each year.
“With one in five residents of NYC living below the poverty line, there is obviously a great need for as many people as possible to volunteer their time and services to help those in need,” said Gary Bagley, executive director of New York Cares, a NYC Service partner organization.
Gigi Gorgone, a volunteer fitness instructor at Shape Up NYC, offers a free Zumba class through NYC Service every Tuesday at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx.
“My students have become my family,” Gorgone said. “They come from all walks of life with backstories as individual as they are,”
Gorgone, along with other select volunteers, will also help spread the word about the volunteer drive.
“Through the many different volunteer opportunities that exist with NYC Service, one can find hundreds of ways to give to their own communities,” she said.
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