Group Volunteer Request for Youth - City Parks Foundation

Group Volunteer Request for Youth

Thanks for your interest in volunteering with Partnerships for Parks! We coordinate and lead impactful cleanup, painting, and horticulture projects in city parks that need extra love while providing unique team-building experiences for our participants. Our focus is parks with the greatest needs, therefore requests for specific sites will be made on a case-by-case basis.

This request form is intended for nonprofit organizations that would like to schedule a volunteer project with 20-30 participants who are under 18 years of age. If your group is smaller in size, please refer to our It’s My Park projects that are open to the public. 

Three to six weeks lead time is required for most projects.  

Our projects take place between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. for a minimum of two hours (though a three-hour project is best). At this time, we are unable to accommodate weekend projects through February 2024. Small groups with only weekend availability may refer to our events calendar for projects that are open to the public.

Group size
We offer customized volunteer projects for groups of 20-30 youth with adult chaperones. Groups larger than 30 youth may be split into shifts. Smaller groups should refer to It’s My Park projects open to the public or can be connected to other group projects.

All youth groups must be supervised by adult chaperones within a 1:6 adult to youth ratio. To create a productive, enjoyable, and safe environment for all, we require adult chaperones and teachers to actively participate in projects.

We offer hands-on beautification projects including litter pick-up and other debris removal, mulching, raking, or weeding. Planting and painting projects are sometimes available and may require a donation to purchase supplies. Painting projects are appropriate for ages 14 and up.

We provide gloves, garbage bags, and reusable supplies, such as rakes, grabbers, and wheelbarrows for all projects. Planting and painting projects typically require a donation to purchase supplies.


All participants (or their adult guardians) are required to sign our volunteer and photo release waivers.

Cancellation policy
We require at least a 24-hour notice to inform all involved staff and reallocate supplies accordingly. Failure to notify us within this timeframe may impact your ability to plan future projects with Partnerships for Parks.

Partnerships for Parks is a joint program of City Parks Foundation and NYC Parks. All donations for supplies and administrative costs are 100% tax deductible and should be made payable to City Parks Foundation.

Please note: 3-6 weeks is required for planning most projects.

Keep in mind that projects must end by 3pm.
Minimum is 20 volunteers.
Please note that youth groups over 30 may be broken up into shifts.
Please estimate the breakdown of participants' ages. 
*Recall that for individuals under 18, we require a 1:6 adult to child ratio. 

(We appreciate flexibility so that we can accomplish the highest priority needs across the city)

Please be specific.

(MTA, walk, bus, etc)

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