Kick off the charitable season by giving generously to the New York Junior League's #GivingTuesday campaign benefiting one of our signature programs, Playground Improvement Project.
Started in 2012, #GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people like you to bring about real change in our communities. #GivingTuesday provides a platform to encourage the donation of time, resources, and talents to address local challenges—a perfect fit for the work we do every day in the NYJL.
Each year, we partner with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to revitalize and restore a park in need for the surrounding community. From planting to painting to capital improvements, NYJL members volunteer alongside corporate partners and local residents, putting in thousands of hours each year to create clean, safe, and beautiful spaces for all to enjoy.
Why donate to Playground Improvement Project?
With your help through a #GivingTuesday donation, we can transform a park for thousands of New York City residents to enjoy. Last year we provided thousands of volunteer hours and capital improvements to beautify Corlears Hook Park. Michael Marino, Friends of Corlears Founder and President, explains the significant impact for the community.
“The park is a central meeting place for the diverse community that surrounds it to come together to enjoy its beauty and splendor. Many come to just sit on the benches or lawns to relax among the flowers. Some come to throw birthday parties in the playground or watch their child play sports on our field.”
And this enjoyment of the park can have real health benefits. A study by Penn State University showed significant correlations to reductions in stress, lowered blood pressure, and perceived physical health to the length of stay in visits to parks. We believe that all women, children, and families should have equal opportunity, the resources to unlock their potential, and the structures to support them—and we believe access to parks can improve people’s lives.
What can your donation do?
We welcome gifts of all sizes. Here are a few things your donations can achieve.
- A gift of $25 can help us purchase paint brushes and supplies we need to transform a park.
- A gift of $50 can help us purchase tools needed to renovate buildings, equipment, and landscapes.
- A gift of $75 can help us purchase flowers and plants to beautify a park.
- A gift of $100 can help us purchase paint for revitalizing playground equipment, benches, and more.
- A gift of $4,000 can help us purchase a Bigbelly Trash Compactor, which has resulted in a 90% reduction of rats in New York City parks. Since 2014, the New York Junior League has invested $178,500 to install 45 Bigbelly trash compactors in six parks throughout the City.
We’ve set a big goal for ourselves!
Because we know how access to parks can improve lives, we’ve set a big goal for our #GivingTuesday campaign. Give now, and help us reach our goal of $10,000 to help transform a New York City park this coming spring.
You can also help us spread the word by sharing our #GivingTuesday campaign on social media. Tell others that you believe in the power of giving by showing you’ve made your donation, and encourage others to do so too.