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Big Apple Greeter

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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.bigapplegreeter.org

Community Stories

281 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Posting note from visitor L Rossiter, UK:
Myself, my mother and friend met up with Bob Moore today and had a blast! Bob was incredibly kind and informative even before we arrived in the city and couldn't be anymore helpful. He quite literally tailored the day to our needs and interests. We saw so much of the city that we would have missed had we attempted on our own: Cloisters, Eastside, Katz's, Highline, Chelsea Market and World Trade Centre.
I honestly could not recommend this enough. The fact that these people VOLUNTEER their time is incredible.

Thank you again!!
November 15

Chantal van S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lovely experience. Our tour of the Harlem area was one to remember, with lots of little interesting facts. Without a greeter we probably would not have visited Harlem whilst there is lots to see.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Got a chance to make a magic moment last Fall. And what a moment it was!! I had the pleasure of showing Nicole and son Luca from Germany around Midtown and Brooklyn for a greet today. In our correspondence, Nicole mentioned that Luca had always wanted to see an NBA game, but was having a difficult time getting tickets. You should have seen the look on Luca’s face when we arrived at the Barclay’s Center, and I told him I was able to get free tickets for the three of us to see the Brooklyn Nets play. The reaction was priceless. He had a smile on his face the moment he heard and throughout the game. He was messaging all of his friends and even his basketball coach back home.

His mom was so thrilled. And me... well, my heart is full. I’ll remember today for sure.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great tour of the Upper East Side with excellent views of Roosevelt Island. Our Greeter called our Greet a twofer. Betsy

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Apple Greeter provides a terrific way for visitors from around the world to meet New Yorkers and learn first-hand from them about their city and the people who live there - and in turn gives Greeter volunteers an opportunity to learn from our wonderful visitors.

1 Volunteer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Big Apple Greeter for over 15 years. I always seemed to be helping people find their way around the City so when I saw an ad about Big Apple Greeter, I thought this would be a fun thing to do. As a greeter I have met so many lovely people from all over the world. I especially enjoyed showing a solo traveler how to use the subway and walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. She was afraid to leave her hotel until we met.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been both a greeter and office volunteer since 2002 and have enjoyed both roles. Meeting people from all over the world and showing them the things I love about the City is a wonderful and rewarding experience. Some visitors were afraid to venture out on their own but once I showed them how to use the subway and walk the streets, they loved New York City. And, being in the office with so many talented and dedicated people is a real blessing. It's a great way to stay connected and help a wonderful organization.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer greeter since 2017. It is so rewarding to see how visitors embrace my city and to think I had a hand in making them feel more comfortable through their knowledge of the city. Big Apple Greeter might have been designed originally for the visitor, but it certainly benefits the volunteer greeter in countless ways.

2 Delphine M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just unbelievable to have a free greet of 4 to 5 hours by a New Yorker who share with you all the anecdotes about the city he loves.

1 RobertCRoss

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife supported this fine organization for many years before her death -- she loved the idea that they gave visitors a free subway token at the time.

After her death, I decided to become a Greeter, and I specialize in Central Park, the Upper East Side and mid-town, with forays into Brooklyn, the Upper West Side and the Battery.

Greeters are pretty much free to take friends from around the world anywhere on a Greet within the City. We are supported by 40 dedicated staff people, who arrange for us to find the friend we will accompany on their Greets throughout the five boros.

We unfortunately do not have the computer support we need to fill the over-whelming demand. We are working hard on that problem and hope someday to Greet everyone who applies for a Greet.

Board Member

Rating: 5

A great non-profit doing wonderful work to support NYC, while making lifelong friends for the city, bridging cultural divides and inspiring kindness....check out video from supporter David Checketts and become involved....

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Nearly 7 years ago, I took a couple from Melbourne Australia out for a Big Apple Greet. She was celebrating her 50th birthday and was accompanied by her then boyfriend. Last December, they e-mailed u s and told us they wanted to return to New York to get married and could we (my wife and I), help them. I guess we were friends that they had met in New York, years ago. Rise to the challenge??? You betcha. So we organized a photographer to record the event and the day, acted as witnesses and arranged an impromptu reception with our friends and the bride and groom at a small local restaurant in downtown Manhattan.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The one and only Big Apple Greeter program offers visitors to New York the opportunity to see our vibrant City through the eyes and experiences of real New Yorkers. “We got to see New York in a whole new perspective” as shared by a family from Sweden, who has since returned to New York for three more visits. If that doesn’t say it all.

3 Viv K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello dear people:
I visited New York in October, 2016. My Big Apple Greater was Peter Schulhof (big hug if he reads this post). We saw the Borough Hall and court area of downtown Brooklyn, and then walked along one of the streets of Brooklyn Heights to a section that includes several Middle Eastern shops and an interesting food shop called Sahadi’s which we visited. Then , we explored some of the pleasant streets of Brooklyn Heights (a designated historic district) including your promenade with its spectacular view of the skyline of the financial district of downtown Manhattan. We also walked a little while in the new Brooklyn Bridge Park along the East River, and see a part of the trendy DUMBO ( Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) where we had lunch in a fancy restaurant. After that, Peter also accompanied me to the entrance of the pedestrian walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge for me to walk to Manhattan on the bridge. He also taught me how to use the subway! Appart from helping me with all his guidance and instructions, Peter also made me feel "at home" in that, my first visit to your amazing, lovely, fantastic, and ever loved city. Thanks to all of you for having been there for me.

2 Thomas G.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Apple Greeter is a terrific organization that allows individuals to represent New York City. Visitors coming to our city have an opportunity to walk through our beautiful neighborhoods and learn about its people, architecture and history at no cost.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A friendly Big Apple Greeter showed me around in Harlem. A New Yorker showing his view on his home town and sharing what he knows was a special experience. To look at what he sees and what is interesting to him was a wonderful opportunity to delve into the most beautiful sights of this part of the City. I recommend a tour to everybody travelling. It is also an opportunity to not only be a tourist, but „being a New Yorker“ for some time and start to love the place from a personal view. The organization of the meeting was exceptionally good and was very well informed all the time about the procedure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer greeter with B.A.G. for about six years, I can truly attest to the immensely positive effect of the person-to-person experience of a Greet on visitors when they come to New York. Instead of the very impersonal contact with sales clerks, taxi drivers, head waiters, etc., a Greet with a B.A.G. volunteer presents a unique opportunity for visitors to experience an extended interaction with a New Yorker -- hopefully (and in my experience nearly universally) leaving the visitor with the feeling that this city is a warm and welcoming place and engenders a wish to return often in the future.

A number of the visitors I meet with have done just that.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a one-on-one organization, I know of none more effective then Big Apple Greeters at offering visitors to New York City an opportunity to visit some of the most interesting areas in the company of a New Yorker with nothing to sell and absolutely no ax to grind. As a Greeter, my aim is to showcase the city in a way that leaves my visitors with the feeling that New York is a friendly, welcoming place -- and, hopefully, the wish to come back often.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful way to experience New York. Dedicated volunteers make the city understandable and accessible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I serve as a greeter volunteer and find the position truly rewarding. I thoroughly enjoy spending time with visitors from all over the world. It is a lovely way to show visitors our beautiful city, it's architecture, multi ethnic cuisine, the history attached to various neighborhoods, our parks And historic sights. In addition friendships are formed and I wind up maintaing connections with many of our visitors. The Greeter's program is a wonderful way to showcase our magnificent city..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Volunteer Greeter at Big Apple Greeter. As easy as NYC is to get around in, it can be quite daunting to visitors who are not used to a big city. I once had a visit with a couple from Louisiana and they told me that when they came from the airport and first viewed our beautiful skyline they freaked out. They live 50 miles from the nearest store and couldn't imagine wondering around the canyons of NYC. If I had not met them at their hotel lobby to show them how safe and easy NYC is they would never have left their hotel. After our visit they emailed me and told me that they had wonderful adventures around the city and that they would surely return with family members. I've had so many wonderful stories about how visitors lives were changed because of the opportunity to see NYC with a Greeter. Greeters are a major gateway of friendship and kindness to those that visit our great city. Americans as well as foreigners see NYC in a whole new light because of their experiences with us. We need all the support we can get to keep up this important good work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Big Apple Greeter has my vote. I have been a volunteer Greeter since its inception. Every one of my visitors has expressed how grateful they are to see NYC with a Greeter and what a difference it has made in their trip.

Some of my visitors have returned a few times and so have their friends and family members because of the wonderful experience they had.

I became a Greeter because people who were never here had misconceptions of our great city. Ever since becoming a Greeter I have had the opportunity to help make a tremendous difference to how people view NYC and Americans in general.

If you care about New York City as much as we do and are aware of how important Big Apple Greeter is we hope you can help keep us going.

Please do not let this valuable organization become a forgotten memory in the eyes of the world.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been a big apple greeter for just little over 4 months. I have had many successful visits since I have started in December 2011 one week before the new year. I am NYC born and raised and love showing people the place that I call home. Many of the visitors like seeing NYC through the eyes of an everyday New Yorker and not a tour guide.