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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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Make A Difference Day at NAUC

Assist with Saturday Morning Enrichment Club- Programs for youths from pre-K- 6th grade. Assist Youth Counselors in leading activities in art, chemistry, engineering, computer programming, music, literature, sports, and more.

Newburgh, NY

10/27/18 8:00 AM


10 Volunteers needed from 11:45am-5pm. A bakeoff event that brings bakers together for a cupcake competition. All attendees are encouraged to taste test a variety of cupcakes prepared by the bakers participating in the competition. Volunteers are needed to assist at the refreshments table and set up and clean up.

Newburgh, NY

10/27/18 11:30 AM

Ann Street Gallery Intern/Volunteer

Ann Street Gallery, a contemporary art gallery specializing in established and emerging artists, innovative exhibitions and programs, seeks a part-time (3-4 days a week) gallery intern/volunteer. Interns/volunteers learn all aspects of gallery management and gain exposure to the visual art world while working closely with a small professional staff. The Ann Street Gallery is located at 104 Ann Street, Newburgh, NY

Newburgh, NY

Through 8/17/19

United Way Ambassadors

Become a United Way Ambassador! Call Emily Sassano today at 845-471-1900 ext. 3104 Ambassadors will work closely with United Way staff to help us further fulfill our mission of fighting for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. Ambassadors may get involved with... - Community outreach (tabling events, public speaking engagements, social media) - Administrative support (mailings, thank you calls) - Fundraising activities (campaign presentations and management) - Volunteer events (Days of Caring Leaders, Days of Sharing volunteers) - Special events assistance (Assist with our Campaign Kick-Off Breakfast and Celebration of Service Dinner) - Professional development opportunities provided throughout the year And plenty more! However you wish to lend your time and talent, we want you on our team! Ambassadors will be given opportunities to improve their public speaking skills, further engage with our community, and be part of a network of like minded individuals dedicated to civic engagement and philanthropic work. Learn more about this opportunity on Tuesday, September 11th 10am-2:45pm: - Involvement in a special community service project at Poughkeepsie Farm Project (Lunch provided after) - Welcome from United Way's CEO & President, Jeannie Montano. - A presentation from one of our funded partners. - An opportunity to learn from staff about United Way and how we LIVE UNITED! Training will start with the volunteer project from 10am-12pm at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project. Training will then continue at the Adriance Library in Poughkeepsie where lunch will be served. For questions please contact Emily Sassano at 845-471-1900 ext. 3104 or esassano@uwdor.org.

Poughkeepsie, NY

Through 8/1/19

Herb Gardening at Poughkeepsie Farm Project

Join our team of herbalists and herb enthusiasts to tend Poughkeepsie Farm Project's Meditation Garden. Our Meditation Garden is home to an array of culinary and medicinal herbs. In addition to offering workshops on herbalism, we use PFP-grown herbs to make healing body products like peppermint lip balm and comfrey salve. We get together weekly to weed, plant, water, and harvest while talking about herbs and how to use them.

Poughkeepsie, NY

10/24/18 4:00 PM +more

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

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

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

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

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