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 post 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!

Volunteer in NYC

Make an impact by joining New York City's largest volunteer network, and select from hundreds of opportunities each month. 

Older Woman Voluneer Helps a Teen Man on a Computer at a New York Cares Project

You don’t have to quit your day job to make a difference in your community. At New York Cares, we believe that regular people who care deeply about their city can spark real change.

With over 1,600 service opportunities a month, our volunteers see the needs of their communities and take action. They mentor students, serve meals in soup kitchens, clean up parks, help the homeless get back on their feet, and dozens of other selfless acts. And they do this all in their spare time.

Whether you’re looking for a one-time project or weekly opportunities, you’re in the right place.

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Create an Account to Volunteer with New York CaresAttend a New York Cares Volunteer OrientationStart Volunteering on Thousands of Community Service Projects with New York Cares

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