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Abraham House
340 Willis Avenue

Today, Abraham House offers extensive services to hundreds of adults and children affected by incarceration or other social factors like poverty, violence, and truancy, that may cause a family to live from crisis to crisis. Yet the fundamentals remain the same. Abraham House is small in scale, modeling itself on a family rather than an institution.

(718) 292-9321
Abraham House officially opened its doors in 1993 in a brownstone on Willis Avenue. To address this cycle of repeat offenders, the group put fresh ideas into practice, and began working with inmates, ex-offenders, and their families to offer an innovative alternative to incarceration program for first-time offenders, especially those convicted of nonviolent crimes.
Acts Community Development Corp.
2114 Mermaid Avenue

ACTS Community Development Corporation (ACTS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the quality of life and provide for the needs for the homeless, poor, needy, and disenfranchised.

(718) 415-1170
The Coney Island Lighthouse Mission is dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty in our community through the many services we provide to those in need. For those families in need of food, we distribute free grocery bags two days a week and serve hot meals to the public every Wednesday & Friday evenings. We are currently serving over 4,000 people every month. Our after-school program began in 2007 and provides homework assistance and tutoring, hot snacks, games, art projects, and bible study for students aged 5-13 Monday-Friday. We are open five days a week to receive new clients, provide information, and make appointments for free benefits screening and submit food stamp applications with a social worker on-site. In addition, the Lighthouse Mission conducts special holiday outreach programs such as distributing hundreds of Thanksgiving turkeys in the community.
Added Value Farms
135 Richards Street #1C
Mailing to: P.O. Box 310028, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Added Value Farms is a youth-led urban farming and compost operation in Red Hook, Brooklyn. We create opportunities for teens to expand their knowledge base, develop their leadership skills, and positively engage with each other, their community, and the environment. Since our founding in 2001, we have mentored scores of youth, provided hundreds of elementary students with educational programs, and worked with thousands of volunteers to farm and compost in the city. Together we strive to transform vacant lands into vibrant urban farms, improve access to healthy, affordable produce, and nurture a new generation of green leaders.

(718) 288-6752
1281 Atlantic Ave, #2

Our aim is to provide farmboxes, farming gardens and rooftop farms to under served communities where obesity, diabetes and hypertension are prevalent particularly among children.

(718) 404-4627
We build farms in New York City! Through our hard work and your generous support, Adopt-A-Farmbox donates farm boxes made from 100% recycled materials to local schools and community organizations that will spur urban farming projects across New York City. Along with our farm boxes, schools and organizations will have the essential resources needed to implement a hands-on educational program on food, nutrition, health, and the environment. We provide everything needed to create and sustain an Adopt-a-Farmbox project.
AgTech X
164 Meserole St.

AgTech X is NYC’s go-to resource for learning, collaboration, and inspiration in the Urban Farming and AgTech space.

(929) 356-4020
AgTech X runs NYC’s only AgTech-focused co-working lab. We offer classes, workshops, networking opportunities, and co-working desks. Our goal is to build a hub for research and entrepreneurship focused on establishing a more circular food economy within cities.
Ample Table for Everyone Inc. (ATE)
174 East 74th Street
Suite 6C
New York

We want to mitigate food insecurity in the five boroughs of New York City by addressing the key causes: lack of time, lack of money, inaccessibility to nutritious food, and unfamiliarity with a variety of healthy ingredients, cooking methods and recipes. ATE offers financial support to organizations, individuals, projects, programs and/or new models that afford New York City families access to more sustainable and consistent food consumption with an emphasis on healthy eating.

Ample Table for Everyone (ATE) is a 501(c)(3) working to fund solutions that feed a growing population of food insecure families in New York City. We seek innovative, replicable, scalable projects that address at least one of the major causes of food insecurity: lack of money, lack of time, limited access to nutritious food, and unfamiliarity with a variety of healthy ingredients, cooking methods and recipes. ATE offers financial support to organizations, individuals, programs and/or new models that afford New York City families access to more sustainable and consistent food consumption with an emphasis on healthy eating.
Asociacion de Mujeres Progresistas
PO Box 709 Rayan Tejada Station
New York

To meet the needs of thousands of families, particularly, women who today more than ever are the heads of household, single working mothers in need of assistance and referrals in areas, such as, educational opportunities, English as a Second Language (ESL), domestic violence, housing, health, immigration, as well as legal issues.

(212) 795-0331
A volunteer, community organization that provides assistance and guidance to the communities of Hamilton Heights, Washington Heights and Inwood. They inform and guide community members to live a healthy lifestyle by providing nutritional education, cooking classes and community physical activity opportunities. They also assist community members with educational opportunities and other resources.
Astor Child Guidance Center
750 Tilden Street

Our mission is to provide behavioral and educational services in a caring environment where children and their families find strength, healing, hope and trust.

(718) 231-3400
Astor Services for Children & Families is a community based, non-profit organization that provides children’s mental health services, child welfare services, and early childhood development programs. Astor serves children and families in New York State’s Mid-Hudson Valley region and the Bronx. Through a wide variety of premier quality education and mental health services, Astor provides support for pre-schoolers, children with behavioral and emotional health problems, children at risk of placement in foster care, and families that need assistance in developing the skills necessary to raise their children in an environment filled with increasing challenges. Astor currently serves thousands of children each year through its prevention, early childhood, special education, community behavioral health and residential treatment programs.
Bay Ridge Center
411 Ovington Avenue

Our mission is to provide services and programs for older adults of southwest Brooklyn that promote their well being, support their independence and encourage their involvement in community life.

(718) 748-0650
Bay Ridge Center’s mission is to provide services and programs for adults 60 years and older in southwest Brooklyn that promote their well-being, support their independence and encourage their involvement in community life. Since 1976 our staff has been aided by enthusiastic volunteers and works in cooperation with other community organizations, local businesses, schools and social service organizations to fulfill its mission.
Big Reuse
Big Reuse Queens: 2-17 26th Avenue
[email protected]

Big Reuse’s mission is to keep these materials out of the landfill, while offering deep discounts on their resale. We accept drop-off donations seven days a week, offer free pick up services for large donations and provide deconstruction services for skim salvage of interiors. We are working towards reducing the amount of unnecessary construction and demolition (C&D) waste clogging our landfills, which contributes to pollution, GHG emissions, climate change and global warming.

(718) 777-0132 ext. 2
Big Reuse is a non-profit retail outlet in NYC for salvaged and surplus building materials. They host the NYC Compost Project, provide discounted materials and merchandise to non-profits and donate materials once per month to a non-profit organization. They support community and school gardens by providing garden materials.
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