New to Gowanus or just looking to get more involved with the community? One of the best ways to connect with this wonderful community is to volunteer at one of the many local organizations. Volunteering in Gowanus is a great way to get to know the neighborhood, meet new people, support and strengthen the community, and make a difference. Plus, you’ll learn new soft and professional skills that will help you in your career and in daily life.
The great thing about the Gowanus and Brooklyn areas are that they offer lots of great volunteer opportunities. Below are just a few of the many places and organizations you can volunteer your time and energy to.
Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Founded in 2006, the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, has been committed to developing open space along the Gowanus Canal and promoting community stewardship of the Gowanus Watershed. It accomplishes this mission through environmental education programs, partnering with local agencies and leaders, and most importantly, through a series of homegrown volunteer projects.
Many of the volunteer opportunities focus on the building and maintaining of the vital green infrastructure that surrounds the watershed. Volunteers can lend their skills and efforts toward planting programs that add native plants to the surroundings, composting, nurturing soil, and more. As the seasons change, so do the volunteer projects and opportunities. Be sure to check their website frequently for updates concerning their seasonal volunteer programs.
Brooklyn Community Services
If you’re looking for a variety of volunteer projects or wish to apply your professional skills to your volunteering efforts, Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) is looking for you! Dedicated to bringing positive change to Brooklyn and empowering its residents, BCS is always looking for a few good volunteers.
BSC’s various volunteer opportunities in Brooklyn include both one-time-only tasks and long-term projects. If your free time is limited, you can always cover a shift at an all-day event or lend a helping hand at the community garden. If you’re interested in a long-term commitment, consider volunteering your time as a mentor or tutor. BSC provides a variety of community workshops, including resume building best practices, financial literacy, and other essential life skills. Get started today by filling out a volunteer application!
Enjoy spending time outdoors? Then NYC Parks’ various volunteer events are for you! Give back to the Gowanus and Brooklyn communities by helping your neighbors keep our NYC parks beautiful. Volunteer opportunities in Brooklyn and Gowanus range from general clean ups, leaf raking, park bench and post painting, and any other tasks needed at our local parks.
Be sure to check out NYC Parks’ volunteer events calendar to see how you can get involved. There’s plenty of opportunities as some days feature multiple events throughout the five boroughs!
Learn new skills. Put your existing skills to great use. Meet your neighbors. Connect with your community. These are just a few of the many benefits of volunteering in Gowanus and Brooklyn. When you call 363 Bond Street your home, you’ll instantly feel a bond with our neighborhood. Contact us today if you’re interested in becoming a part of this wonderful community!