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Cause - Hunger & Homelessness

A general lack of awareness, the perception of Westchester as a wealthy county and the stigma attached to seeking help are among the driving forces of the county's "hidden hunger" problem. Leslie Gordon, president and CEO of the Food Bank for Westchester, said 200,000 people living in the county — 29 percent of them children — "don't really know when their next meal will be, or what that meal will be." [link]
 
 
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Food Distribution Volunteers

LIFE Progressive Services Group is a nonprofit, grassroots organization serving the Mount Vernon community and formerly incarcerated individuals. It is seeking volunteers to assist with its Saturday and/or Monday food deliveries. On Saturdays: unload the delivery van upon its arrival and bring items to the processing area for sorting and storage. On Mondays: distribute food items to those in need in nearby neighborhoods, interacting with the community. Volunteers must be punctual and be able to lift 10 to 50 pounds up and down one flight of steps.

Mount Vernon, NY

9/28/19 10:00 AM + more

Monthly Farm Truck Unloading and Distribution

In 2018, our Food Recovery Program saved over 40,000 pounds of consumable food that would otherwise have gone into landfills-- feeding those in need and benefitting our environment. This year we hope to increase that with YOUR help. On the fourth Tuesday of the month year-round we receive a tractor-trailer full of recovered farm-fresh produce from farms upstate. We need volunteers to assist in signing in participating pantries, counting boxes, and clearing away pallets and debris from the distribution lot in West Nyack. Following the distribution, volunteers assist us in unloading and storing items at the TOUCH food bank. Time commitment: 1-3 hours. Volunteers should be in good physical condition and able to lift 50 lbs. Is your community or corporate group looking to give back? Businesses, church or worship groups, teen groups, and community organizations are always welcome to volunteer with us!

West Nyack, NY

9/24/19 9:30 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.

Mount Vernon, NY

9/24/19 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

9/27/19 9:00 AM + more

Farm to Food Pantry Kitchen Volunteers

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

Brewster, NY

9/27/19 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

9/27/19 9:30 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

9/27/19 9:30 AM + more

Food Pantry Representatives at Peekskill Farmer's Market

Help staff the table representing Fred's Pantry at the Peekskill Farmer's Market! Volunteers will distribute printed materials, answer questions, record questions to be referred, collect contact information, and recruit fellow volunteers. They will also assist with the setup and breakdown of the pop-up tent. Training will be provided on speaking points and details about Fred's Pantry. Bilingual English/Spanish volunteers are encouraged to apply. Sign up for any or all shifts! 8:30-11 a.m. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Peekskill, NY

9/28/19 8:30 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

9/28/19 8:30 AM + more

Autumn Picnic Fundraiser Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to assist with the Apostle O'Dell Lyerly Foundation's Autumn Picnic Fundraiser. Volunteers will greet and direct guests to event location, assist with setup and clean-up of picnic, and oversee games such as Bingo and gameboards.

New Rochelle, NY

10/12/19 12:00 PM

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

10/19/19 10:00 AM

Stuff a Shirt or Bag For the Homeless

Many homeless people find themselves moving from one shelter to another, hauling all of their clothes and other possessions in trash bags. They often have limited and inconsistent access to personal care items like soap, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Volunteers are invited to host a stuffed shirt event at their office or home during which they can gather family and friends to collect new toiletries that they can then pack inside soft suitcases, duffel bags, large backpacks. No duffel bags? No problem! A new or gently worn extra-large T-shirt doubles perfectly as a sack. Stuff these items with small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, soaps, washcloths, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, body lotions, shaving cream, cotton swabs, and any other personal care items someone might need. Volunteers can also include baby wipes, diaper cream, kids' shampoo and conditioner, and kids' toothbrushes and toothpaste. If using a T-shirt, simply wrap it up around the items like a sack or bag and tie it together with ribbon or string. For a personal touch, make a label with a goodwill wish and attach it to the ribbon or the handle of the suitcase. #donatetoiletries #remotevolunteer

HASTINGS HDSN, NY

Through 12/31/21

Westchester Delivery Volunteers Needed

Hillside Food Outreach home-delivers food to over 2,000 clients throughout Westchester and Putnam Counties in New York and Western Connecticut. We are looking for volunteers in Westchester County to help us deliver to our growing wait list of clients who do not have access to local food pantries. We welcome volunteers of all ages, families, individuals, or teams who can help us deliver groceries to our hungry neighbors. Deliveries occur once a month on Saturday mornings, and we ask that you become a delivery volunteer for at least a year so our clients can develop a bond with you, and you can learn their needs.

White Plains, NY

Through 7/28/20

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

Through 12/31/19

Sort Clothing Donations for Low-Income Children

The Sharing Shelf, a program of Family Services of Westchester, is Westchester's Clothing Bank for Children. We seek volunteers to help us sort, package and distribute clothing donations for low income children in the Westchester community. The Sharing Shelf collects new and gently used clothing for children from birth to age 19. Donations are sorted by quality, size, season and gender then distributed through nonprofits, schools and hospitals in our community to children in need at no cost. Each child receives a week's worth of seasonally appropriate clothing matched to their sizing needs. Volunteers are needed to help us sort donations and prepare them for the children we serve. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old and those ages 10-14 must be accompanied by a parent who actively volunteers with them.

Port Chester, NY

Through 12/4/19

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

Through 2/11/21

Food Rescue Volunteer- Port Chester

We are an all-volunteer food rescue organization dedicated to helping communities throughout Westchester County by connecting food donors and agencies serving people in need. Every day, our volunteers rescue good, excess food from supermarkets, wholesalers, farms, farmers markets, bakeries, caterers, country clubs and corporate cafeterias and immediately deliver it to nearby soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters and community food programs. Food Rescue Volunteers are the lifeblood of County Harvest.  Whether you can commit to a weekly food rescue run or you’re able to fill in on occasion, we need your help.  Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using your own car or one of our three vans.

Port Chester, NY

Through 3/5/20

Food Rescue Volunteer- Brewster

We are an all-volunteer food rescue organization dedicated to helping communities throughout Westchester County by connecting food donors and agencies serving people in need. Every day, our volunteers rescue good, excess food from supermarkets, wholesalers, farms, farmers markets, bakeries, caterers, country clubs and corporate cafeterias and immediately deliver it to nearby soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters and community food programs. Food Rescue Volunteers are the lifeblood of County Harvest.  Whether you can commit to a weekly food rescue run or you’re able to fill in on occasion, we need your help.  Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using your own car or one of our three vans.

Brewster, NY

Through 3/5/20

Food Rescue Volunteer- Pelham

We are an all-volunteer food rescue organization dedicated to helping communities throughout Westchester County by connecting food donors and agencies serving people in need. Every day, our volunteers rescue good, excess food from supermarkets, wholesalers, farms, farmers markets, bakeries, caterers, country clubs and corporate cafeterias and immediately deliver it to nearby soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters and community food programs. Food Rescue Volunteers are the lifeblood of County Harvest.  Whether you can commit to a weekly food rescue run or you’re able to fill in on occasion, we need your help.  Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using your own car or one of our three vans.

Village of Pelham, NY

Through 3/5/20

Food Rescue Volunteer- Yonkers

We are an all-volunteer food rescue organization dedicated to helping communities throughout Westchester County by connecting food donors and agencies serving people in need. Every day, our volunteers rescue good, excess food from supermarkets, wholesalers, farms, farmers markets, bakeries, caterers, country clubs and corporate cafeterias and immediately deliver it to nearby soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters and community food programs. Food Rescue Volunteers are the lifeblood of County Harvest.  Whether you can commit to a weekly food rescue run or you’re able to fill in on occasion, we need your help.  Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using your own car or one of our three vans.

Yonkers, NY

Through 3/5/20

Food Rescue Volunteer- Armonk

We are an all-volunteer food rescue organization dedicated to helping communities throughout Westchester County by connecting food donors and agencies serving people in need. Every day, our volunteers rescue good, excess food from supermarkets, wholesalers, farms, farmers markets, bakeries, caterers, country clubs and corporate cafeterias and immediately deliver it to nearby soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters and community food programs. Food Rescue Volunteers are the lifeblood of County Harvest.  Whether you can commit to a weekly food rescue run or you’re able to fill in on occasion, we need your help.  Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using your own car or one of our three vans.

Armonk, NY

Through 3/5/20

Food Rescue Volunteer- Mount Kisco

We are an all-volunteer food rescue organization dedicated to helping communities throughout Westchester County by connecting food donors and agencies serving people in need. Every day, our volunteers rescue good, excess food from supermarkets, wholesalers, farms, farmers markets, bakeries, caterers, country clubs and corporate cafeterias and immediately deliver it to nearby soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters and community food programs. Food Rescue Volunteers are the lifeblood of County Harvest.  Whether you can commit to a weekly food rescue run or you’re able to fill in on occasion, we need your help.  Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using your own car or one of our three vans.

Mount Kisco, NY

Through 3/5/20

Food Rescue Volunteer- New Rochelle

We are an all-volunteer food rescue organization dedicated to helping communities throughout Westchester County by connecting food donors and agencies serving people in need. Every day, our volunteers rescue good, excess food from supermarkets, wholesalers, farms, farmers markets, bakeries, caterers, country clubs and corporate cafeterias and immediately deliver it to nearby soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters and community food programs. Food Rescue Volunteers are the lifeblood of County Harvest.  Whether you can commit to a weekly food rescue run or you’re able to fill in on occasion, we need your help.  Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using your own car or one of our three vans.

New Rochelle, NY

Through 3/5/20

Food Rescue Volunteer- Peekskill

We are an all-volunteer food rescue organization dedicated to helping communities throughout Westchester County by connecting food donors and agencies serving people in need. Every day, our volunteers rescue good, excess food from supermarkets, wholesalers, farms, farmers markets, bakeries, caterers, country clubs and corporate cafeterias and immediately deliver it to nearby soup kitchens, food pantries, homeless shelters and community food programs. Food Rescue Volunteers are the lifeblood of County Harvest.  Whether you can commit to a weekly food rescue run or you’re able to fill in on occasion, we need your help.  Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using your own car or one of our three vans.

Peekskill, NY

Through 3/5/20

Putnam County Delivery Volunteers Needed

Hillside Food Outreach home-delivers food to over 2,000 clients throughout Westchester and Putnam Counties in New York and Western Connecticut. We are looking for volunteers in Putnam County to help us deliver to our growing wait list of clients who do not have access to local food pantries. We welcome volunteers of all ages, families, individuals, or teams who can help us deliver groceries to our hungry neighbors. Deliveries occur once a month on Saturday mornings, and we ask that you become a delivery volunteer for at least a year so our clients can develop a bond with you, and you can learn their needs.

Carmel Hamlet, NY

Through 7/28/20

Volunteer Intake Coordinator

This role will handle volunteer inquiries and intake. Responsibilities include: respond to forwarded inquiries handle intake paperwork provide office tours or orientations conduct pre-screen interviews schedule volunteers or connect potential volunteers with appropriate staffers to follow up and schedule Flexible schedule and location!

Congers, NY

Through 12/7/19

Social Media Strategist

We welcome applications from all full-time college students. Office and proficiency in social media applications (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). A high school diploma, GED, or comparable work experience is required. We seek persons with strong analytical, critical thinking skills, and communication and interpersonal skills. TOUCH-NY is interested in volunteers who have experience and capabilities in one or more of the following areas: Creating graphics for social media, website, newsletters, and email campaigns Graphic design, flyers, PowerPoint templates, and other conference/outreach materials Designing e-newsletter templates utilizing email marketing software like Constant Contact Building social media footprints Social media maintenance Create brand identities across print and digital platforms Coordinate video content development and production Organize and maintain photo, video, and media archives Help maintain and update websites Assist in executing communication activities on site

Congers, NY

Through 5/8/20

Sponsor a Family

Help an American family living in profound poverty by donating a monthly box of groceries! Family-to-Family is a hunger and poverty relief organization dedicated to providing food, personal hygiene products, and other basic life essentials to American families struggling with the challenges of poverty. By connecting donors one-to-one with specific families in need, Family-to-Family’s mission is to bring a large and seemingly intractable problem—poverty—into personal focus, making proactive, attainable results possible, one family at a time. Family-to-Family currently helps approximately 430 families in 27 U.S. communities. Families in need of sponsorship are identified by local outreach partners who have specific knowledge of the needs of families in their communities. Sponsor a family and ensure that they get the food they need the last week of every month when food stamps often run out. After signing up, Family-to-Family will send details about the family that needs help. Find more information and sign up to sponsor a family here.

HASTINGS HDSN, NY

Through 5/29/20

Meal Delivery Volunteers

Help feed seniors in need! Meal Delivery Volunteers will drive from the pickup area (Van Tassell House) and deliver meals to seniors in the Somers area.

Lincolndale, NY

Through 5/29/20

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

Through 6/6/21

Document Shredding

TOUCH is seeking volunteers who can work independently to safely operate the shredding machine to destroy confidential records about to be discarded. Volunteers will recycle materials in the recycling bin and tidy up the area where shredding occurred. This is a great opportunity for teens who are looking to fulfill service requirement hours!

Congers, NY

Through 6/6/21

Graphic Design Volunteer

SHORE (Sheltering the Homeless is Our Responsibility) is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to providing stable housing for disadvantaged families throughout Westchester. SHORE is seeking a volunteer to assist with designing its periodic flyers, letters, and promotional materials for its annual fundraising dinner. Final results of all computer creations are digitally transmitted to a commercial printer. Volunteers should be familiar with computers and desktop publishing software.

White Plains, NY

Through 8/1/20

Soup Kitchen Guest Relations Volunteers

Lifting Up Westchester aims to reduce food waste in Westchester County while offering entrees made with seasonal ingredients to locals in need. Volunteers are needed to interact with soup kitchen guests to collect feedback and data to help the organization better serve the community. Shifts run from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on a weekday of their choosing (either Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday). Volunteers must be 21 to be considered and they will be subjected to a background check. Offsite metered parking is available.

White Plains, NY

Through 9/16/20

Bilingual/Spanish Patient Engagement Volunteers

Open Door is the region's expert in all aspects of health, with a broad focus on building healthier communities. From prevention and wellness programs to the treatment of diseases, Open Door sees its primary mission as keeping the people of Westchester and Putnam Counties healthy and strong, regardless of their ability to pay. Nearly half of Open Door patients are uninsured or underinsured, and their primary language is Spanish. Dedicated bilingual volunteers are needed for ongoing positions in the following areas: Distribute baby essentials in the Pre-Natal Department Package and distribute food at farmers markets Read to children in waiting rooms Wrap, sort, and distribute toys during Open Door's Santa Days program Opportunities are available in Ossining, Sleepy Hollow, Port Chester, Mamaroneck, Brewster, and Mount Kisco. AmeriCorps and internships (20 hours per week with stipend) are available!

Through 9/9/20

 


 

 

 

From the Spring of 2015 to 2018, the role of the Volunteer Hunger Relief Corps task force was to combat hunger in Westchester and Rockland counties by providing ongoing volunteer support and volunteer management resources to over a dozen local Hunger Relief Organizations.
 
The Volunteer Hunger Relief Corps was made possible by a Volunteer Generation Fund grant from the New York State Commission on National and Community Service. Thank you to all who served as Hunger Relief Corps Members.