Participate in the New York Cares’ Extra Day of Care Campaign

New York Cares

New York Cares’ Extra Day of Care

Looking for a way to give back with your kids? During this year’s Leap Day, New York Cares, NYC’s largest volunteer organization, is hosting a range of volunteer events in the five boroughs.

Started in 1987 with a group of friends who wanted to volunteer, the organization quickly grew. Today, individuals, families, and companies can give back using the New York Cares online database to organize efforts and reach communities. Programming is focused on education, those impacted from hunger and/or homelessness, wellness and health for seniors, caring for public parks, and much more. Additionally, this is a great way to show kindness and support New Yorkers in need.

Dubbed the Extra Day of Care, New York Cares is encouraging New Yorkers to use this extra day to volunteer throughout the five boroughs. This includes a chess club, meal deliveries, packing food, lifting, tutoring, and much more. Read on to check out how you can help out with your company, friends, family, or kids.

Psst…looking for more volunteer opportunities? Check out these Volunteer Opportunities for Kids in Westchester

New York Cares' Extra Day of Care

New York Cares’ Extra Day of Care Opportunities

Feb 29th from 8:30am-12:30pm, various shifts.
Assemble and Pack Food Bags on Leap Day

Participate by packing food bags with the West Side Campaign Against Hunger. Volunteers should be able to lift up to 15 pounds and be on their feet. 549 West 180th Street, New York, NY, 10033

Feb 29th from 8:30am-2:00pm
Deliver Meals to Seniors

Volunteer by driving vans for the Florence E. Smith Senior Services. Volunteers must be able to lift 20-30 pounds and deliver meals to homebound seniors.  102-19 34th Avenue, Corona, NY, 11368

Feb 29th from 8:30am-1:00pm
Pack Bagged Groceries

Volunteers are requested to pack and distribute groceries for the Shine Center. Additionally, this includes receiving and unloading deliveries, as well as organizaing food and supplies. 205 Canal Street, Staten Island, NY, 10304

Feb 29th from 9:00am-1:00pm
Distribute Food Bags

Give out food bags in Brooklyn at the Northeast Brooklyn Housing Development Corporation. Additionally, volunteers may also have  medium-to-heavy lifting. Incredibly, this organization provides affordable housing and homeownership to low-income residents in Brooklyn.  376 Throop Avenue, 1st Floor, Brooklyn, NY, 11221.

Feb 29th from 10:00am-1:00pm
Pack Pantry Bags

Volunteer with the Sunset Park chapter of the Salvation Army of Greater New York. Volunteers will pack and distribute pantry bags community members who are experiencing food insecurity. Additionally, this involves heavy lifting. 520 50th Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11220

Feb 29th from 10:45am-1:00pm
Unload Food Deliveries

Give back with the West Side Campaign Against Hunger. Participants will have to unload delivery trucks and transfer food pallets. This opportunity is very physically active and will involve lifting up to 30 pounds. Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew, Basement Level, 263 W. 86 Street, New York, NY, 10024

Feb 29th from 6:00pm-7:30pm
Checkmate! Chess Club with Kids

Give back by teaching elementary and middle school students chess. Volunteers will coach, play, and supervise chess matches at the library. Queens Public Library, 85-08 51st Avenue, Elmhurst, NY, 11373.

Looking for more ways to volunteer beyond Leap Day? Check out over 1,000+ opportunities from New York Cares here.