Cause - People with Disabilities

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Bicycle Camp Volunteers

Interested in volunteering, getting great exercise, and having fun this summer? iCan Bike is looking for volunteers who would like to help campers with disabilities learn how to ride a bike. Under the guidance of professional trainers, volunteers help spot the campers on specialized training bikes and then facilitate their transition to conventional two-wheel bikes by the week's end. Helping people learn a skill that most of us take for granted is truly rewarding—and a lot of fun, too! Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. Time commitment is flexible, and volunteering can be for just one session (approximately 90 minutes) per day up to all five sessions (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.). The camp takes place at the EJ Murray Skating Center in Yonkers (near Ridge Hill Mall) from July 29 to August 2. Sessions are held at 8:30 a.m., 10:05 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3:35 p.m.

Yonkers, NY

7/29/19 8:30 AM +more

Volunteer Service Dog Puppy Raisers

Putnam Service Dogs is looking for volunteers to help raise its next class of puppies so it can continue to provide free service dogs to those in need. Putnam Service Dogs adopts mixed-breed Labrador, golden retriever, and German Shepherd puppies from rescue organizations. Volunteer puppy raisers are taught how to socialize these puppies to new situations and people, train them, and nurture them in order to build trusting, loving dogs. Volunteer expectations: Must love dogs and have a desire to learn more about them Must be a hard worker who is dedicated to helping others Must be able to physically exercise an energetic puppy by walking one mile per day by six months, as well as run the puppy daily for 5-10 minutes in a safe place Volunteer puppy raiser program: Volunteer puppy raisers learn how to train their puppies to achieve a high level of obedience and beginning service dog commands. Puppy raisers must attend classes, led by professional trainers, once a week for the first six months and monthly after that, with daily training and weekly socializing at home. There are 3-4 puppy raisers per class so the puppies learn to work under distraction. Class dates are determined after polling the class members for what works with their schedules. Formal training begins at about 16 months of age, when puppies are taken over by 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. Volunteer puppy raisers are expected to continue caring for the puppy until it is placed with the recipient at 22-24 months of age, and to maintain its obedience skills (15 minutes daily) as well as exercising the puppy, and socializing it some (under direction from trainers). Note: Not every puppy will graduate and will need to be released from the program. If a puppy is released within six months, its volunteer raiser may adopt it for a fee of $550. If the puppy is released after six months, its volunteer raiser may adopt it for free. If the puppy raiser does not want to adopt their puppy if they've been released, Putnam Service Dogs will carefully adopt it out. #remotevolunteer

Brewster, NY

Through 1/19/20

Interviewer of our applicants

We're seeking a volunteer with a MSW or Counselor experience to interview the applicants for our service dogs. This will involve email, telephone, and visiting them at home if they live within an hour of our trainers. (Putnam County, Westchester, Danbury area). We will teach you what you'll need to do to assess them for us. We're seeking a kind, diplomatic person who is willing to spend up to 5 hours/month, depending on the # of applicants we receive. Our applicants will have physical disabilities other than blindness.

Brewster, NY

Through 8/15/20

Horseback Riding Program Helper

Walk next to a rider and hold his ankle or thigh during lessons to keep them from falling. Other things can be leading the horse, helping a rider brush a horse or walk a horse from the stable to the ring. The stable will train volunteers. There is opportunity to learn more and saddle, feed etc. We have two locations one in Putnam Valley and the other in Cortlandt Manor. We provide recreational opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. The riders are children and young adults on Saturday mornings.

Cortlandt, NY

Through 8/2/19

Gathering Gently Used/Unread Magazines

IAHD's Day Hab Program in Tarrytown needs lots of gently read or unread magazines appropriate for our program participants (individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities). Suitable magazine titles include: Better Homes and Gardens People National Geographic Car and Driver Popular Mechanics Bon Appétit Good Housekeeping Essence Food Network Conde Nast Traveler O, The Oprah Magazine Real Simple Runner's World Road & Track Family Circle #donate books #remotevolunteer

Tarrytown, NY

Through 12/31/20

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 The PAL Program. The PAL Program discovers a member’s passion, interests, and matches up the individual with a person or place in the community sharing a similar passion or interest. We discover what you enjoy and how it could potentially match with a member of PHP. We are looking for volunteers who would like to participate in arts and crafts, go to lunch, and spend time with a new friend(s) who has a great sense of humor! How does it work? Meet with individual once a week, or once bi-weekly depending on schedule flexibility First outing will always be accompanied by Community Resource Coordinator Provide your own transportation to meet the individual at the destination Report to community resource coordinator with updates on the progress of outings Form natural friendship with individual based on similar interests Benefits Receive an optional professional reference upon completion of program Join an incredible community of passionate staff and volunteers Hours: Approximately one a week depending on the activity and volunteer schedule Suggested Commitment: 6 months - 1 year PHP provides equal opportunity for all volunteers.

Hawthorne, NY

Through 12/12/19

General Program Volunteers

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center, Westchester is currently looking for general program volunteers to assist our schedule of purposeful programs throughout the month. Programs typically run on a Friday evening and a Saturday morning. The role of a general volunteer is to assist the program leader with setting up, activities, cleaning up, engaging with the families and participants and to celebrate everyone’s Best of All. Requirements: Need to be 13+. Under 13s welcome but must volunteer with a parent Attend an orientation Observe two programs Once the above requirements have been fulfilled a background check is required if 18+.

Ardsley, NY

Through 12/31/19

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 1/18/20

Mental Health Mentors

Compeers, or mental health mentors, help provide supportive friendships to adults with mental health challenges. The volunteer and their match can partake in activities that they already enjoy, such as taking walks, grabbing a bite to eat, watching movies, and attending cultural and sporting events. Other "skill building" activities include money management, shopping for healthy conscious food, and spending time at their local library. Volunteers receive comprehensive training through Compeer International before spending four (4) hours per month for at least one year building a trusting one-on-one relationship with their matches. This gift of friendship helps build a bond of belonging and enhanced wellness. Givers gain! Note: Volunteers based in Rockland County are preferred.

Bardonia, NY

Through 12/31/19

Yoga Volunteer

Do you enjoy yoga? Hawthorne Foundation Inc. is looking for volunteers to assist staff with activities at our adult day habilitation program for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday from 9:30 am-2:30 pm

Elmsford, NY

Through 3/5/20

Cooking Volunteer

Do you enjoy cooking? Hawthorne Foundation Inc. is looking for volunteers to assist staff with activities at our adult day habilitation program for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday from 9:30 am-2:30 pm

Elmsford, NY

Through 3/5/20

Music Volunteer

Do you enjoy music? Hawthorne Foundation Inc. is looking for volunteers to assist staff with activities at our adult day habilitation program for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday from 9:30 am-2:30 pm

Elmsford, NY

Through 3/5/20

Art Volunteer

Do you enjoy art? Hawthorne Foundation Inc. is looking for volunteers to assist staff with activities at our adult day habilitation program for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. Experience with pottery and using a kiln is preferred. Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday from 9:30 am-2:30 pm

Elmsford, NY

Through 3/5/20

Zumba Instructor

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center, Westchester is currently looking for a volunteer that would attend our programs to teach our teens and adults Zumba. The level of commitment can be discussed. Our teen and adult group meet a couple of times a month and have both expressed a huge interest in learning Zumba. We would love to hear from anyone who is trained and would like to come and teach us! Volunteer Program Leader Requirements: Must be 18+ Must attend an hour-long orientation (sessions available 6:30-7:30 p.m. first Wedsnesday of the month) Observe two programs Once the above requirements have been fulfilled, a background check is required. Please express your interest below!

Ardsley, NY

Through 9/1/19

Work Skills Coach for Young Women with Autism

Help young women with autism and related learning and social disabilities develop job skills for employment and life skills for greater independence. Yes She Can Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping young women with autism spectrum disorders and related social and learning disabilities develop transferable job skills. Its innovative job skills development program is implemented at a retail store operated by Yes She Can called Girl AGain, a resale boutique for gently used American Girl dolls. Yes She Can trainees participate in the program with the support of work skills coaches who are responsible for helping trainees learn and perform their work duties while teaching problem-solving skills, executive functioning skills, workplace social skills, and emotional regulation. A coach may work with individuals one-on-one or in a small group. Trainees are young women ages 18-28 who are interested in pursuing employment. Volunteers should have a degree or direct service experience in any of the following areas: Social Work, Psychology, Special Education, Vocational Training, Speech and Language Therapy, Behavior Counseling or related area. Individuals should have direct experience in working with teens or adults with autism or related social and learning disabilities. With Director of Training Programs (LCSW), assess and understand the needs of the trainee(s), and their goals for the program. Understand and support the social, emotional and cognitive issues of the trainee(s) and help them achieve their program goals. Learn the store operations and tasks to be able to teach and support trainees Support the trainee(s) in performing job tasks, assessing their work and providing feedback Serve as coach for 3 hours or more per week on a consistent schedule. Coaching hours run Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Optional: support trainees when they participate on Saturdays for in-store customer craft workshops (11 a.m.-12 p.m.)

White Plains, NY

Through 5/23/20

Girl AGain Boutique Peer Mentors

Yes She Can helps young women with autism develop job skills by operating Girl AGain, a resale boutique that sells gently used American Girl dolls, clothes, and furniture. It is seeking a few volunteers who want to work side-by-side, serving as peer mentors to trainees in the boutique. Trainees prepare merchandise, price and display it, and help customers make purchases. This is a great opportunity for mature high school students and college students. Store hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Training schedule runs Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Typical volunteer support would be four hours at one time.

White Plains, NY

Through 5/23/20

Horse Program Side Walkers

Topfield Equestrian Center is seeking volunteers for its therapeutic riding lessons. The center serves individuals and groups ages four and up who are living with various challenges and ability levels to learn horseback-riding skills. Side Walker Volunteers do not require horse experience; this is the perfect opportunity for those who would like to work alongside riders and help them learn new riding skills. Therapeutic riding lessons run year-round.

Cold Spring, NY

Through 8/31/19

Barn Volunteers

Topfield Equestrian Center is looking for experienced Barn Volunteers to assist with horse turnout, feeding, and stall mucking. Barn volunteers must have three to five years of previous experience working in a barn and handling horses. Barn shifts are 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. on Sunday through Saturday year-round, including holidays. Volunteers must submit a volunteer application and attend an orientation and training prior to volunteering.

Cold Spring, NY

Through 8/31/19

Pet Therapy (Dog) Volunteer!

Must have a dog and must have temperament to be trained as a pet therapy dog-training provided by Red Cross in our various offices. Looking for vols who would like to do pet therapy in all the areas we serve. We do reading programs with youth, programs with the elderly as well as the military! Committment time is very flexible once training is completed with dog and owner. Training is a 6 week session taught once per week for about 2 hours per session in one of our various Red Cross offices. Volunteers are needed for this program in Westchester County. #remotevolunteer

Through 3/7/20

Vacation Relief Person for our Pups-in-Training

Our volunteer puppy raisers sometimes need someone to care for their pup for short periods of time (usually a week or less) when they go away, or have a situation that prevents them from caring for their pup. All supplies, including the pup's crate, needed will be brought with the pup when the pup is delivered to your home, so there's no expense to you, unless you want to purchase a gate to limit the pup's access in your home. We ask that you complete the puppy raiser application on our website, and indicate you want to be a vacation relief person (there's a spot on the form for your comments). The application is under applications on our Home Page on putnamservicedogs.org. We will assess you as carefully as we assess those applying to be a puppy raiser, including speaking to your references. When a puppy raiser needs someone to take their pup, we contact people on our Vacation Relief list to find someone whose schedule works with the time slot requested. You'll be spending time with a great dog, helping a great cause, and get your doggy fix for awhile. #remotevolunteer

Through 7/13/20

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