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How will you show the love this February?

Below you'll find some great opportunities to give back from the heart while showing your favorite local volunteer connector agency some love! By leaving us a review, you can help others find out more about our free public services as well as help inform how we can better serve you in the future. Leave us a review on all three if you really want to be our BFF:
 
 
 
 
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Volunteer From the Heart Opportunities

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Help Sew Quilts for Kids in Need

Project Linus is looking for volunteers to help sew cozy quilts that will be given to children in need throughout the area. Sewing experience is preferred, but not necessary; volunteers are welcome to bring their own sewing machines or use the ones available on-site. All materials are provided. Pre-registration is required; see below for specific directions. This is a family-friendly project for teens 16 and up. To sign up as a family or with a team, please choose "Express Interest with a Family, Group, or Team." To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile history. Email fabricmartNY@msn.com to register.

Yorktown Heights, NY

2/22/20 10:00 AM + more

Help Babies Have a Safe Sleep Space

Open Door Family Medical Center's Baby Boxes provide mothers in need with a newborn starter kit that can be used as a safe sleep space for their new baby. Each box is filled with new diapers, baby clothes, toys, products, and important information to ensure the child has a healthy and safe start in life. Volunteers are needed to help assemble 10-20 Baby Boxes and fill them with baby essentials at the Open Door Health Center in Port Chester. This activity takes place from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month from January to November, though volunteers sometimes finish up earlier than 2:30 p.m. Open Door will alert volunteers in case dates or times are changed. Please express interest below to record this activity in your Volunteer New York! profile, and click here to register with Open Door. Volunteers can also support the Baby Boxes activity by starting a collection with their friends, family, and colleagues. Items to collect include: Newborn clothes and sleepwear Baby soap Diaper cream Infant thermometers Baby toys Lend a personal touch with a hand-written card to a new mom This is a perfect project for families, scout troops, corporate challenges, and baby showers. Visit Open Door's Baby Essentials Wishlist on Amazon for more items: http://rebrand.ly/Baby-Box-Wishlist

Port Chester, NY

3/16/20 12:30 PM + more

Caregiver Partner

Caregiver Volunteers ensure that the caregivers of patients admitted to Westchester Medical Center receive emotional and spiritual support, information, and practical assistance in a comfortable environment. Retirees are especially welcome! Responsibilities: Welcome/greet caregivers to the Center and provide information about the Center's services and amenities Sign-in caregivers and determine their immediate needs Assist with accessing Internet, email, and other electronic devices Host, bus, and maintain supplies for afternoon tea Reach out to caregivers in hospital as directed Refer guests to appropriate resources in hospital and community Inform the Director of issues related to Caregiver Center Attend training and orientation for the program Listen, be nonjudgmental, and be supportive. Don't be afraid to ask for assistance! Qualifications: Understanding of the impact of trauma and illness on the caregiver Ability to maintain a calm demeanor and compassion in emotionally charged situations Good critical thinking, listening, and communications skills Ability to follow instructions and work independently A friendly manner, flexibility, and ability to maintain confidentiality and privacy of guests The Center is open seven days per week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Valhalla, NY

Through12/31/20

Gift Shop Assistant

The gift shop is looking for friendly, pleasant volunteers to help put away stock, check and price new merchandise and greet customers

Bronxville, NY

Through7/21/20

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

Arts & Crafts Buddy

Are you interested in a rewarding field that works closely with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities? Would you like to share your interests with someone who enjoys it just as much as you? Partners Health Plan, a not-for-profit health plan that supports the lives of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, is looking for volunteers for its PAL Program. The PAL Program discovers a member’s passion and interests and matches them with a person or place in the community who shares a similar passion or interest. Partners Health Plan is looking for volunteers who would like to participate in arts and crafts, go to lunch, and spend time with a new friend who has a great sense of humor! Volunteers will meet with their "buddy" once every week or two (depending on the volunteer's schedule); the first outing will always be accompanied by a Community Resource Coordinator. Volunteers will provide their own transportation to meet their buddies, and report to the Community Resource Coordinator with updates on the progress of their outings. This is a great way to form natural friendships with individual based on similar interests! Benefits: Volunteers receive an optional professional reference upon completion of program and have the opportunity to join an incredible community of passionate staff and volunteers. Hours: Approximately once a week depending on the activity and volunteer's schedule. The suggested time commitment is six months to one year. PHP provides equal opportunityies for all volunteers.

Hawthorne, NY

Through12/31/20

Medical Appointment Driver - New Rochelle

Make a world of difference to an older neighbor who needs a ride to medical appointments in Westchester. Volunteer drivers provide older adults in their communities with a service that allows them to live independent, healthy, and satisfying lives. WestFair Rides is a collaborative not-for-profit organization managing rider choices in Westchester County for older adults and adults with vision disabilities. Volunteer drivers must: Have a desire to help someone in the community Have a valid driver's license and auto insurance Are over 21 years old Own a dependable vehicle Volunteers can set their own hours and provide as few or as many trips as they'd like; one ride a week, a month, or a year will make a difference! Bilingual volunteers, especially those who can speak Spanish, are strongly encouraged to apply.

New Rochelle, NY

Through12/31/21

Coffee Cart

Will provide morning smiles in the form of coffee and cookies to Veterans receiving treatment at VA Hudson Valley Health Care System's Montrose Campus. Volunteers will distribute items from the cart in the Urgent Care Area providing a moment of respite for Veterans. A small gesture like this offers Veterans a break in their morning and gives them a gentle lift. These items are delivered with lots of love and a smile by our caring volunteers. You'll be an integral part of the VA as you create and maintain a positive alliance with others. Must have strong people skills, able to fill and empty coffee pots, push a cart, and bend to reach items.

Montrose, NY

Through3/1/21

Write Thank You Cards to Support the Troops

Help United For the Troops send a little comfort to our military overseas! United For the Troops supports our troops serving overseas by sending them care packages of items they say they “miss most” while they are deployed. (Click HERE for a donation list.) Handwritten letters, cards, and pictures are always welcome and included in the care packages; they're the first thing our servicemen and women see when they open their packages, and they remind our military how thankful we are. This year we aim to send out 10,000 letters and cards! This is a great family-friendly activity. Break out the construction paper and crayons or pick up a package of thank you cards and write out a few. Cards can be mailed or dropped off; we just need them in time for our packing days. Mail thank you cards to: United For the Troops P.O. Box 242 Shrub Oak, NY 10588 Drop-off locations are listed on www.unitedforthetroops.org #remotevolunteer

Carmel Hamlet, NY

Through3/22/20

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 Drivers to Help Seniors

Do you want to make a difference in your community and you happen to have a few hours per month to spare? Perhaps you're looking for a more meaningful way to use your lunch break, or you're hoping to fulfill community service requirements for college. Why not use that time to offer a ride to a local senior? It Takes a Village is comprised of a team of devoted volunteers whose mission is to help senior members in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow live independently in their homes, and volunteers are needed to drive these senior neighbors to their destinations in Westchester County. Whether a member needs to make their doctor's appointment, run errands, or take a trip to the grocery store, you can help! This service is for members of It Takes A Village (ITAV 10591) living in Tarrytown or Sleepy Hollow and is offered Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteer drivers decide when they're available to be "on call," and they are contacted via email if a member is in need of a ride—whether it's one-way or round-trip. All volunteers are interviewed, screened, and vetted prior to becoming a driver. Express your interest below; bilingual (English-Spanish) volunteers are welcome to apply! Know any senior friends, neighbors, or family members in Tarrytown or Sleepy Hollow who would benefit from this service? Send an email using the link below.

Sleepy Hollow, NY

Through6/4/20

Direct Care Hospice Volunteers

United Hospice of Rockland is seeking Direct Care Volunteers to provide companionship to hospice patients and their families. Direct Care Volunteers may also assist caregivers by offering relief and bereavement support, running errands, and providing transportation. Volunteers with professional skills in finance, legal matters, hair styling, manicures, snow shoveling, and house repairs are especially needed. Volunteers are also needed for the Veteran Peer Program, which partners veteran volunteers with veteran patients. United Hospice of Rockland is proudly recognized as a “We Honor Veterans” Hospice Partner, showing its commitment to providing quality end-of-life care to meet veterans’ needs. Sought but not required: Volunteers who can speak a second language, especially Spanish, Creole, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, or Yiddish, are encouraged to apply! Training: Direct Care volunteers must attend special training sessions that occur over the course of six consecutive weeks. (There will also be some training sessions on Saturdays to accommodate individuals who work full-time and may be interested in volunteering in the evening and on weekends.) Express interest below to learn about upcoming training and how to become a Direct Care Volunteer.

New City, NY

Through1/24/21

Friendly Visitors

Association for the Visually Impaired is seeking direct care volunteers to serve as friendly visitors, to take clients shopping, and to bring to appointments as needed.

Spring Valley, NY

Through12/31/20

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

Help Socialize Rescue Dogs

Adopt-A-Dog's puppers sure love the company of people, and it's good for them to be around new faces to help them socialize. Volunteers are needed to spend time with these furry friends, whether it's playing a game of fetch to get them moving or giving them good old-fashioned snuggles.

Armonk, NY

Through11/30/20

Gift Shop Volunteers

Gift Shop volunteers are needed for St. John's Riverside Hospital's ParkCare facility. Volunteers can select shifts Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Volunteers should have: Ability to operate cash register, handle money, and make change Ability to work both independently and as a team member Excellent customer service skills Volunteers will: Be responsible for processing sales on the cash register, which requires sound knowledge of the basic principles of cashiering operation Processing lottery ticket sales Greet and offer customer service to all customers entering the gift shop Retrieve the gift shop key from Security (if opening the shop for the day) Answer phones Assist in restocking and straightening merchandise

Yonkers, NY

Through12/31/20

CHORE Volunteers

Did you know that falling is the leading cause of emergency room visits by older adults? In many cases, a simple home improvement or repair—such as better lighting or a grab bar—can keep you or your loved one safe. CHORE is a resource to both people living in Rockland County who are at least 60 years of age or a person living with a disability, regardless of age or income status, who need help. CHORE helps people to maintain the independence of living at home by providing free minor household repairs and home improvements that make living at home safe. Become a CHORE volunteer if you know how to: Repair lighting Replace light bulbs Install grab bars Install raised commode seats Repair/tighten handrails Repair stair treads Replace electrical outlets Install curtains or blinds Change batteries in smoke/CO detectors

New City, NY

Through1/22/21