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New York Cares Day for Schools

New York Cares Day for Schools is an annual day of service devoted to engaging community members in the revitalization of New York City public schools. On October 20, 2018, thousands of volunteers will work together to make schools across the city brighter, cleaner, and more inviting places to learn. New York Cares provides participating schools with volunteer teams, supplies, and overall support for the day.


Participating schools will be selected based on a number of criteria including, but not limited to the following:

  • Guaranteed principal presence for some or all of the initial on-site meeting
  • Guaranteed presence on-site of the Principal and/or Main Contact from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018
  • Ability to provide a range of both indoor and outdoor projects
  • Sufficient work for a minimum of 70 volunteers for a 3-hour day of service
         *Please note we limit the number of murals that we can provide. We ask that all participating schools ensure enough work independent of any mural (wall or canvas) requests*
  • The school’s full commitment and support of the event, i.e. communication throughout process, adequate project tasks, and presence on the day of