‘Tis the season for good tidings and gift giving! And while many presents will surely be exchanged between friends and family, it’s also good to give to those in need. New York City has no shortage of nonprofits dedicated to just about any cause including; food and shelter for at-risk youth, environmental preservation, and promoting art, music and culture. Here are four organizations to support this holiday season. Whether you give the gift of money, resources or time, you’ll be making a difference.
Food Bank of New York City
Each year, the Food Bank of New York City provides more than 60 million free meals to those in need by distributing food to charities and schools across the five boroughs. In addition to providing food, the group also provides nutrition education, training for charities and assistance with SNAP and other assistance program applications. Their philosophy is that nobody in the city should ever have to go hungry.
The Ali Forney Center
Faced with a high risk of homelessness, violence and discrimination, LGBTQ youth are an especially vulnerable population. Founded in 2002, the Ali Forney Center is dedicated to ensuring the safety and happiness of LGBTQ children and teens in New York City. The organization provides these youths with meals, confidential medical and mental health care, job readiness and training programs, emergency housing and transitional living opportunities.
New York Foundation for the Arts
Operating on the premise that art is vital for the health and happiness of society, the New York Foundation for the Arts helps fund and support artists in NYC and beyond. The organization maintains one of the country’s largest professional development networks for artists and art-oriented groups. It also provides grants to emerging artists, offers fundraising guidance and runs special programs for art-related startups and immigrant artists.
New York Restoration Project
Concrete dominates the landscape of New York City, but the New York Restoration Project has a different vision for the future of the metropolis. With an emphasis on sustainability, the group works to restore underutilized parks throughout the city and educate the public on how to make the city more green. It also sponsors community food gardens and provides free trees for residents to plant in their yards.