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Cause - Disaster & Emergency Services

"Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it." -Hunter S. Thompson

 

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Blood Donor Screeners - Westchester County

The American Red Cross is looking for volunteer Blood Donor Screeners to assist with its temperature-taking and blood donor screening process in Westchester County. These volunteers MUST properly follow the donation screening process and keep the donation area clean to help ensure the safety of blood donors, staff, and other volunteers in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Responsibilities: Model excellent customer service behaviors Greet blood donors and assist with the screening and temperature-taking process Manage the flow of blood donors into the site, ensuring that only donors who pass the temperature screen can enter the donation center Explain the purpose of the temperature screen to donors and ensure they understand reasons for deferral, if applicable Direct blood donors to the next step of the donation process or provide options for future donations if they were deferred Blood Donor Screeners MUST be comfortable with the following tasks: Handling supplies, including: thermometer and probe covers, trash baskets, gloves, hand sanitizers, Sani-cloths or Cavi-cide Wearing gloves at all times and changing them between each donor Using a new probe cover on an electronic thermometer or a new disposable thermometer for each donor Not repeating temperatures for any reason Taking temperatures, which includes inserting the thermometer into the donor's mouth, holding the probe, reading the temperature, and discarding the probe cover or the disposable thermometer Checking to see if the donor's temperature is acceptable Advising the donor if above 99.5°F to defer from donating on current day Cleaning the electronic thermometer, probe, and probe wiring between each donor with Sani-cloth or Cavi-cide Qualifications: Must be 18 years of age or older Ability to display the utmost professionalism and communication skills using diplomacy and tact Extremely comfortable working with people from diverse communities and backgrounds Ability to understand technology needed for position Comfortable taking temperatures and explaining processes 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 8/31/20

Disaster and Feeding Center Coordinators

American Red Cross is looking for volunteers from the Lower Hudson Valley to join its Mass Care Team. These volunteers will play an important role in responding to local disasters by setting up shelters and feeding centers and, in non-disaster times, conducting outreach to form new partnerships with local businesses.

Hawthorne, 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 8/31/20

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

Emergency Blood Drive - Larchmont

Donating blood is safe and easy. Because of the coronavirus, it is critical that healthy people donate to ensure that there is a blood supply for hospital patients. IMPORTANT: Donors' temperatures are checked before they donate blood. If they have a temperature of 99.5 or higher, they cannot donate. There is no history of any respiratory illness being spread through a blood transfusion; however, individuals who are unwell should remain at home to prevent exposing medical workers and others to the virus. 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 blood: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here to complete the permission form (16-17 years old) MANDATORY: Click here to review the height and weight requirements for donating MANDATORY: Click here and enter code "347" to schedule your appointment

Larchmont, NY

7/28/20 2:00 PM

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

Donate Convalescent Plasma at the New York Blood Center

The New York Blood Center is urging people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate their convalescent plasma. While COVID-19 has no proven treatment, it is possible that convalescent plasma taken from those who have recovered—which contains antibodies against the virus—could help. You are eligible to donate convalescent plasma if you meet ALL of the following requirements: You had a positive COVID-19 test as determined by a medical professional Your symptoms have been gone for 14 days You are willing to donate 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

Elmsford, NY

Through 7/31/20

Volunteer for Greenburgh Community Emergency Response Team

Become an active member of the community by joining Greenburgh Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Under the supervision of the Greenburgh Police, the Greenburgh CERT is an all-volunteer squad of locals that serve as backup manpower to the community's first responders. All volunteers receive essential training on the fundamentals, including basic first aid, CPR, triage, search and rescue, fire safety, and emergency preparedness. Greenburgh CERT members meet monthly to be updated and retrained. The team is activated only by the police chief and on purely volunteer basis to run emergency shelters, warming centers, assist with traffic control at local community events, and provide other logistical support to local first responders as needed. The training and information volunteers take home can be invaluable to make their homes and families safer. Pre-registration is required.

Valhalla, NY

Through 8/30/20