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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 Pantry Volunteers

Rockland County has declared a state of emergency in an effort to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect the health of county residents. 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 can choose from the available shifts per day: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Feel free to sign up for more than one shift!

Nanuet, NY

4/6/20 9:30 AM + more

Food Rescue Volunteers

HOPE Community Services is looking for volunteers to help rescue goods and excess food from nearby supermarkets and wholesalers and deliver it to the HOPE Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry. Volunteers will also pick up food donations from local businesses, churches, temples, and synagogues. Note: Volunteers must have a valid drivers license.

New Rochelle, NY

4/7/20 10:00 AM + more

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

4/10/20 9:30 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. 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

4/11/20 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

4/28/20 2:30 PM + more

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

Through7/28/20

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 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 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

Through3/5/21

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

Through3/5/21

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

Through3/5/21

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

Through3/5/21

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

Through3/5/21

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

Through3/5/21

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

Through3/5/21

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

Through3/5/21

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

Through7/28/20

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

Food Pantry Volunteers

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

Tarrytown, NY

Through2/1/21

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

Through5/8/20

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

Through5/29/20

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

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

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

Through8/1/20

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

Through9/16/20

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!

Ossining, NY

Through9/9/20

Become a Board Member

Sheltering the Homeless is Our Responsibility (SHORE) is currently seeking board members! SHORE is an all-volunteer, interfaith, not-for-profit housing organization that provides primarily permanent, affordable rental homes for homeless families. Its board members: Are knowledgeable about SHORE's mission and properties. Empathetic to the homeless families they assist, become familiar with the backgrounds of existing tenants, and are willing to help choose new tenants. Are proactive, attend regular board meetings, participate in fundraising and organized activities, and contribute ideas and energy towards making SHORE more viable both financially and operationally. Publicize SHORE's mission and needs; board members understand that only SHORE provides permanent homeless housing, that there are critical homeless housing needs in Westchester County, and that continual financial support is needed for apartment maintenance and administrative support involved in caring for its families and their needs.

White Plains, NY

Through10/7/20

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

Through2/28/21

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

Through12/31/20

Administrative Associate

The Administrative Associate will provide executive support for the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry Board. The volunteer should have administrative experience, superior organizational skills, and the ability to work independently. This is a remote volunteer position. Responsibilities: Communicates on behalf of Board President with Board members Coordinates with Board President on preparation and distribution of meeting materials, agenda, minutes, and recording of Board resolutions Oversees Document Retention Policy and document archives Develops and maintains corporate calendar Oversees compliance matters Oversees transition to and day-to-day operation of Board communication and document archiving software Qualifications: Expert written and verbal communications skills with ability to communicate persuasively and to proofread Strong organizational skills with ability to meet deadlines and prioritize and manage multiple tasks with attention to detail Comfortable working independently and as an effective member of a team Four-year college degree or equivalent experience Experience in related field (Communications, Non-profits, Administration) Broad-based computer skills, adept with Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Google Sheets, DropBox Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of privileged information at all times Schedule: 5-10 flexible hours per week from home

Mount Kisco, NY

Through1/31/21

Entertainers For Kids in Need

Every child deserves to have a birthday party! We Celebrate You (We C U) is a nonprofit organization that arranges monthly birthday parties for children living in a Mount Vernon homeless shelter. Every party will have entertainment, pizza, cake, party favors, and a book for each child who attends. Any child who has a birthday during that month will also receive a birthday present. Volunteers with special talents, such as making balloon animals, face-painting, playing music, or acting as clowns or kid-friendly characters, are needed to help entertain kids for an hour. Parties occur one Saturday per month and run from 12-1:30 p.m. The fun activity will take place in the first hour, followed by pizza and cake.

Mount Vernon, NY

Through12/14/20

Development Associate

The Development Associate works with and supports the Development Committee Chair of the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry in the areas of fundraising, outreach, and external communications. This in an ongoing volunteer role, requiring an average of 10 hours weekly that can be done mostly from home. Responsibilities include: Generate donation acknowledgement letters and related correspondence Maintain development database (Donor Perfect) including timely gift processing and tracking Prepare monthly and quarterly reports from Donor Perfect for Board Generate donor lists as needed Assist with community, media and public relations campaigns Assist with implement branding and messaging strategies Assist with bi-annual newsletter preparation Review, edit and proofread all materials Assist with planning and logistics of special events as needed Work with Grants Committee on timely and complete submission of grant applications, fulfilling reporting requirements, interacting with grantors, implementing grant strategy, and participating in workshops, training and seminars Qualifications: Excellent written and verbal communications skills with ability to communicate persuasively and to proofread Strong organizational skills with ability to meet deadlines and prioritize and manage multiple tasks with attention to detail Comfortable working independently and as an effective member of a team Four-year college degree or equivalent experience Experience in related field (Communications, Non-profits, Event Planning, Fundraising, Grant-writing) Broad-based computer skills, adept with Microsoft Office, Google Docs and Google Sheets, Social Media platforms. Experience with CRM databases such as Raiser’s Edge or Donor Perfect required Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality of privileged information at all times Flexible schedule, including ability to staff evening and weekend projects as needed Schedule: Up to 10 flexible hours per week, primarily from home; infrequent weekends and evenings required

Mount Kisco, NY

Through1/14/21

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

Through2/28/21

Toiletries Drive for New Rochelle

Help HOPE Community Services provide personal care and hygiene items to community members in need as they fight the COVID-19 outbreak in New Rochelle. Volunteers are needed to collect new, unopened, travel-sized toiletries and personal care products in Ziploc bags for drop-off. Items needed include: Toothpaste Toothbrushes Soap Shampoo Hand sanitizer Hand wipes Toilet paper Express interest below to schedule a day and time to drop off collected items. 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!)

New Rochelle, NY

Through4/30/20

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

Through4/24/20

Deliver Meals to the Hungry or Ill

Meals on Wheels of Scarsdale delivers nutritious meals to people living within the Scarsdale community, regardless of age or income. Some clients are homebound due to injury, illness, or physical handicap, while others are recently released from the hospital or rehabilitation. Still others simply cannot provide adequate meals for themselves or would prefer not to cook their own meals. Volunteers are needed to help distribute meals to hungry individuals in the Scarsdale area. Express interest below for more information. 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!)

Scarsdale, NY

Through3/26/21

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. 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!)

Kent Cliffs, NY

Through4/30/20

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. 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

Through4/30/20

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

Through3/30/21

 


 

 

 

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.