Sure you do. There's never a bad time to be doing something good. But maybe today is an even better day than most for acting on those altruistic impulses that are always right underneath the surface. Here are some ways that you can help out other people today.
So maybe this is an obvious one, but it's also something that's always needed. Your blood is always needed. And maybe, while you're donating blood, you can also get a painless swab test and join the registry for the National Marrow Donor Program.
For marrow donation info and locations to donate blood, visit nybloodcenter.org
Help Out Some Kids
You know who always needs help? Kids. They can barely take care of themselves. What's nice about this is it makes us adults who sometimes have a little bit of a hard time taking care of ourselves feel really on top of our games. A great place to volunteer is 826NYC, where you can tutor kids or help out in one of the organization's literacy programs. A bonus is that you'll get to hang out in the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company, which is just a really great place to be. I mean, there are a lot of capes to try on and a villain identifying machine. It's the best.
For info on volunteering, visit 826NYC.org
Foster an Animal
This is always a good thing to do because it helps an animal and it helps you, as a person, because you'll get to have pet. At least for a little while. Which is maybe all the commitment you can make right now? There are many different fostering opportunities in Brooklyn, but one organization that we like is Brooklyn Animal Action, which offers many different volunteering programs.
For more info on fostering and other ways to help, visit brooklynanimalaction.org
Now that it's spring and the weather is undeniably beautiful, maybe you should get away from the screen and help out in nature. And Prospect Park is as close to nature as we get in Brooklyn. The Prospect Park Alliance offers a multitude of ways for you to keep the area in good shape. And an added bonus is that if you volunteer for 20 or more hours in a calendar year, you will be rewarded by the Borough President and get invited to a Volunteer Recognition Brunch. And who doesn't like brunch?
For more info, visit prospectpark.org
This organization, which arose following Hurricane Sandy as an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, is still working toward the full recovery of those places devastated by Sandy. It's never too late to help, and the Occupy website has many suggestions on just how to do it. So go help out. It's never a bad time to make a difference. That might be the most sincere sentence I've ever written. But I stand behind it. I really do.
For more info, visit interoccupy.net
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