09/11/14 2:23pm
safe horizon

You can help Safe Horizon help out domestic violence survivors. via Facebook

A recording released earlier this week of Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancee highlights the serious but rarely discussed issue of domestic violence. While our screens separate us from a survivor’s pain, we must remember that domestic violence happens everywhere. Even though abuse often occurs behind closed doors, you can still support survivors by giving time, money or your voice to any one of these life-changing organizations. (more…)

08/27/14 9:33am
nyc runs

These are actually just people running to sign up, so move quick! via Facebook

Some people get an endorphin rush from doing charity. Other people get it from jogging. A few of you out there probably get that sweet, sweet endorphin high from both, and fortunately for you, there’s a good way to combine them, at the CHIPS 5K Walk and Run, hitting Prospect Park in September. Plus, for those of you looking to still do good even though you don’t have much to give, registration is just $25! (more…)

08/20/14 11:43am
sean casey animal rescue

Make all of the animals there this happy. via Facebook

We’ve mentioned a few times here about how we’re both pro-dog and pro-humans who help dogs, but we don’t want to make it seem like we only care about dogs. If you also like most, even maybe all animals, you’ve got a chance to help them out now, because Sean Casey Animal Rescue is asking for donations of cleaning supplies for their two Brooklyn locations, according to South Slope News. (more…)

08/07/14 3:52pm
fight the phrag

Kill some nature, for a good cause. Photo via Prospect Park Alliace

After all the fun times Prospect Park has given you, isn’t it only fair to give back a little?

Fight the Phrag, a new initiative from The Prospect Park Alliance aims to remove phragmites, an invasive species of wetland grass, from Brooklyn’s only lake, part of a larger project to revitalize Prospect Park’s woodlands and natural areas. What’s that mean for you? You can spend a weekend or two fighting 18-foot high weeds! (more…)

brooklyn bone marrow donation

Give cancer a punch right in its mouth. via Ditmas Park Corner

There’s not much in this world that people can 100% get behind, but one of those things that everyone agrees on is “Fuck cancer.” Beyond just being angry and throwing money at the problem, Ditmas Park Corner alerts us to something else you can do this upcoming weekend in the never-ending fight against the disease: go down to Temple Beth Emeth (83 Marlborough Road) and register to become a bone marrow donor. (more…)

06/05/14 4:20pm
the beat cave prospect park

You could be in here, working on beats, after planting some trees. via The Wall Street Journal

You’ve got a great album bouncing around the skull of yours, but you just don’t have the money to get to a recording studio and lay the thing down. the era of being like Wavves and recording the whole thing into a tape recorder in your bedroom and people thinking that’s cool is over, so we have a better suggestion: volunteer for eight hours helping out around Prospect Park and you get three hours for free at the Audobon Center’s recording center The Beat Cave. Just think how much more authentic your folk album will be after you earned the recording time by spending 16 hours planting trees. (more…)

cog & pearl

Cog & Pearl, in better days. via Facebook

Considering that we exist on the internet, we can’t possibly imagine the work and the effort and the agitation that goes into opening an actual, physical store that sells tangible objects. Yet that’s what the owners of Cog & Pearl, purveyors of cool things from our 25 under $25 gift guide, have been doing since 2002, even in the era of Amazon and massive chain growth in Brooklyn. Or they had managed to stay open for twelve years, up until a fire devastated the store earlier this month. So, they’re asking Brooklyn to lend a hand if they can and donate to recovery fund they’ve set up so that they can rebuild. (more…)

mcgolrick park

Not enough nature for you? Keep reading. via Flickr user Erin

When it comes to New York’s parkland, some people probably don’t think of things like “biodiversity” and “live animals” as necessary components. Hell, we’re mostly guilty of that. Just give us trees and grass and we’re happy. The NYC Audubon Society isn’t happy with the bare minimum though, and are therefore working to bring some more plants and animals to Greenpoint’s McGolrick Park. And you can help! (more…)

rebar dumbo

No reFunds either. Photo by Ben Yakas via Gothamist

You may have heard last week that DUMBO’s reBar closed without warning, citing a bankruptcy and massive amounts of debt. The closure was so sudden that employees showed up to work on Friday, only to be greeted with the above sign announcing the bankruptcy. Not only that, but dozens of weddings that were going to be held at the bar have no also been canceled, with no refunds for their up-front payments, usually over $10,000. Brooklyn Based has the story of one person whose wedding has been derailed and is looking to somehow recoup, but the rest of the internet has stepped up as well with a few different fundraising appeals. (more…)

05/08/14 10:03am
brooklyn half marathon

This could be you, handing out drinks. via Brooklyn Half Marathon

Are you into jogging? We don’t quite understand why, but hey, do you. And since you spend all that time jogging, you may as well make it work for you by getting out there and winning the Brooklyn Half Marathon, happening May 17. Except whoops, it’s already sold out. You could still support your fellow runners though by volunteering at this year’s race. Not into helping people because it’s a nice thing to do? Good news then, because every volunteer gets an automatic entry to the 2015 Brooklyn Half. So, there’s that. (more…)