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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, former president and CEO of the Food Bank for Westchester (now Feeding 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.'" 
 
 
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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

3/20/21 10:00 AM

Diaper and Wipes Drive

The Sharing Shelf is Westchester's clothing bank for children founded to combat clothing insecurity among low-income families in the community. It collects new and gently used clothing for infants, children, and teens that is then distributed at no cost to local, low-income children throughout Westchester County. Sharing Shelf also provides basic daily essentials such as diapers, wipes, feminine hygiene products, and toiletries. Unfortunately, many low-income families have a hard choice to make when assessing their needs: purchase food or purchase diapers. As a result, babies are left in soiled diapers for lengthy periods of time, leading to negative health consequences. Most day care centers also require a parent to provide enough diapers, which means parents without an adequate supply will need to miss work days. Volunteers are needed to step in! Please collect new diapers and wipes—especially including pull-ups and diapers in sizes 4-6—to assist these families in need. Express interest below for information on dropping off the items.

Port Chester, NY

Through 12/31/21

Commercial Driver Volunteers

United Way of Westchester and Putnam is looking for volunteers with a Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDL) to volunteer at least once or twice a year to destinations in Westchester and Putnam Counties. Volunteers would drive their commercial vehicles to pick up and transport essential items for the organization's community initiatives, including pallets and boxes of donated home goods, bedding, and other items. Trucks of at least 10 feet and with liftgates are preferred. Drivers will not need to undergo COVID or background checks; however, they must have valid license, insurance, and registration. If you are experieincing symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive, please stay home and recover before expressing interest in this opportunity! This is a great opportunity for individuals, corporate groups, local businesses, and other community groups who want to do some good in their communities.

Hartsdale, NY

Through 1/1/22

Volunteers to Clean Coolers

Volunteers are needed to help Meals on Wheels of Rockland clean and stack its coolers. Volunteers must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and try to maintain social-distancing at all times. Express interest below to learn more and to complete an application (sent to you by volunteer coordinator after expressing interest).

Nanuet, NY

Through 11/20/21

Volunteers to Create Blizzard Boxes

It's that time of the year again! Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers to create Blizzard Boxes that will then be delivered to hungry families during emergencies. A Blizzard Box is an assortment of donated non-perishable food items packed into shoeboxes. The shoeboxes are delivered to the recipients of Meals on Wheels' Home Delivered Meals Program in case normal food deliveries are halted due to weather-related or other emergencies. These shoeboxes are delivered by Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers. There is no deadline, as this is a year-round project! Students and volunteers who must fulfill community service hours can receive 1 hour per completed box. To volunteer: Express interest to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here and carefully follow the instructions provided MANDATORY: Deliver your completed boxes to the address below, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Meals on Wheels of Rockland 121 West Nyack Road Nanuet, NY 10954

Nanuet, NY

Through 11/20/22

New Socks and Underwear Drive for Children in Need

Underwear and socks are a basic necessity, yet for many children in Westchester, it is a luxury their families struggle to provide. Over 60,000 Westchester children live in low-income homes, with 36% of public school children qualifying for free or reduced price lunch. For these children, new underwear and new socks are often financially out of reach. Volunteers are needed to help The Sharing Shelf provide these clothing essentials to some of the 3,000 children and teens it serves each year. This is a great holiday opportunity for families, friends, neighbors, community groups, or work colleagues! To donate: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here to select which items to purchase and visit this Target wishlist to order the items. Volunteers who do not complete this step will not be registered

Port Chester, NY

Through 2/28/21

Administrative Assistant

LIFE Progressive Services Group is in need of an Administrative Assistant to volunteer for three days a week. Administrative Assistant duties include: Attending meetings in person, at the office, and virtually Drafting letters/emails and making phone calls to business partners Creating documents and flyers for in-office use and events Must be proficient in Microsoft Office 365 and with internet research Must be able to use all social media websites

Mount Vernon, NY

Through 12/31/21

Food Pantry Coordinator

LIFE Progressive Services Group is in need of a Food Pantry Coordinator three days a week. The Food Pantry Coordinator's duties include: Organizing and keeping the pantry in immaculate order Sorting and storing of food and other products when deliveries are recieved Managing volunteers in-person and in Volunteer New York!'s portal​​​​​​​ Drafting letters and emails for volunteers Must be proficient in Microsoft Office 365 and with internet research Must be able to use all social media websites

Mount Vernon, NY

Through 12/31/21

Help Sort Food and Distribute to the Community

LIFE Progressive Services Group is a nonprofit serving the Mount Vernon community. It is seeking volunteers to assist with its weekly food distribution program, weather permitting, where they will help unload a delivery van, bring donated food items to the processing area for sorting and storage, and distribute the food to those in need in nearby neighborhoods. Note: Volunteers must be punctual and be able to lift 10 to 50 pounds up and down one flight of steps. Volunteers should bring their own gloves and masks (though these can be provided if needed). 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

3/3/21 10:00 AM + more

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

Grow-a-Row Home Gardeners to Support Hunger Relief

As a result of COVID, food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters have seen the demand for food more than double. Hilltop Hanover Farm welcomes any home vegetable gardeners and green thumbs to donate their newly picked, clean, and sorted produce as part of the farm's “Grow-A-Row” program. Once donated, the farm will consolidate all donations and deliver them to one of its food pantry partners for immediate distribution. No matter how big or small the harvest, any and all of the produce donated gets somewhere it is needed Donation days are Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Donate your vegetables on any of the donation days (Mondays, Fridays, or Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.) to the following address: Hilltop Hanover Farm 1271 Hanover Street, Barn F Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Yorktown Heights, NY

Through 9/3/21

Donate Food to Families in Need

Grace/La Gracia Episcopal Church has long been committed to fighting hunger for the residents of White Plains and Greenburgh. In response to COVID-19, it has opened a food bank that distributes groceries every Thursday afternoon to families in need. Volunteers are desperately needed to help donate food to restock the food bank, including: Canned vegetables Canned soups Cereals Pasta Rice Beans Express interest below to coordinate a drop-off time and date.

White Plains, NY

Through 4/28/21

Sort and Distribute Food to the Mount Vernon Community

Beulah Seventh Day Adventist is a faith-based organization serving the Mount Vernon community. It is seeking volunteers to assist with its first and second Friday food distribution programs. Volunteers may select which dates they'd like to assist below. Volunteers will help bring items to the processing area for sorting and storage, and then distribute food to those in need in nearby neighborhoods. 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

Through 4/1/21

Deliver Groceries to Isolated or Quarantined Families in Rockland County

Volunteers are needed to pick up pre-packed food from a grocery store in Spring Valley and deliver the meals to those in need in Rockland County. Every effort will be made to assign recipients close to the volunteers' homes. Volunteers will be delivering to homebound seniors, those with compromised immune systems, and those who are quarantined and can't otherwise leave their homes to pick up their groceries. 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!)

Spring Valley, NY

Through 3/30/21

Deliver Food to Families in Quarantine - Westchester County

Hillside Food Outreach is looking for volunteers to help deliver groceries to the homes of Westchester County residents who are under quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic or who do not otherwise have access to local food pantries. Volunteers will be matched with 2-5 families that they will then deliver food to each month. Volunteers must have a valid drivers' license and be able to pick up and deliver food. 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!)

White Plains, NY

Through 12/31/21

Deliver Food to Families in Quarantine - Putnam County

Hillside Food Outreach is looking for volunteers to help deliver groceries to the homes of Putnam County residents who are under quarantine due to the COVID-19 pandemic or who do not otherwise have access to local food pantries. Volunteers will be matched with 2-5 families that they will then deliver food to each month. Volunteers must have a valid drivers' license and be able to pick up and deliver food. 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!)

Lake Carmel, NY

Through 12/31/21

Clothing and Personal Care Items Drive

The residents of the Jan Peek House homeless shelter in Peekskill is in need of new and unopened items that volunteers could collect or purchase themselves. Items include: Face masks Hand sanitizer Hand wipes White crew socks White T-shirts for men and women (medium and large sizes) White panties for women (medium and large) Bras (large and extra-large) To donate: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Wait for the volunteer coordinator to provide instructions about the items you wish to donate

Peekskill, NY

Through 6/30/21

Community Outreach Volunteers

Rockland's Campaign to Eliminate Hunger is looking for Community Outreach Volunteers! These volunteers will participate in community events throughout Rockland County and recruit other volunteers. They'll also work closely with the team's Project Administrator to help set up events. Volunteers should have strong verbal, listening, and written communications skills; excellent organizational and interpersonal skills; the ability to work independently or as a team player; and reliable transportation.

Suffern, NY

Through 2/28/21

Haverstraw Food Cupboard Volunteers

The Haverstraw Food Cupboard needs volunteers to help with its food pantry! Volunteers may greet clients as they enter the pantry, help pack and carry bags, sort and report donations, restock shelves, count inventory, connect clients to helpful information and local resources, and more. All volunteers will be trained, and they are expected to maintain and protect client and family confidentiality according to HIPAA mandates. Volunteers should be able to work both independently and as a team player; they should have compassion for those struggling to get their basic needs met as well as have communication skills to work effectively with clients, volunteers, and the community at large.

Haverstraw, NY

Through 2/28/21

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

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

Food Rescue Volunteer - Brewster

County Harvest is 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, 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. Volunteers can commit to a weekly food rescue run or simply fill in on occasion. Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using the volunteer's own car or one of County Harvest's three vans.

Brewster, NY

Through 3/5/21

Food Rescue Volunteer - Peekskill

County Harvest is 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, 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. Volunteers can commit to a weekly food rescue run or simply fill in on occasion. Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using the volunteer's own car or one of County Harvest's three vans.

Peekskill, NY

Through 3/5/21

Food Rescue Volunteer - Mount Kisco

County Harvest is 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, 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. Volunteers can commit to a weekly food rescue run or simply fill in on occasion. Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using the volunteer's own car or one of County Harvest's three vans.

Mount Kisco, NY

Through 3/5/21

Food Rescue Volunteer - Armonk

County Harvest is 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, 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. Volunteers can commit to a weekly food rescue run or simply fill in on occasion. Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using the volunteer's own car or one of County Harvest's three vans.

Armonk, NY

Through 3/5/21

Food Rescue Volunteer - Port Chester

County Harvest is 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, 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. Volunteers can commit to a weekly food rescue run or simply fill in on occasion. Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using the volunteer's own car or one of County Harvest's three vans.

Port Chester, NY

Through 3/5/21

Food Rescue Volunteer - Yonkers

County Harvest is 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, 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. Volunteers can commit to a weekly food rescue run or simply fill in on occasion. Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using the volunteer's own car or one of County Harvest's three vans.

Yonkers, NY

Through 3/5/21

Food Rescue Volunteer - New Rochelle

County Harvest is 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, 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. Volunteers can commit to a weekly food rescue run or simply fill in on occasion. Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using the volunteer's own car or one of County Harvest's three vans.

New Rochelle, NY

Through 3/5/21

Food Rescue Volunteer - Pelham

County Harvest is 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, 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. Volunteers can commit to a weekly food rescue run or simply fill in on occasion. Most food rescue runs take about an hour and can be done using the volunteer's own car or one of County Harvest's three vans.

Village of Pelham, NY

Through 3/5/21

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 2/11/22

Create Period Kits for Teen Girls

SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps, do not cover the cost of tampons or pads, forcing financially struggling families to buy these monthly essentials. The Sharing Shelf is committed to providing each teen girl it serves with a supply of pads or tampons. Volunteers are needed to organize drives or purchase supplies for a Period Kit for Teen Girls. Each kit should contain 20 maxi-pads or 20 tampons (regular sized preferred) with 20 panty-liners in a sealed, zip-close plastic bag. Full-size boxes or packages of all feminine hygiene products are greatly appreciated! This is a great opportunity for schools, church groups, employee teams, and youth groups. The Sharing Shelf is Westchester's clothing bank for children founded to combat clothing insecurity among low-income children and families in the community. It collects new and gently used clothing for infants, children, and teens. That clothing, sorted first by quality, is distributed to local, low-income children at no cost through nonprofits, schools, hospitals, and community groups in Westchester County. Each child or teen receives a week's worth of seasonally appropriate clothing matched to their sizing needs. To volunteer: Express interest to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: purchase the items requested and package them according to the instructions above. Deliver items to: Sharing Shelf Warehouse 47 Purdy Avenue Port Chester, NY 10573

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 1/1/22

 


 

 

 

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.