The Mets Employee Engagement Program provides Mets employees with monthly volunteer opportunities at local community organizations. Employees have helped care for dogs and cats at Bideawee Animal Shelter, read books to children at the Pajama Program, and help prepare food for people in need at Gods Love We Deliver in Manhattan. In 2017, more than 140 employees have donated 469 hours of their time giving back to our local community.
Wives of Mets players and coaches lent a helping hand to various initiatives and events throughout the season. The wives help collect food during the Summer Food Drive presented by Hain celestial, volunteer to read books to underprivileged children and help raise money for enCourage Kids Night at Citi Field.
The Mets, PIX11 and Hain Celestial teamed up for the annual Summer Food Drive benefitting The River Fund New York, a hunger-relief organization based in Richmond Hill, Queens. Wives of Mets players and PIX11 talent helped collect food and thanked fans for their generosity. In 2018, the Mets Summer and Fall Food Drives generated over 11,000 pounds of food for those in need.
Since 2009, the annual winter and summer blood drives at Citi Field have drawn over 10,000 donors, helping to save more than 30,000 lives. Fans who donate receive a pair of tickets to a future Mets game.
The Mets team up with the NYPD, local elected officials and other community groups to support National Night Out. The annual nationwide event seeks to enhance the relationship between law enforcement and the community while also raising awareness about crime prevention.
MetsGiving encompasses a series of programs in November and December that focus on helping our community during the holiday season. The events feature our players, front-office staff and fans all working together to give back and help those who are underserved in our community.
The Mets hosted their fourth annual turkey giveaway in advance of Thanksgiving, distributing 500 turkeys throughout the five boroughs to help families in need. Mets infielder Wilmer Flores hand delivered turkeys and all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner in Corona with the help of Uber, while Mets employees volunteered to hand out turkeys at various locations throughout the city.
The Mets worked with Mets Community Partner the River Fund NY to give away turkeys to families in Richmond Hill in Queens, Cayuga Centers in the South Bronx, Mets Community Partner New York Common Pantry in East Harlem in Manhattan, Project Hospitality in Staten Island and Agape Food Rescue in East New York in Brooklyn. The Mets also worked with the NYPD Community Affairs office from the 110th precinct to select 25 families who received complete Thanksgiving meals.
The Mets hosted 125 students from Queens for the annual Kids Holiday party at Citi Field. The festivities included lunch, games and holiday performances from each school. Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo dressed up as Santa alongside his wife Chelsea who played the part of Mrs. Claus. Teammates Noah Syndergaard, Jerry Blevins and Kevin Plawecki served as elves to help hand out presents to the children.
The Mets partnered with New York Cares on the 12th Annual "Warm-Up" Holiday Coat Drive at Citi Field presented by UnitedHealthcare. Mets outfielder Michael Conforto worked alongside volunteers to collect more than 1,200 coats from fans who came out to the ballpark to donate new or gently-used coats to help New Yorkers in need. Fans who donated received a voucher for two tickets to a future Mets game as well as a discount to the Mets Team Store.