Five ways to give back in Brooklyn
Looking to participate in #GivingTuesday? Look no further than our very own community.
The holidays are often a time to celebrate and be joyful, but we sometimes forget how much we have or how lucky we are, so it’s never a bad idea to consider how we can help others who are not as fortunate. In recognition of Giving Tuesday, we’ve compiled a list of opportunities to help our neighbors - not just seasonally, but year-round.
1. Give food
According to the Food Bank for New York City, one out of every five New Yorkers rely on a soup kitchen or pantry for dinner, and one out of every four NYC children are at risk of experiencing hunger. These statistics are enough to convince anyone to donate food, time, or money to organizations that work to alleviate hunger. As the major hunger relief organization of New York City since 1983, Food Bank for NYC offers a number of ways to serve the city’s most vulnerable - including locations in Downtown Brooklyn.
2. Give warmth
As the temperatures drop, coats become a necessity for staying warm. Not everyone, however, can afford one. Fortunately, Burlington Coat Factory, in partnership with Delivering Good, is running a “Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Drive” for gently-used coats to be donated to those in need in the community. Drop off your coats at our local Burlington at Atlantic Terminal and also receive 10% off your purchase as an added bonus. Official terms and more information here. All NYC Police Precincts are also accepting coats in partnership with New York Cares.
3. Give dog walks
Animals in shelters may have found a temporary home, but they still need daily walks! Volunteer at a local animal shelter, such as BARC Shelter, and become a volunteer dog walker. You’ll be improving the lives of animals until they can find a permanent home and care.
4. Give your time
For nearly half a century, CHiPS has provided food and meals for those in need, and also sheltered young mothers and their infants. With 75% of their work done by volunteers, any time spent helping out would truly help the community. Learn more about giving your time or donating on their website.
5. Give blood
Blood banks are constantly searching for donors, and your donation can help the sick and injured, and save lives. The New York Blood Center has a location right on Lawrence Street in Downtown Brooklyn, and you can even schedule an appointment online. Find other locations and more information on their website.
For more ideas, NYC.gov has a site dedicated to finding volunteer opportunities citywide: https://www.nycservice.org/