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New York Cares Day seeking volunteers

The 16th annual New York Cares Day, the city’s largest hands-on community service event, urgently needs more volunteers to help revitalize our public schools.
This year, 17 public schools in Queens will be part of the citywide event to be held on Saturday, October 20.
The volunteer teams will focus on a variety of projects; including planting flowers, painting fences, creating murals, re-organizing libraries and more.
Individuals are encouraged to apply, as well as corporate or civic teams for any of the participating 121 public schools citywide. Children must be aged 12 and up, and be accompanied by a parent or guardian to participate. It is a chance to give back to area public schools in a fun and creative way that both volunteers and students can enjoy.
In partnership with the NYC Department of Education (DOE), the event is organized by New York Cares, the city’s leading volunteer organization, which provides year-round volunteer programs to city residents.
In something of a unique idea, participants raise funds for the time they spend volunteering and help to establish a comfortable learning environment for city kids. Donations raised go back into supporting the event as well as many other programs run by New York Cares. More than 8,000 volunteers are urgently needed for this event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on that Saturday.
Volunteers are may sign up through the New York Cares web site at www.newyorkcaresday.org. Complete information is available on the web site, with schedules, registration and fundraising information.

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