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Cause - Civic & Community

"The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." -Coretta Scott King

 

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2020 Census Helpers

The Westchester Library System and Volunteer New York! need volunteers to help people complete the Census form in hard-to-count communities. Volunteers will be trained and armed with a tablet to assist people in filling out the Census and/or giving them information so they can complete it on their own. Bilingual volunteers are especially needed. How it works: Volunteers will be in teams of three (you can recruit friends) and each member of the team will have a different location to cover. Volunteers will speak with people at farmers' markets, food pantries, and parks. The tablet will be wiped down and passed to the next volunteer for their assignment. It's important for everyone in our community to be counted. To volunteer: Express interest below. If you'd like to volunteer with your own team, please select "express interest as a family, group, or team"

Yonkers, NY

Through 9/30/20

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

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.

Elmsford, NY

Through 12/31/20

Administrative Office Assistant

The Rockland Community Foundation has a unique opportunity for a volunteer to help with administrative tasks. It is seeking a skilled administrator who is comfortable with numbers; work will be based out of its Stony Point office. A very pleasant work environment is guaranteed!

Stony Point, NY

Through 1/23/21

Board Members

The Greenburgh Library Guild is a non-profit organization that raises private funds for special projects at the Greenburgh Public Library in Elmsford, NY. The Library is one of our area's most popular and well-regarded community resources serving 250,000 patrons annually and offering learning opportunities and cultural enrichment for users of all ages. Private funds supplement the ongoing operating support of the Town of Greenburgh and are critical to keeping the library up-to-date. The Guild is an all-volunteer organization that welcomes volunteers from a variety of professional backgrounds to serve on its board. Persons with experience in fundraising, marketing and communications, nonprofit accounting and management, event planning, or with local business contacts would be especially helpful. The Guild board meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Elmsford, NY

Through 12/31/20

Business Mentor NY

Make a difference, foster innovation, and be a part of the small business and entrepreneurial boom in New York State as a Business Mentor! Business Mentors connect with small business owners to provide one-on-one guidance in a range of issues, from lending general business wisdom to specialized technical advice. Volunteers set the schedule and the expectations with their mentees, and Business Mentor NY's support staff is available to help every step of the way. Business Mentor NY is an exciting opportunity for professionals to not only utilize their core skills to help small businesses, but to also drive their own professional development, hone leadership skills, and expand their skill sets.

White Plains, NY

Through 12/31/20

Board Members

LIFE Progressive Services Group is a nonprofit, grassroots organization serving the Mount Vernon community and formerly incarcerated individuals. It is currently seeking individuals who have a capacity to give and who have expertise in running a nonprofit organization, fundraising, finance, and/or communications. Board meetings take place quarterly.

Mount Vernon, NY

Through 12/31/20

Volunteer Food Drives

Hudson Valley Community Services' food pantry program is seeking donations of nonperishable foods, toiletries, and household cleansers. Interested volunteers can organize a food collection drive at their school, club, religious organization, or place of business. HVCS can assist with picking up the goods and bringing them to the Hawthorne food pantry. In the past, student groups have even organized canned food drives at supermarkets!

Hawthorne, NY

Through 12/31/20

The 2020 Pandemic Library: Video Editors

On March 20, the New York Governor’s office turned off the lights. Libraries, along with schools and local businesses, were forced to shut their doors. Life as we knew it was turned on its side, but public libraries rose to meet the challenge, went to their computers, and continued to interact with their patrons by offering digital services and programs. The Westchester Library System is looking to capture and share these stories, told by the people themselves about how their jobs, as well as the library itself, adapted to continue connecting with their patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers are needed to edit video footage.

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 9/30/20

The 2020 Pandemic Library: Transcribe Interviews

On March 20, the New York Governor’s office turned off the lights. Libraries, along with schools and local businesses, were forced to shut their doors. Life as we knew it was turned on its side, but public libraries rose to meet the challenge, went to their computers, and continued to interact with their patrons by offering digital services and programs. The Westchester Library System is looking to capture and share these stories, told by the people themselves about how their jobs, as well as the library itself, adapted to continue connecting with their patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers are needed to transcribe previously recorded interviews conducted over Zoom.

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 9/30/20

The 2020 Pandemic Library: Volunteer Interviewers

On March 20, the New York Governor’s office turned off the lights. Libraries, along with schools and local businesses, were forced to shut their doors. Life as we knew it was turned on its side, but public libraries rose to meet the challenge, went to their computers, and continued to interact with their patrons by offering digital services and programs. The Westchester Library System is looking to capture and share these stories, told by the people themselves about how their jobs, as well as the library itself, adapted to continue connecting with their patrons during the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers are needed to conduct interviews of library staff over Zoom.

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 9/30/20