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New York Cares Day Spring FAQs

What is New York Cares Day Spring?

New York Cares Day Spring is a serve-a-thon where, from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM, caring New Yorkers revitalize the public spaces that our neighbors use to exercise, explore nature, grow fruit and vegetables, and connect with their communities. Not only does this day of service make a powerful impact in just four hours, but the work we do and the money we raise also help fund New York Cares’ programming all throughout the year. To learn more about how our volunteers impact our community, please click here.

When is New York Cares Day Spring?

New York Cares' annual spring day of service takes place on Saturday, April 16that parks and gardens across the city. Here is the schedule for the day:

9:30 AM:  Registration
10:00 AM:  Welcome and Orientation
10:15 AM:  Park and Garden Revitalization Begins
1:15 PM:  Finish Projects and Clean Up
1:30 PM:  Lunch
2:00 PM:  Thank Yous and Goodbyes

What are the key dates for participating in New York Cares Day Spring?

February 16:  Registration Opens
March 16:  Last Day to Create a Team
March 25:  Team Leaders a Select Site
March 31:  Team Leaders Receive Their Site Confirmation
April 11:  Last Day for Individuals to Join a Team
April 16:  New York Cares Day Spring

How do I participate in New York Cares Day Spring?

There are many ways you can make a difference on New York Cares Day Spring: You can:

Create a Team 

While the deadline to start a new New York Cares Day Spring team has passed, we'd still love to have you participate in any of our group-friendly projects. Please check out this page for more information about available opportunities on April 16th.

Join a Team

If you are looking to join a preexisting team that your Team Leader has already created, you can browse from a list of teams on our Join a Team page. The last day to join a team is April 11th.

Donate

Support New York Cares’ efforts to make a meaningful difference to the people and places that make up our community by donating to the day. Every donation goes to cover the cause of this large day of service and funds year-round programming. Want to support a volunteer or a team? Click here to search for and donate to participants and groups.

I’ve participated in past New York Cares Day events. Why won’t my account log-in work?

As you may have noticed, all New York Cares Day event registrations and fundraising is now done on our website, www.newyorkcares.org. If you’ve participated in past New York Cares Day events, you already have an account with us and your email is in our records. However, you will need to reset your log-in by requesting a new password. If you encounter any issues, please contact us at info@newyorkcares.org.

I’ve never volunteered on New York Cares Day before. How I do participate?

If you are new to New York Cares, welcome! All you need to do is create a New York Cares Day account and Sign Up for a Team. You do not need to complete the Volunteer Information Form or attend an orientation to volunteer on the day. Our volunteer registration closed on April 11th.

If you are interested in becoming a year-round volunteer with New York Cares and having access to hundreds of volunteer opportunities on a monthly basis, you will need to create an account and attend orientation. For more information about getting started as a year-round volunteer, click here

Can I volunteer on my own?

Yes, volunteers 18 or older can volunteer individually. Individuals interested in volunteering by themselves should 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. Our volunteer registration is now closed. Please make a donation to support our work in public spaces.

What are the age requirements for the volunteers?

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 sites 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.

What are the training dates for volunteer leaders?

Volunteer Leaders should attend one training session as outlined below.

Volunteer leader trainings will be held at the New York Cares office, 65 Broadway, 19th Floor, 10006. Please email Jaime Denniston-Merced at jaime.denniston-merced@newyorkcares.org to register for your training.

Site Captains
Wednesday, March 23th at 6:00 p.p. - 7:00 p.m. 

Registration Leaders
Tuesday, April 5th at 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 6th at 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Team Leaders
Self-guided Team Leader Training, which can be done at your convience

What happens if it rains?

New York Cares Day Spring takes place rain or shine, so please come prepared with appropriate attire.

Are contributions tax-deductible?

Yes. Because New York Cares is a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations are tax-deductible. Our tax ID# is 13-3444193.

Are there resources available for Team Leaders?

We have many helpful resources available for both new and returning Team Leaders. You can find tips on fundraising, team recruitment and team communication on our Team Leader resources page.

Still have questions?

Check out our Contact Us page.