Central Queens: better known as the neighborhoods of Corona, Elmhurst, and Jackson Heights. The diversity in these neighborhoods is incredible, with people coming from all walks of life and parts of the world. At least 50 different languages are spoken here. Throughout these areas, you are guaranteed to find some of the most authentic ethnic eats in New York City. These neighborhoods are also home to the New York Mets, the US Open, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Museum of Art, and the Louis Armstrong Museum.
For all the great things to do in Central Queens, there are also challenges. There are many parks and playgrounds, but some areas aren't close to green space. This is why it’s essential for those parks and gardens to be well maintained and preserved by residents and neighbors like you. A lack of affordable housing, poverty, and school overcrowding present just a few of the struggles that the more than 280,000 people face on a daily basis. Join the effort to make a meaningful and lasting positive impact these communities today.
Here are our top 5 reasons to volunteer in Central Queens:
5. The convenience: Cell phone service along the 7 line! Express trains in the area with the E and F lines. Orientations local to you! You can Instagram before and after your volunteer project and encourage your New York Cares friends to join you as volunteers and leaders of change in your communities. There is also a plethora of bus lines (21!) like the Q23 and Q60 that serve the neighborhood, making communication in transit and travel in general even easier.
4. The after-project refresher: Just around the corner from one of these projects is the Lemon Ice King of Corona, whose name speaks for itself. For $3.00 or less, you can experience Central Queens in all its pineapple-y glory and use the time to reenergize after a day.
3. The attractions: You’ve seen the Unisphere in movies like Men in Black and Iron Man 2. Visit Queen’s largest park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which served as the site of two 20th century World's Fairs attended by millions of people. Or stop by Citifield for baseball, concerts, community events, and even the circus throughout the year. You can also check out the Louis Armstrong House Museum, the New York Hall of Science, the Queens Zoo, the Queens Botanical Gardens, and so much more in the area. All are in close proximity of our partners that include Langston Hughes Library, Elmcor, PS 92 Q, and PS 330 Q.
2. The culture: Experience a new cuisine with each visit. Queens is the most culturally diverse NYC borough. With every volunteer project you could be visiting another corner of the world, including New York City’s second-largest Chinatown.
1. The people: More than 200,000 people live in the area of Corona and Elmhurst alone, with more than 60% of them born outside of the U.S. Be part of the movement to empower others as they become citizens, search for jobs, learn about nutrition, improve literacy, discover a passion for sports or fitness routines, ride a bike for the first time, and so much more. It is an amazing way to build relationships and truly get to know your neighbors.