This Upper West Side community center offers a wide range of cultural events, educational programs and fitness facilities to like-minded folks in the neighborhood. The Manhattan Jewish Community Center is housed in the Samuel Priest Rose Building on Amsterdam Avenue, and runs eleven stories, with over 137,000 square feet of space. That means an inviting atrium, basement-level performance space and a fitness center complete with a pool – a rarity for New York City. The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery inside hangs an array of exhibits and features accompanying programs, while locals can pick up a season pass to the in-house film center. Classes at the community centers are offered on a wide range of subjects, from printmaking to finance, while swimming lessons, personal training and massages are available in the fitness center.
Sumeshe Maids and Concierges employs bonded and insured cleaners who trek their way through homes, sweeping, dusting, and scrubbing away soil and making order out of chaos. Owned by a busy mother intent on making things easier for others, the cleaning company turns soiled kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms into wholesome areas that sparkle like the teeth of an orthodontist's prized ventriloquist dummy. But cleaning isn't the extent of the staff's expertise; through their concierge service, they'll tackle a plethora of time-consuming tasks, including running errands, making travel arrangements, painting, and organizing household clutter.
iAdventure sends urbanites on a variety of excursions in and around the Big Apple, inspiring them to branch out and try new experiences in the do, see, eat, and drink categories. The organizers draw from a variety of interests and a large pool of connections, allowing them to orchestrate outings ranging from walking tours of millionaires' homes to mixology boot camps. Many of iAdventure's events focus on helping out charitable causes or celebrating lesser-known holidays, such as Bastille Day.
Upon arriving at the scene of a fire, the non-profit organization assesses the damage, offers emotional support, and ensures basic needs are met—these services are provided free of charge. Though the American Red Cross relies on a large army of volunteers, resources are needed to train and equip these volunteers with the tools they need to respond to local disasters.
ioby connects people to great environmental projects in their own neighborhoods. On ioby, you can find a project that's close to your home or close to your heart, and make a donation or volunteer. ioby projects are small, citizen-led, help the environment and the community. Donations to ioby projects are tax deductible.
Icouldbe.org's curriculum leads students through the process of developing goals for higher education and future careers, and teaches them about community service and financial literacy. A teacher from the school who knows the student and an icouldbe.org staffer facilitate and monitor mentoring relationships between adult professionals and students. Adult e-mentors from a variety of professions correspond online with students who have expressed interest in their career fields. E-mentors check student work, answer questions, and give advice to help students navigate their futures by corresponding through emails and discussion boards for at least an hour every week over the course of a year. Icouldbe.org would like to implement its e-mentoring program in a New York City high-school classroom, but the organization requires additional funds to cover the costs of staff time, website management, technology and operations, and background checks.