Join us as we remember the unity and compassion that was shared by the many first-responders, blood donors, and volunteers who came together after the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001.

Help us shine our light on the service, empathy and unity that carries us forward 15 years later.

We encourage families, individuals and business groups to register today through one of the available opportunities below and to honor the lives of those lost through these individual acts of service.

 
Find Opportunities by Date:
 
Friday, September 9th
(County Center Opportunities)

Friday, Septmeber 9th
(Other Community Opportunities)

Saturday, September 10th

Sunday, September 11th
 

Tuesday, Sept. 6th - 9th

Book Drive to Benefit Young Readers
Open Door Family Medical Center

Locations: Westchester County Center, Ossining, Port Chester, Mount Kisko, Brewster

Supports Youth Education: Books can be dropped off during the week at Open Door centers or at the Westchester County Center on 9/9. Books will be given to preschooler aged children by doctors during well-visits, or used by literacy volunteers as teaching tools to engage children with as they learn to read.




New Rochelle Book Drive for All Ages
My Brother's Keeper

Locations: New Rochelle, Westchester County Center

Supports Education: Volunteers can sign up to donate books for all ages and reading levels at various religious organizations throughout New Rochelle as well as at the Westchester County Center on Friday, Sept 9th from 2-5pm.

 

 

Thursday, Sept. 8th

Volunteer Hunger Relief Corps Orientation
Volunteer New York!

Location: Tarrytown
Time: 9:30am - 10:30am

Supports Hunger Relief: Please join us for a Hunger Orientation Session at Volunteer New York!’s headquarters to find out how you can impact hunger and poverty throughout Westchester and Rockland.




Friday, Sept. 9th (County Center)

Blood Drive
New York Blood Center

Location: Westchester County Center
Time: 9am - 4pm

Appropriate For : 18+

Supports Health: Volunteers are needed to donate blood at the Westchester County Center. Be a life-saving volunteer in honor of the memory of those lost.




Join the Westchester Medical Corps
Westchester County Department of Health

Location: Westchester County Center
Time: 9am - 4pm
Appropriate For: 18+

Supports Health: The Westchester County Health Department is looking for new members of their Medical Reserve Corps. Volunteers would engage in training activities, be available for emergencies and help provide outreach and education in our communities. This is a great opportunity for retired healthcare professionals, those with administrative experience, and students of the healthcare professions.





Be An Organ Donor
Live On New York

Location: Westchester County Center
Time: 11am - 5:30pm

Appropriate For : 18+

Supports Health: Spend some time speaking with people who have received organ transplants and understand why donation is so important! You can also sign up to be a donor.




Join the Bone Marrow Donor Registry
New York Blood Center

Location: Westchester County Center
Time: 11am - 5:30pm

Appropriate For : 18+

Supports Health: If you are between 18-44, in good health, and willing to help any patient in need, you can join the Be The Match® Registry. Thousands of patients with leukemia or other life-threatening disease depend on the Be The Match® 70% of patients needing a marrow transplant do not have a matching donor in their family.




Make Peanut Butter and J
elly Sandwiches for Food Pantry
One Sandwich At A Time

Location: Westchester County Center
Time: 4pm - 5:30pm (project is full)

Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 12 or older with adult

Supports Hunger Relief: Volunteers Make sandwiches that will be donated to a local food pantry. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring unopened peanut butter, jelly and bread to the project. Anything that is not used will be donated.




Create No Sew Fleece Blankets
Project Linus

Location: Westchester County Center
Time: 2pm - 3:30pm (this time slot is full)
Time: 4pm - 5:30pm
Appropriate For: 8 or older with adult, Teams

Supports Youth: Volunteers will work in pairs to create no-sew fleece blankets that will be given to children who need a little extra security, warmth and support. Blankets go to hospitals, shelters and foster care programs.




Donate, Sort and Package Diapers to Support Westchester Diaper Bank
Junior League of Central Westchester

Location: Westchester County Center
Time: 2pm - 5pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 14 or older with adult

Supports Health and Families: Volunteers are needed to donate much needed baby diapers (all brands/age ranges) as well as help sort and package diapers from the Westchester Diaper Bank Warehouse.




Create Literary Enrichment Activities
Leake & Watts

Location: Westchester County Center
Time: 2pm - 3pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 12 or older with adult

Supports Literacy: Volunteers will cut out visual aids, which will be used to enrich the reading experience and discussion of the famous children's book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. These literacy enrichment activities will be donated to various organizations throughout Westchester to help prepare youth to read at a Common Core standard.




Create Rainbow Fish Literacy Kits
WestCOP

Location: Westchester County Center
Time: 2pm - 3:30pm
Time: 4pm - 5:30pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 12 or older with adult

Supports Literacy: Volunteers will put together 300 "rainbow fish crafts" for Head Start students. This craft will help reinforce the story, The Rainbow Fish and give the students an opportunity to make a craft after reading the story.



 
Thank a First-Responder
Volunteer New York!

Location: Westchester County Center
Time: 2pm - 3:30pm
Time: 4pm - 5:30pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 6 or older with adult

Supports Community: Volunteers will create Thank You cards for first-responders which will be attached to rice Krispy treats that will be later donated to first responders all over Westchester.




Friday, Sept. 9th (Locations Vary)

Prep and Paint Senior Group Home
A-HOME

Location: Thornwood
Time: 9am - 1pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 15 or older with adult

Supports Elderly: Volunteers needed! Prep and paint metal railings at this senior-supportive affordable housing. The fence is pipe railing along the 100 yard driveway.




Ridge Road Park Cleanup
Westchester Parks Foundation

Location: Hartsdale
Time: 9am - 11am
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 5 or older with adult

Supports Environment: Volunteers needed to help remove invasive species removal and with park beautification.




Sorting and Packing Medical Supplies
AFYA Foundation

Location: Yonkers
Time: 9:30am - 12pm
Appropriate For: Teams, Ages 10 or older with adult

Supports Health: Volunteers needed to help sort donated medical supplies for those in resource poor nations.




Spend Time Reminiscing With Seniors
My Second Home

Location: Mount Kisco
Time: 10am - 12pm
Appropriate For: 18+

Supports Elderly: Many of the clients at My Second Home have memory issues. Volunteers will be reading out loud with seniors while encouraging the exchange of memories. Help make a great difference in the quality of someone's day.




Create Literacy Enrichment Activities with Residents
Schaffer Extended Care Center

Location: New Rochelle
Time: 10am - 11:45am
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 15 or older

Supports Eldery and Youth Education: Volunteers will work with residents of the Schaeffer Extended Care facility to create literacy enrichment activities that will be donated to children in low income areas.




Provide Clothing To Children In Need
Family Services of Westchester: The Sharing Shelf

Location: Port Chester
Time: 10am - 1pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 10 or older with adult

Supports Youth and Families: Volunteers will help sort and package back to school clothing for local children in need. The Sharing Shelf collects new and gently used clothing for infants, youth and teens. That clothing is distributed to area children at no cost through food pantries, schools and nonprofits. Each child receives a week's worth of clothing matched into outfits. September is one of our busiest months. (This opportunity is also available on Saturday, September 10th)




Engage in Fall Planting with Veterans
Montrose Veterans Hospital

Location: Montrose
Time: 1pm - 3pm
Appropriate For: 18+

Supports Veterans: Volunteers will engage with veterans while planting mums, bulbs and shrubs on the Montrose VA Campus.




Help Serve Food In Soup Kitchen
Community Service Associates

Location: Mount Vernon
Time: 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Appropriate For: 18+

Supports Hunger Relief: Volunteers will help plate food and bring trays to each guest seated at a table until all guests are served. The soup kitchen is designed to have a restaurant style environment for patrons.




Create Chew Toys for Shelter Dogs
Humane Society of Westchester

Location: Yorktown Teen Center
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Project is Closed to Teen Center Members.

Supports Animals: Teen Center members will spend time making chew toys for shelter dogs.




Night Food Packing
Hillside Food Outreach

Location: Armonk / Greenwich, CT
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 12 or older with adult

Supports Hunger Relief: Volunteers will package food bags in preparation for deliveries that will go out to families in need throughout Westchester County.





Saturday, Sept. 10th

Harvest Crops and Fall Cleanup in a Community Food Garden
Our New Way Garden / Acorn Organics

Location: Purchase
Time: 9am - 12pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 12 or older with adult

Supports Hunger Relief: Work in a Food Garden to Harvest Fruit and Vegetables. All of the produce will be donated to local food pantries. Volunteers will also do some fall cleanup.




Help Create Pop-Up Libraries
My Brother's Keeper

Location: New Rochelle
Time: 9:30am - 11:30am
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 8 or older with adult

Supports Literacy: Volunteers will help sort books collected during the New Rochelle School Book Drive. These books will then be used to create tiny reading libraries in public spaces such as barbershops, hair salons and stores.




Plant Grasses / Support Wildlife
Teatown Lake Reservation

Location: Ossining
Time: 10am - 12pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 8 or older with adult

Supports Environment: Help restore farm fields to open meadows that support migratory birds and other wildlife. Invasive plants will be removed by hand and with small hand tools. New plantings of small shrubs and grasses will be installed.





Provide Clothing To Children In Need
Family Services of Westchester: The Sharing Shelf

Location: Port Chester
Time: 10am - 1pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 10 or older with adult

Supports Youth and Families: Volunteers will help sort and package back to school clothing for local children in need. The Sharing Shelf collects new and gently used clothing for infants, youth and teens. That clothing is distributed to area children at no cost through food pantries, schools and nonprofits. Each child receives a week's worth of clothing matched into outfits. September is one of our busiest months. (This opportunity is also available on Friday, September 9th)





Plant Flowers with At-Risk Students
Graham Windham

Location: Hastings-on-Hudson
Time: 10am - 1pm
Appropriate For: 18+

Supports Youth Development: Volunteers will spend time with children on the Graham Windham Campus. This project is rain or shine. If pleasant weather, volunteers will work with students living on the Graham Windham School ages 12-21 to beautify their grounds including planting bulbs and mums. There will be a bbq after the projects for volunteers and kids. If the weather is  rainy, volunteers will spend time playing pool, basketball and other games with the children.




Jettisoning Jetbead: Removing Invasive Species
Rye Nature Center

Location: Rye
Time: 10am - 12pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 5 and older with adult

Supports Environment: Jetbead is a non-native shrub that has spread aggressively in our area recently. Volunteers needed to help the Rye Nature Center replace jetbead with more desirable, native shrubs. The first step of this project is removing the invasive vines.




Package and Hand Out Food to the Hungry
Life Progressive Services

Location: Mount Vernon
Time: 12pm - 2:30pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 12 or older with adult

Supports Hunger Relief: Volunteers needed to help package food and hand it out directly to hungry Mount Vernon residents. 




Tie Dye Art Therapy Project
Elizabeth Seton Children's Foundation

Location: Yonkers
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Appropriate For: Ages 17 or older with adult

Supports Youth: Volunteers will use art therapy to allow children who are under pediatric, rehabilitative and palliative care to express themselves in a verbal and nonverbal way, which would be difficult for them without support.

Children at Elizabeth Seton are medically fragile and many have trachs.Volunteers need to be in good health (please no one who is sick). Here's a great video about the wonderful children at Elizabeth Seton.




Write Letters to Deployed Troops Overseas
Mercy College / Operation Gratitude

Location: Dobbs Ferry
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 8 or older with adult

Supports Veterans: Volunteers will visit the Mercy College Founder's Fair and create inspirational dog tags and write letters for deployed troops overseas.




Be Prepared for the Next Disaster
Worldwide Community First Responder, Inc.

Location: Spring Valley
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 15 or older with adult

Supports Disaster Recovery: You never know when or where the next disaster will strike, so it's important to be prepared. Join Worldwide Community First Responder, Inc. on Saturday, Sept. 12th at 2pm to learn tips, ideas and information to better prepare yourself for the next disaster.




Spend Time with Extended Care Residents Making Jewelry
Schaffer Extended Care Center

Location: New Rochelle
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 17 or older with adult

Supports Elderly: Volunteers will work with residents of the Schaeffer Extended Care facility to make jewelry.




Patriotic Sing-A-Long and Poetry Reading with Seniors
Atria Senior Living

Location: Briarcliff Manor
Time: 2pm - 3:30pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 12 or older with adult

Supports Elderly: Sing with residents and read 9/11 remembrance poems.





Sunday, Sept. 11th

Prepare Brunch for Families with Sick Children in the Hospital
Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley

Location: Valhalla
Time: 9am - 10:30am
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 8 or older with adult

Supports Families and Community: Be part of the Meals that Heal Program and volunteer with your family to prepare a meal for the families at the Ronald McDonald House. You will be preparing the brunch for the families who are waiting while their child is being treated in the hospital.




WJCS Kids' Kloset Clothing Sort
Westchester Jewish Community Services

Location: White Plains
Time: 10am - 12:30pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 12 or older with adult

Supports Youth and Families: Volunteers will sort children's clothing by gender, size, and item and help to pack "Bags of Love."




Volunteer at the 9/11 Memorial Service
Amy's Greenhouse

Location: New Rochelle
Time: 10:30am-1:00pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 5 or older with adult

Supports Families and Community: Provide assistance at the 9/11 Memorial Service at Amy's Greenhouse.




Be An Empathy Ambassador
Volunteer New York!

Location: Outside The Rising Memorial / Kensico Dam
Time: 12pm - 4pm
Appropriate For: Family Friendly, 14 or older with adult

Supports Community and Mental Health: This empathy building project will help disperse empathy training tools and to engage volunteers on how to be better empathy ambassadors in their community, reflecting on the unity that emerged after the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001, and the service, empathy and compassion that carries us forwards 15 years later.  

Volunteers are invited to stay to attend Westchester County’s formal 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the Kensico Dam Rising Memorial, which will begin at 7pm on Sept. 11, 2016.





Create Cards and Placemats for Seniors in Meals on Wheels Program
Pace University Project / Meals on Wheels

Location: White Plains

Project is Closed

Supports Elderly: Volunteers will create various cards for seniors in the meals on wheels program. This could include birthday and any holiday.




Create Thank You Cards for Veterans
Dominican College / United for the Troops

Location: Blauvelt, NY
Project is Closed

Supports Veterans, Elderly, Youth Education and Hunger Relief: Volunteers have the choice of a number of projects including making cards for veterans, cards for seniors in the meals on wheels program, participate in blizzard box OR school supplies drive.