A COMMUNITY OF CARING NEW YORKERS
The heart of New York Cares is witnessed through the work of over 64,000 caring New Yorkers each year. Whether these volunteers are empowering the next generation through education programs, attending to immediate needs like hunger and homelessness, or sprucing up shared public spaces, they all share a passion for making a difference in New York City.
While some volunteers make a commitment to serve once a year, others do so multiple times a day. The collective work of these everyday New Yorkers is what brings our mission to life.
THE MAGIC OF THE TEAM LEADER
No program is possible without the commitment of our 1,600 Team Leaders, an extraordinary group of volunteers. Team Leaders represent New York Cares in the community as project leaders and guarantee the continued success of our programs. Get to know some of our steller leaders by browsing the Team Leader Spotlight.
A CELEBRATION OF SERVICE
The time and commitment volunteers devote is something to be honored and celebrated, whether it amounts to 5 hours or 500. Learn about some of the ways we say thank you.
The Presidential Service Awards
Each year, New York Cares partners with the Corporation for National and Community Service as a certifying organization to present the President’s Volunteer Service Award to eligible volunteers who go above and beyond in their service. Volunteers receive a letter from the president, certificate, and pin. Learn more here.
The Mayoral Service Awards
Recognition doesn’t end at a national level. In partnership with NYC Service, volunteers who accrue at least 100 hours in a year are also nominated for New York City’s Mayoral Service Recognition Program.