Press Release – (New York, NY – October 2, 2018) – New York Cares, the largest volunteer network in New York City, today announced a partnership with Film Good / Do Good, the first and only state government-organized community giveback program tailored specifically to the film and television industry.
Throughout the year-long partnership, New York Cares will coordinate with Film Good / Do Good to provide several volunteer opportunities each month for film and production crews to beautify schools and parks, provide education enrichment to public school students, serve meals to our neighbors, and much more.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Film Good / Do Good to provide the opportunities for film and television crews to give back in the neighborhoods in which they are filming,” said Gary Bagley, Executive Director of New York Cares. “The need for public assistance is nearly boundless – especially in a city like New York where approximately 44% of the population lives at or below the poverty line – so New York Cares actively looks for new ways to help individuals navigate life’s challenges.”
New York Cares focuses on meeting pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service. Since 1987, New York Cares has facilitated approximately six million hours of volunteer work in New York City, collected and distributed nearly two million winter coats to those in need, and served nearly three million meals to New Yorkers in need. From granting children’s Winter Wishes, to planting local gardens, to providing SAT prep for college-bound students, New York Cares and its volunteers have spent more than 30 years working hard to brighten the lives of all New Yorkers.
Film Good / Do Good is a collaboration between the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture and Television Development and the New York State Commission on National and Community Service. The program encourages and formalizes opportunities for film and television productions to offer hands-on volunteer service to nonprofit organizations in communities in which they film, and amplifies the benefit productions bring to New York State beyond the economic footprint.
“New York State’s film and television industry is thriving, and Film Good / Do Good improves neighborhoods and encourages the further growth of entertainment altruism in New York,” said Gigi Semone, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television Development. This exciting partnership will further the industry’s commitment to giving back to local communities.”
The New York State Commission on National and Community Service believes that volunteers play a critical role in providing equal opportunities for, and improving the well-being of, all New Yorkers.
“Film Good / Do Good will build the capacity of community-based organizations that are dedicated to fighting poverty. This surge in volunteers will have a profound impact on neighborhoods in need, while inspiring other New Yorkers to embrace the spirit of service,” said Linda Cohen, Executive Director of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service. “The Commission is pleased to welcome this transformative partnership to its growing network of Volunteer Generation programs.”
Productions currently involved in the program include Warner Bros’ Joker and ABC Signature Studios’ Godfather of Harlem and Twentieth Century Fox Film’s Woman in the Window.
About New York Cares
New York Cares is the largest volunteer network in the city. Last year, nearly 65,000 New Yorkers made the city a better place by volunteering in New York Cares programs at almost 1,300 nonprofits and schools – improving education, meeting immediate needs, and revitalizing public spaces. For more information, visit newyorkcares.org.
About Film Good / Do Good
Film Good / Do Good is the first and only state government-organized community give back program in the nation that is tailored specifically to the film and television industry. The program is tapping into the power of New York’s booming, multi-billion-dollar production industry to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. The presence of the entertainment industry at volunteer sites is inspiring other New Yorkers to donate their time and talent to the anti-poverty cause. Film Good / Do Good focuses on using volunteers to combat poverty. The Governor’s Office of Motion Picture & Television Development, a division of ESD, has partnered with the Commission to shape Film Good / Do Good into a one-stop shop for productions interested in contributing to local communities above and beyond the economic impact of hiring local businesses and vendors, and employing background actors and crewmembers. While New York has the country’s premier production incentive program, any film or television show shooting in New York State may participate in Film Good / Do Good.
About the New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television Development
The New York State Governor’s Office for Motion Picture & Television Development (MPTV), a division of Empire State Development (ESD), offers film, television and commercial productions and post-production tax credits for qualified expenditures in New York State. The office also serves as a liaison between production companies and city and local governments, state agencies, a network of statewide contacts, local film offices and professional location scouts and managers. For more information on filming in New York State or the Film Production and Post-Production Tax Credit Programs, please visit www.nylovesfilm.com.
About the New York State Commission on National and Community Service
The New York State Commission on National and Community Service – New Yorkers Volunteer seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering in New York State. It was established in 1994 by an Executive Order of the Governor, and administers programs funded by the National Community Service Trust Act of 1993, including AmeriCorps State and AmeriCorps Education Awards programs. For more information, visit newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov, like NYS CNCS on Facebook, and follow @NYersVolunteer on Twitter.