New York Cares Launches Fourth Annual ‘Stand With Students’ Campaign For NYC Public School Support

August 3, 2023

As the back-to-school season begins, New York Cares will launch the fourth annual Stand with Students campaign.

An initiative that highlights the organization’s support for New York City students and schools during the 2023-2024 academic year. This year’s campaign goal is $525,000. Fundraising efforts will focus on areas disproportionately affected by food insecurity and financial hardship, in neighborhoods such as Harlem, Central Queens, East Brooklyn and the South Bronx. The campaign will support public school students with academic, social emotional and supplemental programs that will help them succeed.

Beginning this month, New York Cares will host multiple backpack drives where volunteers will fill backpacks with essential school supplies that will be useful to families and students as they return to school. Over 17,000 backpacks—10,000 of which are funded by the Amazin’ Mets Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the New York Mets—will be distributed to students at schools and nonprofits in-need across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

Throughout the academic year, New York Cares’ corporate and community volunteers will support more than 50,000 NYC youth through book distributions, school revitalization projects, and education programs, as well as warm coat distributions in conjunction with the organization’s annual Coat Drive.

“In recent years, the opportunity gap of many of New York City’s students has grown due to learning loss in key subjects like reading and mathematics,” said New York Cares Executive Director Sapreet K. Saluja. “We are fighting this trend at the source, ensuring that students most at-risk start the school year strong with fresh school supplies. Throughout the year, we will support our city’s dedicated teachers and administrators through high-impact afterschool tutoring and SAT prep courses designed to help students succeed, as well as revitalization projects to build nurturing spaces for kids of all ages to thrive.”

Stand with Students is chaired by Keith Grossman,  President of Enterprise at MoonPay. Corporate sponsors participating in this year’s campaign include the Amazin’ Mets Foundation, Scotiabank, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler LLP, and Rithm.

New York Cares manages hundreds of year-round projects in elementary schools, assisting students with homework, math, reading and fitness goals. Last year, New York Cares served 45,000 children across in-person and virtual programs, distributed 10,000 coats to NYC Community Schools and provided 16,000 backpacks to students ahead of the school year. All donations made during the Stand with Students campaign will support volunteer-led programs like tutoring sessions, career mentoring programs, and school revitalization projects. To make a donation, start a fundraiser or volunteer please visit:

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New York Cares

New York Cares is the largest volunteer network in the city. Last year, more than 20,000 New Yorkers made the city a better place by volunteering in New York Cares programs at over 400 nonprofits and schools – improving education, meeting immediate needs, and revitalizing public spaces. For more information, visit

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