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Peter (CEO): We help hundreds of volunteer groups plan and lead projects to make their neighborhoods healthier by giving regular New Yorkers micro-grants, one-on-one support, and all the tools they need to make their dreams of a more equitable city come true.
Peter: Bringing thousands of New Yorkers together in hundreds of neighborhoods all over this great city. That's why they call us Citizens Committee for New York City.
Jennifer (Project Leader 1): I've been in this neighborhood for over 30 years and since I've lived here, this lot has always been overgrown with weeds, and I thought, "Why do we have a huge lot just with weeds? Let's do something with it."
Lily (Project Leader 2): I've lived in Mott Haven for seven years, and we live by the biggest food hub in the United States yet the really fresh produce doesn't come here. Our weekly farmers market gives people the opportunity to buy fresh food right from a farm."
Eboni (Project Leader 3): When we got the grant from Citizens Committee I was ecstatic I was like, "Oh my god, we can make this happen now."
Heather: And don't forgot, Citizens Committee for New York City is there to help you with grants for up to $3,000 to do what you want in your neighborhood."
Our mission is to help New Yorkers-especially those in low-income areas-come together and improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. We do so through a proven combination of micro-grants, one-on-one project planning assistance, capacity-building workshops, and networking opportunities. In 2019 alone, Citizens Committee invested over $2.1 million in New York City neighborhoods in grants and services. We awarded micro-grants to over 500 community projects, mobilizing more than 10,000 New Yorkers and providing project planning assistance and workshops to hundreds of neighborhood leaders.
Citizens Committee's philosophy is to support disadvantaged New Yorkers based on self-identified needs in their communities. We empower passionate New Yorkers to make a difference through local projects, from transforming empty lots into community gardens, to hosting after-school workshops where kids learn about healthy eating, to organizing fun exercising opportunities such as canoeing on the Hudson River, and so much more. Our mission celebrates the opportunities, education, culture, and diversity that make New York City the greatest in the world, while also ensuring that it is cleaner, safer, and fairer for the most disadvantaged residents. Our work is based on a model that values the knowledge and importance of local people. Rather than imposing a "one-size-fits-all" approach, Citizens Committee encourages local residents to identify the needs of their community, develop a plan that engages at least 20 local residents, and taps into local resources. This helps to ensure that the work undertaken is culturally relevant, driven by local knowledge and people, addresses specific local needs, and takes advantage of existing resources. Moreover, by training and supporting local leaders, the work we support is often more sustainable than "parachute" projects designed and implemented by outsiders.
Citizens Committee was founded 44 years ago, in 1975, by Senator Jacob Javits and Newsweek Editor-in-Chief, Osborn Elliott, to encourage New Yorkers to volunteer their time to help get their city through the fiscal crisis. Our strength at Citizens Committee is the unparalleled connections to active groups in every corner of the city that we have built throughout our 44 years. We know them and we also know that, with just a little support, they do so much to enrich their communities. As new problems arise, these resident-led groups are able to respond quickly and flexibly to meet the unique needs of their neighborhoods.