New York Cares will send 7,000 volunteers across the city to revitalize public schools on New York Cares Day, Saturday, October 15, 2011. Now in its 20th year, this citywide day of volunteering will revitalize 111 schools across the five boroughs. This year, volunteers will spruce up 23 schools in Manhattan (14 in Harlem) including P.S. 50 M-Vito Marcantonio in East Harlem where New Yorkers will touch-up the school’s main entrance, paint a large welcome mural and an early childhood mural, and re-paint the dance room.
“There’s still time for Manhattanites to grab a paint brush and join us for New York Cares Day,” said Gary Bagley, Executive Director of New York Cares. “We’re proud that for 20 years, our volunteers have helped the city provide vibrant and inspiring learning environments for students in every borough.”
On New York Cares Day, volunteers will paint classrooms and fences, re-organize libraries, plant flowers, fix-up playgrounds, and create colorful new murals.
New Yorkers (12 years old and up) can register to volunteer from now until October 14 at www.newyorkcaresday.org, with a registration fee of $20 per person. On Saturday, October 15, volunteers can come to the New York Cares office at 214 West 29th Street, Manhattan at 8:30am to register and participate. The website provides complete information about the day including details on making donations in honor of a team or volunteer. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
New York Cares Day is the city’s largest day of hands-on volunteering in the public schools. This annual day of service run is by New York Cares — the city’s leading volunteer organization — in partnership with the NYC Department of Education. Like a walk-a-thon, participants raise money in honor of the time they spent volunteering. Money raised goes to support the event and New York Cares’ year-round volunteer programs. Each year, New York Cares mobilizes 54,000 volunteers to help 400,000 New Yorkers in need.
New York Cares volunteers will also be working at other schools in Manhattan on October 15, including:
- PS 185 M – John M. Langston, Central Harlem
- MS 825 M – Isaac Newton Middle School for Math & Science, East Harlem
- CS 861 M – Future Leaders Institute Charter School, East Harlem
- MS 45 M – S.T.A.R.S. Academy, East Harlem
- PS 171 M – Patrick Henry, East Harlem
- PS 37 M – River East Elementary, East Harlem
- PS 964 M – Central Park East II, East Harlem
- PS 375 M – Mosaic Preparatory Academy, East Harlem
- PS 161 M – Pedro Albizu Campos, Hamilton Heights
- PS 18 M – Park Terrace, Inwood
- PS 241 M – Family Academy, Morningside Heights
- MS 862 M – Mott Hall II, Morningside Heights
- PS 163 M – Alfred E. Smith, Upper West Side
- MS 319 M – Maria Teresa, Washington Heights
Remember go to www.newyorkcaresday.org to register now until October 14!