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

As a Team Leader, you play a pivotal role in serving 400,000 disadvantaged New Yorkers, thousands of public school students, and hundreds of community spaces city-wide. New York Cares couldn't do it without you. You can see a current list of available leadership opportunities here.

Being a Team Leader is also an opportunity to develop management skills, strengthen resumes, or simply to put your talents to use to make an impact on NYC. Learn more about the other benefits of leading projects.

Take the first step and fill out an application.

Get Started

Learn what a team leader does

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.

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

Meet Our Team Leaders

Lead Orientations

Our Speakers Bureau members are an elite group of volunteers who share our desire to help others volunteer. Each year, speakers introduce more than 17,000 volunteers to New York Cares at orientations.