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

Through 12/31/20

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

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



DIY Volunteer Projects

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Make a Celebration Box for 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

Through 5/29/21

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 Stocking Volunteers

Help prepare Fred's Pantry 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. Shifts occur on Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and volunteers who can sign up for multiple shifts per month are encouraged. Volunteers must be physically fit and be able to lift heavy items such as cases of frozen meats, cases of canned fruits and vegetables, and crates of produce.

Peekskill, NY

6/5/20 9:30 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. Shifts are available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers can select shifts in three-hour increments below. IMPORTANT: 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!)

Mount Vernon, NY

6/5/20 11:00 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. Shifts run Saturdays from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Volunteers who can sign up for multiple shifts per month are preferred. Bilingual volunteers who speak Spanish and English are encouraged!

Peekskill, NY

6/6/20 8:30 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

6/16/20 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

6/20/20 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

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