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

Group Volunteering

Improve your community by volunteering alongside friends, neighbors, co-workers, or an alumni group.

New York Cares Group Volunteers Planting Flowers

Whether you’re looking to volunteer with friends, alumni, neighbors, or regulars from your morning commute, volunteering as a group is a great way to improve your community and multiply your impact.

Group Friendly projects invite three or more people to easily sign up together under one Group Leader. This trained Group Leader learns how to manage his/her group and signs up for any group friendly designated projects that have available space. From painting murals in the community to helped kids with their homework or serving meals to the homeless – groups have the opportunity to give back through a variety of team-based activities. Browse our upcoming projects to see all you can do.

Please note: If any of your group members are between the ages of 14 - 17, find more information about Teen Group Volunteering.

Get Started

What to Expect

Start by creating a New York Cares volunteer account and attending an introductory volunteer orientation. After orientation, you will have access to individual volunteer options and be eligible to become a Group Leader. Please note: Only one person needs to create a New York Cares account and serve as the Group Leader. 

Attend this self-guided Group Leader Training to learn about Group Leader resources, guidelines, and expectations. Simply sign in as a guest and complete the training at your convenience. Once complete, you’ll receive confirmation of your Group Leader status within two business days.

Select the “Group Friendly” filter on the Advanced Search page to find projects designated for you and your group.

Other Group Volunteer Opportunities

Service days are great opportunities for groups to give back. From cleaning up local parks to revitalizing schools or providing fun crafts to seniors and kids, these Annual Events offer the perfect opportunity for groups looking to volunteer together. 

Customized volunteer projects offer an ideal way to help your company tailor its service activities to your mission, as part of sponsorship. Our Corporate Relations team uses a corporate social responsibility model to create highly successful employee engagement programs.

Teens (ages 14+) are invited to volunteer on projects designated as Teen Group Friendly, if joined by a Teen Group Leader (age 21+).

See group projects

Check out some of our upcoming Group Friendly projects and find the perfect one for you and your group!




Still have questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.