info 12.17.07

Doing Good

SECRET SANTA
The Postal Service does a few things right, and one of them is Operation Santa Claus. Stop in (with I.D.) at the Post Office HQ in Manhattan, 8th and 33rd, and read through some of the letters to Santa—one of them is bound to get to you.



VOLUNTEERING
A small sampling of volunteers opportunities in the city. You can also start with one of the 'umbrella' organizations at the bottom, which enable you to choose from among hundreds of volunteer opportunities.

AIDS ORGANIZATIONS
Birch Family Camp
GMHC
Housing Works
Miracle House
Momentum Project
Village Care

ANIMALS
Animal Haven
ASPCA
City Critters
SAVE
Stray from the Heart

THE ARTS
Business Volunteers for the Arts
MoMA
NY Philharmonic
Playwrights Horizons
WNYC

THE ELDERLY
DOROT
NY Foundation for Senior Citizens
Visiting Nurse Service

ENVIRONMENT
Green Guerillas
Just Food
NY Restoration Project
Transportation Alternatives
Wetlands

GAY AND LESBIAN
Anti-Violence Project
Community Center
GLAAD
Heritage of Pride
Human Rights Campaign
NewFest

THE HOMELESS
Bowery Mission
Coalition for the Homeless
Habitat NYC
Partnership for the Homeless

HOSPITALS
Beth Israel
Mt. Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Program
NY Eye and Ear
NYU Medical Center
St. Luke's-Roosevelt

HUNGER
City Harvest
Citymeals-on-Wheels
Food Bank
God's Love We Deliver
Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen
NYC Coalition Against Hunger
River Fund

KIDS/MENTORING/LEARNING
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Children's Aid Society
Common Cents
826NYC
52nd Street Project
I Have a Dream
Kids for Community
Learning Leaders
Literacy Partners
Make-A-Wish Mentor
National Urban League
NY Foundling
NY Youth at Risk
Only Make Believe

MUSEUMS AND CITY INSTITUTIONS
Big Apple Greeters
National Archives
NY Aquarium
NY Public Library
Parks

PERSONAL RIGHTS
Bill of Rights Defense Campaign
NARAL
Planned Parenthood

UMBRELLA ORGANIZATIONS
NY Cares
One Brick
UJA
Volunteer Match
Volunteer NYC
Volunteer Referral Center



ORGAN AND TISSUE DONATION
Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration Over 44,000 people have had their sight restored through corneal transplants made possible by donations to the Eye-Bank.

New York Firefighters Skin Bank Part of New York Presbyterian's Burn Center, the Skin Bank helps treat burn victims—often small children, older adults and firefighters. Your age or history of disease does not generally preclude you from donating.

New York Organ Donor Network One donor can save up to eight lives and improve dozens of others. In the NY metro region, there are 7,000 people on the transplant waiting list on any given day.

United Network for Organ Sharing Among other things, UNOS matches organ donors to recipients. As of this morning, 98,066 people are waiting for the right donor.

Wendy Marx Foundation for Donor Awareness Formed with the support of Olympic champion Carl Lewis in memory of Ms. Marx, the foundation's sole purpose is to promote awareness of the need for organ donations.

For more information on organ and tissue donation, Transplant Recipients International Organization has helpful information for transplant candidates, recipients, donors and their families. You can also watch the web documentary about organ and tissue donation called The Gift of a Lifetime.


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