Making a New Year Resolution of volunteering

Posted at 3:32 PM, Jan 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-04 12:12:38-05

Still looking for a New Year's resolution? Volunteering is a way to help better yourself by helping others. 

There are many organizations where you can volunteer your time and talent right here in Western New York. 

The Buffalo City Mission serves the homeless with food and shelter. The city mission served 179,000 meals last year and impacted 80-thousand with safe nights of sleep.

Sue Cervi, manager of volunteers, says during the holidays there's an influx of volunteers ready to give their time, but after the season is over the organization is in need of help. 

"365 days of caring giving and a heart and to say we can make a difference," Cervi said.

To get involved with the City Mission, click here.

Jericho Road Community Health Center provides healthcare to families in poverty, refugees, and immigrants while also empowering their patients. Click here for the volunteer application.

The Food Bank of WNY serves as many as 135,000 Western New Yorkers in a given month and

Catherine Shick, Public and Community Relations Manager, says the Food Bank of WNY distributes more than 13 million pounds of food because of volunteers.

"Volunteers power the Food Bank of WNY," Shick said. "We could not fight hunger one day at a time without the help of our volunteers."

To get involved, call 852-1305 or visit foodbankwny.org

Literacy New York provides free, one-on-one adult literacy services. The organization serves to improve reading skills of those who may not speak or read English. To volunteer, click here.