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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 helps 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!

Volunteer Spotlight

On September 11th, Ann Metz, along with her co-workers from Ball Corporation, paid tribute to the victims of the national tragedy by performing service activities to improve their community. Ann has participated in Ball Corporation Community Ambassador volunteer programs for several years but she hadn’t participated in a 9/11 Day of Service in the past. Her team, following the national disaster response theme for 9/11 Day of Service, spent the day at the American Red Cross working on disaster preparedness initiatives.

Read her story here. 

Submit an inspiring volunteer spotlight story to recognize an individual, business, or nonprofit volunteer/volunteer group you know that has made a difference in the community. Click here to view or download the Volunteer Spotlight Nomination Form.

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Light The Night Executive Leadership Committee

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is looking for corporate executives to join our Upper Hudson Valley Light The Night Executive Leadership Committee (ELC). The ELC will build awareness of Light The Night and help LLS secure sponsors, fundraising teams and support of our mission to cure blood cancers. LLS staff will schedule ELC meetings monthly from March through June, then as needed until the event on October 6 at the Walkway Over the Hudson.

Albany, NY

Through 10/6/18

Dog/Puppy Sitter

If you are not able to be a Puppy Raiser or Foster, but would still like to help with one of our dogs, you can become a Sitter. These volunteers take our dogs into their homes for short periods of time to look after them when Raisers and Fosters are unavailable. When a dog needs a sitter, we will reach out to you to check your availability.

Grapevine, TX

Through 2/16/19

Dog Foster

Once our dogs are between 14-18 months old and begin training with a professional BluePath trainer, they are fostered in the homes of volunteers. Three to four times a week, the foster drops the dog off in Hopewell Junction in the morning and picks it up in the late afternoon. This allows all of our dogs to live in homes and not in kennels. Dogs remain with the Foster until placement as a BluePath service dog. This positions time frame varies and you will need to committ to caring for the dog 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (when they are not with our staff). Our dogs will need fosters throughout the year. Also, we have sitters lined up in case you are traveling for work or go on vacation.

Grapevine, TX

Through 2/16/19

Raise a Puppy

Volunteers are needed to raise and socialize our puppies in their homes for approximately 12-16 months. They take them out to many different places and teach them basic commands and manners. Providing our dogs with these experiences helps give them a solid foundation and prepares them for the next phase of their service dog training. This positions time frame varies on the availability of the volunteer. For example, if you want to start puppy raising in the Summer, granted we have puppies available, you will care for the puppy for 12-16 months after you receive him/her.

Grapevine, TX

Through 2/16/19

Light The Night Executive Leadership Team

The Executive Leadership Team will help accelerate corporate development and drive revenue growth for Light the Night by developing personal and/or corporate fundraising teams and recruiting sponsors, teams and retail partners.

Albany, NY

Through 10/6/18

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

Through 1/1/25

Light The Night Walk Volunteers

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk funds research to find cures and ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients. Upper Hudson Valley Light The Night Saturday October 6th 2018 Walkway Over the Hudson Volunteers are needed for set up, clean up, registration, manage refreshments, time keepers and other jobs.

Poughkeepsie, NY

Through 10/6/18

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

Through 7/31/20

RSVP Advisory Council Member

Advisory Council members assist in assessing community needs; support the development of a service ethic in the community, advise on volunteer recruitment, retention, and recognition strategies, assist in fund raising and resource development and suggest ways the project can gain increased visibility and recognition in the community and/or advise on how trends in the community are affecting seniors.

Poughkeepsie, NY

7/12/18 9:30 AM

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

Through 5/31/20

Visual Storytellers (Photographers) for Orange County

Assist the Red Cross in delivering its mission by taking and sharing photos and/or video to showcase the Red Cross at work, both in disaster and non-disaster times. • Collaborate with Communications Leadership to identify and carry out ways to tell the Red Cross story visually • Take photos and/or video at events, trainings and disasters in accordance with Red Cross brand standards • Capture portraits, candids and/or studio shots to tell the Red Cross story of service delivery • Cull, edit, caption and upload your photos/video to online sharing accounts; share select photos in a timely manner (typically same day or within 24 hours) with chapter/regional communications leadership and the social media team • Share photos/video on social media, when appropriate • Coordinate with chapter social media leads to share your team's videos and photos on social media or Red Cross sites. • Treat all clients, volunteers and partners with dignity and respect - always obtaining required photo releases. • Organize and deliver photo/video documentation, captions, quotes and photo releases. During Disasters: • Work with communications team to identify daily priorities to share visual story. • Deploy to the scene to seek out opportunities for photos/videos. Qualifications: • Prior experience in photography and/or video required. • Ability to be on call during disaster situations as needed to manage volunteers and secure photos/videos • Willingness to take photos/video of non-disaster stories • Excellent photography/video techniques and abilities • Ability to upload photos/video to online sites • Ability to meet deadlines - often same day or within 24 hours • Ability to communicate in a friendly and engaging manner • Willingness to interview subjects to provide detailed caption information • Experience with social media a plus • Video editing a plus

Middletown, NY

Through 5/31/20

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

Through 6/12/23