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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

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

Arts & Crafts Buddy

Are you interested in a rewarding field that works closely with individuals who have intellectual and developmental disabilities? Would you like to share your interests with someone who enjoys it just as much as you? Partners Health Plan, a not-for-profit health plan that supports the lives of individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, is looking for volunteers for its PAL Program. The PAL Program discovers a member’s passion and interests and matches them with a person or place in the community who shares a similar passion or interest. Partners Health Plan is looking for volunteers who would like to participate in arts and crafts, go to lunch, and spend time with a new friend who has a great sense of humor! Volunteers will meet with their "buddy" once every week or two (depending on the volunteer's schedule); the first outing will always be accompanied by a Community Resource Coordinator. Volunteers will provide their own transportation to meet their buddies, and report to the Community Resource Coordinator with updates on the progress of their outings. This is a great way to form natural friendships with individual based on similar interests! Benefits: Volunteers receive an optional professional reference upon completion of program and have the opportunity to join an incredible community of passionate staff and volunteers. Hours: Approximately once a week depending on the activity and volunteer's schedule. The suggested time commitment is six months to one year. PHP provides equal opportunityies for all volunteers.

Hawthorne, NY

Through 12/31/20

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

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

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

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

Create Art and Cards for Seniors

Help Family Services of Westchester support its most vulnerable neighbors by brightening the day of the seniors and those expriencing social isolation during the COVID-19 quarantine. Volunteers at home are encouraged to send artwork, cards, and hand-written letters. This is a great remote activity for families with young children at home. To volunteer: Express interest to record this opportunity in your Volunteer New York! profile Create and mail your artwork, cards, and letters to: Family Services of Westchester ATTN: Monique Anderson 2975 Westchester Avenue, Suite 401 Purchase, NY 10577

Port Chester, NY

Through 12/31/20

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 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 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

Donate to the Community Food Pantry

Volunteers are needed to donate food to local families who have been affected by the new coronavirus in Tarrytown. All items donated will be collected weekly and delivered to the Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. The food pantry is in desperate need of the following items: Healthy cereal Plain oatmeal Shelf-stable milk Peanut butter 2-pound bags of rice Dried beans Pasta Other nonperishable foods to donate include: Cooking oil, olive oil or canola oil Canned fruit in juice (not in light or heavy syrup) Canned vegetables (no or low-sodium) Low-sodium soups Canned tuna in water Canned chicken Quinoa Nuts (unsalted) Seeds (unsalted) Low-sodium pasta sauce Canned stews Unsweetened apple sauce Canned tomatoes Dried fruits (no sugar added) Honey Broth (chicken, beef and vegetable broths and stock) Non-food items that are needed include: Toilet paper Diapers Feminine products To volunteer: Express interest below to record this opportunity in your volunteer profile Drop off items from the list above Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at: Tarrytown Village Hall (identified box in vestibule) 1 Depot Plaza Tarrytown, NY 10591

Tarrytown, NY

Through 9/30/20

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

Donate Face Masks to At-Risk Women

YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester provides low-income supportive housing for women. It is seeking donations of reusable face masks that will be utilized by its most vulnerable tenants as well as its essential workers and staff who continuously go into work daily to make sure all tenants' needs are met. YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester supports women with different debilitating life challenges, including chronic homelessness, mental illnesees, and substance use disorders. It also serves victims of domestic violence and human trafficking, as well as those with different physical and other life challenges. Express interest below to connect with the organizer of this opportunity and to find out how you can donate face masks.

White Plains, NY

Through 8/31/20

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

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