Not too long ago, right after the disastrous earthquake in Haiti, I published a piece entitled A Call to Volunteer. With all of the outpouring of kindness for those poor victims at the time, I figured I’d shed a light on what we could all do to help those in need besides giving monetary support. Volunteering is the ultimate act of the human spirit, and can be as self-gratifying as anything else in life. It’s a way of putting your own resources, no matter how big or small, towards the betterment of someone less fortunate.
In the article, I spoke of a wonderful resource for volunteer opportunities throughout Long Island, with links to other such resources around the country. The following is an excerpt from that piece:
“The Long Island Volunteer Center is part of the 1-800Volunteer.org network, an organization dedicated to connecting people who want to volunteer with the organizations that need help. With the recent events in Haiti getting so much national attention, drawing a sense of empathy within all of us for those who are suffering, now is a good time to stick with that mindset and be a little proactive in making a difference for those less fortunate than yourself. Donating money to charity is always a good thing, but volunteering is even better. Giving your time to help those less fortunate than you is not only worthwhile for those you are helping, but doing so can be very rewarding as well”.
In the spirit of that first piece, I’d like to share some of the fine non-profit organizations that do such wonderful work to help the people (and animals!) who are less fortunate than you or I. They are but four of the literally hundreds of non-profit organizations on Long Island that work vigorously for the betterment of those in need.
Save-A-Pet Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, 608 Rte. 112, Pt. Jefferson, NY
Save-A-Pet is just one of the many shelters on Long Island and in the United States that works tirelessly to “protect and improve the lives of abused, abandoned and homeless cats and dogs.” Founded in 1994, makes terrific use of its dedicated staff of volunteers and veterinarians to help animals by placing them in loving homes. To find out more about Save-A-Pet, see below.
Literacy Suffolk, 627 N. Sunrise Hwy., Bellport, NY
Literacy Suffolk is a division of the Suffolk Cooperative Library System, and works to provide a wide variety of literacy services to those who are functionally illiterate. The organization relies on volunteers to tutor these adults in speaking, reading, writing and understanding our language. Since 1978, the center has helped literally thousands of functionally illiterate adults to help themselves become “fully participating members of society.” See Literacy Suffolk’s web page below for more information.
Suffolk County United Veterans, 38 Oak St., Patchogue, NY
The Suffolk County United Veterans is an organization that was founded in 1989 and is dedicated to helping “homeless veterans regain their dignity and independence.” The group, which has no connection to the US Veterans Administration, provides a wide array of programs, including education, temporary housing, and job training to help homeless veterans get back on their feet again. See the website below for more.
Response of Suffolk County, Stony Brook, NY
Response of Suffolk County is a crisis intervention and suicide prevention hotline, providing life or death support to anyone that needs help. Volunteer telephone counselors are trained to provide caring support to those who feel like they have nowhere else to turn. The Center also provides mental health referrals and volunteers even take calls from loved ones who may not know what to do in such a situation. The center’s mission is to “provide callers in crisis or in need of support with unconditional acceptance, compassion, and respect in order to lower anxiety and facilitate their inner-coping skills.” For more on Response of Suffolk County, see their website below.
Stay tuned for more non-profit organizations and volunteer opportunities in the future!
The Long Island Volunteer Center
Response of Suffolk County
Suffolk County United Veterans