|Charity starts at home with the Brooklyn Community Foundation.|
There are hundreds of worthwhile non-profits and charitable organizations across Brooklyn. Here are just a few that would welcome your end-of-year donation:
Brooklyn Community Foundation: With more than 15 years working with Brooklyn non-profits, Brooklyn Community Foundation believes that charity starts at home. BCF is a good place to start because they cover all the bases with five Field of Interest funds: Arts for All, Caring Neighbors, Community Development, Education and Youth Achievement and Green Communities. (They also run the Brooklyn Recovery Fund, with the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, to support those most affected by Superstorm Sandy.)
Brooklyn Community Services: Brooklyn Community Services is one of the oldest, not-for-profit, non-sectarian social service providers in New York City. They work with families at risk of separation; people with psychiatric illnesses; adults with disabilities; people moving from welfare to work; and children who need support and guidance.
St. John's Bread and Life: Bread and Life brings food and assistance to the poor and provides other necessary services through their soup kitchens, medical programs and legal programs assisting the needy with Medicaid and food stamps.
Red Hook Initiative: Award-winning RHI provides long-term programming to youth ages 10 – 24in underserved Red Hook. When Hurricane Sandy hit, RHI became a hub for relief and rebuilding work.
Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger: With $5 billion in food stamp cuts, some Bed-Stuy families are in danger of going hungry. BSCAH operates NYC’s largest emergency food pantry. The organization also provides nutrition programs for seniors, and healthy eating and anti-obesity classes for kids.
CHiPS of Park Slope: CHiPS serves the hungry and homeless with a soup kitchen (serves about 200 a day) and women's shelter. Nearly 80 percent of the food that volunteers prepare is donated by the Park Slope Food Coop. $10 provides six meals!
Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens: You don't have to be Catholic to appreciate the work done by Catholic Charities, which has more than 160 programs providing affordable housing, nutritious meals, recreation for seniors, residences for the developmentally disabled, and assistance to neighbors in need.
Good Shepherd Services: GSS focuses on high-need communities in Brooklyn and the Bronx. They provide services to help youth. In Brooklyn, they serve the neighborhoods of Bensonhurst, Brighton Beach, Bushwick, Canarsie, Coney Island, Downtown, Gowanus, Park Slope, Red Hook, Sunset Park, and Williamsburg.
Children of Promise: Based in Bed-Stuy, COP helps invisible victims -- the children of incarserated parents -- with an after-school program, mentoring and summer day camp. They also provide transportation so kids can visit their parents, and help them connect by writing letters to mom or dad.
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