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CAUSE: COVID-19 Response & Recovery Needs
 
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
 
FOR AGENCIES NOT YET LISTED IN OUR SYSTEM:
Use this link to post your COVID-19 response and recovery volunteer needs below.
All existing agencies should log in and use the HandsOn Connect Portal.
 
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Create Inspirational Art and Cards for Families with COVID-19

Help Family Services of Westchester brighten the day of those positive with COVID-19. Volunteers are encouraged to create their own artwork, cards, and hand-written letters that they can then mail to Family Services of Westchester to be distributed. This is a great remote activity for families with young children at home. Volunteers can also snap photos of their work and share it on social media using the hashtag #FSWCardsforCOVID. To volunteer: Express interest to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Create and mail your artwork, cards, and letters to: Family Services of Westchester ATTN: Gina Cantarella 2975 Westchester Avenue, Suite 401 Purchase, NY 10577

Port Chester, NY

 

Through 12/31/20

Create or Donate New Face Masks for Healthcare Professionals

The Town of Orangetown is collecting new and unused personal protective equipment (PPE) inside the Town Clerk's office to help support local healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Homemade masks are welcome, but please do not donate used masks or other used equipment. How to make a mask: For tips on how to create new, handmade masks or more information, please refer to the Masked Warriors Project of Rockland County Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheMaskedWarriorsProject 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!) To donate: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Drop off donations at: Town of Orangetown Town Hall 26 Orangeburg Road Orangeburg, NY 10962 Enter Town Hall building through the Police Department entrance. Go to the Clerk at Town Hall, who will direct you to the bin Please maintain a proper distance from anyone else who may be there. Please observe the working hours of the building (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Do NOT drop off donations when the building is not open. Do NOT leave donations anywhere other than in the bin. If you are wearing gloves or other disposable protective gear, do NOT discard them in any area of the building or on the property. There are plenty of garbage bins around for proper disposal. Thank you for your donation!

Orangeburg, NY

 

Through 12/31/20

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

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. 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 12/31/20

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. 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!)

Kent Cliffs, NY

 

Through 12/31/20

Medical Supplies Donation Drive

The Greater New York area is in desperate need of personal protection equipment (PPE) for its health workers. Afya is preparing to deliver these vital supplies to hospitals and federally qualified health centers during the COVID-19 crisis. However, there is a severe shortage of supplies, and volunteers are needed to help get more. Volunteers can call their doctors, specialists, or dentists who have supplies to donate. They can also contact free-standing surgical centers, plastic surgery centers, construction companies, or manufacturers and ask them to donate their PPE. Supplies needed: Masks (all types, including N95) Face shields Goggles/eye protection Procedure gloves Disposable gowns and coveralls Disinfectant wipes Hand sanitizer To volunteer: Secure any or all of the above supplies or establish a connection to a healthcare provider, facility, or manufacturer with supplies to donate Express interest below to alert Afya's volunteer coordinator, who will connect with you about the supplies you'd like to donate

Yonkers, NY

 

Through 12/31/20

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

Technology Professionals Needed (New York State COVID-19 Response)

New York State is launching technology-driven products with leading global tech companies to accelerate and amplify its response to COVID-19. It is looking for impactful solutions and skilled tech employees to help. Individuals from leading global technology companies are being deployed across high-impact and urgent coronavirus response activities. New York State has a particular need for professionals with experience in the following: Product management Software development and engineering Hardware deployment and end-user support Data science Operations management Design Other similar areas Technology companies, universities, nonprofits, research labs, and other organizations with technology expertise are invited to submit an expression of interest. IMPORTANT: VOLUNTEER NEW YORK! IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH THE NEW YORK STATE GOVERNMENT OR GOVERNOR CUOMO'S OFFICE. Volunteer New York! serves the communities of the Lower Hudson Valley. This listing is a courtesy to help redirect out-of-area volunteers to the New York State opportunities. Please carefully read and follow the instructions below. TO SUPPORT NEW YORK STATE'S TECHNOLOGY NEEDS: Optional: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile to keep track of your volunteering opportunities Mandatory: click here to complete New York State's survey for technology professionals

Elmsford, NY

 

Through 12/31/20

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

Emergency Food Delivery Drivers - Ossining

Open Door Family Medical Center, in partnership with Feeding Westchester, will be providing weekly, shelf-stable and fresh food deliveries to 100 households in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Committed volunteer drivers are needed to deliver pre-bagged food from Ossining to Open Door patients who are medically fragile or in quarantine. All deliveries are curbside and take place on Tuesday afternoons between 12-3 p.m. Routes are all within Westchester County and geographically divided among drivers: Ossining/Briarcliff, Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown, White Plains, Port Chester/Mamaroneck, New Rochelle/Mount Vernon, Mount Kisco/Bedford, Peekskill/Montrose, and Yonkers. This is an ongoing weekly program. Please express interest below to be contacted and provided with more information. Open Door is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with a broad focus on building healthier communities. From prevention and wellness programs to the treatment of diseases, Open Door sees its primary mission as keeping the people of Westchester, Putnam, and Ulster Counties healthy and strong, regardless of their ability to pay.​

Ossining, NY

 

Through 12/28/20

Emergency Food Delivery Drivers - Port Chester

Open Door Family Medical Center, in partnership with Feeding Westchester, will be providing weekly, shelf-stable and fresh food deliveries to 100 households in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Committed volunteer drivers are needed to deliver pre-bagged food from Port Chester to Open Door patients who are medically fragile or in quarantine. All deliveries are curbside and take place on Tuesday afternoons between 12-3 p.m. Routes are all within Westchester County and geographically divided among drivers: Ossining/Briarcliff, Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown, White Plains, Port Chester/Mamaroneck, New Rochelle/Mount Vernon, Mount Kisco/Bedford, Peekskill/Montrose, and Yonkers. This is an ongoing weekly program. Please express interest below to be contacted and provided with more information. Open Door is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with a broad focus on building healthier communities. From prevention and wellness programs to the treatment of diseases, Open Door sees its primary mission as keeping the people of Westchester, Putnam, and Ulster Counties healthy and strong, regardless of their ability to pay.​

Port Chester, NY

 

Through 12/28/20

Donate Supplies to Staff Supporting Individuals with Disabilities

Another Step manages five group homes in Westchester and Rockland counties for developmentally disabled individuals whose needs require 24-hour staff coverage. With the shelter-in-place order in effect, Another Step needs basic supplies to help its hard-working staff as they safely support vulnerable group home residents. These supplies include: Face masks (KN95, N95, cloth, or paper) Forehead thermometers Gowns Goggles Paper towels Disinfecting wipes Hand sanitizer To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Collect items from the list above and deliver them to: Another Step 706 Executive Boulevard, Suite F Valley Cottage, NY 10989

Valley Cottage, NY

 

Through 12/31/20

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

Donate Your Graduation Gown to Healthcare Heroes - New Rochelle

Medical facilities are lacking personal protective equipment (PPE) in the fight against COVID-19. Healthcare workers are using anything they can to protect themselves and their patients—even makeshift trash bag gowns. Graduation gowns are more effective than other PPE alternatives given their length, sleeves, and easy zippered access. Gowns4Good is protecting healthcare workers by upcycling graduation gowns. Whether your graduation gown is collecting dust in the back of your closet or is no longer needed for a 2020 commencement, you can donate yours to help protect a healthcare worker. Gowns should be placed in a sealed bag, like a Ziploc bag. Express interest below to receive more information and directions to the local drop-off site in New Rochelle.

New Rochelle, NY

 

Through 12/31/20

Donate Convalescent Plasma at the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma to help current coronavirus patients. People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as treatment for patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections, or those judged by a healthcare provider to be at high risk of progression to severe or life-threatening disease. You may qualify to donate plasma for coronavirus patients if you meet these requirements: You are at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds. Additional weight requirements apply for donors age 18 or younger You are in good health. You generally feel well, even if you're being treated for a chronic condition (view blood donation FAQs here) You have a prior, verified diagnosis of COVID-19, but are now symptom-free and fully recovered from COVID-19 To donate convalescent plasma: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Review the above requirements to ensure you qualify to donate convalescent plasma MANDATORY: Complete this donor request form. Those who do not complete this form will not be considered

Spring Valley, NY

 

Through 12/31/20

Create Face Masks For Your Community

Masks For NY is encouraging locals to pick up their sewing needles and start crafting masks to provide to healthcare heroes, essential workers, and neighbors in need. This is a wonderful remote activity that families can do together from home or that teens can complete for their community service requirements. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Visit https://www.masksforny.org/#volunteer to find instructions to make masks, donate masks or materials, or become a hub. There will be no further follow-up from Volunteer New York!; this is an independent home project

Elmsford, NY

 

Through 12/31/20

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

Volunteer Health Screeners - Ossining

Open Door Family Medical Center's mission is to keep the people of Westchester and Putnam Counties healthy and strong, regardless of their ability to pay. It is currently seeking Volunteer Health Screeners who will help screen all people entering the medical center located in Ossining. Screening protocol includes taking someone's temperature with an infrared thermometer, as well as verifying information on a computer. Volunteers must be conscious of social distancing and feel comfortable reminding others. Volunteers must practice confidentiality for the safety and privacy of Open Door's patients. Open Door will provide all PPE (mask, gloves, and gowns). All training is provided and a full medical and background check is required. The schedule is flexible—just 5 hours per week minimum.

Ossining, NY

 

Through 12/31/20

Volunteer Health Screeners - Port Chester

Open Door Family Medical Center's mission is to keep the people of Westchester and Putnam Counties healthy and strong, regardless of their ability to pay. It is currently seeking Volunteer Health Screeners who will help screen all people entering the medical center located in Port Chester. Screening protocol includes taking someone's temperature with an infrared thermometer, as well as verifying information on a computer. Volunteers must be conscious of social distancing and feel comfortable reminding others. Volunteers must practice confidentiality for the safety and privacy of Open Door's patients. Open Door will provide all PPE (mask, gloves, and gowns). All training is provided and a full medical and background check is required. The schedule is flexible—just 5 hours per week minimum.

Port Chester, NY

 

Through 12/31/20

Volunteer Health Screeners - Brewster

Open Door Family Medical Center's mission is to keep the people of Westchester and Putnam Counties healthy and strong, regardless of their ability to pay. It is currently seeking Volunteer Health Screeners who will help screen all people entering the medical center located in Brewster. Screening protocol includes taking someone's temperature with an infrared thermometer, as well as verifying information on a computer. Volunteers must be conscious of social distancing and feel comfortable reminding others. Volunteers must practice confidentiality for the safety and privacy of Open Door's patients. Open Door will provide all PPE (mask, gloves, and gowns). All training is provided and a full medical and background check is required. The schedule is flexible—just 5 hours per week minimum.

Brewster, NY

 

Through 12/31/20

Volunteer Health Screeners - Sleepy Hollow

Open Door Family Medical Center's mission is to keep the people of Westchester and Putnam Counties healthy and strong, regardless of their ability to pay. It is currently seeking Volunteer Health Screeners who will help screen all people entering the medical center located in Sleepy Hollow. Screening protocol includes taking someone's temperature with an infrared thermometer, as well as verifying information on a computer. Volunteers must be conscious of social distancing and feel comfortable reminding others. Volunteers must practice confidentiality for the safety and privacy of Open Door's patients. Open Door will provide all PPE (mask, gloves, and gowns). All training is provided and a full medical and background check is required. The schedule is flexible—just 5 hours per week minimum.

Sleepy Hollow, NY

 

Through 12/31/20

Volunteer Health Screeners - Mamaroneck

Open Door Family Medical Center's mission is to keep the people of Westchester and Putnam Counties healthy and strong, regardless of their ability to pay. It is currently seeking Volunteer Health Screeners who will help screen all people entering the medical center located in Mamaroneck. Screening protocol includes taking someone's temperature with an infrared thermometer, as well as verifying information on a computer. Volunteers must be conscious of social distancing and feel comfortable reminding others. Volunteers must practice confidentiality for the safety and privacy of Open Door's patients. Open Door will provide all PPE (mask, gloves, and gowns). All training is provided and a full medical and background check is required. The schedule is flexible—just 5 hours per week minimum.

Mamaroneck, NY

 

Through 12/31/20

Volunteer Health Screeners - Mount Kisco

Open Door Family Medical Center's mission is to keep the people of Westchester and Putnam Counties healthy and strong, regardless of their ability to pay. It is currently seeking Volunteer Health Screeners who will help screen all people entering the medical center located in Mount Kisco. Screening protocol includes taking someone's temperature with an infrared thermometer, as well as verifying information on a computer. Volunteers must be conscious of social distancing and feel comfortable reminding others. Volunteers must practice confidentiality for the safety and privacy of Open Door's patients. Open Door will provide all PPE (mask, gloves, and gowns). All training is provided and a full medical and background check is required. The schedule is flexible—just 5 hours per week minimum.

Mount Kisco, NY

 

Through 12/31/20

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

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

Make Window Cards to Check In With Neighbors

During the coronavirus pandemic, vulnerable populations—including seniors and those with compromised immune systems—are especially at risk. Many people are staying at home and practicing social distancing to limit the spread. Fortunately, there are still ways to volunteer in the community while staying safe. People who are home and looking to help can check in with their neighbors by knocking on their doors (keeping a safe distance) or giving them a call to see what they need. You can also use these Neighborhood Wellness Cards to create color-coded packets so neighbors can alert you through their windows when they have a need. The community is stronger and more resilient when we come together! ​By expressing interest in this opportunity below, you're helping Volunteer New York! better understand the number of community members taking action during this pandemic. 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!) To volunteer: Express interest below to let us know you've vowed to check in on your neighbors during this crisis. Choose one or more neighbors to check-in with. Reach out to them by phone, video chat, email, or with a visit from a safe distance (i.e. standing outside their door or window). Let them know you were thinking of them and ask how they're feeling. Ask them if they'd be willing to use Neighborhood Wellness Cards so they can easily let you know if they need help. If they aren't sure how to protect themselves, share the CDC's guidelines with them here. If they're reporting symptoms, remain at a safe distance and offer to help them contact their primary physician or healthcare provider so they may seek medical guidance. See the CDC's guidelines here for instructions.

Virtual (Virtual)

 

Through 12/31/20

Donate Board Games and Crafts to Individuals with Disabilities

Venture CARE (Creative Arts and Recreation Enrichment) At Home is providing programs at group homes for adults with developmental disabilities in Rockland County to keep residents engaged in positive activities while they are sheltering in place and unable to go out due to COVID-19. The recreation staff is packing up CARE packages that include craft and game supplies individuals can do at home. Select from this Amazon wishlist to donate an item directly to the Venture Center. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Select an item from the Amazon wishlist to donate directly to Camp Venture's CARE At Home program

 

Through 12/31/20

Donate Used Devices to Seniors for Telehealth Appointments

Telehealth For Seniors is collecting donations of old tablets, phones, computers, and chargers for seniors in need to use for telehealth appointments during the COVID-19 crisis. Many physician practices are switching to a telehealth model, which allows for patients to make appointments with their doctors via video chat without putting both their health and the doctor's health at risk. Unfortunately, many seniors—whose health is most at risk—do not have smartphones with cameras or access to the internet. They will be unable to make virtual appointments, and either will have to forego care or risk their health to visit a provider. By providing seniors (who are often on subsidized health insurance) with video-enabled devices, they will be able to take advantage of free wifi hotspots with Spectrum, or use the wifi outside of doctors' offices or their neighbors' homes to conduct their doctors' appointments. Telehealth For Seniors will provide seniors with guidance on how to set up an email and account for telehealth. To do this, Telehealth For Seniors needs help providing seniors with electronic devices. Volunteers who have old iPads, iPhones, Samsung Tablets, or other camera-enabled electronics are encouraged to consider donating them. Chargers are also helpful. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Wipe and restore your old device to factory settings so all of your information will be deleted and safe for others to use. Charge the battery fully MANDATORY: Sanitize your device with a Lysol wipe to prevent germ transmission MANDATORY: Fill out this form to complete your donation: https://forms.gle/B9ufNAUBdKtRqUnVA Note: Volunteer New York! has posted this opportunity on behalf of Telehealth For Seniors.

Virtual (Virtual)

 

Through 12/31/20