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Independent Youth Opportunities For:

Ages 12-13  |  Ages 14-15  |  Ages 16-17

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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

10/28/20 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. Volunteers must wear masks and practice social distancing at all times.

Mount Vernon, NY

10/30/20 10:00 AM + more

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

Help Distribute Pillows and Blankets to Local Nonprofits

United Way of Westchester and Putnam has received a generous donation of hundreds of thousands of blankets and several thousand pillows from Delta Air Lines. These items will be distributed to nonprofits and the communities they serve so that needy families can stay warm and comfortable this winter season. Volunteers are needed to help with organizing these donations, loading them into vehicles to be delivered, and greeting and checking-in representatives from nonprofits who are picking up the donations. Shifts run from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m. on weekdays. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: click here to complete your registration by selecting the days and shifts you'd like to volunteer. Volunteers who do not complete this step will not be registered for this opportunity

Mount Kisco, NY

Through 11/13/20

 

 

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Minimum Volunteer Age WITH an Adult: Ages 12-17

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! ​Volunteers can select from the available shifts below. Important notes and requirements: No more than five volunteers are permitted per shift Volunteers must wear face masks, closed-toe shoes, and clothing that can get dirty Volunteers must bring their own work gloves and practice social distancing Rakes will be provided and disinfected between AM and PM shifts Volunteers will not be permitted access to historic buildings due to COVID-19 protocols. For restrooms, please use the public facilities at nearby restaurants

Mount Vernon, NY

10/31/20 10:00 AM + more

Help Remove Halloween Paint from Storefront Windows

To celebrate Halloween, volunteers painted lively designs on the windows of local storefronts in a collaboration between the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, New Rochelle BID, and New Rochelle High School. Of course, once Halloween is over, those paintings will be to be removed! Volunteers are needed to help brush off paint flakes and wash off any residue using water and sponges or rags. All supplies will be provided. Masks must be worn and social distancing will be observed.

New Rochelle, NY

11/2/20 10:00 AM + more

Food Pantry Volunteers

Eastchester Community Action Partnership is looking for volunteers to assist with its food pantry. Volunteers will help unload and package food delivery items and then distribute them at the pantry. Volunteers must be able to lift 40 pounds.

Tuckahoe, NY

11/3/20 9:00 AM + more

Outdoor Workdays at Ward Acres Park

Volunteers are needed to help to control invasive vines, save heritage trees, and improve wildlife habitats in Ward Acres Park. Depending on the day, activities will include cutting and digging out invasive plants and vines, keeping trails clear and passable, and planting native saplings and shrubs. Wear weather-appropriate clothes and shoes that can get dirty, and bring water and snacks. Volunteers will meet at the Ward Acres Community Garden (near the corner of Quaker Ridge Road and Broadfield Avenue). Training and some tools and supplies will be provided, and then volunteers will move to the worksite.

New Rochelle, NY

11/3/20 1:00 PM + more

Get Fresh! Volunteers to Help Distribute Food

Get Fresh! is an initiative that provides fresh food and produce, courtesy of the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, to Rockland County-based food pantries via a drive-up food distribution service. This service allows participating pantries to supply nutritious meals to the hundreds of families who are food insecure in the area. Get Fresh! Volunteers are needed to lift boxes of food and produce and place them into the food pantries' vehicles. Boxes range in weight, so both "light" and "heavy" lifters are welcome; however, volunteers must be able to lift repetitively for several hours. Volunteers are provided with masks and gloves and are required to follow social distancing protocols. Water and breaks are also provided.

Pomona, NY

11/6/20 10:30 AM

Food Pantry Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help sort, package, and distribute donated food at the New Rochelle Community Action Partnership. Bilingual (Spanish-English) volunteers are strongly encouraged to sign up! Volunteers must wear masks at all times and practice social distancing wherever possible.

New Rochelle, NY

11/10/20 2:00 PM + more

Food Pantry Turkey Distribution

Help make Thanksgiving a happy one for local families this year! Volunteers are needed to help distribute frozen turkeys and chickens to registered members of the New Rochelle community. Volunteers will confirm the community members' registration and contact information, and then assist with bagging and distributing of the turkeys and chickens.

New Rochelle, NY

11/17/20 5:00 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

12/8/20 2:30 PM + more

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

Hospital Gift Shop Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to assist in the hospital gift shop; activities include restocking shelves, operating the cash register, and assist with office duties such as filing, shredding, answering telephones, and computer work.

Yonkers, NY

Through 5/29/21

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

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

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

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

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

Emergency Food Delivery Drivers - Port Chester

Open Door Family Medical Center, in partnership with Feeding Westchester, will be providing weekly, shelf-stable and fresh food deliveries to 100 households in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Committed volunteer drivers are needed to deliver pre-bagged food from Port Chester to Open Door patients who are medically fragile or in quarantine. All deliveries are curbside and take place on Tuesday afternoons between 12-3 p.m. Routes are all within Westchester County and geographically divided among drivers: Ossining/Briarcliff, Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown, White Plains, Port Chester/Mamaroneck, New Rochelle/Mount Vernon, Mount Kisco/Bedford, Peekskill/Montrose, and Yonkers. This is an ongoing weekly program. Please express interest below to be contacted and provided with more information. Open Door is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with a broad focus on building healthier communities. From prevention and wellness programs to the treatment of diseases, Open Door sees its primary mission as keeping the people of Westchester, Putnam, and Ulster Counties healthy and strong, regardless of their ability to pay.​

Port Chester, NY

Through 12/28/20

Emergency Food Delivery Drivers - Ossining

Open Door Family Medical Center, in partnership with Feeding Westchester, will be providing weekly, shelf-stable and fresh food deliveries to 100 households in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Committed volunteer drivers are needed to deliver pre-bagged food from Ossining to Open Door patients who are medically fragile or in quarantine. All deliveries are curbside and take place on Tuesday afternoons between 12-3 p.m. Routes are all within Westchester County and geographically divided among drivers: Ossining/Briarcliff, Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown, White Plains, Port Chester/Mamaroneck, New Rochelle/Mount Vernon, Mount Kisco/Bedford, Peekskill/Montrose, and Yonkers. This is an ongoing weekly program. Please express interest below to be contacted and provided with more information. Open Door is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) with a broad focus on building healthier communities. From prevention and wellness programs to the treatment of diseases, Open Door sees its primary mission as keeping the people of Westchester, Putnam, and Ulster Counties healthy and strong, regardless of their ability to pay.​

Ossining, NY

Through 12/28/20

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 COVID-19, 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 Your Graduation Gown to Healthcare Heroes - New Rochelle

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. Gowns should be placed in a sealed bag, like a Ziploc bag. Express interest below to receive more information and directions to the local drop-off site in New Rochelle.

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

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

Drivers with Small Trucks Needed

Open Door Family Medical Center, in partnership with Feeding Westchester, will be providing weekly fresh food deliveries to households in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Volunteer drivers with box trucks, commercial-sized vans, or large pickup trucks are needed to help pick up pallets of food at Feeding Westchester in Elmsford and deliver them to the medical center in Ossining and/or Port Chester. Help is provided loading and unloading the truck. Volunteers can sign up for just once a month or every Tuesday morning. Express interest below to discuss a delivery schedule and receive address instructions.

Elmsford, NY

Through 12/28/20

Food Pantry Volunteers

The Community Center of Northern Westchester is looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with its food pantry. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside one or two other volunteers while sorting donations and organizing food and other items. Volunteers can be all ages—from teenagers eager to perform community service, to parents with school-aged children, to retirees who now have time and want to give back to their communities. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here to complete your registration on the Community Center of Northern Westchester website

Katonah, NY

Through 12/31/20

Clothing Donations and Boutique Volunteers

The Community Center of Northern Westchester is looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with its donations room and clothing boutique. Volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside one or two other volunteers while sorting donations and organizing clothing and other items. Volunteers can be all ages—from teenagers eager to perform community service, to parents with school-aged children, to retirees who now have time and want to give back to their communities. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here to complete your registration on the Community Center of Northern Westchester website

Katonah, NY

Through 12/31/20

Volunteer Home Delivery Drivers

The Community Center of Northern Westchester is looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with its home delivery program. Volunteer Home Delivery Drivers will retrieve food from the Center and drop it off to homebound seniors in the area. This is a great way to help older neighbors in need while still following social-distancing guidelines. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here to complete your registration on the Community Center of Northern Westchester website

Katonah, NY

Through 12/31/20

Donate Essential Cleaning Supplies and Masks

The Women's Residence at the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester is in need of essential cleaning supplies in order to keep both its tenants and staff safe. Supplies that are the most in-demand are: Hand sanitizer Antibacterial Wipes (for both surfaces and hands) Aerosol spray (such as Lysol) Surgical masks To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile. This is a self-directed project; you may ignore any automated emails instructing you to wait for a volunteer coordinator to reach you. Drop off items to be donated between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. with front desk staff at: YWCA Residence 69 North Broadway White Plains, NY 10601

White Plains, NY

Through 9/14/21

Donate Used Laptops and Tablets for Westchester Students

Many of the 20,000 children in Family Services of Westchester's programs are already struggling with the effects of extreme adversity, including poverty, trauma, mental illness, and substance abuse in their families. Family Services of Westchester supports these children with counseling, education, and support. Unfortunately, their schools don't always have the resources to provide laptops and tablets for their education. Many low-income families need technology to support virtual learning this fall. Family Services of Westchester is calling for donations of lightly used tablets and laptops (iPads, Chromebooks, etc.) for use by Westchester students in need. This device drive aims to connect families with the proper technology to stay on track in school. To donate: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Wipe clean your devices and make sure they are unlocked (Apple products) and they include power cables (iPad cases are optional, but appreciated). Donate the devices and corresponding equipment to either of these drop-off locations (during office hours only): FSW Center for All Ages 106 North Broadway White Plains, NY 10603 FSW Main Office 2975 Westchester Avenue, Suite 401 Purchase, NY 10577

Port Chester, NY

Through 12/31/20

Donate Devices for Women in Need

For many years, the YWCA Women's Residence Awakenings Program has served women who are homeless, have a history of substance abuse, and have been re-incarcerated to help them reintegrate back into the community. Unfortunately, when this program transitioned from an in-person to a virtual model, participants were left with little support due to their inability to access technology and WiFi. Volunteers are needed to donate their tablets, laptops, and hotspots to help the women of the Awakenings Program access the services they need. These donations will help them attend their outpatient treatment groups for mental health, substance abuse, and AA/NA meetings. The devices will also contribute to educational and vocational training. To donate: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Unlock and wipe all devices of your personal data before donating. The volunteer coordinator will follow up with details about how to donate and where

White Plains, NY

Through 1/2/21

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

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.

Virtual (Virtual)

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

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 6/25/21

Mobile App Designer and Builder

Quarantine Tutors provides free tutoring services for children around the world. In order to make its services more accessible to students, it is seeking a volunteer to help build an app to easily connect parents with tutors and allow them to sign up for Quarantine Tutors' services. The app would launch in the next couple of months, and the volunteer can determine their own work schedule.

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 9/4/21

High School/College Students to Mentor Students

Quarantine Tutors is collaborating with Être Girls to provide students aged nine to 15 with a volunteer mentor who is in high school or college. This is not a tutoring role; rather, mentors will help provide school-related advice, discuss extracurricular activities, share study techniques, and even offer friendship during these uncertain times. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: All mentors must complete their registration at www.quarantinetutors.org/qt-club-etre in order to be considered. Matches are dependent upon student and mentor availability and are not always guaranteed

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 10/5/21

Website Design and Maintenance

Ward Acres Conservancy is looking for a savvy volunteer to contribute their web design and maintenance skills to the Conservancy. In close consultation with Conservancy leadership, this volunteer would build the organization's website and periodically post content that will be provided. For now, the site will offer a simple information-only (no commerce) design. It is possible that this volunteer's work would be hosted on the City of New Rochelle's website. This would be a great opportunity for a budding website design professional or student. Express interest below!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 12/31/20