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Volunteer From the Heart Opportunities

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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


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


Deliver Meals to Homes in Rockland

Volunteer to help deliver meals to Rockland's homebound residents! Deliveries are made with the volunteers' own vehicles to brighten someone's day. The time commitment is just one hour per week, typically between 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday through Friday. For volunteers who can't commit to a regular schedule, opportunities are available to pitch in as a substitute, holiday, or snow driver. Individuals or families are welcome and children are encouraged to accompany adults to inspire the act of giving back to their communities.

Nanuet, NY


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


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


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 Find more drop-off locations at www.unitedforthetroops.org.

Carmel Hamlet, NY


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Spanish-Speaking Workshop Facilitators

Spanish-speaking Volunteer Facilitators are needed for the "Tomando Control de su Salud" ("Take Control of Your Health") program. After successfully completing four days of training, volunteers will facilitate free workshops for older adults in Westchester County who have chronic health conditions. Volunteers will facilitate at least one workshop per year. Each workshop is made up of six sessions lasting two-and-a-half hours. Training is mandatory and volunteers MUSTattend all four training dates: April 23 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 24 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 30 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 1 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

New Rochelle, NY


Deliver Meals to Homebound Seniors

Volunteer to help deliver meals to Rockland's homebound residents who are in need of food or who are too afraid to leave the house during the coronavirus pandemic. Deliveries take just one hour. 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!) In order to protect seniors during the delivery process, all volunteer drivers MUST follow these procedures: Wear gloves for the entire delivery route; gloves are provided by Meals on Wheels inside the cold cooler Place meals inside a bag (also provided in the cold cooler) to hang on the door handle upon arrival at the client's house Ring the bell and/or knock on the client's door Take a step back (at least 6 feet away) to do a visual safety check Report any change of condition or concern to Meals on Wheels caseworkers To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Click here to complete your volunteer application (mandatory)

Nanuet, NY


Evening Recreation Volunteers


Montrose, NY


Create Art and Cards for Seniors

Help Family Services of Westchester support its most vulnerable neighbors by brightening the day of the seniors at its Maple House assisted living program! Volunteers at home are encouraged to send artwork, cards, and hand-written letters. This is a great remote activity for families with young children at home. To volunteer: Express interest to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Create and mail your artwork, cards, and letters to: Maple House of Family Services of Westchester 15 Maple Place Ossining, NY 10562

Ossining, NY


Write Thank You Cards to Isolated and Homebound Veterans

United For the Troops will be sending "thank you" and goodwill cards to isolated and homebound veterans in local VA Hospitals and homes. Volunteers who interested can create handwritten letters, cards, and pictures to help show our veterans how thankful we are of them. This is the perfect project for volunteers who are sheltering in place, especially with young children. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Mail handwritten cards and notes to: United For the Troops (UFT) 16 Boniello Drive Mahopac, NY 10541 Find more information at www.unitedforthetroops.org.

Mahopac, NY


Deliver Groceries to Seniors - Greenburgh

Volunteers are needed to assist seniors in the Greenburgh area who are isolated from their loved ones and have trouble picking up groceries or getting enough to eat. Volunteers can either sign up to help deliver pre-purchased groceries and deliver them to seniors’ homes, or they can donate a meal that will then be delivered directly to a senior in need.

White Plains, NY


Make Artwork for Hospice Patients

Need some creative activities for kids to do at home? Do you have a child that loves to draw? Consider helping Hospice of Westchester brighten the day of a patient! Hospice of Westchester is collecting artwork from children of all ages throughout Westchester County and building "Thinking of You" packages to bring to Hospice of Westchester patients during this difficult time. If you and your child or grandchild are interested in sharing the joy of their artwork with a hospice patient, let the inspiration flow! Be sure to include the child’s first name and age on the front of the piece. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Send or drop off completed artwork to: Hospice of Westchester ATTN: Joan Jacobus 1025 Westchester Avenue, 2nd Floor White Plains, NY 10604

White Plains, NY


Create Inspirational Video Messages For Seniors

One Change at a Time's popular "Bridging Generations" program focuses on connecting younger and older generations. This program typically takes place in long-term care facilities, such as the Dumont Center in New Rochelle. With these facilities being closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 outbreak, One Change at a Time is looking for new ways to conduct this program so local seniors can stay connected and inspired! Inspired by the American Health Care Association's #CareNotCOVID campaign, youth and adults who are at home can create encouraging and inspirational videos in support of residents in long-term care facilities and seniors in the community. Volunteers can use the tags #CareNotCOVID and #1Change when they post their videos online and on social media. Help make a difference in a local senior's day by recording a fun, inspirational video message to let them know you're thinking of them. This is a great virtual project for families and students who are at home. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Follow the instructions on the #CareNotCOVID page for tips on recording and sharing your video. Remember to tag #CareNotCOVID and #1Change on social media!

New Rochelle, NY


Knit or Crochet Baby Blankets and Hats

Volunteers who love to knit or crochet are needed to help make baby blankets and hats for the New York Milk Bank. These cozy items will be included in gift baskets that are delivered to new moms. Blankets should be just large enough for a stroller or car seat (about 30 x 30 inches or 36 x 36 inches). All colors are accepted, but gender-neutral is always appreciated. Matching hats should be sized for newborns to one-year-olds. The New York Milk Bank is the first comprehensive nonprofit milk bank based in New York State. It collects milk from carefully screened donors, pasteurizes it, and distributes it to infants in New York State and the surrounding area.