Volunteer

Riverkeeper fights David-and-Goliath battles for your right to safe, drinkable water and a healthy Hudson.  We need your help to win these battles.  Here are just a few things we could do with your support for Riverkeeper:  Donations to our Watershed Program will help us take the battle over fracking right to the oil and gas industry, which is trying to profit from New York’s natural resources at terrible cost to our water quality and quality of life.  Support our Hudson River Program and our Close Indian Point campaign and we’ll fight for the clean energy solutions that we New Yorkers so desperately need to replace old, ecologically-destructive power plants. With your help, our Patrol Boat will be back on the Hudson, testing water quality, nailing polluters and protecting your right to enjoy the river safely. Visit www.riverkeeper.org.

We welcome volunteers of all ages for help with office tasks, special events, and community outreach. Our office is located in Yorktown Heights, while events and community outreach can occur in other communities in Westchester, Putnam and nearby counties. To learn more about our organization, visit our website www.supportconnection.org. To learn about volunteer opportunities or to obtain a volunteer form, click on the “volunteer” link on our home page, or call us at 914-962-6402.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. With more than two million volunteers nationwide, the American Cancer Society is one of the oldest and largest voluntary health agencies in the United States.  More than two million volunteers carry out the Society`s mission of eliminating cancer and improving quality of life for those individuals facing the disease. These dedicated volunteers donate their time and talents to further cancer research; educate the public about early detection and prevention; advocate for responsible cancer legislation in the local, state, and federal governments; and serve cancer patients and their families as they manage their cancer experience. American Cancer Society, 2 Lyon Place, White Plains, NY 10601; To locate an American Cancer Society office in your area or for cancer information call 1.800.ACS.2345 or visit   www.cancer.org

The Community Center of Northern Westchester needs food, volunteers, seasonal clothing, maternity clothes, and financial support. Adult volunteers are needed to receive donations of food and clothing, and to staff the Food Market and Clothing Boutique. Shifts are 10-1 and 1-4 Tuesday through Friday and 10-1 on Saturday. Children between 10 and 13 may volunteer if accompanied by a responsible adult (parent, troop leader or teacher.) Teens may arrange for community service credits with the Assistant Director by calling 232-6572. Katonah Community Center, 84 Bedford Road, Katonah, NY 10536.

We have been your source for excellence in community theatre since local residents founded the group in 1987. Each season we present two main stage productions and our free SECOND SUNDAY PLAY READING series every other month. Our home is Conant Hall, 257 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, a charming former church, and seating is cabaret style. Here friends and families can eat together and watch one of our stellar performances! Visit our website for details about our current season: www.prtc01.org or email us with your suggestions and comments: prtc01@yahoo.com  WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS. If you have a few hours, days, talents to give, please contact us by email. Sherry Asch, President, PRTC

The Sharing Shelf is a nonprofit organization affiliated with Family Services of Westchester, which collects new and gently used children`s clothing and other basic children`s items, such as strollers, school supplies and car seats.  We distribute clothing to children in need at no cost to the children or their families.  Agencies, teachers, social workers, religious leaders, and others serving low income families may register with The Sharing Shelf to access our supplies for their clients.  The Sharing Shelf seeks donations of clothing and basic essentials for newborn through age 18.  We accept new or gently used clothing, pajamas, shoes, baby supplies, strollers, pack-n-plays, high chairs, unopened toys/diapers/wipes, bedding/linens, sheets, towels, blankets, new school or art supplies and backpacks, new or gently used children books, and coats, boots, hats and gloves in the winter.  Items donated should be gently used, please no rips, tears, holes, stains, etc.  To get involved or to make a donation, call 914.937.2320 x 148 or email thesharingshelf@gmail.com.

On any given day of the year, somewhere in our own community, a family goes hungry, a child struggles to succeed in the classroom, a woman tries to flee an abusive relationship, an older adult suffers alone, a displaced worker requires a fresh skills set. Your donation ensures a volunteer match can be made every day, 365 days a year. Your support of The Volunteer Center makes it possible for a volunteer to respond to those in need, even as the needs grow stronger. Contributions from individuals – such as yourself – help The Volunteer Center to make meaningful volunteer connections. We identify the needs in the community and match them with dedicated individuals eager to serve. Last year, The Volunteer Center engaged more than 18,000 volunteers who helped over 500 local nonprofits fulfill their missions to improve the quality of life for residents in Westchester and Putnam Counties.  Every dollar you donate generates seven dollars in services to your community. Visit www.volunteer-center.org

Please consider giving the gift of mobility and independence!  Can you spare some time to make a difference in the life of an older adult in our community? RideConnect, a non-profit program of Family Services of Westchester, is seeking volunteers to help drive older adults to a variety of activities: shopping, medical appointments, religious services or other errands in Westchester. These rides enable older adults to remain active in their communities and to continue to lead fulfilling lives. RideConnect asks that volunteers be able to provide one ride per month. Call Karen Ganis at (914) 864-0955/email kganis@fsw.org or Marietta C. Manoni at (914) 864-2036/email mmanoni@fsw.org.

Make a difference in a child’s well-being:   Be a volunteer at The Sharing Shelf of Family Services of Westchester. 
The Sharing Shelf is seeking volunteers – individuals, groups, families – to help sort and package clothing for children living in economic distress.  The Sharing Shelf, a program of Family Services of Westchester, collects new and gently used clothing, shoes, school supplies and certain infant items, then distributes them to children in-need in Westchester County.   The program partners with more than 20 agencies, schools, hospitals and local governments to distribute over 1,050 outfits to 150 children and youth every month.   This program was founded and is run by volunteers.
Volunteers are needed in our Port Chester warehouse an hour or two each week to help sort and package clothing.  Bring a friend and come work together, or join us and make new friends.  We are open most Saturdays for teens to fulfill community service hours. The Sharing Shelf can also use volunteers less frequently – once a month, once in a while or even as one-time group event, to help sort and package clothing.
Volunteers are also needed from the community to organize clothing drives at local churches, synagogues and schools.  At the moment we are in great need of girls’ size 7; boys’ sizes 5, 8, 12 and 14 (YXL); study shoes, particularly sneakers for all sizes and ages; and shirts in light blue and pants in navy blue in sizes 8 to 14/16.  As the weather changes to cooler temperatures, we need fall and winter clothing such as long-sleeve shirts, sweaters and sweatshirts and fall jackets and winter coats.  We are always in need of NEW socks and NEW underwear.
The Sharing Shelf can work with children and teens to develop a community service project.
To learn more; to volunteer; to receive our weekly “News from The Shelf” with hours and current activities, please email thesharingshelf@fsw.org or call Deborah Blatt, Coordinator at 914-355-9121.  Click here for web site.

Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) involves kids in community service.  Community service projects WJCS sponsors that are a good fit for young people include:  Have-a-Heart for the Holidays Gift Drive to fulfill the wishes of children who come from disadvantaged circumstances.  Waiting to Read — collecting new or gently-used children`s books that are distributed to WJCS Mental Health Clinics throughout the county. Children in the waiting rooms are invited to read a book and take it home.  Mitzvah Baskets — event centerpieces made of baskets filled with items that can be used by our consumers such as school supplies, toiletries, non-perishable food and Do Us a Favor — a contribution made to WJCS in lieu of providing favors.   Anyone interested in participating in any of these projects, can contact Meryl Lewis, WJCS Volunteer Resource Coordinator at 761-0600 X222.  We also sponsor Operation Mitzvah, which provides pre-Bar/Bat Mitzvah children with a community service/mitzvot project and Tikkun Olam which involves teens in projects aimed at “repairing the world.” Susan Kronish coordinates Operation Mitzvah and Tikkun Olam and can be reached at 949-7699 X319.

Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) is issuing a “Clothes Call” for Pass It On Kid’s Kloset, a WJCS program that provides new and gently-used children’s clothes and essentials to local families in need. An all-volunteer effort, Kid’s Kloset relies on donations of children’s clothes, diapers and strollers to pass on to families who cannot afford them.  Kid’s Kloset is located at 170 East Post Road (White Plains) in a space donated by WJCS Board member Roy Stillman of Stillman Management. Clothing donations can be dropped off by appointment by contacting 914-831-7616 or kidskloset@wjcs.com.  For more information about Pass It On Kid’s Kloset, go to www.wjcs.com/KidsKloset.

The WJCS Parent-Child Home Program (PCHP) is currently recruiting part-time visitors, who receive a stipend, for the new program year (October – May).  This meaningful and exciting work requires a minimum commitment of nine hours per week. Although Home Visitors’ hours are flexible, attendance is required at weekly staff/training meetings held on Wednesday mornings at WJCS, 141 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale. Staff Training will be held the first week of October.  For 40 years the Parent-Child Home Program has been serving low-income families in White Plains, Port Chester, New Rochelle, Mamaroneck, Greenburgh and Mt. Vernon. Visitors call on parents and children in their homes for a half hour, twice weekly, beginning when the child is about two years old. Each week, the Home Visitor brings a book or toy and in the comfort of the family’s home, parent, child and home visitor participate in fun and stimulating activities using the book or toy. The Home Visitor models verbal interaction – reading, conversation, and play – designed to develop language and literacy skills.  Home Visitors need no special educational background but must have a personality suited to home visiting and working with parents and toddler-aged children. Prior to beginning home visits, Home Visitors participate in 16 hours of training.  For further information, contact PCHP Director Patrice Cuddy at 914-949-7699 ext. 324 or pcuddy@wjcs.com.

Come join the WPHC Volunteers Services team!  Call 914-681-1225 for details. White Plains Hospital Center (WPHC) is a 292-bed voluntary, not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality, acute health care and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas.  Centers of Excellence include the Dickstein Cancer Treatment Center, The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center, The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center and The Westchester Orthopaedic Institute.  The Hospital has the busiest Emergency Department in Westchester County, treating more than 45,000 patients a year.  White Plains Hospital Center is a six-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award, an honor given to the nation’s top hospitals by the National Research Corporation. WPHC is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and the Stellaris Health Network, Inc.  For additional information, visit www.wphospital.org.