Learn More About Organizations in Our Community

You Can Thrive!

You Can Thrive! Foundation provides free and low-cost resources to breast cancer survivors through a comprehensive patient-centered educational and wellness program to promote well-being. By facilitating equal access resources like Acupuncture, Aromatherapy, Advocacy, Massage, Reflexology and Nutritional Counseling to all survivors regardless of income, You Can Thrive! helps people with breast cancer to not just survive but Thrive! Reducing symptoms and giving survivorship tools for long-term wellbeing. Creating a model program for diversity in breast cancer, this innovative non-profit is the only one of its kind. We are based in NYC but serve people nationwide.

Animal Care Centers of NYC

Animal Care Centers of NYC is the only open admission animal shelter in New York City taking in more than 25,000 animals every year. Individuals from all over New York City come to Animal Care Centers every day of the week for reasons as diverse as reclaiming lost pets, adopting new furry family members and getting resources to help them keep their pets in homes. We strive to find loving homes for homeless and abandoned cats, dogs, and rabbits, both by adopting animals directly to the public and by partnering with more than 200 dedicated animal placement organizations (our New Hope partners). Our field services division responds to calls from the public to help keep NYC communities safe and rescue animals in need, and we have facilities in all five boroughs.

City Harvest

City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the more than 1.5 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 109 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs help food-insecure New Yorkers access nutritious food that fits their needs and desires; increase our partners’ capacity; and strengthen the local food system, building a path to a food-secure future for all New Yorkers.

Bowery Residents' Committee

The mission of Bowery Residents’ Committee (BRC) is to help people reclaim lives lost: restoring hope and dignity by offering opportunities for health and self-sufficiency. BRC is among New York City’s leading nonprofit organizations providing caring and effective services and housing to vulnerable New Yorkers, serving more than 10,000 individuals each year. BRC operates 30 programs and services ranging from, outreach to the unsheltered homeless; transitional housing and shelter; permanent housing; substance abuse treatment; mental and physical health services; workforce development and senior services, throughout New York City.

Street Lab

Street Lab is a nonprofit that creates and shares extraordinary programs for public space across New York City—pop-up reading rooms, open-air drawing studios, and more. Street Lab do this work in order to improve the urban environment, strengthen neighborhoods, and bring New Yorkers together.

RiseUpEight.org

The internationally based website, RiseUpEight.org shares stories of people overcoming adversity worldwide in order to inspire others to never give up. Here to share real-life motivational stories, to offer a bit of perspective and strength hearing how others have fought through the toughest times in their lives, and made it through to rise up after falling down again and again. RiseUpEight.org needs writers to highlight inspiring stories of people overcoming adversity and people to help promote the website on social media, so that RiseUpEight.org can reach more people worldwide to inspire them to never give up!

Trauma and Resiliency Resources, Inc.

(TRR) is a 501c3 public charity that assists military veterans, first responders and other public service workers challenged by service-related and line-of-duty traumatic experiences. We do this by connecting them with trauma-related resources, including therapists with advanced training in this area. Our overall mission is to end military and first responder suicides. Our award-winning suicide prevention and trauma resolution program is TRR’s Warrior Camp®. To date, we have a 99.2% survival rate post program and a 99% program completion rate.
We are based in New York State but serve veterans and first responders nationally, at no charge. All of our clinical and support staff are volunteers.

Town Square BK

TOWN SQUARE BK is a volunteer community-based 501(c)(3) organization in Greenpoint and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, two neighborhoods experiencing dynamic changes. Founded in 2004, our mission is to build a vibrant community and enrich the quality of our lives through activities that inspire creativity and imagination, teach respect and cooperation, and celebrate the joy around us. We’re responsible for many family events and programs in Greenpoint and Williamsburg including our now famous Go Green! We also offer Go Green BK Digital Hub, that organizes local environmental stories, events and resources into one central year-round listing to increase participation in environmental programs and make our community a better place to live

World Animal Protection

World Animal Protection is an international animal welfare organization that has moved the world to protect animals for more than 70 years. The charity’s activities include working with companies to ensure high standards of welfare for the animals in their care; working with governments and other stakeholders to prevent wild animals being cruelly traded, trapped or killed; and saving the lives of animals and the livelihoods of the people who depend on them in disaster situations. They have consultative status at the Council of Europe and collaborate with national governments, the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health to improve the lives of millions of animals.

Flex Dance Program

Flex Dance Program’s mission is to encourage positive growth within individuals through artistic expression and mentorship. While generally beneficial, the program is targeted particularly for youth in marginalized communities and those in institutional care. In the city’s poorest communities, young people are going to detention at a rate of close to 70%. And this is a vicious-cycle – even if/when they come back, 80% go back in. FDP employs renowned dancers from local communities to develop dance routines with their students, promoting self-esteem, cooperation, and communication. FDP staff empowers youth to express themselves through movement and transform physical energy into positive, non-verbal self-expression, offering alternative to conflict.

Latinas On the Verge of Excellence

L.O.V.E. Mentoring Program supports and empowers young Latinas to strive for success, both in school and in life, through health interventions targeted at mental, reproductive and physical health as well as career readiness and mentorship. L.O.V.E. addresses the specific challenges that face adolescent Latinas in NYC. Issues with self-esteem, mental health and school retention harshly affect young Latinas, their development into women and their larger Hispanic community. By creating an environment focused on mentoring support and empowerment, L.O.V.E. wants to impact education by increasing high school graduation rates, college enrollment, and healthy lifestyles among young Latinas and other young women in NYC.

The Real Word Ministries, Inc

TRWM has partnered with local organizations that share a common mission of helping low-income residents of Brooklyn, New York. These include local churches, schools, and shelters. TRWM was established to build upon the success of Real Word TV, a show that promotes opportunities to give resources to those in need. Through in-kind donations from community organizing, TRWM has raised money to purchase and distribute throughout their community necessities such as Thanksgiving turkeys and MetroCards, coats, toys, clothing, boxes of diapers, and baby wipes.

The WomanHOOD Project

(HOOD: Helping Ourselves Overcome Discrimination) is an after school mentorship program for women and trans/gender nonconforming youth of color in the Bronx. Our mission is to celebrate womanhood through racial and gender justice by building the next generation of grassroots leaders. We were created to fill the lack of established organizations supporting young Bronxites. Our curriculum and core values are centered in community history, women of color feminisms, and pop culture, which impart skills in community organizing, personal storytelling, and media literacy.

Good Shepherd Services

Good Shepherd Services (GSS) is a leading multi-service organization working to expand opportunity for children, youth, and families through educational, residential, and child welfare programs in NYC communities that have been historically marginalized and impacted by systemic racism. Rooted in work begun in New York City in 1857 and incorporated in 1947, the agency is woven into the social fabric of the City, with a century and a half of experience providing child welfare services; a 40-year history of successfully bringing needed community-based counseling and school-based resources to families; and over 25 years of experience developing and delivering services to justice-involved youth and their families. Today, the agency serves more than 34,000 participants annually through 90 programs grounded in a strength-based youth and family development approach that builds on people’s strengths and resiliencies so that they can succeed and thrive.

NYC Anti-Violence Project

AVP empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy. We provide direct client services to LGBTQ & HIV-affected survivors of all forms of violence, including hate violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, pick-up violence, and institutional violence in all five boroughs of New York City. These services are detailed here. Today, AVP is the largest anti-LGBTQ violence organization in the country. We are deeply trusted within the LGBTQ communities and by survivors of violence, and we have earned that trust by showing up for our community day in and day out for over almost 40 years.

Black Futures Lab

Black Futures Lab works with Black people to transform our communities, building Black political power and changing the way that power operates—locally, statewide, and nationally. The problems facing Black communities are complex. The solutions to these problems will come from our imagination, our innovation, and experimentation. Changing our communities for the better requires changing a culture that takes Black people for granted and changing policies and laws that make us criminals and keep resources from our communities. To get there, we work to understand the dynamics impacting our communities; we build the capacity of our communities to govern; and we engage and include Black people in the decisions that impact our lives. There are three ways that Black Futures Lab is a different kind of project for change: our mission to engage the Black community year-round; our commitment to use our political strength to stop corporate influences from creeping into public policies; and our plan to combine technology and traditional organizing methods to reach Black people anywhere and everywhere we are.

Avenues for Justice

Founded in the 1970’s by residents of New York City’s Lower East Side, Avenues for Justice (AFJ) was one of the first Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) programs for youth in our country and has been continuously BIPOC-led. Today, Avenues for Justice provides intensive court advocacy and rehabilitative crime prevention program services for education and employment to hundreds of youth and young adults across New York City, ages 13 – 24, who are court-mandated to our services or are at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.
AFJ breaks the wasteful cycle of unproductive and repeated incarceration by foregoing it entirely and replacing it with true rehabilitation and second chances for youths: accountability and supervision, mentorship, education, job training, and employment. It costs AFJ just $5,500 to provide life-changing, 24/7 support to each of our youth, as compared to over $365,000+ that the average offender would cost the taxpayer in detention in New York State. Our most recent evaluation data indicate that within three years of enrollment, only 5% of our participants were reconvicted within New York State. By comparison, recidivism rates in New York state are staggering; 69% of formerly incarcerated individuals find themselves back in jail within three years.
All programs are offered both online and also onsite at our two community centers on East 130th Street in Harlem and Avenue B on the Lower East Side, with our headquarters at the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse providing rapid response court advocacy to young people entering for arraignment. Many volunteers work via remote conferencing to provide tutoring, workshops and mentoring.

SCAN-Harbor

SCAN-Harbor is a non-profit youth and family service organization that provides integrated service delivery to the highest risk children and families of Harlem, East Harlem, and the South Bronx. Serving over 7,600 children and teens and 1,000 adults and families each year at 23 program sites, we are the largest youth service provider in our communities. SCAN-Harbor’s mission is simply to afford integrated services to our communities’ most vulnerable “at- risk” families and children. We provide our families and children with family-focused programming that uses a positive empowerment approach, harnesses individual strengths and fosters self-esteem, initiative and the development of life skills.
SCAN-Harbor offers a diversity of programs, including: our Reach For The Stars college-bound program, young women’s empowerment, substance abuse treatment, street organization / gang outreach, violence prevention, literacy programs, early childhood education, after-school activities and events, employment skills training, LGTBQ support, mentoring and
youth leadership. SCAN-Harbor’s approach is predicated upon a strength-based program model.
Our programs start with the recognition that the children and families we serve are filled with potential – with skills and talents that have yet to be discovered, polished, and realized. The aim of our programs is not to simply solve problems, but to help families and young people to move beyond their problems by building upon their strengths, by literally
“reaching for the stars”.

National Alliance on Mental Illness of NYC

Mental health conditions can affect anyone at any time. If you or someone you know is in need of support or information, contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of NYC (NAMI NYC) Helpline at 212-684-3264 or helpline@naminyc.org. NAMI NYC helps families and individuals affected by mental illness build better lives through education, support, and advocacy. Our programs and services are led by people with lived experience, and are available free of charge to anyone who needs them. Visit our website at naminyc.org to learn more about how we can help you.

Correctional Association of
New York

For 175 years, CANY has been the only independent organization in New York with authority under state law to monitor prisons and report our findings to the legislature and the broader public. In addition to carrying out this unique mandate through onsite prison monitoring visits, we confidentially communicate with incarcerated people about their experiences through the mail, one-on-one interviews, and collect phone calls. Our access creates a platform for people inside prison to participate in and shape the public debate surrounding prison reform.

The Bronx Community Foundation

The Bronx Community Foundation (Bx.C.F.) is the first and only community foundation in The Bronx, solely dedicated to delivering resources to the borough. We use collective impact models and assessment methods with our partners, donors, and collaborators to meet the shared outcomes of increasing economic security, advancing inclusivity and sustainability, advocating for social, economic, environmental, and racial justice, increasing access to quality education, strengthening community resiliency and vitality, accelerating innovation, and directing resources to support generational change throughout The Bronx.

The Bronx Community Foundation takes a place-based strategic approach toward philanthropy. We are not solely a pass-through funding institution. To make significant progress, we take a strategic role in defining a community-wide common agenda and taking a collaborative philanthropic approach toward solving challenges. We accomplish this through engaging organizations and individuals from across all stakeholder groups – public, private, non-profit and citizens. The common agenda approach allows for a strategic and collaborative approach and empowers partners to co-identify priority areas, undertake quick wins, and set ourselves up for the development of a common agenda that all parties agree to and create system and institutional change.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC

Founded in 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BBBS of NYC) is proud to be the nation’s first and NYC’s largest youth mentoring organization serving all five boroughs. Our vision is that all youth achieve their full potential. Our mission is to build and support mentoring relationships to ignite the biggest possible futures for youth. Our work is guided by our values: Put Youth First; Advance Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Operate with Integrity; Engage with Empathy; and Invest in Learning & Innovation.

By matching a caring adult mentor, a Big, with a New York City youth, a Little, we are inspiring the next generation of leaders. Through our one-to-one mentoring, Workplace Mentoring Program (corporate engagement), affinity groups, College & Career Success Program, Bigs in Blue, and other community partner programs, BBBS of NYC serves over 5,300 youths annually across all five boroughs.

Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc.

Citizens Against Recidivism, Inc. works to achieve the restoration of all the rights and attributes of citizenship among people in prison or jail and those who have been released.

Our work includes advocacy on all levels, preventive efforts targeting at-risk youth and efforts to strengthen individuals, families and personal relationships affected by experiences with the criminal justice system.

A significant portion of our efforts is geared toward changing the narrative and public perception of individuals impacted by the justice system, while working to empower impacted people through our programming and advocacy. We are based in Queens and Harlem.

Part of the Solution (POTS)

The mission of Part of the Solution (POTS) is to be a loving community in the Bronx that nourishes the basic needs and hungers of all who come to its door. Helping low-income families and individuals since 1982, POTS has grown to become a leading provider of emergency food, legal representation and social services in the Bronx. POTS’ unique “one-stop shop” model of interrelated programming has been designed to carry out its vision of helping low-income individuals and families move from crisis to stability and ultimately self-sufficiency.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

A nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support, services and education to individuals, families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nationwide, and to fund research for better treatment and a cure. Its services include a 7-day-a-week National Toll-Free Helpline (866-232-8484) staffed by licensed social workers, the National Memory Screening Program, educational conferences and materials, “AFA Partners in Care” dementia care training for healthcare professionals, and an AFA on Campus division catering to colleges/universities across the country that promotes awareness-raising activities for young adult leaders in the Alzheimer’s community. Based in New York City, AFA was founded in 2002 by a family caregiver who wanted to ensure that no family would have to go through the Alzheimer’s journey alone. For more information about AFA, call 866-232-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org. AFA has earned Charity Navigator’s top 4-star rating for six consecutive years.

MinKwon Center for Community Action

Founded in 1984, the MinKwon Center for Community Action empowers the Korean American community and works with the wider Asian American and immigrant communities to achieve economic and social justice for all. We envision a just and equitable society where all people can live in harmony, dream and achieve their full potential.

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