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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

Green Squad Weekly Litter Cleanups

Join the Green Squad to clean up litter at Glen Island Park. Commit to as often as your schedule allows! All supplies will be provided; please wear clothes that can get dirty. Volunteers will meet at the park office (first building on the right). See you there!

New Rochelle, NY

7/17/19 6:30 PM +more

Green Squad at Twin Lakes Park

Be a part of removing an invasive species in Twin Lakes Park! Volunteers will be on land and in canoes pulling Water Chestnut from the lake by hand. All supplies will be provided. Please wear clothes that can get dirty. Hope to see you there!

Eastchester, NY

7/18/19 9:30 AM

Red Robins Summer Reading Buddies

It's important to keep young people physically and mentally active while school is out to prevent summer "brain drain!" YCOP of Mount Vernon is looking for energetic individuals with a love for reading and inspiring six- and seven-year-old boys and girls for its summer camp program. Summer camp runs Monday through Friday from July 1 to August 16. Volunteers may express interest in the following slots: Mondays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Mount Vernon, NY

7/18/19 10:30 AM +more

Food Pantry Delivery Drivers - Brewster to Carmel

Volunteers are needed to deliver boxes of food from the Second Chance Foods kitchen (116 Federal Hill Road in Brewster) to the Gilead Food Pantry (9 Church Street in Carmel). Volunteers will then create a display of the food. Boxes may weigh up to 30 pounds and have to be carried down one flight of stairs. Shifts run Fridays at 9 a.m.

Brewster, NY

7/19/19 9:00 AM +more

Farm to Food Pantry Kitchen Volunteers

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

Brewster, NY

7/19/19 9:30 AM +more

Kent Library Delivery Drivers - Brewster to Carmel

Second Chance Foods will be providing food to the summer meals program at the Kent Library every Friday throughout the summer. Volunteers are needed to pick up food at the Second Chance Foods kitchen (116 Federal Hill Road, Brewster) and deliver it to the Kent Library (17 Sybil's Crossing, Carmel). Deliveries run on Fridays from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Brewster, NY

7/19/19 11:30 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.

Mount Vernon, NY

8/6/19 2:30 PM +more

2019 Early Summer Garden Crew

Join gardeners to help clean up community areas of the garden. Volunteers will participate in tilling the soil, raking, cleaning and hauling, weeding, deadheading, woodchipping, and composting. Please bring water to stay hydrated, and wear long pants, a hat, work gloves, work shoes, and sunscreen. PLEASE BEWARE: ticks and poison ivy have been reported in the garden this spring. All ages and abilities are welcome!

New Rochelle, NY

7/20/19 9:00 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

7/21/19 2:30 PM +more

Volunteers to Count School Supplies

The Sharing Shelf is seeking volunteers to help count its inventory of school supplies that will be used for its upcoming backpack packing days. This opportunity is part of the "Backpacks to School" campaign for local low-income children.

Port Chester, NY

7/23/19 10:00 AM +more

Volunteers to Pack Pencil Cases

The Sharing Shelf is seeking volunteers to help pack donated pencil cases in preparation for its upcoming backpack packing days. This opportunity is part of the "Backpacks to School" campaign for local low-income children.

Port Chester, NY

7/25/19 10:00 AM

Bicycle Camp Volunteers

Interested in volunteering, getting great exercise, and having fun this summer? iCan Bike is looking for volunteers who would like to help campers with disabilities learn how to ride a bike. Under the guidance of professional trainers, volunteers help spot the campers on specialized training bikes and then facilitate their transition to conventional two-wheel bikes by the week's end. Helping people learn a skill that most of us take for granted is truly rewarding—and a lot of fun, too! Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. Time commitment is flexible, and volunteering can be for just one session (approximately 90 minutes) per day up to all five sessions (8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.). The camp takes place at the EJ Murray Skating Center in Yonkers (near Ridge Hill Mall) from July 29 to August 2. Sessions are held at 8:30 a.m., 10:05 a.m., 11:40 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3:35 p.m.

Yonkers, NY

7/29/19 8:30 AM +more

Volunteers to Organize School Supplies

The Sharing Shelf is seeking volunteers to help prepare for its upcoming backpack packing days. Volunteers will be organizing and arranging donated school supplies that will then be distributed as part of the "Backpacks to School" campaign for local low-income children. Groups and corporate teams are encouraged to volunteer!

Port Chester, NY

7/30/19 10:00 AM +more

2019 Late Summer Garden Crew

Join gardeners to help clean up community areas of the garden. Volunteers will participate in tilling the soil, raking, cleaning and hauling, weeding, deadheading, woodchipping, and composting. Please bring water to stay hydrated, and wear long pants, a hat, work gloves, work shoes, and sunscreen. PLEASE BEWARE: ticks and poison ivy have been reported in the garden this spring. All ages and abilities are welcome!

New Rochelle, NY

8/3/19 9:00 AM +more

Backpack Packing Day Volunteers

The Sharing Shelf is seeking volunteers to help pack backpacks with donated school supplies. This opportunity is part of the "Backpacks to School" campaign for local low-income children. There is a suggested donation of $25, which helps the Sharing Shelf to buy and fill a new backpack for a child in need.

Port Chester, NY

8/10/19 9:30 AM +more

Volunteers to Distribute Backpacks

The Sharing Shelf is seeking volunteers to help distribute backpacks that have been filled with donated school supplies. This opportunity is part of the "Backpacks to School" campaign for local low-income children.

Port Chester, NY

8/20/19 10:00 AM +more

Community Legal Clinic Volunteers

Dedicated and personable volunteers are needed for information gathering, legal screenings, and application assistance. Volunteers will meet with prospective clients, gather information about their journey to the United States, discuss their life histories, and work with Catholic Charities attorneys to inform immigrants about their rights and legal options. Training will be provided via webinar a week in advance of the clinic. Spanish speakers are especially needed; se necesitan hablantes de español. Two shifts are available: 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 1-5:30 p.m. Sign up for one shift or both!

Sleepy Hollow, NY

8/23/19 9:00 AM +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

Through 1/25/20

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

Through 6/26/20

Community Volunteers Needed!

The New Rochelle Coalition Against Violence (New Ro CAV) is a group of dedicated New Rochelle residents organized to provide opportunities that are designed to reduce violence throughout the city. By exploring innovative and evidenced-based programming, New Ro CAV aims to meet the needs of residents at the intersection of trauma and resilience. New Ro CAV also works closely with IEY Middle School and will work with Trinity Elementary in 2018-2019. New Ro CAV is looking for community volunteers of all ages. Volunteer opportunities include: organizing recreational events for youth, providing informational events such as documentary screenings at the library, advocacy and much more. New Ro CAV is looking for individuals willing to share their time and talents to help make our city safer! #Newrochelle #Newrostrong

New Rochelle, NY

Through 7/31/20

Mamaroneck Open-Air Fresh Produce Market 2019

Open Door Family Medical Centers, in partnership with Feeding Westchester (formerly the Food Bank of Westchester) and the Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force, hosts a massive giveaway of over 10,000 pounds of fresh produce donated by Hunts on the last Saturday of each month! We need volunteers to set up tables, unload the produce from large pallets, pre-bag smaller items, and distribute fresh fruit and vegetables to those in need. Volunteers clean up the parking area and sort piles of empty cartons, crates, and pallets for recycling. Note: Shift runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Must be able to lift 20 pounds. Spanish language helpful (but not required). Register here.

Mamaroneck, NY

Through 7/27/19

Zumba Instructor

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center, Westchester is currently looking for a volunteer that would attend our programs to teach our teens and adults Zumba. The level of commitment can be discussed. Our teen and adult group meet a couple of times a month and have both expressed a huge interest in learning Zumba. We would love to hear from anyone who is trained and would like to come and teach us! 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. Please express your interest below!

Ardsley, NY

Through 9/1/19

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

Through 9/1/19

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

Through 4/24/21

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

Through 12/7/19

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

Through 5/8/20

Summer Art Program Supply Drive

Strawtown Studio is collecting art material for its summer program, which serves to educate children on environmental stewardship. Items that are needed include: Paper (watercolor, mixed media, bristol vellum, colored card stock) Paint (acrylic, watercolor) Acrylic (nontoxic) paint markers Elmer’s glue (sticks, tubs) Tape (masking, transparent, duct) Fabric, felt Paint markers Colored pencils Cedar shingles Wire (all gauges) Beading wire in gauges 20 to 28 (gold, silver, green) Small craft mirror and tiles Jute, twine Hemp string Plasticine modeling clay (non-drying), natural colors Thin ribbons #remotevolunteer

Nyack, NY

Through 5/10/20

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

Through 5/23/20

Horse Program Side Walkers

Topfield Equestrian Center is seeking volunteers for its therapeutic riding lessons. The center serves individuals and groups ages four and up who are living with various challenges and ability levels to learn horseback-riding skills. Side Walker Volunteers do not require horse experience; this is the perfect opportunity for those who would like to work alongside riders and help them learn new riding skills. Therapeutic riding lessons run year-round.

Cold Spring, NY

Through 8/31/19

Barn Volunteers

Topfield Equestrian Center is looking for experienced Barn Volunteers to assist with horse turnout, feeding, and stall mucking. Barn volunteers must have three to five years of previous experience working in a barn and handling horses. Barn shifts are 8:30-10:30 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. on Sunday through Saturday year-round, including holidays. Volunteers must submit a volunteer application and attend an orientation and training prior to volunteering.

Cold Spring, NY

Through 8/31/19

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

Through 6/4/20

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

Through 6/4/20

Summer Camp Counselors

New Era Creative Space is looking for high school interns aged 16 and older to join its team this summer as Nature Camp Counselors. If you're looking to gain experience and leadership skills working with kids (ages 11-14) and learn how to be more environmentally friendly, this is the camp for you! Camp counselors enjoy being outdoors and working with younger children, are self-motivated, and are team players. Activities include art, science, creative writing, hiking, swimming, farm visits, waterfront education, and kayaking. Counselors must be 18 or older and junior counselors should be 16-17. Nature Camp schedule: Session 1: Monday-Friday, July 1-19 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Session 2: Monday-Friday, July 22-August 9 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Peekskill, NY

Through 8/9/19

Science Buddies

Science Buddies help young children complete fun science projects at the Yonkers Riverfront Library. Activities may include: Colors and Hidden Messages: Color by number and reveal hidden messages using color filters Cloud in a Bottle: Make a cloud in a bottle using condensation Chameleons and Camouflage: Color paper chameleons Straw Rockets: Design a rocket and launch it Origami Penguins and Elephants: Make an origami penguin or elephant while learning about them Learning about Senses: Sniff different scents in film canisters and try to guess what they are; students try to guess which two scents are the same Activities are part of JCY's Summer Reading Buddies program and are held every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. from July 9 through August 13.

Yonkers, NY

Through 8/13/19

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

Through 9/2/19

Latino Connections Program Assistants

The Latino Connections program provides socialization opportunities, educational workshops, support services, and linkages to community resources for recently arrived Latina immigrants living in Port Chester. Attendance is free and babysitting is provided for 8 to 10 children during the sessions. Volunteers assist the Program Director in: Educational workshops Parent skills training Advocacy Well-women care

Port Chester, NY

Through 8/30/19

Summer Reading Buddies - Yonkers

Are you great with kids and do you love to read? Volunteer to be a Summer Reading Buddy! Participating children will select a book and be matched up with a volunteer. For about 20 minutes, the volunteer will encourage their student "buddy" to read, helping with specific words, pronunciation, and comprehension along the way. When they’ve finished the book, the volunteer will help the child complete a worksheet and then bring the child back to our staff who will match them up with their next “buddy.” Volunteers will work with several children during each two-hour session; every child gets a stamp on their "passport" for each day they attend. Program schedule: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from July 9 to August 14

Yonkers, NY

Through 8/14/19

Putnam County 4-H Fair Volunteers

The Putnam County 4-H Fair is looking for volunteers of all ages to help put on another wonderful festival. The fair takes place from July 26-28 at Veterans Memorial Park in Carmel; volunteers may express interest in any or all of the dates: Friday, July 26 from 12-6 p.m. Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Volunteers can help in the following areas: Games Crafts Cotton candy Soda Lemonade Ice cream Face painting Fair setup (building, cleaning, organizing, judging)

Carmel Hamlet, NY

Through 7/28/19

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 you sign up, Family-to-Family will send you details about the family you’re helping. You can find more information, and sign up to sponsor a family, here. #IG006

White Plains, NY

Through 8/7/20

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. Below are just a few examples on how you can help: Coloring Book Drive – Collect new coloring books and crayons for our kids in the hospital. Birthday Program – Collect items for our birthday toy pantry. Call for wish list of gifts. School Supplies Project – Collect school supplies and backpacks. All year round. Pantry Drive – Collect paper towels, tissues, hand sanitizer wipes, 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. We’ll start you off with a box of tag sale “stuff.” #donateschool #remotevolunteer

North Salem, NY

Through 8/7/20

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