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Welcome to the Volunteer Portal!

This community resource is part of United Way’s volunteer initiative. With your help we strive to be the volunteer hub of the Dutchess-Orange Region. As a key element of the Campaign for the Common Good we are seeking increased engagement and stronger partnerships with our business, government and non-profit partners.

Volunteerism is core to the mission of United Way. The Volunteer Portal can connect you to local organizations seeking volunteers to assist with the crucial work they do in our community every day.

Every hour, every minute you give help to someone in need.

Studies show that volunteer hours, valued at $28.04 per hour for each volunteer, add up and save donor dollars allowing more money to go to much needed services in our community.

To get started
 register here.

Lend your muscle to dozens of vital organizations with unique missions. We are certain the portal will connect you to a cause you are passionate about.

In addition check out our
 special events page to see how you can get involved in national community service days. LIVE UNITED!

Why volunteer?

Volunteerism is a great way to take a break from your usual routine, and take the time to consider the communities that surround us daily. With the warm weather quickly approaching, why not consider spending a Saturday morning or a Tuesday afternoon in the sun? 

The impact of volunteerism can be enormous and can reach many people, but only with the help of our volunteers! Signing up to volunteer does not need to be a big commitment; offering even one hour of your time can make all of the difference.  Whether you have never volunteered before, or perhaps it is one of your biggest passions--getting involved through volunteerism is always a fantastic way to kick start your day, and give back to the communities that we often take for granted.   

Volunteering is an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people!  By interacting with community members, you have the chance to hear new sides of the story, and gain new perspectives that you may never have had the chance to consider before.

Leave your mark on your community by getting out there and contributing--no action is too small!

 

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We Need You Here!

UWDOR Grant Reviewer

As a grant reviewer, you would be included among a group of almost 200 community stakeholders consisting of executives and professionals in the business, education, government, nonprofit and faith-based community in making funding decisions. We are asking each reviewer to commit to the following: - Review and score 5 applications online in late March/early April. - Participate in a 3 hour (VIRTUAL) roundtable discussion during the week of April 16th to evaluate scores and make decisions on funding recommendations to present to the United Way Board of Directors I hope you will respond favourably to this request. This is truly a rewarding experience. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

N/A, N/A

Through 3/1/21

Want to help your neighbors and community when impacted by home fires- Virtually

Can you see yourself helping those impacted by fires and other disasters? Seeking compassionate and friendly individuals to join our virtual Disaster Action Teams across the Hudson Valley. Virtual Disaster Action Team Members: Virtually assist families to obtain resources in their time of need. Maintain lines of communication with disaster team and supervisors. Serving diverse clients who have just experienced an emergency Receive free virtual training and have flexibility to match your schedule. Gain valuable experience while making a difference. Minimum requirements: At least 18 years old. Four- 12 hour On Call shifts/month Professional, clear and friendly communication skills. Customer service skills. Comfortable with computers & tablets.

Poughkeepsie, NY

Through 4/1/21

Food for Kids Website development

Food For Kids is looking for a tech savvy volunteer to help with the task of rehauling their website. Volunteers will be asked to devote a couple hours a week to helping Food For Kids with their website and also occasionally manage our Facebook and Instagram accounts

N/A, N/A

Through 6/1/21

Coach with Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run coaches are as unique as the girls they serve. Just like the girls, many are not runners. They are people just like YOU who take great pride and care in role modelling character, connectedness, and inner strength. Teams of volunteer coaches facilitate our easy-to-follow curriculum with small groups of girls over the course of 8 weeks. Help us to build joyful, healthy, and confident young girls by becoming a coach TODAY! Coaches are needed for our upcoming spring season that will kick off April 5th! Over the course of 8 weeks, you will lead your team through fun and interactive lessons that creatively integrate running. Our dedicated staff will provide you everything you need to safely deliver programming. Our spring season planning remains flexible as we monitor COVID in our community and continue abiding my local Public Health orders. We plan to implement similar safety practices and program modifications for our spring season, as we did this fall. Spring 2021 Season Details: - 8 week season (16 total lessons) Practices are held twice a week for 75-90 mins typically afterschool between 3:00 - 6:00pm. - Season starts the week of April 5th and end onSaturday June 5th with a GOTR 5K - Training and resources will be provided to deliver programming in-person or pivot to virtual if needed. Apply at www.girlsontherunhv.org/coach

Cornwall, NY

Through 3/5/21

Tax Preparer

Enjoy preparing your taxes? Take those skills and interest to a new level by becoming a volunteer tax counselor for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program and the Hudson Valley CASH Coalition. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, in partnership with Hudson Valley CASH, supports free volunteer tax preparation services to low- and moderate-income members of our community. Volunteer tax counselors will review client documentation, interview clients, and prepare federal and state income tax returns using computer software.Free training is provided in tax law, preparing tax forms, and using tax preparation software ending with IRS certification. Remote volunteer options are available. Becoming a certified volunteer tax counselor is a great way to learn a new skill and increase your personal talents while helping others. Other volunteer opportunities include client facilitators, program promotion, IT support and appointment confirmation callers. For more information contact Linda Eddy, at 845-475-7500 or e-mail: leddy@dutchesscap.org

Poughkeepsie, NY

Through 4/30/21

Tuxedo Volunteer Ambulance Corps

Join our Volunteer Ambulance Corps!! Become a valuable part of a highly trained dedicated team that serves its local community in times of need. Develop strong teamwork & leadership skills. Gain a sense of accomplishment & achievement. Receive instruction from highly trained members using modern life-saving equipment and technology. Learn practical and transferable skills with continuous training and education. Join a welcoming, friendly, family like environment where you can build relationships and forge friendships that last a lifetime. Enrich your resume and college application. Receive college tuition reimbursement assistance. Volunteers are also needed to serve in non-emergency capacities to assist in many department activities, including; fundraising, administrative support, community outreach, and more. For more information please contact: (845) 351-4400 http://www.tuxedoems.org/

Tuxedo Park, NY

Through 9/4/25

Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley

Literacy Connections is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) organization committed to helping adults and families become functionally literate. The organization works with the lowest literacy level adults in Dutchess, Columbia, Greene and Orange Counties. Our core program is to help adults to learn to read and write, and function independently. We recruit and train volunteers to provide one-to-one and small group tutoring that is student-centered. The agency is administered by a small staff and a large volunteer base. We welcome volunteers to become tutors, to read to children, to help in the office, to assist with community events, or holiday gift wrapping at local bookstores, and a variety of other projects all designed to help people to read, write, and reach their potential. Volunteers attend an Orientation and a free online tutor training. ** For more information about becoming a volunteer with Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley, please contact: Link: http://www.literacyconnections.org/volunteer-resources-and-forms/for-volunteers/ E-mail: info@literacyconnections.org Phone: (845) 522-8986 or (845) 341-5460

Newburgh, NY

Through 7/29/25

Newburgh Free Library

Volunteers who are interested in contributing their time and talents to the Library’s program and its mission are welcome at the Newburgh Free Library. The volunteer process involves an application & interview, prior to any assignment. Individual volunteer opportunities depend upon departmental needs, and may be seasonal or project-based. For more information about volunteer opportunities at the Newburgh Free Library, please contact: Link: http://www.newburghlibrary.org/about-us/volunteer-opportunities/ E-mail: nflref@rcls.org Phone: (845) 563-3605

Newburgh, NY

Through 7/29/25

Warwick Valley Humane Society

Volunteers at the shelter offer their time and assistance by helping with our fundraisers, walking dogs or socializing and feeding our homeless pets. For more information, please contact: Link: https://wvhumane.org/how-to/volunteer/ Phone: (845) 986-2473 E-mail: warwickhumane@yahoo.com

Warwick, NY

Through 7/29/25

Community Based Mentoring

Calling for Community-Based mentoring volunteers! Do you remember what it was like growing up? Can you recall the good times and the tough ones? Who was there for you or who wasn't? Help fill the need for encouraging adult support to nurture a young person's success now and in the future. Become a one-to-one Community-Based mentor. As a mentor you meet two to three times a month with your assigned mentee. This time is spent in the community sharing in low/no cost activities that you both enjoy. Open up opportunities, activities and conversations to enrich a child's life now and in the future. Once matched with a mentee, volunteers are expected to commit to serving as a mentor for at least one year. The primary goal of our program is to provide social, emotional, and academic support to help children achieve personal growth and success. Call (845)592-5900 Ext. 18 or submit an online inquiry at www.mentorachild.org

Through 12/31/21

Cornwall Public Library

The Cornwall Public Library to encourage community-minded people to serve as volunteers to assist with a variety of operational tasks. Volunteers must have a library card and be in good standing with the Ramapo Catskill Library System. The library accepts volunteers requiring court ordered community service at the discretion of the Library Director. The library will only allow non-violent offenders to do court-ordered volunteer work in the library. For more information, about volunteer opportunities at Cornwall Public Library and to access a 'Volunteer Interest Form', please contact; Link: https://www.cornwallpubliclibrary.org/volunteer/ E-mail: cdunaief@rcls.org. Phone: (845) 534-8282

Through 7/20/25

Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Humane Socieity of Port Jervis/Deerpark. We need volunteers to assist us in a variety of areas including landscaping, marketing, social media, networking, administrative, event planning, fundraising, adoption events and community outreach in addition to handling, playing with, socializing and training our dogs & cats. For more information, please contact: Link: https://www.pjhumane.org/volunteer Phone: (845) 856-3677 E-mail: info@pjhumane.org

Through 7/29/25