Do Good Right Now

March 29, 2013

Above: Gowanus Canal Conservancy volunteers.  

It’s official—spring has finally arrived in Brooklyn. At least that’s what the calendar says. But we’re certain Brooklynites will soon be outside enjoying the warm weather and rejuvenated borough. Spring brings new life and energy to the city, along with many volunteer opportunities and chances to give back to our community.

Do Good Right Here is the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s community service initiative, in which we play matchmaker to help you find great Brooklyn-serving organizations that need your help.

Through a search tool at, we’re connecting ready, willing, and able Brooklynites with local nonprofits to boost their essential work.

You can use the website, or email us directly, to learn more about opportunities that would be a good match for you; then, you simply contact the nonprofit to get started. Volunteer project areas range from arts and education to sustainability and community development, and can be found in almost every neighborhood in our borough.

One Do Good Right Here volunteer Tonya Channell has been working with Pencil Inc. at a public school in East New York. She teaches math and financial literacy and leads classes every other week on budgeting, financial goal setting, and credit and debt. The curriculum aims to empower students to feel capable of managing money and planning for the future. Read more about Tonya’s volunteer experience.

Above: Tonya volunteers in East New York. Do you know any outstanding volunteers? Nominate them here and we will feature them on the Do Good Right Here website!

Volunteer in Brooklyn this Spring, and Beyond

There are a wide range of volunteer opportunities this coming season, including volunteering at your local community garden, mentoring youth, and kayaking in Red Hook! Log on at and start your search today. We look forward to working with you to help you do good in your community.

  • Brooklyn Bridge Park: Help garden, lead events, and keep the park looking beautiful.
  • NY Writers Coalition: Assist at public events, contribute to the NYWC blog or podcast, or join fundraising or social media committees.
  • Gowanus Canal Conservancy: Spend a Saturday afternoon planting trees, harvesting honey, and composting along the Gowanus Canal.
  • Red Hook Boaters:New and experienced kayakers are needed to help with this kayaking program.
  • Story Pirates: Drop by Word Books in Greenpoint April 3rd at 6:30 p.m. and join in a writing workshop hosted by Story Pirates.
  • Green Guerillas: Roll up your sleeves and serve at the core of New York City’s community gardening movement.
  • Hope City Empowerment Center: Volunteer at this emergency food pantry in Prospect Heights on Friday mornings. Upcoming dates include April 5, April 19, and May 3.
  • Added Value: Help nurture a new generation of young leaders in Red Hook through the operation of a socially responsible urban farming enterprise.
  • Brooklyn Community Services: Help BCS provide a variety of social services including family support, education and youth services, and more.
  • GallopNYC: Use therapeutic horseback riding to help adults and children facing developmental, emotional, social, and physical challenges.

Visit us at the Flea!

Our Do Good Right Here volunteer team will be at the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene on April 27th and May 11th. Come and share your volunteer stories and discover new ways to get involved.

Want one-on-one help to find just the right volunteer opportunity for you?

Email and follow @volunteerbklyn on Twitter!


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