Lend a Hand This Spring at These New York Nonprofits 🌼🗽🤝

It’s warm out. 

Maybe it’s time to use that extra daylight in a t-shirt actively supporting an organization, instead of hibernating under covers and stream bingeing (though we all love a binge). Ranging from the arts to the sex trafficking rights, there’s bound to be a cause that makes your heart beat hard enough to lend a helping hand.

Take a look at some worthy causes below:

The Arts: Dorill Initiative


Dorill is a multidisciplinary arts organization committed to empowering youth to tell their stores and transform communities. Currently, the organization provides free Saturday arts education to youth in the Lower East Side, with the plans to expand to more of the city. Their goal is to help each young artist develop a deeper understanding of self, and advance their artistic expression.

Lend a hand: Volunteer, Donate

LGBTQ: Stonewall Community Development Corporation

stonewallvillagenyc Stonewall CDC Executive Director Paul Nagle speaking at a rally today in support of Haven Green - 123 new LGBTQ-friendly deeply affordable apartments in Little Italy.

The Stonewall Community Development Corporation is dedicated to providing affordable living solutions for LGBTQ seniors that allow them to enjoy their lives and live with dignity. They are currently exploring all models of development including mixed use, mixed income and cross-subsidies, and are in the planning stages of Stonewall Village, an elderly LGBTQ community.

Lend a hand: Volunteer, Donate, Dance the night away at their next event

Food: Rescuing Leftover Cuisine

rescuingleftovercuisine Happy #givingtuesday! Today RLC has the chance to win up to $35k in the @crowdrise by GoFundMe Holiday Challenge. Help us fight food waste and hunger #oneplateatatime by donating and sharing this post! Text RLC#GT to 44-321 to get your donation matched ✨

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine aim to become the world’s most widely used solution for companies and individuals to eliminate food waste in their communities, making food rescue sustainable and universal, and food hunger a thing of the past. The bright idea no only eliminates thousands of pounds of waste but helps to feed those in need.

Lend a hand: Volunteer, Donate Food, Donate Funds

Education: Breakthrough New York

breakthroughny Students are at an event at Macquarie Group to learn from professionals of color what it means to show up and stand out in the workplace. #mentorship #finance

Breakthrough New York transforms the lives of talented children from low-income backgrounds by providing educational support from middle school through college and into careers. Additional support is provided through the students-teaching-students model, inspiring some talented young people to enter careers in education.

Lend a hand: Volunteer, Hire an Intern, Donate, Shop Smart

Animals: Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue

badassbrooklyn Eligible bachelor and top contender for possibly the world’s most photogenic dog is 5 year-old pit mix Stephen Merchant, a local celebrity is looking to charm his way into his forever family. Stephen is a deaf dog who has become well-acclimated to city-living. Weird noises? Not a problem. . Even better? He’s a pro at sign language, in addition to his MANY talents. Come meet this stud this Saturday at @brooklynboulders in Gowanus from 12-2pm. . Get a head start on your application (we don’t do same day!): bit.ly/BadassApp . . . #badassbk #badassbrooklyn #badassbrooklynanimalrescue #adoptdontshop #rescuedogsrock #rescuedogsofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #pitsofInstagram

Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue is dedicated to rescuing amazing animals from not so amazing humans. The all-breed dog program is composed of a network of fosters and volunteers who work together to rescue sweet, loving, adoptable dogs from high kill, rural shelters in the southern U.S. states and get them adopted into wonderful forever homes.

Thinking of adding a new member to the family, the next adoption event is March 30th at Brooklyn Boulders.

Lend a hand: Volunteer, Adopt, Pay an Adoption Fee, Donate, Grab Gear

Addiction: Shatterproof

weareshatterproof How did the opioid epidemic become the nation’s deadliest crisis? Kirstin Hope Sievers, a Shatterproof Ambassador and public health student, explains in 10 Things You Need to Know About the Opioid Epidemic. Read the article on our blog: shatterproof.org/blog (clickable link in bio/top of page.) #opioidcrisis #riseupagainstaddiction #weareshatterproof

Shatterproof’s leadership team consists of doctors, executives, addiction specialists, and people affected by substance use disorders. They are committed to ending the devastation caused by the disease of addiction.

Lend a hand: Learn, Advocate, Volunteer, Fundraise, Donate

Environment: BK ROT

bk_rot It's been a hot second since we've posted! But that's because we have been moving forward some *amazing* things over here. Big news: Please help us welcome @ashley.grier to the BK ROT team!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Ashley is a native New Yorker and compost enthusiast. She brings loads of experience supporting restaurant workers and creating affordable housing opportunities. We are so excited to work with Ashley as we enter this big growth phase!

BK ROT is New York’s community-supported, bike-powered, fossil fuel free food waste hauling and composting service. Block by block they empower all New Yorkers to secure a waste-free and healthy environment for future generations.

Lend a hand: Volunteer, Buy Compost, Donate Food Scraps, Donate Funds

Sex Trafficking Rights: Restore NYC

restorenyc Less than two weeks until the official end of the @dressember campaign! It's not too late to be part of their impact for Restore NYC and others working to end slavery around the world. Visit dressember.org to find out more.

Restore NYC won’t rest until every trafficked woman is found and restored. Restore NYC is a nonprofit organization working to end sex trafficking in New York and restore the well-being and independence of foreign-national survivors.

Lend a hand: Learn, Volunteer, Fundraise, Attend a Freedom Lab, Donate

Mental Health: Vibrant Emotional Health

vibrantforall Did you know that we administer the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) @800273talk? Learn more about the Lifeline network and how you can help support your local crisis centers by visiting suicidepreventionlifeline.org/our-network #BeThe1To #NSPW18

Formerly known as the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA-NYC), Vibrant Emotional Health’s groundbreaking solutions have delivered high-quality services and support, when, where and how people need it for over half of a century. Through state-of-the-art technology-enabled services, community wellness programs, and advocacy and education work, we are building a society in which emotional wellness can be a reality for everyone.

Lend a hand: Share their Online Services, Apply for a Job, Attend the Gala, Donate

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