Individual Volunteering

GrowNYC has many opportunities for individuals to dig in and improve New York City's environment block by block and community by community. Individuals must be 18 years of age or older and attend an orientation before volunteering. Orientations are held monthly and there are separate orientations for GrowNYC's Greenmarket and Zero Waste (recycling) programs. You are required to attend an orientation in order volunteer with each respective program.

Greenmarket volunteers help with at-market promotions like cooking demonstrations, farmer support, and community outreach; Fresh Food Box distribution; Youthmarket cooking demos and more! 

Recycling volunteers help keep food waste out of landfills, facilitate community reuse events, conduct interactive recycling demonstrations, and more.

Are you a corporate group interested in volunteering? Get more info.

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 an upcoming orientation.
3. Sign up for Greenmarket or Recycling events via our volunteer portal. 

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




Break bread with GrowNYC Grains and your fellow home bakers!

  • Food Access & Agriculture

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

  • Conservation

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

  • Green Space

    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.