New York Cares

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

  • Bronx

  • Brooklyn

  • Manhattan

  • Queens

  • Staten Island

  • Virtual

    • Adults

    • Community

    • Kids & Teens

    • Other

    A Message of Support to NYC Students

    Backpack filled with school supplies and Stand with Students logot

    NYC students and their support systems face many challenges this fall. Lost learning, school budget cuts, rising unemployment rates, and the uncertainty of safe learning environments. Stand with Students is a fundraising campaign and yearlong theme for our education programming, sending our kids a simple message: you are not alone. We kicked things off on August 27 with an event where volunteers packed backpacks full of supplies for more than 5,000 students. As the school year continues, we will offer a variety of volunteer programs, including virtual tutoring, enrichment, social-emotional learning, parent and caregiver engagement, college preparation, and more.

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    Commitment. Solidarity. Equity Through Service.

    Group of people smiling after volunteering on Cares Day

    Before recent Black Lives Matter protests, New York Cares was working toward an understanding and practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Working with DEI consultants, holding employee unconscious bias workshops, and running internal committees helped pave the way. However, we saw that we needed to do more to address this critical issue, and decided that we needed a major organizational shift. Chief Talent Officer Nyisha Holliday and Executive Director Gary Bagley share where New York Cares is heading on DEI and how we are examining our progress in our commitment to equity through service, from the inside out.

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    Our Response to COVID-19

    Volunteer with face mask signing in at project

    New Yorkers step up in times of uncertainty. It happened after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, and we see the same in response to COVID-19. Since our relief efforts began, more than 26,400 volunteers have devoted 81,300 hours on nearly 3,900 projects. More than 5.9 million meals have been distributed to New Yorkers in need. We've moved in-person programs like College Access and Citizenship Prep online and are adding new virtual opportunities every week. Volunteers are providing academic support and recreation for students learning at home, conducting wellness calls to homebound seniors, helping NYC public school students in transitional housing with access to technology, and more.

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