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Get Inspired to Make a Difference at Ignite: Albany's Premier Volunteer Festival

If you take pride in being part of the Albany, NY community, then one of the best ways to spend your free time is by volunteering for a good cause. The city is full of non-profit organizations that could always use a helping hand to further their missions.

Wondering how you can get started? Connect with over 40 non-profits in one convenient location at Ignite, an annual volunteer festival that will take place at the Albany Capital Center on November 8, 2018.

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Ask Yourself: What Causes Do You Care Most About?

Hosted by Serve Albany, an initiative of Christ’s Church Albany, (alongside The City of Albany, The Times Union, Capitalize Albany, and a multitude of other community groups and businesses) Ignite is all about making it as easy as possible to serve and volunteer in the City of Albany. From supporting Albany Public Library’s free programs and services to spending time with patients at the VA, there are tons of organizations that need volunteers.

When you attend Ignite, you’ll have an amazing chance to talk with representatives from local non-profits and hear about their unique goals. From there, you can decide which causes you feel strongly about and find out which volunteer opportunities are available.

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This year’s list of participating organizations includes: Capital City Rescue Mission, Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless, Trinity Institute, Rebuilding the City, HATAS, FOCUS Churches, Habitat for Humanity, Grassroot Givers, Albany Public Library, Mission Accomplished, Tru Heart, City School District of Albany, and many others.

A Community-Wide Effort Worth Joining

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This free, annual festival brings together the best of Albany's food, art, music, and non-profit organizations. The 2018 Ignite on November 8 will run from 5:30pm-8:00pm at the Albany Capital Center in downtown Albany.

The event will kick off with an Ignite Presentation & Volunteer of the Year Awards at 6:00pm featuring guest speakers Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Brian Cody, Heather Kovar, Ric Orlando, D. Colin, and Jonathan Hentrich.

As guests walk around the festival floor and meet the local non-profits, they can enjoy live music from Jordan Hil & Friends, DJ Tru Mastr, Albany High Jazz Band, and Christ’s Church Albany. The Albany Pump Station, Honest Weight Food Co-Op, Wolff's Biergarten, Albany High Culinary, AMA Cocina, Mazzone Catering, and Public House 42 will provide free food.

Don't miss this great chance to get involved in the Albany community and unleash your volunteering spirit!

Find Convenient Parking Options Near the Albany Capital Center

Planning to attend Ignite at the Albany Capital Center this year? You’ll be happy to hear there are free parking options close by. For those who arrive early, you can get a spot in the Albany Capital Center (first 800 cars) and Times Union Center parking garages. The Albany Capital Center parking garage is located at 7 Wendell Street, and the Times Union Center parking garage is located at 100 Beaver Street.

In addition to the free parking garages, there are two paid options that directly connect to the Albany Capital Center via enclosed walkways: Renaissance Albany Parking Garage at 49 Howard Street and Empire State Plaza Visitor Parking Lot at S. Mall Arterial, V Lot.

Ready to Make an Impact? Join Serve Albany Today

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Serve Albany is more than just the host of Ignite, it is also an initiative of Christ's Church Albany. Founded in 2013, the church believes that serving others and giving back to the community is the best way to live, which is why they started Serve Albany.

The initiative's goal is to make it easy for anyone in Albany to help solve problems facing people in the city, such as hunger, poverty, loneliness, and sickness. Their website offers resources for non-profits to get listed and for potential volunteers to find places to serve.

Now is the time to make an impact. Learn more about Ignite and Serve Albany »

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