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Four Steps You Can Take to Help Food-Insecure Families

While we’re all aware of the job losses triggered by the coronavirus pandemic, a less publicized aspect of the crisis is the skyrocketing level of food insecurity across the country. According toFeeding America, the number of people without adequate access to nutritious food is likely to grow by 17 million in 2020, including nearly seven million children. Bringing that number down starts in our local communities—so we’ve compiled a few


Ways to Give 2019

Giving is a great way to help those who need a hand up this holiday season. We have many ways to help, including gift drives, warm winter wear drives and more.  For any of the great drives below, feel free to organize a toy drive with your office or your baby group!  Have a holiday party potluck and have people bring gifts to donate.

Share these drives with work colleagues, block associations, or on social media. Every little bit helps!


Second Chance Toys

Earth Day is April 22nd and we have a way to SAVE THE PLANET ONE TOY AT A TIME!  Second Chance Toys rescues gently used toys for children in need.

MLK Day of Service: How to Help in 2022

Did you know that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service? In honor of Dr. King's legacy fighting for systemic change, this Monday, January 17th, is a great time to volunteer to improve our community.

Here are a few ways you and your kids can help!

Giving Tuesday-- Check out our Favorite Places!

Tomorrow is Giving Tuesday, and, if you’re like me, you’ve gotten a plethora of emails asking you to give. We wanted to remind people to give locally and as generously as you can. If you have presents to buy this season, consider purchasing MEMBERSHIPS as gifts and asking family and friends to do the same. It can be a membership for folks in your family or for friends, a nanny, baby group leader who helps plan lots of events, a teacher,


Sean Casey Animal Shelter Needs Your Donations!

The Sean Casey Animal Shelter--a non-profit, no-kill animal shelter--is accepting donations at the following sites through Sunday, Dec. 18:

Brooklyn Toiletries Drive


Hey All,


Do you have toiletries (body washes and lotions, soaps) that you can donate?


Give New Life to Your Old Shoes

Photo credit Joe Hastings

Can you imagine your child being denied an education because he or she doesn’t have shoes?  Yet in many impoverished countries, footwear is a requirement to attend classes.  Lack of shoes also contributes to the spread of disease.

Soles 4 Souls, a Nashville-based charity, collects new and gently used shoes and distributes them to people in need.  To date, the charity has given away nearly 14 million pairs of shoes to


Support CAMBA

CAMBA Volunteers

Looking for a way to 'give back'? Brooklyn-based charity CAMBA is having a food an book drive.  CAMBA s a non-profit agency that offers integrated services and programs in: Economic Development, Education & Youth Development, Family Support Services, HIV/AIDS Services, Housing Services & Development, Legal Services.

Right now CAMBA is looking for donations of the following:

--Rice, Pasta,Cereal

--Beans,Canned Tuna/Salmon, Peanut


Looking Out for "The Heart of the Slope"

The Heart of the Slope

Want to give back this year? Why not consider a gift to The Old Stone House?

The Old Stone House, or OSH to its admirers, is that stone house in the Middle of Washington Park (formerly known as JJ Byrne) on 5th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets and we think it's one of the very best things about living here in the Slope. 

The building is a 1930 reconstruction with some original materials of the Vechte-Cortelyou House which was


Soccer and Coats!

Veterans of AYSO soccer will know this already, but their coat drive ends December 31st.  You can leave cleaned coats at the top of the stoop (24/7) at 491 1st St (7-8 Ave), in Brooklyn.  Contact Bruce Shearouse, Brooklyn AYSO Community Affairs Director, (646) 236-3566 for more information.

Donate a Toy & Make a Child’s Wish Come True

Make a child's wish come true

Looking to donate a toy this Christmas? Why not donate to the Park Slope Civics Council’s Toys for Tots Drive? Drop off unwrapped toys at any of these neighborhood locations:
--Astoria Federal Savings, 110 Seventh Ave. at Carroll St./459 Fifth Ave. at 10th St.
--Back to the Land Natural Foods, 142 Seventh Ave. btwn Carroll and Garfield St.
--Baluchi's, 310 Fifth Ave. btwn Second and Third St.

A Year of Living Thankfully

"Uncle Willie" is recommended for kids by New York Cares
Last year, some friends drove up to up to visit us in our TopSecretHideOut Up-state. The area they drove through is not particularly impoverished or deprived. It reflects the sort of rural stagnation common in many parts of the country. Things haven’t got significantly worse because they never recovered from the long, slow decline after WWII.
To the children’s eyes however, the old houses with

Helping a Food Pantry This Thanksgiving

Supporting a food pantry is a great way to help New Yorker in need. It’s also an easy way for kids to learn about the importance of helping others. A food drive is a great way to involve even young children. You can collect food as a family, with a group of friends or in your child’s class at school. Here are some local food pantries to consider...

Help For An Old Friend

A gaping wound and limb fallen from a great tree near 3rd Street