Volunteering locally is a meaningful way for couples to connect with the city and each other. Now, HowAboutWe for Couples – a new service that designs unique experiences for two – is encouraging their members to volunteer with New York Cares.
Among date ideas like private museum tours and exclusive tasting menus, HowAboutWe for Couples will offer their first “volunteer date,” helping the residents of the Rockaways with their continued clean-up and rebuilding efforts. Our partnership with HowAboutWe is a great opportunity for couples across the tri-state area to get involved. Check out the HowAboutWe for Couples volunteer opportunities and make a difference – together!
New York Cares, in conjunction with Attention USA is happy to announce the launch of the “StepUP4Good” Pinterest page. In the New Year, helping hurricane-ravaged neighborhoods return to some semblance of normalcy is increasingly vital to the recovery efforts. StepUP4Good hopes to reinvigorate the volunteer efforts and demonstrate how these efforts are about much more than simply cleaning up. Each Pinterest board highlights a variety of opportunities to step up by providing valuable social services, from tutoring programs to adult education programs, in the most heavily impacted areas. With your support you can help us StepUP4Good.
Volunteers can refer to the Pinterest page to find opportunities to participate in hands-on projects on their own, with a group of friends, or with their company. You can also show your support by making a donation or hosting/attending a fundraiser. Recovery efforts and the great work our volunteers have done so far will also be highlighted.
Check out the StepUP4Good page here and follow us on Twitter @StepUP4Good or @newyorkcares for regular updates including other volunteer opportunities. Of course, you can always sign up right now on our Search Projects page.
Katherine Keintz, one of our program managers, received the following letter from one of our Community Partners around the holidays. Maria Verdesoto and Hope Salas from the Museum Magnet School were so pleased with our volunteers, they asked to share it with all of you! And we are happy to do so. Keep up the great work volunteers, as you can see, it’s clearly appreciated.
Dearest Katherine & New York Cares Volunteers,
I write to extend the warmest thank you to the New York Cares volunteers that assisted the teachers and staff at the Museum Magnet School prepare for our Dream, Think, Do! Gallery Tour event on December 18th.
Our school has a bi-annual celebration called Dream, Think, Do! This event allows us all at the Museum Magnet School to celebrate the work of our Pre-K – 8 students, which illustrates their knowledge and skill of the content they are currently studying in the core subjects. Our teachers, staff, students, and parents work very hard to ready the school for this very exciting event.
This year our school also called upon the volunteers at New York Cares on December 14th and 17th to help us create display panels, mount & label work, and complete all the tasks on our interminable To Do List. Without the exceptional support and hard work of the volunteers our event would not have been as successful as it was. We received many kudos and accolades from the 285 visitors who came to explore the incredible work of our students throughout the day and evening. Much of the thanks goes to the volunteers.
So, from the bottom of every heart at the Museum Magnet School, we thank you for your support and for being such a good friend to our school.
Happy New Year to all!
In kindness and gratitude,
Principal, Museum Magnet School
Museum Magnet Specialist
Museum Magnet School
The creative ideas presented to us for fundraising events continue to amaze me. It’s no surprise that a company with “create” in their name is launching a very cool, very creative way for people to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
RE/CREATE, a not-for profit platform started by CREATETHE GROUP will be hosting an auction with over 50 personal items donated by well-known names including Kanye West, Kate Moss, and Marc Jacobs, to name just a few. You not only get a chance to own some one-of-a-kind items from these celebrities, but you also get a glimpse into their personal music style. In addition to donating items to the auction, celebrities were asked to create a playlist with some of their favorite songs. You can check out the playlists and place a bid here: RE/CREATE New York.
The event has garnered a lot press, including a recent article in the New York Times.
The website launches tonight and the auction will run from January 11th through February 3rd.100% of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to our Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Place a bid today!
Thanksgiving is less than a week away, and this year many of us have a lot to be thankful for. But many New Yorkers realize that some in our city have lost everything. Those who can want to help. Our holiday volunteer opportunities are updated frequently on our website. However, these projects are very popular every year and fill up quickly.
If our projects are full for Thanksgiving day, please check our referral opportunities page. These great organizations need help on Thanksgiving, as well as all year long. We are also continually updating our Hurricane Sandy relief page with new projects. Please bookmark this page as projects may become available for Thanksgiving day.
If you can’t volunteer this Thanksgiving, don’t worry. We have projects going on all year round and would love to have you volunteer! Getting started with us is simple. The first step is to create an account on our website. Once you’ve done that, you can register for an upcoming orientation that’s convenient for you. At orientation you’ll learn how we work, exciting projects you can join, and what you can expect as a volunteer. After orientation, you will be able to register for any of our available volunteer projects.
No matter when you volunteer, your help is needed. Thank you for helping New Yorkers in need this year.
Organizing and running 1,200 projects for volunteers a month takes a lot of resources. Between supplies, food, transportation, and paying our amazing staff who orchestrate the projects, costs can add up. But you can help us keep our great projects going by making ongoing donations to New York Cares through workplace giving.
Donating through your company is an easy and efficient way to make tax-deductible donations to us through payroll contributions. Together with your company, you can benefit our year-round programs by providing a much-needed stream of revenue. Chances are that if you work at a corporation or for the federal government, you have the opportunity to participate in one of these programs.
Here are a few options:
United Way for New York Cares If your workplace participates in United Way’s Donor Choice Program, pledge to New York Cares with donor option #011487.
Turn Volunteer Hours into Dollars Turn your volunteer hours into a donation through your company’s Volunteer Hour Incentive Program. Check with your human resources department to see if your company participates.
Double Your Dollars with Matching Gifts
Double your contribution to New York Cares through your company’s matching gift program. Click here or contact your Human Resources department for details.
Are you a New York City, State, or CUNY employee?
Click here to find out more about how you can easily donate to New York Cares through your employer.
That’s the question being posed to thousands of revelers in Times Square, drivers on the Gowanus Expressway, and shoppers in White Plains. It’s being posed to passengers in taxis, Mets fans at Citi Field, and elevator riders everywhere.
Throughout July and into August we are running a series of digital and print ads across the region as part of our New Yorkers Who Care campaign. The ads feature a series of 10 volunteers who chose to share the diverse ways they care, and diverse is an understatement.
They showcase veteran Coat Drive volunteers, an SAT tutor, and a mural artist. They also show a food pantry Team Leader, a children’s yoga instructor, and a GED instructor. But what they really show is that there is a limitless way to be a New Yorker Who Cares.
Thanks to Saatchi & Saatchi, we also have a great new video in which the Roots and Brooklyn native Harvey Keitel pose that same question: are you simply a New Yorker, or are you a New Yorker Who Cares? Watch the video and decide how you would answer that question.
Share the video with your friends, family, and coworkers and ask them: “I’m a New Yorker Who Cares, are you one too?”
It’s day two at the new office and our staff seems to be settling in nicely. The move from 214 West 29th Street to 65 Broadway has been a year in the making, but it’s still hard to believe it’s finally over. There were many reasons for moving to Lower Manhattan, chief among them space. With the need for our services growing every year, a bigger area to work in was crucial so we could have the capacity to organize more projects. We’re also orienting more volunteers than ever, and we have a new orientation area that we can fill with more volunteers.
Check out some pictures of the staff at their new work stations.
To see how to get to our new office check this Google Map. If you want to be one of the first to attend orientation in the brand new room, sign up for one today!
Need some new accessories for summer? From now until May 4th, if you shop with Stella and Dot you can get the latest fashions while supporting New York Cares. 40% of sales during this period will benefit New York Cares.
Start shopping today by clicking here, or find even more fashions here. Just select New York Cares as the “hostess” at check out.
Stella & Dot stylist, Anna Moretto Cramer, will also donate 10% of sales from any Stella & Dot trunk show booked from this promotion to New York Cares. Contact Anna, at email@example.com or 917-853-4616.
Shop knowing that your purchase helps support New York Cares in its mission to make the city a better place.
Treat yourself or that special someone to a fabulous gift. Perfect for a birthday, anniversary, or Mother’s Day. Getting shopping today!
The approach of summer as a child often brings promise of many days spent running around and playing, a chance to enjoy the outdoors, or go to camp. For thousands of kids in the city, these opportunities are available because of the Beacon centers located in all five boroughs. These free youth programs help develop a community among peers and neighbors during hours when parents and guardians are working.
Unfortunately, the prospect of another summer at the Beacon center is now uncertain for hundreds of kids. Last month, facing continuing budget deficits, Campaign for Children published Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to close seven centers on June 30, 2012. The decision is based on the locations of the centers. Read the rest of this entry »