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Tis' the season of giving!

Here's how you can volunteer locally during the 2018 holiday season! From DIY projects, donation drives, to hands-on volunteer opportunities available from November to December there's many ways to spread cheer through our community and impact the lives of those in need. 
 
Opportunties are available for all ages and abilities. Volunteering as a family is also a great way to spend time together creating new memories and pass on the importance of giving. Please check back as new opportunities are added weekly.
 

Holiday Volunteering You Can Do From Home (DIY Projects)


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Caring Cards and Crafts for Seniors

Many of us look forward to celebrating Holidays with the ones we love, but for others, it can be very lonesome. Holidays of any kind can lead to extra heartache for those who may have lost somebody close to them. You can partner with Meals on Wheels to make cards for seniors to help brighten their day. Caring Cards & Crafts is a great project for students, teachers, youth groups and families. The cards & crafts are simple, handmade cutouts, but the thought and meaning behind each one is so much greater. The cards are filled with love, good wishes and even poetry. Deadlines: Thanksgiving: 11/21/2018 Winter: 12/21/2018

Nanuet, NY

Through 12/21/18

Miles of Smiles Volunteers

Help brighten a smile for a senior, literally. Create Miles of Smiles bags. How it works: Fill a bag with all the products a senior needs for a healthy smile. Inside the Quart size Ziploc bag be sure to include: -Soft tooth brush -Toothpaste -Floss -Mouth wash -A Miles of Smiles Flyer (We provide this) Miles of Smiles Instructions

Nanuet, NY

Through 12/31/18

Blizzard Boxes for Winter 2018-2019

Help support homebound seniors when the weather is poor by creating Blizzard boxes. A Blizzard Box is an assortment of donated non-perishable food items packed into shoeboxes. The shoeboxes are delivered to the recipients of our Home Delivered Meals Program in case normal food deliveries are halted due to weather related or other emergencies. The shoeboxes are delivered by Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers. Blizzard Box Instructions Deliver to the Meals on Wheels office in Nanuet or Volunteer New York! office in Tarrytown.

Nanuet, NY

Through 12/21/18

Blizzard Boxes

Help support homebound seniors when the weather is poor by creating Blizzard boxes. A Blizzard Box is an assortment of donated non-perishable food items packed into shoe boxes. The shoe boxes are delivered to the recipients of our Home Delivered Meals Program in case normal food deliveries are halted due to weather related or other emergencies. The shoe boxes are delivered by Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers. Blizzard Box Instructions Deliver to the Volunteer New York! office in Tarrytown or Meals on Wheels office in Nanuet.

Tarrytown, NY

Through 12/21/18

Create Sock Bundles this Holiday Season!

Create “sock bundles” for people experiencing homelessness. This is a DIY project that can be done at home with your children or as a group project. Socks are one of the most needed and least donated items in homeless shleters. Sock bundles consist of a new pair of mens socks, 2 items from the list below, and a homemade card in a quart-size ziplock bag. Socks should be for men, sizes large or extra-large. Please only use crew or knee high socks (black or white socks are fine). Please select 2 additional items for each bag: -Disposable men's razors -Shaving cream -Men's deodorant (high need) -Toothbrush (high need) -Toothpaste -Comb -Brush -Lotion Bundles will go out in December and January, so general card messages work best: -Wishing you a wonderful day -Thinking of you -Hope this brightens your day Or anything similar. Please do not include holiday messages. These donations can be dropped off at Volunteer New York! in Tarrytown, Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm and will be distributed to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and pantries throughout Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Counties. #RISE

Tarrytown, NY

Through 12/21/18

Host a Diaper & Wipes Drive

Surprisingly, so few people are aware of the struggle some of their neighbors face just to meet the basic need of diapering their babies. The Diaper Bank relies on donations, community drives, and corporate sponsorships. The JLCW is seeking individuals, community organizations and corporate sponsors to support the Diaper Bank and our families in the community. We will send you a “How to Host a Diaper Drive” kit to get you started. We’ll also provide you with posters and educational materials. We are in greater need of larger sizes (3, 4, 5 & 6) and pull-up's (all sizes). If you think you can easily encourage your donors to skew their collecting in that direction, we'd be most grateful. We also need baby wipes! This project is ideal for kids, companies, faith-based organizations, daycare centers and more!

Through 12/31/18

Local Nonprofit Holiday Donation Drives


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Warm Winter Clothes Needed!

As the temperature begins to drop there is a greater need for warm winter clothing items. We are looking for donations of items like new or gently used jackets, hats, gloves, socks, etc. to give to those in need in the local community. For more information email Jared Apuzzo- contact@csasoupkitchen.org.

Mount Vernon, NY

Through 3/31/19

Spread Joy--Donate Socks

Everyone Deserves Warm Feet If you’re homeless you walk, a lot! So, it’s essential to keep your feet clean and dry and you need good socks for that, especially during the cold winter season. Drop off your donations of new socks November 19th- December 10th. Aisling Irish Community Center 990 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY

Yonkers, NY

Through 12/10/18

Donate Turkeys, Turkey Breasts, Or Hams

On Monday, November 19th we will be preparing 325 meals and delivering to the Homeless that evening. In order for this meal to happen we need cooked turkeys, or turkey breast, and cooked hams. If interested, please contact sharon@aislingcenter.org by 11/15/18. If you have a frozen turkey or ham that you would like to donate, please contact sharon@aislingcenter.org.

Yonkers, NY

Through 11/15/18

2018 Holiday Toy Drive

The YWCA Residence is in need of New Toy & New/Gently Used Book Donations for Children 12 years and under Please Note: - We cannot accept toy guns or "blasters" - We particularly welcome gender neutral toys - All toys should be unwrapped Please "express interest" below if you have any of these items to donate.

White Plains, NY

Through 12/21/18

2018 Arts and Crafts Supplies Drive

The YWCA Residence is in need of Art Supplies. The following items are welcomed: - Yarn, Knitting needles, Crochet needles - Canvases, Paints, Paintbrushes, Smocks etc. - Wooden items for painting ( eg small boxes) - Adult Coloring Books, Coloring Pencils - Journals Scrapbooks & Materials Please "express interest" below if you have any of these items to donate.

White Plains, NY

Through 11/20/18

2018 Holiday Food Drive

The YWCA Residence is in need of Non-Perishable Food Donations. For the good health of our residents we ask that you limit donations to low sodium (or no salt added) and low sugar items, and please no soda. The following items are welcomed: Canned Goods Tuna/Salmon/Chicken/Beans/Vegetables/Fruit/Soup/Chili etc. Dry Goods Hot & Cold Cereals/Pancake Mix/Rice/Pasta/Soups Drinks (not requiring refrigeration) Long life Milk/Long life Non-Dairy Milks (Rice/Soy/Almond)/Juice Also: Peanut Butter/Jelly/Tea/Coffee/Sugar & Sweeteners Please "express interest" below if you have any of these items to donate.

White Plains, NY

Through 11/20/18

Baby wipes: an ideal stocking-stuffer!

Surprisingly, so few people are aware of the struggle some of their neighbors face to provide one basic component of diapering their babies. At holiday time you you can help these families with a welcome "stocking-stuffer." Just donate a package (or more) of wipes! It's simple. It's small. It's needed. Please drop off at Wayside Cottage (bin on porch), 1039 Post Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 or one of our drop-off locations. The Westchester County Diaper Bank thanks you!

Scarsdale, NY

Through 12/31/18

Support United for the Troops for the Holidays

Help Volunteer New York! and United For The Troops send a little comfort to our military overseas this holiday season! UNITED FOR THE TROOPS supports our troops serving overseas by sending them care packages of items they say they “Miss Most” while they are deployed. Click HERE for a donation list. Hand written letters, cards, and pictures are always welcome and included in the care packages. This year we aim to send out 10,000 letters and cards! This is a great opportunity to get the whole family involved because young children can make cards and help pick out items. Volunteer New York! will have a collection bin in our office during the month of November and into December. Donations can be dropped off Monday to Friday, 8:30AM to 5:00PM.

Tarrytown, NY

Through 12/31/18

Have a Heart for the Holidays 2018

Last year WJCS distributed over 1,000 gifts to children in need throughout Westchester. For many parents this is the only holiday gift they will give their children. We will distribute unwrapped gifts for babies through age 9 and $25 Target gift cards to kids ages 10-18. Donations may be dropped off at 845 North Broadway, White Plains, NY by December 3, 2017. For more information and gift ideas, please click here.

White Plains, NY

Through 12/3/18

Holiday Gift Drive

Each year the Nyack Center distributes gifts to the children they serve. For many families this is the only gift they will give their children. Help spread joy by donating new, unwrapped gifts for children ages 5-16 years old. Toys, games, books, and gift cards are suggested. The last day to drop off gifts is Dec. 17th.

Nyack, NY

Through 12/17/18

Donate Diapers and Wipes to the Westchester County Diaper Bank!

Surprisingly, so few people are aware of the struggle some of their neighbors face just to meet the basic need of diapering their babies. You can help thesse families by donating diapers of all sizes, types, and brands – newborn to toddlers. Please note, however, that the greater need is for the larger sizes (3, 4, 5 and 6; and pull-ups). Open packages accepted. Additionally, the Diaper Bank always needs wipes, so please send some along with - or without - diapers. Drop off: Wayside Cottage (bin on porch), 1039 Post Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 or one of our drop off locations.

Through 12/31/18

2018 Holiday Volunteer Opportunities


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Help Serve Thanksgiving Dinner 2018

St. Christopher's Inc. is hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for 250 students and their families on Tuesday, November 14th and need your help to make it happen. Volunteers are needed to set up, serve, and clean up. We are also looking for a group to make decorations for the dinner. Must be able to stay the whole time.

Dobbs Ferry, NY

11/14/18 5:00 PM

Help Unload And Distribute Food

Our volunteer needs are as follows: Tuesday - November 13 - 10 - 12:30 unload delivery truck Friday -November 16 - 10 - 12:30 unload delivery truck Saturday - November 17 - 8:30 am - 12 noon - help distributing food,etc. Tuesday - December 11 - 10 - 12:30 unload delivery truck Friday - December 14 - 10 - 12:30 unload delivery truck Saturday - December 15 - 8:30 am - 12 noon - help distributing food, etc. For more information contact Nancy Claiborn- (914)654-0424

New Rochelle, NY

11/16/18 10:00 AM +more

Cook and Prepare a Thanksgiving Meal 2018

As you know, Thanksgiving is approaching fast. Corporate Outreach in conjunction with the Port Chester Carver Center are planning a dinner for those less fortunate than some. This year our dinner date is Saturday November 17th and we need your help. Volunteers are needed to Serve, Cook, and/or Deliver meal. Items needed: -gravy -breads -yams -brown sugar -butter -paper goods (plates, cups, utensils) -sodas(regular,diet,sprite/ginger ale) -tins 3"deep 12x20 -tins 3"deep 12x10 -styrofoam containers (dinner and dessert 6x6) If interested in any or all of these please reach out ASAP and details will follow. Volunteers are needed in the AM or PM on Friday or Saturday which are November 16th and 17th(Turkey Day) Thank you for your Holiday Spirit!!

Port Chester, NY

11/16/18 10:00 AM +more

Prepare Bag Lunches for Families to Take Home

Volunteers are needed to assemble bag lunches (over 100 on Tuesdays and 50 on Fridays) for families to take home. These portable meals include a sandwich wrapped in tin foil, a drink and a desert. The bag lunches will be distributed each night following dinner service.

Mount Vernon, NY

11/16/18 2:30 PM +more

The New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade

We are looking for volunteers to help with the Thanksgiving Day Parade! We need about 20 volunteers that can help out from 8:30 AM until 12 PM for varying jobs. We would need volunteers to arrive to Eastchester Road and North Avenue at 8:30 AM to assist with holding the ropes for the balloons until the sponsors of the balloons arrive. There will be a short training on holding a giant balloon as a team (no experience necessary). (Must be 18+ to hold a balloon). We also need people to assist with checking in balloon holders. We also need help with relaying messages and holding banners. We need help giving out information to people. We also need help with setting up a hot chocolate table and distributing hot chocolate for the marchers. Most volunteers need to be able to walk the 1 ½ miles+ for the length of the parade.* For more information, please contact Diamond Wollaston at info@newrochamber.org Please see Jennifer Lanser from the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce on the day of the parade.

New Rochelle, NY

11/17/18 8:30 AM

Open Door Family Medical Center Gift Wrapping Days! 2018

Open Door’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive and “Santa Days” have become a welcome source of Holiday cheer for underserved families throughout our community.This year, with your support, we plan to go BIG and distribute over 3,000 new, unwrapped toys and gift cards for our young patients ages newborn to 14-years. Express Interest for Gift Wrapping Days. High school, college and adults only. Each shift can accommodate 10 volunteers. Groups Welcome. For additional information contact: Jane Levy, Manager of Volunteer Programs

Ossining, NY

11/17/18 10:00 AM +more

Open Door Medical Center Give Thanks Wrap-a-Thon 2018

Calling all wrappers! You can almost smell the turkey roasting, but please take a little time to give thanks! Kick-off Open Door's annual Holiday Toy Drive. Last year over 2,500 toys were distributed to benefit our young patients and this year we expect to exceed this amount! Grab a roll of wrapping paper and join our Give Thanks Wrap-a-Thon! 10 volunteers needed per shift: adults, college students, and high school students. Middle school children may help when accompanied by an adult. The shifts are: Shift 1: 10 AM-Noon Shift 2: Noon- 2 PM Shift 3: 2 PM - 4 PM *You are not officially signed up for this project until your shift is confirmed with Jane Levy* For additional information and ways to contribute contact: Jane Levy at jlevy@odfmc.org

Ossining, NY

11/17/18 10:00 AM +more

Kitchen Clean Up after Thanksgiving Dinner

This year our dinner date is Saturday November 18th and we need your help to clean up!. Corporate Outreach in conjunction with the Port Chester Carver Center are planning a dinner for those less fortunate than some. This is Corporate Outreach's 32nd year doing this event expecting to serve 500 to 700 dinners. Volunteers are needed for kitchen clean up on Saturday, November 17th from 2pm - 4pm, in White Plains. If interested please reach out ASAP by "expressing Interest" below. Thank you for your Holiday Spirit!!

Port Chester, NY

11/17/18 2:00 PM

Hot Cocoa Run and Dog Walk

The 10th annual Hot Cocoa Run and Dog Walk on Saturday December 1st at Ward Elementary School in New Rochelle is looking for volunteers! 311 Broadfield Road 5k, 10k, 1 mile family frolic and dog one miler! Looking for help on Friday 11/30 between 5-9pm and Saturday 12/1 from 7am-1pm Volunteers for registration, course direction, set up/ take down, water table, and more!

New Rochelle, NY

11/30/18 5:00 PM +more

Open Door Family Medical Centers Santa Days! 2018

Open Door’s Annual Holiday Toy Drive and “Santa Days” have become a welcome source of Holiday cheer for underserved families throughout our community.This year, with your support, we plan to go BIG and distribute over 3,000 new, unwrapped toys and gift cards for our young patients ages newborn to 14-years. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: Drivers needed to pick-up donations, Decorate the six health centers, Distribute toys with Santa. Express Interest for Santa Days. High school, college and adults only. Each shift can accommodate 10 volunteers. Groups Welcome. For additional information contact: Jane Levy, Manager of Volunteer Programs jlevy@odfmc.org

Ossining, NY

12/4/18 1:00 PM +more

Help Serve Dinner at our 2018 Holiday Dinner

Help the Asociacion de Familias Hispanas of Tarrytown celebrate all the great work of students and their families by serving dinner at the Holiday Party. Over 100 families are expected and volunteers are needed to serve food. This is a great opportunity for families to help. Dinner will start promptly at 6pm and dessert will be served at 7pm. *If there is enough food volunteers will be invited to eat; however, it's best to plan to eat before or after just in case.

Tarrytown, NY

12/13/18 6:00 PM

Distribute FREE Nutritious Food at Port Chester Mobile Pantry

In partnership with Feeding Westchester, a specialized 36-foot refrigerated truck brings a “market on wheels” to Open Door Port Chester parking lot one Saturday a month so that fresh, nutritious foods can be delivered directly to those-in-need Food is set up as a farmer’s market where people can walk through to select their own food. Volunteers needed! Volunteers set up tables, unload the produce from large pallets, and pre-bag smaller items. Volunteers clean up the parking area and stack the sorted piles of empty cartons, crates, and pallets for the recycling. Spanish Language Helpful. Must be able to Lift 20 lbs. Time: Noon- 3 PM Dates: July 28th August 25th Sept 15th October 13 November 10 December 15

Port Chester, NY

12/15/18 12:00 PM

Help Prep Holiday Dinner at the YWCA Residence in White Plains

Since 1930, the YWCA has provided safe, affordable comfortable housing for low income women, working professionals, and women in transition. Volunteers are needed to help Prepare Holiday Dinner on Tuesday, December 18th.

White Plains, NY

12/19/18 3:00 PM

Help Serve Holiday Dinner at the YWCA Residence in White Plains

Since 1930, the YWCA has provided safe, affordable comfortable housing for low income women, working professionals, and women in transition. Volunteers are needed to help serve Holiday Dinner on Thursday, December 20th.

White Plains, NY

12/20/18 3:00 PM

Meal Delivery For Homebound Elderly

The Social action committee of Community Synagogue, along with the Bronx Jewish Community Council and the UJA will once again be participating in a project to reach out on Christmas Day to the Jewish elderly homebound. Please join us in the sprit of Abraham by participating in this wonderful mitzvah of M’aakhil R’evim, feeding the hungry on December 25th. We have volunteered to prepare and deliver 30 meals to 30 individuals in need. We will be preparing food and delivering the meals in the Bronx on Christmas morning and we need your help. Please be prepared to contribute a part of the meal and deliver to the Bronx. Please contact Robin Blum on how you can get involved or with any questions at robinblum79@gmail.com or at 914 623-3764.

Rye, NY

12/25/18 9:30 AM

Holiday Toy Drive at Abbott House

Holiday Toy Drive Opportunity - Make the Holidays Brighter for Children at Abbott House We are seeking a Team of Toy Drive Volunteers and Team Leaders to help ensure that every child at Abbott House feels special and knows they are not forgotten during the season of hope and love. For questions contact development@abbotthouse.net Or contact Sheila x3202 / Kate x3056 at (914) 591 - 7300 We are seeking a team of 20 to 30 Volunteers who can devote three to five hours a week starting on December 10, are organized, good at sorting/packing/unpacking, comfortable working in a team environment and can lift up to 20 lbs. These Support Team Volunteers are required to: Help solicit donations of toys based on children’s wish lists. Receive, sort, organize and take inventory of toys. Assist in picking up toys as needed. Collect and/or fill out In-kind Donation forms for toys received. Fill toy “orders” and group them into bundles to be distributed to Case Workers/Program Staff. Oversee pick-ups of toys from campus in Irvington campus by Case Workers/Program Staff. Work closely with Toy Drive Project Manager Volunteers to meet the goals of Abbott House. We are also seeking three (3) Project Manager Volunteers who are available starting on November 1, highly organized, proficient in Excel and comfortable managing relationships and troubleshooting. The Project Manager Volunteer will: Solicit donations based on wish lists. Work with Abbott House Development Staff to devise a systematic plan for utilizing Support Team Volunteers to help receive, sort, organize and take inventory of items. Work with Abbott House Development Staff to coordinate logistics for pick-up of toys by Program Staff. Communicate with Team Volunteers to arrange schedules and assignments. Create master schedule and distribute to all involved via email. Serve as a liaison between Abbott House Development Staff and the Support Team Volunteers. Help with data entry of items into database. Maintain master inventory list. Make phone calls to find out wish list details, clothing sizes, etc. when needed. Date: November 1 through December 24 Time: Three to five hours a week on average. Schedules can be coordinated in advance.

Irvington, NY

Through 12/3/18

Toy Sorters Needed

Toy sorters are needed for the holiday season. Come help us sort and organize toys. Help needed on Wednesday mornings at 10am but other times and dates are also available upon scheduling.

Dobbs Ferry, NY

Through 1/1/19

Help With Our Client Choice Pantry

We are now looking for volunteers Monday through Friday to help in our Client Choice pantry. Tasks may include distributing food to clients, stocking shelves, hanging and displaying donated clothing. Monday- Wednesday: 9:30am- 5:00pm Thursday: 9:30am- 7:00pm Friday: 9:30am- 4:00pm Contact Elyce Bristol- elyce@peopletopeopleinc.org for more information

Nanuet, NY

Through 12/31/19

Gift Wrappers Needed 2018

Volunteers are needed to wrap gifts for the children of the Nyack Center. Help spread joy this holiday season.

Nyack, NY

Through 12/21/18

Help Unload Food Delivery Truck

People to People is in need of assistance to help us unload a large food delivery truck the second Tuesday of each month. We look for additional volunteers from 12:30pm– 3:30pm. All volunteers must be 14 or older and able to lift up to 40 pounds.

Nanuet, NY

Through 11/30/18

Food Pantry Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to unload and repack produce from a monthly delivery truck. #VolunteerNewRochelle #RISE

New Rochelle, NY

Through 11/30/18

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