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You can do more than 'make it' here. You can make it better.

Explore volunteer opportunities across education, 准备食物, 体育, senior support, sustainability, 和更多的. Create an account, complete a short on-demand digital orientation, and start volunteering. It's that easy!

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Drive change in the most driven city

Discover possibilities that make a difference and support people in the city you love. Whether you’re an aspiring chef, animal lover, climate activist, or amateur photographer – with hundreds of opportunities posted every day, we’ve got a project for you.

Supporting seniors 👵

Tutoring students 📚

Organizing food and item donations 🍲

Community gardening and composting 🌱

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Questions about signing up? Visit our Help Center to learn more.

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Every hour of your time helps make our city more equitable.

When you volunteer with New York Cares, you’re not just “helping out.” You help make your city more resilient by giving more New Yorkers options for how they work, 生活, 和玩耍. Greater equity means more options, and every hour of your time goes a long way.

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New York City is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country. So, yes, representation matters. 很多.

We see and celebrate diversity in all its forms. Representation reflects the community—and yields a far more positive impact. We gather ideas and insights from a wide range of individuals and community partners with different backgrounds and perspectives to find the best solutions to pressing community needs.

☀️ Our Community

Meet our volunteers

Every day, thousands of New Yorkers show up for the causes and organizations they believe in. Learn more about what inspires them to serve, and how you can join the ranks.

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Diane, 志愿者


I decided when I’m no longer working I’m going to volunteer, it’s so rewarding.

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Debbie, 志愿者


De生活ring meals to the homebound - wow- the smiles on their faces, that was the best thing that I could ever experience.

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Ruben, 志愿者

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After being homeless, service has been at the forefront of what I want my new life to be about. 志愿者ing with New York Cares has made that easy and genuinely fulfilling.

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Chloe, 志愿者

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I have been involved with New York Cares for several years and have seen firsthand the incredible impact they have on our communities. Their programs are well-organized and effective, and the volunteers are passionate and dedicated.

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Karma, 志愿者


We can make our community and New York a better place to 生活.

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Rudy, 志愿者

曼哈顿 🌆

I am not from here, but was immediately welcomed into the family of helping others.