Meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service.

Because of the heat advisory for this weekend issued by NYC Emergency Management and the Health Department, select programming that may pose a risk to our volunteers and clients has been cancelled. Projects with partners who provide critical services will take place, but we encourage our volunteers to follow safety tips including drinking plenty of water and staying inside/out of the sun when possible. Please check your email for information on the status of specific projects. Thank you!

9/11 Day of Service: Meal Packing Runners


9/11 Day of Service: Meal Packing Runners

Join us for our annual 9/11 Day of Service. You will be a part of packing 750,000 meals for those in need in just one day.

Runners are key to keeping the meal packing process running smoothly and efficiently. As a runner, you will:
• Attend the training session held prior to general volunteer arrival
• Keep the packaging line supplied with pre-assembled empty boxes
• Make tape guns easily available and maintained with tape
• Communicate to Table Captain about the status of the air in the bags (too much air left in makes it difficult to close the box – that problem is solved at the sealing station)
• Take the finished boxed product to the designated pallet area
• Stack the finished boxes on the pallet
• Shrink wrap the pallet
• Coordinate with partners responsible to pick up the finished product
• Must be able to lift 30 lbs.

Group Friendly


Since 1987, New York Cares has been our city's premier volunteering organization. We create opportunities for tens of thousands of busy New Yorkers to give their time each year through fulfilling, flexibly-scheduled volunteer projects. New York Cares responds to our city's most acute needs by reaching out to social service agencies, schools, homeless shelters, and other deserving organizations, and mobilizing teams of volunteers to help with their work. Volunteers tutor children, feed the hungry, assist people living with HIV/AIDS, revitalize community gardens, and much more.