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Causes: Business & Industry, Economic Development, International, International Cultural Exchange, International Exchange, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Big Apple Greeter's mission is to enhance New York City's worldwide image and enrich the New York experience by connecting visitors with knowledgable and enthusiastic volunteers. The mission was created to accomplish the following goals: to promote New York City as friendly, inviting, and manageable; to bolster tourism and foster economic development; and to create opportunities for New Yorkers to show pride in their city and give back to their city.

Target demographics: International tourists seeking to explore New York City through the eyes of locals.

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: Support Big Apple Greeter www.savebigapplegreeter.com

Community Stories

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer Greeter for over ten years, having had the pleasure of meeting people from all over the world. Many who come to New York come with expectations that have been made through movies, some good, some not so good, but they are always amazed at the real thing. We have volunteers that are familiar with each of the boroughs and speak many languages so they not only receive a free tour but in a language in which they are comfortable, and to places that interest them.
Little things like passing an animal grooming shop, or finding they can take their handicapped child in the bus, just like any other kid, because the stairs can be lowered to allow a wheelchair to enter. Since they don't have to take time learning to navigate our city, every precious minute is used to its fullest.
Because of the success of these visits, we have been able to go to other countries as well as other cities here in the US helping to form the same kind of service.
Big Apple Greeter has also partnered with Make a Wish Foundation and NYC providing Greeters to man tables at conventions and other important events.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Big Apple Volunteer for many years and love it. People around the world are so grateful to me everytime I take them on a tour around various neighborhoods in Manhattan. Big Apple Greeter provides a wonderfu, free service to visitors all over the world and really enhances the reputation of New York as a wonderful place to live or visit.

Arlene Rosenberg

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined Big Apple Greeter as a volunteer because I know that seeing a city with a local is so much richer than just wandering around with a guidebook. I have shared my knowledge of the City, especially Greenwich Village and the downtown areas with more than one hundred visitors from many English-speaking countries. I like to show them the neighborhoods that they would never spend time in otherwise. The City's major sights are wonderful but there's something so special about walking the streets and pointing out details. I like to show them how neighborhoods can change dramatically just by turning a corner such as the shift from the Courts into Chinatown. It's always exciting to me when I take a family or a couple through the Winter Garden and out onto the walking area, and give them their first, unexpected view of the Statue of Liberty.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have proudly been a Big Apple Greeter since 2008, and I have shown more than 100 people our great city of New York! Big Apple Greeter improves the image of New York City in the eyes of visitors, by giving visitors an intimate view of the city through the eyes of a native New Yorker. These visitors in turn, collectively spend billions of dollars in the city eating at local restaurants, shopping, and supporting businesses such as local mom & pop stores. Big Apple Greeter is an organization worthy of support, as it helped to make New York City one of the number one tourist destinations, not only in the country, but in the world!

Sascha L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great time in N.Y. at Oktober 2009. It was a very good organisation from the big apple greater. It starts with a call to GERMANY for the contacs from the greeter and it ends with a wonderful day in Manhattan. THX - Sascha - GERMANY

Review from Guidestar