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

Our Volunteers

Every year, New York Cares volunteers devote over 275,000 hours of their time to nonprofits and schools in New York City. Get to know the inspiring New Yorkers who call our organization home.

A Community of Caring New Yorkers

The heart of New York Cares is witnessed through the work of over 52,000 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.

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.

New York Cares Volunteer Borough BreakdownNew York Cares volunteers come from neighborhoods in the Bronx to Staten Island and every borough in between. Click the interactive map above to see the breakdown.

The High Risers


Meet The High Risers, a select group of volunteers who have participated in over 1,000 projects. We are honored to share their stories and display their names on our office wall.