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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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Healthcare Professionals Needed for 2020 Hurricane Season Support

Due to a projected active hurricane season, the American Red Cross has a special need for volunteers with specialized medical training. These volunteers will work in emergency shelters to help assess people’s health and provide hands-on care in alignment with their professional unencumbered license. Ideal volunteers for this role include those with any of the following certifications: Registered Nurse (RN) Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Nurse Practictioner (NP) Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Paramedic Physician Assistant (PA) The American Red Cross is also seeking volunteers in ancillary roles (Certified Nurse Assistant, home health aides, medical students, student nurses) who can provide care as delegated by a licensed nurse in shelters. This could include assisting with activities of daily living; providing personal assistance services; providing health education; and helping to replace medications, durable medical equipment, or consumable medical supplies.

Hawthorne, NY

Through 10/23/20

Ready Red Cross Shelter Volunteers

Due to predictions for an active hurricane season and the complexities of COVID-19, the American Red Cross will need thousands of volunteers to help care for people when disasters strike. Ready Red Cross Shelter Volunteers are trained to answer the call when their communities need it most. Ready Red Cross Shelter Volunteers will help support emergency shelters (through November) by staffing different areas, including reception, registration, feeding, dormitory, and information collection, and performing other vital tasks. Both associate and supervisory opportunities are available. Requirements: Must be willing to commit to 5 in-person shifts (8-12 hours) if a shelter is opened in the tri-state area (Westchester, Rockland, NYC, and Long Island) Must have a valid driver's license Must complete approx 2.5 hrs of training (all available online) Minimum of 18 years of age or older

Elmsford, NY

Through 10/31/20

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 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

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