Who We Are:
We believe that New Yorkers know best how to improve their neighborhoods. Block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, we help everyday New Yorkers take the quality of life in their communities into their own hands.
What we do:
Through micro-grants, project planning assistance, and free workshops, we help New Yorkers come together and improve the quality of life in underserved New York City communities. Over three decades, we’ve supported thousands of resident-led projects including food-producing urban farms, farmers markets, and local nutrition workshops. By supporting initiatives designed by the community for the community, we make sure that each project supported is culturally relevant and sustainable over the long run.
Citizens Committee was founded in 1975 by Newsweek Editor-in-Chief, Osborn Elliott and Senator Jacob Javits. They encouraged ordinary New Yorkers to volunteer their time to fill the gaps left by the city’s cutbacks during the fiscal crisis. Today, this spirit of volunteerism and local engagement still drives our work. This year we are helping more than 225 resident-led volunteer groups improve their neighborhoods and schools.
Citizens Committee for New York City
32 Old Slip, 33rd Floor
New York, NY 10005
Arif Ullah – Director of Neighborhood Resources
Saleen Shah – Asst. Director of Neighborhood Resources
Andrew Gounardes – Director of External Affairs