NYJL Community Improvement Project application


Through our Community Improvement Project, we provide a team of trained NYJL volunteers to help complete the project as well as funding support and in-kind services for capital improvements. Furthermore, the NYJL offers on-going enrichment services to our CIP clients, for example tutoring and workforce development at Hartley House. In addition to Hartley House, past CIP partners include Union Settlement, New York City Mission Society, and Urban Dove.

Apply for NYJL’s Community Improvement Project

The Organization

    The Junior League of the City of New York (NYJL) is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that was founded in 1901. Throughout its over 110-year history, the NYJL has been a driving force in identifying and responding to unmet community needs and improving the lives of women and their families in New York City. The NYJL’s work within the community is now more critical than ever to meet the continuous needs of our community partners, especially in these challenging economic times when needs are growing and resources are diminishing.
    The NYJL is committed to playing a leadership role in improving the quality of life in our neighboring communities. The NYJL believes that the best way to effect positive change is through the efforts of highly trained and empowered volunteers.

    The NYJL is a training organization that prepares volunteers for work in the community. All new members must go through a rigorous training course before they become active volunteers. All active volunteers are required to serve on a community project committee during their volunteer career. Currently, approximately 2,000 active NYJL volunteers donate more than 250,000 hours of service each year to over 25,000 New Yorkers.

    Our strategy to positively impact the New York City community is to invest our time and energy into developing leaders and a strong volunteer force. Our ability to immediately and effectively react to social issues is why the NYJL exemplifies excellence in its field. Since 1901, NYJL volunteers have made a profound impact on hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers. Currently, our efforts are concentrated in four selected areas of unmet community need: Adult Education & Mentoring, Children’s Education, Culture & The Arts, and Child Health & Welfare.
    The NYJL headquarters building is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Good Faith Statement

    All information provided by the NYJL in this RFP is offered in good faith. Individual items are subject to change at any time. The NYJL makes no certification that any item is without error. The NYJL is not responsible or liable for any use of the information contained herein or for any claims asserted therefrom.


    The NYJL Community improvement Project follows the same principle as the NYJL’s Playground Improvement Project, one of our most successful signature projects, which has been renovating New York City playgrounds in partnership with the City Parks Department since 1991. Please visit the NYJL’s website for more information about the Playground Improvement Project.

    In the fall of 2015, the NYJL selected Hartley House, a community service hub located in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen that serves school-age children, youth, and seniors in Hell’s Kitchen by enriching their lives, expanding their opportunities, and building a sense of community, as its fourth annual CIP Project partner. The NYJL will renovate three rooms that were used daily by the Hartley family before the turn of the last century which now serve as creative learning spaces for Hartley House’s clients – youth and adult learners, recent immigrants, and art students of all ages. The rooms have seriously outdated ceilings and carpeting, inefficient fluorescent lighting, insufficient seating and storage, nearly obsolete technology, and inadequate air conditioning. In addition to making the rooms more functional and conducive to creativity and dedicated study, the renovation will include measures to make the spaces more energy efficient, and reduce utility costs. By helping Hartley House realize their vision, the NYJL is able to help make necessary improvements to a space that serves as a neighborhood sanctuary for the people of Hell’s Kitchen.

    The goal of the NYJL Community improvement Project is to create a partnership with the facility selected for one year in duration to assist the facility in increasing its community impact. An assessment of need will be conducted after the one year period to determine whether there is an ongoing need for further volunteer assistance from the NYJL but no additional funding beyond the initial $50,000 will be provided.

Selection Process and Application Deadline

    A facility will be selected from organizations that complete the RFP in its entirety. Finalists will receive a site visit before a final facility is selected. All applicants must be a non-profit 501(c)(3) or 501(a) (public school) located in Manhattan.

    Completed applications should be submitted online no later than midnight on Sunday, May 15, 2016. In addition, all finalists must be available to host a site visit of their facility for the NYJL volunteers May 31-June 10, 2016.


Questions about NYJL’s Community Improvement Project? Please contact cip@nyjl.org.

Strengthening the families of the greater New York area.

The New York Junior League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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