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Thursday, January 17, 2008

NYC's new online volunteer match system helps fight hunger

First, here's the site; New York City Coalition Against Hunger

A brief description of the organization, from the NYCCAH site:

"The New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH) represents the more than 1,200 nonprofit soup kitchens and food pantries in New York City and the more than one million low-income New Yorkers who are forced to use them. The Coalition works to meet the immediate food needs of low-income New Yorkers and enact innovative solutions to help them move "beyond the soup kitchen" to self-sufficiency."

And about the match system, from this page:

"New Yorkers are now able to search by neighborhood, nearby subways lines, available times, and personal skills sets, etc. to find the anti-hunger volunteer opportunities that fit best with their schedules and abilities. New Yorkers with special skills such as expertise in computers, accounting, public relations, web development, law, strategic planning, or graphic design can also use the system to “adopt” pantries and kitchens that specifically need that type of unique assistance. People who are interested in finding volunteer opportunities but would prefer to do so over the phone can contact Neal Flowerman, the Coalition’s Coordinator of Volunteer Programs, at 212-825-0028, ext. 210."

Read more about the system here.

NYCCAH also has a blog.

I wonder if DC has a system like this. If not maybe they'll set one up, now that NYC's got one. Could be very useful to people.

- Sujewa

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