Donate talents & time.

The Concrete Safaris Community - participants, families, and neighbors - benefit from the service of over 1,200 volunteers each year. Here is a collection of opportunities where your talents and time will be most useful here. Thank you in advance for your support.

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Garden Volunteer Sessions

Our gardens at Jefferson and Washington Houses are open to masked individuals to help grow food for our neighbors. East Harlem was considered a food desert long before the pandemic, and residents need fresh, free, organic produce more than ever. Families have already planted carrots, arugula, potatoes, and other delicious crops. You can help grow and distribute food, and maintain these educational gardens. Individuals may volunteer once or regularly. Adults must register separately. When young people (ages 0 - 17) attend, a parent or guardian must register the child and a designated adult must be present for the entire event. To obtain our signature for community service, be present from event start to end and let CS staff know before the event starts on that day.

Activities may include:

Seasonal garden maintenance

Raking leaves

Creating paths

Planting trees, shrubs, seeds, and vegetable, herb, and fruit transplants

Wheelbarrowing and shoveling topsoil, wood chips, and compost

Picking up trash

Building garden beds

Adopt A Garden Bed

Must be a resident of Jefferson or Washington Houses

Must commit to a minimum of weekly maintenance of your garden bed for the season

Must follow CS' Code of Conduct

For families, at least one adult must be present when children are gardening

Join Concrete Safaris' Volunteer Leadership Team

Board of Directors

Seeking seasoned professionals passionate about CS' mission. Track record of leadership in business, government, philanthropy, or CBO and board experience.

Junior Board

In its first full year, young professionals will make new connections in the local community and lead fundraising and community service events.


Provide your expertise to a Task Force or Committee. No fundraising commitment.

Fund Development Chair

Lead the fund development committee to support more youth more often! Experience in fundraising, sales, or similar required.

Events Task Force

Volunteer for CS' Events Task Force to support 2-3 events per year celebrating youth and community contributions.

Quantitative Analyst

Complete quantitative analysis of program-related data and assist with report development on organizational outcomes.

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