Giving Back: Where to Volunteer Locally

Fri, Nov 30th, 2018

Volunteers at the monthly Fort Greene & Farragut Fresh Pantry.

Looking to give back? There are so many ways to donate your time and skills right here in the neighborhood. To help you find the perfect volunteer opportunity, we’ve put together this list of where you can serve in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.

Updated: May 31, 2020

Myrtle Avenue COVID-19 volunteering

To volunteer running errands for high risk neighbors so that they may avoid the public, please sign up here with our neighborhood partners at the Clinton Hill Fort Greene Mutual Aid group.

Specifically, we need volunteers to help with weekly wellness calls to local seniors and emergency food relief efforts, delivering groceries every Saturday to homebound neighbors.


Fort Greene & Farragut Fresh Pantry (temporarily suspended)

On the third Saturday of each month, the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership, along with our partners, distributes fresh produce to residents of Whitman, Ingersoll, and Farragut Houses at the Fort Greene & Farragut Fresh Pantry. To sign-up as a volunteer, please contact us at (718) 230-1689 or fill out a form.

Fort Greene Park Conservancy

Many opportunities throughout the entire year to help in the park.
More info available at fortgreenepark.org/volunteer.

V-Elms

This local mentorship program for teens provides opportunities for volunteers to use their skills to mentor local youth.

More info available at v-elms.org/volunteer-opportunities.

Brooklyn Book Bodega

Brooklyn Book Bodega provides access to and ownership of books, builds community, and creates a passion for learning through free events and literacy-based community programming.

Community volunteers sort books, create displays and support parents and children with book selection prior to and during events. Individuals, families, and organizations are welcome to volunteer together. For more information, visit Brooklyn Book Bodega.

Behind the Book

This non-profit tackles illiteracy and is active in schools across NYC, including right here at PS 46 on Clermont Ave. Volunteers work with students to assist them research, edit drafts of their fiction, essays, or other writing, or create artwork to illustrate their work. The next workshop and volunteer opportunity at PS 46 is coming up on January 25.

More info available at behindthebook.org.

Institutional Church 

The Institutional Church of God in Christ serves meals each month at their church to families facing homelessness. Visit them at 170 Adelphi Street, or call (718) 625-9175 or (718) 522-7424 to learn more about volunteering.

City Harvest

Many volunteer opportunities throughout the city, including at monthly events happening right here in the neighborhood.
More info available at cityharvest.org/volunteer.

Breaking Ground

A number of ways to volunteer are available with this multifaceted organization that serves homeless populations and families in need of affordable housing.
For more information, visit breakingground.org/volunteer.

IMPACCT Brooklyn

This power-house local organization (formerly known as the Pratt Area Community Council, or PACC) focuses on providing housing services to residents in and around Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Throughout the year, they have a number of volunteer opportunities available.
For more information, visit impacctbrooklyn.org/volunteer

Bklyn Public Library

A ton of great opportunities are available with the library, including at the neighborhood’s Clinton Hill and Walt Whitman branches.
For more information, visit: bklynlibrary.org/support/volunteer

New York Cares

Still looking for more ways to give back? New York Cares’ search for volunteer opportunities will help you find options all across the city.
For more information visit, newyorkcares.org.

 

Have other great volunteer opportunities in the neighborhood that you’d like to share? Send info about it to hello@myrtleavenue.org and we’ll add it to the list!

 

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