Go Local – A Lasting Impression

When you travel to new places do you aspire to make a difference? To leave knowing that you had a positive impact on someone’s life?

Here are some organizations in the New York City area that are making strides in the community, inspiring change, and empowering others. Visit their websites to learn more!

City Girl Beauty Project – ​Women whose lives were affected by domestic violence and human trafficking, coming together to make a difference and be apart of the solution. ​The mission of City Girl Beauty Project is empower and impact the lives of young girls and women (ages 18 – 30) who struggle with uncertainty and low self worth as they transition into a life after domestic violence and human trafficking. – http://www.givingisglamorous.org

Mayor’s Alliance for New York City’s Animals saving and re-homing thousands of New York City’s dogs and cats, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, is the sole umbrella organization for animal welfare in NYC.  The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is committed to seeing the day when no New York City dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament is killed merely because he or she does not have a home. http://www.animalalliancenyc.org

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Baby Buggy – Since 2001, Baby Buggy has donated over 6 million items to families in need, including diapers, strollers, bottles and toys. Their motto “Love, Recycled” fuels their mission to help families in need. – http://babybuggy.org

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN) –  “nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN’s mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals.” – http://www.keennewyork.org

Forestdale Inc – an organization dedicated to the future of the children of Queens [They] are committed to breaking the destructive cycle of poverty and trauma that afflicts generations of inner-city children…[Their] mission is to ensure that children have the fundamental assets they need to grow into independent and engaged adults, specifically a secure home life, education and workforce opportunity, and health literacy. With a history of service dating back to 1854, Forestdale serves as a resource for families from Astoria to Far Rockaway. http://forestdaleinc.org

Beating Cancer in Heels – Dedicated to the empowerment of women the organization provides programming that helps the individual function in their own world with a positive attitude, and a face of hope and strength.

If you are in the NYC area Thursday, May 2nd check out  the “City Girl Beauty Project’s Launch and Annual Fundraiser for survivors of Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence. Learn more about the organization, their new project, and how you can help empower and inspire survivors. Visit http://citygirlbeautyproject.eventbrite.com for more details.

I hope to see you there! What are some of your favorite local organizations to volunteer with?

Until next time -xo AGT

NYC Dog Cachet Grand Opening Party!

What: Cocktail Party

When: Friday, April 27, 2012 @ 7pm to 9:30pm

WhereNYC Dog Cachet – 1555 Lexington Avenue, New York NY 10029


Grab your pooch and come out to a cocktail party to celebrate the Grand Opening of NYC Dog Cachet!

Enjoy live music, rum tastings by Kamoni Ice, and a free dog coat for everydog! Plus, meet adoptable dogs, enjoy a free paw-dicure from NYC Dog Cache and other fun surprises.

This event benefits the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals!

For More Info Visithttp://nycdogcachelaunchparty.eventbrite.com/

Love AGT :)

Mega Match-a-Thon

Super cute puppies and sweet little kittens galore! Last Friday, I volunteered with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals for their 3-day Mega Match-a-Thon with the ASPCA on 67th and Broadway. Cats and dogs from several different Alliance Participating Organizations, including the ASPCA, Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C), Animal Haven, the Picasso Veterinary Fund of the Mayor’s Alliance, and Sean Casey Animal Rescue, were housed in adoption vans parked curbside for the event.

Volunteers assisted with feeding and walking dogs, photography, answering questions from the public, and adoption preparations. I had a great time playing with the pups and kitties while they waited to be adopted and taking pictures of the event. The crowd turn out on Friday was awesome! I volunteered from 2pm-5:30pm and had the opportunity to see 5 cats and 2 dogs go home!

Check out more pics from the event below!

I can’t wait to volunteer at the next event! Having a pet is awesome, especially if you can adopt a little one and give him or her a new home. Your dog or cat will always provide unconditional love and only expects the same in return. It does come with a bit of responsibility though, and is understandably a big decision.

My biggest challenge when training my little pup Cosmo was the potty training hurdle, once we got over that everything else felt like a breeze. Look at the sweet little guy :)

About the Mayor’s Alliance:

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Inc., founded in 2002 and powered by Maddie’s Fund, The Pet Rescue Foundation, with support from the ASPCA, is a coalition of more than 150 animal rescue groups and shelters working with Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C) to end the killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs at AC&C shelters.

To achieve that goal, the Alliance, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, helps its Alliance Participating Organizations (APOs) work to their highest potential to increase pet adoptions and spay/neuter rates, with the goal of transforming New York City into a no-kill community by 2015.

If you’d like to volunteer with the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and/or the ASPCA you can find more information on their websites:



or click here for more information on adopting.

Love AGT :)