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CAUSE: COVID-19 Response & Recovery Needs
 
PLEASE READ BEFORE VOLUNTEERING:
 
Sometimes the biggest impact comes from the simple generosity of a neighbor helping another neighbor. This page features volunteer opportunities to aid communities, agencies, and those most vulnerable who have been impacted by COVID-19. We are working closely with local partner agencies, county, and state officials to ensure a coordinated response.
 
DO NOT SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER IF YOU:
• Have been feeling sick, were recently sick or have a fever
• Have been in contact with anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19
• Believe yourself to be at higher risk for severe illness
 
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Use this link to post your COVID-19 response and recovery volunteer needs below.
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Volunteer Information Specialist for 211 Call Center

United Way of Westchester and Putnam is looking for Volunteer Information Specialists for its 2-1-1 call center! United Way's 2-1-1 serves as a confidential, comprehensive, and primary entry point into community service information, referral, and assistance. This 2-1-1 call center is available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The Volunteer Information Specialists would be answering incoming calls related to tax assistance or helping clients get connected to community resources. The minimum time commitment includes 2 hours of on-site training, and then 5 hours a day for two days a week to be spent on-site. Responsibilities: Answer calls on an assigned schedule Assess callers' eligibility Gather information accurately on caller contacts Stay informed on programs and changes in services Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to volunteer! United Way of Westchester and Putnam provides a clean and socially distanced volunteer site. Express interest below!

Hartsdale, NY

 

Through 1/1/22

Disaster Workforce Engagement Volunteers

American Red Cross Metro New York North Chapter is seeking volunteers to support its Disaster Workforce Engagement Team program. This is a remote opportunity that can be completed from home. Volunteer responsibilities: Participate in meetings and projects to support annual goals, regional disaster objectives, and volunteer engagement plans Projects and participation will be assigned according to areas of interest, including onboarding/placement, deployment, training, recognition and appreciation, leadership development, volunteer management and engagement Projects may include conducting volunteer interviews, updating profiles in American Red Cross's system, recognition, analyzing reports/data, and scheduling volunteers Time commitment: Volunteers should be prepared to spend anywhere from 4 to 8 hours when disasters strike Flexible shifts available during training period; volunteers must have weekday/daytime availability Qualifications: Follow and implement requests from supervisor with little or no supervision. Adapt to change, negotiate compromise, and tolerate ambiguity Build effective relationships with others who can help with work-related goals Be sensitive to diversity inclusiveness in interactions Training (provided):​ Disaster Cycle Services: An Overview Volunteer Connection Training Courses

Virtual (Virtual)

 

Through 5/31/21

Donate Essential Cleaning Supplies and Masks

The Women's Residence at the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester is in need of essential cleaning supplies in order to keep both its tenants and staff safe. Supplies that are the most in-demand are: Hand sanitizer Antibacterial Wipes (for both surfaces and hands) Aerosol spray (such as Lysol) Surgical masks To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile. This is a self-directed project; you may ignore any automated emails instructing you to wait for a volunteer coordinator to reach you. Drop off items to be donated between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. with front desk staff at: YWCA Residence 69 North Broadway White Plains, NY 10601

White Plains, NY

 

Through 9/14/21

Blood Donor Ambassadors - Westchester County

The American Red Cross is looking for volunteer Blood Donor Ambassadors to greet donors and provide valuable information. These volunteers provide excellent and enthusiastic customer service to enhance the blood donor experience, as well as engage with blood donors to promote blood donation and set the stage for a long-term commitment to regular blood donations. Responsibilities: Welcome and escort blood donors, as well as assist with initial intake and handoffs through the blood donation process Ensure blood donors have relevant information and that questions are answered appropriately Learn and share the Red Cross story, including the mission, vision, and values Create a favorable impression of the Red Cross and the blood donation process that will encourage continued support Make reminder calls, reschedule donor appointments, and perform follow-up activities as directed Be available and committed to the volunteer schedule Model excellent customer service behaviors Attend to donors in the Hospitality Area by ensuring that each donor is recognized for his/her contribution Set up and maintain cleanliness in Reception and Hospitality Areas Be punctual and dependable in arriving for assignments Work with collections team supervisor or charge staff to help convert right type donors to power red donations Inform donors about Red Cross volunteer opportunities and share recruitment materials Qualifications: Willingness to support the American Red Cross mission Ability to represent the American Red Cross to the community Ability to display the utmost professionalism and communication skills Extremely comfortable working with people from all walks of life Time Commitment: One blood drive shift per month is required to remain an active volunteer in good standing. The length of a typical Donor Center shift or blood drive is 4-5 hours Blood drive hours typically take place Monday-Friday between 8 a.m.-7 p.m. There may be an occasional drive on a Saturday

Hawthorne, NY

 

Through 11/30/21

Donate Food to Families in Need

Grace/La Gracia Episcopal Church has long been committed to fighting hunger for the residents of White Plains and Greenburgh. In response to COVID-19, it has opened a food bank that distributes groceries every Thursday afternoon to families in need. Volunteers are desperately needed to help donate food to restock the food bank, including: Canned vegetables Canned soups Cereals Pasta Rice Beans Express interest below to coordinate a drop-off time and date.

White Plains, NY

 

Through 4/28/21

Tech-Savvy Teens to Assist Seniors with Zoom

RSVP of Westchester is looking for teens to assist seniors to learn how to join and participate in Zoom meetings. With your tech support these older adults, who may be experiencing isolation, can enjoy a fuller, richer life by being able to participate in Zoom meetings with friends and family. Expectations of a Tech Teen: Attend an introductory interview and training with RSVP personnel. This process will take less than an hour. Provide the hours you are available; we will schedule the phone trainings within your schedule. Provide telephone support to seniors by teaching them how to use Zoom for the first time. Set up and lead the seniors on a practice Zoom call. Possess prior experience/comfort level with Zoom or teaching other cloud software. Be reliable and consistent. Email instructions with screenshots will be provided to teen volunteers and the seniors to walk through in the phone call training. This training should take fewer than 30 minutes per individual. About RSVP RSVP of Westchester is a volunteer program for people 55 and older. During this time of pandemic and social distancing, RSVP seeks to keep its volunteers engaged. Since our hardworking volunteers cannot safely go out into the community, we aim to bring them together online—via Zoom meetings and conversations—in order to continue to create positive change in their communities.

Sleepy Hollow, NY

 

Through 4/30/21

Create Inspirational Video Messages For Seniors

One Change at a Time's popular "Bridging Generations" program focuses on connecting younger and older generations. This program typically takes place in long-term care facilities, such as the Dumont Center in New Rochelle. With these facilities being closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 outbreak, One Change at a Time is looking for new ways to conduct this program so local seniors can stay connected and inspired! Inspired by the American Health Care Association's #CareNotCOVID campaign, youth and adults who are at home can create encouraging and inspirational videos in support of residents in long-term care facilities and seniors in the community. Volunteers can use the tags #CareNotCOVID and #1Change when they post their videos online and on social media. Help make a difference in a local senior's day by recording a fun, inspirational video message to let them know you're thinking of them. This is a great virtual project for families and students who are at home. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Follow the instructions on the #CareNotCOVID page for tips on recording and sharing your video. Remember to tag #CareNotCOVID and #1Change on social media!

Virtual (Virtual)

 

Through 6/30/21

Deliver Groceries to Isolated or Quarantined Families in Rockland County

Volunteers are needed to pick up pre-packed food from a grocery store in Spring Valley and deliver the meals to those in need in Rockland County. Every effort will be made to assign recipients close to the volunteers' homes. Volunteers will be delivering to homebound seniors, those with compromised immune systems, and those who are quarantined and can't otherwise leave their homes to pick up their groceries. IMPORTANT: If you think you may be sick or are feeling unwell, or have been in contact with someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19, please do not sign up for this opportunity. (Feel better!)

Spring Valley, NY

 

Through 3/30/21

Deliver Food to Families in Quarantine - Westchester County

Hillside Food Outreach is looking for volunteers to help deliver groceries to the homes of Westchester County residents who are under quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic or who do not otherwise have access to local food pantries. Volunteers will be matched with 2-5 families that they will then deliver food to each month. Volunteers must have a valid drivers' license and be able to pick up and deliver food. IMPORTANT: If you think you may be sick or are feeling unwell, or have been in contact with someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19, please do not sign up for this opportunity. (Feel better!)

White Plains, NY

 

Through 12/31/21

Deliver Food to Families in Quarantine - Putnam County

Hillside Food Outreach is looking for volunteers to help deliver groceries to the homes of Putnam County residents who are under quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic or who do not otherwise have access to local food pantries. Volunteers will be matched with 2-5 families that they will then deliver food to each month. Volunteers must have a valid drivers' license and be able to pick up and deliver food. IMPORTANT: If you think you may be sick or are feeling unwell, or have been in contact with someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19, please do not sign up for this opportunity. (Feel better!)

Lake Carmel, NY

 

Through 12/31/21

Write Thank You Cards to Isolated and Homebound Veterans

United For the Troops will be sending "thank you" and goodwill cards to isolated and homebound veterans in local VA Hospitals and homes. Volunteers who interested can create handwritten letters, cards, and pictures to help show our veterans how thankful we are of them. This is the perfect project for volunteers who are sheltering in place, especially with young children. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Mail handwritten cards and notes to: United For the Troops (UFT) 16 Boniello Drive Mahopac, NY 10541 Find more information at www.unitedforthetroops.org.

Mahopac, NY

 

Through 6/30/21

Virtual Vaccine Angels

The Town of Greenburgh is looking for Virtual Vaccine Angels to assist seniors over the phone by providing information about the COVID-19 vaccine and how they can sign up for it. The time commitment is up to a few hours per week. This is the ideal community service project for students and volunteers who are friendly, patient, and able to connect with their senior neighbors who might otherwise feel stressed or confused about the vaccine. Bilingual (Spanish-speaking) volunteers are especially needed! Background checks are not required, but all Vaccine Angels must pass a virtual screening and training. This is a remote opportunity that can be completed from home. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Click here to complete your registration. Volunteers who do not complete this step will not be registered for the program. Please allow up to 7 business days for the COVID Vaccine Angels Team Leaders to review your registration and follow up with you

Virtual (Virtual)

 

Through 12/31/21

Soap Donation Project

Our neighbors who are serving time in prison are often overlooked. However, these community members still deserve to be cared for and kept safe. Interfaith Prison Partnership is looking for volunteers to collect sealed, alcohol-free, regular-sized bars of soap (no hotel size please) for individuals in prison. New York State issues a lye-based soap that can be very harsh on the skin, especially with the frequent hand washing protocols required during COVID-19. Acceptable brands include (but are not limited to): Ivory Irish Spring Dove Dial Cetaphil Lever Olay To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile. If volunteering as part of a family, team, or group project, please choose "Express Interest with a Family, Group, or Team" to create your team name first and account for all team volunteers Collect sealed, alcohol-free soap following the instructions above and drop off or mail to: The Church House Katonah Presbyterian Church 31 Bedford Avenue Katonah, NY 10536

Virtual (Virtual)

 

Through 3/31/21

"Caring Connect" Volunteers to Call Caregivers

Westchester Medical Center is looking for mature, empathetic volunteers to assist with its Caring Connect Phone Call Outreach program. From the comfort of their own homes, volunteers will make phone calls to the caregivers and families of patients to provide support and resources during this challenging time. Knowledge in Excel spreadsheets, data input, and Microsoft Outlook Email is required. Retired clinicians, social workers, mental health professionals, and seasoned caregivers are preferred and encouraged to apply. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here to review the specific volunteer application details and to apply. Volunteers who do not follow this step will not be registered

Virtual (Virtual)

 

Through 11/16/21