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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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Health Care Volunteer - Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC)

Become a part of the Orange Regional Family - Volunteer! Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC) offers a friendly environment and a broad range of opportunities to its volunteers. Our volunteers provide invaluable assistance to our patients, visitors and staff throughout our facilities. Orange Regional volunteers use their special talents to contribute to the well-being of our community. ORMC offers more than 100 volunteer assignments in medical and support areas throughout the hospital and outpatient facilities. If you are you are not sure about how you may fit in, contact us and we can help you choose an opportunity based on your background and experience. A few examples of our assignments are below: Surgical Waiting Area Emergency Department Front Desk Reception and Greeters Gift Shop and Hospitality Cart Art and Activity Cart Pet Therapy Magnet Certification Support VOLUNTEERING REQUIREMENTS ORMC is so proud to work with more than 400 dedicated and engaged volunteers from across Orange County, the Hudson Valley, and beyond. We look for volunteers committed to our mission of improving the health of our community by providing exceptional healthcare. To become an ORMC Volunteer, there are several requirements which in include the following: A minimum commitment of 60 service hours; A commitment of one four (4) hour shift per week; All applicants must attend a mandatory new volunteer information session and orientation, receive medical clearance, adult applicant must complete and clear a background screening; All volunteers are required to participate in department specific training and annual education. Our Required Time Commitment Is As Follows: We ask for a minimum commitment of one four-hour block of time each week. It is the same assignment, day of the week and time. We require a minimum commitment of 60 service hours (not including education and training hours) before leaving the program. We accept applications on a rolling basis. If you are interested in joining the ORMC Volunteer Team, please complete the application and brief questionnaire (follow the link from our website, https://www.ormc.org/giving/volunteer). You will be contacted when we begin the on-boarding process and your application has been reviewed.

Middletown, NY

Through2/7/20

Book Buddies in Newburgh & New Windsor

Do you love to read? Would you like to help children learn to love reading too? Book Buddies gives adult volunteers the opportunity to read one-on-one with Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade children on a weekly basis during the school day. Although lots of retired teachers volunteer for Book Buddies, you don’t need a degree in education to be a volunteer. You just need to love reading and working with kids. Last year, 200 volunteers helped over 220 children improve their reading skills and confidence. According to their test scores, 94% of students in the program have improved their reading skills. Principals and teachers have enthusiastically asked our volunteers to return every year and have spread the word to other schools. We are currently recruiting volunteers for 19 schools throughout Orange and Dutchess County including Arlington, Beacon, Dover, Fishkill, Newburgh, New Windsor, Pawling, Pine Plains, Poughkeepsie, and Webutuck.

Newburgh, NY

Through2/29/20

Math Buddies in Poughkeepsie

Have you always been good with numbers? Would you like to help children learn to love math too? Math Buddies gives adult volunteers the opportunity to work with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade children on a weekly basis during the school day. Volunteers will work with students individually and in small groups to provide them extra math practice. Last year, Math Buddies helped over 200 children improve their math skills and confidence. Principals and teachers have enthusiastically asked our volunteers to return each year. We are currently recruiting Math Buddies for Morse Elementary in the Poughkeepsie City School District and Arthur S May School in the Arlington School District.

Poughkeepsie, NY

Through2/29/20

Book Buddies in Pine Plains

Do you love to read? Would you like to help children learn to love reading too? Book Buddies gives adult volunteers the opportunity to read one-on-one with Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade children on a weekly basis during the school day. Although lots of retired teachers volunteer for Book Buddies, you don’t need a degree in education to be a volunteer. You just need to love reading and working with kids. Last year, 200 volunteers helped over 220 children improve their reading skills and confidence. According to their test scores, 94% of students in the program have improved their reading skills. Principals and teachers have enthusiastically asked our volunteers to return every year and have spread the word to other schools. We are currently recruiting volunteers for 19 schools throughout Orange and Dutchess County including Arlington, Beacon, Dover, Fishkill, Newburgh, New Windsor, Pawling, Pine Plains, Poughkeepsie, and Webutuck.

Pine Plains, NY

Through2/29/20

Book Buddies in Beacon

Do you love to read? Would you like to help children learn to love reading too? Book Buddies gives adult volunteers the opportunity to read one-on-one with Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade children on a weekly basis during the school day. Although lots of retired teachers volunteer for Book Buddies, you don’t need a degree in education to be a volunteer. You just need to love reading and working with kids. Last year, 200 volunteers helped over 220 children improve their reading skills and confidence. According to their test scores, 94% of students in the program have improved their reading skills. Principals and teachers have enthusiastically asked our volunteers to return every year and have spread the word to other schools. We are currently recruiting volunteers for 19 schools throughout Orange and Dutchess County including Arlington, Beacon, Dover, Fishkill, Newburgh, New Windsor, Pawling, Pine Plains, Poughkeepsie, and Webutuck.

Beacon, NY

Through2/29/20

Book Buddies in Dover

Do you love to read? Would you like to help children learn to love reading too? Book Buddies gives adult volunteers the opportunity to read one-on-one with Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade children on a weekly basis during the school day. Although lots of retired teachers volunteer for Book Buddies, you don’t need a degree in education to be a volunteer. You just need to love reading and working with kids. Last year, 200 volunteers helped over 220 children improve their reading skills and confidence. According to their test scores, 94% of students in the program have improved their reading skills. Principals and teachers have enthusiastically asked our volunteers to return every year and have spread the word to other schools. We are currently recruiting volunteers for 19 schools throughout Orange and Dutchess County including Arlington, Beacon, Dover, Fishkill, Newburgh, New Windsor, Pawling, Pine Plains, Poughkeepsie, and Webutuck.

Dover Plains, NY

Through2/29/20

Would you like to help a child learn to love reading as much as you do?

Do you love to read? Would you like to help children learn to love reading too? Book Buddies gives adult volunteers the opportunity to read one-on-one with Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade children on a weekly basis during the school day. Although lots of retired teachers volunteer for Book Buddies, you don’t need a degree in education to be a volunteer. You just need to love reading and working with kids. Last year, 200 volunteers helped over 220 children improve their reading skills and confidence. According to their test scores, 94% of students in the program have improved their reading skills. Principals and teachers have enthusiastically asked our volunteers to return every year and have spread the word to other schools. We are currently recruiting volunteers for 19 schools throughout Orange and Dutchess County including Arlington, Beacon, Dover, Fishkill, Newburgh, New Windsor, Pawling, Pine Plains, Poughkeepsie, and Webutuck.

Arlington, NY

Through2/29/20

Food Donation Transporter in Ulster, Dutchess or Orange County

“Food rescue” is recovering leftover, unused or unserved foods in edible condition that was otherwise going to waste from retailers, restaurants, manufacturers, growers or dining halls and distributing it to local emergency feeding programs. Often the food is near the “sell by” date, or has surface blemishes making it undesirable on shelves. FeedHV is a food rescue network of food donors (like farms, restaurants and food retailers) feeding agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and more) and volunteers who bring the food from the donor directly to that pantry or soup kitchen in your area, using a free software program to make all the connections happen. Ways to volunteer: "Food runner" Pick up food donation from donor and transport to assigned assisting feeding agency within your specified desired geographic parameters Help with volunteer outreach Sign up to harvest fruit and vegetables left unharvested on farms and deliver to agencies with one of our partner agencies Sign up to process seasonal fruit and vegetables into sauces, soups, stews, or frozen for assisting feeding agencies with one of our partner agencies Sound good? It's fun! You must be 18 years old or older, accompanied by someone 18 years or older. In order to be a food transporter, you must have a car. Please visit www.FeedHV.org/about/ for more information. Right now, we cover Orange, Ulster and Dutchess counties, and Putnam county for harvesting and processing opportunities with one of our partners. Once you sign-up to volunteer and take the food safety quiz, don't forget to download our free Chowmatch app for your smartphone to see available food runs! Simple and easy. Sign-up online to volunteer at www.feedhv.org/sign-up/

Hudson, NY

Through9/4/20

Home-delivered Meal Delivery

Volunteers are needed to deliver a noon-time meal to seniors on a local delivery route. Meals are picked up at a drop point and delivered to the homes of 3-10 seniors daily Monday-Friday. Time commitment can be as little as one hour per month.

Newburgh, NY

Through1/1/25

RSVP of Dutchess County

Volunteers needed throughout the county to deliver meals, drive seniors to medical appointments, volunteer at the VA, Hudson Valley Hospice, become an Ombudsman and more.

Poughkeepsie, NY

Through7/31/20

Client Services Caseworker-Orange County!

-Evaluates needs, provides services and maintains records for clients. -Follow up telephone calls to clients -Refer Clients to community resources -Perform Fiscal Reviews on Client Cases -Conduct final reviews and close Cases Qualifications: -Detail oriented -Good Listening Skills -Patience and understanding when working with individuals from diverse backgrounds -Good organizational skills and attention to detail -Good Oral and Written Communication Skills -Bi Lingual a Plus Extensive Training Provided for all vols! Come join this important team-can work remotely as well!

Middletown, NY

Through5/31/20

United Way Nonprofit Mentor

United Way is seeking Nonprofit Mentors with experience, expertise and/or interest in helping coach local nonprofits. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals interested in lending their time and talent to help build capacity for nonprofits across Dutchess and Orange Counties. A great opportunity for retirees, graduate students or anyone wanting to make an impact in the community! Desired Skills Include: - Experience with management, volunteers, grant research and writing, administrative tasks and/or accounting. - Flexible availability to work one-on-one with a nonprofit organization. - Desire to see nonprofits reach their full potential and better serve our local community. Examples of some tasks may include: - Working with the organization to establish a system for recruiting, managing, and/or training volunteers. - Assist employees with skills related to development work, fundraising, grants and compliance. - Helping to establish new organizational practices and processes. United Way will place each Mentor with an interested nonprofit. The Mentor and the nonprofit will establish a schedule and task description that is mutually beneficial for both parties. Questions? Call Melissa Clark 845-471-1900 ext. 3128 or mclark@uwdor.org

Through6/12/23