How to Help


The Uni Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a Platinum rating on Guidestar. With your help, we can transform the street-level experience in underserved neighborhoods. Thanks for your support.

Donate Books

Uni Corona, QueensOur browsable collection must engage people of all ages and turn kids on to reading. We like children’s picture books, poetry, short stories, essays, art and photography, interesting reference. We love bilingual and international titles. Learn more about our collection. Visit our wish list at Strand Bookstore or donate gently used books. Contact Leslie Davol.



We’re looking for dynamic people who want to be around books, art, and other educational materials, spend time outside, and connect with people from all walks of life. Volunteers greet the public, re-shelve books, read aloud to kids, and supervise activities. Language skills helpful. People skills essential. To get started, contact Leah Kaplan.


Apply for a Program Development Internship

Uni BrownsvilleGo deeper with a commitment to work with us behind the scenes to develop our READ, DRAW, SOLVE, EXPLORE programs in NYC. Previous experience in library science, education, exhibit design, or related fields preferred. To apply for an internship, contact Leslie Davol.


Work with us!

We’re always looking for great people to work at the Uni Project. Please visit our hiring page

The Uni Project does not discriminate against any applicant or employee with regard to hiring, retention, promotion, benefits or compensation because of race, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship, gender, age, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. See our Diversity and Inclusion Policy and Equal Employment Opportunity Policy.

What We Need

Each time the Uni goes out, we create a safe, inviting place to gather, right in the heart of neighborhoods across New York City.

$20 helps us refresh drawing materials in our DRAW cart.

book$100 adds four high-quality children’s books to our shelves.

$300 builds another pop-up bench for a family to sit together and read.

$1000 lets us hire more seasonal staff to extend our season for an extra week.

$6000 builds a new program cart, so we can land at more locations simultaneously.

Learn how your company can help the Uni Project across NYC, Contact Leslie Davol.

We're getting a "new" name... Street Lab.

The Uni Project is the work of Street Lab, a nonprofit launched in 2006 in Boston, where we created community-oriented programs for public space. In 2011, we migrated Street Lab to New York City and launched the Uni Project. The Uni began as a single, portable reading room and has since grown into a city-wide initiative offering more than 700 days of pop-up programming in 150+ public spaces across the city. In 2019, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.

For now, details about our programs are available here on the Uni Project web site. Soon, that content will move to Thanks for sticking with us!