Community Service Projects
We offer a wide range of projects that raise awareness through public outreach and encourage youths to give back to the community. Below is a list of some of our primary projects.
Gardening and Beautification Projects
In July 2010, a EF1 tornado touched down in Riverdale, Bronx. A month later, H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths spearheaded a tornado clean-up project for the park. This led to our doing gardening work throughout the 5 boroughs. Now we have a long list of projects that we work on including work in several New York Restoration Project gardens, the Skyline Community Garden, and various community gardens and other similar programs.
"Cops and Kids" Program
Through the power of gardening, we have bridged the gap between young people in the city and police officers. We are the stewards for the 120th Precinct Garden Beds in Staten Island, and have volunteered at several other precinct gardens.
We believe that literacy programs and reading programs are fundamental to being a productive person who will be successful in life. We started our reading program at the T..E.L.L at Markham Program on Wednesdays at Markham Gardens in Staten Island. We have expanded the program to various little free libraries and other spaces around New York City and virtually.
In conjunction with the New York Blood Center, we periodically host blood drives to encourage people to donate blood. Thousands of donations are needed each day in the New York area for patients who require lifesaving blood and/or platelet transfusion.
For more information, visit New York Blood Center.
We are proud to be a part of the dog rescue community and promote work around dog safety and dog rescue, as well as bring certified therapy dogs to various places around New York City.
Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens
Our students fully participate in volunteering at soup kitchens, donating food to pantries and spending time with those in need. We currently have a monthly pop-up pantry at our Skyline Community Garden on the third Sunday of every month at 9am. (1 Clyde Place).