Below, you'll find a selection of letters from representatives of organizations that provide plenty of opportunities to give up some time and lend a hand—whether by donating a winter coat, gift wrapping in Brooklyn, or helping the city get back on its feet post-Sandy.
We see the Weekend section as a space for us to encourage readers to get off campus and explore the incredible city at our fingertips. Our goal, whether we're showcasing a new art exhibit or covering a music festival, is to inspire you to do something unexpected, rather than catching up on your Netflix queue or loitering in Butler.
Of course, it's impossible to feature every single cool happening that the five boroughs have to offer: Doing so would take up much more than four pages. Luckily, January will bring with it a whole new year of event-packed weekends for you to check out. As we bid farewell to another year of Spectator Weekends, we hope that our stories have entertained and enlightened you. We're sure your “to-do in New York” list has grown as long as ours.
Wishing you all the best,
Weekend Deputy Editor
Arts & Entertainment Editor
Helping hands: Local organizations call on Columbians to volunteer their time
Community Lunch by Tausi wa-Dutumi
Food Bank for New York by Rachel Franz
Kraft Clothing Pantry by Mikey Schiff
Red Hook Initiative by Frances Medina