The City University of New York has launched a service organization to help good causes around the five boroughs.
The newly minted CUNY Student Service Corps convened at John Jay College Friday to kick off the effort.
Hundreds of Good Samaritans heard from their chancellor, a trustee and a visually impaired College of Staten Island student who assisted victims of Hurricane Sandy.
"Starting, we have 700 students from across the university who are going to be going out and doing civic engagement work all around the city with about 100 organizations," said Suri Duitch, CUNY Dean for Continuing Education.
"Part of it is actually helping my own community," said Halim Daoud, a student at the College of Staten Island. "Hurricane Sandy hit. My house was fine, but my neighborhood, literally, in front of my street, the other side of the street were having problems, so I was helping out, and it felt great to help out people."
The young volunteers will earn $12 an hour and, in some cases, gain college credit while working 12 hours a week.
Some of the projects include caring for the homeless at a Bronx shelter, planting gardens at Van Cortlandt Park, teaching children about animals at the Queens Zoo, and guiding visitors at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in Manhattan.