This article has been coauthored by Patti Munzer Youngwood and Evelyn Levine.
As summer winds to a close, Engage has been welcoming new partners and reigniting ongoing partnerships. Engage participants will have the opportunity to volunteer for these programs, making a meaningful contribution to people’s lives. For more information about any of these programs, please contact Rabbi Brian Fink, director of Engage, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Susan Kranberg, Engage community organizer, at email@example.com.
The Metropolitan Council on Housing’s Tenants' Rights Telephone Hotline
Volunteers will take calls from tenants about housing issues such as getting adequate heat or facing the threat of eviction. Met Council will provide training and guidance to all volunteers. The hotline is free to any tenant living in New York City and is open Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:30-8 pm, and Fridays, 1-5 pm.
The Food Bank for New York City
The Food Bank for New York City has been providing hunger relief to all five boroughs of Manhattan for over 30 years. There will be many opportunities for Engage participants to volunteer, including preparing, cooking, and serving food to Food Bank clients at the food pantry in West Harlem.
The New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) Legal Clinics
NYLAG provides legal assistance to low-income New Yorkers who cannot afford attorneys. Volunteers with both legal and non-legal backgrounds are needed for one-day legal clinics to work with NYLAG staff and their clients to obtain equal justice for any legal issues they may have.
The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS)
HIAS assists refugees in building new lives in the United States and advocates for the protection and respect of all displaced persons. Volunteers are currently being recruited to serve as English-language tutors, providing one-to-one conversation to help new immigrants gain fluency and confidence in their English-speaking skills. Volunteers are also needed for a letter-writing program with asylum seekers who are currently residing in immigration detention centers. Training and orientation is provided by HIAS staff for both these programs.