Spring into Action

 

Join a growing movement to unite ONE Brooklyn Community through volunteer service.

Spring into Action is the signature volunteer initiative of Brooklyn Community Services (BCS). Now in its 5th year, Spring into Action has galvanized over 1,000 volunteers. This year, we are proud to offer more than 20 service opportunities that impact Brooklyn’s low-income neighborhoods.

BCS was founded by volunteers in 1866 in response to the plight of Civil War veterans and homeless children who lost their fathers in the war. Volunteerism remains at the heart of what we do.

For more information about Spring into Action, please email us at volunteer@wearebcs.org.

This Year’s Projects (list in formation):


Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr. Playground Beautification Project

Location: Wyckoff Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 (Wyckoff Street & Bond Street)
Date: April 1st
Time: 12pm – 2pm

Join BCS and the Parks Department as we clean up a Downtown BK playground for kids in the local neighborhood. To sign up, click HERE!


BCS Day of Play at BCS After School Program

Location: Various Locations in Brooklyn
Date: Various dates between March 20 and March 31
Time: 3:30-5:30 pm

Lead indoor and outdoor athletic activities for students from our elementary school and middle school after school programs. To sign up, click HERE!


Read By Example at Duffield’s Children Center

Location: Duffield Children’s Center (101 Fleet Place, Brooklyn)
Date: Various dates between March 20 and March 24
Time: 11am – 12 noon

Promote early childhood literacy by sharing your favorite childhood book at our early education center in Downtown Brooklyn. To sign up, click HERE!


Read By Example at Atlantic Ave. Early Learning Center

Location: Atlantic Ave Early Learning Center (1825 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn)
Date: Various dates between March 27 and March 31
Time: 9:30am-10am

Promote early childhood literacy by sharing your favorite childhood book at our early education center in Bed Stuy. To sign up, click HERE!


 Pop Up Thrift Shop 2 at East NY Clubhouse

 Location: East NY Clubhouse (2697 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn)
 Date: March 31
 Time: 1pm-7pm

Come play retail associate at our 2nd annual pop up thrift shop for our clients living with mental illnesses as they purchase clothes, shoes, and goods to support their East NY Clubhouse program. To sign up, click HERE!


 Yoga Buddy Wellness at the East New York Clubhouse

 Location: East NY Clubhouse (2697 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn)
 Date: March 28
 Time: 2pm – 4pm

Support adults with mental illness in gaining wellness and relaxation. Participate in yoga and mandala making. To sign up, click HERE!


 Yoga Buddy Wellness at BCS PROS

 Location: BCS PROS (1310 Rockaway Ave, Brooklyn)
 Date: April 3
 Time: 3-4:30pm

Support adults with mental illness in gaining wellness and relaxation. Participate in yoga and mandala making. To sign up, click HERE!


Reverse Job Fair at BCS After School Program

Location: Various Locations in Brooklyn
Date: Various dates between March 20 and March 29
Time: 4-5:30pm

Help expand our students’ horizons. Speak to our 5th graders and middle school students about your career journey and help them understand what it takes to be successful. To sign up, click HERE!

Please send your resume to Jelani Thomas at jthomas@wearebcs.org once you sign up.


Financial Literacy with Community Partners

Location: Various Locations in Brooklyn
Date: Various dates between March 23 and April 4
Time: TBD

Empower adults and youth with the knowledge to make smart financial decisions.


Coney Island Kaiser Park Beautification Project

Location: Kaiser Park (Neptune Ave & 29th Street)
Date: March 26
Time: 12noon – 3pm

Come help BCS beautify the shoreline at Kaiser Park! To sign up, click HERE!


Urban Garden Beautification Project

Location: Glenmore Street between Williams Ave and Hinsdale Street in Brooklyn
Date: April 1
Time: 12noon-2pm

Help beautify our urban garden for Spring! Assist with weeding, planting and general garden upkeep. To sign up, click HERE!


Immigration Forum w/ Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

 Location: Coney Island Public Library (1901 Mermaid Ave, Brooklyn)
 Date: March 23rd
 Time: 6-7:30pm

Come out and learn your rights! BCS is teaming up with the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) to host a forum on understanding immigrant rights, and offer solutions that promote the well being of immigrant communities. To attend the forum, RSVP HERE!


 Police & Sports

 Location: Various Locations
 Date: Various dates between March 24 to March 30
 Time: Various Locations

Come discuss police/community affair with our young people and play basketball and other sports with their community officers. To sign up, click HERE!


Tender Loving Care at TLC: Mind, Body and Soul

Location: Transitional Living Community (116 Williams Ave, Brooklyn)
Date: April 1
Time: 12noon-2pm

Make the women of our homeless shelter feel beautiful. Join us as we perform hair, makeup and nail tutorials, along with meditation and wellness tips. Project Full!

*Must be 18 years or older to attend*


 Street Beautification Projects

 Location: East NY, Canarsie, Brownsville
 Date: Various dates between March 26 and April 2
 Time: 12pm-2pm

Help us keep our streets clean and pick up trash around some of Brooklyn’s underserved neighborhoods. To sign up, click HERE!


 Prospect Park Beautification Project

 Location: Parkside Avenue and Ocean Avenue 
 Date: April 1
 Time: 10am – 1pm

Help the environment in your community and join BCS and the Prospect Park Alliance to celebrate the park’s 150th Birthday! Project Full!


 Bowling with BCS

 Location: Melody Lanes Bowling Alley (461 37th Street, Brooklyn)
 Date: March 30
 Time: 3:30pm-6pm

Cheer on and bowl with BCS’s very own bowling team. Our team is made up of adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in our Recreation Program and bowl every Thursday Melody Lanes in Brooklyn. To sign up, click HERE!

 

 


Spring into Action 2016 Impact Snapshot

  • Over 300 people participated in 20 projects from East New York to Coney Island
  • 50 people volunteered to help restore our urban garden for Spring
  • Over 100 young people learned about career options from mentors
  • 10 low income adults received free tax preparation from trained volunteers
  • 40 adults with intellectual disabilities participated in a volunteer-led bowling tournament
  • 40 adults with disabilities practiced their interview skills
  • 40 youths received training in financial literacy
  • 30 2-5 year olds built their literacy skills in reading groups with volunteers
  • 35 bags of trash were picked up on Coney Island’s waterfront
  • 73 street trees were stewarded in Bedford-Stuyvesant

 

Photos from Spring into Action 2016