Nonprofit connects volunteers with organizations in need
A national children's nonprofit is connecting volunteers with organizations in need.
The National Give Back For Kids hosted its first Volunteer-A-Thon at Mercy College in an effort to get more residents to give back to the community.
The campaign says it already raised over 3,400 volunteer hours from people calling in during the event to pledge their time.
During the event, residents called in to pledge a certain amount of volunteer hours. The campaign then connected the volunteers with a needy organization in the Bronx.
Campaign chair Rachel Cheeks Givan says it's not always easy finding people to donate their time, but by starting the Volunteer-A-Thon in the Bronx, she hopes to change the culture of giving back.
"We want you to pledge your time, that is a totally different concept, and that's what we are excited about really to be able to raise that awareness within our community," she says.
Those interested in volunteering can call 1-800-GIVE-BACK. The campaign says it won't stop until it has reached one million volunteer hours.