Give Back

Reel Families for Change is seeking participants to fill out their Screen Executives’ Care Structure Survey. Reel Families is on a mission to bring sustainable production practices to sets across the country, but missing data on workplace culture norms, access solutions, and worker support infrastructure in the American screen industry makes it difficult to do quickly. Please consider filling out this survey to contribute to this industry-shifting data. Once completed, share it with peers to gather as many perspectives as possible. Learn more and take the survey.

The Women’s Film Preservation Fund of NYWIFT is encouraging supporters and the film community to donate to this important cultural institution Appalshop. “Appalshop started as a film workshop in 1969, and 50 years later we’re still documenting and revitalizing the traditions and creativity of Appalachia. We tell stories that commercial industries don’t tell. We challenge stereotypes with Appalachian voices.”

Appalshop will need immense support as they recover from the devastating flooding in Kentucky in order to save their historic archive of community recordings. Over the years WFPF has awarded 3 preservation grants for Appalshop projects: Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man (1975) by Mimi Pickering (listed on the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry), Quilting Women (1976) by Elizabeth Barret (1976) and South East Coal Company (1979) a student made film under the direction of filmmaker Wendy Ewald.

Women’s Film Preservation Fund of NYWIFT is dedicated to educating, preserving and sharing important women made films and community recordings across all genres: from the amateur to the silent films of Hollywood. Preservation is key to safeguarding women led art and community histories. WFPF hopes that you will join them in donating to Appalshop’s recovery. Learn more and donate and learn more about volunteering


Nova Octo is a luxury eveningwear rental concept for the fashion conscious and socially responsible woman. Through a carefully curated selection of timeless designer and couture gowns like Giamattista Valli, Carolina Herrera, Gucci, Johanna Ortiz, Oscar de la Renta, Saint Laurent and more, Nova Octo provides once in a lifetime style at the click of a button via 4-day rentals. Nova Octo’s primary mission is to encourage women to make environmentally and socially conscious choices when it comes to eveningwear and to move away from single wear purchases—without having to sacrifice on style. Nova Octo’s stunning TriBeCa showroom welcomes patrons for appointments with their elite styling team who provide personal consultations to each client. Nova Octo contributes 15% of each rental transaction to foundations like New York Women in Film & Television. Use promotional code NYWIFT19 at checkout for 20% off rentals. Shop online.


The Summit School, a special education school serving the needs of students with learning differences, offers 12th grade interns to be hosted. Their Work-Based Learning Program is unique for its diversity of work experiences and pre-vocational emphasis. The program’s goal is to teach students successful behaviors and important work skills that can be used in all areas of post-high school life and culminates with the Senior Internship Program where students can explore actual careers of interest. Involvement in work-based learning is a great way for business leaders to help the future generation of employees by cultivating a more prepared and responsible workforce! To learn more about the intern program, view the program brochure. Anyone interested in hosting an intern from The Summit School can contact Tara Caprdja at (718) 264-2931 ext. 240 or


Materials for the Arts in Long Island City is seeking volunteers! Right now, with a severe staffing shortage they are looking for some volunteers who can help them in the warehouse. Would you be able to help?  Or do you know someone that could stop by on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 10:00am and 2:00pm? They also have volunteering on Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm – 8:00pm every week.  They have certain special onetime projects as well as ongoing volunteer projects. Folding fabric, organizing bins, or putting things out on shelves. The vibe is good and they always play great music. Contact Executive Director Harriet Taub at if you are interested.



The “Made in NY” Post Production Training Program is a free skills training program serving low-income New Yorkers and leading to jobs in the booming New York City post production industry. Participants with previous production experience will receive five weeks of industry-informed training in video editing and visual effects software, followed by job placement and on-the-job training with local post production companies that specialize in animation, editing, motion graphics, and visual effects. They are actively seeking employers to partner with us to provide entry-level job opportunities for program graduates. For more information, please visit or contact Ryan Penny, Program Director at



The Women in the Arts & Media Coalition is looking for a few great volunteers and apprentices! Are you interested in making a difference in how women are represented and perceived in the arts and by the media? They are looking for new brains, hearts, and energy for their major committees: Communications, Membership, and Development. If you’re not already a member of one of their member orgs (check the list on our website at– NYWIFT is one of the member orgs!), you might be eligible to be an apprentice. Email them at and they will send you some questions to get you started!