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April 2024

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Brooklyn Org Volunteer Day

Join Brooklyn Org and our community partners at multiple family-friendly volunteer sites throughout the day!

Multiple Locations Across Brooklyn
9:00 AM–3:00 PM EDT

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VOLUNTEER DAY ACTIVITIES

April 1-7

Free Community Clothing Swap at Brooklyn ARTery in Flatbush

Monday, April 1 – Monday, April 8 | 12pm
Brooklyn ARTery
1004 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY 11218
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Brooklyn ARTery is thrilled to host their first community clothing swap of the year and give all of us neighbors a chance to purge what we don’t need and score some new treasures — for FREE! This swap is for clothing, shoes, and purses/handbags for ALL AGES, all seasons, all sizes, and all gender expressions and styles. Bring items in good clean wearable condition (free of stains, odors, and pet hair)! Please save stained items for textile recycling — see grownyc.org/clothing for more info! Please be mindful of the dropoff window, Apr. 1st-8th. We’ve intentionally left some time between drop-off and the swap date (4/14) so we can sort, and organize all the goods for easy browsing!

BKO Training | Board Engagement Series: Transitioning to a Fundraising Board

Tuesday, April 2 | 12pm
Virtual
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In this Brooklyn Org nonprofit training, participants will learn how to identify major differences between a Governance and Fundraising Board, learn how to implement a Give/Get policy for the first time and gain tips for releasing inactive Board members. This 1-hour, virtual training is for Executive Directors, Board Chairs, Development Committee Chairs and staff fundraisers who regularly engage with the Board.

BKO Training | How To Apply For Brooklyn Org Funding

Wednesday, April 3 | 9am-10am
Virtual
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Join us for this webinar to review our new application process, learn more about our grantmaking program, and have a chance to ask our team questions as part of a Q&A.

BKO Training | Brooklyn Org Spark Prize Application Clinic

Thursday, April 4 | 9am-10am
Virtual
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Please join us for this webinar to review our Spark application process, and have a chance to ask our team questions as part of a Q&A.

BKO Training | Board Engagement Series: Getting Your Board on Board with Peer-to-Peer Fundraising

Thursday, April 4 | 12pm
Virtual
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In this Brooklyn Org nonprofit training, participants will hear from Bonterra for a tutorial on Peer-to-peer fundraising with BKO’s Brooklyn Gives Nonprofit Connection platform.

Kensington Community Iftar 2024

Thursday, April 4 | 6:30pm
Ave C Plaza, 557 McDonald Ave Brooklyn, NY 11218
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Ramadan Kareem! Break fast with your Muslim neighbors and learn about and celebrate Ramadan. Join friends and neighbors to taste food from around the world as Muslim artists share their work. Hosted by Arts & Democracy, and co-sponsored by New York City Comptroller Brad Lander, New York City Council Member Shahana Hanif, ArtBuilt and Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts NY (NOCD-NY).

Brooklyn Book Bodega Special Book Giveaway for Anyone over Age 10 at the Book Hub

Saturday, April 6 | 11am-2pm
Brooklyn Book Bodega
141 Flushing Ave, Suite 407, Brooklyn, NY 11205
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Please join Brooklyn Book Bodega at the Book Hub to take as many of our well-loved books as you can carry! For adults and kids 10+ ONLY. RSVP is required. Community Day is supported by the Guru Krupa Foundation.

Ramadan Toy Distribution

Sunday, April 7 | 5pm-2pm
People in Need
766 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11218
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Join People in Need for their Annual Ramadan Toy Distribution on April 7, 2024. The toys collected will be distributed amongst the local Muslim refugee families, low-income families and single mothers. Please feel free to choose from their toy wishlist here.

 

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Images, clockwise from top left: Dr. Aletha Maybank, Dr. Uché Blackstock (photo by Diane Zhao), book cover, Jenna Flanagan

Just Conversations: Medical Racism, An Issue of Life and Death

Presented by Brooklyn Org in partnership with the Center for Brooklyn History at Brooklyn Public Library

Center for Brooklyn History, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
6:30 PM–8:00 PM EDT

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April 8-14

Solar Eclipse Community Event

Monday, April 8| 1PM – 5PM
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
150 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238
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Calling all families, nature enthusiasts, and amateur astronomers! Come gather on the Garden’s lawns to marvel at the sky as the moon passes between the Earth and sun. The eclipse will last from 2:10 to 4:36 p.m., peaking at 3:25 p.m. Blankets are welcome! Outside food is not permitted but may be purchased at the Canteen. Admission is free for all! Free ISO-certified solar eclipse glasses provided by Warby Parker while supplies last. Please remember you should never look directly at the sun—even if you’re wearing sunglasses—without specifically designed eclipse glasses.

Just Conversations: Medical Racism, An Issue of Life and Death

Wednesday, April 10| 6:30PM – 8PM
The Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Join Brooklyn Org and the Center for Brooklyn History for our first event in our Just Conversations event series on Wednesday, April 10th at 6:30PM: Medical Racism, An Issue of Life and Death. Dr. Uché Blackstock, author of “Legacy: A Black Physician Reckons with Racism in Medicine,” will be in conversation with Dr. Aletha Maybank, with their conversation moderated by journalist Jenna Flanagan.

Just Conversations is a new series co-presented by the Center for Brooklyn History and Brooklyn Org that brings into dialogue injustices in our borough, city, and society and gives voice to the changemakers who move us towards a more equitable future.

Brooklyn Org Volunteer Day: Saturday, April 13th

Saturday, April 13| 9AM – 3PM
Multiple Locations
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Join Brooklyn Org and our community partners across the borough at 6 different family-friendly volunteer sites throughout the day. We hope you will sign up for a project to learn about the day-to-day work of these amazing Brooklyn nonprofits and lend a helping hand. And, as a bonus, all volunteers will receive a complimentary Brooklyn Org t-shirt! Registration for the Brooklyn Org Volunteer Day is powered by our partners at The Service Collective. Learn more and sign up today!

Poetry In The Park with Fort Greene Park Conservancy

Saturday, April 13| 11:30AM – 3:30PM
Fort Greene Park (Bottom of 100 Steps), Brooklyn, NY 11205
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In honor of National Poetry Month in April, the Fort Greene Park Conservancy invites you to join them for an afternoon to celebrate poetry. Notable poets such as Walt Whitman, Marianne Moore, Denise Bell, and Richard Wright drew inspiration from Fort Greene Park. Come be inspired by the deep connection the park has to poetry & writing!

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University Open Air

Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Public Library

Center for Brooklyn History at Brooklyn Public Library, 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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April 15-21

Center For Brooklyn History’s Inspired By Brooklyn: Music And A Movie

Thursday, April 18 | 6PM – 8PM
The Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Singer-songwriter Tsebiyah Mishael Derry performs, followed by a screening of the 1980 film Brighton Beach, introduced by filmmaker Susan Wittenberg.

University Open Air

Friday, April 19 – Sunday, April 21
The Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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University Open Air provides immigrant teachers, professors, and academics, who were trained outside of the U.S., an opportunity to share their knowledge with the public by welcoming students to enjoy free classes in collaboration with the Prospect Park Alliance and Brooklyn Public Library. For more information about the upcoming session please contact Vanessa Baish at vbaish@bklynlibrary.org.

Open Streets: Car-Free Earth Day

Saturday, April 20 | 10:00AM – 4:00PM
Multiple Sites Across All Boroughs
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Car-Free Earth Day is an annual car-free event hosted by NYC DOT. On Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 10am to 4pm, join NYC DOT and others to celebrate Car-Free Earth Day. Through the support of Lyft, Citi Bike will offer free unlimited 30-minute rides on a classic Citi Bike on Open Streets: Car-Free Earth Day. All riders may take advantage of the offer. To redeem your free pass, enter promo code CARFREE24 on the “Daypass” tab of the Citi Bike app. Learn more and see the map here.

Flatbush Neighborhood Beautification Day

Saturday, April 20 | 10:00aM – 2:00PM
Flatbush Latin Grill
1902 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11226
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Join Church-Flatbush Community Alliance for their next Neighborhood Beautification Day  on Sat. April 20, 2024 from 10am – 2pm starting outside Flatbush Latin Grill, 1902 Church Ave. (corner of Church Ave. and E. 19th Street). Sign up to volunteer here.

St. Ann’s Warehouse Panel Discussion: Can Tragedy Change Policy?

Saturday, April 20 | 4:15PM
St. Ann’s Warehouse
45 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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Grenfell Tower fire survivors join New York activists and advocates who have heroically organized residents and neighborhoods in the wake of local public housing disasters in a discussion about whether these tragedies can impact future policy. Panel Speakers: Karen Blondel (President, Red Hook West Tenant Association; Founder, Public Housing Civic Association; 2023 David Prize Winner),Salim Drammeh (President, Gambian Youth Organization), Edward Daffarn (Grenfell Tower Fire Survivor), Natasha Elcock (Grenfell Tower Fire Survivor). Moderated by Jumaane Williams (NYC Public Advocate). RSVP here.

Collective Focus: Earth Day Birthday

Sunday, April 21 | 12:00PM – 6:00PM
Magnolia Tree Earth Center
677 Lafayette Avenue #3rd Floor Brooklyn, NY 11216
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Celebrating 3 years of Collective Focus through free workshops centered on sustainability and creativity at the Magnolia Tree Earth Center. RSVP here.

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St. Ann’s Warehouse Panel Discussion: Can Tragedy Change Policy?

A conversation with Grenfell Tower fire survivors & NYC activists

St. Ann's Warehouse, 45 Water St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
4:15 PM– EDT

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April 22-30

St. Ann’s Warehouse Panel Discussion: Art as Activism

Wednesday, April 24 | 6:30PM
The New School Theresa Lang Center
55 W. 13th Street in Manhattan
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Award-winning verbatim theater artist Anna Deavere Smith discusses the making of Grenfell: in the words of survivors with the creators of the production, as well as a Grenfell Tower Fire survivor who contributed his verbatim testimony to the play. Panel Speakers: Gillian Slovo (Playwright, Grenfell: in the words of survivors), Phyllida Lloyd (Co-director, Grenfell: in the words of survivors), Anthony Simpson-Pike (Co-director, Grenfell: in the words of survivors), Edward Daffarn (Grenfell Tower Fire Survivor). Moderated by Anna Deavere Smith (Twilight: Los Angeles; Fires in the Mirror; Notes from the Field). RSVP here.

CBH Talk | Exploring “The White Bonus” With Tracie McMillan And Darrick Hamilton

Monday, April 25 | 6:30pm-8pm
The Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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White Bonus is the money white people receive or save when racism works in their favor. In her new book, The White Bonus: Five Families and the Cash Value of Racism in America, Tracie McMillan asks a pressing question: If racism denies people of color so much, just how much does it give to white people in literal dollars and cents? Join her and economist Darrick Hamilton, one of the country’s leading experts on federal wealth redistribution, as they discuss difficult truths about racism’s direct and indirect gains for white Americans, and the corresponding losses for all.

Fort Greene Park Earth Day Festival

Saturday, April 27 | 11:00am-2pm
Fort Greene Park
Dekalb Avenue & South Portland Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
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Celebrate Earth Day at Fort Greene Park! There’ll be various free, family-friendly activities and sustainable swaps for all ages.

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