Volunteer

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

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.

Help non-custodial fathers prepare for job interviews by simulating one-on-one, group, and/or panel interview situations.

Tutor adults in the academic skills necessary for a GED/HSE-TASC prep course at an organization that helps disadvantaged youth and adults advance towards self-sufficiency.

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.

Engage children in a variety of art projects. There is 15-20 children in this camp and the majority are 4-7 years old.

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.

Encourage creativity with children of all ages at this family shelter. Art Explorers is an innovative arts program aims to promote positive self-esteem, team building and communication skills.

Enjoy opera music while assisting residents with various painting projects at Kateri Residence, a long term elder care facility on the Upper West Side.

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

Paint with elementary school children at PS 35 X with Portraits of Hope, an organization dedicated to the utilization of art and poignant visual imagery for large-scale projects of social consequen

Help strengthen the English skills of parents of PS 366 M by having general conversations in small groups. The course runs on a weekly basis, every Friday morning.

Help maintain this community garden by planting, weed, spreading wood chips, and helping out with other tasks as needed.

Prepare and polish resumes with non-custodial fathers. All participants are from UPNEXT of the New York State Unified Court System providing swift and visible justice for low-level offenses.

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

Paint with elementary school children at PS 35 X with Portraits of Hope, an organization dedicated to the utilization of art and poignant visual imagery for large-scale projects of social consequen

Decorate, dance and socialize with the seniors. It is important that volunteers dance and encourage the seniors to participate to improve overall fitness.

Introduce children in K-2nd grade to all-time favorite or new games and sports in an effort to keep them moving. Teach kids how to catch or dribble a ball, or to jump rope or hula hoop.

Start your weekend off right by playing sports with the 4th graders of PS 199Q. Volunteers will help run drills, play sports and teach kids about living a healthy life through being active.

Engage kindergarten students in group and paired reading activities in order to make books and reading a fun and enriching part of their lives.

Give special attention to the residents of Jewish Home Lifecare. Patients will enjoy manicures and relaxing hand massages by the volunteers.

Engage the children in learning at this afterschool program by inspiring them through the game of chess. Volunteers will teach, play and help supervise games of chess with the students.

Work alongside Rebuilding Together NYC in Canarsie to rebuild or repair residential homes, and revitalize community spaces still recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

Volunteers are needed to staff the registration, arts & crafts, games, and refreshment tables on this fun and interactive day on Randall's Island.

Brighten the weekend of a child with disabilities and build their confidence by engaging them in fun, regular exercise.

Volunteers will work with English Language Learners from MS 319 M to improve literacy skills and prepare for standardized exams by practicing reading comprehension, writing, speaking, and presentat

Participate with the younger students for their Saturday practice. Support coaches as they run drills and scrimmage matches.

Show students that math is fun without using a pencil!

Spend a Saturday morning playing games, sports and fun fitness activities with the children of P. S. 26 SI.

Participate in musical and other recreational activities with children and teens with autism and other developmental disabilities.

Connect adults with basic computer skills. Work to develop their computer knowledge through the introduction of graphic imaging using Photoshop.

Help strengthen the English skills of parents of PS 366 M by having general conversations in small groups. This project requires a 3-session commitment on: April 12, 26, and May 3.

Assist at the Teen Library Energy Fair! Volunteers are needed to help with setup, activities and to pass out snacks.

Get active with the kids of PS 24K. Spend your Saturday morning playing different sports with the students, including basketball, volleyball, and others.

Learn how to make origami with the students of PS 297K. Please bring $10 to put towards the class and $10 for a pizza lunch.

Help kids discover their inner artists at the Association to Benefit Children, an organization that serves formerly homeless families in Harlem.

Open up a world of possibilities for parents at PS 65 Q by helping them develop basic computer skills and utilize resources online, such as the Common Core testing website.

Spend the day with kids ages 4-13 from the Salvation Army's Manhattan Citadel Recreational Center in Harlem. Enjoy lunch with the kids then go rock climbing at Manhattan Plaza Health Club.

Take a step back in time and enjoy the world of medieval art with children from a transitional shelter. Bring $10 to cover the cost of a pizza lunch for you and a child.

Assist trainees of an ongoing career training program helping low-income New Yorkers.

Take your skills to the lanes and encourage children to show off their bowling talent as you spend a day at the alley.

Enjoy your morning by whipping up healthy treats with the kids (age 10-12) of New Settlement Community Campus. Although not mandatory, Spanish speaking volunteers would be helpful.

Connect adults and seniors with basic computer skills. Work to develop their computer knowledge through the introduction of Microsoft Suite and Internet browsing.

Motivate children to get moving on the weekend. Introduce new activities or favorite team sports to the group.

Enjoy an afternoon of fun, non-competitive sports activities with teens with disabilities and help them discover just how much they can do!

Help St. Francis Xavier clean and revitalize the shelter that it operates. Tasks include sweeping floors, cleaning the kitchen/bathroom and changing linens.

Empower women by developing language skills through English conversation with a special focus on healthy relationships. Women volunteers only, please. No bilingual ability necessary.

Paint with children living with medical and physical challenges with Portraits of Hope, an organization dedicated to the utilization of art and poignant visual imagery for large-scale projects of s

Prepare adults for the GED test by reviewing the test structure, practicing sample questions, and tutoring the skill sets needed to pass the GED test.

Wake up the brain and start the day off right playing math games with 2nd grade students to help them reinforce their math skills. Topics mostly cover addition, subtraction and money.

Paint with elementary school children at PS 161 M with Portraits of Hope, an organization dedicated to the utilization of art and poignant visual imagery for large-scale projects of social conseque

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.

Read and engage in literacy based activities with students ages 7-14. In this project, there will be a focus book and related activities every three months.

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.

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

Teach children educational and communication skills as you play math, vocabulary and other 'just-for-fun' games with them on their lunch hour.

Paint with elementary school children at PS 161 M with Portraits of Hope, an organization dedicated to the utilization of art and poignant visual imagery for large-scale projects of social conseque

Prepare and perfect resumes with jobseekers at an agency dedicated to providing immediate, comprehensive and effective employment services for men and women returning from incarceration.

Encourage young adult participants of Young Adult Literacy Program at NMIC to improve their networking skills by staging mock networking sessions.

Model positive behaviors and engage 4th and 5th graders in sports and games to promote physical and mental wellness.

Teach first and second graders the value of a healthy after-school snack in a creative way.

Connect adults and seniors with basic computer skills. Work to develop their computer knowledge through the introduction of Microsoft Suite and Internet browsing.

Connect immigrant adults with basic computer skills. Work to develop their computer knowledge through the introduction of Microsoft Office Suite and Internet browsing.

Assist trainees of an ongoing career training program helping low-income New Yorkers.

Strengthen adult English Language learners' conversation skills through informal discussions and group activities at an organization that helps disadvantaged youth and adults advance towards s

Engage adult immigrants enrolled in an English language class in conversations on a variety of topics, including resumes and interview skills, and help provide them with more opportunities for the

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!

Assist at the monthly "Friendship Club" for Holocaust Survivors as they enjoy an afternoon of live music, dancing, a hot lunch, and time to spend with 200 of their closest friends.

Cultivate the talent of future actors through a variety of improvisation games and theater exercises. The Theater Explorers program culminates with a short production.

Use your smarts (and your heart) to help LGBT youth become more successful scholars. Volunteers will assist middle and high school students with their homework in a drop-in setting.

Assist adults in their job search by developing and/or critiquing resumes and cover letters.

Assist trainees of an ongoing career training program helping low-income New Yorkers.

Sharpen your skills on the court while working on basketball fundamentals with teens looking to improve and play organized sports.

Wake up and share favorite books with first graders before they start their school day.

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.

Tutor adults in the academic skills necessary for a GED/HSE-TASC prep course at an organization that helps disadvantaged youth and adults advance towards self-sufficiency.

Encourage 2nd and 4th graders as they develop both sports and life skills in a structured and safe environment during recess time.

Help throw an afternoon gathering for Holocaust Survivors living in Brooklyn. Show the seniors a good time by dancing and mingling with them and enjoying good conversation.

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

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.

Tutor 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students in PS 65 Q's after school program. Volunteers will spend the first 30 minutes of this project helping students complete weekly homework assignments.

Join the group of youth in learning about photography! The program will conclude with a photo expo!

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.

Engage children in a variety of art projects. There is 15-20 children in this camp and the majority are 4-7 years old.

Get active by teaching the children of Al Smith Rec Center to be healthy and active.

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.

Enjoy a night of games, literature, news, and socializing with the residents of Coler Hospital, located on Roosevelt Island.

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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