A Good Summer

June 28, 2013

NYC Cool Roofs volunteers in South Williamsburg  

With the official start of summer, schools are out, the pools are open, and Brooklyn is bursting with activity. It’s the perfect time to use your free time to become a Brooklyn volunteer.

This month marks the one-year anniversary of our Do Good Right Here volunteer initiative. Since we launched our campaign and website to connect Brooklynites with great local organizations last June, nearly 1,000 people have pledged to do good, right here.

Here’s a bit about these do gooders:  

The neighborhood home to the most participants is Park Slope, followed closely by Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Williamsburg, and Clinton Hill. The vast majority are between the ages of 23 and 33, with 13- to 23-year-olds the second most active on the site. Nearly two-thirds have an undergraduate degree, with a third also having their masters.

But regardless of where you live, how old you are, or how many degrees you have, there’s a nonprofit organization that needs you to help your neighbors and strengthen our communities.

To get you started, we’ve put together a list of some of the top places to volunteer in Brooklyn. Be sure to share your volunteer experiences with us! Tweet us pictures @volunteerbklyn or share your story on the Do Good Right Here blog.

Red Hook

Get out on the water this summer! Red Hook Boaters needs volunteers to help with this kayaking program. Newbies are always welcome.


Take a ride on the 2 or the 5 train and visit Sustainable Flatbush. Work in their Herb Garden, learn about urban composting, and get your hands dirty.
Brooklyn Heights/DUMBO

Help the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservatory screen your favorite movies in the park and so much more! Get started by completing this volunteer application.

Volunteer with Children of Promise. Mentor a child, assist with their summer camp, or help out at the office. Find out how here

Gerritsen Beach

GB Sandy Relief needs skilled workers to help with rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy. Email: gbsandyrelief@gmail.com to find out how you can help.

Giddyup! Volunteer with GallopNYC. They utilize therapeutic horseback riding to help adults and children facing developmental, emotional, social, and physical challenges.
Downtown Brooklyn

Volunteer with Right Rides for Women’s Safety, to help provide safe late-night rides home, and more. Email volunteer@rightrides.org to get involved.

Every neighborhood is home to volunteer opportunities with outstanding local nonprofits.


Find one near you at DoGoodRightHere.org.



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We Are All Brooklyn
Today is the last day to apply to be a 2013-14 WAAB Fellow!Do you want to make change and serve Brooklyn? Are you a non-profit, faith, or community leader who wants to expand your network? Do you need professional development and unparalleled leadership training? Applications must be received by 5PM on Friday, June 28th. Details here.

Superhero Day
This Saturday, June 28th, beat the heat and take the family to the Brooklyn Children's Museum for an action-packed day of programs, activities, and more all geared around some of your favorite superheroes. Celebrate Superman’s birthday by making your own cape, learn the science of web-slinging with Spiderman, and hone your detective skills Batman-style! Details here.

The Seagull in Prospect Park
Through June 30th, experience live outdoor theater with the New York Classical Theater's free production of Checkov's classic play. Performances start at 7PM nightly at the Rustic Shelter by Lakeside (enter at Parkside & Ocean Avenues entrance and walk to the Rustic Shelter by the Lake). Details here.