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New York Cares Day Fall FAQs

What is New York Cares Day Fall?

New York Cares Day Fall is New York City's largest hands-on volunteer service day. In 2014, nearly 4,000 volunteers took to 70 public schools throughout the five boroughs to paint, garden, and celebrate our city's schools. New York Cares Day Fall is a critical service day for public schools, and also serves as a fundraiser for New York Cares. New York Cares Day Fall takes place in October each year.

When is New York Cares Day Fall?

The date for New York Cares Day Fall 2015 is October 17th.

How do I register?

Registration for New York Cares Day Fall opens in early August. To register, visit our dedicated New York Cares Day micro-site.

To register as a team, round up 10-50 friends, family members, or coworkers to volunteer with you. When registering, choose "Start a Team" on the registration page. Complete the form, and then invite members to join. People will be able to join your team by clicking on "Join a Team" and searching for your team name. The deadline to start a team is Thursday, September 10th. People will be able to sign up to join your team until October 10th.

Anyone over the age of 14 may participate in painting and revitalization tasks. Individual youth volunteers ages 14 - 17 must be accompanied by their parent/guardian at all times unless a part of a youth team.  Youth Teams consists of volunteers 14 and older with a parental consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian. Team Leaders cannot sign for youth that they are not legally responsible for. Each youth team must have one adult team member per every 10 youth. For more information about Youth Team please contact Shelby Schebilski at


Can I volunteer on my own?

Yes, if you are over 18! Although family, friends, and coworkers often sign up as a group, individuals are always welcome. On the registration page, select "Join as an Individual" and follow the instructions to join a team in the borough of your choice. 

What is the schedule for the day?

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.Registration

10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.Welcome, orientation, and project assignments.

10:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.School revitalization and children's projects begin.

1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.Finish projects and clean-up.

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.Lunch - bring your own (unless otherwise directed by your Team Leader), thank yous, and good-bye.

What happens if it rains?

No amount of showers can rain on our Cares Day Parade. New York Cares Day Spring takes place rain or shine, so please come prepared with appropriate attire.


How does fundraising for New York Cares Day Fall work?

As New York Cares' largest fundraiser, we are relying on you to build a brighter future for New York City students. Instead of a fee, we ask that every participant reaches a fundraising goal of $100. Your efforts support both the work we do in 70 schools on October 17th, as well as on the thousands of volunteer projects that New York Cares facilitates, particularly our high-impact services geared toward improving educational outcomes for our city's kids.

When you register, you will create your own webpage that allows you to email family, friends, and coworkers a direct link to your donation page and keeps track of how much money you've raised. People can also donate by clicking "Sponsor Volunteer" and entering your name. For fundraising tips, please browse our toolkit.

Still have questions?

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