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

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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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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