As a collegiate chapter located in the heart of New York City, our organization wants to focus on giving back to our community. While we may not be able to volunteer in-person, the AMA has social impact events coming up for all members to participate in, whether they will be on campus or online!
Give Back This Holiday!
Give back this holiday by participating in virtual events and giving back to your community, all from the comfort of your home! From December 8th to December 25th, AMA will host a month-long event in which students will have the opportunity to win an exclusive AMA gift card by participating in 2 virtual volunteering events from the list below! You can find additional information about this event located on our Instagram.
1.) Be My Eyes: This free app connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers for visual assistance through live video calls. As a volunteer, you'll answer requests from people who need help with anything from checking a food label or distinguishing colors to navigating a new area or reading instructions.
2.) American Red Cross Volunteers: Act as a digital advocate and help the American Red Cross! Volunteers can help generate donations to the Red Cross and help share important updates on social media.
3.) Translators Without Borders: This non-profit offers language and translation support for humanitarian and development agencies, as well as other non-profits. If you're fluent in a second language, you can volunteer remotely to translate medical texts or crisis response documents.
4.) Adopt a Nursing Home: The Texas Health Care Association launched the Adopt A Nursing Home campaign, which provides users ability to send online messages or physical letters of encouragement to residents and staff.
5.) Volunteer with GLAAD: GLAAD invests in a volunteer program with the objective of focusing on the recruitment, management, leadership development, support and retention of our greatest advocates. Volunteers will gain mutually beneficial experience where they will meet like-minded people, network with peers, learn new skills such as event planning and public relations, gain nonprofit experience, and support the LGBTQ equality movement.
6.) Bookshare Volunteering: Contribute your skills and passions to help people with print disabilities read, from scanning and proofreading, to describing images, to providing support for Bookshare teachers and families. In the United States, you can scan books scan books in RTF that they don't have in the collection, or proofread scanned files, which can be done remotely!
7.) Career Village: CareerVillage is a community where students can get free personalized career advice from real-life professionals. Help students discover their career path by answering their questions and giving advice!
8.) Message of Hope Foundation: Message of Hope Foundation provides a special opportunity to bring hope and smiles to hospitalized children in communities nationwide. Support the Happy Hope Factory with a donation, and help them continue to deliver hope to children nationwide who are experiencing a heath or safety crisis.
10.) Chemo Angels: As a volunteer, you send a letter to a person undergoing chemotherapy. You support your “buddy” throughout their journey with cards, uplifting messages, supportive words and lots of positive energy.
11.) UPchieve: UPchieve is a free, online platform that connects low-income students in the US with live, volunteer coaches any time they need it. Become a volunteer as a live 'College Coach' and help students achieve their college dreams from anywhere you're located!
12.) Dorot: Volunteer with Dorot and get paired with a senior citizen during quarantine. Get paired with seniors for Caring Calls to bring warmth, conversation and social connection to older adults in isolation due to COVID-19.
13.) Brain Exercise Initiative: Work directly with older seniors to teach brain games to those with dementia. Through the 'virtual connections' program, you can make contact with a senior using Skype, Zoom or regular phone.
Binky Patrol Fundraiser
The American Marketing Association at Pace University kicked off Marketing Week with a social media fundraiser for Binky Patrol, a nonprofit organization that makes and delivers blankets for children in need. Since our members couldn't directly volunteer, we decided to run a virtual fundraiser on Instagram.
Members posted baby photos to their Instagram stories, tagging the @amapacenyc Instagram and using the hashtag #AMAMW. For every Instagram story that was posted with the correct tags, we donated $5 to this organization. In addition, we set an initial donation of $50.
At the end of the fundraiser, we raised $160, including the initial donation of $50, with 22 members participating. The donation to Binky Patrol goes toward purchasing materials for knitting a blanket and helping Binky Patrol set up a new nonprofit chapter.