Meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service.

Request Volunteer Support

Whether you are looking to develop a new program or tailor an existing one, New York Cares can work with your nonprofit organization, public school, or city agency to deliver a volunteer program that meets your needs and furthers your mission.

New York Cares Volunteers Paint Line Games on a School Yard

The New York Cares Model

All New York Cares programs are hands-on and team-based, allowing volunteers to engage in direct service with other caring New Yorkers.

Project Guidelines:

  • Projects are team-focused, with teams typically ranging from 5-20 people.
  • Projects do not engage volunteers in mailing, fundraising or clerical work.
  • Projects can address one-time or ongoing needs.

Program Managers

New York Cares Program staff work together with Community Partners to plan and execute specialized volunteer projects that meet their programmatic needs. Community Partners are guided through defining project-specific goals, while New York Cares manages volunteer recruitment and project logistics.

Team Leaders

Trained volunteer leaders manage each team of volunteers before, during and after the project. Through regular communication with both volunteers and New York Cares staff, Team Leaders serve as the on-the-ground New York Cares representative and liaison.

Need Volunteers?

Learn more about our response to COVID-19. If your organization is in need of volunteers to deliver critical services, we'd like to help.

Request Volunteers


If we're unable to meet your need, complete our additional opportunity request form to request that we post your volunteer opportunity on this page.


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