There are a myriad of issues facing our city. You’ve seen the headlines and watched the news stories. Some issues and stories seem to keep coming back – budget cuts in our schools, community centers closing, lack of manpower for the disaster recovery. You can help change the story. Here are 5 news items addressing issues facing our city, and how you can fix them.
Public schools operate with smaller and smaller budgets every year, leaving students with special needs especially vulnerable. Less funding is available to give them the special care they need. Our Community Partners bridge the gap by providing sports programs, math and craft activites, and other specialized programs to children in our city with disabilities. Sign up to give these children the extra attention they need.
To pass the citizens test and make life in America easier for immigrants, learning English is vital. Unfortunately, due to the economic downturn and budget cuts, finding free or affordable places offering English classes is increasingly difficult. But our adult education classes bring English to more New Yorkers. You can help prepare immigrants for the U.S. Citizenship exam or simply give someone practice time with their English by having a conversation.
Our city’s parks and gardens are a crucial part of city life. A lot of work and maintenance goes into these spaces and the Parks Department simply can’t get to it all themselves. That’s where you come in. Revitalize parks all over the city on an environmental project.
More than 2 months after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, many vital resources still haven’t reopened. Help is still needed every day, so aid residents, organizations, and Community Partners by signing up for a Sandy relief project today.
The economy has been a rollercoast ride for the past 4 years, and unemployment numbers remain high. Many adults are looking for work. Your job search skills and resume tips can be a big help. You may even be able to put a dent in those jobless numbers by signing up for a resume prep project. Help someone get back into the work force this month.
If you see something, do something. Sign up today.
By Susan Torres