HG PTA Community Service Expo Organizations
- American Diabetes Organization
- United Way of Northern Westchester
- Wagon Road
- Pegasus Therapeutic Riding
- The Pleasantville Cottage Schools
- Richmond Community Services
- Ronald McDonald House
- omething Good in the World at Hilltop Hanover Farm
- The SPCA of Westchester
- St. Christopher’s
- The Symphony of Westchester
- Spiral Giving
- Teatown Lake Reservation
- New Castle Sustainability Advisory Board
- Northern Westchester Hospital
- NWH President’s Junior Leadership Council
- Open Door
- Ossining Childrens’ Center
- Chappaqua Library
- Chappaqua Summer Scholarship Program
- Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corp
- Community Center of Northern Westchester
- Crutches for Kids
- CSI Synagogue Community Garden
- Food Bank for Westchester
- Habitat for Humanity of Westchester
- Hammond Museum
- Hands Up for Haiti
- Historic Hudson Valley
- Hope’s Door
- Hudson Valley Community Coalition
- Indian Point Safe Energy Coalition
- Junior League of Northern Westchester
- Making Headway
- Millwood Fire Department
- Mount Kisco Childcare Center
- My Second Home of FSW
- Neighbors Link
- New Castle Historical Society
- The Bridge Fund of Westchester
- Cerebral Palsy of Westchester
- Chappaqua Cares
- Chappaqua Fire Department
- Chappaqua Garden Club
- Arc of Westchester
- Blythedale Children’s Hospital
- Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester
- American Red Cross
- WESPAC Foundation
- Westchester Martin Luther King Institute for Nonviolence
- Westchester Philharmonic
- White Plains Performing Arts Center
- Westchester City Department of Parks, Recreation
A-HOME reclaims abandoned buildings and renovates houses to offer an integrated approach to help low-income individuals and families move from crisis to self-sufficiency.
A-HOME promotes independent living within a network of community support. A coalition of 26 local civic and religious organizations supports A-HOME with funding and volunteers. A-HOME has renovated/built and now owns and operates 18 houses in Bedford Hills, Chappaqua, Croton Falls, Katonah, Mt. Kisco, Pleasantville, Thornwood and Vista, and manages one for the Blue Mountain Housing Development Corporation.
Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.
Evening or weekend opportunities may include:
- Overnight for School Groups
- Project Adventure Workshops for Professionals
- Adventure Team Building for Youth and Adults
- Overnight Respite for Developmentally Delayed Children Ages 7-17
- Summer Day Camp for children ages 6-13
- Special Events (EagleFest, Pancake Brunch and Plant Sale)
United Way helps local residents in Westchester and Putnam become self-sufficient and thrive in a stronger community. They start where people are most in need – helping people in crisis get connected to services through United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline.
They also work on root causes of poverty – working to make sure all of our children are reading proficiently at the end of third grade, a strong indicator of later success.
Additionally, United Way focuses on financial stability for families by providing adults with job training so they can become employed, help with prescription drug costs and by teaching financial education so they can prepare for unanticipated expenses.
The Children’s Aid Society helps children in poverty to succeed and thrive. They have been serving children for over 160 years, a longevity that is a testament to our ability to adapt to the ever-changing needs of today’s youth. Wagon Road’s programming excites the imagination, broadens abilities, and develops deeper self-understanding.
They bring children together to have fun doing interesting and challenging activities. The results are children see themselves as capable, happy people.
- CIT for Summer Camp,
- Stewardship and/or Trails (help manage our 1000 acre property buy maintaining trailways and pulling invasives),
- Teens in Teatown program (weekly project of choice and monthly meetings),
- Speak at County budget hearings in November Contact: Shawn Cribari, 914-941-0230, ext. 13
Pegasus provides equine-assisted activities and therapies to more than 225 children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities. We currently run programs at five chapters: Fox Hill Farm in Pleasantville, New York; Kelsey Farm in Greenwich, Connecticut; New Canaan Mounted Troop in New Canaan, Connecticut; Ox Ridge Hunt Club in Darien, Connecticut; and our 20-acre Pegasus Farm in Brewster, New York.
Pleasantville Cottage School on JCCA’s Westchester Campus is one of the oldest and most respected residential treatment programs in the U.S. Pleasantville also was home to the first psychiatric clinic in an American child care institution, and this tradition of innovative excellence has been a hallmark of the agency ever since. Pleasantville Cottage School is home to emotionally troubled boys and girls, ages 7-16. Its philosophy is that the child is part of a family that must be engaged and helped so that the child can safely return home permanently. We believe that most of the children in our care have strengths we can build on to resolve the problems that made it necessary for them to come into care.
Richmond Community Services, in partnership with all members of the community, supports children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families to achieve the highest quality of life through individualized services, life enhancing strategies, education, and advocacy, with particular expertise in meeting the needs of those with complex health issues.
For nearly 50 years Riverkeeper has been New York’s clean water advocate. Riverkeeper has one annual cleanup event each year, and promotes events in partnership with organizations. The number of volunteers needed depends on the event. Most of our events are one-time opportunities and take place on weekends between April and mid-October, with some winter/weeknight events.
The annual Riverkeeper Sweep event consists of over 2,000 volunteers cleaning up locations along 150 miles of the Hudson River at over 100 locations on the same day. The number of volunteers needed varies by Sweep site, however we can work to help find ideal locations for groups of any size.
To volunteer at any publicized events, no special training is needed, however folks (teens to any age) interested in taking their volunteering with us to another level may want to become a Riverkeeper Ambassador, who help us take our mission and education to new places.
CONTACT: Jennifer J. Benson, Education & Outreach Coordinator,email@example.com, (914) 478-4501
The Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley opened its doors in May 2011 and has served as a home-away-from-home for families throughout the Hudson Valley region and beyond. Our House is a critical part of a child’s treatment, providing
the ability for families to stay together. We provide our families with a low-cost, safe and comfortable home-like setting with the convenience of being steps away from the hospital. Our staff and volunteers are here to provide comfort and support to our families during the most difficult time of their lives.
Something Good in the World seeks volunteer assistance for farm-based education programs and projects. Interns help with educational programs for children ages 5 and older, at a variety of local, organic farms, primarily in Ossining and Cold Spring, NY. They also assist with gardening, sustainable agriculture and permaculture projects, planting, weeding, mulching, watering, harvesting, and chicken care, as well as with our alternative energy systems (wind, solar, and kid-powered). Our eco-friendly Envira Pod classroom is an off-the-grid mobile educational trailer, and provides opportunities for learning and discovering how to live with a zero carbon footprint.
Volunteer hours are primarily between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, however projects also take place in the late afternoons, evenings, and on weekends.
CONTACT: Barbara Sarbin, Educational Program Director, 914-217-9249,
St. Christopher's is a private, not-for-profit, secular youth services agency with a rich history in serving the needs of vulnerable teens and their families. We are dedicated to providing quality special education and comprehensive, coordinated residential treatment to young men and women who require an educational program outside a mainstream secondary school setting.
We are professional orchestra of more than 60 musicians, performing four separate classical music concerts throughout the year at Iona College in New Rochelle, Westchester, New York. We are known for our first rate and inspiring classical symphonic music concerts, world class soloists, exemplary outreach programs and the premiering of meaningful new works.
Join Spiral Giving Youth Philanthropy and learn about charitable giving and supporting issues important to you. Through our workshops you will look at local nonprofits and will learn to evaluate charities. You’ll also read grant requests and decide where to award grant money. Contact Sue Fuirst and Julie Gerstein at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. Program begins soon and meets monthly on Sunday afternoons in Chappaqua.
Teatown Lake Reservation provides environmental education, stewardship of Teatown's preserve, and regional conservation of the Hudson Hills and Highlands.
Teatown has several different volunteer programs including:
- Write letters to the editor
- Write letters and e-mails to County, State and US legislators
- Graphics and/or writing
- Contact our Development Director: Shawn Cribari, 914-941-0230, ext. 13 Advocacy
- Work on an event committee
- “Sponsor a Family”
- Contact our Social Worker: Terry Becker, 914-941-0230, ext. 12 Fundraising and Marketing
- Toy Drive
- Do you have a skill that you can share? e.g. Chess, music, dance, carpentry. Contact our School-age Program Director: Ana Kabashi, 914-941-4105 Holiday Giving Opportunities
- Seasonal arts and craft projects
- Help children with homework
- Give some special one-to-one attention to a child who needs some extra TLC. Contact: Gerri DeSilva, 914-941-0230, ext. 15
- Before- and After-School Program
- Read to children
- Preschool Program
- to work with the schools and youth groups of the community to enhance student interest in local history.
The Sustainability Advisory Board continues to advise the Town Board about policy administration of solid waste collection and disposal (residential, commercial, and governmental), recycling, and waste reduction.
Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH) provides quality, patient-centered care that is close to home Volunteer opportunities are during the week (Monday-Friday) anytime from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. There are no evening or weekend opportunities.
CONTACT : Ellen Muentener, Director of Volunteers, email@example.com 914-666-1925
The President’s Junior Leadership Council (PJLC) is committed to improving the health, safety and well-being of adolescents and young adults in Northern Westchester. Council members are liaisons between the hospital and their schools and serve as ambassadors to the community conducting outreach, prevention and wellness programs. Students are empowered to develop projects that are meaningful to them.
These projects allow them to work collaboratively to design and produce original programs and materials. This select group of teens also has the opportunity to meet and interact with hospital personnel, explore career opportunities in health and medicine, and gain skills to help prepare them for the challenges and responsibilities they will face as college students and beyond.
Door is the regOpen ion’s experts in all aspects of health, with a broad focus on building healthier communities. From prevention and wellness programs, to the treatment of
diseases, Open Door sees our primary mission as keeping the people of Westchester and Putnam Counties healthy and strong, regardless of their ability to pay.
If you love children, the Ossining Children’s Center has a volunteer opportunity for you! Caring volunteers help our children in a variety of ways. Whether you have a little or a lot of time to give, we’ll work with you to find the right “fit” for you.
- to encourage the preservation of historic buildings, monuments, and markers
- to communicate our knowledge of local history through exhibits, lectures and publications
- to promote individual and public interest and pride in our historic heritage
- to organize the collections and make them accessible
- to collect and preserve the old maps, books, manuscripts, pictures and artifacts that illustrate the life of the community in past years, and to collect such contemporary material as will be of interest to future generations
- to bring together those people interested in local history
- Junior Education: Helping children appreciate, understand, and relate to the natural world at a basic level, in order to help them make a connection between what they do and what happens in their environment.
Each summer we invite 16 to 20 promising New York City high school students to join our community. Our goal is to prepare them for the rigors of college. For three consecutive years, these specially selected students attend Horace Greeley Summer School in the mornings and participate in a range of recreational and cultural activities in the afternoon. The Program's primary objective is to broaden the students' horizons and widen their vision of the world while letting them see that there can be a bright, happy future ahead.
The Chappaqua Volunteer Ambulance Corps is a volunteer organization dedicated to
providing quality emergency medical services to the residents of New Castle and vicinity. Youth Corps members assist with patient care and transport. We consider both current sophomores and current juniors
The Community Center of Northern Westchester is a warm and caring place dedicated to helping neighbors in need. With the support of 28 sponsoring organizations, and the generosity and volunteer power of residents from all over Northern Westchester, we offer food and clothing, as well as other programs designed to meet the needs of those living in the Northern Westchester community.
We provide crutches to children in need around the world. 50 million children around the world can’t walk due to disease, trauma or poor health. We collect and distribute crutches to under-served communities around the world.
CSI has founded a community farm on 1.5 acres at the back of the synagogue’s property! The space and programs developed around the farm will provide opportunities for the community in many ways. A Farm Committee has formed and a fund has been created to help support the farm. Growing beds will be available for planting, and the spaces will be available for many uses and programs. Volunteers are needed to help with the new garden and with the farmer. (There is also a new chicken coop!)
For over 25 years, the Food Bank for Westchester (FB4W) has led the fight against hunger in Westchester County, serving 300 frontline programs that provide food directly to the 200,000 county residents who are hungry or food insecure. FB4W supplies 95% of all the food distributed annually across the region's food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and daycare and residential programs - delivering over 6.3 million meals to people in need just last year.
Habitat of Westchester is an organization of thousands of volunteers who seek to eliminate poverty and homelessness throughout Westchester County, and to make decent, affordable shelter a matter of conscience and public action. Habitat invites people from all walks of life to build houses in partnership with families in need.
The Hammond Museum was created as a foundation of support to promote global awareness and development of Eastern cultures with the West. It continues to reach out and support its wide community of artists and performers in the Greater New York Metropolitan Region.
Hands Up for Haiti is a medical humanitarian organization committed to making a sustainable and positive impact on the health of the people of northern Haiti. We do this by collaborating with and supporting the Haitian medical community by delivering direct care and educational programs to the communities that we serve. Volunteer activities exist throughout the year and include such things as working in an office to help with mailings, emails and invitations. We also welcome students with a knowledge of graphic arts and social media.
Historic Hudson Valley is a not-for-profit education organization that interprets and promotes historic landmarks of national significance in the Hudson Valley for the benefit and enjoyment of the public. In support of its educational mission, Historic Hudson Valley owns, restores, and preserves several sites that possess documented historical integrity, architectural distinction, superb decorative and fine arts collections, and exceptional importance of landscape and setting.
Hope’s Door is a private non-profit organization, which was founded in 1980 to provide
a safe haven and caring services to survivors of domestic violence. Hope's Door seeks to end domestic violence and to empower victims to achieve safety, independence and healing from the trauma of abuse.
The Hudson Valley Community Coalition works to build communities that foster social justice and cultural awareness. Working with immigrants in the Hudson Valley, they emphasize advocacy, leadership development and community organizing.
IPSEC is a coalition of environmental, health and public policy organizations, founded in 2001 to address the vulnerability of the nuclear reactors at Indian Point. Our concerns include both existing radiation releases and potential additional releases from either human error, aging infrastructure or terrorism, and the flawed, unfixable evacuation plan. IPSEC members are currently fighting the proposed 20-year relicensing of the aging, leaking reactors.
The Junior League of Northern Westchester is an organization of women trained for effective leadership in community activities and dedicated to the belief that volunteer service is an essential part of responsible citizenship.
When a child is diagnosed with a brain or spinal cord tumor, the whole family needs a
special kind of care and support. Our humanistic programs support children and their families from diagnosis through treatment and beyond. Children, siblings, parents and doctors rely on Making Headway to counter fear and discomfort with laughter and love; to replace confusion and bewilderment with understanding; and to make headway through each impasse to a place where the joy of being a child and the joy of being a parent are nurtured and shared.
The Millwood Fire Company protects the citizens of Millwood as well as a large portion of Chappaqua and Ossining. The Millwood Fire Company is a private department, whose members are on a volunteer-only status. Responding at any time of the day, our members disappear from their place of work and homes, leaving behind their jobs and families to proudly and professionally protect the Millwood Fire District.
Mount Kisco Child Care Center is a full day childcare and early education center. We serve children from 3 months old to 11 years old. We are a not for profit, and strive to make care affordable for all working families.
Each classroom can have one volunteer each weekday afternoon from 3:30-5:30. The afterschool can have two volunteers. The responsibilities vary depending on the age of the children. Volunteers can choose the age that they work with. They are asked to commit to coming on the same afternoon for six consecutive weeks. They can continue longer if they choose. We are a twelve month program. Summer hours for volunteers are more extensive and flexible.
CONTACT: Ruth Goodman, (914) 241-2135
My Second Home, established in 1998, offers a refreshing and innovative intergenerational approach to adult day services, and is an affordable alternative to assisted living or nursing home care. Our unique intergenerational day program — the only one of its kind in Westchester County and a model for the nation — offers older adults a safe, supervised, home-like environment with wellness activities, personal care, excellent nutrition, and transportation services.
The Neighbors Link mission is to strengthen the whole community by actively enhancing the healthy integration of immigrants. our strategy is to Educate, Empower and Employ immigrant families and individuals whose heritage is rich in family and cultural traditions but whose lives have been economically impoverished and educationally deprived.
The mission of the New Castle Historical Society is to discover, collect, preserve and communicate the history of the Town of New Castle.
More particularly, the Society’s purposes are:
- Garden Therapy: Preparing flowers to take to the Victoria Nursing Home in Ossining, and working with residents there to create floral arrangements to bring cheer to their rooms.
- Landscape Design: exploring different ways to design gardens, such as adding a water feature, installing a simple bird and butterfly garden. The group brainstorms and learns together.
- Horticulture: learning about cultivation and conservation of plants (particularly native plant species) and discussing issues in garden practices. This year, we begin a special focus on sustainability in our gardens.
- Flower Arranging: learning about the principles of floral design and creating arrangements for the home, personal enjoyment, flower shows and other Garden Club activities.
- Civic Improvement: working with the Town of New Castle to beautify green public spaces. We design, plant and maintain certain areas in the town.
- Sports, Fitness and Recreation.
These programs are designed to create a rich environment that will lead to academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.
The mission of The Bridge Fund is to prevent homelessness for vulnerable, working poor individuals and families who are threatened with the loss of their housing, but often do not qualify for emergency government assistance.
CPW is a leading provider of extensive disabilities related services and programs tailored for most individuals with a variety of conditions. Focusing on personal success,
community inclusion and the development of each individual’s interests, these programs include person-centered planning, life skills training, socialization, educational programming with a strong emphasis on recreational activities.
Our mission is to connect local philanthropic organizations with residents in the community who want to help with fundraising, donation drives and by volunteering. Our goal is to broaden awareness of our neighbors in need and facilitate successful interactions between the community and these organizations.
The Chappaqua Garden Club is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to the conservation of local gardens. The members can devote their free time among 6 main interest groups:
- Arts and Social Recreation
- Health and Life Skills
- Education and Career Development
- Character and Leadership Development
- in an emergency, there are always trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.
Our mission is to empower children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including individuals on the autism spectrum, to achieve their potential by strengthening families and encouraging personal choices, abilities and interests. Our vision is a world in which children, teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities including individuals on the autism spectrum enjoy fulfilled lives and an inspired future.
Blythedale is a nationally recognized leader in developing innovative, multidisciplinary inpatient programs. As one of only 19 pediatric specialty hospitals in the United States, Blythedale has the combined staff, expertise and resources – including the largest pediatric therapy department in New York State – to provide exceptional comprehensive care for medically complex children and support for their families
The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving youth, ages 6 months to 18 years, from more than 60 Northern Westchester communities. The Club runs high-quality, developmentally appropriate programs in five core areas:
- all members of our armed services and their families find support and comfort whenever needed; and
- everyone in our country has access to safe, lifesaving blood and blood products;
- our communities are ready and prepared for disasters;
- all people affected by disaster across the country and around the world receive care, shelter and hope;
- Students can organize their own fundraisers in support of an ADA event Volunteer coordinator: Susan Stein firstname.lastname@example.org (914) 253-4909
The American Red Cross, through its strong network of volunteers, donors and partners, is always there in times of need. We aspire to turn compassion into action so that...
Students can also volunteer as fundraising teams for these events
Special Event Volunteers – we have several planned throughout the year. – approx. 4-6 hours per event
Administrative office help and social networking assistance – approx. 4 hours a week
For nearly 40 years, WESPAC has been dedicated to progressive community organizing for peace through actions of justice. With an office in White Plains, WESPAC promotes peace and social justice and quality living conditions for everyone in Westchester County. WESPAC provides outreach and a space of gathering to empower those who are unheard and ignored and want to create change in their communities.
WESPAC supports and builds social justice movements in Westchester County and beyond.
General Internship Description
WESPAC interns work closely with the WESPAC Director on campaigns and programs. Responsibilities may include: planning campaign meetings; social media outreach; database entry; mailings, outreach, phone calls & emails; event organizing; and, Research. Past interns have participated in various activities including: food justice, anti-war activities, Middle East justice, campaign against fracking, and they have also volunteered with the annual Margaret Eberle Fair Trade Festival and have represented WESPAC at coalition meetings.
Inspired by Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, we facilitate nonviolent action for social justice and we learn and teach nonviolence as a way of life. We create safe
spaces in our communities that empower youth and adults, and support inclusiveness, courage and peace. Through collaborative relationships, we advocate for justice, equity and shared power for all. Our work increases awareness about violence in our communities and the power of using nonviolent alternatives.
The Westchester Philharmonic is the oldest, continuously running professional symphony orchestra and largest group of performing artists in Westchester County. Westchester Philharmonic seeks an intern to assist in its small but busy administrative office with a variety of projects, including: donor research and correspondence; marketing projects related to promoting season events; preparation of solicitation and promotional mailings; maintenance of fundraising and email databases; organization of archives; fundraising and concert event production support and other clerical tasks.
This is an excellent opportunity for high school seniors with a background and interest in music, performing arts, nonprofits, education, arts administration, marketing and fundraising. Qualified candidates will be independent; organized; possess excellent writing, computer and interpersonal skills and a demonstrated interest in the arts; and be enthusiastic and flexible.
An integral part of the revitalization and renaissance of downtown White Plains, White Plains Performing Arts Center was built to provide the community access to a full array of performing arts programs and activities year-round.
Westchester County is committed to preserving the natural environment through a host of initiatives designed to protect its thousands of acres of open space and the hundreds of species of plants and wildlife that thrive there. The conservation division plays a vital role in fulfilling this mission through a variety of programs and services. The office works closely with environmental and historical agencies and organizations along with a host of dedicated volunteers in these initiatives.