In April 2009 Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg launched NYC Service to meet his State of the City pledge that New York City would lead the way in answering President Barack Obama's call for the nation to embrace a new era of service.
NYC Service works to achieve three main goals:
- Making New York City the easiest place in the world in which to volunteer
- Targeting volunteer efforts to address the most pressing local challenges
- Promoting service as a core part of what it means to be a citizen of the greatest city in the world
In the program's inaugural year, more than 30 initiatives have been launched and have engaged hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers to give back to their city. The following downloadable reports describe NYC Service's projects in greater detail:
The flagship NYC Service website, nyc.gov/service, is a one-stop shop for finding or posting a volunteer opportunity anywhere in the five boroughs. Organizations can create a free account and submit their first volunteer opportunity in minutes. Volunteers can search for opportunities by the skills or interests they plan to contribute, or by location, date, or NYC Service Impact Area.