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Volunteers Sweeten Thanksgiving Meal

Ressie Bass, Miranda Jackeyfoi, Annah Heckman and Shirley Struchen get pies ready for the oven at St. Paul and St. Andrew United Methodist Church  ‘Twas the Tuesday before Thanksgiving and all through the basement of St. Paul & St. Andrew United Methodist Church, volunteers were making pies. At one station they mixed dough; at the next table they […]

After Schoolers Explore the Final Frontier

Ask the second-graders at our Bernie Wohl Center about space, and the knowledge comes tumbling out. They talk over each other in their eagerness to share. “There are three shapes of galaxies! Spiral, elliptical and irregular.” “And we know one of the spiral galaxies, which is our galaxy Ð the Milky Way.” “Jupiter is the fifth […]

Help Make This YearÕs Book Fair the Most Successful Ever!

Our Book Fair is more than a great sale Ð it’s a community gathering, as neighbors wave hello across the tables and gather in the aisles to swap news. We’re hoping you’ll tap into your personal networks to help us make this the most successful Book Fair in our history! Grab a stack of postcards […]

Gala Celebrates the Power of Community

Executive Director Roderick L. Jones at the podium It’s not too late – click here to donate to the Gala! Or, check out the photos on Facebook (no Facebook account necessary.) Feel free to tag yourself and share! “What sort of society do we want to live in?” That was the question posed by Goddard Riverside […]

A visit from Paul Krugman, our 2019 Gala honoree

Paul Krugman visits with students at the Goddard Riverside Options Center Get your 2019 Gala tickets here! Paul Krugman is not your typical economist. Ask him which books have influenced him the most, and he doesn’t name-drop John Maynard Keynes or Adam Smith. Instead he talks about James Baldwin and Isaac Asimov. “I was a […]

The Right Fit: Tutoring at Star Learning Center

Christian and Susan at Goddard Riverside’s Star Learning Center in 2015 Susan Galligan wasn’t interested in working with children. When she retired from her job as a lawyer, she wanted to volunteer in adult literacy. But an advisor at a volunteer clearinghouse encouraged her to check out the Star Learning Center anyway. As soon as she saw […]

The Book Fair and Book Bash are Back!

> Goddard Riverside’s longest-running and most popular fundraiser, our annual Book Fair, will take place this year on November 23 and 24 at the Bernie Wohl Center. The Book Fair is made possible by our longstanding partnership with the publishing industry, which generously donates brand-new bestsellers every year to be sold at half-price. The proceeds […]

Appreciating Single Stop – and Its Clients

As program Director Wayne E. Tyre stood in front of a crowd in the patio at Single Stop, he took the mic and confessed. When the idea of a client appreciation day was first presented to him, he wasn’t sold on it. That changed after the program staged its first such event in 2018. This […]

Book Giveaways Bring Smiles

What’s more fun than giving free books to children? Well, nothing we know of, really! Goddard Riverside partnered with the federal department of Housing and Urban Development, NYCHA, the New York Public Library and other agencies to give away thousands of books to public housing residents at two events in June. One giveaway was at […]

Celebrating Students and Their Dreams on Decision Day

"Options basically became my guidance counselor," says Oumou Bah Oumou Bah has a plan. First, she’ll get an undergraduate degree at New York University Ð “the perfect school” Ð in international studies and political science. Then, law school. She can tell you exactly why, in her quiet, rapid-fire way. “I grew up in Harlem and […]