Join the thousands of New Yorkers who make meaningful, rewarding contributions to their communities through New York Cares. Choose the commitment that works for you!

Getting Started

Volunteers provide crucial services in every borough. Start giving back in your community and make a difference.

Get started by setting up your own New York Cares account. You will be able to use this account to register for volunteer opportunities, view your upcoming projects, and evaluate ones that you've already done!

You can then learn more about us at your New York Cares orientation. We run dozens of orientations every month throughout the city. At orientation, you'll learn how we work and what you can do as a volunteer.

After you've been to orientation, you can get started signing up for projects. Search online and find the best project for you!

PLEASE NOTE: You must be at least 18 years old to participate in our year-round volunteering. See Days of Service and Youth Service Clubs to learn more about youth opportunities.

Ways to volunteer

There are many ways to make an impact with New York Cares. Find out how below!

Volunteer when and how you like. We offer nearly 1,200 flexibly scheduled volunteer projects each month that address a wide range of community needs.

Gather a team of friends, family, or coworkers or join a team to revitalize public schools in October and parks and gardens in April.

Keep someone warm this winter by donating gently used coats, or make a child’s holiday wishes come true.

Invest in your community through customized employee volunteer projects.

Hot Projects

Spruce up this dynamic, riverside community garden by clearing, weeding, planting, and assisting in a variety of other tasks. This is a family friendly project.

Engage nursing home residents in the performance or activity of the day and assist them with their needs.

Serve breakfast and assist with lunch preparation and food pantry sorting as needed at this dynamic one-stop community organization.

Participate in small group conversations with adult English language learners at an agency that serves the Arabic-speaking community in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. No bilingual skills necessary.

Counsel unemployed jobseekers in WeCARE program providing comprehensive services for economically disadvantaged adults with high barriers to employment.

Prepare and polish resumes with young adult participants of ESL program at NMIC. Volunteers will work one-on-one or in small groups with clients ofvarying employment histories and skill levels.

Encourage young adult participants of Young Adult Literacy Program at NMIC to improve their interviewing skills by conducting mock interviews then giving valuable feedback regarding their performan

Wake up your brain by playing fun and interactive math games with the 3rd grader of PS 19Q!

Tutor young adults in the academic skills necessary for the GED and help them work towards entry to universities and professional careers.

Enhance reading and speaking skills for women learning English through short stories and discussions at the Arab American Family Support Center. Female volunteers only.

Conduct mock interviews with jobseekers at a Back-to-Work program providing comprehensive skills assessment, job readiness, and job placement services for adults.

Empower adults with barriers to employment as they search for jobs and apply for positions online at an organization designed to assist public assistance recipients in moving from welfare to employ

If you have been on an interview or have given interviews, you have valuable experience to share!

Tutor dedicated young adults who are working towards their GED while developing leadership and job skills and help increase their opportunities for the future. Materials will be provided.

Participate in an English conversation with adults improving their language skills at an organization that provides comprehensive social services to Arab American immigrant families.

Sort, measure, process, move, clean and organize donated furniture and building materials that would otherwise end up in landfills. Items will be sold at discount prices for reuse.

Practice interviewing skills with participants of a WeCARE program that provides comprehensive skills assessment, job readiness, and job placement services for economically disadvantaged adults wit

Connect adults and senoirs with basic computer skills. Topics range from internet browsing and email to the use of Microsoft Office programs.

Work one-on-one with adults on public assistance seeking employment with varying employment histories and skill levels.

Work one-on-one or in small groups with adult participants as they draft resumes and cover letters, search for entry level positions and fill out applications online.

Inspire elementary school students to get creative and learn about outer space and our solar system. Enjoy sharing stories and then do an arts and crafts project to practice literacy skills.

Be a positive role model and help elementary through high school students at Jacob A. Riis practice their networking skills as well as learn about careers in many different industries.

Volunteers will help students assemble a healthy snack and participate in a variety of activities to reinforce the idea of living a healthy lifestyle through activities, such a quizzes, physical ga

Assist with meal/snack service, read alouds, arts and crafts projects, music and movement activities with the children of Excellence Baby Academy.

Spend an evening exploring creativity and literacy with children as their mothers attend CCF meetings on their pathway to higher education.

Prepare residents of the Center Against Domestic Violence for the GED test by reviewing the test structure, practicing sample questions, and tutoring the skill sets needed to pass the GED test.

Work with children ages 6 to 13 to build their literacy skills through reading, writing, and craft activities.

Tutor adults in the academic skills necessary to pass the GED at an organization that helps disadvantaged youth and adults advance towards self-sufficiency. Special focus on Math skills.


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