Summer Volunteering

Local summer volunteer opportunities for youth, families and adults of all ages are here! Opportunities are sorted by issue area and range from fighting hunger & poverty, to protecting the environment, to supporting local community efforts, youth education and more. Check back as new summer volunteer listings are added weekly or check in for 1-on-1 matchmaking support anytime with an opportunity specialist!
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2019 Summer Opportunities

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

1/28/20 2:30 PM + more

Farm to Food Pantry Kitchen Volunteers

Enjoy cooking? Come help in the kitchen at Second Chance Foods! The kitchen uses food that has been recovered from grocers and farms to make healthy and delicious meals for those in need. There are many ways to help: washing and chopping produce, labeling and packing boxes of meals, and cleaning up. All the food that is made is donated to local food pantries and soup kitchens.

Brewster, NY

1/31/20 9:30 AM + more

Bridging Generations to Help Seniors

One Change at a Time is looking for volunteers for its “Bridging Generations” program, which aims to promote intergenerational relationships by bringing together the elderly and youth through therapeutic recreation, education, and social activities. “Bridging Generations” takes place at nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and community centers and helps to improve the health and social wellness of seniors, while developing skills, establishing values, and providing a sense of empowerment. These interactions help all generations by providing mentorship opportunities, stimulating the mind through educational activities, and improving health by being actively involved.

New Rochelle, NY

2/2/20 2:30 PM + more

Saturday Creative Arts Therapy Volunteer

Heartsong provides a unique Saturday program of Art, Music and Dance Movement Therapy for individuals with disabilities. Participants will build on social skills, language, self-esteem, fine motor skills and more. Heartsong runs on 4 semesters e.g. Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. All semesters are 10 weeks long, however we encourage volunteers to try and commit to 2 semesters. (Heartsong also offers a Summer Break program 2019:7/20, 7/27, 8/3 & 8/10 from 9-12pm) Please call the office or visit our website and fill out the volunteer application. Program Dates: September 7- June 13, 2019 Fall 2019 semester (September 21st- November 23rd) Mandatory Orientation Sept 7th from 9-2pm Winter 2020 semester (December 7th-March 21st) Spring 2020 semester (March 28th- June 13th) Time: Any hours between 9.00am - 1:15pm: Volunteers commit to 1-3hrs Volunteer Tasks: Work directly with participants to engage them in therapy sessions under the supervision of Lead Therapists Help with set-up and clean-up Volunteer Requirements: Applicants must be 15 years of age or older ( Volunteers under 17 MUST attend orientation with a parent) Submission of volunteer application, including medical form to be completed by physician, and attend a mandatory orientation session Regular and reliable commitment to assignment Ability to demonstrate compassion, patience and follow directions Potential volunteers can choose to sign-up for 1or 3 hrs, session times range from 8:45-1:45pm. (Volunteers will be assigned to a group they will assist therapist for 10 weeks.) Priority for volunteer positions are dependent on the order in which applications are received and applicants who are available for assigned program dates.

White Plains, NY


High School Internship: Farm Volunteer

Hilltop Hanover Farm's internships provide students with hands-on opportunities to work alongside farmers throughout all aspects of plant propagation, cultivation, and the harvest of numerous varieties of organically grown vegetable crops. Working on the farm is a rewarding experience, but it may be physically demanding at times; tasks take place in all kinds of weather, so interns should dress and plan accordingly. Interns should have the desire to contribute daily in a rigorous, fast-paced agricultural setting. Interns take part in some or all of the necessary fieldwork, including seeding, transplanting, weeding, thinning, watering, harvesting, and pest control, as well as washing, sorting and packaging vegetables for market. If you are interested in Food Justice, Environmental, or Agricultural studies, this unpaid internship is for you! Hilltop Hanover Farm works with high school students to schedule their internships according to their schools' attendance and program guidelines. Interns receive volunteer service credit, learning, and experience; Hilltop Hanover Farm will provide a reference letter upon completion of volunteer work. Spots are limited, so please submit early.

Yorktown Heights, NY


Fantastic Friends Co-Program Leader

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center, Westchester is currently looking for an assistant volunteer program leader to join our wonderful dedicated volunteer team. Fantastic Friends meets once or twice a month on a Friday from 7-9 p.m. Fantastic Friends (ages 18+) needs a leader (or leaders to co-lead) to help run this very popular social skills program. We would also like to expand this program to twice a month. Fantastic Friends is a fun night out either at the Playhouse or out in the community to facilitate social interactions between adults with Down syndrome, their peers and the community. The goals of the program are to promote positive relationships, to encourage peer relationships in the community, to develop social skills and ultimately to have FUN! At least a six-month commitment is required. Volunteer Program Leader Requirements: Must be 18+ Must attend an hour-long orientation (sessions available 6:30-7:30 p.m. first Wedsnesday of the month) Observe two programs Once the above requirements have been fulfilled, a background check is required We would love to hear your ideas! Please express interest below.

Ardsley, NY


Garden Educators

We're looking for garden educators to assist in teaching New Rochelle elementary students about gardening, plants, science, and nature. The hands-on classes are conducted seasonally during the school year. Volunteer Educators would be working side-by-side with experienced professionals with the goal of becoming proficient in teaching the curriculum. Required credentials include education with an interest in gardening, plus a background check. Retired teachers are ideal candidates! After gaining the ability to lead the class, a small hourly stipend is available. This work is enriching, enjoyable, and fun, and the students are enthusiastic and interested. For more information about our group, please visit our website at hpcgreenhouse.org.

New Rochelle, NY


Volunteer Intake Coordinator

This role will handle volunteer inquiries and intake. Responsibilities include: respond to forwarded inquiries handle intake paperwork provide office tours or orientations conduct pre-screen interviews schedule volunteers or connect potential volunteers with appropriate staffers to follow up and schedule Flexible schedule and location!

Congers, NY


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


Girl AGain Boutique Peer Mentors

Yes She Can helps young women with autism develop job skills by operating Girl AGain, a resale boutique that sells gently used American Girl dolls, clothes, and furniture. It is seeking a few volunteers who want to work side-by-side, serving as peer mentors to trainees in the boutique. Trainees prepare merchandise, price and display it, and help customers make purchases. This is a great opportunity for mature high school students and college students. Store hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Training schedule runs Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Typical volunteer support would be four hours at one time.

White Plains, NY


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.



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


Organize Your Own Drive

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 recruits local volunteers who can help organize material drives in their communities. Volunteers can participate in the following activities: Coloring Book Drive: Collect new coloring books and crayons for kids in the hospital. Birthday Program: Collect items for the birthday toy pantry. (Ask for gift wishlist.) School Supplies Project: Collect school supplies and backpacks all year round. Pantry Drive: Collect paper towels, tissues, hand sanitizer wipes, and baby wipes. Coin Harvest: Organize and run a loose change collection to benefit Friends of Karen or recycle cans and bottles and donate the change to Friends of Karen. Gift Certificate Drive: Collect $5 gift certificates to iTunes, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King, Pizza Hut, and Starbucks. Tag Sale: Turn your junk into treasure and organize a tag sale to benefit Friends of Karen. The organization will start you off with a box of tag sale “stuff.” #donateschool #remotevolunteer

North Salem, NY


Chair Exercise/Yoga Volunteer

We are looking for a volunteer who can come in and lead a chair exercise or chair yoga/meditation class. #VolunteerNewRochelle

New Rochelle, NY


Recreation Volunteer

Are you a "people person?" Do you like the idea of fostering meaningful friendships with our veterans and their spouses? If so then this opportunity is for you! Our recreation department is looking for dedicated volunteers who will work closely with our staff on their assigned neighborhoods to provide friendly room visits to residents and document the visits. Each volunteer will be assigned and trained to work on a specific neighborhood. This volunteer opportunity would be during the week ideally and 1-3 times a week for a few hours at a time. #IG005 #NYSVeterans

Montrose, NY


Graphic Design Volunteer

A graphic design volunteer is needed to help with creating materials (flyers, posters, yard signs) for the Women's Resource Center's annual 3K Walk to End the Violence. The walk will be held on September 22, 2019 from 8:30a.m. to 11:30a.m. Volunteers may design materials from their home and should be able to commit to at least working one day a week until the project is completed. Hours are flexible!

Mahopac, NY