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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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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

Through12/31/20

The Simple Green Drive - Spread Awareness

the harris project advocates for teens & young adults with mental health and substance misuse/addiction (co-occurring disorders), and created a school-based prevention program – CODA (Co-Occurring Disorders Awareness) to empower high school students to change outcomes. the harris project has partnered with Fairco-Greentree Recycling (FGR) to collect unwanted textiles in the local area. Volunteers are needed to organize a textile drive to support the cause and spread awareness about co-occuring disorders. Ask your community to donate unwanted clothing, bedding, towels, shoes and accessories. Items donated can be in any condition (ripped, stained, old, or new). FGR will work with you to set up a convenient bin location and pick-up all donations Your effort will support the harris project’s CODA (Co-Occurring Disorders Awareness) prevention program Easy to organize and no cost to run For more information see the flyer here or contact Jodi Siegel- josiegel@optonline.net #donateclothing

White Plains, NY

Through5/16/20

Food Pantry Donations

Ronald McDonald House provides a home-like atmosphere for families in need, and this means keeping its shelves stocked with household products for everyday use! Please view its Amazon wish list and consider making a contribution. Items always in demand include individually packed snack foods (chips, cookies, pretzels, fruit snacks, granola bars), travel-sized (non-hotel brand) toiletries, laundry detergent, and dish soap. Items must be new and unused. Items can be mailed directly to the House or can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. any day of the week. Schools and service groups are encouraged to consider hosting a large donation drive in their communities! #donatetoiletries #remotevolunteer

Valhalla, NY

Through11/20/20

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

Through4/4/20

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

Through5/29/20

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

Through5/29/20

Food/Kitchen Supply Drives

The Elinor Martin Residence for Mother & Child's Pregnancy Care Center offers a place for its residents to rest and reflect after childbirth. It provides services and support to help get them on their feet and into healthy and productive lives. The center is looking for volunteers to help collect basic non-perishable food items, such as peanut butter, jelly, canned tuna, pasta, cereal, canned soups, vegetables, and macaroni and cheese. In addition, it needs kitchen and other household items, including new pots, pans, dishes, glasses, flatware, and more. This is a great opportunity for families or youth groups looking to make a difference in their community. #VolunteerNewRochelle #remotevolunteer

New Rochelle, NY

Through5/29/20

Support United for the Troops for the Holidays

Help Volunteer New York! and United for the Troops send a little comfort to members of the military overseas this holiday season! United for the Troops supports the troops serving overseas by sending them care packages of items they say they miss the most while they are deployed. (Find their wish list here.) Hand-written letters, cards, and pictures are always welcome and included in the care packages. This year, United for the Troops aims 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 its office during the month of November and into December. Donations can be dropped off Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. #donatetoiletries

Carmel Hamlet, NY

Through12/31/19

Holiday Drive for Children and Families

Help make this time of year joyous for local children and families in need. ANDRUS is seeking new or "lightly used" gift donations that are suitable for adults, children, and teens: Needed for adults: hats, scarves, wallets, frames, winter coats Needed for children and teens: books, winter clothes, board games, stuffed animals, play sets, toys, winter coats Needed for all: wrapping supplies, like wrapping paper, bows, ribbon, tape Any help goes a long way!

Yonkers, NY

Through12/16/19

The Joy Project: New Winter Coat Drive for Kids

Help keep New Rochelle kids in need warm this winter by dropping off new winter coats to the Joy Project at Montefiore New Rochelle. Look for signs for "The Joy Project." Donations of new coats (sizes newborn to ages 16) appreciated!

New Rochelle, NY

Through12/31/19

Holiday Diapers and 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. You can help these families by donating diapers of all sizes, types, and brands from newborn to toddlers. Please note, however, that the greater need is for the larger sizes (5-6 and pull-ups). Open packages are accepted. Additionally, the Westchester County Diaper Bank always needs wipes, so please send some along with (or without) diapers. Drop off location (there is a bin on the porch): Wayside Cottage 1039 Post Road Scarsdale, NY 10583 During this holiday season, give the gift of dry baby bottoms!

Through12/31/19

 

 

DIY Volunteer 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. #remotevolunteer

Nanuet, NY

Through12/31/19

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 children or as a group project. Socks are one of the most needed and least donated items in homeless shelters. Sock bundles consist of a new pair of socks, two items from the list provided (after expressing interest), and a homemade card in a quart-size Ziplock bag. New this year are sock bundles specifically geared towards women. Bundles will be distributed in December and January, so general card messages work best: Wishing you a wonderful day Thinking of you Hope this brightens your day Please do not include holiday messages These donations can be dropped off at Volunteer New York! in Tarrytown, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. They will be distributed to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and pantries throughout Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam Counties. Express interest below for the directions.

Tarrytown, NY

Through12/20/19

Make Holiday Cards - Yorktown Heights

Families are encouraged to write their holiday wishes, share seasons greetings, and create drawings on cards at their local Macy's store or design their own at home. For every letter dropped in the big red letterbox at Macy's or sent online at macys.com/believe on National Believe Day (December 6) or any time between November 1 and December 24, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish®, up to $1 million, to grant life-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses. Help make each child’s wish come true! This is a great DIY opportunity for kids, families, colleagues, teammates, and friends to come together to support Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley in its mission to help children. Note: contact participating Macy's stores for business hours. Other locations include: Cross County Shopping Center (Yonkers) Galleria at Crystal Run (Middletown) Jefferson Valley Mall (Yorktown Heights) Palisades Mall (West Nyack) Poughkeepsie Galleria (Poughkeepsie) White Plains Galleria (White Plains)

Yorktown Heights, NY

12/9/19 10:00 AM + more

Make Holiday Cards - West Nyack

Families are encouraged to write their holiday wishes, share seasons greetings, and create drawings on cards at their local Macy's store or design their own at home. For every letter dropped in the big red letterbox at Macy's or sent online at macys.com/believe on National Believe Day (December 6) or any time between November 1 and December 24, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish®, up to $1 million, to grant life-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses. Help make each child’s wish come true! This is a great DIY opportunity for kids, families, colleagues, teammates, and friends to come together to support Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley in its mission to help children. Note: contact participating Macy's stores for business hours. Other locations include: Cross County Shopping Center (Yonkers) Galleria at Crystal Run (Middletown) Jefferson Valley Mall (Yorktown Heights) Palisades Mall (West Nyack) Poughkeepsie Galleria (Poughkeepsie) White Plains Galleria (White Plains)

West Nyack, NY

12/9/19 10:00 AM + more

Make Holiday Cards - White Plains

Families are encouraged to write their holiday wishes, share seasons greetings, and create drawings on cards at their local Macy's store or design their own at home. For every letter dropped in the big red letterbox at Macy's or sent online at macys.com/believe on National Believe Day (December 6) or any time between November 1 and December 24, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish®, up to $1 million, to grant life-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses. Help make each child’s wish come true! This is a great DIY opportunity for kids, families, colleagues, teammates, and friends to come together to support Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley in its mission to help children. Note: contact participating Macy's stores for business hours. Other locations include: Cross County Shopping Center (Yonkers) Galleria at Crystal Run (Middletown) Jefferson Valley Mall (Yorktown Heights) Palisades Mall (West Nyack) Poughkeepsie Galleria (Poughkeepsie) White Plains Galleria (White Plains)

White Plains, NY

12/9/19 10:00 AM + more

Make Holiday Cards - Yonkers

Families are encouraged to write their holiday wishes, share seasons greetings, and create drawings on cards at their local Macy's store or design their own at home. For every letter dropped in the big red letterbox at Macy's or sent online at macys.com/believe on National Believe Day (December 6) or any time between November 1 and December 24, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish®, up to $1 million, to grant life-changing wishes for children battling critical illnesses. Help make each child’s wish come true! This is a great DIY opportunity for kids, families, colleagues, teammates, and friends to come together to support Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley in its mission to help children. Note: contact participating Macy's stores for business hours. Other locations include: Cross County Shopping Center (Yonkers) Galleria at Crystal Run (Middletown) Jefferson Valley Mall (Yorktown Heights) Palisades Mall (West Nyack) Poughkeepsie Galleria (Poughkeepsie) White Plains Galleria (White Plains)

Yonkers, NY

12/9/19 10:00 AM + more

Make a Celebration Box for Youth, Seniors or Veterans

We are so excited to celebrate our 70th anniversary at Volunteer New York!. It's been 70 years since we answered our very first phone call to connect a volunteer with a nonprofit organization. (Learn more about our anniversary here.) What better way to help the only nonprofit in Westchester that connects volunteers to opportunities celebrate its anniversary (birthday) than by volunteering? How it works: Pick a group to support (children, veterans, or seniors) Wrap a cereal box in birthday/colorful wrapping paper Fill it with a few small items, activities, and a handmade birthday card Deliver to Volunteer New York! Volunteer New York! will distribute them to our partner organizations that work with low-income children, veterans, and seniors. Express interest below to receive the directions and labels to include on the box.

Sleepy Hollow, NY

Through5/29/20

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

Through12/31/19

 

 

Ways to Volunteer This Season!

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Project Joy! Winter Wonderland Volunteers

People to People's Project Joy! provides donors with the opportunity to "adopt-a-family" for the holidays by purchasing toys for children aged 0 to 18. Items needed include soft toys, dolls, sports games, scrapbooks, art and craft kits, action figures, toy trucks, building games, musical and educational toys, and children’s books. Gift cards from Target, Wal-Mart, Old Navy, Barnes & Noble, and Kohl’s are especially appreciated by older children. In order to make this year's Project Joy! a success, People to People needs volunteers to help: From December 2-4, volunteers will help create a Winter Wonderland, decorate the Project Joy! space, arrange tables, install shelving, and set up the toys that have already been donated. From December 5-8, volunteers will help receive new toy donations, count inventory, sort and categorize the toys, and place them on the proper shelves. From December 9-10, volunteers will prepare the room to distribute toys to People to People's families in need. From December 11-14, volunteers will welcome and register participating families, direct them to volunteer shoppers, and assist with packing their toys. Sign up for any of the dates and times below and help make the holidays a little more special this year for local families in need!

Nanuet, NY

12/9/19 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

12/31/19 2:30 PM + more

Food Pantry Delivery Drivers - Brewster to Carmel

Volunteers are needed to deliver boxes of food from the Second Chance Foods kitchen (116 Federal Hill Road in Brewster) to the Gilead Food Pantry (9 Church Street in Carmel). Volunteers will then create a display of the food. Boxes may weigh up to 30 pounds and have to be carried down one flight of stairs. Shifts run Fridays at 9 a.m.

Brewster, NY

12/20/19 9:00 AM + more

Food Pantry Ordering and Inventory Volunteers

Fred's Pantry is a choice food pantry that serves up to 125 families and over 400 individuals per week. In 2018, it provided the equivalent of 162,000 meals to members of its community. Volunteers are needed to assist with the ordering and maintenance of the food pantry's inventory. Volunteers with good documentation and organizational skills are welcome; all training will be provided. Shifts occur Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; occasional Saturdays from 8:30-11:30 a.m. are optional.

Peekskill, NY

12/13/19 9:30 AM + more

Farm to Food Pantry Kitchen Volunteers

Enjoy cooking? Come help in the kitchen at Second Chance Foods! The kitchen uses food that has been recovered from grocers and farms to make healthy and delicious meals for those in need. There are many ways to help: washing and chopping produce, labeling and packing boxes of meals, and cleaning up. All the food that is made is donated to local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Brewster, NY

12/13/19 9:30 AM + more

Food Pantry Unloading and Stocking Volunteers

Help stock and prepare Fred's Pantry on Friday mornings, the day before clients arrive to select their weekly supply of food. Tasks include unloading and storing large food deliveries (mostly from pallets received from Feeding Westchester), sorting and packaging produce, stocking shelves, and breaking down boxes for recycling. Volunteers must be physically fit and be able to lift heavy items such as cases of frozen meats, cases of canned fruits and vegatables, and crates of produce. Shifts occur on Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Peekskill, NY

12/13/19 9:30 AM + more

Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Volunteers are needed to help with LIFE Progressive Services' holiday pop-up shop to raise funds for its re-entry program. Volunteers may assist with everything from setting up the shop; to monitoring sales of clothing, electronics, and body and haircare products; to gift-wrapping items purchased. Volunteers will need to sign a waiver on-site. Shifts are available on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Mount Vernon, NY

12/13/19 10:00 AM + more

Food Pantry Shopping Assistants

Volunteers are needed to assist clients with food selection based on family size. Tasks include escorting clients through the choice pantry, packing and carrying packages, sorting and packaging produce, restocking shelves, breaking down boxes for recycling, and acting as a greeter. Bilingual volunteers who speak Spanish and English are encouraged! Shifts run Saturdays from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Peekskill, NY

12/14/19 8:30 AM + more

Holiday Wrap-a-Thons!

Welcome the holiday season by helping to wrap gifts for children. Open Door’s annual holiday toy drive and "Santa Days" have become a source of holiday cheer for underserved families in the community. Last year, more than 2,500 wrapped gifts were distributed at its six medical centers. That takes a lot of wrapping paper and a lot of volunteers! Grab a roll of wrapping paper and sign up for any of the below shifts. Or consider running a "green" drive for any unfinished rolls of holiday wrapping paper. THIS IS AN EXPRESS INTEREST ONLY EVENT. PLEASE USE THE LINK BELOW OR CONTACT JANE AT JLEVY@ODFMC.ORG FOR INFORMATION. Volunteers must sign up here.

Ossining, NY

12/16/19 3:00 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

12/21/19 10:00 AM

Vinecutters of Ward Acres Park

Help support the New Rochelle Department of Parks and Recreation to control invasive vines, save heritage trees, and improve wildlife habitat in Ward Acres Park. Training, tools, and supplies will be provided. Dress appropriately for the weather, bring water, and wear clothes that can get dirty! Volunteers will meet at the Ward Acres Community Garden at 10 a.m. and move to the worksite in the park afterward.

New Rochelle, NY

1/4/20 10:00 AM + more

Deliver Meals to Homes in Rockland

 Homebound Meal Deliveries One hour, Once a week, deliver meals to Rockland's homebound residents. Deliveries are made with your own vehicle any Monday-Friday, approximately 10AM to 12PM. You can also volunteer on a less frequent basis; you can become a sub driver, holidays or snow driver. Individuals or families welcome! Children are encouraged to accompany adults. 

Nanuet, NY

Through8/30/20

Client Choice Pantry Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to assist in the Client Choice pantry. Tasks may include distributing food to clients, stocking shelves, and hanging and displaying donated clothing. Available shifts: Monday-Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday: 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Nanuet, NY

Through12/31/19

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

Through2/11/21

Food Pantry Volunteers

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

Tarrytown, NY

Through12/31/19

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

Through5/29/20

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

Through6/6/21

Youth "Dog Tails" Volunteers (Read to Dogs!)

Bring your favorite book to Adopt-A-Dog and read to furry friends!

Armonk, NY

Through11/30/20

Santa Helpers Needed

Volunteers are needed to make Open Door Family Medical Center's 2019 Santa Days into a magical event for its children visitors! From 1-2:45 p.m., volunteers will set up tables, unload toys, and help decorate. From 2:45-6 p.m., "Santa Helpers" will distribute toys, manage lines, take pictures, restore the room, and repack the toys. Volunteers can participate in any or both shifts at the following dates and locations: Wednesday, December 4 (Brewster) Friday, December 6 (Mount Kisco) Tuesday, December 10 (Mamaroneck) Friday, December 13 (Ossining) Tuesday, December 17 (Port Chester) Thursday, December 19 (Sleepy Hollow) After expressing interest, volunteers must select a shift here. Volunteers are expected to stay for the entire shift they sign up for. Bilingual (Spanish) skills are helpful, but not required!

Ossining, NY

Through12/19/19