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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:


Upcoming C_NYC Actions!


Buddhists on Broadway–June 30

Billboard ad Denzel Washington Iceman Cometh Broadway

Saturday, June 30th, 1pm

Join a group of 10 Compassion NYC members for a matinee of 2018’s most anticipated revivals–Iceman Cometh–a play about dispelling delusion, with a decidedly un-Buddhist approach. Or, not?!  We’ll enjoy a vegetarian brunch after the show. Tickets deeply discounted at $39!  Available now on a first come basis.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary Field Trip–July 7

Hop on the Compassion Van as we go Upstate to the Catskill Animal Sanctuary!  Our annual junket is fun for us and good for them–the rescued farm animals who call the sanctuary home.  Kiss a pig, pet a cow and heck, while you’re at it, why not take a roll in the hay?!  We’ll meet old friends, make new ones, and gussy up the place for the gang up at the sanctuary.

Group of people hugging a pig

Help Feed LGBTQ Homeless Youth–August 11

LGBTQ homeless youth marching

Did you know that LGBTQ youth comprises up to 40% of the homeless youth population in New York City?  It’s perhaps surprising, but even in this day and age, LGBTQ youth are 8 times more likely to experience homelessness than heterosexual youths.

On Saturday, August 11, Compassion NYC joins with One Sandwich at a Time for a mega sandwich build to help fill hearts and bellies with hope and love.  Join us!  Time and location TBD.


Buddhist Action Coalition–First Mondays

For serious Engaged Buddhists, or those testing the waters, join the committee shaping the new, New York City Buddhist group, Buddhist Action Coalition. Dedicated to ending suffering from social injustice, the monthly meetings are a great place to learn, and act, from a place of compassion.

Meeting information:

First Monday of each month, 6:30-8:30p

Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway


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.