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New York Cares Day for Schools

New York Cares Day Fall Volunteer Painting Wall Mural

Make a lasting impact on New York City’s public schools on Saturday, October 22nd. New York Cares Day for Schools is a critical fundraiser for New York Cares, with 4,000 volunteers raising money by pledging a day of service to beautify 70 schools. Every dollar you raise supports the life-changing education programs that we provide to public school students free of charge.

Check back in early August to sign up for this fun and impactful campaign. If you want to take a leadership role in making Cares Day happen, click on the awesome opportunities below to express your interest.

Be a Cares Day Role Model

Lead the charge as we raise funds for education programs and revitalize public schools. As a Site Captain, you’ll work closely with New York Cares staff to plan and execute this large day of service, alongside teams of volunteers. Site Captains receive detailed information about their school before the event, complete an interactive training, and provide on-going support to ensure each school is given a caring touch and refreshed look. 

Represent a borough-based group of individual volunteers by acting as their leader and communicating important information before, during, and after the event. As a Borough-Based Team Leader, you’ll manage about 30 volunteers, delegate tasks, and empower your team to make the biggest possible impact on the lives of NYC students.

Share your talents by designing artistic murals for volunteers to paint on walls and canvases that will adorn school hallways, classrooms, and outdoor spaces. As a Mural Artist, you’ll bring the artistic touch that transforms schools and keeps kids motivated throughout the year.

You can be a kid's hero year-round

By registering as a volunteer, you don't have to wait until Cares Day to make a difference. Serve NYC students as a SAT tutor, a Lego Robotics leader, or on one of many year-round, education-related opportunities. Browse our children's education projects.

Inspired by what you see?

We always need financial support to continue running these high-impact programs. Consider sending a donation.