What we do

The Community Service Committee identifies and organizes community service opportunities for administrators at NYU. Some of our past projects include fundraising walks, community relief collections, and a variety of drives and other service efforts.

Check out the Community Service Committee AMC Yearly 2022-23 highlights.

Committee contacts

Community Service in action

Recycling Drive

Every winter break, we encourage administrators to clean out their closets and bring in the following items: eyeglasses, fronts of greeting cards, old pillowcases, blankets, towels, and sneakers.


books donated

2 million +

items recycled

 Recycling drive items

Adopt a School

Our Adopt a School: Books and Bucks drive runs annually between April - May. Each year we select a different school that needs our help to expand and build their library. Administrators are able to purchase books from lists provided by the school at the NYU Bookstore with a 15% discount. We also collect "bucks" for the school during our AMC May meeting.

In past years we've supported:

  • P.S. 277 - Bronx
  • Charles A. Dorsley School P.S. 67 - Brooklyn
  • James Weldon Johnson School P.S. 57 - Manhattan
  • MS 223 - Bronx

Pictured: Julie Kaplan and Carol Hollingsworth

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Every year from October - November, we collect donations for a local service organization that helps our communities and neighbors that struggle to feed their families every day.

2,504 donated items

during the 2018 drive which was 504 over the goal

Food drive

Pictured left to right: Carrie Meconis, Diana Mendez, and Kristina McClendon

Holiday Toy Drive

Every year between November - December, we collect toys to help brighten the holidays for local children living in the 9th Police Precinct, the East Village, the Lower East Side, the children in the 84th Police Precinct, the area surrounding our Brooklyn campus, as well as children attending the Herbert G. Birch Manhattan Early Childhood Center serving those with autism and other special needs.

Toy Drive

Community Service Committee members tally the final results of the 2017 Toy Drive.

Naughty Knitters

A volunteer knitting and crocheting group that brings together administrators, students, and alumni from across NYU to create handmade items for local charities. Funded by generous support from the AMC and the NYU Office of Civic Engagement, previous charitable organizations include Care for the Homeless, Visiting Neighbors, Kitty Kind, Chemo Crochet, and the U.S.O.

Knitting and crocheting supplies are available for participants at each session. Both experienced and novice knitters and crocheters are welcome. If you would like to learn to knit or crochet or to reawaken dormant skills, we would love for you to join us in our mission of spreading warmth and love through friendship and yarn!

4,000+ items donated

including baby blankets, hats, scarves, and more to local charities since our founding in 2004

 Group of knitters with yarn