United Way of New York City and NYC Service have announced an initiative in partnership with the Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute to increase the number of service corps positions for young New Yorkers and significantly boost the number of volunteers.
Announced at the NYC Service Summit, the initiative aims to raise the city's volunteer participation rate to 50 percent and benefit a wide range of areas, including senior support, immigrant services, energy conservation programs, emergency preparedness, teen service, and leadership programs. The Franklin Project is a nationwide effort to provide every young person in America with an opportunity to do a year of national service by expanding the number of volunteer corps positions.
"At United Way of New York City, we believe service is a critical ingredient and one of the most important solutions to solving the systemic problems we face as a city," said Sheena Wright, the organization's president and CEO. "The launch of this service and volunteer effort with NYC Service and the Franklin Project at Aspen Institute is key to helping us in our mission to make New York City work for every New Yorker. We are a proud convener of the many businesses and governmental, nonprofit, and community-based organizations that will make this city one of the great volunteer service hubs in the country."
"We are living in an income inequality crisis today, with 46 percent of New Yorkers living at or near poverty. This crisis is the challenge of our times," said New York City mayor Bill de Blasio. "We need the skills and diversity of all New Yorkers to tackle such challenges, strengthen our communities, and give all New Yorkers a fair shot at success."