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Local Places to Give This Holiday Season

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, our thoughts are also with those in need, and we look for ways to give back in the local community. #GivingTuesday, the largest single day of charitable giving, is celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. You can join in the spirit of giving by donating to local Flatiron nonprofit organizations on #GivingTuesday and throughout the holiday season.


In 1995, PENCIL launched Principal for a Day®, an annual event designed to raise awareness about public education by having civic and business leaders serve as visiting principals in New York City schools. Twenty years later, PENCIL is the leader in creating innovative and impactful models of collaboration between the business and education communities. PENCIL works at the intersection of school needs and business expertise to bring together the best ideas, talent, and resources across sectors to improve public school and student performance and enhance workforce pathways.

Pen + Brush 

For 122 years Pen + Brush has been dedicated to promoting the work of women in the literary and visual arts. Pen + Brush provides a platform to showcase the work of professional emerging and mid-career female artists and writers to a broader audience with the ultimate goal of effecting real change within the marketplace.

The National Museum of Mathematics 

The National Museum of Mathematics strives to enhance public understanding and perception of mathematics through dynamic exhibits and programs, which stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. The Museum’s activities lead a broad and diverse audience to understand the evolving, creative, human, and aesthetic nature of mathematics.

Helen Keller International 

Founded in 1915, Helen Keller International is dedicated to saving and improving the sight and lives of the world's vulnerable by combatting the causes and consequences of blindness, poor health and malnutrition.

Center for Book Arts 

Founded in 1974, the Center for Book Arts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to exploring and cultivating contemporary aesthetic interpretations of the book as an art object, while preserving the traditional practices of the art of the book. The Center is one of few contemporary arts organizations dedicated to the art of the book, and the only location in New York City at which visitors can view book arts exhibitions in the context of an active, working studio.

Other ways to donate this holiday season: 

Food Drive for the Food Bank For New York City

With so many New Yorkers experiencing hunger and hardship, we are holding a food drive through December 23rd to benefit the Food Bank For New York City, the city’s major hunger relief organization. We will be collecting non-perishable food items on the North Flatiron Public Plaza on Fridays and Saturdays from December 2nd-17th from noon-4:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, December 21st from 4:00 p.m.-8:00pm.

Donations are also accepted online which double – or even triple – the amount a dollar can provide at the grocery store. To donate online, click here.

Coat Drive at the NYPD 13th Precinct

As the temperature drops, there are many vulnerable New Yorkers who are in need of coats. Donate your gently used coats to the New York Police Department’s 13th Precinct at 230 East 21st Street this holiday season.


Donate Goods through donateNYC, a program of the NYC Department of Sanitation that helps New Yorkers give goods, find goods, and do good, with tools that make it easy to donate or find used goods.

Get goods for doing good! Have a picture taken of yourself donating goods, post it on social media, and tag donateNYC using the hashtag (#GiveGoodsDoGood). You will automatically be entered to win gift cards and prizes from various donateNYC Partners and supporters. Make sure to post by Friday, December 2nd when the contest ends.

For other ways to donate this holiday season and year round, visit


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Happy Bike to Work Day! The neighborhood is the perfect place to ride whether using your personal bicycle or @citibike.🚴 💫
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