Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, the biggest giving day of the year, is Tuesday, December 3rd. While you are considering how to best give back to your community this year, consider University Settlement.

You may know that for over 130 years University Settlement has ensured that NYC residents have access to the resources and support they need to achieve healthy, stable, and remarkable lives.

But what you may not realize is that we work in collaboration with 700 colleagues to impact the lives of nearly 40,000 New Yorkers each year! On any given day, you can find our team:

  • providing early childhood education and social-emotional support services to children ages 0-5
  • running youth development and afterschool programming at 17 sites across NYC
  • providing health and wellness activities for the aging and homebound seniors
  • ensuring our community has access to clinical as well as in-home mental health care
  • supporting families facing eviction to find housing stability
  • helping our immigrant communities achieve English proficiency and secure gainful employment
  • empowering emerging young artists to achieve their dreams
  • driving forward a targeted advocacy effort to make this city a better place for us all

If you came by one of our 29 sites, you might catch us working in more festive gear but the holiday season does not slow down the important work we do each and every day.

We hope you’ll join us this Giving Tuesday and show NYC residents you’ve got their back by making a donation to University Settlement at Thank you for considering U.S.!

Idiom of the Week: Draw the Line

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Meaning: To set a limit; to refuse to do something.


I usually speed but I draw the line at five miles per hour over the speed limit.

You can’t give your kids everything they want. Sometimes you have to draw the line.

Robin Hood was a criminal but at least he drew the line at robbing from poor people.


Pop Quiz:

Which of the following is an example of drawing the line?

A.  Not drinking more than two cups of coffee each day.

B.  Drinking as much coffee as you want every day.

C.  Putting lots of cream and sugar in your coffee.

To see the correct answer, click on “Read More.”

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Countable vs. Non-Countable Nouns

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Count (also known as countable) nouns can be counted, which means you can also make them plural. Remember that plural means more than one. For example, the word “teacher.” Can you count teachers? Of course – one teacher, two teachers, three teachers, four teachers. The noun “teacher,” then, is a count noun.

Non-count (or non-countable) nouns can’t be counted, and they’re almost always singular. Remember that singular means one. For example, the word “air.” Can you count air? Of course not – we never say one air, two airs, three airs, etc. So “air” is a non-count noun.

To learn more, watch the following video, then take the quiz to test your knowledge:

At the Drop of a Hat Revisited

Here’s a song using our latest Idiom of the Week – the lyrics are below:

“Bob Dylan’s Dream”

Bob Dylan

While riding on a train goin’ west

I fell asleep for to take my rest

I dreamed a dream that made me sad

Concerning myself and the first few friends I had


With half-damp eyes I stared to the room

Where my friends and I’d spent many an afternoon

Where we together weathered many a storm

Laughin’ and singin’ till the early hours of the morn


By the old wooden stove where our hats was hung

Our words were told, our songs were sung

Where we longed for nothin’ and were satisfied

Jokin’ and talkin’ about the world outside


With hungry hearts through the heat and cold

We never much thought we could get very old

We thought we could sit forever in fun

But our chances really was a million to one


As easy it was to tell black from white

It was all that easy to tell wrong from right

And our choices they was few so the thought never hit

That the one road we traveled would ever shatter and split


How many a year has passed and gone?

Many a gamble has been lost and won

And many a road taken by many a first friend

And each one I’ve never seen again


I wish, I wish, I wish in vain

That we could sit simply in that room again

Ten thousand dollars at the drop of a hat

I’d give it all gladly if our lives could be like that