New York Cares Day Spring seeks to celebrate the power of volunteerism in NYC by shining a spotlight on the enormous impact volunteers have in communities across the five boroughs and, by bringing together 4,000 caring New Yorkers to serve in public parks and community gardens, and hopes to be a call to all residents to either give their time to others or support those who do.
In late February, volunteers will begin registering their teams comprised of co-workers, neighbors, family, or fellow alumni, and begin fundraising to support New York Cares' efforts to mobilize 64,000 New Yorkers in volunteer service every year. The campaign will culminate in a huge day of volunteering on April 22, where the 4,000 volunteers and fundraisers will descend on 40-plus public spaces all over NYC.
How does the day work?
First, you sign up a team, then you and your teammates work together leading up to Cares Day Spring to raise money for New York Cares' year-round work. Currently, team registration is closed, but if you want to take part in Cares Day, you can still join a team here or donate to the cause. Here's what your money supports:
designing and running high-impact volunteer programs at more than 1,300 NYC nonprofits and schools to help them serve more people and build a stronger city.
creating a 64,000-strong army of good by offering nearly 200,000 opportunities every year to volunteer toward a brighter future for all.
helping more than 400,000 New Yorkers in need through programs such as the city's largest free SAT prep course, meal service projects that distribute more than half a million meals, and pro bono tax services that returned nearly $20 million to low-income residents.
Finally, on the day of the event, your team will join 4,000 volunteers at a public park or community garden, putting in a day of cleaning, planting, painting, installation of erosion control measures, removal of invasive plant species, and much more. Still have questions? Browse our FAQs.
What to bring
Lunch and water. All the tools that you'll need are provided at your site.
There is no cost to participate, but all participants should set a fundraising goal of $100. We suggest you make the first donation of $25 to kick off your fundraising. Your fundraising dollars support the work we’ll do on Cares Day and all year round.
Rules of the day
Volunteers must be at least 14 years old in order to participate. There are no exceptions to this.
Youth volunteers between the ages of 14 and 17 have the option of participating with a Youth Team or directly with a parent or legal guardian. For more information about these options, please check out our Youth Volunteer Policy.