Volunteer with FSW

How YOU can make a Difference…

Volunteers and interns at FSW are a diverse group of individuals and groups such as high school and college students, retired teachers and accountants, older adults, moms and dads, small business owners, corporate employees, recent immigrants, musicians and artists, high school service clubs, college sports teams and families.  Our more than 300 volunteers enable FSW to provide valuable services and programs to hundreds of children, adults and families every year.

Volunteer opportunities can be ‘done in a day’ or on a long-term basis.  You can interact with children in an educational setting or be a mentor to a youngster in the community.  We have several volunteer opportunities that require different levels of commitment.  Some opportunities such as being a mentor in our Big Brothers Big Sisters program require a one-year commitment.   In addition, we really value our volunteers and invest in them even before they are placed. We require that necessary paperwork be completed for all volunteers and some opportunities may also require fingerprinting and a medical report.  Training and orientation is unique to each program.  In any volunteer position it is helpful to make a serious commitment, giving yourself time to learn and contribute to achieve feelings of success and fulfillment.

Volunteer Opportunities

With more than 50 programs under FSW’s umbrella, there are many volunteer opportunities in a variety of venues and requiring different skills and time commitments. In the past volunteers have particuipated in

  • Thanksgiving dinner in a box drive
  • Toy drive for children at the holidays
  • Camp Viva Wish List- camp essentials for campers
  • Holiday gift drive for older adults at Maple House and the White Plains Guest House
  • Pajama and underwear drive for children and youth
  • Diaper drive for Early Head Start toddlers
  • Hat and mitten drive for 3 to 5 year olds
  • Children’s clothing drive to for The Sharing Shelf
  • Children’s clothing organizer at The Sharing Shelf
  • Fund raising events family style: car wash; magic show; bowling for dollars can raise funds for special activities and scholarships

We currently have the following volunteer positions listed and are actively looking for participants. Follow below links to learn more about each opportunity… *****UNDER CONSTRUCTION…LINKS TO COME*****

  • Big Brother Big Sister Mentor
  • Ride Connect Driver
  • Assistant Pre-school/Head Start Teacher
  • Assistant for Senior Outreach Program
  • If you are a veteran, you can receive a stipend and a living award in exchange for your volunteer service by enrolling in our AmeriCorps program
  • Foster/therapeutic care parents for children with social or emotional challenges
  • Friendly companion, entertainer and intergenerational activity assistants for older adults at My Second Home
  • Camp counselor at Camp Viva for a week in late August
  • Musicians and arts at The White Plains Guest Home or Maple House
  • FSWorks- WorkSearch Information Navigator
  • Music Instructor for Preschoolers
  • Sorting/Organizing Children’s Outfits for The Sharing Shelf


We have the below opportunities to volunteer over the 2015 summer and have a huge impact to add to your resume –

  • Human Resources/Administration
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters

Advisory Boards and Board of Directors

Volunteers serve as a liaison to the community and bring their skills and resources to the operations of the organization.  Board members are links to other individuals, foundations, corporations and resources.  Our boards and advisory groups include:

Family Services of Westchester strives to match a volunteer’s skills, interests and goals with the needs and resources of the agency.  We listen carefully to you; explore with you your desire to volunteer and open the door to the programs and services we offer the community so you can gain a thorough understanding of our mission and work.  We welcome individuals, families, businesses, corporations and civic and religious groups to become part of the family of volunteers of FSW.

To read about one of our featured volunteers, read our current Volunteer Spotlight.
To learn more about our featured corporate supporters and volunteers, read our current Corporate Spotlight.

For more information about volunteering at FSW, Contact:

Lynn Halpern, Director of Communications and Development Outreach