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Get Involved with Compassion NYC for a Better NYC

There are many ways you can get involved in making New York a more compassionate, caring community. We’re about more than ‘volunteering.’  We’re about bringing Buddhist ethics of kindness and compassion to every moment, every action.  So, whether you’d like to join us serving food in a soup kitchen, at a protest for social justice, or even participating in one of our annual events, there’s something for you.  Below are just some of the ways you can be a part of bringing more compassion to NYC:


Coming up in April

Bhikkhu Bodhi, Buddhist Global Relief’s founder, teaches at New York Insight, April 7-10

Join us at the Climate March in Washington DC on April 29th, 2017

This May, sign up for Action at Tompkins Square Park!

Tompkins Square Park winter

Help bring Tompkins Square Park from the gloom of winter to the glory of spring.  We’ll meet at the park at 10am on Saturday, May 13th, and get dirty!  We’ll rake, hoe, weed and plant things that will create a vibrant space for New Yorkers to enjoy all summer long.  After our work is done, we’ll head over to a local eatery and enjoy a well-deserved lunch.  Hope to see you there!


Jazz Fans!  The Annual Concert to Feed the Hungry is June 17th, 2017

Concert to Feed the Hungry

Are you a music fan? Do you believe in the power of music to raise awareness and incline our minds and hearts toward compassionate action? If so, come on out on June 17 for the sixth annual Concert To Feed The Hungry! The concert presents top-rate jazz and world music, bringing an interfaith alliance of clergy and spiritual communities together with social justice advocates and music fans who unite around a desire to help those in need.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Middle Collegiate Church (2nd Ave and 7th Street) and will feature a stellar lineup of compassionate artists that include the Grammy-winning pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill, Slavic Soul Party, rising star Arte Jekabsone, the traditional Moroccan group Innov Gnawa, and NEA Jazz Master David Liebman.

Tickets are on a sliding scale, and any contribution helps. Can’t make the concert? Consider getting involved in two ways: 1) donate a ticket to a student/low-income community member who can come in your place! 2) help our grassroots social media promotional campaign by occasionally sharing our social media posts to your facebook/twitter feed.

Purchase tickets and find further info here

If you’d like to volunteer for the Concert to Feed the Hungry, please fill out the form below expressing your interest!


Road trip to the Catskill Animal Sanctuary–June 24th!

more pigs

Join us for a day of fun and compassionate action as we ride upstate to the Catskill Animal Sanctuary on a mission to make life for these rescued animals better than ever!  We’ll ride up the highway in a 15-passenger van to the best sanctuary in all of Saugerties!  There we will take a tour and meet the critters who call this place home.  Then, after giving pot bellied pigs their belly rubs and fluffing chickens’ feathers in all the right directions, we’ll spend the rest of the day working to keep the residents of the Sanctuary in high cotton!  It’s going to be a rollicking good time, so be on the look-out for registration soon!

Other opportunities:

Always dreamed of being a writer? Volunteer to write a post about one of our local actions

Videographers, reporters and video editors–apply to volunteer with Buddhist Global Relief TV

If you’re a social media maven, fluent in Twitter, Instagram and hootsuite, we’d love to hear from you

These and many more opportunities away you at Compassion_NYC.  Fill out the form below to express your particular interest.