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Farm to Food Pantry Kitchen Volunteers

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

Brewster, NY

1/24/20 9:30 AM + more

Mamaroneck Fresh Market

In partnership with Feeding Westchester and Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force, Open Door is hosting a massive giveaway of over 10,000 pounds of fresh produce donated by Hunts Point Market. This takes place on the last Saturday of each month at Open Door Family Medical Center's Mamaroneck location at 689 Mamaroneck Avenue in Mamaroneck, NY. Volunteers are needed to set up tables, unload the produce from large pallets, pre-bag smaller items, and distribute to the community. Volunteers will also clean up empty cartons, crates, and pallets for recycling. Volunteers are essential! If you cannot attend, please cancel prior to the event date. This event takes place rain (or snow) or shine; please dress appropriately. Requirements: Ability to lift 20 pounds Spanish language skills beneficial High school students welcome! Sign up here.

Mamaroneck, NY

1/25/20 10:00 AM + more

Port Chester Mobile Food Pantry

Open Door Family Medical Center is partnering with Feeding Westchester to bring a free “market on wheels” to the Port Chester community. On the first Saturday of each month, fresh and nutritious food will be provided to those in need. The food is set up as a farmer’s market so that people can walk through and select their own food, including fresh protein, dairy, produce, and grains. Volunteers will help set up and distribute food products as well as break down cardboard boxes. The market takes place rain (or snow) or shine; please dress appropriately! Volunteers will meet at Open Door Family Medical Center at 5 Grace Church Street in Port Chester, NY. (The mobile pantry is located in the parking lot on Purdy Street.) Volunteers are essential. If you cannot attend; please cancel prior to the event date. Requirements: 17 years or older Able to lift 30 pounds Spanish language skills beneficial Must complete online application Sign up here.

Port Chester, NY

2/1/20 11:00 AM + more

Westchester County Walk to End Alzheimer's

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

Harrison, NY

10/4/20 7:00 AM

Musical Entertainment

We are looking for individuals or group to perform at Garito Manor. It could be musical, dance, comedy or theater. #VolunteerNewRochelle

New Rochelle, NY


Blood Drive Donor Ambassadors Needed in Northern Westchester County!

Help Others Give the Gift of Life! Volunteers are needed to: Welcome blood donors & sign them in Ensure blood donors have read the booklet about blood donation Help run the canteen (the areas where blood donors rest & eat after blood donation) Ensure donors eat & drink after giving blood Commitment: We ask that volunteers sign up for one blood drive per month (3-6 hrs) Flexible shifts are available *Please be aware the majority of blood drives are during the week, Monday - Friday* but weekend ops available from time to time. Greatest need is for those volunteers who live in Northern Westchester County! Please express interest below:

Hawthorne, NY


Data Management

Heartsong is seeking volunteers to assist the staff of its music and art therapy program for children with disabilities. Tasks include data input, updates, and reporting. Commitment is 10 hours per week for a 3-6 month commitment. Heartsong's mission is to provide clinically based therapeutic, educational and rehabilitative creative arts programs that seek to enhance the functioning level and quality of life of individuals with special needs. Heartsong is committed to maintaining a supportive environment for the entire family, providing parents with networking opportunities, links to state and local agencies, workshops, and a wealth of information on how to navigate through the complexities of parenting a loved one with special needs.

White Plains, NY


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


Volunteer Services Screener

The Volunteer Screener gathers relevant information about prospective volunteer candidates while assessing which positions volunteers are best suited for. They provide an excellent experience for all new volunteers joining the American Red Cross. Training is provided remotely through Webex and conference calls. This opportunity can be completed from home as long as the volunteer has access to a phone and a computer. The volunteer must be willing to speak to volunteers on the phone, have a positive attitude, and be good at assessing talents. #remotevolunteer

Hawthorne, NY


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


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


Homework Helper

Making Minutes Count We are in need of volunteers to help with homework during our "power hour," which is 3:30 - 4:30/ 5 pm at our multiple New Rochelle Elementary school sites (Columbus,Trinity, Davis, and William B Ward), Club houses (Remington and Mascaro, grades K -12th) and Larchmont/Mamaroneck Elementary schools sites (Chatsworth,Central, Murray and Mamaroneck). Power Hour is specifically designed to meet the needs of 21st-century learners, enabling Clubs to help youth develop the skills of 21st-century learners, which are: • Mastery of information media and technology • Critical thinking skills • Key academic subjects in a real-world context • Life and career skills #JLP

New Rochelle, NY


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


Reception Volunteer

White Plains Hospital is looking for volunteers in various reception areas to greet and sign in visitors. An orientation and training will be provided. Must be familiar with computers. Dates and times vary: mornings, afternoons and evenings, weekdays and weekends. Download the appropriate application: Ages 14-17: junior application Ages 18+: adult application Mail completed applications to: White Plains Hospital Volunteer Department 41 East Post Road White Plains, NY 10601 Completion of application, reference check, interview and placement, medical and background clearance are required prior to beginning volunteer position.

White Plains, NY


Girl AGain Boutique Peer Mentors

Yes She Can helps young women with autism develop job skills by operating Girl AGain, a resale boutique that sells gently used American Girl dolls, clothes, and furniture. It is seeking a few volunteers who want to work side-by-side, serving as peer mentors to trainees in the boutique. Trainees prepare merchandise, price and display it, and help customers make purchases. This is a great opportunity for mature high school students and college students. Store hours are Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Training schedule runs Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Typical volunteer support would be four hours at one time.

White Plains, NY


Friendly Visitor

Volunteers are needed to bring cheer to veterans and their family members. Volunteers will be matched with veterans or their family members for weekly home visits for 1-3 visits per week for about 30 minutes each visit. #NYSVeterans

Montrose, NY



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


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


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


After School Program Volunteers

Volunteers aged 16 and over who are great with kids are needed for the Carver Center's After School Program. After School Program Volunteers will interact, tutor, and play with students from kindergarten through fifth grade. Volunteers should display enthusiasm and patience; bilingual (Spanish) speakers are a plus. The After School Program operates from 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday at JFK and Edison Schools in Port Chester. A minimum time commitment is two afternoons per week for a semester.

Port Chester, NY


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


Donate Diapers and Wipes to the Westchester County Diaper Bank!

Surprisingly, so few people are aware of the struggle some of their neighbors face just to meet the basic need of diapering their babies. You can help these families by donating diapers of all sizes, types, and brands – newborn to toddlers. Please note, however, that the greater need is for the larger sizes (5 and 6; and pull-ups). Open packages accepted. Additionally, the Diaper Bank always needs wipes, so please send some along with - or without - diapers. Drop off: Wayside Cottage (bin on porch), 1039 Post Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 or one of our drop off locations. #donatechilditems #remotevolunteer