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Help Sort Food and Distribute to the Community

LIFE Progressive Services Group is a nonprofit serving the Mount Vernon community. 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

1/27/21 10:00 AM + more

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

2/2/21 10:00 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. IMPORTANT NOTE: By registering for this project, volunteers consent to the following statement: "While every precaution will be taken to safeguard volunteers, it is understood that I release New Rochelle Parks and Recreation, City of New Rochelle, Volunteer New York! and its sponsoring agents from all responsibility, in case of accident or illness, including COVID-19 related illness while participating in this program." COVID precautions: Masks will be provided for those who don’t bring their own. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Brand new gloves will be provided to everyone Social distance guidelines recommended by the CDC will be encouraged. (However, since it’s a park clean up there will not be any demarcations of 6 feet gaps) As always, if you feel sick or have a fever do not attend. Safe distance will be enforced at the check in areas for volunteers and staff.

New Rochelle, NY

3/20/21 10:00 AM + more

Write Thank You Cards to Isolated and Homebound Veterans

United For the Troops will be sending "thank you" and goodwill cards to isolated and homebound veterans in local VA Hospitals and homes. Volunteers who interested can create handwritten letters, cards, and pictures to help show our veterans how thankful we are of them. This is the perfect project for volunteers who are sheltering in place, especially with young children. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Mail handwritten cards and notes to: United For the Troops (UFT) 16 Boniello Drive Mahopac, NY 10541 Find more information at www.unitedforthetroops.org.

Mahopac, NY

Through 6/30/21

Create Inspirational Video Messages For Seniors

One Change at a Time's popular "Bridging Generations" program focuses on connecting younger and older generations. This program typically takes place in long-term care facilities, such as the Dumont Center in New Rochelle. With these facilities being closed to visitors due to the COVID-19 outbreak, One Change at a Time is looking for new ways to conduct this program so local seniors can stay connected and inspired! Inspired by the American Health Care Association's #CareNotCOVID campaign, youth and adults who are at home can create encouraging and inspirational videos in support of residents in long-term care facilities and seniors in the community. Volunteers can use the tags #CareNotCOVID and #1Change when they post their videos online and on social media. Help make a difference in a local senior's day by recording a fun, inspirational video message to let them know you're thinking of them. This is a great virtual project for families and students who are at home. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Follow the instructions on the #CareNotCOVID page for tips on recording and sharing your video. Remember to tag #CareNotCOVID and #1Change on social media!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 6/30/21

Grow-a-Row Home Gardeners to Support Hunger Relief

As a result of COVID, food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters have seen the demand for food more than double. Hilltop Hanover Farm welcomes any home vegetable gardeners and green thumbs to donate their newly picked, clean, and sorted produce as part of the farm's “Grow-A-Row” program. Once donated, the farm will consolidate all donations and deliver them to one of its food pantry partners for immediate distribution. No matter how big or small the harvest, any and all of the produce donated gets somewhere it is needed Donation days are Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Donate your vegetables on any of the donation days (Mondays, Fridays, or Saturdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.) to the following address: Hilltop Hanover Farm 1271 Hanover Street, Barn F Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Yorktown Heights, NY

Through 9/3/21

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 6/30/21

Youth for Hospice Volunteers

United Hospice's Youth for Hospice (YFH) mission is to empower the younger generation and transform youth volunteers into creative, hardworking, and motivated visionaries who understand the importance of hospice care and giving back to their communities. Youth for Hospice volunteers are needed for various activities and events, including creating intake folders for nurses and new Home Health Aides, organizing the supply room, answering phones, screening visitors at the Hospice residence, and performing clerical tasks for the Human Resources Department. Opportunities are available for fundraising, gardening, and other special events, too, including the veterans recognition program. This is a great opportunity for volunteers ages 14 to 18 who are looking to fulfill community service requirements and share their stories on college applications or in job interviews.

New City, NY

Through 12/31/21

Fantastic Finds Boutique Interns/Volunteers

Fantastic Finds is an upscale resale boutique in Chappaqua where all proceeds from its sales benefit Support Connection’s free, year-round breast and ovarian cancer support services. Volunteers of all ages are needed to help at the shop and assist customers with finding the perfect outfit, gift, or household item. This is a great internship opportunity for a high school or college student. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers and interns would need to be able to commit to three hours per week. Express interest below!

Chappaqua, NY

Through 11/9/21

New Socks and Underwear Drive for Children in Need

Underwear and socks are a basic necessity, yet for many children in Westchester, it is a luxury their families struggle to provide. Over 60,000 Westchester children live in low-income homes, with 36% of public school children qualifying for free or reduced price lunch. For these children, new underwear and new socks are often financially out of reach. Volunteers are needed to help The Sharing Shelf provide these clothing essentials to some of the 3,000 children and teens it serves each year. This is a great holiday opportunity for families, friends, neighbors, community groups, or work colleagues! To donate: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here to select which items to purchase and visit this Target wishlist to order the items. Volunteers who do not complete this step will not be registered

Port Chester, NY

Through 2/28/21

Volunteers to Create Blizzard Boxes

It's that time of the year again! Meals on Wheels is looking for volunteers to create Blizzard Boxes that will then be delivered to hungry families during emergencies. A Blizzard Box is an assortment of donated non-perishable food items packed into shoeboxes. The shoeboxes are delivered to the recipients of Meals on Wheels' Home Delivered Meals Program in case normal food deliveries are halted due to weather-related or other emergencies. These shoeboxes are delivered by Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers. There is no deadline, as this is a year-round project! Students and volunteers who must fulfill community service hours can receive 1 hour per completed box. To volunteer: Express interest to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here and carefully follow the instructions provided MANDATORY: Deliver your completed boxes to the address below, Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Meals on Wheels of Rockland 121 West Nyack Road Nanuet, NY 10954

Nanuet, NY

Through 11/20/22

Volunteers to Clean Coolers

Volunteers are needed to help Meals on Wheels of Rockland clean and stack its coolers. Volunteers must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and try to maintain social-distancing at all times. Express interest below to learn more and to complete an application (sent to you by volunteer coordinator after expressing interest).

Nanuet, NY

Through 11/20/21

Donate Diapers to New Families

Many families in Westchester County already struggle to afford enough diapers for their babies, and the COVID pandemic hasn't made that any easier. Volunteers can support the Westchester County Diaper Bank’s efforts to help these young families by donating diapers of all types, brands, and sizes, from newborn to toddlers. Larger diaper sizes (4, 5, and 6) and pull-ups (all sizes) are needed most, and open packages are accepted. Baby wipes are also needed! This project is especially ideal for families, companies, faith-based organizations, students, and youth groups. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Collect diapers and/or baby wipes and deliver to the following dropoff location (there is a bin on the front porch): Wayside Cottage 1039 Post Road Scarsdale, NY 10583

Scarsdale, NY

Through 12/31/21

Host an At-Home Diaper Drive for Families

Many families in Westchester County already struggle to afford enough diapers for their babies, and the COVID pandemic hasn't made that any easier. Volunteers can support the Westchester County Diaper Bank’s efforts to help these young families by running their own diaper drives right from home! Volunteers will be provided with a "How to Host a Diaper Drive" kit, as well as posters and educational materials to get started. Larger diaper sizes (4, 5, and 6) and pull-ups (all sizes) are needed most. Baby wipes are also needed! Express interest below if you're looking for a great leadership project that will help families and their babies. This project is especially ideal for families, companies, faith-based organizations, students, and youth groups.

Tarrytown, NY

Through 12/31/21

Diaper and Wipes Drive

The Sharing Shelf is Westchester's clothing bank for children founded to combat clothing insecurity among low-income families in the community. It collects new and gently used clothing for infants, children, and teens that is then distributed at no cost to local, low-income children throughout Westchester County. Sharing Shelf also provides basic daily essentials such as diapers, wipes, feminine hygiene products, and toiletries. Unfortunately, many low-income families have a hard choice to make when assessing their needs: purchase food or purchase diapers. As a result, babies are left in soiled diapers for lengthy periods of time, leading to negative health consequences. Most day care centers also require a parent to provide enough diapers, which means parents without an adequate supply will need to miss work days. Volunteers are needed to step in! Please collect new diapers and wipes—especially including pull-ups and diapers in sizes 4-6—to assist these families in need. Express interest below for information on dropping off the items.

Port Chester, NY

Through 12/31/21

Canned Food Drive

Help the Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle, the Mascaro Women’s Auxiliary Club, and the Columbus School PTA collect canned, nonperishable goods to support Columbus Food Pantry. All canned goods that are collected will be distributed during the day of service event on January 31. This self-directed opportunity is perfect for families, students, employee teams, and religious groups. To donate: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Drop off items during operating hours (Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) at: Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle Mascaro Clubhouse 79 7th Street New Rochelle, NY 10801

New Rochelle, NY

Through 1/29/21

Knit or Crochet Baby Blankets and Hats

Volunteers who love to knit or crochet are needed to help make baby blankets and hats for the New York Milk Bank. These cozy items will be included in gift baskets that are delivered to new moms. Blankets should be just large enough for a stroller or car seat (about 30 x 30 inches or 36 x 36 inches). All colors are accepted, but gender-neutral is always appreciated. Matching hats should be sized for newborns to one-year-olds. The New York Milk Bank is the first comprehensive nonprofit milk bank based in New York State. It collects milk from carefully screened donors, pasteurizes it, and distributes it to infants in New York State and the surrounding area.

Through 12/31/21

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

Community Resource Interns and Volunteers

The Westchester County Office for Women is seeking volunteers or interns to assist with a special project to update its list of community resources. Due to COVID-19, many of the services that assist women and families have changed. Volunteers will make calls to each provider on the list and confirm their contact information and program details; this information will then be compiled and updated for distribution. Volunteers and interns must be comfortable communicating by telephone and have excellent skills in creating Excel spreadsheets.

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 12/31/21

Virtual Mentors to Tutor Students

Online learning is a struggle for everyone, but especially for low-income families. STEM Alliance's Virtual Mentors meet with students through Zoom video calls as part of a one-on-one mentoring program. Volunteers will help children navigate online learning, reinforce good digital learning routines, offer online homework support, and serve as a positive role model for students. Virtual Mentors are high school students, college students, or adult volunteers who are passionate about helping children and who meet the following requirements: 16 years old or older Comfortable using a variety of technology platforms, such as Google Drive and Zoom Able to commit to a minimum of six months (breaks over the summer are acceptable) Able to volunteer a minimum of 2 hours per week and complete up to 10 hours in training with a STEM Coach over the six-month period Can provide two character or professional references Willing to submit to a background check Bilingual (not required, but strongly encouraged) To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: Click here to complete your registration. Volunteers who do not complete this step will not be considered

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 10/30/21

Literacy and Math Tutors

GiGi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center Westchester is currently looking for literacy and math tutors to join its team. Volunteer Literacy and Math Tutors will be tutoring on a one-on-one basis. Previous tutoring experience is not necessary; full training and support is provided. Literacy and Math sessions run for 10-15 weeks (there are three sessions per year) and the total commitment will be about 1-1.5 hours per week. The schedule is flexible, and this opportunity is virtual and possibly in-person depending on the current situation! Session schedule: Spring 2021 Session runs from 1/24/2021 to 5/8/2021 Summer 2021 Session runs from 6/13/2021 to 8/21/2021 Fall 2021 Session runs from 9/12/2021 to 12/18/2021 Volunteer requirements: Must be 17+ Attend a one-hour orientation Attend one or two trainings Once these requirements have been fulfilled, a background check will be required

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 12/18/21

52 Acts of Kindness Project

Join the 52 Acts of Kindness Project and do 52 good deeds to help others. Acts of kindness do not need to be big; even the smallest act can help brighten a person's day and create positivity, gratitude, and connectedness. Volunteers of all ages are needed to do 52 acts of kindness. One can choose to do the same act 52 times, 52 different acts, or a combination. The possibilities are endless! Examples of acts of kindness include: Writing a letter to deployed military personnel Returning a shopping cart to the cart area Making a piece of artwork for a neighbor Shoveling snow from a neighbor's driveway Picking up trash in your community Holding the door open for someone Tell a friend why they are special Donate a toy to a toy drive Clean up toys without being asked Need ideas? Over 100 acts of kindness can be found here. To volunteer: Express interest below Decide what act(s) of kindness to do Do the acts of kindness Share your acts of kindness with Volunteer New York! by emailing Katie Pfeifer at info@volunteernewyork.org. Feel free to share your story, photographs, videos, and how this project made you feel!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 1/31/21

Soap Donation Project

Our neighbors who are serving time in prison are often overlooked. However, these community members still deserve to be cared for and kept safe. Interfaith Prison Partnership is looking for volunteers to collect sealed, alcohol-free, regular-sized bars of soap (no hotel size please) for individuals in prison. New York State issues a lye-based soap that can be very harsh on the skin, especially with the frequent hand washing protocols required during COVID-19. Acceptable brands include (but are not limited to): Ivory Irish Spring Dove Dial Cetaphil Lever Olay To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile. If volunteering as part of a family, team, or group project, please choose "Express Interest with a Family, Group, or Team" to create your team name first and account for all team volunteers Collect sealed, alcohol-free soap following the instructions above and drop off or mail to: The Church House Katonah Presbyterian Church 31 Bedford Avenue Katonah, NY 10536

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 3/31/21

Make a Healthy Hygiene Kit for a Young Child

Did you know that SNAP benefits (commonly referred to as food stamps) do not cover basic hygiene products such as soap and shampoo? Thousands of cash-strapped families are struggling right now to provide food and shelter, and hygiene products have become a luxury they cannot afford. Help address this basic human need and reduce a stress on local families. Volunteers are needed to create hygiene kits for young children containing the items listed below. Donations should be packaged in a large zip-close bag or a cellophane bag. Be creative! Include a personalized card or note to the child who will receive the donation or draw a picture. (Please keep messages generic—no holiday wishes—in order to be mindful of all beliefs.) Child-size toothbrush Full-size toothpaste Bar of soap (in packaging) Full-size shampoo Full-size conditioner To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: purchase the items above and package them according to the instructions. Include your note, card, or drawing. Deliver items to: Sharing Shelf Warehouse 47 Purdy Avenue Port Chester, NY 10573

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 1/31/21

Graphic Design Volunteers

Travel Unity, a 501(c)(3) focused on increasing diversity in the world of travel, is seeking volunteers to assist with graphic design. Volunteers from all backgrounds and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply! Graphic Design Volunteers will work with Travel Unity's staff to create flyers, social media imagery, and other collateral for the organization. Volunteers must have a sufficient level of proficiency with graphic design and appropriate software (whether Canva, Adobe Photoshop, or any other program of their preference); training is not provided. Volunteers must be able to work on a team basis, communicate regularly, be proficient with meeting programs (Zoom, Google Meet, etc.), and enjoy the excitement of collaborative output. This is a great opportunity to work with travel professionals whose skills are wide-ranging and meet an array of professionals dedicated to creating a more equitable world. An appreciation for the value of travel and cultural exchange to people of all backgrounds and abilities is a desired quality in our volunteers. Express interest below!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 12/11/21

Create Period Kits for Teen Girls

SNAP benefits, commonly known as food stamps, do not cover the cost of tampons or pads, forcing financially struggling families to buy these monthly essentials. The Sharing Shelf is committed to providing each teen girl it serves with a supply of pads or tampons. Volunteers are needed to organize drives or purchase supplies for a Period Kit for Teen Girls. Each kit should contain 20 maxi-pads or 20 tampons (regular sized preferred) with 20 panty-liners in a sealed, zip-close plastic bag. Full-size boxes or packages of all feminine hygiene products are greatly appreciated! This is a great opportunity for schools, church groups, employee teams, and youth groups. The Sharing Shelf is Westchester's clothing bank for children founded to combat clothing insecurity among low-income children and families in the community. It collects new and gently used clothing for infants, children, and teens. That clothing, sorted first by quality, is distributed to local, low-income children at no cost through nonprofits, schools, hospitals, and community groups in Westchester County. Each child or teen receives a week's worth of seasonally appropriate clothing matched to their sizing needs. To volunteer: Express interest to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile MANDATORY: purchase the items requested and package them according to the instructions above. Deliver items to: Sharing Shelf Warehouse 47 Purdy Avenue Port Chester, NY 10573

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 1/1/22

Content Creation Volunteer

Travel Unity, a 501(c)(3) focused on increasing diversity in the world of travel, is seeking volunteers to assist with content creation. Volunteers from all backgrounds and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply! Content Creation Volunteers will work with Travel Unity's staff on social media posts, creating resources around its DEI Standards, press releases, and other written material. Volunteers must have proficient written skills and familiarity with social media platforms. Volunteers must be able to work on a team basis, communicate regularly, be proficient with meeting programs (Zoom, Google Meet, etc.), and enjoy the excitement of collaborative output. This is a great opportunity to work with travel professionals whose skills are wide-ranging and meet an array of professionals dedicated to creating a more equitable world. An appreciation for the value of travel and cultural exchange to people of all backgrounds and abilities is a desired quality in our volunteers. Express interest below!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 12/19/21

Virtual Volunteers

Alliance for Safe Kids (ASK) is dedicated to connecting the community's youth and their families to helpful resources regarding mental health, prevention of substance abuse, and thoughtful service. ASK is looking for volunteers—both researchers and editors—to help recommend their favorite resources on various topics, as well as review the recommendations in its current resource guides. These resources can include website links, book recommendations, YouTube videos, social media posts, and relevant articles. Note: This is a self-directed project. Volunteers do not need to wait for the coordinator to respond before beginning this project. This project is ideal for youth who want practice in researching and editing or students who need to complete community service hours. To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Decide whether you'd like to research new recommendations or help edit/revise existing ones (you can also do both!): Researchers (to make new recommendations): familiarize yourself with the resource guides in the list below. Compile new resources that you think would be useful for local youth regarding mental health, prevention of substance abuse, and thoughtful service (volunteering). Make sure you record the name, contact information, website, organization overview or mission, and category of each recommendation. Editors (to review existing recommendations): select any or all of the resource guides in the list below. Carefully review each resource in the guides to ensure the name, contact information, website, organization overview, and category are accurate. Email your new recommendations or corrections to existing resources to volunteer@allianceforsafekids.org. Please share which guide you're providing resources for, and whether you are providing new recommendations or corrections. Resource Guides: 2019 Community Resource Guide Yorktown Together! COVID-19 Resource Guide Yorktown Together! Resource Guide for Diversity & Inclusion

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 3/31/21

Youth Advisory Council Members

Travel Unity, a 501(c)(3) focused on increasing diversity in the world of travel, is seeking youth (13+) and adults to join its Youth Advisory Council. Applicants from all backgrounds and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply! Youth Advisory Council members will work with one another and Travel Unity's staff, Board, and Advisors on Travel Unity's programs and mission. Volunteers must be able to work on a team basis, communicate regularly, be proficient with meeting programs (Zoom, Google Meet, etc.), and enjoy the excitement of collaborative output. This is a great opportunity to work with fellow youth from around the world who care about culture, travel, and inclusion, along with an array of professionals dedicated to creating a more equitable world. Express interest below!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 12/31/21

Love Your Neighbor COVID-19 Drive: Personal Care Items for Refugees and Asylees

Among the many Americans who are suffering during the pandemic are our new neighbors—refugees and asylees. These vulnerable families often don't have much left after paying rent and utilities, and many have been forced to forgo essentials and personal care products. Hearts & Homes for Refugees is partnering with Catholic Charities Community Service to distribute these essential items to our refugee and immigrant neighbors as part of its 💘 Love Your Neighbor Drive running now through Valentine's Day. (Click here for more information about this drive.) Volunteers are needed to collect any or all of the following items (MUST be new and full-size): Toothpaste and toothbrushes Soap Feminine products (pads and tampons) Shampoo and conditioner Disposable razors and shaving cream Laundry detergent Hand sanitizers (medium containers only; NOT tiny portables or gallon jugs) Disinfectants (sprays/aerosols, both for surface and air use) To volunteer: Express interest below to alert this project's Volunteer Coordinator of your interest and to record this activity in your Volunteer New York! profile Collect personal care items from the list above from now until February 14. The Volunteer Coordinator will follow up with instructions for dropping off your donations to a location in Yonkers the week of February 15

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 2/14/21

Virtual Vaccine Angels

The Town of Greenburgh is looking for Virtual Vaccine Angels to assist seniors over the phone by providing information about the COVID-19 vaccine and how they can sign up for it. The time commitment is up to a few hours per week. This is the ideal community service project for students and volunteers who are friendly, patient, and able to connect with their senior neighbors who might otherwise feel stressed or confused about the vaccine. Bilingual (Spanish-speaking) volunteers are especially needed! Background checks are not required, but all Vaccine Angels must pass a virtual screening and training. This is a remote opportunity that can be completed from home.

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 12/31/21

Write Letters of Love to Seniors

The Town of Orangetown is collecting letters of love for Valentine's Day for its local senior citizens as part of its Operation: Love Our Senior Citizens project! Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to draw and write cards (either purchased as the store or handmade) for older neighbors who could use an extra smile. Volunteers can drop off their cards in the box marked "Operation: Love Our Senior Citizens" at Town Hall. All cards will be collected by Tuesday, February 9 and distributed later that week. This self-directed opportunity is perfect for families, students, employee teams, and religious groups. Need some ideas on how to make a card? Try these for inspiration: https://spark.adobe.com/make/card-maker/valentines-day https://www.smilebox.com/maker/card-maker/valentines-day https://www.fotojet.com/features/photo-card/valentine-card.html https://www.greetingsisland.com/cards/holidays/valentines-day https://www.designwizard.com/template/valentines-day-cards To donate: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Create your cards (feel free to use the inspiration above!) Drop off donations during Town Hall operating hours (Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) at: Town of Orangetown Town Hall 26 Orangeburg Road Orangeburg, NY 10962 Important: Please maintain proper social distancing while inside the building. Do not drop off letters outside of operating hours or leave them anywhere other than in the marked bin. If wearing gloves or other disposable protective gear, please 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 letters!

Virtual (Virtual)

Through 2/9/21