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Animal Haven: Pet Adoption – Say “Hi!” to Mickey and Vince

Social Responsibility Animal Haven Non Profit Pet Adoption by Tedi Sarah

Have you ever thought about pet adoption or fostering a little one? Animal Haven is a fantastic non profit that helps find loving homes from abandoned animals.

Social Responsibility Animal Haven Non Profit Pet Adoption by Tedi Sarah
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tedi Sarah

If you’ve been following us for a while, you probably already know that we’re very engaged in Charity and Social programs, right?!

Well, today we want to talk about a great non profit called Animal Haven.

They work in helping find loving homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the TriState area!

Plus, they also provide behavior intervention when needed to improve chances of adoption.

On their website, you’ll be able to find information regarding adoptions, different ways to support the organization, upcoming events, volunteer programs, and more!

One of our dear friends, Tedi Sarah, is a big part of this program. She is always fostering dogs – until they find healthy permanent homes.

These two cute pups on the picture are the duo she’s currently caring for, named Mickey and Vince!

Another great idea, if you have kids, is to foster pets! You don’t need to necessarily “commit to life” by buying one, and you can always foster!

We have to confess, we are pretty against buying pets in pet-stores. There is a lot of cruelty and abuse in these places with the animals, so we do not really support them.


More about Animal Haven:

Animal Haven is a nonprofit organization that finds homes for abandoned cats and dogs throughout the TriState area, and provides behavior intervention when needed to improve chances of adoption.

Founded in 1967, we operate an animal shelter in Manhattan. We also provide programs that enhance the bond between animals and people.

Adoptions:
Cats and dogs are for adoption at Animal Haven.

Fees are:

  • $175 per cat
  • $200 per kitten or $300 per pair (Why Two Kittens Are Better Than One)
  • $295 per dog (includes collar and leash)
  • Puppies under the age of 1 year are $395 (includes collar and leash)

Fee covers spay/neuter, vaccines, and microchip.

Many adoptions can be done same-day. Others may take more time to complete.

You may print and fill out the Adoption Application ahead of time, but we will only accept applications in person. Please DO NOT MAIL OR FAX it in.


Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 12pm – 7pm

Location: 200 Centre Street, Little Italy

www.AnimalHavenShelter.org


Photo and Text Credit: Courtesy of Tedi Sarah and Animal Haven

Escaping NYC: Exploring Narrowsburg in upstate NY with Juliette Hermant

Insider Interviews Juliette Hermant Narrowsburg By Julie Holder Powell

Upstate NY is gorgeous. Juliette Hermant, Founder of Maison Bergogne, gives us a full itinerary for you to visit and enjoy a long weekend in Narrowsburg!

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Julie Holder Powell

Upstate NY is so beautiful and most visitors and even New Yorkers don’t know about the amazing people and places they can find.

Our Founder, Fernanda Paronetto, fell in love with Maison Bergogne, an antique, décor and design services shop in Narrowsburg, upstate New York. So, she decided to interview Juliette Hermant, the owner.

To start, Juliette Hermant is a painter, photographer and interior designer, who moved to the U.S. from Paris in 2007. She lived in Los Angeles working as an artist. Then, moved to the East Coast in search of a stronger sense of community.

Juliette didn’t really find it in Williamsburg (where she lived). Her strong, buzzing energy left her yearning for a different life. She wanted a place she could do meaningful work that was needed while feeling grounded in nature.

So, in 2012, she ended up in Narrowsburg, a historic Catskills hamlet perfectly situated along the Delaware River, just across the bridge from Pennsylvania.

There is a long history of artists in the town. So, it seemed full of potential to her.

Juliette acquired a beautiful brick 1920’s industrial building that had been boarded up and breathed new life into it, opening Maison Bergogne. She filled this emporium with antiques and vintage pieces, 90% of which are local to the Catskills, and offered her interior design services to local homeowners and businesses in partnership with Anie Stanley of Woolheater Wares.

She also set about engaging with the community to work on revitalizing the area. Moreover, this included developing a community garden and tending beehives on her rooftop. Over the years, she has become very invested in enhancing the town through initiatives with the Narrowsburg Beautification Group and Main Street Merchants.

www.maisonbergogne.com

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Juliette’s interest in permaculture has crystallized through her latest venture Fish & Bicycle. Foodies and makers collaborate with her desire to serve the Catskill’s bountiful flavors through local feasts, while also passing on skills and knowledge.  

Sharing flavors create bonds between people, which works to foster a sense of stable, collaborative community. Join them for a leap in the Catskills through their one-of-a-kind events & workshops and get a bite of their terroir cuisine with Fish & Bicycle’s catering services.
Fish & Bicycle Apiaries now offers the opportunity to join a honey-share, where your contribution supports permaculture ethics and edible pollinator’s friendly-gardens around her small town, as well as Juliette’s nearby Monarch butterfly nursery.
Launch date is still to be announced, so stay tuned!

www.fishandbicycleny.com

Below are Juliette’s top tips in Narrowsburg and surroundings. It’ll be of great help to plan your Day-Trip or Weekend-Trip:


Part of Narrowsburg’s charm is its ideal location, perched above the picturesque “Big Eddy” of the Delaware River. Wild flora and fauna abound, including white-tailed deer, bald eagles and black bear. Lately, there has been an influx of New York City transplants and visitors to the area. In addition, new businesses are springing up.

The most beautiful approach to the town is along Route 97, a scenic byway that runs along the river. And, the nearest bus and train stations are more than half an hour away – in Monticello and Port Jervis, respectively. So, coming up by car is a good idea. (You can rent your car through us, here).


One Grand Books

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“In addition to his day job as Editor of Out Magazine, Aaron Hicklin runs a bookshop named One Grand Books, on Main Street. He asked his glamorous circle of friends and acquaintances (including Tilda Swinton, Jay McInerney and Marianne Faithful) to name the 10 books they’d take with them if they were marooned on a desert island and has stocked the shop accordingly. Plus, occasionally, local authors have readings there.”

Location: 60 Main Street, Narrowburg

http://onegrandbooks.com


Le Petite Cabine

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If you need time away from the city and want to be immersed in nature, this is surely what you’re looking for.

“Just a 5-minutes drive from town, this rustic 1950 timber-frame cabin delivers quiet seclusion in nature. Le Petite Cabine boasts private frontage on the bucolic Ten Mile River. A clawfoot bathtub and an outdoor shower and a fireplace made of blue stone. In addition, plenty of old-fashioned in-the-mountains charm, thanks in large part to the artful styling of Maison Bergogne and Woolheater Ware’s collaboration.

Also, inquire about rental, time-share options and the nearby queer-friendly artists’ retreat with Smokey Belles here.”

Location: Nearby Narrowsburg hamlet & Delaware River


Stickett Inn

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“With their special brand of tongue-in-cheek humor, set designer Roswell Hamrick and his partner, fashion maven Johnny Pizzolatto, bring loads of style and character to this delightful Stickett Inn. Plus, it’s located just 20 minutes South, in Barryville. From the little shack in front that functions as kind of lobby—think Intelligenstia coffee, Malin & Goetz candles and locally made treats — to the themed rooms, outdoor hot tub and fire pits, it offers fun and relaxation in equal measure.”

Prices range from $150-$245.

Location: 3380 Route 97, Barryville

http://stickettinn.com


Mildred’s Lane

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“Co-founded by J. Morgan Puett, this artist’s enclave is situated on 96 rustic acres deep in the woods of rural Northeastern Pennsylvania. It’s just over the bridge from Narrowsburg. In addition, the summer program at Mildred’s Lane includes Friday evening events in their gallery space on Main Street, in Narrowsburg. Plus, dinners onsite every Saturday following presentations by visiting artists. The artist-constructed bonfires are a highlight!”

Location: 517 Plank Road, Beach Lake, PA

www.mildredslane.com


Narrowburg Farmers Market

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“Just coming off its first season, this community market is held on Friday evenings, perfect for weekenders who want to stock up on locally grown produce and indulge in fresh fare, including beer, cider and spirits. Narrowsburg Farmers Market is located at the Union, a new multi-use complex converted from the town’s former school. Plus, you will meet farmers, growers and “makers”. Charles Wilkin from 2Queens has been my beekeeping mentor and his knotweed honey is especially delicious!”

Location: 7 Erie Avenue, Narrowsburg

www.narrowsburgfarmersmarket.org


Tusten Heritage Community Garden

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“Inquire at Maison Bergogne for a tour of this lovely garden dedicated to permaculture, heirloom plants and pollinator species, called Tusten Heritage Community Garden. Inside are 22 raised beds designed by founder and artist Andrea Reynosa, who referenced the I Ching and used the elemental symbols as a template. So, if you’re lucky, you may get to taste some of the wonderful vegetables and herbs. And, it’s all grown by local residents and business owners.”

Location: Behind the Narrowsburg Public Library. From Bridge Street you turn down Demauro Lane by the Town Hall.

www.facebook.com/TustenHCG


Ba and Me

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“This mini chain of eateries, Ba and Me, is a great example of the new fast-casual: delicious, healthy and totally addictive. Owner Nhi Mundy saw a real need for ethnic food in the area and opened up two Vietnamese cafes. The first, in Callicoon (about 15 minutes north of Narrowsburg), is a glorified takeout window. The second, for which Maison Bergogne and Woolheater Wares collaborated on the décor, is over the bridge in Honesdale, PA. And, they also offer indoor seating. Don’t miss the summer rolls!”

Location: 1023 Main Street, Honesdale, PA

http://baandme.com


Dyberry Weaver

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“Charles Hadley Blanchard, known as the Dyberry Weaver (Dyberry is a tiny hamlet in Pennsylvania), is an artisan who makes magical things out of linen, wool, silk and local alpaca. In his Main Street studio, Dyberry Weaver, you will discover sumptuous rugs, handbags and ponchos displaying great subtlety and craftsmanship. In short, his work is truly original and found only in Narrowsburg.”

Location: 101 Main Street, Narrowsburg

www.dyberryweaver.com


Thank you, Juliette, for these fantastic tips in Narrowsburg and surroundings. Plus, keep up the fantastic work at Maison Bergogne!

And, if you need help to plan your trip, or assistance to put together a company outing or annual retreat, contact our experts!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Gentl & Hyers, Julie Holder Powell, Juliette Hermant, Heidisbridge, Michael Mundy, Bette Blau & Steven Randazzo, Arden Wray, Laura Silverman and the venues.

Together We Grow With Friends in Need’s Feeding Program

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New York is a beautiful city, but we do see many unprivileged people that need our help. We are strong supporters of social works, like they feeding program by Friends in Need USA. Our founder herself coordinates the NYC group. Together we grow!

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As many of you know, I participate in a few Charity & Social groups in New York City.

I’m a strong believer, as many of you probably are too, that we have so much time for ourselves, so why not donate a bit of it for those that really need us, right?

Every Saturday morning, I coordinate with a group of friends a Feeding Program, at Tompkins Square Park, called Friends in Need. We feed around 200 homeless people every weekend, rain, snow or shine!

More specifically, it’s on 7th Street between Avenues A and B, in the East Village.

It’s a group created by Friends in Need in collaboration with a beautiful group of volunteers, like the folks from Latinos NYC.

We always need help and everyone is welcome!

So, if you have any questions about the program, feel free to contact us!

DONATE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Date: Every Saturday, rain, snow or shine!
Time: Distribution starts 11:30am sharp
Location: Tompkins Square Park – East 7th Street, between Avenue A and B. We meet at the middle of the block!


About Friends in Need NYC:

Friends in Need Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization with a purpose of helping the less fortunate by providing food, clothing, and living necessities, as well as working with other organizations dedicated to ending or minimizing hunger and hardship.

In addition, we donate food and volunteer time to shelters and soup kitchens in need of financial and human resources. We also distribute warm clothing and accessories during the cold winter months and offer assistance to families through our Family Support Program.

Our feeding programs were initiated in New York City in 2002. Since then, we established and maintain regular programs in 4 metropolitan areas including New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and Pensacola, Florida.

The organization, run by volunteers, continues to grow with complete dedication to our mission of helping those in need.

Furthermore, Grand Master Choa Kok Sui (1952 – 2007) is the inspiration in the establishment of Friends in Need programs. He was the founder of modern Pranic Healing and Arhatic Yoga. He was a successful businessman, an adept scientist, and a spiritual teacher!”

DONATE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!


A bit about Latinos NYC:

Latinos NYC was founded in April of 2008. Its inception was born out of the vision of the Board’s Chairman, Raul K. Rios, who recognized many of the ills of his community were either being overlooked or under recognized.

Furthermore, Rios served his country in the United States Army from 1981-86, from which he retained the duties of the oath he took and a dedication to finishing his mission.

These characteristics and more are discovered in everything LatinosNYC does.

The company’s name derives out of the mosaic that the Latino culture is within New York City.

A contrasting conglomerate of shades, dialects, customs and more that somehow share a thread of similarity that makes the diaspora so vastly unique and congruent simultaneously.

Over the last several years, LatinosNYC has proudly garnered recognition for their work . In addition, they are continuously are expanding their efforts to grow and improve upon on their success.


So, come volunteer and be part of this amazing group of people! They strongly believe in giving back and working with the local community that needs help. Do you!?

DONATE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Bond Street: For New York an Online Magazine With Locals

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Our friends at Bond Street announced today the launch of “For New York” — an online magazine and event series. We loved it and it’s a project totally up our alley!

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“For New York” is an online magazine featuring local haunts and supporting small local businesses.

To start with, it features a group of 60+ notable New Yorkers — including David Chang (momofuku), Karen Wong (The New Museum), Bernie Telsey (casting director of Hamilton).

Plus, they share a behind-the-scenes view into their favorite local haunts, as well as why they believe it’s so important to support small business.

Want some more names?

Well, they also interviewed great people like:

  • Kenzo Minami (artist & designer)
  • Brent Rollins (artist, art director, and designer)
  • Alyasha Owerka-Moore (Creative Director, Designer)
  • Aya Kanai (Executive Fashion Director – Cosmopolitan and Seventeen)
  • Simon Ting (Founder – Fashion Loft, Inc.)
  • Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen (architects, co-founders – Snarkitecture)
  • Emmett Shine (founder – Gin Lane Media)
  • Jeff and Eric Rosenthal (hip hop sketch comedians – ItsTheReal)
  • John Seymour (Founder – Sweetchick, Ludlow Coffee Supply, Ludlow Barber Supply)
  • Carol Lim (co-founder – Opening Ceremony)
  • Nasty Nigel (rapper – World’s Fair)
  • Nick Catchdubs (DJ, producer, co-founder – Fool’s Gold Records)
  • Niki and Shaokao Cheng (owners and co-founders – BoConcept NY)
  • Sam Valenti IV (founder – Ghostly International)
  • Skye Parrott (Photographer, founder – Double or Nothing)
  • Craig Costello (Artist and founder, KRINK)
  • Rembert Browne (culture critic at large – New York Magazine)
  • Jubilee (DJ, Producer – Mixpak)
  • Connie Wang (fashion features director – Refinery29)
  • Olivia Wolfe and Steph Krasnoff (co-founders – American Two Shot)
  • Judnick Mayard (Event Producer, Tour Manager)
  • Wilson Tang (Owner, Nom Wah Tea Parlor and Fung Tu)
  • Steve “ESPO” Powers (Artist, Founder – Icy Signs)
  • Caroline Polachek (singer, songwriter, and producer)

And, other names like:

  • Grace Gordon (brand director, Refinery29)
  • Anna Sheffield (founder, creative director – Anna Sheffield and Bing Bang)
  • Graham Browne (founder, Forte Preparatory Academy)
  • John McPheters (co-founder, Stadium Goods)
  • Jayne Lies (photographer, video director, artist)
  • Claudia Pearson (designer, Claudia Pearson)
  • Kerin Rose Gold (designer, founder – A-Morir)
  • Daniel Boulud (chef, restaurateur)
  • Michna (DJ, producer)
  • Naomi Zeichner (editor-in-chief, The Fader)
  • Didier Lerebours (founder, New Distribution House)
  • Markus Glocker and John Winterman (chef and managing partner, Bâtard)
  • Annie Bukhman (designer, founder – Gift Shop Brooklyn)
  • Chris Altchek (Co-founder – Mic)
  • Tamara Santibañez (artist, tattoo artist, publisher – Discipline Press)
  • Mary HK Choi (writer, author)
  • Caroline Hirsch (founder, owner – Carolines on Broadway)
  • Jomaree Pinkard (co-founder, The Hella Company)
  • Simpson Wong (chef, founder – Chomp Chomp)
  • Joanne Wilson (angel investor, blogger, and co-founder – Women’s Entrepreneur Festival)
  • Amy Woodside (founder, OKREAL)
  • Jillionaire (DJ, producer, founder – Feel Up Records)
  • Bettina Chin Cho (legal counsel, special projects manager, show producer – Opening Ceremony)
  • Jonathan Mannion (photographer)
  • Sena Yang (founder, designer – Asteria Active)
  • Anne Ishii (writer, editor, translator, founder – Massive Goods)
  • Foster Kramer (writer, executive editor – Mental Floss)
  • Jason Wang (founder – Xi’an Famous Foods)
  • Phoebe Lovatt (writer, founder – The Working Womens Club)
  • Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne (founders and creative directors – Public School)

…and, countless other great names that influence their community in different ways!

In addition, they’ll continue to add more profiles with over 100 features expected by the end of the summer, so stay tuned!

To read the full stories, go to their website: bondstreet.com/fornewyork/posts

Finally, see the interview they did with our Founder, !

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Bond Street

Help End Child Hunger In America With No Kid Hungry

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Did you know that more than 13 million kids in America lives in households that struggle to put food on the table? That’s 1 out of 6 kids! Lets help change this and shape the future of our Country.

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Did you know that more than 13 million kids in America lives in households that struggle to put food on the table? That’s 1 out of 6 kids! A pretty frightening statistics, right?

Plus,  1 out of 4 teachers say that their students regularly come to school hungry. Truly heartbreaking.

In the long run, not only we’ll have adults with malnutrition, but their intelectual development will surely be compromised.

As well as, on a larger scale, the future of economic growth of the Country with the growth of poverty.

Donate and help make a difference!

So, this is what No Kid Hungry does:

They’re ending childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals.

Through its Cooking Matters program, the No Kid Hungry campaign educates and empowers low-income families to stretch their food budgets, so their kids get healthy meals at home.

Moreover, the campaign works to shine a national spotlight on the crisis of childhood hunger in America. Hence, creating a powerful movement of individuals committed to bold action.

So, how can you make a difference?

  1. Donate: In many places, only $10 you raise can feed a child up to 100 meals. The outcome of a small donation can help hundreds of kids.
  2. Fundraising: Once again, creative fundraisers are a great way to help raise not only money, but spread awareness.
  3. Organize small events: If you cook, how about doing a fund bake sale with muffins, donuts and/or other goodies?
  4. Attend their events: Not only will you have a great time, you’ll also be helping this important cause! See the closest event to you! If you’re in NYC, there are countless opportunities!

Donate and help make a difference!

We’ve done our part today! Now, it’s your turn to help change their future!

To learn more, take a look at their website.

Lastly, if you enjoy causes involving kids and shaping our future, take a look at Free Arts NYC.

www.nokidhungry.org


Photo Credit: Courtesy of No Kid Hungry

Charity Water: 1 In 10 Live Without Clean Water, Let’s Change!

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Did you know that 1 in 10 people in the world live without clean water? An absurd, right? See what Clean Water is about and how they are impacting and working for a cause!

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We’re super fond of great charity work and you’ll probably see various post about the most amazing projects growing now a days!

This time, we’re not specifically talking about a NYC charity, but it’s definitely one worth spreading the word about.

Charity Water is a non-profit organization on a mission to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person on the planet.

The numbers are surprising like: 663 million people in the world live without clean water. That’s 1 in 10 of us – which is actually equal to twice the size of the U.S.!

It’s crazy to think that so many people around the world have actually no access to clean water that is actually safe to drink. Specially when we, in New York City, can drink out of practically any tap around the city. We are even known for having one of the best waters in world.

So, we’re here to share and raise consciousness on this issue, since we strongly believe that this is a basic, minimum that every human-being must have.

The three main things that make a difference in their work is that:

  1. 100% of your donations go straight to the field;
  2. They prove every water project they build using photos and GPS coordinates on Google Maps;
  3. They work with strong local partners on the ground to build and maintain water projects.

They’ve currently funded 24,537 water projects for over 7 million people around the world.

BTSNYC Social Responsibility Charity Water Boy

There are 3 ways to be part of this fantastic initiative:

  1. Donate: You can donate any amount you’d like. Just so you know — “Every $1 invested in clean water can yield $4–$12 in economic returns”.
  2. Pledge: For a special occasion like a Birthday celebration, instead of expecting gifts from friends & family, you can ask them to donate X dollars to this cause. Great idea, right!?
  3. Fundraise: As they say “Do something crazy or creative to raise money! Great idea if you have a big social following!

So, let’s help them!? Take a look at the website below to see how to donate, volunteer, partner up or even shop their store.

Lastly, the stories they publish online are beautiful and thrilling! Worth reading!

www.charitywater.org


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Charity Water

Walk MS NYC To Raise Awareness About Multiple Sclerosis

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Help us raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis. We’ve created a Behind the Scenes NYC Team to participate in theWalk MS this year! So, come support with us!

BTSNYC Social Responsibility MS Walk

We’ve created a Behind the Scenes NYC Team to participate in this year’s Walk MS, to support the research and extinction of Multiple Sclerosis (a.k.a. MS)!

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves.

But, today there are multiple medications and people can actually have totally normal and healthy lives, even though they’ve been diagnosed with MS.

That is to say that the MSWalk will happen in New York City on April 17th. And, we’re calling family, friends, and new friends to participate with us!

Plus, donate ANY amount you wish – starting at $1, and come meet us on the 17th!

In 2016 the Walk MS: New York City participants raised $1,301,665.93 in 2016 to fund critical services, groundbreaking research and move us closer to a world free of MS.

In addition, 4,687 people made Walk MS: New York City a success in 2016.

To participate: Register here! Any questions, feel free to contact us!

Date: April 17th, 2016
Check in time: 9:00am
Walk start time: 10:15am
Location: Pier 26, NYC

http://bit.ly/btsnyc-mswalk


About MS:

Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It is thought to be an immune-mediated disorder, in which the immune system incorrectly attacks healthy tissue in the CNS.

So, when you make a donation, you are changing the world for people affected by MS. Furthermore, the symptoms of MS range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis.

The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Moreover, most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease.

In addition, MS affects more than 2.3 million worldwide, and there is not yet a cure. Every dollar raised matters to those affected by MS.

Thank you for your support!


*This post was updated on October 30th, 2017.*

Lastly, Behind the Scenes NYC Team ranked #114 in the list of ”Walk 2016 Top Fundraisers as of May 2nd 2016″, raising $2,718 on the Walk MS.

 

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Free Arts NYC: Transforming Children’s Lives Through Arts

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There is no doubt about the importance and benefits of art in children’s education and life. Also, we do know the importance of donations or actually being present and helping those in need.

Moreover, it’s definitely a fulfilling experience that will change your life in every way imaginable. When you learn how to give, your life experience literally expands.

Free Arts NYC’s is a fantastic project that we strongly believe in and understand the huge benefits that their program brings to underprivileged kids in New York City.

Their mission is to:

“Provide underserved children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs that help them to foster the self-confidence and resiliency needed to realize their fullest potential.”

With this, they also help bring to life the child’s creative side. And, give them all the skills needed to have a successful, bright and fulfilled future.

Their approach is:

“Free Arts NYC takes a “cradle to college” approach. We provide arts-based mentoring for youth from pre-K all the way through high school.”

What a fantastic work, right?

In addition, there are a few ways you can get involved with them and help make a difference:

  1. Volunteering: They are always looking for committed people to help in their different programs. From mentors for the Teen Arts Program to assistance at their Free Arts Day events.
  2. Corporate Volunteering: Companies interesting in engaging their team and building programs to have them work with the kids are always welcome.
  3. Jobs & Internships: You can check their website to see what job opening they have, or see what internship roles are available.

So, check out their website to become a volunteer, make a donation, or simply learn more about this amazing initiative!

Lastly, if you are interested in organizing a Corporate experience for your team, but need assistance to organize it, contact our experts.

www.freeartsnyc.org


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Free Arts NYC

TEDx​Bushwick 2016: Collaborative Creation

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This year’s theme for the TEDxBushwick 2016 “Collaborative Creation,” takes a systemic view of community and connection. We are on the countdown for this event!

Events Up Coming TEDx Bushwick 2016 Collaborative Creation

TEDxBushwick 2016 invites you to focus on big ideas relating to partnerships, groups and organizations ­ the intimate experience of human collaboration where ideas are born, developed and spread. This conference will be an interactive, creative, and social experience to inspire you to collaborate in new ways.

It is said: “If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together!

Furthermore, the event will be held at the eclectic and beautiful space that is House Of Yes. The event treats you to a night of wild entertainment along with world­-class TEDx talks, exceptional drinks, art, and more.

So, this is an opportunity to collaborate with Bushwick community members, fellow TEDxBushwick attendees, TEDxBushwick speakers, and local artists. It will be an experience like no other here in Bushwick.

Your ticket includes: full day of entertainment, world­ class TEDx talks, exceptional drinks, art, and more.

Purchase tickets* here!

*Tickets are $100 and limited to 100 spots exclusively offered to registered TEDxBushwick attendees. Admission includes a full­ day program of 10 astounding speakers, 5 performers, and local art displays.*

Date: March 26th
Time: 9am – 5pm
Location: House Of Yes, 2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn

http://tedxbushwick.com

See below more information regarding the Speakers, TED and TEDx.

2016 Speakers:
Brooks Atwood: Collaborative Opportunities are Everywhere
Marom Bikson: A Tool for the Mind
Michael Zaytsev: Transforming Community Identity
Dr. Narveen Dosanjh: The End of Subconscious Racism
Tara McManus: Facing your Fears Facilitating Community
Nadia Manzoor: Identity is Not Dualistic
Afdhel Aziz: Good is the New Cool
Alice Chun: Polination of Innovation: 10 Million Rays of Light
Colin Miles: Tech for Equity
Molly Levine: Shared Laughter Creates Community

About TED:
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo­Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

About TED (x = independently organized event):
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-­organized events that bring people together to share a TED­like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self­-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self­-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

 

 

Text and Photo Credits: TEDx

Brooklyn Brainery: Unique community-driven workshops in NY

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At Brooklyn Brainery, they host classes and workshops in NY about all sorts of things! From physics to Australian desserts, from HTML to shorthand and just about every in between.

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How it works?

Students and guests curate all the course and workshop topics at Brooklyn Brainery. So, teachers are part of the most amazing group of people spread throughout New York.

If you have a passion and would like to share your expertise and talent with a group of like minded individuals, come and teach!

The people in charge of running this community-driven business will take care of all the details for you. From planning the class and organizing all the sign ups, to promoting the workshop and gathering all the material you need. You only need to come and teach.

What you have to do? Focus on what you’ll do best: teach! Take time to organize your class in a unique and engaging way, where students will leave wanting more!

The classes are are usually set up to last from 1-2 weeks. The community is smart enough to organize it all and keep it as inexpensive as possible. Their understanding is that you “shouldn’t have to spend a paycheck to learn something new.” And we agree!

So, in general, classes and workshops are something like $30, for a couple of sessions. But, they still do offer an entire variety of free events!

Follow Brooklyn Brianery on Instagram to see all the cool things happening in their two locations, in Brooklyn.

Plus, you’ll love reading about other workshops in NY,  like the ones at the National Gourmet Institute, located in the heart of Manhattan. And still, how about learning about French pastries with Chef Simon Herfray?

These types of activities are great to organize with friends and family, or even for corporate groups, so contact our experts to brainstorm great experiences catered for you!

Locations:
190 Underhill Avenue, Prospect Heights
1233 Prospect Avenue, Windsor Terrace

http://brooklynbrainery.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Brooklyn Brainery and Tasimasi

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