At St. Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry, parents and students ages 12 and older can adopt a senior resident, help with transport, do simple crafts with residents, or entertain residents by performing music. Cabrini Eldercare volunteers are special people, from assisting with various recreational programs to helping with clerical administrative tasks. Whether it is once a week or once a month, Cabrini volunteers give their time to benefit the nursing home, adult day health center, home care offices, and immigrant services programs. Call 914-693-6800 x592 or email [email protected]. 115 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry.
Advocate for Animals
Humane Society of Westchester, open 10am-4pm daily (except Thursday: 2-8pm), offers several ways to make a difference in the lives of homeless pets by volunteering. Adult volunteers (ages 18 and older), junior volunteers (ages 14-17), and family volunteers (parents/legal guardians with children ages 10-13 who work as a team) are welcomed and appreciated. Each group has a program designed for them with different orientations and guidelines, as various tasks around the shelter and in the community require your help. Orientations now have a maximum so spots must be reserved in advance. For more information on volunteering or fostering a pet, visit the website or call 914-632-2925. 70 Portman Road, New Rochelle.
Pet Rescue’s mission is to aid homeless, abandoned, and neglected cats and dogs, to nurture them in the foster care of volunteers, to provide veterinary care and socialization, and to place them in permanent loving and responsible homes. Pet Rescue also works to decrease the population of homeless dogs and cats through its spay/neuter programs. Families may help out around the shelter or they may foster dogs and cats to learn about them and help them to become more adoptable. For more information or to adopt a pet, call 914-834-6955, email [email protected], or visit the wbsbite.
The SPCA of Westchester is a no-kill shelter that provides shelter and rehabilitation for abused, abandoned, and lost pets, adoption services, low-cost spaying and neutering, and help with locating lost pets. Parents and kids ages 10 and older can volunteer to do pet therapy and take their own dog or a shelter dog to visit nursing homes. Volunteers are also needed for assistance with fundraising events and shelter beautification, including gardening, cleanup, painting, and trail maintenance. If you have a love for animals, there is a volunteer opportunity for you. Whether you are interested in dog walking, cat care, dog bathing and grooming, event planning, humane education, administrative work, or opening your home to a foster animal, the shelter can always use your help. For more information, contact Joanne Witmyer at 914-941-2896 x28 or [email protected]. 590 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor.
Operation Prom is an organization that makes a glamorous evening possible for students who could not afford it without a little help. Dresses and tuxes may be donated in order to help dress a student in need. Westchester County has one drop-off location, and your donations are greatly needed and appreciated. For location info and more details, visit online or call 914-672-3070.
Take the time to help others as you help yourself. Enlist your kids in the process of cleaning out their closets to donate old clothes. It can even turn into a fashion show to see what still fits. Take your kids with you when you donate the clothes so they can see the impact of their good efforts. Check with your local Salvation Army thrift store for instructions on donating clothes:
1022 Main St., Peekskill; 914-737-3022
36 N. Main St., Port Chester; 914-939-1620
562 North Ave., New Rochelle; 914-636-5615
745 S. Third Ave., Mount Vernon; 914-664-0800
29 Palisades Ave., Yonkers; 914- 969-4571
The Sharing Shelf, a program of Family Services of Westchester, collects new and gently used clothing from infants, children, and teens, sorts that clothing by size, season, and gender, then distributes it to children in need at no cost to the children or their families. The group currently serves more than 2,000 children each year from more than 50 schools, hospitals, and nonprofits and each recipient receives a week’s worth of seasonally appropriate clothing packed into coordinating outfits according to their sizing needs. The Sharing Shelf welcomes volunteers in its warehouse in Port Chesterand depends on volunteers to accomplish its work. It is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:30am-2:30pm, and most Saturdays. It is also able to create special hours for groups, schools, and corporations. Contact Deborah Blatt, program director, at 914-305-5950 or [email protected]. Learn more online.
Walk for a Cause
Head to nymetroparents.com/walks to find fundraising walks in your community. Walking together for a cause can bring your family closer together while supporting a worthy organization. It’s also a great way to get outdoors, add exercise, and make new friends. Most charity walks in the New York metro area take place in the spring and fall. Be sure to plan ahead, because the sooner you register, the longer you have to raise money for the cause. Coming up: March for Babies in April, Give Hope Walk in April, Kids Walk for Kids With Cancer in May, Walk Now for Autism Speaks in June, Great Strides: Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis in June.
Do Something Great
DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the United States that helps young people rock causes they care about. Kids ages 12 and older can take action all year through Do Something’s campaigns and their own projects (apply here). For more information, call 212-254-2390.
Do Your Kids Volunteer?
See the Westchester recipients of the 2016 NYMetroParents Caring Kids Awards and read their inspiring stories of community service and volunteer work.