Love Brooklyn? Prove It!

May 25, 2012

Love Brooklyn? Prove It!

Make this the Summer of Loving Brooklyn

If you’re planning on spending Memorial Day weekend in Brooklyn, we’d like to give you a bit of homework (no groaning!): track how many nonprofit organizations you encounter while you’re out and about.
Sure, it sounds easy if you’re heading to BAM for DanceAfrica or the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to see the new visitors’ center. But if you’re going to Coney Island, Red Hook, or elsewhere – do you know where to look?
Here are a few tips: In Coney Island, keep an eye out for the Coney Island Lighthouse Mission food pantry or the Coney Island USA museum. In Red Hook, stop by Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s 20th anniversary show at the pier, or join up with the Columbia Street-based Brooklyn Greenway Initiative for their annual Spring Ride. If you’re headed to the Brooklyn Navy Yard for Fleet Week festivities, step inside BLDG 92, then walk toward Sands Street to see the latest masterpiece from Groundswell Community Mural Project.
Brooklyn is vast—more than 70 unique neighborhoods lie within our borders. We’re New York City’s most populous borough, yet most New Yorkers—and even most Brooklynites—can only name a handful of Brooklyn’s 1,000+ registered nonprofits.
We’re out to change that. Next week, we’re kicking off the Summer of Loving Brooklyn. And to help you show your love, we’ve designed a new tool to make it simple to connect with local nonprofit organizations—in your neighborhood, or ones you’d like to get to know better—to become a Brooklyn volunteer!
On Friday, June 1, we will officially launch our new “Do Good Right Here” Volunteer Initiative and its website,, where you can search for volunteer opportunities, learn more about our nonprofits and neighborhoods, get advice, read blogs, and even nominate a volunteer to be the “Do Gooder of the Week!”
To celebrate, we’re inviting you to join us at these launch week events, where Community Foundation representatives will guide you through signing up on the new website, discuss the issues and challenges affecting our residents and neighborhoods, how our nonprofit community is working to address the needs, and the many ways you can roll up your sleeves and make a difference.
  • Saturday, June 2nd at the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene, 10am-5pm (176 Lafayette Ave):
    Look for our table outside the main entrance on Lafayette Street!

  • Tuesday, June 5th at Brooklyn Industries in DUMBO, 7-9pm (70 Front St):


    Brooklyn Industries will donate a percentage of sales to support our volunteer initiative!

    Brooklyn-based businesses Sixpoint Brewery, NY Distilling Company, Q Drinks, Brooklyn Roasting Company, and Brooklyn Salsa will provide complimentary refreshments for guests. Invite your friends on Facebook. Free! Simply RSVP by 6/1 at

  • 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)

We can’t wait for summer in Brooklyn. We’re sure it’ll be one to remember! 

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

Memorial Day Concert at Green-wood
Now in its 13th year, Green-Wood’s annual Memorial Day concert has become a true neighborhood favorite. The concert features the ISO Symphonic Band, which was founded in 1995 to sponsor talented students throughout New York City. This year, the concert will feature Civil War melodies in addition to the works of Green-Wood’s permanent residents Fred Ebb, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Leonard Bernstein and many others. Bring a blanket and enjoy this early summer performance. Free! Details.

Amble: Brooklyn Botanic Garden's June Jubilee
On Saturday, June 2nd, BBG will celebrate the opening of their new visitors' center with free admission. Enjoy sensory strolls around the grounds, tour the new Urban Garden summer exhibit, and explore an interactive solar-powered sound installation. Learn about the art of tea and the science of composting while kids pot up lemon balm plants, and partake in tea-inspired cocktails, aromatic drinks, and delicious snacks. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit

Calling All Nonprofits: Brooklyn's Volunteers Need You
The Brooklyn Community Foundation will officially launch a new Brooklyn-centric volunteer initiative next week at (explore the beta site until then). We're matching Brooklynites with volunteer opportunities at innovative nonprofits across our 70 neighborhoods. At this time, we're asking all nonprofits and community associations with volunteer needs to register on the site and post opportunities. To get started, email