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

Health & Safety

Volunteers wearing protective gear and smiling at camera

The health and safety of our volunteers remains a top priority. As of May 15, 2023, New York Cares is updating our Covid policies to align with the recommendations Center For Disease Control, New York State Department of Health, and the practices of New York City government agencies.

  • Face coverings and physical distancing are not required on volunteer projects, except when specified by the community partner.
  • Individuals my voluntarily choose to wear a mask.
  • Volunteers are no longer required to show proof of vaccination. 


If you are sick or have recently tested positive for COVID-19, or if you are required to quarantine due to a recent COVID-19 exposure, please stay home and do not sign up to volunteer.
We continue to encourage all volunteers practice good hygiene and safety practices. Thank you for prioritizing community health and safety.