Do Something Green Today

Six New York City Green Nonprofits to Support in Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day conjures images of green clovers, dyed rivers, pots of gold, and springtime. While drinking green beer after cheering on the leprechauns at a packed parade might be off the table for this year, you can still embrace green in honor of the foremost patron saint of Ireland. Do something green today by supporting these local environmental organizations fighting for a sustainable future:

GrowNYC

GrowNYC aims to improve New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations. The organization has one of the largest reaches in the state with 3 million New Yorkers participating in their programs each year, including a farmer’s market, providing access to fresh food, recycling and composting, community and school gardens, and youth education on zero waste and nutrition. You can make an impact by volunteering at one of their many events across the city. Sign up for the upcoming volunteer orientation on April 6th (registration opens on March 28th) to assist with events, composting, community education, distributing fresh food boxes, and more.

Central Park Conservancy

The Central Park Conservancy is the only organization that cares for New York City’s 843-acre “backyard,” protecting the beloved and essential public space that serves as an escape from the stresses of the city. Volunteers play an essential role in keeping the park clean, beautiful, free, and open to all. The nonprofit has created a model for other parks and green spaces to partner with the public and enhance their neighborhoods by investing in the power of the natural environment. You can join the 3,400+ volunteers conserving the park by emailing volunteer@centralparknyc.org for more information about the upcoming volunteer open house.

TIME’S UP!

TIME’S UP! a 30-year-old not-for-profit direct-action environmental organization that uses events and educational programs to promote a more sustainable planet. For 30 years, TIME’S UP! has worked to educate people about the environmental impacts of everyday decisions, from the food we buy to the means of transportation we use. The volunteer-led nonprofit relies on individuals like you to share their skills in bike maintenance, gardening, painting, communications, cooking, fundraising, event planning, photography, and more to create positive, sustainable change both locally and globally. Simply show up at one of their many activities or contact timesup.events@gmail.com to learn about long-term opportunities.

City Growers

City Growers harnesses the wonders of nature to teach kids where their food comes from, why it matters, and how they can change the world. City Growers harnesses the wonders of nature to increase environmental and food literacy, cultivate curiosity, and provide transformative experiences for urban youth. They offer diverse educational programs for youth up to age 21, such as urban ecology, plant pollination, and composting. Volunteers can get involved in special events, school gardening, honeybee education, and fundraising. Visit their website today to complete a volunteer interest form.

Concrete Safaris

Concrete Safaris prepares youth in East Harlem and beyond to lead healthy lives and shape their environment through outdoor education, play, exploration, and community engagement.The Concrete Safaris Community – participants, families, and neighbors – benefit from the service of 1,200+ volunteers each year. Their programs serve youth ages 2-24 though after-school activities, a leadership academy, green exercise days, and a youth-led outdoor activity day. Volunteer opportunities include outdoor internships, gardening sessions, fundraising with the New York City Triathlon, team-building experiences, and corporate events.

350Brooklyn

350 Brooklyn strives to counter the climate crisis through local action. They work towards a world that is just, equitable, and sustainable and where all beings can thrive. 350Brooklyn focuses on local issues and local responses to wider issues by building Brooklynites’ power to fight the climate crisis and move toward amore just society.Get involved as a marcher, writer, artist, researcher, fundraiser, organizer, or speaker. You can stand with 350 Brooklyn by completing a volunteer interest form to get plugged in to a role that is right for you.

Looking for a different type of volunteer opportunity? Learn more about organizations in our community.

We leave you with these words of wisdom to inspire your St. Patrick’s Day.

Live green. Love green. Think green.

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