Where to volunteer in NYC: Food banks, shelters and soup kitchens - Metro US

Where to volunteer in NYC: Food banks, shelters and soup kitchens

110623-N-ZZ999-047 RED BANK, N.J. (June 23, 2011) Aviation Boatswain's Mate 1st Class (Handling) Donya Craig, right, serves chicken to a patron at Norma Todd's Lunch Break, a soup kitchen in Red Bank, N.J., during a community service project. Craig is a member of the First Class Petty Officer Association aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3). Kearsarge is offloading ammunition at Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J. after an extended eight and a half month deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Cristina Gabaldon/Released)
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The holiday season is the time of year when seeing friends and family is hard to avoid. We also find ourselves with more vacation days during these winter months. However, even though thesetwo holiday realities suggestcheer and relaxation, they don’t always mean we’re taking the necessary time to slow down and appreciate what really matters.

Instead of just eating and drinking your way through the next six weeks, why not harness theholiday spirit andtake a pause to help your fellow New Yorkers in need? There are hundreds of opportunities to volunteer from now through the New Year, and the listwe’ve compiled below is a good place to start.

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