Individual Volunteering

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GrowNYC has many opportunities for individuals to dig in and improve New York City's environment block by block and community by community. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. Click the links below to find volunteer opportunities with GrowNYC's Greenmarket and Zero Waste recycling programs.

Greenmarket volunteers help with at-market promotions like cooking demonstrations, farmer support, and community outreach; Fresh Food Box distribution; Youthmarket cooking demos and more! Individuals must attend a Greenmarket volunteer orientation before volunteering with Greenmarket. Click here to view current Greenmarket opportunities and orientations.

Recycling volunteers conduct interactive recycling demonstrations, ensure proper recycling at major public events, facilitate community reuse events, and more. Individuals must attend a recycling volunteer orientation before volunteering at recycling events.  Click here to view current recycling opportunities and orientations.

NEW!  Live at NYCHA and love your community?  Join our new Environmental Ambassadors program (NYCHA residents only)

How to Volunteer

It takes just three easy steps to start volunteering with GrowNYC:

1. Create a volunteer profile (below).
2. View and sign up for upcoming orientations by clicking on "Greenmarket Events" or "Recycling Events" (above).
3. Attend a Greenmarket or Recycling Volunteer Orientation.

Once you've attended a Greenmarket or Recycling orientation you'll be able to sign up for volunteer events with each respective program. 

Already have a GrowNYC volunteer profile? Click here to log in.


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  • Greenmarket

    Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Education

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.