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Cause - People with Disabilities

"I take advantage of every thing I can - age, hair, disability - because my cause is just." -Marjory Stoneman Douglas

 

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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

CHORE Volunteers

Did you know that falling is the leading cause of emergency room visits by older adults? In many cases, a simple home improvement or repair—such as better lighting or a grab bar—can keep you or your loved one safe. CHORE is a resource to both people living in Rockland County who are at least 60 years of age or a person living with a disability, regardless of age or income status, who need help. CHORE helps people to maintain the independence of living at home by providing free minor household repairs and home improvements that make living at home safe. Become a CHORE volunteer if you know how to: Repair lighting Replace light bulbs Install grab bars Install raised commode seats Repair/tighten handrails Repair stair treads Replace electrical outlets Install curtains or blinds Change batteries in smoke/CO detectors

New City, NY

Through 1/22/21

Friendly Visitors

Association for the Visually Impaired is seeking direct care volunteers to serve as friendly visitors, to take clients shopping, and to bring to appointments as needed.

Spring Valley, NY

Through 12/31/20

PAL Program Volunteers

Partners Health Plan's PAL Program discovers its members' passions and interests and matches them with a person or place in the community who shares a similar passion or interest. Some activities include arts and crafts, attending church together, and playing sports. Volunteers who speak Spanish are encouraged to apply! How does it work? Meet with each other once a week or bi-weekly depending on your availability. The first outing will always be accompanied by a PAL Program Coordinator. Volunteers provide their own transportation to meet the individual at the destination. Volunteers then report to the community resource coordinator with updates on the progress of their outings. Suggested time commitment is six months to one year. Benefits Volunteers receive an optional professional reference upon completion of the program in addition to volunteer hours if needed. (This must be disclosed in order to track time at the start of participation.) They will also receive an optional professional reference upon completion of the program PHP provides equal opportunity for all volunteers. Volunteers will meet at Westchester ARC for the initial meeting and be in various locations within the surrounding area afterward.

Hawthorne, NY

Through 12/31/20

Hospital Gift Shop Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to assist in the hospital gift shop; activities include restocking shelves, operating the cash register, and assist with office duties such as filing, shredding, answering telephones, and computer work.

Yonkers, NY

Through 5/29/21

Arts & Crafts Buddy

Are you interested in a rewarding field that works closely with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities? Would you like to share your interests with someone who enjoys it just as much as you? Partners Health Plan, a not-for-profit health plan that supports the lives of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, is looking for volunteers for its PAL Program. The PAL Program discovers a member’s passion and interests and matches them with a person or place in the community who shares a similar passion or interest. Partners Health Plan is looking for volunteers who would like to participate in arts and crafts, go to lunch, and spend time with a new friend who has a great sense of humor! Volunteers will meet with their "buddy" once every week or two (depending on the volunteer's schedule); the first outing will always be accompanied by a Community Resource Coordinator. Volunteers will provide their own transportation to meet their buddies, and report to the Community Resource Coordinator with updates on the progress of their outings. This is a great way to form natural friendships with individual based on similar interests! Benefits: Volunteers receive an optional professional reference upon completion of program and have the opportunity to join an incredible community of passionate staff and volunteers. Hours: Approximately once a week depending on the activity and volunteer's schedule. The suggested time commitment is six months to one year. PHP provides equal opportunityies for all volunteers.

Hawthorne, NY

Through 12/31/20

Volunteer Service Dog Puppy Raisers

Putnam Service Dogs adopts mixed-breed puppies from local rescue organizations and trains them to become trusting, loving service animals that assist people with physical disabilities other than blindness. It's looking for Volunteer Puppy Raisers to help raise its next class of puppies and prepare them for their formal training. (Already have a dog? That's OK—Putnam Service Dogs' trainers will assess your pet to make sure they'll do well with the puppy.) Volunteer expectations: Must be willing to spend 1-2 hours per day loving, caring for, exercising, training, and socializing a pup Must love dogs and have a desire to learn more about them Must be a hard worker who is dedicated to helping others Volunteer puppy raiser program: Volunteer puppy raisers learn how to form a very close bond with their pups, exercise them appropriately, socialize them to new people/dogs/experiences, train their puppies to achieve a high level of obedience and beginning service dog commands, and care for their pup. Puppy raisers attend weekly classes, led by professional trainers, once a week for the first year, with daily training at home, and weekly socializing as directed by the Putnam Service Dogs trainer. There are 3-4 puppy raisers per class, so the puppies learn to work under distraction. Class scheduled dates are determined after polling the class members for what works with their schedules. Formal training begins at about 18 months of age when puppies move to live with trainers. They'll be taught the specific tasks they'll use to help the recipient they've been matched to, such as retrieving dropped items, assisting with dressing, turning lights on and off, and opening and closing drawers and doors. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here to complete your application

Brewster, NY

Through 7/13/21

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. 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

Vacation Relief Volunteers for Puppy Trainers

Putnam Service Dogs adopts mixed-breed puppies from local rescue organizations and trains them to become trusting, loving service animals that assist people with physical disabilities other than blindness. It relies on volunteers to help raise these puppies and prepare them for a formal training period. Sometimes, even these volunteers need short-term relief (usually for one week) while they go on vacation or if they have a situation that prevents them from caring for their pup. When this happens, Putnam Service Dogs contacts its team of Vacation Relief Volunteers to help. All supplies, including the pup's crate, will be provided to the volunteer. If the Vacation Relief Volunteer has pet dogs in their families, a trainer will visit the home to determine if they'll do well with the puppy. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here to complete your application; please indicate that you want to be a Vacation Relief Volunteer in the comments section of the application

Through 7/13/21