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Tis' the season of giving!

 
Our goal every holiday season is to provide everyone an opportunity to give back in a meaningful way and to help ensure all members of our community feel connected. If you're a local nonprofit with a holiday opportunity, please contact us about featuring it here.
 
 

Seasonal Donation Drives

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Food Pantry Donations

The United Community Center of Westchester is seeking donations of non-perishable food for its emergency food pantry. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. #remotevolunteer #donatefood

New Rochelle, NY

Through 4/4/21

Collect Gifts for Children

The mission of Friends of Karen is to provide emotional, financial, and advocacy support to children with a life-threatening illness and their families. As a part of this effort, Friends of Karen is recruiting local volunteers who can help organize material drives in their communities. Volunteers can help in the following ways: Easter & Passover Project: Collect gift cards to local grocery stores so families may have a special holiday meal. Birthday Program: Collect items for the birthday toy pantry. Thanksgiving Baskets: Put together a basket of Thanksgiving food and a $20 gift certificate at for the turkey. Holiday Adopt-A-Family Program: Fulfill the holiday wishlists of Karen children and families, as well as donate batteries (AA and AAA), gift wrap, bows, tape, and holiday candy. Email the volunteer coordinator for wishlists and details. Gift cards for the following grocery stores are welcome: A&P, Food Emporium, Stop & Shop, or ShopRite. #remotevolunteer

North Salem, NY

Through 12/31/20

Volunteer Food Drives

Hudson Valley Community Services' food pantry program is seeking donations of nonperishable foods, toiletries, and household cleansers. Interested volunteers can organize a food collection drive at their school, club, religious organization, or place of business. HVCS can assist with picking up the goods and bringing them to the Hawthorne food pantry. In the past, student groups have even organized canned food drives at supermarkets!

Hawthorne, NY

Through 12/31/20

Donate Essential Cleaning Supplies and Masks

The Women's Residence at the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester is in need of essential cleaning supplies in order to keep both its tenants and staff safe. Supplies that are the most in-demand are: Hand sanitizer Antibacterial Wipes (for both surfaces and hands) Aerosol spray (such as Lysol) Surgical masks To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile. This is a self-directed project; you may ignore any automated emails instructing you to wait for a volunteer coordinator to reach you. Drop off items to be donated between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. with front desk staff at: YWCA Residence 69 North Broadway White Plains, NY 10601

White Plains, NY

Through 9/14/21

Donate Devices for Women in Need

For many years, the YWCA Women's Residence Awakenings Program has served women who are homeless, have a history of substance abuse, and have been re-incarcerated to help them reintegrate back into the community. Unfortunately, when this program transitioned from an in-person to a virtual model, participants were left with little support due to their inability to access technology and WiFi. Volunteers are needed to donate their tablets, laptops, and hotspots to help the women of the Awakenings Program access the services they need. These donations will help them attend their outpatient treatment groups for mental health, substance abuse, and AA/NA meetings. The devices will also contribute to educational and vocational training. To donate: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Unlock and wipe all devices of your personal data before donating. The volunteer coordinator will follow up with details about how to donate and where

White Plains, NY

Through 1/2/21

 

 

DIY Volunteer Projects

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Miles of Smiles Volunteers

Help brighten a smile for a senior—literally!—by creating Miles of Smiles bags. This is a great opportunity for students who need to fulfill community service hours (three bags equal one hour of volunteer service). Here's how it works: Fill a quart-sized Ziploc bag with all the products a senior needs for a healthy smile. Be sure to include a soft bristle toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, and A Miles of Smiles Flyer (Miles of Smiles will provide this). Refer to the Miles of Smiles Instructions for more details. Drop off your Miles of Smiles bags at Meals on Wheels' Nanuet location (provided after you express interest below). It's that easy to help a senior in need!

Nanuet, NY

Through 12/31/20

 

 

Ways to Volunteer This Season!

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Food Pantry Volunteers

The People to People Food Pantry is open and continuing its curbside delivery service to fulfill the needs of its community members during this difficult time. Volunteers are needed to help pack food and distribute it to the community Monday through Friday. Volunteers must bring and wear masks and maintain social distancing at all times; they will be provided with gloves. Volunteers can choose from the available shifts per day (below). Feel free to sign up for more than one shift! Court-ordered volunteers: court-ordered community service MUST be coordinated prior to signing up or else you will not receive credit for your hours. For court-ordered volunteers, select "click here to email this contact" to request approval for your service; once service is approved by the volunteer coordinator, return to this page and click "sign up."

Nanuet, NY

10/21/20 9:00 AM + more

Pop-Up Shop Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help LIFE Progressive Services Group's pop-up shop to raise funds for its re-entry program. Volunteers will assist with everything from setting up the shop to monitoring the sales of clothing, electronics, body and haircare products. Volunteers must wear masks and practice social distancing at all times.

Mount Vernon, NY

10/23/20 10:00 AM + more

Food Pantry Volunteers

The Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help transport cases of delivered food into the pantry (using provided hand trucks) and to help stock its shelves each Friday. Masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer are provided and all volunteers must follow social distancing protocols. Volunteers must be able to lift 50 pounds.

Mount Kisco, NY

10/23/20 11:00 AM + more

Fall Cleanup Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help rake leaves at the historic cemetery grounds of St. Paul's Church in anticipation of its Veterans Day Commemoration. Soldiers from every war in American history—from colonial times through the Korean War—are buried at St. Paul's, which is one of the oldest continuously used burial yards in the country. Veterans Day commemorations, which include guided tours and placing of wreaths, draw large crowds and volunteers will help keep the area tidy! ​Volunteers can select from the available shifts below. Important notes and requirements: No more than five volunteers are permitted per shift Volunteers must wear face masks, closed-toe shoes, and clothing that can get dirty Volunteers must bring their own work gloves and practice social distancing Rakes will be provided and disinfected between AM and PM shifts Volunteers will not be permitted access to historic buildings due to COVID-19 protocols. For restrooms, please use the public facilities at nearby restaurants

Mount Vernon, NY

10/31/20 10:00 AM + more

Volunteers to Set Up Winter Warming Center

Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland operates an emergency warming center from November through April to provide local homeless individuals with a safe space to get out of the cold and receive food and supportive services. To prepare the warming center, volunteers are needed to assemble coat racks and cots. Volunteers will also hang clear vinyl curtains from the coat racks to provide warming center guests with an extra level of protection from the spread of germs. This is a great opportunity for groups of older students, employees, or families to volunteer together! Volunteers must be able to lift 10-12 pounds. They will be provided with face masks and gloves and they must maintain social distancing wherever possible.

Pomona, NY

10/26/20 4:00 PM

Food Pantry Volunteers

Eastchester Community Action Partnership is looking for volunteers to assist with its food pantry. Volunteers will help unload and package food delivery items and then distribute them at the pantry. Volunteers must be able to lift 40 pounds.

Tuckahoe, NY

11/3/20 9:00 AM + more

Food Pantry Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help sort, package, and distribute donated food at the New Rochelle Community Action Partnership. Bilingual (Spanish-English) volunteers are strongly encouraged to sign up! Volunteers must wear masks at all times and practice social distancing wherever possible.

New Rochelle, NY

11/3/20 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. #JLP

Mount Vernon, NY

11/3/20 2:30 PM + more

Deliver Wellness Meals to Homes in Westchester County

Volunteers are needed to pick up boxes of frozen meals from the Meals on Wheels van at Volunteer New York!'s parking lot and deliver them to the homes of individuals living with cancer. Although the recipients live throughout Westchester, Meals on Wheels does its best to assign routes that are close to volunteers' homes. These meals are made possible through the "Magnolia Meals at Home" program for individuals currently in cancer treatment. This meal delivery program aims to provide a nutritious foundation for patients during their treatment. Volunteers must have their own transportation.

Tarrytown, NY

11/21/20 10:00 AM

Deliver Meals to Homes in Rockland

Volunteer to help deliver meals to Rockland's homebound residents! Deliveries are made with the volunteers' own vehicles to brighten someone's day. The time commitment is just one hour per week, typically between 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday through Friday. For volunteers who can't commit to a regular schedule, opportunities are available to pitch in as a substitute, holiday, or snow driver. Individuals or families are welcome and children are encouraged to accompany adults to inspire the act of giving back to their communities.

Nanuet, NY

Through 8/30/21

Food Rescue Drivers

TOUCH (Together Our Unity Can Heal) provides healthy food and supportive services to our neighbors with chronic illnesses. TOUCH works with the partner organizations of Rockland Community Against Hunger (RCAH) to distribute food to over 30 area food pantries. In 2018, RCAH's Food Recovery Program rescued over 40,000 pounds of consumable food that would otherwise have gone into landfills—feeding those in need and benefiting the environment. Volunteers are needed to rescue food from local stores and deliver it to a participating food program. Volunteer drivers can commit to a weekly food rescue or fill in when needed. Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using your own vehicle. Volunteers should be able to do some lifting. Businesses, church or worship groups, teen groups, and community organizations are always welcome to volunteer!

Congers, NY

Through 2/11/21

Food Pantry Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help with setup, distribution, and cleanup of the food pantry.

Tarrytown, NY

Through 2/1/21

Drivers to Deliver Meals

Help bring healthy meals and a smile to seniors in the community! Meals On Wheels volunteers meet at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital at 11 a.m. any day of the week to pick up pre-packed boxes of meals and receive the addresses of seniors where they'll deliver the meals. Meal delivery takes approximately two hours. Volunteer drivers must have valid driver's license and insurance card when filling out their applications. #VolunteerNewRochelle #JLP

New Rochelle, NY

Through 12/31/20

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

Grocery Delivery Driver to Homebound Chronically Ill

Volunteer drivers are needed to deliver healthy groceries weekly to the homebound chronically ill in Rockland County. Available shifts take place on Monday mornings and during the afternoon from Tuesday to Friday; shifts in Rockland County require about an hour commitment. Volunteers must: Have a valid driver's license and reliable vehicle Have the ability to lift 50 pounds Pass a background check Desire to contribute to their communities

Congers, NY

Through 6/6/21

Rockland Community Action Pantry Volunteers

The Rockland Community Action Partnership is seeking volunteers to assist with unloading its delivery van and sorting and organizing food items in the pantry. The volunteers will also help check for and discard food with expired dates, keep the pantry organized, and create food bags for pick-up. Food pantry volunteers must be able to lift 30 pounds and volunteer at least three (3) times a month. Rockland Community Action Partnership's food pantry is located at its Haverstraw office.

Haverstraw, NY

Through 12/31/20

Clothing Donations and Boutique Volunteers

The Community Center of Northern Westchester is looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with its donations room and clothing boutique. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside one or two other volunteers while sorting donations and organizing clothing and other items. Volunteers can be all ages—from teenagers eager to perform community service, to parents with school-aged children, to retirees who now have time and want to give back to their communities. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here to complete your registration on the Community Center of Northern Westchester website

Katonah, NY

Through 12/31/20

Food Pantry Volunteers

The Community Center of Northern Westchester is looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with its food pantry. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside one or two other volunteers while sorting donations and organizing food and other items. Volunteers can be all ages—from teenagers eager to perform community service, to parents with school-aged children, to retirees who now have time and want to give back to their communities. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here to complete your registration on the Community Center of Northern Westchester website

Katonah, NY

Through 12/31/20