In celebration of National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, 2011, now is the perfect time to help make a difference in the lives of Manhattan youngsters by signing up to volunteer at the Police Athletic League (PAL). PAL is looking for volunteers to support its mission of serving New York City’s young people by donating their time and talents to help serve Manhattan youngsters at PAL’s Duncan Center in Hell’s Kitchen, PAL’s Harlem Center and PAL’s Armory in Washington Heights.
PAL Centers in Manhattan offer a wide range of opportunities for volunteers of all talents. Volunteers are needed to tutor and mentor young people during the After School Program’s daily homework help sessions. In addition, individuals can also donate their time assisting the many special events held at PAL’s Centers throughout the year or participate in center clean-up days. PAL is also seeking professionals to give career advice and talk about their own careers to young people, as well as guest speakers who can share information on a specific hobby of interest to the youngsters.
In 1914, Police Commissioner Arthur Woods began a social movement that would eventually be known as the Police Athletic League (PAL). He organized a city-wide search for vacant lots to be converted into safe places for New York City children to play, helping to also reduce tensions between police officers and youth. Today, PAL serves over 47,000 children in full-time and part-time centers, summer day camps, summer Play Streets and community-based sports programs, in addition to Cops & Kids Programs throughout New York City’s five boroughs.
To become a volunteer with the Police Athletic League or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please visit www.palnyc.org and click on Get Involved under the “About Us” tab for an application. Volunteers will go through an application process that includes an interview, screening and orientation. For more information, please contact PAL’s Volunteer Coordinator, Alexandria Sumpter-Delves, at (212) 477-9450 ext. 390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.