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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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Lift up a Child's Voice; a Child's Life

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Orange, Sullivan and Ulster Counties is a volunteer program designed for residents who are over twenty-five years of age and are interested in monitoring the welfare of children involved in the court system as a result of removal from their home due to abuse and neglect. Some of our assigned children are at home with preventive services and some have juvenile delinquency issues. Most of the children we serve are in foster homes or relative foster care. We will be having a day training in February on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 am to 2 pm. In order to become a CASA, you must complete a 30 hour training and 10 hours of court watching. Afterward, you will be sworn in by the Family Court Judges. We are considered the "eyes and ears of the court" and "voice of the child" appointed to monitor court orders and the children. We submit written reports to the Judge on the well being of the children and attend every court hearing involving the family. We strive to gain permanency for these children, whether it is a return to their parent(s) or termination and adoption into a loving home of their own.

Middletown, NY

2/1/19 10:00 AM

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

Through 9/4/20

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

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

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