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: March 23, 2021

Fort Greene & Farragut Fresh Pantry

To help us pack and deliver groceries to over 1,600 local households during our Saturday pantry service, please sign up here with our neighborhood partners at the Clinton Hill Fort Greene Mutual Aid group.

Fort Greene Park Conservancy

Many opportunities throughout the entire year to help in the park.
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This local mentorship program for teens provides opportunities for volunteers to use their skills to mentor local youth.

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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. Find online and on-site volunteer opportunities. 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.

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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.
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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

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

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:

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


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