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

Ways to participate

Grant Wishes

You can now request a letter from a child or teen and fulfill their holiday gift request!  Remember, each letter comes with approximately a $40 commitment.

Request Gifts

In line with our mission to meet the community needs in the most meaningful ways, our program this year will focus on children and teens from low-income families. We will be prioritizing applications from family shelters, public housing facilities and public schools with high economic need. All Community Partners that took part in any New York Cares program within the last year will be invited to apply.

We also encourage you to check out this New York City Holiday Drives and Resources document to connect with other gift drives happening in the city. New York Cares is not directly affiliated with these organizations, so please contact them directly for more information on their programs.

We continue to strive to understand the interests and needs of New York City nonprofits and schools. Please visit our Nonprofits and Schools page to request future volunteer support or to be placed on our Community Partner waitlist so we can reach out to you.