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It's My Park Project Leader Application

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Thank you for your interest in hosting an It's My Park (IMP) project. 


*Please note: This application is intended for individuals or organizations who are currently working with a Partnerships for Parks (PfP) outreach coordinator or Catalyst organizer and wish to plan and lead a volunteer service project in their local park.

Great, glad to have you back! Please proceed to the next page to see our updated guidelines and to get started on your application. 
Welcome! We have a couple of additional questions before you get started on the application. 


We recommend that you reach out to our It's My Park team to learn how to get involved at itsmypark@cityparksfoundation.org or check out our website for more information. 
Thanks. Please note that you will need to complete the training before you can host your first project. We welcome you to continue filling out your application to get the process started. 

If you need support on the training materials, please reach out to the It's My Park team at itsmypark@cityparksfoundation.org. 
Project Guidelines and Updates

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering in our parks during these challenging times. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are urging all volunteers and staff to take extra precautions when working in parks, detailed in our It's My Park volunteer guidelines. You are required to read the current guidelines and take note of program changes during this phase, which include:


  • We ask you to focus your efforts on general clean-up, weeding, and leaf raking, which are of greatest priority. We are able to approve planting, mulching, and painting projects on a case by case basis.
  • Your expected attendance cannot exceed the current maximum allowances as dictated by NYC Parks special event guidelines. Your group may be asked to further limit the number of participants due to circumstances such as social distance concerns at smaller parks, insufficient tool supplies, or additional COVID-19 related restrictions (check the NYC COVID-19 Zone Finder to learn about localized restrictions).
  • As of 2021, we will no longer be providing new tool kits. You will be able to request tool loans through this application.
Once you complete and submit your It's My Park project leader application, a PfP staff member will be in touch with you within a few days to review your project(s) and confirm the next steps. In order to be considered, your application must meet the following requirements:
  • Include a volunteer project to beautify a NYC Parks property.
  • Projects must be free of charge to participants.
  • The deadline to submit an It's My Park project leader application is at least two (2) weeks prior to and no more than ten (10) weeks in advance of the intended date of the project. If your intended date is more than ten (10) weeks from today, please return at a later date to submit your application. 

Please Note: Each It's My Park project leader application is a project proposal; it is subject to approval and project details may need to be altered. Please wait until confirmation from a PfP staff member before finalizing project day plans. All projects are subject to a change in approval due to unforeseen and extenuating circumstances, such as change in COVID-19 related restrictions.

Help - Have questions? Please call your local PfP outreach coordinator or Catalyst organizer.


Great, let's get started:


If you cannot find your group's name, please reach out to your outreach coordinator or Catalyst organizer in order to proceed.
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Project Leader Information: tell us about you








Project Information: tell us about your project
If your park does not show up, please submit as you typed it.
Project Date: List your preferred date for your project. 

Please note: We currently offer an eight (8) week window to propose projects. You may select dates between two (2) and ten (10) weeks from the day you submit your application. If you are planning recurring projects within the eight (8) week window that are identical in nature (for example, each project occurs at the same location within a park, at the same time, with the same estimated number of volunteers, and is the same task), you may propose multiple dates. Please discuss the option of proposing multiple dates with your PfP outreach coordinator or Catalyst organizer prior to submission.




For example: 8:00 AM

How long will your project last?
tip: an average group size is 20 volunteers

Please be specific.


If you would like to propose multiple dates in this application, please let us know how many in addition to your first date above. 

Please note: recurring dates should be similar in nature -- each project occurs at the same location within a park, at the same time, with the same estimated number of volunteers, and is the same task.  
Must be no more than ten (10) weeks from today.
Must be no more than ten (10) weeks from today.
Must be no more than ten (10) weeks from today.
Must be no more than ten (10) weeks from today.
Project Proposal: tell us more about your proposed activities
Please note: we ask you to consider focusing your efforts on the highest priority projects at your park including general clean-up, weeding, and leaf raking. At this time, mulching, planting and painting will be approved on a case by case basis and are dependent on park needs, and availability of supplies.

**project proposals are subject to approval**


Project Supply Request: tell us about your supply needs
Note: If you received a tool kit in 2020, please continue to use the supplies you have for your projects.

In the sections below, please indicate your additional tool needs. Tools will be loaned for the day of the project. Due to limited supply, we may need to make adjustments to your request - such as providing lower quantities and offering tool substitutions - to allow as many groups as possible to lead successful It’s My Park projects. 


Project Promotion: tell us about your promotional needs
Through It's My Park, we can help promote your project by including events on our websites and providing marketing materials, like posters.






Note:
Due to limited supply and staff capacity, we may not be able to fulfill all requests. 

Project Orientation: have you reviewed our updated protocols?
If you have already attended an It’s My Park orientation in 2020, you are all set to volunteer in 2021.

If you were not able to attend an orientation, please indicate here and a PfP staff member will share training materials by e-mail and set up a time to review the main points. Reviewing this information is required before volunteering with us for your safety and ours.