Giving Tuesday: 12 Local Organizations To Support

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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday have come and gone, but Giving Tuesday—a global initiative focused on giving back to the community—is today, and there are dozens of local organizations that could use your support. We’ve rounded up a few of them down below.

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Badass Brooklyn Animal Rescue
Badass is an all-volunteer, all-breed, dog rescue that has saved over 1,700 dogs in six years. Donations will help volunteers to rescue dogs from high kill, rural shelters in the southern United States and foster and care for them until they find loving fur-ever homes. Learn more about the non-profit rescue group here.

Brooklyn Community Services
With more than 500 staff members and over 25 sites around Brooklyn, BCS serves 18,000 people yearly in an effort to establish “ONE Brooklyn Community.” BCS offers comprehensive and holistic services including: early childhood education; youth development services and educational after-school programs; counseling for at-risk families; treatment/recovery/job training for adults living with mental illness; rehabilitation and community living support for adults with developmental disabilities; and disaster recovery relief services.

Brooklyn Gives
A 24-hour giving event seeking to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local nonprofits. The Brooklyn Community Foundation will match up to $100,000 in donations made on Giving Tuesday to select nonprofits. Learn more about Brooklyn Community Foundation here.

To encourage the Brooklyn community to give where they live and learn about local nonprofits, Brooklyn Community Foundation is issuing the donation challenge in support of 20 organizations that are finalists of its Spark Prize which honors exceptional nonprofits that have “sparked” change in Brooklyn communities.

Brooklyn Public Library
Reading a book opens up a world of discovery—that’s why BPL is committed to providing Brooklyn residents with a vibrant learning environment through outreach programs, educational workshops, literary services, cultural events, and more. Donations will support these programs and services and help keep thousands of books and digital offerings available to everyone in Brooklyn.

CHiPS Soup Kitchen & Women’s Shelter
Since 1971, this Park Slope soup kitchen and residence for young moms has been providing nutritious meals for those in need and safe shelter and services for pregnant young mothers. Learn more about CHiPS here.

Donors Choose – Teachers create projects for items that they need to help their students succeed—everything from basic school supplies to computers. The website approves the fundraiser, the public donates, and once their goal is achieved, the items are sent directly to the teacher. A zip code search lists teachers in every neighborhood that need a helping hand.

The Healing Center
The Healing Center aids families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault by providing a safe place for families to share their stories and receive support and resources.
Donations will help fund the organization’s children’s, teen, and elder justice programs,
direct services, outreach, and educational workshops.

Helen Keller Services
Helen Keller Services (HKS) works to improve the lives of individuals who are blind, visually impaired, or have combined hearing and vision loss with its Helen Keller Services for the Blind and Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults.

IMPACCT Brooklyn
The Pratt Area Community Council (PACC) is an advocate, educator, and catalyst for helping residents build vibrant communities in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Fort Greene, and Prospect Heights. Your gift of $25 could change the lives of over 5,000 people living in these neighborhoods. Learn about the organization’s goals here.

Sean Casey Animal Rescue
This not-for-profit, no-kill shelter takes in rescued, confiscated, neglected, injured, ill, unmanageable, or otherwise unwanted animals from private owners, zoos, shelters, and other public organizations. The SCAR team cares for the animals, rehabilitates them, and helps them find happy homes. Learn more about SCAR here.

Toys For Tots
Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz‘s office will serve as a collection site for the United States Marine Corps (USMC) “Toys for Tots” holiday drive. The USMC has collected new, unwrapped toys for needy children during the holiday season since 1947.

Toys can be dropped off at the collection box at Assembly Member Cymbrowitz’s office located at 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road, between 9am to 5pm, until Thursday, December 14th. Toys can also be dropped off at the Kings Bay Y at 3495 Nostrand Avenue. A finale event for the drive will be held on December 14th from 7pm to 9pm at 2952 Avenue R.

Unidos Disaster Relief & Recovery Program to Support Puerto Rico
Following the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the Hispanic Federation (HF) convened government, community and philanthropic institutions and leaders to create the UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program. The goal of the UNIDOS Program is to serve the immediate and long-term needs of families and communities in Puerto Rico by helping to coordinate hundreds of donation drives in the United States, distributing millions of pounds of food, water, and essentials to those most affected by the storm, and delivering emergency relief aid.

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