Big Apple Greeter is the world’s first free welcome visitor program. We are a nonprofit organization that matches visitors with knowledgeable, friendly New Yorkers who are happy to share with others the city they love.
Over 350 volunteers work to make the New York City we live in, work in, and raise families in, manageable and accessible. We take people beyond the lights of Broadway and the wonders of Wall Street to show them the lesser-known sights, great little shops and local restaurants that give each neighborhood its special color and flavor. (We even show them how to navigate the transit system so they can venture off the beaten track on their own).
Since its start in 1992, Big Apple Greeter has welcomed more than 150,000 visitors free-of-charge from all 50 states and over 100 countries, with visits conducted in some 30 languages. Big Apple Greeter builds bridges between people and cultures, and promotes cross-cultural understanding. Big Apple Greeter has helped open the heart of New York City to the world.
So much so that, over the years, we can only match a third of those who want a greeter with our volunteers. Your support will help us engage more volunteers, introduce more visitors to “real New Yorkers” and keep your beloved program going and bursting.
How Can You Help?
We're really excited to let you know that we're part of the Newman's Own Foundation $500k Holiday Challenge. It's a friendly fundraising campaign launched by Newman's Own Foundation where 501c3 organizations compete to raise the most money with the top teams winning grand prize cash donations.
It starts on November 21st and a total of $500,000 will be given away to organizations in the Challenge.
Please consider joining our team as a fundraiser. By setting up a campaign for Big Apple Greeter and reaching out to your network of supporters, you can help us make an even bigger impact and get us closer to that grand prize.
It takes less than five minutes to set up a fundraiser. All you have to do is click at the top of the page 'Join the Team & Create Your Own Fundraiser.'
If for some reason you can't fundraise for our campaign, we'll reach out when the Challenge launches and you'll still be able to make a donation.
Remember: every donation makes a difference, no matter how big or small.
Thank you for all your support!