New Yorkers know that “home” extends beyond their four walls. It’s the neighborhood, community centers, playgrounds, parks and schools we visit or pass by each day. It’s our city, our greater habitat.
Our A Brush with Kindness (BWK) program involves painting, planting, “fix-up” and general improvement of public spaces in the five boroughs that lack funds for refurbishing. BWK serves over 6,000 New Yorkers each year, and has revitalized more than 100 neighborhood spaces since its launch in 2009.
All volunteers over the age of 14 can participate, with a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
“We would like to extend a huge heartfelt thank you to Habitat NYC and all the volunteers for the excellent work you did! The space looks modern and appropriate for all age groups that use the center. The quality of work was excellent and the space was turned back to us in a pristine state. We are so impressed with how Habitat NYC transformed the Jacob Riis Cornerstone program and enlivened some of the rooms and stairs at the Boys and Girls Republic. Thank you from all the staff at Henry Street Settlement and the program participants. “
– Renee Epps, Chief Officer for Facilities, Henry Street Settlement