New York Cares was founded by a group of friends who wanted to take action against serious social issues that faced our city in the late 1980s. Finding few options to help, they created their own organization to address the problems from the ground up.
New York Cares is now the city's largest volunteer organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies, and public schools. Today's volunteers share our founders' vision that we all have a role to play in making our city a better place.
How We Work
Our staff works with partner organizations to identify their most pressing needs, creates projects to bridge the gaps, and recruits, trains, and deploys teams of volunteers to make a difference.
Our volunteer model is so successful that it sparked a national movement. More than 370 volunteer organizations, united under the umbrella of HandsOn Network/Points of Light Institute, have adopted our unique approach to service.
More than 56,000 people volunteer with us year after year because they know they make a real difference. Together, we help 400,000 disadvantaged New Yorkers through:
New York Cares is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.