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6 Ways to Show Your Love For Brooklyn This Valentine’s Day

Two food pantry staff, a Black man and woman, standing in front of a truck with boxes of food and groceries.
2019 Brooklyn Org Spark Prize Winner The Campaign Against Hunger

Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with friends, family, a romantic partner, or simply focusing on self-care, you don’t need to go far to make it memorable. From sharing poetry to giving gifts, volunteering, and more, here are a few thoughtful ways you can show off your love for Brooklyn:

  1. Romance your valentine with the poems of Walt Whitman: “I whisper with my lips close to your ear, I have loved many women and men, but I love none better than you.” Visit the stacks in your neighborhood library to find your inspiration!
  2. Get a bite at Emma’s Torch and support refugee chefs! Their paid apprenticeship program provides culinary training and employment, equity, and empowerment coaching to help refugees, asylum seekers, and survivors of human trafficking achieve long-term success as they enter the workplace.
  3. Give your loved one a Brooklyn Org Membership for a front-row seat to support change. Memberships offer access to special events, site visits to see our nonprofit partners in action, family volunteer days, and much more.
A group of people standing in a store.
The Brooklyn Made Store. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.
A table with a variety of pastries and a cup of coffee.
Food at one of the Emma's Torch cafes. Photo courtesy of Emma's Torch.
  1. Find the perfect gift for your loved ones (and yourself!) at the Brooklyn Made Store in Sunset Park – from candles to hot sauce, jewelry to home goods, and more – all products are made or designed in the borough.
  1. Impress your date by lifting heavy objects as you volunteer together at a local food pantry like The Campaign Against Hunger in Bed-Stuy, COPO in Midwood, The North Brooklyn Angels in Bushwick, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg, or Reaching-Out Community Services in Bensonhurst.
  1. Grow your giving by opening a fund with Brooklyn Org to support the causes close to your heart. Like a charitable bank account, you can make gifts from your fund at your own pace through our easy-to-use DAF portal – while your fund fees support your local community!

Spread love across Brooklyn beyond Valentine’s Day by volunteering with a local nonprofit any time of year! Explore our directory of local nonprofits to find an organization that matches your interests at

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