National Volunteer Week: New York Cares Offers Volunteer Roles For Community Support

April 18, 2024

During National Volunteer Week (April 21-27), New York Cares, New York City’s largest volunteer network.

Will offer over 200 volunteer opportunities that will engage more than one thousand volunteers to serve thousands of individuals in need across all five boroughs.  This week — and all year round — New York Cares encourages New Yorkers to dedicate time to volunteer projects that address the city’s greatest needs to create meaningful change in local communities.  Projects include distributing meals to those experiencing food insecurity, revitalizing parks and gardens, teaching local students how to play chess, and much more. 

Featured volunteer opportunities for media to attend in Manhattan are:

Monday, April 22 – MANHATTAN


  • Environmental Stewardship on Earth Day at Marcus Garvey Park
    1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Marcus Garvey Park

6316 Mt. Morris Park West and West 120th Street, New York, NY 10027

More than 200 corporate volunteers from Cartier, Lazard, Warner Music Group, and Equitable, together with New York Cares staff, will promote environmental sustainability and keep outdoor spaces clean, safe, and beautiful for residents to enjoy year-round. Project activities include planting flowers, building wooden garden beds, mulching, painting park benches and fences and removing invasive species.

Tuesday, April 23 – MANHATTAN


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  • Run a Free Store with Little Shop of Kindness
    12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Little Shop of Kindness
1745 1st Avenue and East 91st Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY, 10128

New York Cares volunteers will help sort donations, assist customers, and run the shop to provide free supplies to migrants and asylum seekers.

Tuesday, April 23 — MANHATTAN

  • Fitness Training with Wheeling Forward
    4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Wheeling Forward

370 7th Avenue and West 31st Street, Suite 1802, New York, NY, 10001

New York Cares volunteers will assist adults in wheelchairs as they get their fitness on! Volunteers will guide participants through various dancing and boxing exercises.


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