New York Cares

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

  • Bronx

  • Brooklyn

  • Manhattan

  • Queens

  • Staten Island

  • Virtual

    • Adults

    • Community

    • Kids & Teens

    • Other

    Support the 2020 Coat Drive

    Woman looking for a coat at a 2018 Coat Drive event.

    We believe a winter coat should not be a luxury. No one should have to skip a meal to buy a winter coat. No parent should be forced to choose between buying school supplies and staying warm. No essential worker should commute without a warm coat on their back. This year, we're focused on providing coats to residents of communities most impacted by COVID-19 and the resulting economic crisis. Every $20 donated buys a new coat for a New Yorker in need!

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    Our Response to COVID-19

    Volunteer with face mask signing in at project

    New Yorkers step up in times of uncertainty. It happened after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, and we see the same in response to COVID-19. Since our relief efforts began in March, more than 49,000 volunteers have devoted over 148,000 hours on nearly 7,700 projects. More than 29 million meals have been distributed to New Yorkers in need. We've moved in-person programs like College Access and Citizenship Prep online and are adding new virtual opportunities every week. Volunteers are providing academic support and recreation for students learning at home, conducting wellness calls to homebound seniors, reaching out to local veterans, and more. 

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