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The New York Cares blog is your number one place to find volunteer stories, get a sneak peek inside the lives of our employees, and read more about your favorite projects. If you'd like to submit a story to the blog, send us an email at blog@newyorkcares.org.

Remember when New York City taxis were covered in vibrant, painted flowers back in 2007? That was courtesy of one of our non-profit partners, Portraits of Hope, an organization dedicated to the utilization of art and visual imagery for large-scale projects of social consequence.

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One of our unstoppable Team Leaders gives us a glimpse at one of her projects, an annual celebration held at an elementary school in Brooklyn. Who says volunteering can't be a party?

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Last week, student volunteers from the Youth Service Clubs at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, ACORN Community High School and Legacy High School donated their time to make sure those in need had the food necessary for Passover.

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As we all know, social media plays a huge role in raising awareness and we're asking for your help this weekend! Add your network of friends to our thousands of followers, and our collective reach becomes that much more significant. Share the good work you’ll be doing tomorrow at the 20th annual New York Cares Day Spring with your friends and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Many of us living in New York reside in apartments that haven't seen the business end of a renovation in their existence, or at least in a great many years. Our faucets leak, our toilets hiss throughout the night, and our shower heads alternate between a slow trickle and a fire hose style deluge. An astronomical amount of water is wasted each and every year by leaky faucets alone.

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National Volunteer Week is upon us and marking its 40th anniversary this year. From April 6th through April12th, people are encouraged to get out in their towns and cities and take advantage of the many opportunities there are to give back.

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New York Cares mobilizes New Yorkers to meet the city's most pressing needs through volunteer service. Many only see adults doing this volunteer work, but the New York Cares Youth Service Department has created a program that passes on the joy and education of volunteer work to young high school students.

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Biking to work may not be an option for absolutely everyone (we're looking at you, Alaska), but in towns and cities like New York it's a pretty viable one, and nearly all year-round too.

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A single cup of coffee requires a tremendous amount of water power when you take into consideration what is needed to grow the beans. Add to that the water necessary for your java's long journey to your kitchen (or local coffee shop), and you're in deep. Can you even guess how many gallons your wake-up cup requires?

Every month, the Urban Adventure program gives elementary school students from PS 297K in Bedford–Stuyvesant an opportunity to explore the city through experiences they may not otherwise get to have. We've visited the Prospect Park Zoo, taken a hip hop dance class, and enjoyed a boat ride to Governor’s Island, among many other outings.

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