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

Lead Projects

Boost your leadership skills through volunteerism.

New York Cares Volunteer Leader Man Leading a Group in a Garden

By becoming a Team Leader, you will play a pivotal role in helping New York Cares mobilize 64,000 volunteers, to the benefit of 400,000 disadvantaged New Yorkers, thousands of public school students, and hundreds of community spaces city-wide. You can see a current list of available leadership opportunities here.

Being a Team Leader is also an opportunity to work with great people, develop leadership skills, strengthen job applications, enhance your career, or simply to put your gifts to use to increase the impact of our work. Learn more about the other benefits of leading

Team Leaders are also given the opportunity to take advantage of enrichment opportunities throughout the year, including workshops, events, and an annual leadership conference. Take the first step and fill out an application.

To learn more about what a Team Leader does, click here.

Become a Team Leader

Get started by participating in three New York Cares projects. Still need to complete another project or two? 

Begin the Team Leader application process by registering to attend an Introduction to Team Leading session. This session provides more information on New York Cares’ Community Partnerships, the impact of the Team Leader role, and how to select a project to lead. Applicants will participate in a group interview. 


Accepted candidates will receive an invitation to attend a Team Leader Training. 

Accepted Team Leader candidates will select their first project to lead from our Team Leader Needs.  All Team Leaders complete the Go Pass Background Check.

Projects that need team leaders

Meet a Team Leader

Why Lead Projects?

"First you crawl, and then you walk. Team leading is taking the next step. You get to be more hands-on with the project and really get to focus on the program needs. As a Team Leader, I have taken on more responsibility and ownership on the project. I like that I can take volunteer feedback and even take some volunteers under my wing and share my experience."

-Jane Rainone, 13-year Team Leader