Part of how we make Long Island a better place is by taking action! And, this can be in big and small ways — they all make a difference. While we know you can come up with a few ways to “do better” in the community, we wanted to share a few ways you can get started.
Here are a few ways to “do better” on Long Island
- Volunteer your time. Long Island is the home of hundreds of charitable and community-focused organizations – from animal shelters, to soup kitchens, to mental health organizations. Becoming a volunteer is not only a way to keep these vital organizations afloat, it also feels good to help others and make a difference. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Long Island Crisis Center, click here!
- Create a #BetterCanHappen Moment! In life, it’s the little things that count – paying someone a compliment, sending a kind email or text, or listening to a friend in need. We call these #BetterCanHappen moments. Throughout your day, look for opportunities to be kind or make someone smile. (Tell us about your #BetterCanHappen Moments by tweeting with the hashtag #BetterCanHappen.)
- Help make Long Island schools safe for all students. Going to school isn’t just about learning math, science, and English – it’s also a time to learn how to treat others, how to accept people for who they are, and how to make our community a better place for everyone. This means standing up to bullying, accepting people of all gender identities and sexual orientations, and learning the warning signs of suicide. Find out more about bringing one of LICC’s community education workshops to your school by clicking here.
- Attend a community event. Community events are happening all the time across Long Island. From fundraisers, to charity walks, to overdose prevention training classes – there are many opportunities to get involved! Click here to learn about an upcoming community event that’s happening right here at Long Island Crisis Center!
- Find your own way to do better! This list is only the beginning – you can also find your own creative ways to make Long Island a better place to live. Tell us how you plan to “do better” by tweeting using the hashtag #BetterCanHappen.
Doing Better in Action: What Our Volunteers Are Saying
Long Island Crisis Center volunteers are the heart of the agency – they provide the service to our clients. With a small administrative staff and nearly 200 volunteers, there are always many opportunities available.
All you need to start is the desire to help and just a little spare time! You do not need any previous experience. LICC provides a free, comprehensive training program to all volunteers. You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer at Long Island Crisis Center. Click here to learn more.