The Brian Lehrer Show

Provocative Proposal for Doing Good

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A professor of bioethics from Princeton argues in favor of "effective altruism" - that is, maximizing the number of people who benefit from your donations.

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Helping Students Give Back Before Holiday Fun Begins

Friday, December 26, 2014

It was a good week to get restless students outside, to help and give back a little. Better than trying to make them stay in class as they counted the minutes to winter break. 
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The Takeaway

Digital Volunteers Map Destruction in the Philippines

Thursday, December 12, 2013

New crowdsourcing technologies are bringing humanitarian relief work to anyone with an internet connection. Hundreds of volunteers use the latest satellite photos, news reports, and easy opensource technology to update maps of disaster-affected areas with information about damaged roads and buildings. Dale Kunce is the senior geospatial engineer at the American Red Cross. He joins The Takeaway to explain how a legion of volunteer techies around the world helped with the typhoon relief process in the Philippines.


The Leonard Lopate Show

How to Help This Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On the next Food Fridays we’re going to help you get ready for your Thanksgiving dinner – and we're also compiling a list of ways to help bring Thanksgiving dinner to less fortunate New Yorkers.

Do you know of ways to donate food, volunteer your time, or otherwise help this Thanksgiving? Share the details below!

We’ll post the results on Friday, November 22. 

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Sandy Friday Aims to Raise Money on Black Friday

Thursday, November 22, 2012

As shoppers are out in full force on Black Friday, one group has a message for retailers and their patrons: donate!


The Leonard Lopate Show

A Post-Sandy Thanksgiving: Ways You Can Help

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Even as life has returned to normal in many parts of our area, recovery continues for those hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, and for many affected by the storm, this will be a difficult Thanksgiving. Katie Benner, a writer for Fortune and the creator of Sandy Sucks, talks about volunteering in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, and shares her plans to help cook a Thanksgiving dinner for those affected in Brooklyn. Caterer Jessica Alfreds ( is cooking and hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for those affected by Sandy at St. Mark’s Church.



How to Help | Sandy Recovery

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Are you able to assist in storm cleanup? Do you have donations of food, supplies or clothing? We're keeping an updated list of how people can help.
For the latest updates from our reporters in the field, follow @WNYC | New Jersey | Transit 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Filmmaker Alison Thompson describes her journey as a volunteer—from her first real introduction to disaster relief after 9/11 to her efforts in Haiti, where she helped create and run, with Sean Penn, a displaced-person camp and field hospital for more than 65,000 Haitians who lost their homes in the 2010 earthquake. In The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story, she provides an inside glimpse into what really happens on the ground after a disaster—and a road map for what anyone can do to help.

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New York Volunteers Help Storm-Damaged South

Sunday, May 08, 2011

New Yorkers are among those helping out in the South, where weather officials say a record 300-plus tornadoes devastated the region late last month. Alabama suffered the worst damage and the most casualties.



Volunteering on the Holidays and Throughout the Year

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The holidays are often a time when more people consider volunteering. So many, in fact, that volunteer organizations sometimes have to turn them away.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Volunteer Match: Skilled Volunteering

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Throughout July we've been highlighting volunteer opportunities in our listening area. For our last week, Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch, talks about pro-bono and skilled volunteering.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Volunteer Match: Virtual Volunteering

Thursday, July 15, 2010


All this month we're highlighting volunteer opportunities in our listening area. Greg Baldwin, president of VolunteerMatch, discusses how you can help. This week's theme is Virtual Volunteering where you can help out without ever leaving your home.

Today's VolunteerMatch Highlights: Search Engine Optimization | Host an International Exchange Student Online Business Mentor at MicroMentor | Database Researcher | Rewrite Articles for Twitter | Fundraiser and Grant Writer | Creative Designer | Helpline Advocate | Online Mentor

→ Explore the VolunteerMatch Database: Google Earth Map | Listings

→ We'll list the opportunities mentioned on-air on the BL Show blog, and ask you to report back on your work.


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