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Volunteer with a Parent/Guardian

Many opportunities are open to youth under 18 if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. These are the perfect activities to do together as a family, and some are appropriate for volunteers as young as three years old.

These opportunities help parents to introduce their kids to the spirit of service and the importance of giving back in a fun, safe and meaningful environment. The opportunities for teens that require a parent or guardian are often skills-based and may offer an interesting experience or learning opportunity.

The following opportunities are divided into two groups: opportunities where the minimum age to volunteer with a parent or guardian is 11 years old and younger, and opportunities where the minimum age to volunteer is between 12-17 years old with a parent or guardian.

 

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Minimum Volunteer Age WITH an Adult: Ages 3-11

Help Sort Food and Distribute to the Community

LIFE Progressive Services Group is a nonprofit, grassroots organization serving the Mount Vernon community and formerly incarcerated individuals. It is seeking volunteers to assist with its weekly food distribution program, weather permitting, where they will help unload a delivery van, bring donated food items to the processing area for sorting and storage, and distribute the food to those in need in nearby neighborhoods. Note: Volunteers must be punctual and be able to lift 10 to 50 pounds up and down one flight of steps. Volunteers should bring their own gloves and masks (though these can be provided if needed). 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!)

Mount Vernon, NY

7/2/20 10:00 AM + more

Pop-Up Shop Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help LIFE Progressive Services Group's pop-up shop to raise funds for its re-entry program. Volunteers will assist with everything from setting up the shop to monitoring the sales of clothing, electronics, body and haircare products. Shifts are available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Volunteers can select shifts in three-hour increments below. 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!)

Mount Vernon, NY

7/3/20 11:00 AM + more

Gathering Gently Used/Unread Magazines

IAHD's Day Hab Program in Tarrytown needs lots of gently read or unread magazines appropriate for our program participants (individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities). Suitable magazine titles include: Better Homes and Gardens People National Geographic Car and Driver Popular Mechanics Bon Appétit Good Housekeeping Essence Food Network Conde Nast Traveler O, The Oprah Magazine Real Simple Runner's World Road & Track Family Circle #donate books #remotevolunteer

Tarrytown, NY

Through 12/31/20

Entertainers For Kids in Need

Every child deserves to have a birthday party! We Celebrate You (We C U) is a nonprofit organization that arranges monthly birthday parties for children living in a Mount Vernon homeless shelter. Every party will have entertainment, pizza, cake, party favors, and a book for each child who attends. Any child who has a birthday during that month will also receive a birthday present. Volunteers with special talents, such as making balloon animals, face-painting, playing music, or acting as clowns or kid-friendly characters, are needed to help entertain kids for an hour. Parties occur one Saturday per month and run from 12-1:30 p.m. The fun activity will take place in the first hour, followed by pizza and cake.

Mount Vernon, NY

Through 12/14/20

Make Window Cards to Check In With Neighbors

During the coronavirus pandemic, vulnerable populations—including seniors and those with compromised immune systems—are especially at risk. Many people are staying at home and practicing social distancing to limit the spread. Fortunately, there are still ways to volunteer in the community while staying safe. People who are home and looking to help can check in with their neighbors by knocking on their doors (keeping a safe distance) or giving them a call to see what they need. You can also use these Neighborhood Wellness Cards to create color-coded packets so neighbors can alert you through their windows when they have a need. The community is stronger and more resilient when we come together! ​By expressing interest in this opportunity below, you're helping Volunteer New York! better understand the number of community members taking action during this pandemic. 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!) To volunteer: Express interest below to let us know you've vowed to check in on your neighbors during this crisis. Choose one or more neighbors to check-in with. Reach out to them by phone, video chat, email, or with a visit from a safe distance (i.e. standing outside their door or window). Let them know you were thinking of them and ask how they're feeling. Ask them if they'd be willing to use Neighborhood Wellness Cards so they can easily let you know if they need help. If they aren't sure how to protect themselves, share the CDC's guidelines with them here. If they're reporting symptoms, remain at a safe distance and offer to help them contact their primary physician or healthcare provider so they may seek medical guidance. See the CDC's guidelines here for instructions.

Elmsford, NY

Through 12/31/20

Donate Face Masks and Supplies for Healthcare Workers - Ossining

Open Door Family Medical Center is accepting new and homemade masks and other personal protective equipment to keep frontline staff, patients, and community members stay safe against the COVID-19 virus. Items that are needed include: N95 masks, especially small and child sizes (new and unwrapped) Over-the-ear masks, especially small and child sizes (can be hand-sewn; see guidelines here) Isopropyl alcohol (small portable bottles) Isopropyl alcohol wipes Non-mercury oral or ear thermometers (can be inexpensive brand) Blood pressure arm monitors (can be inexpensive brand) Non-latex gloves (all sizes) Hand sanitizer (8 ounces) Clorox bleach wipes Yellow isolation gowns To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Create or package sterile masks and supplies. Hand-sewn masks must follow the guidelines here Mark donations with the name and email address of the person donating the supplies Drop off donations to the following location between the hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Ossining Open Door Executive Office This location is across the street from Open Door Family Medical Center; the donation box is in the vestibule and is checked throughout the day. 2 Church Street Ossining, NY 10562

Ossining, NY

Through 7/31/20

Donate Face Masks and Supplies for Healthcare Workers - Port Chester

Open Door Family Medical Center is accepting new and homemade masks and other personal protective equipment to keep frontline staff, patients, and community members stay safe against the COVID-19 virus. Items that are needed include: N95 masks, especially small and child sizes (new and unwrapped) Over-the-ear masks, especially small and child sizes (can be hand-sewn; see guidelines here) Isopropyl alcohol (small portable bottles) Isopropyl alcohol wipes Non-mercury oral or ear thermometers (can be inexpensive brand) Blood pressure arm monitors (can be inexpensive brand) Non-latex gloves (all sizes) Hand sanitizer (8 ounces) Clorox bleach wipes Yellow isolation gowns To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Create or package sterile masks and supplies. Hand-sewn masks must follow the guidelines here Mark donations with the name and email address of the person donating the supplies Drop off donations to the following location between the hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Port Chester Open Door Medical Center The donation box is located outside in drive-thru entrance from Purdy Avenue.​ 5 Grace Church Street Port Chester, NY 10573

Port Chester, NY

Through 7/31/20

Donate Supplies to Staff Supporting Individuals with Disabilities

Another Step manages five group homes in Westchester and Rockland counties for developmentally disabled individuals whose needs require 24-hour staff coverage. With the shelter-in-place order in effect, Another Step needs basic supplies to help its hard-working staff as they safely support vulnerable group home residents. These supplies include: Face masks (KN95, N95, cloth, or paper) Forehead thermometers Gowns Goggles Paper towels Disinfecting wipes Hand sanitizer To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Collect items from the list above and deliver them to: Another Step 706 Executive Boulevard, Suite F Valley Cottage, NY 10989

Valley Cottage, NY

Through 12/31/20

Shop and Send Baby Essentials to a Family in Need

The birth of a new baby can be overwhelming even under the best circumstances. For families already facing inequities in the community, the added stress of the COVID-19 pandemic often means that they are unable to afford the most basic necessities. Open Door Family Medical Center is hosting an online Baby Bundle Drive to help those families—just in time for Father's Day! Simply select an item from the list, purchase it to donate it, and help make a difference for a local family in need. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: click here to pick an item from the Open Door Amazon Wish List to donate. (You do not need to wait for the opportunity coordinator to respond before donating.)

Ossining, NY

Through 9/3/20

 

 

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Minimum Volunteer Age WITH an Adult: Ages 12-17

Emergency Blood Drive - Larchmont

Donating blood is safe and easy. Because of the coronavirus, it is critical that healthy people donate to ensure that there is a blood supply for hospital patients. IMPORTANT: Donors' temperatures are checked before they donate blood. If they have a temperature of 99.5 or higher, they cannot donate. There is no history of any respiratory illness being spread through a blood transfusion; however, individuals who are unwell should remain at home to prevent exposing medical workers and others to the virus. 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!) To donate blood: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here to complete the permission form (16-17 years old) MANDATORY: Click here to review the height and weight requirements for donating MANDATORY: Click here and enter code "347" to schedule your appointment

Larchmont, NY

7/28/20 2:00 PM

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

8/4/20 2:30 PM + more

Westchester County Walk to End Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research. Participants and volunteers drive its success by advancing the fight against this disease while helping to execute a fun community event! Volunteers are needed for: Sign setup Registration tables Greeting walkers and guests Refreshment tables Water stations Photography

Harrison, NY

10/4/20 7:00 AM

Putnam County Walk to End Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research. Participants and volunteers drive its success by advancing the fight against this disease while helping to execute a fun community event! Volunteers are needed for: Sign setup Registration tables Greeting walkers and guests Refreshment tables Water stations ​Photography

Carmel Hamlet, NY

10/10/20 7:00 AM

Rockland County Walk to End Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support, and research. Participants and volunteers drive its success by advancing the fight against this disease while helping to execute a fun community event! Volunteers are needed for: Sign setup Registration tables Greeting walkers and guests Refreshment tables Water stations Photography

Pomona, NY

10/11/20 7:00 AM

Fall Cleanup Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help rake leaves at the historic cemetery grounds of St. Paul's Church in anticipation of its Veterans Day Commemoration. Soldiers from every war in American history—from colonial times through the Korean War—are buried at St. Paul's, which is one of the oldest continuously used burial yards in the country. Veterans Day commemorations, which include guided tours and placing of wreaths, draw large crowds and volunteers will help keep the area tidy!

Mount Vernon, NY

11/7/20 10:00 AM

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 8/26/20

Pastoral Care Volunteers

The New York State Veterans Home at Montrose is seeking volunteers to assist in various capacities in support of the Pastoral Care Department. Some of the duties would include: - Transportation of residents to religious services in the building - Provide one to one visits for residents who may need additional spiritual or emotional support - Assist as needed during religious services such as Catholic Mass, Rosary, Jewish Service, or Worship Service. Tuesdays 9am – 12noon Thursdays 10am – 2pm Fridays 10am – 2pm

Montrose, NY

Through 8/22/20

Tutor for High School Student

Overview: Throughout the past few years, there has been a drive to increase the influential presence in the lives of today’s younger generation. Mentorship programs, sports organizations, not-for-profits and a host of other initiatives have rolled up their sleeves to provide greater awareness and opportunities for boys of color throughout the nation. The concept of R.E.A.D.Y. – Reaffirming Every Aspect of my Developmental Years is a 4-phase process of instilling quality social enrichment, development of academic behaviors and life preparation skills for youths between the grades of 5th and 12th grade. These age groups are the foundations of the development of a child, whether its career prep, scholastic behaviors, social involvement and communal integration. The overall goal is to develop a maturation of skills and behaviors needed for these students to achieve as they are promoted from each level of the program. Tutors Needed Requirements: - Commit to 2 days a week (Tuesday and Thursday) schedule between the hours of 3:15 pm-5:15 pm - Assist students with their work in 4 key curriculums – English, Math, Science and Social Studies (American History/Global History) - Feel comfortable supporting and tutoring high school students (rising 9th – rising 12th graders) with these core subjects - Work with a group of up to 5 students around these curriculums Location: New Rochelle High School - 265 Clove Rd, New Rochelle, NY 10801 ​#JLP

New Rochelle, NY

Through 12/20/20

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

Through 3/1/21

Volunteering at The New Jewish Home/Sarah Neuman

Volunteers are needed for a variety of opportunities at The New Jewish Home, Sarah Neuman. Some opportunities include: Arts and crafts Bingo assistant Cooking Computer games (provide assistance for residents) Escort (transporting residents to rehab gym, activities, services, or other outings) Dining assistance Friendly visits for residents Games (playing chess, checkers, cards, board games) Gardening and planting Leading lectures or discussion groups (current events, reading short stories, etc.) Letter- and card-writing Music (playing an instrument or singing) Nurses station assistance (answering telephone and call bells) Pet visits “4 Paws” program Physical and occupational therapy Recreation programs assistance Religious/spiritual services and programs assistance Special events and holiday programs “Tea Time” assistant To volunteer: Select "express interest" as an individual or team (see below) to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile. Fill out the application and health status report (see below) and email them to SRNVolunteers@jewishhome.org. Volunteer Application Health Status Report

Mamaroneck, NY

Through 3/14/21

Drivers to Deliver Meals

Help bring healthy meals and a smile to seniors in the community! Meals On Wheels volunteers meet at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital at 11 a.m. any day of the week to pick up pre-packed boxes of meals and receive the addresses of seniors where they'll deliver the meals. Meal delivery takes approximately two hours. Volunteer drivers must have valid driver's license and insurance card when filling out their applications. #VolunteerNewRochelle #JLP

New Rochelle, NY

Through 12/31/20

Volunteer Food Drives

Hudson Valley Community Services' food pantry program is seeking donations of nonperishable foods, toiletries, and household cleansers. Interested volunteers can organize a food collection drive at their school, club, religious organization, or place of business. HVCS can assist with picking up the goods and bringing them to the Hawthorne food pantry. In the past, student groups have even organized canned food drives at supermarkets!

Hawthorne, NY

Through 12/31/20

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 8/4/20

Musicians

Musicians who will come in and play piano (there are two at the facility) or bring in other instruments to play. #VolunteerNewRochelle

New Rochelle, NY

Through 8/4/20

Wartburg Community Volunteers

Become a valued member of the community and help spread Wartburg's mission of providing compassionate care to seniors and their loved ones! Wartburg Adult Care Community is seeking creative and enthusiastic volunteers to enrich the lives of its residents. This opportunity is perfect for high school and college students seeking service credits, recent retirees transitioning from their careers, corporate groups and employees, and those who simply feel compelled to better serve their communities. Activities may include: Recreational activities Rehabilitation services Escort and transport Sharing talents Mealtime assistance Friendly visitors Library service Discussion groups and entertainment Pet visits Worship on Wheels (escorting residents to Sunday services) Clerical support Gift shop attendant Working with residents with technology

Mount Vernon, NY

Through 8/4/20

Bingo Caller

Every Saturday the seniors at Garito Manor play Bingo and we need an enthusiastic, energetic person to be our caller. Bingo takes place 3-4pm. #VolunteerNewRochelle

New Rochelle, NY

Through 8/4/20

Pet Therapy Volunteer

SPARC is seeking volunteers to bring their pets to itsPet Connection program, which is designed for adults with developmental disabilities. The program is held every Thursday from 7-8 p.m. in White Plains, and there's no minimum time commitment. Pets can be a dog, bunny, bird, reptile, or other appropriate animal.

White Plains, NY

Through 8/1/20

PAL Program Volunteers

Partners Health Plan's PAL Program discovers its members' passions and interests and matches them with a person or place in the community who shares a similar passion or interest. Some activities include arts and crafts, attending church together, and playing sports. Volunteers who speak Spanish are encouraged to apply! How does it work? Meet with each other once a week or bi-weekly depending on your availability. The first outing will always be accompanied by a PAL Program Coordinator. Volunteers provide their own transportation to meet the individual at the destination. Volunteers then report to the community resource coordinator with updates on the progress of their outings. Suggested time commitment is six months to one year. Benefits Volunteers receive an optional professional reference upon completion of the program in addition to volunteer hours if needed. (This must be disclosed in order to track time at the start of participation.) They will also receive an optional professional reference upon completion of the program PHP provides equal opportunity for all volunteers. Volunteers will meet at Westchester ARC for the initial meeting and be in various locations within the surrounding area afterward.

Hawthorne, NY

Through 12/31/20

Instrumental Music or Art Teacher

Songcatchers' After-School Music Program offers lessons on musical instruments to children ages 7-13, many of whom cannot afford private lessons. The children are taught by high school, college, and community volunteers. The volunteers themselves are mentored by a professional musician and music educator who serves as a resource and a guide in their teaching. Training includes an informal interview, orientation sessions, and ongoing meetings and training throughout the year. Proficiency on the instrument and ability to read music is required. Consistent attendance from October through early June is also expected. Volunteer requests are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. The class schedule is below. Most volunteers come once a week as their schedule permits. All times below include: Circle Time, a time for snacks, group games, and community-building; a 45-minute lesson; and Performance Time, when the children perform for each other and learn to be a respectful audience. Class schedule: Tuesdays, 4-5:30 p.m.: Saxophone, Piano, Guitar, Trumpet Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m.: Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet Thursdays, 4-5:30 p.m.: Piano, Violin, Cello Fridays, 4-5:30 p.m.: Piano, Drums Saturdays, 9:30-10:45 a.m.: Piano, Violin, Guitar Saturdays, 10:15-11:45 a.m.: Piano, Violin, Guitar, Art

New Rochelle, NY

Through 8/31/20

The Longest Day Committee Members

The Longest Day is a team event on June 20, 2020 to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association. Held annually on summer solstice, the duration of this event symbolizes the challenging journey of those living with the disease and their caregivers. Volunteers are needed for a committee to promote The Longest Day. Express interest below!

Harrison, NY

Through 9/4/20

Resource Volunteer

Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) is dedicated to connecting the community's youth and their families to helpful resources regarding mental health and substance abuse. With many national and local resources available, the organization needs input for what works best! Resource Volunteers will help with the following activities: Review ASK's existing Community Resources Guide, look up subjects of interest, and research national or local hotlines/resources that could be added to its network. Attend local workshops and webinars pertaining to youth mental health and/or substance abuse and share key takeaways. Share relevant articles, books, and any other resources that pertain to youth mental health and/or substance abuse and provide feedback. The schedule is flexible and even 30 minutes of service can have a major impact!

Yorktown Heights, NY

Through 12/31/20

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

Through 2/28/21

Rockland Community Action Pantry Volunteers

The Rockland Community Action Partnership is seeking volunteers to assist with unloading its delivery van and sorting and organizing food items in the pantry. The volunteers will also help check for and discard food with expired dates, keep the pantry organized, and create food bags for pick-up. Food pantry volunteers must be able to lift 30 pounds and volunteer at least three (3) times a month. Rockland Community Action Partnership's food pantry is located at its Haverstraw office.

Haverstraw, NY

Through 12/31/20

Video Project Volunteers

Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) is dedicated to connecting the community's youth and their families to helpful resources regarding mental health and substance abuse. It is looking for Video Project Volunteers to help share these resources with the community. These savvy volunteers will develop photo and video public service announcements that support ASK's needs and take photos and videos at events that ASK participates in around the community. Volunteers with skills in photography, videography, modeling, acting, and post-production editing are needed. Times and dates will vary depending on the project and the volunteers' availability!

Yorktown Heights, NY

Through 12/31/20

Virtual Volunteers to Promote Social Media and Connect Resources

Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) is dedicated to connecting the community to resources regarding youth mental health, prevention of substance abuse, and opportunities for thoughtful service. ASK is very active on social media and it now needs the help of Virtual Volunteers to spread the word about COVID-19 information and resources, tips for parents and teens, events, and breaking news. By engaging at least once a week, the Virtual Volunteer will help relay important resources for kids, teens, and adults throughout the community. Follow, like, comment, share, mention, repost, and retweet ASK’s social media (view Digital Marketing Support Guide for more information). Send ASK articles, links, and other resources that pertain to COVID-19, youth mental health, substance use/abuse, or opportunities for thoughtful service that you think your friends, family, and community would benefit from. View ASK's COVID-19 resources guide, choose a resource that you find valuable/helpful, and create a social media post about it, such as an instagram post or story, a Facebook post, or a tweet. Don't forget to tag ASK so it can share it as well! Engagement can occur on a weekly basis. Volunteers can pick and choose items that speak to them personally and that they think can benefit their friends, families, and online communities.

Yorktown Heights, NY

Through 12/31/20

Administrative Volunteers

Odyssey Teen Camp is a summer camp for teenagers who have anxiety or who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. It's currently seeking volunteers to assist with a variety of administrative and office tasks, including basic computer research and sending emails. The schedule is flexible and lunch is provided!

Ardsley, NY

Through 8/19/20

Create or Donate New Face Masks for Healthcare Professionals

The Town of Orangetown is collecting new and unused personal protective equipment (PPE) inside the Town Clerk's office to help support local healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Homemade masks are welcome, but please do not donate used masks or other used equipment. How to make a mask: For tips on how to create new, handmade masks or more information, please refer to the Masked Warriors Project of Rockland County Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheMaskedWarriorsProject 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!) To donate: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Drop off donations at: Town of Orangetown Town Hall 26 Orangeburg Road Orangeburg, NY 10962 Enter Town Hall building through the Police Department entrance. Go to the Clerk at Town Hall, who will direct you to the bin Please maintain a proper distance from anyone else who may be there. Please observe the working hours of the building (9 a.m.-5 p.m.). Do NOT drop off donations when the building is not open. Do NOT leave donations anywhere other than in the bin. If you are wearing gloves or other disposable protective gear, do NOT discard them in any area of the building or on the property. There are plenty of garbage bins around for proper disposal. Thank you for your donation!

Orangeburg, NY

Through 12/31/20

Clothing and Personal Care Items Drive

The residents of the Jan Peek House homeless shelter in Peekskill is in need of new and unopened items that volunteers could collect or purchase themselves. Items include: Face masks Hand sanitizer Hand wipes White crew socks White T-shirts for men and women (medium and large sizes) White panties for women (medium and large) Bras (large and extra-large) To donate: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Wait for the volunteer coordinator to provide instructions about the items you wish to donate

Peekskill, NY

Through 6/30/21

Deliver Groceries to Isolated or Quarantined Families in Rockland County

Volunteers are needed to pick up pre-packed food from a grocery store in Spring Valley and deliver the meals to those in need in Rockland County. Every effort will be made to assign recipients close to the volunteers' homes. Volunteers will be delivering to homebound seniors, those with compromised immune systems, and those who are quarantined and can't otherwise leave their homes to pick up their groceries. 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!)

Spring Valley, NY

Through 3/30/21

Donate Used Devices to Seniors for Telehealth Appointments

Telehealth For Seniors is collecting donations of old tablets, phones, computers, and chargers for seniors in need to use for telehealth appointments during the COVID-19 crisis. Many physician practices are switching to a telehealth model, which allows for patients to make appointments with their doctors via video chat without putting both their health and the doctor's health at risk. Unfortunately, many seniors—whose health is most at risk—do not have smartphones with cameras or access to the internet. They will be unable to make virtual appointments, and either will have to forego care or risk their health to visit a provider. By providing seniors (who are often on subsidized health insurance) with video-enabled devices, they will be able to take advantage of free wifi hotspots with Spectrum, or use the wifi outside of doctors' offices or their neighbors' homes to conduct their doctors' appointments. Telehealth For Seniors will provide seniors with guidance on how to set up an email and account for telehealth. To do this, Telehealth For Seniors needs help providing seniors with electronic devices. Volunteers who have old iPads, iPhones, Samsung Tablets, or other camera-enabled electronics are encouraged to consider donating them. Chargers are also helpful. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Wipe and restore your old device to factory settings so all of your information will be deleted and safe for others to use. Charge the battery fully MANDATORY: Sanitize your device with a Lysol wipe to prevent germ transmission MANDATORY: Fill out this form to complete your donation: https://forms.gle/B9ufNAUBdKtRqUnVA Note: Volunteer New York! has posted this opportunity on behalf of Telehealth For Seniors.

Sleepy Hollow, NY

Through 12/31/20

Make Protective Masks for Senior Living Direct Care Staff

Masks are needed for direct care workers and essential staff at the Wartburg Adult Care Community. Crafty volunteers can tap into their sewing and organizational skills to help make the personal protective equipment; this is a great family-friendly activity, too. Wartburg, located in Mount Vernon, offers integrated, and comprehensive senior residential and healthcare services. Unlike conventional retirement communities, Wartburg provides a wide range of services to both residents living on its 34-acre campus and people in their own homes. Services includes independent, assisted living and nursing home care as well as inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, home care, and adult day care services. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Create your handmade masks; visit the CDC website here for instructions Mail your masks—or drop them off at the gate—at the following location: Wartburg Adult Care Community 1 Wartburg Place Mount Vernon, NY 10552

Mount Vernon, NY

Through 8/30/20

Donate Food to Families in Need

Grace/La Gracia Episcopal Church has long been committed to fighting hunger for the residents of White Plains and Greenburgh. In response to the coronavirus, it has opened a food bank that distributes groceries every Thursday afternoon to families in need. Volunteers are desperately needed to help donate food to restock the food bank, including: Canned vegetables Canned soups Cereals Pasta Rice Beans Express interest below to coordinate a drop-off time and date.

White Plains, NY

Through 4/28/21

Donate Computers to Students in Need

JCY-Westchester Community Partners is looking for new or gently used laptops or tablets for Yonkers students for its eTutoring program. In response to the coronavirus, this program matches eTutors to students to support their remote learning programs. Unfortunately, quite a few of the students do not have the technology they need. If you have a new or gently used laptop or tablet to spare, please express interest below to find out how to donate it and help a child keep up with their schoolwork during the coronavirus!

Yonkers, NY

Through 8/30/20

Donate Your Graduation Gown to Healthcare Heroes

Medical facilities are lacking personal protective equipment (PPE) in the fight against COVID-19. Healthcare workers are using anything they can to protect themselves and their patients—even makeshift trash bag gowns. Graduation gowns are more effective than other PPE alternatives given their length, sleeves, and easy zippered access. Gowns4Good is protecting healthcare workers by upcycling graduation gowns. Whether your graduation gown is collecting dust in the back of your closet or is no longer needed for a 2020 commencement, you can donate yours to help protect a healthcare worker.

New Rochelle, NY

Through 12/31/20

Donate Convalescent Plasma at the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is seeking people who are fully recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma to help current coronavirus patients. People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their plasma that can attack the virus. This convalescent plasma is being evaluated as treatment for patients with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID-19 infections, or those judged by a healthcare provider to be at high risk of progression to severe or life-threatening disease. You may qualify to donate plasma for coronavirus patients if you meet these requirements: You are at least 17 years old and weigh 110 pounds. Additional weight requirements apply for donors age 18 or younger You are in good health. You generally feel well, even if you're being treated for a chronic condition (view blood donation FAQs here) You have a prior, verified diagnosis of COVID-19, but are now symptom-free and fully recovered from COVID-19 To donate convalescent plasma: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Review the above requirements to ensure you qualify to donate convalescent plasma MANDATORY: Complete this donor request form. Those who do not complete this form will not be considered

Spring Valley, NY

Through 12/31/20

Teen Social Media Ambassadors

The harris project is looking for Teen Ambassadors to use their social media skills to help raise awareness of co-occurring disorders through the "CODA Connector" program. The harris project is the only nonprofit in the nation committed to the prevention and treatment of co-occurring disorders, which are the combination of one or more mental health challenges and substance misuse and addiction. Raising co-occurring disorders awareness is all about empowered decision-making, connecting and supporting each other, and recognizing the importance of linking to resources. #CODAConnects #BeTheLink

White Plains, NY

Through 8/30/20

Create Face Masks For Your Community

Masks For NY is encouraging locals to pick up their sewing needles and start crafting masks to provide to healthcare heroes, essential workers, and neighbors in need. This is a wonderful remote activity that families can do together from home or that teens can complete for their community service requirements. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Visit https://www.masksforny.org/#volunteer to find instructions to make masks, donate masks or materials, or become a hub. There will be no further follow-up from Volunteer New York!; this is an independent home project

Elmsford, NY

Through 12/31/20

Virtual Tutors

Quarantine Tutors was formed for students—by students—to help those who are experiencing challenges with remote e-learning. Quarantine Tutors connects elementary- and middle-school students with qualified tutors across the country to improve their skills in math, English, social studies, science, and other subjects. Volunteers must prepare lesson plans and commit to tutoring at least four 30-minute sessions per week. Tutoring sessions occur virtually through Zoom, FaceTime, or Google Meets. All volunteer tutors must complete an extensive screening process and have their resumes and qualifications prepared. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: All tutors must complete their registration at www.quarantinetutors.org/tutors in order to be considered. Matches are dependent upon student availability and subject interest and are not always guaranteed

Scarsdale, NY

Through 6/25/21

Donate Diapers and Wipes to Families in Need

Surprisingly, so few people are aware of the struggle some of their neighbors face just to meet the basic need of diapering their babies. Volunteers can help these families by donating diapers of all types, brands, and sizes—from newborn to toddlers—to the Westchester County Diaper Bank. The greatest need is for the larger sizes (5 and 6) and pull-ups, and open packages are accepted. The Westchester County Diaper Bank also needs baby wipes. To volunteer: "Express interest" to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Collect diapers and/or baby wipes and deliver to one of the follow dropoff locations: Drop off locations: Wayside Cottage (there is a bin on the porch) 1039 Post Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 See other drop off locations here.

Through 12/31/20

Vacation Relief Volunteers for Puppy Trainers

Putnam Service Dogs adopts mixed-breed puppies from local rescue organizations and trains them to become trusting, loving service animals that assist people with physical disabilities other than blindness. It relies on volunteers to help raise these puppies and prepare them for a formal training period. Sometimes, even these volunteers need short-term relief (usually for one week) while they go on vacation or if they have a situation that prevents them from caring for their pup. When this happens, Putnam Service Dogs contacts its team of Vacation Relief Volunteers to help. All supplies, including the pup's crate, will be provided to the volunteer. If the Vacation Relief Volunteer has pet dogs in their families, a trainer will visit the home to determine if they'll do well with the puppy. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here to complete your application; please indicate that you want to be a Vacation Relief Volunteer in the comments section of the application

Through 7/13/21

Refugee Supporters and Advocates

Hearts and Homes for Refugees offers many ways to get involved, both in person and off-site/remotely. These include hosting a winter drive, writing postcards to elected officials, providing direct support to refugees, and much more! Please review the many Ways to Get Involved and then express interest below to receive more information and to get started.

Through 4/12/21