Big Apple Greeter is all about New Yorkers of all ages sharing their love for their city with visitors from every corner of the world. Greeters love what they do! They see their city as a wonderland of culture and diversity, and they view Big Apple Greeter as a way of building bridges between New Yorkers and people around the world. In just two to four hours, Greeters bond so well with their visitors, they often become lifelong friends.
Meet One of Our Greeters – Nikki Padilla
Greeters love the variety of the visitors they meet, from doctors, lawyers and business people to teachers, students and honeymooners. Visitors who come back again and again often request the same Greeter.
Sometimes they bring small gifts to express their gratitude. One visitor always brings a special perfume for her Greeter since she knows it’s hard for the Greeter to find; a group of German students gave their Greeter a piece of the Berlin wall; and a Scottish family baked shortbread to share with their Greeter.
Our Greeters take great pride in giving an insider’s view of New York and its hidden gems to the out-of-towners they meet. One 86-year-old Greeter loves showing visitors a white clapboard “New England-ish” house just off Houston street. She asks anyone she brings there, “Who would expect a little country house in the middle of the city?”
If you love New York City but prefer to work behind the scenes, Big Apple Greeter offers many rewarding volunteer opportunities in our lower Manhattan office. They include processing visitor requests, assisting with fundraising and communications, general office assistance and a wide variety of special projects. Hours vary, depending on the volunteer assignment.
New Yorkers with Disabilities
Big Apple Greeter invites volunteers with both visible and invisible disabilities to become Greeters or office volunteers. In addition, our Access Program matches visitors with disabilities with a volunteer Greeter who will welcome them to New York City and explain accessible travel options, including public transit.
Volunteer opportunities are open to everyone without regard to race, color, creed, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.
If you have any questions, or need assistance identifying the volunteer opportunity that is right for you, please call us at 212-669-7308.