The City of New York's Volunteer Coordination Task Force — a partnership with NYC Emergency Management, New York Cares and other partners to centralize and coordinate volunteer efforts during emergencies — is leading a safe volunteer response to address the needs of those most affected by COVID-19. If you're interested in volunteering, visit New York Cares online for a list of opportunities.

Safety Guidance for Volunteers

Before You Volunteer

The health and safety of volunteers must remain a priority. All volunteers and organizations accepting volunteers must follow current health guidelines. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit NYC.gov/coronavirus. If any of the following conditions apply to you, stay home and DO NOT SIGN UP to volunteer:

  • You are sick.
  • You are over 65 years old.
  • You have a chronic health condition, including lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, cancer or a weakened immune system.

When You Volunteer

Remember the four key actions to prevent COVID-19 transmission:

  • Stay home if sick: Stay home if you are sick unless you are leaving for essential medical care (including testing) or other essential errands.
  • Physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
  • Wear a face covering: Protect those around you by wearing a face covering. You can be contagious without symptoms and spread the disease when you cough, sneeze or even talk. A face covering may help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
  • Practice healthy hand hygiene: Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve, not your hands.
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