Snow has taken over the streets in Brooklyn and beyond! We hope you’re staying safe in the cold and snow. For tips on snow safety, click here. As well, we’ve got a few recommendations for ways to pass the time while it’s snowing and come together with neighbors once it’s okay to venture back outside. Read on for our suggestions:

5 Things to Do During the Storm:

  • Sharpen up your resume and apply to be a Violence Interrupter with S.O.S. Brooklyn! Click here for information about the S.O.S. Bed-Stuy hiring open house and here for the application to work with S.O.S. Crown Heights.
  • Apply for JCP, a program which provides work placement, vocational training, soft skills development, and individual case management for folks between the ages of 16 and 29. The program is open to people living in Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy, and registration priority goes to folks who are out of school and out of work. Click here for more information and to apply.
  • Sign up for the YO S.O.S. Block the Shots Basketball Tournament and Day of Service. The first portion of the event will be spent preparing bags with school supplies for children in a local shelter, and the second portion of the event with be a kids vs. adults basketball tournament with music and prizes! Registration is required, for information on how to register email yosos@crownheights.org or click here.
  • Check in on elderly neighbors and use the snow as an opportunity to build and strengthen neighborhood relationships.
  • Watch a documentary! We have two great recommendations to share:
    1. ‘The Interrupters,’ online for free here. This film documents the first Cure Violence site, originally called CeaseFire, in Chicago. If you are wondering what S.O.S. is about, this is a great way to learn more!
    2. ’13th,’ available on Netflix. This film explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the American prison system.

5 Things to Do After the Storm:

  • Apply for snow removal employment opportunities with the Department of Sanitation, and prepare yourself for the next storm! Click here for information on how to apply.
  • Register your child for a free, safe, and fun summer sleep-away program. Legal Hand will be hosting a Fresh Air Fund registration event at 6pm on Wednesday, January 24th. For more information, click here.
  • Join the S.O.S. community for a Skate to End Gun Violence event, this Saturday, January 6th, from 2-7pm at 110 Kosciuszko Street. The first 50 people skate for free, and all attendees must sign a waiver. For more details, click here.
  • Bring your resume to S.O.S. Bed-Stuy’s hiring open house on January 10th at 4:30 pm. For more information about joining the S.O.S. Bed-Stuy team, click here.
  • Show up for the YO S.O.S. Block the Shots Basketball Tournament and Day of Service. To register, click here or email yosos@crownheights.org.

Please make sure to stay safe in the cold weather. If you see someone, know someone, or are someone who is on the street and in need of shelter from the cold, you can call 311. They will send an outreach team to offer shelter. Nobody will be denied shelter when the weather is at or below freezing between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m.Learn more here.