In New York, “home” extends beyond the four walls of a house or apartment: it’s the community centers, playgrounds, parks and schools that make up our communities. It’s our greater habitat.
Our A Brush with Kindness (BWK) program involves painting, planting, “fix-up” and general improvement of public spaces, common areas in existing affordable resident owned buildings and mission-oriented organizational spaces that lack funds for refurbishing. BWK serves thousands New Yorkers each year.
All BWK volunteers age 14 and over can participate, and everyone under age 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.
“We would like to extend a huge heartfelt thank you to Habitat NYC and Westchester and all the volunteers for the excellent work you did! The space looks modern and appropriate for all age groups that use the center. The quality of work was excellent and the space was turned back to us in a pristine state. We are so impressed with how Habitat NYC and Westchester transformed the Jacob Riis Cornerstone program and enlivened some of the rooms and stairs at the Boys and Girls Republic. Thank you from all the staff at Henry Street Settlement and the program participants. “
– Renee Epps, Chief Officer for Facilities, Henry Street Settlement