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

Our Response to COVID-19

Our work is vital now more than ever as our city’s most vulnerable residents continue to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19. As the city’s lead agency designated 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 began in March 2020, New Yorkers have been working hard for our city. Numbers as of January 2023.

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Volunteerism in the News

"An Overlooked Cure for Loneliness." The New York Times, December 21, 2021

"Schools Must Adjust to Post-Pandemic Student Needs—These Programs Could Help.", September 28, 2021

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

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

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