The New Youth Volunteer Guidebook

Volunteer New York!’s Youth Volunteer Guidebook is now a free interactive app made to help inspire youth to be local changemakers.

This guide highlights local nonprofits that offer youth and family-friendly volunteer opportunities throughout Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. The app makes it easy to find the right volunteer opportunity for youth sorted by age groups (for ages 13-18). As well as including volunteer resources, tips and videos, the all new youth guidebook is an extension of Volunteer New York!'s mission to inspire action and help all members of our community live up to their true potential.

If you're a parent or mentor that's tried to convince a youth to start researching volunteer opportunities, or why volunteer experience is great for their resume, and have watched them wait until the last minute to get the required service hours they need for certain requirements
let them know there's an easier way now to get started volunteering. And it's fun. And it's waiting in the app store.

Get The App - Apple

Get The App - Android


The Youth Volunteer Guidebook from Volunteer New York! is made possible with support from the Carvel Foundation.




Schools and Groups

The benefits of service are tenfold. Volunteer service is a great way for youth to connect with their local communities and to explore various career paths. As such, we provide a variety of supports for local education facilities and youth groups. In addition to our referral database and Youth Volunteer Guidebook, our staff can provide support for your program. For example, you can;



Families in Service

Re-defining family time - service as a family activity. Volunteer service is a great way for families to work together and to bond over common interest. Our website provides a variety of  tools for families who are looking to play an active role in their communities. Whether it is for a single day or for a long-term project, your family can make a difference. Here's a couple of ways you can get your family involved;

For more information on how your family can serve please email us at volunteer@volunteernewyork.org or call 914-227-9301.


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Green Squad Weekly Litter Cleanups

Join the Green Squad to clean up litter at Glen Island Park. Commit to as often as your schedule allows! All supplies will be provided; please wear clothes that can get dirty. Volunteers will meet at the park office (first building on the right). See you there!

New Rochelle, NY

5/22/19 6:30 PM +more

Help The Homeless - Stuff A Shirt!

Want to do something direct and meaningful? HELP THE HOMELESS LIVING IN SHELTERS! Host a Stuffed Shirt Event at your office or your home or done one yourself - Many homeless find themselves moving from one homeless shelter to another, carrying all of their clothes and other possessions in trash bags. Additionally, many homeless have limited and inconsistent access to personal care items, like soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, etc. We can help in a number of ways! Gather your friends, family, etc. and ask them to bring new or gently used soft suitcases, duffel bags and large backpacks, or, if bringing a soft suitcase isn't possible, bring a clean, new or gently worn XL t-shirt to your home or workplace. Also, ask your participants to bring small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, soaps, wash cloths, deodorant, tooth brushes and toothpaste, body lotions, shaving cream, cotton swabs, and any other personal care items you might think of to your event. Please also include baby wipes, diaper cream, kids' wipes, kids' shampoo and conditioner as well as kids' toothbrushes and toothpaste if possible. You determine the time and place! 1: you alone or with your event-mates pack the soft suitcases and duffel bags with the personal care items, OR 2: lay out the t-shirts, and put the personal care items in the center of the t-shirts. Wrap the shirt up around the items like a sack/bag, and tie it with a ribbon or string. You might find that swapping and sharing the personal care items will insure that each t-shirt "bag" or suitcase has variety. For a nice personal touch, you can make a label with a goodwill wish and attach it to the ribbon or string, or the handle of the suitcase, etc. Please contact us at pkoner@family-to-family.org before your event so that we can link you or your group to a local shelter. #donatetoiletries

Tarrytown, NY

Through 11/18/19

Parent Child Together Program in Ossining Neighbors Link

Neighbors Link is recruiting volunteers for our Parent Child Together Program occurring at our Ossining Sites. Mondays - Ossining site from 1-3 Thursdays - Ossining site from 1-3 What does the Parent Child Together Program Do? Parent Child Together provides parents with peer-to-peer learning opportunities with a focus on positive parenting skills, early childhood development and school readiness. While the parents learn, the children participate in activities within the classroom covering shapes, colors, numbers, letters, pre literacy concepts as well as helping them gain the social emotional and self regulation skills needed prior to entering Kindergarten. What do the Volunteers Do? In the first hour the parents and children work separately and at this point, staff and volunteers help the children with separation and also carrying out the activities for the hour. In the second hour, parents and children come together for activities and the role of the staff and volunteers at this point, is to model techniques for struggling parents and assist when a parent has more than one child in the program. We ask for a minimum commitment of 6 months - if possible (there is flexibility for vacations etc.) Please Express Interest below:

Yonkers, NY

Through 7/9/19

Service Dog Puppy Raiser

Volunteers raise and socialize our puppies in their homes for approximately 12-16 months. They take them out to many different places and teach them basic commands and manners. Providing our dogs with these experiences helps give them a solid foundation and prepares them for the next phase of their service dog training. There is no experience necessary Training is available If you would like to learn more, or apply to be a puppy raiser, please express interest below:

Hopewell Junction, NY

Through 2/23/20

Foster a Service Dog

Volunteers are needed to foster our service dogs while they are in training. Once our dogs are between 14-18 months old and begin training with a professional BluePath trainer, they are fostered in the homes of volunteers. Three to Four times a week the foster must drop the dog off in Hopewell Junction in the morning and pick up in the late afternoon. This allows all of our dogs to live in homes and not in kennels. Dogs remain with the foster until placement as a BluePath service dog. No experience required Training is available If you would like to learn more, or apply to foster a sevice dog in training, please express interest below.

Hopewell Junction, NY

Through 2/23/20

Temporary Service Dog Sitter

If you are not able to be a Puppy Raiser or Foster, but would like to help with one of our dogs, you can become a Sitter. Volunteer Sitters take our dogs into their homes for short periods of time to look after them when Raisers and Fosters are unavailable. No experience necessary Training is available If you would like to learn more, or apply to be a sitter, please "express interest" below:

Hopewell Junction, NY

Through 2/23/20

Deliver Meals to Homes in Rockland

 Homebound Meal Deliveries One hour, Once a week, deliver meals to Rockland's homebound residents. Deliveries are made with your own vehicle any Monday-Friday, approximately 10AM to 12PM. You can also volunteer on a less frequent basis; you can become a sub driver, holidays or snow driver. Individuals or families welcome! Children are encouraged to accompany adults. 

Nanuet, NY

Through 8/30/20

Caring Cards and Crafts for Seniors

Many of us look forward to celebrating Holidays with the ones we love, but for others, it can be very lonesome. Holidays of any kind can lead to extra heartache for those who may have lost somebody close to them. You can partner with Meals on Wheels to make cards for seniors to help brighten their day. Caring Cards & Crafts is a great project for students, teachers, youth groups and families. The cards & crafts are simple, handmade cutouts, but the thought and meaning behind each one is so much greater. The cards are filled with love, good wishes and even poetry. Deadlines: Thanksgiving: 11/21/2018 Winter: 12/21/2018

Nanuet, NY

Through 12/31/19

Miles of Smiles Volunteers

Help brighten a smile for a senior, literally. Create Miles of Smiles bags. How it works: Fill a bag with all the products a senior needs for a healthy smile. Inside the Quart size Ziploc bag be sure to include: -Soft tooth brush -Toothpaste -Floss -Mouth wash -A Miles of Smiles Flyer (We provide this) Miles of Smiles Instructions

Nanuet, NY

Through 12/31/19

Summer Art Program Supply Drive

Strawtown Studio is collecting art material for its summer program, which serves to educate children on environmental stewardship. Items that are needed include: Paper (watercolor, mixed media, bristol vellum, colored card stock) Paint (acrylic, watercolor) Acrylic (nontoxic) paint markers Elmer’s glue (sticks, tubs) Tape (masking, transparent, duct) Fabric, felt Paint markers Colored pencils Cedar shingles Wire (all gauges) Beading wire in gauges 20 to 28 (gold, silver, green) Small craft mirror and tiles Jute, twine Hemp string Plasticine modeling clay (non-drying), natural colors Thin ribbons

Nyack, NY

Through 5/10/20

Sponsor A Family

Help an American family living in profound poverty with a monthly box of groceries. Join Family-to-Family's Sponsor A Family program - Family-to-Family, Inc. is a grassroots nonprofit. We are a hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to providing food, personal hygiene products and other basic life essentials to American families struggling with the challenges of poverty. By connecting donors one-to-one with specific families in need, Family-to-Family’s mission is to bring a large and seemingly intractable problem – poverty – into personal focus, making proactive, attainable results possible…one family at a time. Family-to-Family currently helps approximately 430 families in 27 U.S. communities. Families in need of sponsorship are identified for us by local outreach partners who have specific knowledge of the needs of families in their communities. Sponsor a family and ensure that the family we link you to gets the food they need the last week of every month, when food stamps often run out. After you sign up we’ll send you details about the family you’re helping. More information here. #IG006

White Plains, NY

Through 8/7/20

Gifts For Children program

The mission of Friends of Karen is to provide emotional, financial and advocacy support to children with a life-threatening illness and their families. As a part of this effort, Friends of Karen recruits local volunteers who can help organize material drives in their communities. One of these efforts is our Holiday Family Adoption. We are looking for families who are willing to team up to fulfill the wish lists of our special children. Below are just a few examples on how you can help during the holidays. Easter & Passover Project – This Spring collect grocery gift cards to Pathmark, A&P, ShopRite and Stop & Shop so our families may have a special holiday meal. Birthday Program – Collect items for our birthday toy pantry. Call for wish list of gifts. Thanksgiving Baskets – Put together a basket of Thanksgiving food and a $20 A&P, Food Emporium, Stop & Shop or ShopRite gift certificate for the turkey. Call for details in October. Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program – Fulfill the wish lists of our special children – call for information in October. (We also need AA & AAA batteries, gift wrap, bows, tape & holiday candy.) For more information call Denise Tredwell, Volunteer Coordinator at 914-617-4052 or DeniseTredwell@friendsofkaren.org.

North Salem, NY

Through 8/7/20

Organize Your Own Drive

The mission of Friends of Karen is to provide emotional, financial and advocacy support to children with a life-threatening illness and their families. As a part of this effort, Friends of Karen recruits local volunteers who can help organize material drives in their communities. Below are just a few examples on how you can help: Coloring Book Drive – Collect new coloring books and crayons for our kids in the hospital. Birthday Program – Collect items for our birthday toy pantry. Call for wish list of gifts. School Supplies Project – Collect school supplies and backpacks. All year round. Pantry Drive – Collect paper towels, tissues, hand sanitizer wipes, baby wipes. Coin Harvest – Organize and run a loose change collection to benefit Friends of Karen or recycle cans and bottles and donate the change to Friends of Karen. Gift Certificate Drive – collect $5 gift certificates to iTunes, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King, Pizza Hut and Starbucks. Tag Sale – Turn your junk into treasure and organize a tag sale to benefit Friends of Karen. We’ll start you off with a box of tag sale “stuff.” #donateschool

North Salem, NY

Through 8/7/20

Food/Kitchen Supply Drives

Pregnancy Care Center offers so much more than just a place to rest and reflect during this special time in our residents’ lives. We provide services and support to help get them on their feet and into healthy and productive lives. Food Drives Help to collect some basic non-perishable food items for our residents: Peanut butter, Jelly, Tuna, Pasta, Cereal, Canned soups, Vegetables, Meals, Mac & cheese, etc. Outfit the Residence New pots, pans, dishes, glasses, flatware etc. are always needed!This is a great opportunity for families or youth groups looking to make a difference in their community. #VolunteerNewRochelle

New Rochelle, NY

Through 12/6/19

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