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

Our Response to COVID-19

As of March 1, 2021, NYC Health has revised COVID-19 vaccine eligibility requirements to include both paid and unpaid food pantry and soup kitchen workers. Volunteers who attend on-the-ground projects distributing, serving or packing meals can request documentation for vaccine eligibility. 

Our work is vital now more than ever as our city’s most vulnerable residents are disproportionately affected by COVID-19. As the city’s lead agency designated by the Volunteer Coordination Task Force for mobilizing spontaneous volunteers in cases of citywide emergencies, we are committed to harnessing the passions of caring New Yorkers in a way that supports their safety and the safety of the people we serve. 

New York Cares is currently:

While there have been significant changes to the way our staff, Team Leaders, volunteers, and nonprofit partners respond to the needs of our city, one thing remains constant: the way New Yorkers show up for one another in times of crisis.

Courtesy of UP Creative, How New Yorkers Come Together tells the story of a city-wide response to COVID-19 with volunteers at the heart.

Impact Numbers

Since relief efforts started March 16, New Yorkers have been working hard for our city. Numbers as of October 31, 2020.

volunteer positions
meals served

Volunteerism in the News

"Volunteering While Social Distancing.The Brian Lehrer Show (WYNC), March 24, 2020. 

"New York Cares Has New Yorkers Helping One Another Through Pandemic.WCBS 880, May 16, 2020. 

"City’s Volunteer Sector Swells But Faces New Challenges in Coronavirus Pandemic." City Limits, June 10, 2020.

"Hunger is Worsening. Here Are 7 Ways New Yorkers Are Addressing It." The New York Times, July 11, 2020. 

Our Partners