Spread Holiday Cheer With These Volunteer Drives and Opportunities

There is always a way for you to give back right here in Westchester

In September, we took a moment to ask you to lend local organizations a helping hand for the UN’s International Day of Charity. However, as unfortunate as it is, there will always be county residents struggling to get by, and a pressing need for your support all year round.  

So amid the season’s holiday festivities, we hope you’ll take the time to give back at one of the many volunteer drives and opportunities available here in the county, because with your help, everyone can have a chance to indulge in the holiday spirit.  


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Volunteer Your Time

Stuff a Stocking!
Family-to-Family, Inc., Tarrytown
Through December 16
Help stuff a stocking for a child or adult in need.


Food Bank of Westchester
Through December
There are plenty of opportunities to help with food packing or gift-wrapping.

The Food Bank of Westchester can pretty much always use a helping hand (or two). 


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Christmas Present Wrapping Volunteer Event
Community Church of the Pelhams, Pelham
Saturday, December 17, 2 pm – 3 pm
Wrap presents that will be donated to the New Rochelle Community Action Program for kids between 7- and- 14-years-old. If you can’t make the shift, gift donations will still be accepted.


Raise Funds to help the Hungry and Homeless
Bread of Life Food Pantry, Rye
Sunday, December 18, 9 am – 5 pm
Help the Bread of Life team in downtown Rye request cash donations in front of Starbucks and other Rye locations.


Help Serve Dinner at our Holiday Party
​Asociacion de Familias Hispanas of Tarrytown, Tarrytown
Thursday, December 15, 6 pm – 8 pm
Serve over 100 families a meal at the Asociacion de Familias Hispanas Holiday Party.

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Student Business Plan Coach
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Yonkers
Friday, December 16, 2016
Not everyone is good at gift-wrapping. If you have valuable business knowledge, you can work with high school students in small groups, helping them to clarify and refine their business opportunities in preparation for starting their business plans.


Holiday Party — Elves Needed
​YCOP of Mount Vernon
Friday, December 23, 6 pm – 8 pm
Celebrating its 5th Annual Community-wide Toy Drive, the Youth Community Outreach program could use some help with food and other family-friendly entertainment.


Westchester Christmas Dinner
Westchester’s Christmas Dinner, Katonah
December 23 to December 26
Volunteers are needed to provide a delicious dinner, clothing, toys, entertainment and Christmas spirit for our less-fortunate Westchester neighbors.


Sick Meal Delivery
Meals on Wheels, Ossining or Irvington
Saturday, January 14, 10 am – 12 pm
Pick up boxes of frozen meals from the Meals on Wheels parking lot and deliver them to the homes of individuals living with cancer. Must have your own transportation.


Be a Snow Angel — Volunteers who Shovel
Town of Greenburgh
Through March 31, 2017
The Town of Greenburgh is looking for people who have shovels and/or snow blowers who are willing to help an elderly or disabled resident.


Beth’s Buddies Homework Helper
Friends of Karen, throughout Westchester
Through July 23, 2017
Volunteers needed to provide weekly help with homework and reading for sick children and their siblings in lower Westchester and the Bronx. 

Volunteers helping with Friends of Karen’s Back-to-School program and Get Organized Bag project



Coats For Kids
Andrus Children’s Center

Care Package Drop Off for Troops Overseas
for United for the Troops with Volunteer New York!
Donations can be dropped off Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 5 pm

After-School Mentoring Snack Items Needed 
with Lifting Up Westchester, White Plains

Toy Drive 
with WestCOP Putnam CAP
Through Monday, December 26

Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive 
with Toys for Tots
Through Monday, December 19

Share the Warmth Drive 
Community Center of Northern Westchester, Katonah
Items can be dropped off at the center Tuesday through Friday, 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday, 10 am – 1 pm.

Holiday Food Drive 
with Community Center of Northern Westchester, Katonah
Items can be dropped off at the center Tuesday through Friday, 10 am – 4 pm and Saturday, 10 am – 1 pm.

Have a Heart Gift Drive
with Westchester Jewish Community Services
Through December 16
Seeking gifts for ages 7 through 9 and $25 Target gift cards to kids ages 10 through 18.

Mount Vernon Toy Drive
with Youth Community Outreach Program (Y-COP)
Friday, December 23rd, beginning at 6 pm.

Yonkers Sock Drive
with Aisling Irish Community Center, Yonkers
Through December 18

Our Wunderkinds event takes place on May 23!

Our Best of Business Ballot is open through May 15!

Our Healthcare Heroes Awards event takes place on May 9!

Our Westchester Home Builders Awards take place on April 4!

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum is March 14!

Unveiled: A Boutique Bridal Brunch is February 25!

Our Best of Westchester Elimination Ballot is open through March 6!

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