Volunteer and get rewarded in discounted books from an iconic Brooklyn staple. Win-win. (via Flickr user dwwebber)

Volunteer and get rewarded in discounted books from an iconic Brooklyn staple. Win-win. (via Flickr user dwwebber)

We love Greenlight Bookstore (686 Fulton Street) for their great selection and community involvement, so it comes as little surprise they are offering an awesome volunteer opportunity that will get  you a discount on holiday book shopping when you help out with gift wrapping — for a good cause.  (more…)

12/02/14 9:44am
rockaway dunes

What, you think the grass just plants itself? via Flickr user duluoz cats

You go outside at the moment, and the last thing your thoughts turn to is the beach. We get it. Our philosophy is that it’s never a bad time to be thinking about the beach though, especially when the beach needs a little help. This Sunday for instance, the Parks Department needs some volunteers to plant dune grass in Rockaway, to protect the beach against coastal storms and ultimately make sure it’s still there when the summer comes around. You still want the beach to be around this summer, right? (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…)

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…)

04/25/14 9:58am
brooklyn pour

That could be you, drinking beer, just for putting in a little bit of time to volunteer. via Facebook

There’s nothing like going to a beer festival and slowly sipping your way into pleasant intoxication (not blackout) with a bunch of fellow beer lovers. The only downside is having to pay for a ticket. But in the case of the Village Voice‘s Brooklyn Pour festival, there’a workaround: if you volunteer for their upcoming Choice Streets food truck food festival, they will reward you with a ticket to Brooklyn Pour later this year. That’s an offer we can raise our glass to. (more…)

03/24/14 11:20am
Help these adorable baby turtles and you can travel cheap. via Facebook

Help these adorable baby turtles and you can travel cheap. via Facebook

Sometimes, like days when it’s late March and there’s a snowstorm on the horizon, you really feel like you’ve gotta get away. The problem with your line of reasoning there is that travel is expensive. Who knew? But, if you’re pure of heart, or at least you can fake being a good person, Matador Network has some cheap room and board options for you, like helping to protect adorable baby turtles in Mexico, conserve the Australian environment or building the Appalachian Trail. (more…)

03/11/14 1:19pm
nyaaf

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…)

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…)

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…)