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Ten Things You Can Do to Have Fun and Make a Difference in NYC

By Antoinette-Marie Williams


    Ten Things You Can Do to Have Fun and Make a Difference in NYC

  1. NYC & Company provides info on great event values in all boroughs. Call 212-484-1200 or visit

  2. The NYC Sports Commission offers info on sports leagues, associations and venues: 877-NYC-SPORTS or visit them at

  3. The New York Botanical Gardens is free every Wednesday all day for garden grounds and every Saturday from 10-12 noon. There's an extra charge for conservatory and tours: 718-817-8000 and

  4. The NYC Parks & Recreation Green Thumb Program at 212-788-8070 or offers info on urban outdoor experiences.

  5. The Green Guerillas can tell you how to become involved in community garden in your neighborhood: 212-594-2155 x3 and

  6. The ASPCA can give you info about adoption of pets. Most shelters have fees to cover vaccinations and spaying or neutering. Contact 212-876-7700 and and

  7. The Mayor's Community Assistance Unit oversees 59 Community Boards and can help you get involved with your community. On the Web site look for the Community Assistance Unit that gives listings of community boards, meetings, street fairs, and neighborhood fairs activities; more info 212-788-7418 and

  8. Learning Leaders has volunteer programs for elementary, middle and high school. Ask for recruitment or check neighborhood schools for the LL program. For more info call 212-213-3370 or visit

  9. The NYC Public Library Centers for Reading and Writing offers volunteer programs for adult literacy. All borough centers list where prospective tutors can register with specific site addresses and phone contacts. See

  10. The NYC Paratransit Access-A-Ride Program can help seniors and people with disabilities get to all of these great places with door-to-door pickup and drop-off (you must meet eligibility requirements). Call 877-337-2017.

Antoinette-Marie Williams is a Body Positive volunteer and an activist on the issue of accessibility for people with disabilities.

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