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"You are what you do, not what you say you'll do." - Carl Gustav Young

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Food Pantry Volunteers

The People to People Food Pantry is open and continuing its curbside delivery service to fulfill the needs of its community members during this difficult time. Volunteers are needed to help pack food and distribute it to the community Monday through Friday. Volunteers must bring and wear masks and maintain social distancing at all times; they will be provided with gloves. Volunteers can choose from the available shifts per day (below). Feel free to sign up for more than one shift! Court-ordered volunteers: court-ordered community service MUST be coordinated prior to signing up or else you will not receive credit for your hours. For court-ordered volunteers, select "click here to email this contact" to request approval for your service; once service is approved by the volunteer coordinator, return to this page and click "sign up."

Nanuet, NY

10/21/20 9:00 AM + more

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

Fall Parks Clean up at Davenport Park

Join your neighbors to clean up the Five Islands Park shoreline and trails. GREAT family volunteer opportunity to get outside, safe distance AND do something great for the New Ro Strong community. To sign up as a family or group, choose the "Sign up with a Family, Group or Team" button below. (As the team captain you will sign up all members of your team. If you are new to Volunteer New York!, the system will prompt you to register prior to creating the team). Each and every volunteer MUST register prior to the event, no matter their age. Are you bringing a young volunteer who does not have an email address? No problem, sign them up as a guest so we can accurately plan! ALL volunteers ages 17 and under must have this waiver filled out and signed by their parent or guardian upon check in. Print and complete to save time in advance.

New Rochelle, NY

10/24/20 1:00 PM

Fall Parks Clean up at Five Islands

Join your neighbors to clean up the Five Islands Park shoreline and trails. GREAT family volunteer opportunity to get outside, safe distance AND do something great for the New Ro Strong community. To sign up as a family or group, choose the "Sign up with a Family, Group or Team" button below. (As the team captain you will sign up all members of your team. If you are new to Volunteer New York!, the system will prompt you to register prior to creating the team). Each and every volunteer MUST register prior to the event, no matter their age. Are you bringing a young volunteer who does not have an email address? No problem, sign them up as a guest so we can accurately plan! ALL volunteers ages 17 and under must have this waiver filled out and signed by their parent or guardian upon check in. Print and complete to save time in advance.

New Rochelle, NY

10/24/20 1:00 PM

Fall Parks Clean up at Hudson Park

Join your neighbors to clean up the Five Islands Park shoreline and trails. GREAT family volunteer opportunity to get outside, safe distance AND do something great for the New Ro Strong community. To sign up as a family or group, choose the "Sign up with a Family, Group or Team" button below. (As the team captain you will sign up all members of your team. If you are new to Volunteer New York!, the system will prompt you to register prior to creating the team). Each and every volunteer MUST register prior to the event, no matter their age. Are you bringing a young volunteer who does not have an email address? No problem, sign them up as a guest so we can accurately plan! ALL volunteers ages 17 and under must have this waiver filled out and signed by their parent or guardian upon check in. Print and complete to save time in advance.

New Rochelle, NY

10/24/20 1:00 PM

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

11/3/20 10:00 AM + more

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

Create Inspirational Art and Cards for Families with COVID-19

Help Family Services of Westchester brighten the day of those positive with COVID-19. Volunteers are encouraged to create their own artwork, cards, and hand-written letters that they can then mail to Family Services of Westchester to be distributed. This is a great remote activity for families with young children at home. Volunteers can also snap photos of their work and share it on social media using the hashtag #FSWCardsforCOVID. 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: Gina Cantarella 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 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 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

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 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

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

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