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Volunteer in Brooklyn Bridge Park

7 Jul
2011

This weekend you can enjoy the beautiful weather we will hopefully have, and volunteer at the same time! OneBrick will be organizing a group of volunteers on Saturday and Sunday in the amazing, newly renovated Brooklyn Bridge Park to help the Parks Department count visitors, which will in turn help them to have a better understanding of park usership and better plan seasonal programming. All you have to do is RSVP for a shift on OneBrick’s website and show up ready to count!

OneBrick is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) organization that creates short-term volunteer opportunities, with an emphasis on having fun and meeting new people while also remaining accessible to young professionals working the 9-5 grind.

You can view the different shifts and RSVP here for July 9th, here for shift 1 on July 10th, and here for shift 2 on the 10th. If you can’t make it this weekend, check out their calendar for more upcoming opportunities.

Hands On New York Day

26 Apr

What: Revitalize parks, gardens, playgrounds, community centers, and schools

Where: Bronx River Park, through New York Cares

When: Saturday, 830am-2pm

Hands On New York Day is one of New York Cares biggest days of the year. They mobilized about 5,000 volunteers, in partnership with the MillionTrees initiative, and sent them out to about 75 parks and gardens throughout the 5 boroughs. Some people planted trees, others re-painted fences or picked up trash; volunteers were doing whatever was necessary to fit the needs of the park/garden/school to revitalize and beautify the site.

I volunteered to be a registration leader and ambassador; the first job required that I register volunteers as they arrived at the site, give them a t-shirt, collect a registration fee if necessary, and have them sign a waiver. The ambassador’s (also me), were then supposed to collect all of the registration materials, money and any extra t-shirts, and bring them back to the New York Cares office on W. 29th Street. Though I’m sure that  it wasn’t the case at most of the sites, ours had some major issues that caused a late start. The directions that were sent out to most of the volunteers (including me, who was supposed to be at the site early) were wrong, so people had to get back on the subway and go two more stops to the correct meeting spot. It was really confusing; to add to this, I took the wrong train to begin with, so I was already running late. But that’s my own fault for being directionally challenged.

All of that aside, the Bronx River Alliance did a great job getting people registered and into t-shirts before we got there, and throughout the day were extremely helpful and knowledgeable about their park. It was a great day to  be outside and planting trees. This is an annual event, so you’ll have to wait until next year to try this activity out, but there are tons of opportunities during the warmer months to get outside and volunteer. Check out the organizations on my resource page to find something for you; these type of events/activities are great for groups, as you can all work together digging and planting and just having a good time.