Volunteer Opportunities Of The Week: Blood Drive, Food Donation

Payton Potter

HUDSON VALLEY, NY — Each week, Patch will be highlighting a volunteer opportunity — or two — in the Hudson Valley. This will be a chance to help your community and be an opportunity to give back — perhaps in a way you didn't consider before.

And if you are in an organization that has some need for volunteers, be sure to let us know by emailing michael.woyton@patch.com.

This week we are putting the spotlight on a couple of opportunities in the Hudson Valley.

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As a reminder, in response to the ongoing new coronavirus crisis, Volunteer New York! set up a website so people can find opportunities to help in their communities. The Virtual Volunteer Center will act as a regional hub that lists community needs and volunteer opportunities that support the most vulnerable who are affected by the virus.

According to organizers, Volunteer New York! has been working closely with local agencies and county and state officials to ensure a coordinated response in directing those who want to help where their time and resources can do the most good.

There are many opportunities from which to chose, and organizers said people should check back often because it's a constantly changing public resource.

Volunteers are needed to help distribute food to the community through LIFT Progressive Services Group Inc., a nonprofit serving the Mount Vernon community and formerly incarcerated people.

Weather permitting, volunteers will be called to help unload a delivery van, bring donated items into the food processing area and distribute food.

Volunteers are needed to man LIFE Progressive Services Group's pop-up shops, which raise money for the organization's re-entry for formerly incarcerated people. Volunteers will help with everything from setting up the shop to monitoring sales. Shifts range from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in three-hour slots.

An emergency blood drive will be hosted in Larchmont through the American Red Cross Metro New York Chapter in June. Every donor will have his or her temperature checked before making a donation. Donors with a temperature of 99.5 degrees or higher will be turned away.

Volunteers are needed to help out in a number of ongoing campaigns, including some not listed above. Visit the Volunteer New York! website for more information and volunteer opportunities.

This article originally appeared on the New Rochelle Patch