Become a Brooklyn Volunteer!

June 1, 2012

So you love Brooklyn, huh? Now it’s time to prove it – and it’s easier than ever with the help of our new "Do Good Right Here" initiative

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of, the online home of our new Brooklyn volunteer initiative. Starting today, you can search dozens of volunteer openings with Brooklyn-serving nonprofit organizations and institutions—to put your skills and creativity toward helping make the Brooklyn you love even better. Get started!

The purpose of Do Good Right Here is two-fold: increase the capacity of Brooklyn’s nonprofit sector and grow ties between Brooklynites and their neighbors in need.

“Brooklyn is home to hundreds of effective nonprofits, many of which we’ve funded through our grantmaking, yet most are not household names even in the communities they serve,” says Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber. “Their work often goes unheralded, but we are in a critical time. Government support for nonprofits is diminishing and local fundraising is a steep challenge for small organizations. All the while, our nonprofit community is brimming with terrific new ideas and strategies to take on significant local challenges like poverty, hunger, unemployment, education and health."

"We need Brooklynites to step in and meet the need by donating their time and talents in the place they call home. You don’t need to cross a bridge to be a volunteer. We need all of Brooklyn to DO GOOD RIGHT HERE!”

- Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber

Create your profile at to have access to a wide range of volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood and across Brooklyn. Search by interest area, time commitment, or days and times. Large groups and employers can also plan volunteer days through the site.

In addition, features profiles of more than 40 Brooklyn neighborhoods, volunteer blogs, resources for nonprofits on volunteer management, and a “Do Gooder” column to recognize outstanding Brooklyn volunteers.

What makes Do Good Right Here even more special is that it’s the product of volunteers. Our NYC Civic Corps members Ebony Reese and Leila Virji (pictured below) have spent the past 10 months surveying dozens of Brooklyn nonprofits and hundreds of residents while developing the website. NYC Civic Corps is an initiative of NYC Service, facilitated through a grant from AmeriCorps.

“NYC Service extends its congratulations to Brooklyn Community Foundation on launching,” adds NYC Service’s Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings-Burford. “NYC Service exists to make it easier for more New Yorkers to serve in the ways that matter the most. We are proud of our partnership with the Community Foundation because, with them, we are truly connecting more New Yorkers to service opportunities. will have a huge impact on so many in Brooklyn. I am beyond proud that our NYC Civic Corps AmeriCorps members are able to support the Community Foundation’s mission to strengthen Brooklyn through community service.”  

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz adds: “Whether it’s volunteering with a nonprofit, caring for seniors, mentoring kids, joining a community board or cleaning up our parks, some of the most rewarding work we can do is not really work at all. Kudos to the Brooklyn Community Foundation and president Marilyn Gelber for establishing the Do Good Right Here initiative and website so that Brooklynites who have the time and energy to give back to their community can find rewarding opportunities right in their own backyard. I join the Brooklyn Community Foundation in urging all the ‘do-gooders’ out there to do good—right here—in Brooklyn.”

Get started today at!

All Brooklyn-serving nonprofit organizations are invited to post their volunteer needs at, by emailing with a brief description of their mission, volunteer needs, and contact information.  

What's "Good" in Brooklyn

Here are a few highlights of news and events we’ve shared with our followers this week. Don’t miss a thing! Like us at and follow us at

This week, we’re inviting you to join us across Brooklyn to celebrate the spirit of service and find the Brooklyn volunteer opportunity that’s right for you!

  • Saturday, June 2nd at the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene, 10am-5pm (176 Lafayette Ave)

  • Tuesday, June 5th at Brooklyn Industries in DUMBO, 7-9pm (70 Front St) – During the in-store event, Brooklyn Industries will donate a percentage of sales to support the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s volunteer initiative. Brooklyn-based businesses Sixpoint Brewery, NY Distilling Company, Q Drinks, Brooklyn Roasting Company, and Brooklyn Salsa will provide complimentary refreshments. RSVP HERE.
  • Thursday, June 7th at Discover Bed-Stuy Expo in Bedford Stuyvesant, 5-8:30pm (Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton St)
  • Saturday, June 9th at DeKalb Market in Downtown Brooklyn, 10am-6pm (138 Willoughby St)