Webinar for Volunteers: What Can We Learn? Leading Community Groups during COVID-19

Thursday, February 25, 2021

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.

Please note: This event has already taken place. Please use the Search options on the right to find upcoming events.

One year into COVID-19, community groups have persisted in caring for New York City’s parks and green spaces, as well as one another. Hear from experienced community leaders who’ve navigated challenges in 2020 and have wisdom to share on fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and working with NYC Parks. We will also invite leaders like YOU to share experiences leading community efforts in times of crisis.

At this webinar, you will:

  • Connect with community leaders in Zoom breakout rooms
  • Hear key takeaways on managing community groups
  • Learn how to host or join a volunteer clean-up effort in your community

Featured speakers include:

  • Maria Carro-D’Alessandro, Founder and Chair, Marine Park Alliance

Having lived across the street from Marine Park her entire life, Maria stepped up and founded Marine Park Alliance in 2013. Now as chair, Maria leads the nonprofit’s work assisting NYC Parks in its largest Brooklyn property with a mission to provide cultural, environmental, and volunteer programming for the health and well-being of all New Yorkers. During COVID-19, Marine Park Alliance launched an ioby crowdfunding campaign with the goal of creating a Gardeners Corps of 1,400 volunteers.

  • Nadia Lesy, Artistic Director, Bullettrun 

Nadia is the artistic director of Bullettrun, an organization offering free parkour workshops & performances at Kaiser, Lincoln Terrace, and Wingate Parks in Brooklyn, NY since 2016. Bullettrun’s activities positively impact not just their company members (the majority of whom are young black men) but the public who meets and works with them. By presenting parkour performances and classes in public parks, Bullettrun’s parkour programming encourages new possibilities and a dialogue of understanding between trainers and the community they serve. In the process, Bullettrun facilitates the creation of local sources of beauty and adventure. Nadia and Bullettrun recently ran a successful ioby crowdfunding campaign, leveraging personal outreach to meet their fundraising goal.

  • DJ Nett, Founder, SEQ Cleanup Initiative

SEQ Cleanup Initiative, short for South East Queens Cleanup, was founded by DJ Nett in July 2020 during the pandemic. After witnessing the horrible conditions her SEQ Community was left in due to budget cuts and layoffs, DJ Nett felt the need to do something and began recruiting volunteers from her neighborhood to assist with cleaning up local parks; planting flowers, fruits and veggies in local community gardens; and painting murals to beautify local businesses in SEQ. SEQ Cleanup’s motto is “DO YOUR PART… When each member of the community does our part, we are one step closer to our collective goal."

Registration for this session is required and will close the day before the event. You will receive information on how to join the webinar once you register. 

At Partnerships for Parks, we help people, organizations, and government work together to support NYC parks, gardens, trees, and other green spaces. Our free workshops are a great way to network and learn the skills needed to start, build, or sustain your park group.


Virtual/Online Workshop



Event Organizer

Partnerships for Parks,

Contact Email



Volunteer, Talks, Workshops, Virtual/Online Events

Search Events

Time of Day

Was this information helpful?