The leaves are starting to turn, the breezes are feeling a little crisper, and the daylight is fading away earlier. Fall is officially here – but that doesn’t mean our projects slow down. In fact, our environmental projects still need some love as the parks staff prepare for the impeding frosts and cooler temperatures while the weather is still warm and beautiful (not that we don’t love snow, too).
Our program at Bissel Gardens is an amazing opportunity to revitalize a neighborhood garden and make friends at the same time. Activities include weeding and clearing the land for a butterfly garden, and working on the children’s garden. Even better is that when you’re done with the project, a BBQ lunch is provided, and volunteers are welcome to bring a potluck item to share. It’s a great way to get involved in the Bronx, and you’ll see an immediate impact from your work. This is a monthly program, so if you can’t make it this weekend, check our site often to see when the next date is scheduled.
Another project in need of volunteers this weekend is at the Clayton Williams Garden in Harlem. Find yourself in the heart of the city doing general cleanup, light construction and maintenance for the garden that serves seniors in the neighborhood. It’s a fantastic way to give back to those who have given us so much. This site is also an orientation express site, so invite some friends and family to join you. They can get oriented for New York Cares and get to work on a first project immediately!
In line with the spirit of getting outside and moving, we have some Team Leader opportunities all over the city for our children’s programs. Don’t want to fall behind on your fitness routine this season? Promote your vision of living a healthy lifestyle to the children of PS 20 SI in Port Richmond as a Team Leader by spending one Saturday a month playing games, sports, and fun activities. Or, inspire children to make favorite holiday recipes with a healthy twist as you teach kids about how to eat healthy, eat in moderation, but still have fun in the kitchen with our Culinary Explorers program. Click here to check out both programs. If this isn’t for you, check out our other Team Leader opportunities for children’s recreation programs or revitalization projects this fall.
Volunteering is a perfect way to combat those feelings of hibernation!
By Brittany Perotti