The Good Neighbors initiative aims to connect StuyTown residents and employees with each other and our local community, through volunteering efforts throughout the city and state, as well as internal charity events.
Our program organizers will continuously search for events to cater to various causes, and will update the calendar throughout the year to provide a variety of volunteering events.
The goal is to broaden our community outreach to those who need assistance while building on our own sense of community.
Stuyvesant Cove & Solar One's Spring Planting (click here to sign up)
Date: Saturday, June 16th, 2018 | Time: 10am - 1pm EDT | Location: Stuyvesant Cove / East River between 18th and 22nd St
Stuyvesant Cove Park is a 1.9 acre all native species organically maintained public park on the East River between 18th and 22nd streets, neighboring Stuyvesant Town. The park has over 100 different species of native to NY plants. In using only natives they aim to provide habitat for wildlife and to promote knowledge of and pride in our unique local flora. They provide a home to many birds and insects as well as a stopping point for migrating birds. The park is maintained by Solar One, a small non-profit dedicated to environmental education, urban resiliency and green jobs training. With a small staff (only two people!) maintaining the seventeen gardens and grounds, they rely a great deal on the help of volunteers and appreciate every contribution of time and energy to the space.
Join StuyTown's Good Neighbor Outreach team on Saturday, May 19 to help Solar One with their fall planting from 10am to 1pm, and enjoy a pizza lunch at the end. Families are welcome to attend - there will be educational activities in the children's garden for the kids!
Volunteer activities include planting, watering, weeding and composting. Each activity will be supervised by a member of Solar One's staff who will work alongside volunteers and be available to answer any questions and provide direction and assistance. They require that volunteers wear close-toed shoes and clothes they don't mind getting dirty, and recommend sunscreen, water bottles, hats and anything else that will make working outside most comfortable. They do have a water cooler in the office to refill water bottles as well as restroom facilities and a secure place to leave personal belongings.
*First-time Good Neighbors Outreach (GNO) event attendees will receive a GNO t-shirt at the event. If you have attended one of our events before and have already received your shirt, don't forget to wear it!
Current / Previous Initiatives
- StuyTown Property Services is sponsoring the inaugural year of the Peter Stuyvesant Little League’s Challenger division for children with intellectual and physical disabilities. Children/young adults, between the ages of 4-18, can register here.
- On November 18th, 2017, StuyTown Good Neighbors Outreach assisted Solar One with the fall plantings at Stuyvesant Cove Park. Activities included planting, watering, weeding, and composting with all volunteers enjoying a pizza lunch after an afternoon of hard work.
- On September 17th, 2017, StuyTown Good Neighbors Outreach joined the Autism Speaks Walk, the world’s largest autism fundraising event dedicated to improving the lives of people with autism. Powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives, and supporters, the funds raised help ensure people of all abilities have access to the tools needed to lead ‘their best lives’. Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. We now know that there is not one autism but many subtypes, and each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. An estimated 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.
- In December 2016, the StuyTown Property Services’ human resources team delivered 53 completed care packages to the local VA Medical Center at 423 East 23rd Street. The packages containing deodorant, shaving cream, combs, toothbrushes and toothpaste, dental floss, soap, and shampoo, were distributed to veterans who were staying at the facility for treatment. One of the reasons the VA was selected was because of its geographic proximity to StuyTown and because StuyTown was originally built to provide housing for returning WWII vets. StuyTown played the role of facilitator between its employees and the VA, which specifically requested donations of toiletries rather than other items.
- In 2016, StuyTown Property Services coordinated three other collections among both employees and residents: 400 pounds of canned goods for City Harvest Food Drive, 350 gently used coats for New York Cares Coat Drive, and new toys for Toys For Tots and Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Toy Drive, 200 and 400 toys, respectively.
- On May 21st, 2017, SPS gathered residents and employees to join the Hope and Heroes Walk to fund life-saving work on childhood cancer and blood disorders. Columbia University Medical Center spearheads this important work, including cutting-edge research, support for families, and care that always puts children first.
- On June 17th, 2017, StuyTown Property Services (SPS) joined the 9th annual Kids for Kids Family Fun Day for St. Jude, one of the largest and most successful annual charity events in New York. Together, SPS and residents celebrated the lifesaving mission at this event, featuring a carnival, barbecue lunch, kids activities, live entertainment, and more.
- On July 9th, 2017, StuyTown Property Services joined the Third Annual Disability Pride Parade to promote inclusion, awareness, and visibility of people with disabilities, and redefine public perception of disability. The organization’s Disability Pride Parade in New York City, which has drawn upwards of 3,000 participants in years past, supports people with disabilities.
- On July 15th, 2017, StuyTown Property Services teamed up with residents to get out on the waterfront—and on the water—with the Waterfront Alliance’s annual City of Water Day! Now in its tenth year, this free, family-oriented celebration of the New York and New Jersey waterfront has grown into the region’s biggest harbor festival. Held on Governors Island and locations around New York Harbor, the event drew thousands of people to the water for a day of fun.
Stay tuned for more of our Good Neighbor community outreach programs as we build community in Manhattan.