2009-12-02 / Features

Help Your Community, Volunteer Dec. 11–23

New York Cares offers hundreds of ways for Queens residents to get involved in their community through rewarding, conveniently scheduled projects.

Becoming a New York Cares volunteer is easy. Simply attend a one-time orientation, and then choose from more than 900 citywide projects offered each month.

Orientation for new volunteers will be held in Queens at the following locations during December. To register, or for additional orientation dates, go to www.nycares.org or call 212-228-5000:

December 11, Rego Park Library, 91-41 63rd Dr., Rego Park, 1–2 p.m.

December 16, A.R.R.O.W, 35-30 35th St., Astoria, 6:15–7:15 p.m.

December 18, A.A.F.E., 133-04 39th Avenue, Flushing, 6:30–7:30 p.m.

December 19, Briarwood Library, 85-12 Main St., Briarwood, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

December 23, A.R.R.O.W, 35-30 35th St., Astoria, 6:15–7:15 p.m.

Holiday Volunteering:

•The 20th Annual New York Cares Winter Wishes for Kids and Families Program

This holiday season, with your help, New York Cares hopes to fulfill the holiday wishes of more than 30,000 disadvantaged New Yorkers through our Winter Wishes Letters for Kids and Families Program. You can take one or more of these letters and buy the gift(s) requested. The item you buy may be the only gift that person receives this holiday season.

Each Winter Wishes request is in the $40 price range. To participate in this program, go to www.nycares.org to register!

•The 20th Annual New York Cares Coat Drive

From December 1 through December 31, New York Cares will endeavor to collect over 90,000 new and gently used coats from caring New Yorkers. Coats will be distributed to men, women, and children at homeless shelters, community organizations, and agencies serving seniors. Over the past 18 years, this month-long drive has provided over 1 million coats for deserving people.

To register for additional orientation dates or information on December projects in Queens go to www.nycares.org or call the Project Sign-Up Hotline at 212-228-5000.

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