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Health and Justice
Need a 12-step program? Want to volunteer to fight hunger and homelessness? Check out these worthy organizations:
COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS
320 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10014 212-645-8111 fax: 212-645-8750 TTY users call 212-925-9560 If TTY is not available, call New York Relay Services at 711 or 800-421-1220 email@example.com housingworks.org
THE HUNGER PROJECT
SAKHI(support group for South Asian women who are domestic-violence victims; empowering survivors to help build a society free of the abuse of women)
PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF NEW YORK CITY
Margaret Sanger Square, 26 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10012 headquarters: 212-274-7200 to volunteer: 212-274-7284 to make an appointment at Planned Parenthood health centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, or the Bronx: 212-965-7000
ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 212-647-1680 alcoholics-anonymous.org
COCAINE ANONYMOUS 212-929-7300 ca.org
CRYSTAL METH ANONYMOUS 212-642-5029, nycma.org
MARIJUANA ANONYMOUS 212-459-4423 marijuana-anonymous.org
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS 212-929-6262 na.org
Other 12-Step and Self-Help Groups
SEXUAL COMPULSIVES ANONYMOUS 212-439-1123 sca-recovery.org
Self-help organization serving individuals with depression or manic-depression (bipolar disorder), as well as their families and friends.
SAMARITANS OF NEW YORK
24-hour suicide hotline: 212-673-3000 samaritansnyc.org
SUCE, SUBSTANCE USE COUNSELING AND EDUCATION
Helps HIV-negative gay men who use alcohol and drugs to remain uninfected, and HIV-positive gay men who use alcohol and drugs to stay healthy.
NEW YORK CITY AIDS HOUSING NETWORK
80-A Fourth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217 877-615-2217 nycahn.org
A coalition of nonprofit housing providers, AIDS service organizations, and homeless and formerly homeless people living with HIV/AIDS.
120 Wall St., 22nd fl., New York, NY 10005 212-363-3500 afsp.org
AFSP funds research, education, and treatment programs aimed at the prevention of suicide.
CRIME VICTIM HOTLINE
2 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10001 212-577-7777 ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc
Oversees programs that have been designed to benefit and assist victims of crime.
NEW YORK HELP
Directs the attention of medical practitioners, researchers, and community groups to the seriousness of herpes on personal, physiological, and social fronts and offers support to herpes patients and provides information on treatment.
Stop complaining and do something!
156 Rivington St., P.O. Box 436, Stuyvesant Station, New York, NY 10009 212-254-3697 abcnorio.org
Center for art and activism, or "oppositional culture."
ACTIVE ELEMENT FOUNDATION
Builds relationships among grassroots youth organizers, donors, professionals, and artists.
AL-AWDATHE PALESTINE RIGHT TO RETURN COALITION
Quaker organization for peace and social justice.
322 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10001 212-807-8400 fax: 212-627-1451 amnestyusa.org
ASIAN AMERICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND (AALDEF)
ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS FOR REFORM NOW (ACORN)
88 Third Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217 877-55-ACORN, 718-246-7900 fax: 718-246-7939 firstname.lastname@example.org
AUDRE LORDE PROJECT (CENTER FOR LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TWO SPIRIT, AND TRANSGENDER PEOPLE OF COLOR COMMUNITIES)
85 South Oxford St., Brooklyn, NY 11217-1607 718-596-0342 fax: 718-596-1328 email@example.com
Working group of writers, artists, musicians, and activists.
CASA ATABEX ACHÉ
Women's group for community empowerment, healing, and action.
CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
CENTRAL BROOKLYN PARTNERSHIP
Community-based campaign to build the capacity of local, low-income people to become financially independent.
CHINESE STAFF AND WORKERS' ASSOCIATION
MANHATTAN'S CHINATOWN CENTER 15 Catherine Street, 2nd fl. rear, New York, NY 10038 212-619-7979 fax: 212-374-1506
BROOKLYN WORKERS' CENTER 5411 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11210 718-633-9748 fax: 718-633-9757
COALITION FOR THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF IMMIGRANTS
339 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012 212-254-2591, 888-57-LUCHA fax: 212-674-9139 chri@ itapnet.org itapnet.org/chri
COMMITTEE AGAINST ANTI-ASIAN VIOLENCE (CAAAV)
2473 Valentine Ave., Bronx, NY 10458 718-220-7391 firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMITTEES OF CORRESPONDENCE FOR DEMOCRACY AND SOCIALISM
545 Eighth Ave., 14th fl. NE, New York, NY 10018 212-868-3733/3334
fax: 212-663-3650 email@example.com cofc.org
COMMUNITY VOICES HEARD
212-860-6001 firstname.lastname@example.org cvhaction.org
Low-income people on welfare working together to improve the lives of members' families and all poor people in New York City.