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New York Cares Day for Schools FAQs

Looking for a way back to school? New York Cares Day for Schools is your hall pass. Learn about this citywide campaign for education in October, how it supports New York Cares education programs all year long, and ways to you can become a fundraising rock star.

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Event Details

What is New York Cares Day for Schools?

New York Cares Day for Schools is a fundraising campaign culminating in city-wide day of service that brings together 4,000 New Yorkers on a mission of making a difference in education needs and schools in New York City.

How? By raising funds to support New York Cares’ year-round education programs that provide thousands of students the tools to improve core study skills. And, on October 22nd, you’ll transform the spaces where students learn and educators make an impact, in just 4 hours.

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When is New York Cares Day for Schools?

This year, New York Cares Day for Schools will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016. The schedule for the day will go as follows:

  • 9:30 AM: Registration

  • 10:00 AM: Welcome and Orientation
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10:15 AM: School Beautification Begins

  • 1:15 PM: Finish Projects and Clean Up

  • 1:30 PM Lunch

  • 2:00 PM Thank You and Goodbye


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Where does New York Cares Day for Schools take place?

All over New York City. Consider it a five borough overhaul. Volunteers work in schools from the Bronx to Staten Island and everywhere in between. As a Cares Day team, you will be able to select your school preference leading up to the day.

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What types of volunteer tasks can I expect to do on Cares Day?

While volunteer tasks vary from school to school, projects tend to include revitalization jobs such as room and mural painting, gardening, sorting, storage room clean out, etc.

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This is my first time volunteering with New York Cares. How do I sign up to volunteer on Cares Day for Schools?

New to New York Cares? Welcome aboard! If you’re looking to volunteer on October 22nd, here are some of the ways to get involved:

  • Join a Team. Volunteer. Fundraise! Are you one of those civic-minded friends, colleagues, family, or alumni who knows of someone who has created a Cares Day Team? To sign up for a preexisting team, 1) create a New York Cares account 2) choose to Join a Team and 3) wait for more details from us. The deadline to join a team is Saturday, October 15th.
  • Join a Borough Team. Volunteer. Fundraise! Are you someone who wants to volunteer on the day but will be flying solo? If you’re not part of a team, not a problem. If you’re at least 18 years of age, you can 1) create a New York Cares account 2) choose to Join one of the Borough Based Teams (Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island). Borough-based teams are comprised of individual members who volunteer in a specific borough and come together to make a difference on the day.


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I’ve participated in New York Cares in the past. How do I sign up to volunteer on Cares Day for Schools?

If you’d like to make a Cares Day comeback on October 22nd, there are a few different ways you can get involved:

  1. Join a Team. Volunteer. Fundraise! Are you one of those civic-minded friends, colleagues, family, or alumni who knows of someone who has created a Cares Day Team? To sign up for a preexisting team, 1) Log into your New York Cares account 2) choose to Join a Team and 3) wait for more details from us. The deadline to join a team is Saturday, October 15th.
  2. Join a Borough Team. Volunteer. Fundraise! Are you someone who wants to volunteer on the day but will be flying solo? If you’re not part of a team, that’s not a problem. If you’re at least 18 years of age, you can 1) create a New York Cares account 2) choose to Join one of the Borough Based Teams (Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, or Staten Island). Borough-based teams are comprised of individual members who volunteer in a specific borough and come together to make a difference on the day.

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I think I have a New York Cares account but am not sure. What should I do?


If you’ve participated in any past New York Cares events, you likely have a New York Cares account and email address on file with us. Find out by requesting a link to reset your password here.

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I’m not part of a Cares Day Team. Can I still participate?

You sure can. You even have options 1) Either join an existing team and begin fundraising, or if you’re at least 18 years of age, 2) sign up for a borough-based team on the Join a Team page. Borough-based teams are comprised of individual members who volunteer in a specific borough and join together to make a difference on the day.

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Do I need to fill out a Volunteer Information Form and attend orientation to participate as a New York Cares Day volunteer?

Nope! As a Cares Day volunteer, you can forego our volunteer form and orientation, which are only requirements for our year-round volunteers. Instead, visit this Cares Day account creation page to set up your account or if you already have an account, go directly here to sign up for Cares Day. If you are interested in becoming a year-round volunteer with New York Cares and accessing hundreds of volunteer opportunities on a monthly basis, you will need to complete your Volunteer Information Form and attend orientation. For more information about getting started as a year-round volunteer, click here.

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What are the age requirements to volunteer on Cares Day for Schools?

The rule is 14 and up. To ensure the safety of all volunteers, youth under the age of 14 cannot participate in the day. While most sites require volunteers to be at least 18 years of age, some of our schools do welcome youth volunteers, between the ages of 14 and 17, to participate with parents or as part of a Youth Team. Please refer to our Youth Volunteer Guidelines for more information.

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What happens if it rains?

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

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I’m unable to volunteer on the day, but would still like to support Cares Day for Schools. What can I do?

There are two ways you can support Cares Day even if you’re unable to volunteer on the day. You may make a donation that supports the work being done on Cares Day as well as the thousands of year-round education programs New York Cares runs. You may also support by fundraising. We’d be happy to set you up with a page so that your family, friends, and colleagues can join in on making an impact for NYC students. Just shoot an email to devo@newyorkcares.org and we’d be happy to help.

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Where does my money go?

Your donation supports both the work we do in 70 schools on October 22nd, 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.

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How do I donate to a team?

To donate to a Cares Day for Schools team, use our handy search feature and type in the name of the team you wish to support. By clicking on the Team Name, you’ll be taken to the team’s fundraising page where you may make your contribution.

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How do I donate to a team member?

To donate to a Cares Day for Schools team member, use our handy search featureand type in the name of the volunteer you wish to support. By clicking on the team member’s name, you’ll be taken to his or her fundraising page where you may make your contribution.

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How does fundraising for Cares Day for Schools work?

As New York Cares' largest fundraiser, we are relying on you to build a brighter future for New York City students. We ask that every participant sets a fundraising goal of $100. 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.

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Who can I ask for help with my fundraising plan?

Want help creating a fundraising strategy? Reach out to devo@newyorkcares.org. We are happy to help you draft emails and letters to potential supporters, plan a fundraiser, and share easy tips on how to make the most of your efforts.

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What is the best way to fundraise?

  • Send an email or letter to friends, family, and colleagues explaining why New York Cares is important to you and ask for their support. Hint: need help drafting? Reach out to devo@newyorkcares.org for a template.
  • Post to social media
  • Put your fundraising URL in your email signature
  • Plan an event: Host a dress-down day at work, plan an ice-cream social, or a trivia night
  • Reach out to restaurants or stores you frequent about donating a percentage of the proceeds



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I’m volunteering on Cares Day for Schools. Why should I fundraise too?

As New York Cares' largest fundraiser, we are relying on you to build a brighter future for New York City students. Your fundraising supports both the work we do in 70 schools on October 22nd, 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.

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Are contributions tax-deductible?

You bet. New York Cares is a 501(c)(3) organization, so all donations are tax-deductible. What does this mean? New York Cares does not provide any goods or services in consideration with Cares Day donations, in whole or in part. Please save any donation receipts for your tax records. Our tax ID# is 13-3444193.

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