girl rising

Stand up for girls education by sitting down at a movie

There are of course, plenty of stupid things that people try to crowdfund, like say, sex jets to San Francisco. But that doesn’t mean the entire idea of it is bankrupt. Take The Brooklyn Women’s Collective for instance, who are trying to use crowdfunding to bring a screening of the girls education movie Girl Rising to the Court Street multiplex. You’ve seen worse movies there. We know we have. (more…)

03/11/14 1:19pm

You’ve already got way too many tote bags, so why not get involved on a deeper level? via Facebook

There are jobs out there to be had, but maybe you’re one of those lucky people who’ve found professional fulfillment. In that case, you might be looking to branch out for other forms of feeling fulfilled. Here’s one way: Help low-income New Yorkers and Americans get access to abortion by applying to be a board member on the New York Abortion Access Fund. (more…)

brooklyn bridge park

Gotta make it nice for summer. Photo by Sandy Soohoo via Facebook

We’re struggling through (what we hope is) the last dregs of winter. It is, after all, March. Still, once warmer temperatures arrive and we want to sit topless in the park, men and women alike, wouldn’t it be nice to have a cleaned up, spruced up park to hang out in? Yes, yes it would. So let’s do our part and sign up to give Brooklyn Bridge Park the spring cleaning it needs after this long, hard winter. (more…)

03/06/14 2:33pm
penguin sweater

Dawwwwww. via The Penguin Foundation

Ahoy all you nifty, thrifty knitters out there; donating fashionable sweaters for penguins in Australia is currently in session! If you like to knit for your own personal pets though, you’re in luck too, because you can also adopt the very penguin you knit a sweater for. And let’s be honest, what’s cooler than a pet penguin rockin’ your swag?

All you need is a few spare hours, some yarn, and a heart to dive into some cute, tiny sweater patterns for endangered penguins in Australia; the Penguin Foundation is asking for knitted penguin jumpers to help in their rehabilitation efforts. (more…)

01/17/14 3:32pm
Help prevent this beautiful community space from being bulldozed.

Help prevent this beautiful community space from being bulldozed.

Roger That Garden Project needs your help, now. The beloved half-acre community garden in Crown Heights (whose creation through a combination of Kickstarter money, community support and donations we covered here) is facing imminent demolition after TYC Real Estate purchased the lot that includes the garden. They got news of a demolition scheduled for next week just yesterday; now they’re hoping to either raise enough money to buy back the lot, or broker for extra time to find a new space to relocate the garden. Either way, they need bodies and donations. (more…)

12/11/13 3:42pm
bedstuy-beer works-jar

Give a can, get a jar this weekend. Seems like a good deal to us. via Facebook

Beer is great. Burritos are great. Brooklynites are charitable folks with great hearts. Why not combine them for the good of all?

Bed Stuy Beer Works (408 Willoughby Avenue), a wholesale and craft beer center open to the public in Bed Stuy, is partnering with City Harvest this weekend to launch the first in what is hoped to be a monthly beer tasting, burrito eating and food donating fest appropriately titled “BEER + BURRITOS = LOVE,” this Saturday from 6pm to 10pm. (more…)

12/09/13 7:00am
big brooklyn toy drive

The Big Brooklyn Toy Drive is just one way you can make a kid as happy as this one this Christmas season. Photo by Kathryn Suellentrop, via Facebook

It’s easy to get sucked into a holiday spending bubble, especially when bombarded with shiny knick-knacks and long gift lists. But before we drink gallons of spiked seasonal beverages, make questionable decisions at the company holiday party and buy expensive electronics delivered to us via drones, let’s reflect on our blessings and do some unselfish things this season.

You can commit small acts of kindness to help the New Yorkers who are living on less than what you have. From donating coats, toys and food, to spending time with animals and humans who can really use the attention, here are a few ways you can give back. (more…)

12/03/13 9:46am
food drive

Let’s put this one to shame. via Flickr user Jinx!

It can be hard to remember sometimes, but the holiday season is about more than buying crap for your friends and family and drinking yourself into oblivion with your co-workers. After all, if you’re privileged enough to be able to do things like that, it couldn’t hurt to give back, whether by volunteering or, in a much simpler act of kindness, donating to a food drive. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has set up Brooklyn Eats Cares, a food drive with food banks and companies around Brooklyn, so stop by any one of them and donate something. Something good, not those possibly Soviet-era string beans you found when you moved into your apartment. (more…)

10/29/13 8:37am
Sandy Red hook

Sandy came to Red Hook and made a hell of a mess. Photo by Craig Warga, via New York Daily News

A year after Superstorm Sandy struck the East Coast, many areas of New York and New Jersey are still struggling to rebuild. Many homeowners have been left to stop mid-renovation or to put off any efforts to rebuild due to insurance checks that have yet to arrive and FEMA assistance that was promised but never granted. Because of this, there are still plenty of programs in the New York area assisting families and neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy, all of which are seeking volunteers. Here are some programs nearby that will help you rake in some good karma and bring New York back to its feet. (more…)

08/12/13 9:57am
The heart attack didn't stop him, so don't let the medical bills. via Facebook

The heart attack didn’t stop him, so don’t let the medical bills. via Facebook

No good deed goes unpunished, as the saying goes. Especially when that good deed is devoting yourself to getting people home safe late at night by biking to where they are. Jay Ruiz, founder of the Brooklyn Bike Patrol, had a heart attack after pushing himself too hard and despite the fact that he’s recovered and the bike patrol is back, Ruiz still has a heaping helping of medical bills to pay. Fortunately, a supporter put together a GoFundMe to help Ruiz with those bills. (more…)