Archive | September, 2011

Planting Events with NYRP

23 Sep

Another great volunteer opportunity with the New York Restoration Project is right around the corner. If you’ve got a green thumb, these projects have your name on them!

Join the New York Restoration Project, American Express and MillionTreesNYC on Saturday, October 1, 2011 at Co-Op City in the Bronx as they plant hundreds of new trees. Lunch, tree planting equipment and a free t-shirt will be provided, courtesy of American Express.
   The Co-op City Greenway Stage
   Registration begins at 9AM
   For more information, please visit the MillionTreesNYC website.

Towards the end of October, there will be three more Reforestation Days with MillionTreesNYC and the NYRP; October 22nd, 23rd, and 26th. I will be sending out a reminder, but you can register now and ensure your spot by visiting the Reforestation sign-up page. Beautification locations for those dates include Van Cortlandt Park, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx  River Shoelace Park, Marine Park, and more, across the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island.

To stay up-to-date with upcoming volunteer projects, please visit the Give and Get NYC Events Calendar!

Volunteer with GLWD this Friday!

20 Sep

God’s Love We Deliver is looking for four volunteers to help out at a reception this Friday evening, September 23rd from 4:30pm-7:00pm. Volunteers would assist staff with bartending and passing food platters. T-shirts and hats will be provided. Please email Kate at if you’re interested in helping out!


New Volunteer Opportunities with NYRP!

14 Sep

 New York Restoration Project is excited to host 2 volunteer events this fall at their Sherman Creek Campus in Northern Manhattan. Volunteers will help plant, beautify and maintain the natural areas and gardens of Swindler Cove, Sherman Creek Park and Highbridge Park. Volunteers are welcome to come to one or all of the events and learn about a variety of seasonal gardening activities while helping NYRP keep these parks growing. The two upcoming projects are:

Saturday, September 17: 11:00 am to 1:30 pm

Planting and invasive removal in Highbridge Park

Sunday, October 9: 1:00 to 3:30 pm

Leaves and compost

There is room for a limited number of volunteers at each event. Please pre-register by contacting Leah Kragh at or (212) 333-2552.For both projects, close-toed shoes are required. Work gloves, tools and water will be provided. Please dress in long pants and work clothes. Children are welcome with the supervision of an adult.

The Details:

Location: The meeting site for all dates is the picnic benches by Swindler Cove Park building.

Directions: A train to Dyckman/200th St. Walk East on Dyckman St. towards the Harlem River, cross the Harlem River Driveway/10th Avenue, enter the Bikepath/Esplanade in front of P.S. 5. Entrance to Swindler Cove Park is on right

A little bit about New York Restoration Project: “Working in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, NYRP staff, AmeriCorps members and countless corporate and community volunteers have planted hundreds of thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers to support the restoration and maintenance of NYRP’s community gardens, as well as four New York City parks – resulting in the removal of nearly 133,000 bags of trash removed from the city’s green spaces.” For more information about NYRP, please visit their website.

Night Out for VT: Tonight, September 13th!

13 Sep

I just received a last minute notice about this incredibly important fundraiser happening tonight. In the aftermath of Irene, Vermont continues to rebuild what is left of their communities. Please see below for information, and head to Sidebar at 7pm tonight to make your contribution, 100% of which will go directly toward local aid via the Disaster Relief Fund set up by The Stratton Foundation.

“Though many are aware that Hurricane Irene hit Vermont with force, few have seen or can imagine the actual damage done.  In southern VT, the area surrounding Stratton Mountain, Irene caused rivers to rage.  Flash flooding pulled homes from their foundations, destroyed bridges and roads, and in some areas left entire communities in shambles.  While power has mostly been restored, and roadwork begins, the communities affected will need far more assistance to rebuild.   As we’ve seen with Katrina, what the government can do is never enough.  

In an effort to support local communities and aid the restoration process, the Stratton Foundation has established the Disaster Relief Fund, where 100% of the proceeds will go directly toward local aid for restoration of communities and families affected by Hurricane Irene.  

Please come join your fellow New Yorkers who care about the Southern Vermont community, for a night out to benefit the Disaster Relief Fund.”

When:  Tuesday, September 13th at 7 P.M. 

Where: SideBar (120 East 15th Street )

  • Minimum donation of $50 at the door, though additional contributions are certainly welcome
  • Open bar and food served from 7-9 P.M.
  •   Post 9 P.M  cash bar will begin, where 10% of proceeds will be contributed to Disaster Relief Fund
  • Raffle tickets for items including Ski and Stay packages at Stratton and Whistler Blackcomb, a Cooper single speed bike, and others will be sold throughout the evening

*If you cannot join us on Tuesday, please visit to make an online donation* 

For Immediate Release: ioby Supper Club Launch Event with Chef Dave Martin

8 Sep

ioby launches exclusive Supper Club Series with September 15th event
Food. NYC. Youth. Health. Environment. Gardens. Good

ioby, a nonprofit organization that brings environmental projects to life in NYC neighborhoods, will kick-off a series of Supper Club events with an inaugural dinner on Thursday, September 15th at St. Marks Church in the Bowery featuring food by Chef Dave Martin of Bravo’s Top Chef: Season One and wines from Victor Schwartz of V.O.S. Selections.

This event will be the first in a series of dinners in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx where New Yorkers will dine outside for a spectacular, seasonal gourmet meal and learn more about the social, health and environmental impacts the city of New York faces due to food access issues. Proceeds from the series’ ticket sales will go to the Supper Club Fund that supports the many ioby projects that increase access to healthy food for NYC youth. Tickets from this dinner will directly benefit two selected ioby projects: Culinary Kids and La Plaza Cultural. Project leaders from Culinary Kids in Far Rockaway and La Plaza Cultural on East 9th Street will be at the dinner to share stories from their great work.

This intimate and rare dining experience will include a four-course seasonal meal and wine pairings. Tickets are limited to 35 diners: $125 apiece.

Press Contact: Erin Barnes,, 917-464-4515 x2, 203-606-7710

About ioby:

ioby stands for “in our backyards,” and connects New Yorkers to environmental projects in their own neighborhoods through an online crowd-resourcing platform. On, anyone can raise money, organize volunteers and share ideas for local environmental change. Since launching the beta site in May 2009, New Yorkers making micro-donations (on average $37) to discrete, site-specific ioby projects, have contributed more than $120,000 and have fully funded more than 85 successful projects in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island. ioby is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, co-founded by three graduates of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

About Chef Dave Martin:

Chef Dave Martin gained notoriety as a Chef-testant and finalist on the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef where he placed third. Since his appearance he has created quite a name for himself as a chef, cookbook author, brand ambassador, consultant and caterer. His mantra of using the freshest and best ingredients and creating “flavorful food without the fat,” coincides directly with ioby’s mission. 

About Victor Schwartz:

For the past 25 years, Victor Schwartz and V.O.S. SELECTIONS have been importing and distributing the finest wines, spirits and sakes to the top echelon of restaurants and wine shops throughout the New York metropolitan area. V.O.S. values quality over quantity and in doing so has created a portfolio of fine artisanal wines and spirits from across the globe.