There might be no Pay-it-Forward program this year, but there are still ways you can give locally.
On November 18, between 12 and 3pm, the first Island Stop ‘N’ Swap® will be held, at the Manhattan Park Theatre Club at 8 River Road. The Swap is a free community reuse event organized by GrowNYC in partnership with local non-profit iDig2Learn and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. Islanders are invited to bring clean, portable, reusable items to donate and can take whatever others bring that they want. You are not required to bring something to take something — you can simply show up with a bag and seewhat’s free for the taking.
The Roosevelt Island Navigators, chapter 223, led by Rachel Dowling, is partnering with St. Frances Cabrini Church on a Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit local families in need. They are collecting non-perishable food itemsto be distributed before the holiday. The church will be available to receive donations any weekday morning or Sunday at 504 Main Street, 2nd Floor.
Louella Streitz, founder and director of DASH (Disabled Association Support for the Homebound, Disabled & Seniors), characterizes her organization as small but their volunteers, who support the homebound, disabled, and seniors on the Island as "big-hearted."
They operate without a budget and and depend on people donating their time and goodness to their community. They seek volunteers interested in paying a holiday visit to one of the homebound. For more information or to see how you can help, email Louella or call her at 917-558-0534.
The Carter Burden Senior Center accepts donation of time, goods and money throughout the year. Director Lisa Fernandez says, "We had a family come in one day and pay for lunch everyone else eating that day." She says that was a $100 donation, 65 lunches at $1.50 each. They also always accept food donations and will distribute them to those they know to be in need. Reach out to Fernandez and see how you can help. They are also seeking volunteers to help deliver holiday meals to homebound seniors on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 from 12- 1:30 p.m. Contact Yulisa Santana to see how you can help.
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation's Public Safety Department is holdings its annual NY Cares coat drive. Drop off your donated coat at the public safety office at 550 Main Street until December 28.
Help Coler resident and artist LeVar Lawrence, a quadriplegic and victim of gun violence develop his creative practice here. Money raised will go toward purchasing an iPad Pro, accessories to mount the device to his wheelchair, as well as other accessibility technology and support.
Additionally, the Island is chock full of worthy non-profits and causes to donate to. If community journalism is something you feel passionate about, please donate to The WIRE.