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Looking for a way to give NYC public schools a boost? New York Cares Day for Schools is your hall pass. Learn about this citywide serve-a-thon in October, how it supports New York Cares education programs all year long, and ways to kill it with your fundraising efforts.

Event Details

What is New York Cares Day for Schools?

New York Cares Day for Schools is a fundraiser that culminates in a city-wide day of service that brings together thousands of New Yorkers on a mission of making a difference in education needs and schools in New York City.

How? By transforming the spaces where students learn and educators make an impact, in just 4 hours. The event also serves as an important fundraiser to support New York Cares year-round programming.

This is a landmark year for New York Cares marking our 30th anniversary, as we celebrate more than 230,000 year-round volunteers who have contributed 6 million hours of service since 1987.  As one of the organization’s largest fundraisers, donations to Cares Day are essential in laying the groundwork for the next 30 years of service.

When is New York Cares Day for Schools?

This year, New York Cares Day for Schools will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The schedule for the day will go as follows:

  • 9:00 a.m.                Team Leaders Arrive
  • 9:30 a.m.                 Volunteers Arrive for Registration
  • 10:00 a.m.              Welcome and Orientation
  • 10:15 a.m.              School Beautification Begins
  • 1:15 p.m.                Finish Projects and Clean Up
  • 1:30 p.m.                Wrap-up and Reflection
  • 2:00 p.m.                Thank You and Goodbye
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. New York Cares aims to work with as many high-needs schools as possible, so consider exploring boroughs where the volunteer need is the greatest. 

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 painting classrooms, gardening, sorting, storage room clean out, etc. 

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.

What should I wear?

Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are a must. Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty or covered in paint and, since Cares Day happens rain or shine, dress in layers or bring rain gear. And don't forget, volunteers will receive a stylish t-shirt!

Signing Up

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 21, here are some of the ways to get involved:

 

1)     Create a Team. Lead. Fundraise!

Have a group of civic-minded friends, colleagues, family, or alumni? Create your very own Cares Day Team and act as the Team Leader. To sign up, 1) create a New York Cares account 2) choose to Create a Team, 3) start sharing your team fundraising page and 4) wait for more details from us. 

 

Team creation will close either when schools reach maximum volunteer capacity, or on Wednesday, September 13, but you have until December 21 to fundraise or donate.

 

2)     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, 3) start sharing your personal fundraising page and 4) wait for more details from us.

 

The deadline to join a team is Monday, October 16, but you have until December 21 to fundraise or donate.

 

3)     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. 

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 21, there are a few different ways you can get involved:

 

1)     Create a Team. Lead. Fundraise!

Have a group of civic-minded friends, colleagues, family, or alumni? Create your very own Cares Day Team and act as the Team Leader. To sign up, 1) log into your New York Cares account, 2) choose to Create a Team, 3) start sharing your team fundraising page and 4) wait for more details from us.

 

Team creation will close either when schools reach maximum volunteer capacity, or on Wednesday, September 13, but you have until December 21 to fundraise.

 

2)     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 pre-existing team, 1) Log into your New York Cares account 2) choose to Join a Team, 3) start sharing your personal fundraising page and 4) wait for more details from us.

 

The deadline to join a team is Monday, October 16, but you have until December 21 to fundraise or donate.

 

3)     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) log into your 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. 

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.

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

If you’re at least 18 years of age, you sure can. You have options to either 1) Create a Team and begin recruiting friends and family to join, or 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. If you are under 18, please check out our Youth Volunteer Policy.

 
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

Registration Logistics

I am under 14 years old, can I participate on Cares Day?

To ensure the safety of all volunteers, youth under the age of 14 cannot participate in the day.  While New York Cares Day for Schools isn’t the right fit, volunteers as young as 6 can join their parents on Family Friendly projects year-round. 

I am 14 years old, can I volunteer on Cares 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.

  • If you want to volunteer with some friends, ask a mentor or parent (21 or older) to become a Youth Team Leader by creating a Youth Team.
  • If you want to volunteer as an individual, your parent or legal guardian should register for one of our borough-based teams, and you can join them on the day. Just make sure to let the Team Leader know you will be coming so they select a Youth Friendly site. You will need to bring a signed Parental Consent form to participate.

 

Please refer to our Youth Volunteer Guidelines for more information.

I just signed up as a Team Leader. What do I do next?

Team Leader is such an important role, so we’d like to first thank you for stepping up to take the lead! As a Team Leader, your role is to recruit your team members, encourage them to fundraise and register online, make sure you communicate important information to everyone, communicate with your Site Captain once you’ve been assigned your school site, and serve as a team manager and cheerleader on the big day. To learn more about this role, check out our Cares Day Resources. If you have any questions you can always reach out to Maggie and Emma at cares.day@newyorkcares.org.

What happens if I can’t recruit as many friends or colleagues as I originally thought?

We completely understand if sometimes things change, so if you can no longer recruit as many volunteers as you originally thought just let us know at cares.day@newyorkcares.org and we can update your expected size. Having an accurate estimate as to how many volunteers you will have on the day helps us to plan tasks and select possible sites for your team. 

Fundraising Details

Why raise money for New York Cares Day Spring?

Your donation supports the work the thousands of volunteer projects that New York Cares facilitates, including our high-impact services geared toward improving educational outcomes for our city's kids, ensuring those struggling to make ends meet receive warm meals and coats, and revitalizing our community’s public spaces.

How does fundraising for New York Cares Day work?

As one of New York Cares' largest fundraisers, we are relying on you. We encourage you to set high goals and ask that every participant sets a fundraising goal of $100 or higher. 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 Cares Day Resources.

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

There are two ways you can support Cares Day even if you’re unable to volunteer on the day.

Donate

Click here to make a donation that supports the work being done on Cares Day as well as the thousands of year-round programs New York Cares runs.

Fundraise

Set up a personal fundraising page to share with your family, friends, and colleagues so together you can make an impact in New York City by emailing devo@newyorkcares.org.

How do I donate to a team?

To donate to a Cares Day Spring team member, use our handy search feature and 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.

Who can I ask for help with my fundraising plan?

Want help creating a fundraising strategy? Take a look at our extensive resource page or reach out to cares.day@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.

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. Need help drafting? Take a look at our extensive resource page or reach out to cares.day@newyorkcares.org.
  • 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
  • Follow up and thank your donors
I’m volunteering on Cares Day Spring. Why should I fundraise too?

As New York Cares' largest fundraiser, we are relying on you. Your fundraising supports the thousands of volunteer projects that New York Cares facilitates, particularly our high-impact services geared towards revitalizing public spaces.

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.