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

Ways to Volunteer

Explore over 1,600 opportunities every month to take action in your community.

Happy Young Woman Volunteer Talks to Elderly Woman with New York Cares

Sitting back and watching the same problems plague our community doesn’t cut it anymore.

As a New York Cares volunteer, you’ll be on the front lines of creating positive change in our city. Every day, we see disadvantaged teens go on to college, neglected community gardens restored, and recent immigrants speak their first English conversations. Together, we’re able to impact over 400,000 disadvantaged New Yorkers every year.

We believe that when we do something to spark change in our communities, that’s a step in the right direction. To get started, browse our opportunities below.

Help Others in NYC

With hundreds of volunteer projects each month, we have something for everyone. Choose from activities that address education, environmental issues, poverty, and more. 

Fulfill high school community service requirements and build students' leadership skills.

Gather a group of three or more to clean up parks, paint schools, and more.

Invest in your community through customized employee volunteer projects.

Through our Winter Wishes program, volunteers respond to gift requests from children, teens, and seniors.

Partner with friends and family to gather coats for disadvantaged New Yorkers, and donate gently-used coats.

Our Impact

Last year, our volunteers collected and distributed over 100,000 coats to disadvantaged New Yorkers. Learn more about the impact of our organization.