In July 2017, NYC Service released NYCivic Engagement: Neighborhood Volunteer Study and Plan, the culmination of a year-long study to better understand and promote civic engagement and volunteerism in the City of New York. Based on the study’s findings, NYC Service is piloting a new neighborhood-focused platform that will help nonprofits recruit and manage more volunteers, promote their opportunities and help local residents access volunteer opportunities. 


Benefits to Participating:

  • More volunteers for your organization
  • Tools/resources to grow your organization’s capacity to support volunteers
  • Learn from neighborhood organizations facing similar issues
  • Space/time to develop new aspects of your volunteer strategy

NYC Service will conduct workshops in each of our target neighborhoods throughout the month of March. These workshops focus on Capacity Building (how to keep volunteers in your organization) and Tracking (how keeping data on how many volunteers your organization engages with, can help modify programming to retain and attract new volunteers). Below is the list of neighborhoods our initiative is currently based in with its associated registration link. All nonprofits are welcome, click the link to sign up!

  1. Bushwick, Brooklyn:
  2. Harlem, Manhattan:
  3. Melrose, Bronx:
  4. Port Richmond, Staten Island:
  5. Sunnyside, Woodside, & Jackson Heights, Queens:

In April, NYC Service will hold a Neighborhood Summit and host all of the neighborhood non-profits participating in the Neighborhood Volunteer Project. Together, you will discuss successes/challenges surrounding your volunteer strategy, followed by a communications workshop that will assist with devising effective outreach strategies to engage more local residents in your volunteer program.

If your organization lives in one of our five neighborhoods and can benefit from receiving training in volunteer management, please contact Marcus Johnson ( to see how you can become involved.