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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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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

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 OKā€”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

Bronx-Westchester Advisory Board

VISIONS depends on its borough and county advisory boards to help spread awareness of the organization so that more individuals will know about its free vision rehabilitation services. Advisory Board Members also help fundraise to support these free services. The boards meet about 6 times a year, currently virtually by Zoom. There is no financial obligation to be an Advisory Board Member, although board members are asked to support VISIONS' events to the best of their ability. All efforts at outreach and spreading the word are greatly appreciated!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 1/15/22

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