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How Much Good Can You Do for $5 (Or $500)?

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$5:
Watercolor set for one student.

What began in 1991 as a group of artists working with homeless kids to make art turned into a citywide program calledArt Start (art-start.org).

$20:
250 earthworms for injured or orphaned baby robins.

The newly opened Wild Bird Fund Center treated and released 1,400 native and migrant birds, reptiles, and mammals in its first year (wildbirdfund.org).

$50:
Sponsorship for a summer camper.

Camp Bike New York, a free six-week summer program backed by the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, teaches city kids how to ride (bikenewyork.org).

$250:
Green-energy training for one young New Yorker.

Green City Force’s Clean Energy Corps trains twentysomethings from low-income households for green-minded careers through service projects, like performing a solar installation (greencityforce.org).

$500:
A cobblestone at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

Although the memorial and museum won’t be completed until spring 2014, those wishing to donate to the maintenance of both can sponsor a cobblestone on the Memorial Glade (911memorial.org).

$3,000:
A year’s worth of start-up capital for an urban garden. Slow Food NYC’s Urban Harvest program provides hands-on food education for the building, planting, and harvesting of edible gardens on school grounds. A $3,000 donation will provide the full start-up capital to fund a new garden for one year (slowfoodnyc.org).


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