|Share the NY love--by jilleatsapples via Flickr|
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day. If you're not in a relationship, you may not have plans, or you're simply choosing to ignore the fact that it's February 14. If you're in a relationship, perhaps you treat V-Day like any other day, or you decide to forgo the stereotypical couple's night out in New York City because you can move your evening to Friday, avoid the crowds, and pay half as much. Smart New Yorker.
If your plans are still up in the air for tomorrow, you're not into the typical heart-day hoopla, and not heading to Times Square for the Aruba pop-up beach, why not share the love by volunteering through New York Cares?
New York Cares offers both one-day and long-term opportunities for volunteering in the five boroughs of NYC. This probably doesn't sound like the most romantic way to spend the most romantic day of the year, but more than romance, I think Valentine's Day is about love. What better way to share the love than by giving back? And, you never know ---you might make a new friend or meet a special someone unexpectedly while helping someone else.
Those who have been lucky enough to find true love say it happened when they weren't looking. A day well spent with other New Yorkers in need could bring you more than you anticipated in more ways than one. And think about what a great Valentine's story that would be.
Some ways you can share the love tomorrow:
- Strengthen adult English Language learners' conversation skills.
- Help with GED tutoring.
- Shows young authors some love by helping them with their literary and writing skills.
- Mucking out is love. Help victims of Hurricane Sandy muck out their homes in the Rockaways.
- Help City Harvest and New York Cares conduct healthy eating courses.
- Help support Mom's Club. Volunteers assist in taking care of toddlers and pre-schoolers, while single moms from one of the transitional housing facilities of Homes for the Homeless share experiences and socialize in an open forum.
- Meet a fellow animal lover walking dogs or taking care of cats. Who knows – maybe cuddling animals will lead to cuddling humans?
- Support the Red Hook Coalition by being a data (DATE-A) volunteer.
- Assist in teaching seniors the importance of nutrition.
Make a difference on Valentine's Day or any day. Learn more about these opportunities and others at newyorkcares.org.
Images courtesy of New York Cares.