Five ways to give back in Brooklyn
Looking to make a difference? Look no further than our very own community.
February 26, 2018
It’s always important to be grateful for what you have, 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. To make things easy, 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 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.
3. Give tax help
As tax season gets in gear, many NYC families struggle to file their taxes and receive a refund. With no prior experience, anyone can become a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Preparer and assist others at one of several Brooklyn sites. Help low-income New Yorkers put critical funds back in their pockets and maybe even learn a thing or two for your own tax filing! Full information and requirements available here.
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/