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A Multi-Designer Sale’s Event and Fundraiser

10 Feb
2012

ARTISTS & FLEAS TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY WITH

A MULTI-DESIGNER SALE’S EVENT AND FUNDRAISER

Over 20 Independent Designers, Makers & Vintage Collectors Selling

for the Benefit of God’s Love We Deliver

NEW YORK – Feb 8, 2012 – Artists & Fleas, Williamsburg’s weekly indoor market for artists, independent designers and vintage collectors, will hold Love for Sale, a multi-designer Valentine’s Day sales event with a portion of proceeds to benefit God’s Love We Deliver. The weekend-long sale will be held on February 11th & 12th at Artists & Fleas’ Williamsburg, Brooklyn location. Over 20 participating indie designers, artists and vintage collectors have contributed an item to be sold at prices discounted up to 20% off of regular pricing in a red color themed area curated by the market management. Participants will include Georgia Varidakis Jewelry, FSMNYC, QP & Monty and the Spooky Boutique. Artists & Fleas will match sales profits in a contribution to God’s Love We Deliver. Additionally, Brooklyn-based Karaoke DJs The Kings of Karaoke will be holding a Saturday evening free karaoke session beginning at 5pm to kick off the weekend.

“Valentine’s Day at the market has always been as much about giving as it is receiving and the opportunity to get gift-worthy goods while supporting independent artists and a tremendous organization caring for people across New York City is a perfect match,” said Ronen Glimer, co-founder of Artists & Fleas with Amy Abrams.

Artists & Fleas has curated a space within the market for Love for Sale, consisting of merchandise and items for sale across a wide range of styles and trends in fashion, art and design with merchandise to include jewelry, clothing, housewares, handmade goods, vintage fashion, antiquities and visual arts. Some highlights include:

  • Georgia Varidakis Jewelry, a Williamsburg-based designer of modern-day heirloom jewelry.
  • Evolving Habitat, Brooklyn-based design studio that re-purposes found and salvaged items such as deer antlers, birch wood, antique glass and metal for the home and wardrobe.
  • QP & Monty, East Village-based vintage sellers and creators of a series of bespoke men’s clothing.
  • Pioneering women’s vintage collector Ricky Becker of Spooky Boutique, a long-time NYC advisor to fashion stylists seeking inspiration from vintage clothing and period pieces.
  • More than 20 other independent designers from the Artists & Fleas’ community.

Artists & Fleas “Love For Sale” will be open Saturday & Sunday, February 11th & 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 70 North 7th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and is free to the public. For a full line-up of vendors and additional information, visit www.artistsandfleas.com or email ronen@artistsandfleas.com.

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Media Contact:

Artists & Fleas: Ronen Glimer, ronen@artistsandfleas.com, 917.301.5765

About Artists & Fleas:

Artists & Fleas is Brooklyn’s longest running curator and creator of weekly markets for indie designers, vintage collectors, emerging artists and food artisans to set up shop and connect directly with customers and the broader community of independent creative makers and entrepreneurs. Established in 2003 in Williamsburg Brooklyn, Artists & Fleas is a unique destination for the community of artisans, collectors and cool-hunters to come together in a thriving alternative-to-retail setting open every weekend year-round where buyers and sellers can meet from around the world. Current markets include the Williamsburg, Brooklyn location (weekends only, year-round), a Summer seasonal market at the Williamsburg waterfront as part of the OSA Presents concert series (Summers only, resuming June 2012) and a pop-up at Chelsea Market in spring 2012. Follow Artists & Fleas Love on Facebook and on Twitter @artistsandfleas. For more information, visit www.artistsandfleas.com.

 

God’s Love We Deliver: Em Findley, efindley@glwd.org, 212.294.8141, 517.402.1776

About God’s Love We Deliver
God’s Love is the New York metropolitan area’s leading not-for-profit provider of life-sustaining meals and nutritional counseling for people living with life-threatening illnesses. God’s Love We Deliver is dedicated to cooking – and delivering – the specific, nutritious meals a client’s severe illness and treatment so urgently require. God’s Love supports families by providing meals for the children and senior caregivers of its clients. All of the agency’s services are provided free of charge, and in its entire 25 year history, God’s Love We Deliver has never had a waiting list. For more information, visit www.godslovewedeliver.org. Follow God’s Love on Facebook and follow them on Twitter, @godslovenyc.

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CharitySub.org — Simple. Collective. Giving.

3 Jan
2012

New subscription for giving, launching with Childhood Obesity in January.

BROOKLYN, NY, January 1st, 2012 — CharitySub.org, a brand new social enterprise for charitable giving launches this month. CharitySub brings the stories of causes and charities to life to inform givers on where to donate and how their donations make a difference. With their subscription for giving, individuals come together to collectively impact causes in need, $5 at a time. January’s featured launch cause is Childhood Obesity.

In developing the concept for CharitySub.org, the four co-founders wanted to address three specific areas: researching relevant causes in need, finding the relevant charities to donate to, and ensuring a meaningful donation through collective giving. In doing so, CharitySub takes the guesswork out of giving for their subscribers, making it fun and easy for everyone to make a difference as part of this great community of people improving the world.

How it works: Each month, CharitySub.org handpicks 3 non-profits that make a difference within that featured cause. Subscribers then select which of the 3 charities will receive their $5 donation. After each charity has put their donations to work, CharitySub will report back on the impact made by the collective community, bringing your contribution full circle.

The team’s belief is that by coming together to learn, give and share, their subscribers make a big impact on those in need. Even though each CharitySubscriber donates a small amount of money, the power of the collective will make a real change.

January Launch Cause — Childhood Obesity:
On the first of each month, a new cause will be featured to bring awareness to topics and issues that need our collective help. January’s launch will focus on the Childhood Obesity epidemic our country is currently facing. With 1 in 3 children falling within the overweight or obese categories, this may be the first generation to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. By becoming a CharitySub member, you have the ability to learn about this cause and the 3 non-profits working hard to curb this epidemic.

About CharitySub.org
Headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, CharitySub.org is an online social enterprise, established in October 2011. The organization officially launches on January 1st, 2012 with a focus on telling stories of causes and non-profits to bring awareness to those in need and drive educated giving, $5 at a time.

Contact:
Amy Vermeer Crews
Co-Founder/Director of Communications
(917) 287-0475
amy@charitysub.org
www.facebook.com/charitysub
@charitysub

Kickin’ It with Kids: Soccer-loving volunteers needed

7 Oct
2011

Seeds in the Middle is a nonprofit organization in Crown Heights inspiring social change through sustainable health.  One of their many programs is a youth soccer league, and it currently could use a few extra volunteers for the fall clinic. So dust off your cleats (or just your sneakers, whatever you have) and head down to the pitch at Lefferts Avenue!

In addition to teaching kids a sport you (hopefully maybe) love, there’s the potential for you to gain something most coveted in NYC: full field 11v11 games either before or after one of the weekend sessions. That’s right, free full field soccer in NYC! This is a win-win opportunity for any soccer-loving volunteer!

So, the current time slots are as follows, running now until Thanksgiving:

TUESDAYS
3:30-5  Co-ed, K-Grade 2 (Oct 1-Nov 19)

THURSDAYS
3:30-5  Co-ed, Grades 3-6 (Oct 1-Nov 19)
5-6       Girls, Grades 3-6  (Oct. 6, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17)


SATURDAYS
1 – 3     Co-ed, Grades K-2 (Oct 1-Nov 19)
3 – 5     Co-ed, Grade 3 & Up (Oct 1-Nov 19)

SUNDAYS
1 – 2     Girls, Grades K-2 (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20)
1 – 2     Girls, Grades 3-6 (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20)
2:30-3:30     Adult/parent pickup (Oct 1-Nov 19)*
4 – 5     Boys, Grades K-2 (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20)
4 – 5     Boys, Grades 3-6 (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20)
*Please note that pickup games are free for volunteers, but non-volunteers will be asked for a $10 suggested donation to help subsidize the Seeds youth program.
Field Location: Albany/Lefferts Avenues, Brooklyn (3/4 train, Kingston Ave)

If you’re interested in volunteering, please email your availability and contact information to Zoe at zoeschw@gmail.com

Seeds in the Middle is an organization based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn which aims to inspire social change amongst school age children, beginning by improving their health, enhancing arts education and greening their environment. Their mission is to create sustainable health and battle the childhood obesity epidemic, which is prominent in Crown Heights. For more information about their programs and how you can get involved, visit their website

Hands On NY Day 2011: Highland Park Clean-Up

19 Apr
2011

This past Saturday was Hands On New York Day, a citywide volunteer day which mobilizes thousands of New Yorkers to give their city a good ol’ fashioned spring greening. Though the weather wasn’t 100% optimal, the rain held out long enough to  get 70 public spaces cleaner, greener, and ready for people to enjoy all summer long.

Team Give and Get NYC was out straddling the line between Brooklyn and Queens this year, turning over plots in the Highland Park Children’s Garden. It was clear that the garden had endured a long winter and was in need of some TLC. Our site had an army of volunteers that were spreading compost, pulling weeds, and raking leaves, among other things. Our team was tasked with turning over four garden plots that belonged to local public school students. We prepared the soil for planting, which will take place in the next few weeks when the garden is turned into an outdoor classroom of sorts, teaching elementary-age kids how to grow their own fruits and vegetables.

Before

After!

Despite the weather it was a great day, as these events always are. It gives me a great sense of pride any time I can volunteer alongside such a large, diverse group of people; we didn’t know each other’s names, but we shared shovels, fetched compost for each other, and lent a hand when it was needed, no questions asked. I like to think this is what it’s all about to be a New Yorker.

It was also seriously hard, back-breaking labor that I know could not have been completed by the small children and surrounding community who will ultimately benefit from our hard work and the support of New York Cares.

To see more photos from our day in the Highland Park Children’s Garden, check out the G&G Flickr account!

Did you volunteer for Hands On New York Day 2011? Feel free to reply below with links to your own photos and recaps of the day!

Force of Human Nature: Spring Volunteer Activities Outdoors

24 Mar
2011

This post was originally written for offManhattan, an eco travel site featuring destinations out of Manhattan that are accessible sans car.

Whether or not the weather agrees, Spring is officially here. It’s time to put those winter sweaters back into storage and dust off your flip flops. It’s also the perfect time to volunteer in New York City. As the seasons change, so do the opportunities available; there are gardens to be planted, parks to prepped for the onslaught of visitors, and other outdoor projects that are most enjoyable in the cool sunshine of Spring. Below are some ideas for outdoor volunteer projects and activities that you can sign up for right now:

Pick A Day, Any Day

Are you too busy for a big time commitment? Sign up for these one-day volunteer events:

  • ‘It’s My Park Day’ is an bi-annual event taking place this spring on May 21st, 2011. You don’t even have to register: just find a participating park and GO. Partnerships for Parks invites dedicated community groups to organize volunteer projects and free cultural events in their neighborhood parks, in the hopes that people will come out to help and learn more about year-round opportunities. There will be over 150 community organizations and parks participating throughout the 5 boroughs.
  • Hands On New York Day: Join New York Cares and 5,000 other volunteers on April 16th to make our city’s parks and gardens cleaner, greener, and ready for summer. You can join my team or start your own!
  • Million Trees Planting Event: The city’s Million Trees Initiative has an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City’s five boroughs over the next decade. On April 30th, 2011 you can help them reach that goal by joining them in one of five parks in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island and volunteer to help plant 20,000 trees in one day!

Runs Don’t Run Themselves

New York City plays host to a slew of fundraising 5K’s and walks, and all of them need volunteers to help ensure the day goes smoothly. You can help by handing out water along the route, checking in participants, cleaning up after the race, or even cheering! Here are some upcoming runs and contact info:

  • New York Road Runners: Find more races and opportunities here by signing up to volunteer at any NYRR race. All opportunities in 2011 will count as a volunteer credit toward the 9+1 Program for those who would like to receive a guaranteed entry to the 2012 ING New York City Marathon.

Going Green for the Season

There are many organizations that are dedicated to community gardening and environmental education all year long. Now that Spring has arrived, they’ll need help for the busy planting season. Check out these groups for on-going volunteer opportunities with varying commitment levels:
  • ioby (which stands for ‘in our backyards’) connects donors and volunteers to environmental projects in their neighborhoods to inspire new environmental knowledge and action in New York City. They have sponsored projects in need of volunteers to plant veggies, building gardens and educating the public; email volunteer@ioby.org for more info or visit the website.
  • TimeBanksNYC Green April is a month-long marathon of eco-friendly, green-inspired projects. Each Saturday in April, TBNYC will be in a different borough for an environmental community service event. To gain access to the Green April events, attend the volunteer kick-off event on March 30th at the Horticultural Society of NY; RSVP at volunteer@timebanksnyc.org.
  • New York Cares is the all-encompassing, citywide mecca for volunteers. Just sign up online and attend a 45-minute orientation and you’ll be able to access their database of 1,000’s of projects that take place all over the city, from Pelham Bay Park to Gregory’s community garden in Brooklyn and almost everything in between. You can volunteer once, weekly, monthly; whatever you schedule, NY Cares has something for everyone.
  • Slow Food NYC is the New York City chapter of Slow Food, a non-profit, member-supported organization founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life. From time to time they need volunteers to staff events or to help with outreach programs. Contact them at volunteering@slowfoodnyc.org to find out what’s available now; for one, they will be preparing their neighborhood farm in Brownsville on April 16th, 30th and June 4th for the upcoming summer program for 100 local kids.

For more environmentally-helpful volunteer projects, visit my spring greening tips from last year, “Volunteerism in Full Bloom.”