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 pose 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!

Winter Wishes

Child receiving a New York Cares Winter Wishes package

Winter Wishes is our annual holiday gift-giving program and an important part of our work to support families across New York City. Each wish is matched with volunteers who purchase gifts for tens of thousands of children and teens every year, helping to make the holiday season a little brighter.

In line with our mission to meet community needs in the most meaningful ways, Winter Wishes 2019 will focus our efforts on children and teens from low-income families. We’ll be prioritizing applications from family shelters, public housing facilities and public schools with high economic need.

Please check the New York Cares website in October for more information on how to register to give holiday gifts for Winter Wishes 2019.

Once the program comes to an end each year, we get hundreds of thank you letters. Take a look at some of last year's letters.

Questions about Winter Wishes