Jessica Friedlander really helped me get volunteers to my organization quickly. She's really helpful and very responsive. It's great to know Volunteer New York has such great person working for them.
Volunteer New York! is an incredible partner to Latino U College Access. They have helped our organization tremendously when it comes to fulfilling our volunteer needs - from getting our opportunities on their website and weekly newsletters to connecting us with hardworking and dedicated community members. The volunteers we gain from Volunteer New York! are reliable, passionate about our mission, and value making an impact in our communities. Volunteers are an essential part of fulfilling our mission and Volunteer New York! makes it so easy to connect with new and returning volunteers.
For H.A.W.T Muse, Volunteer New York has been an amazing support system. They are keen on helping the community and other local organizations achieve their goals. Everything from their supportive staff to the ample amount volunteer opportunities provided, are nothing short of AWESOME!!!!
Thank you VOLUNTEER NEW YORK!!!
- H.A.W.T Muse Inc.
Volunteer New York and Jessica Friedlander have opened my eyes to the endless needs in our community. Thank you to this wonderful organization and to Jessica for coming and speaking to my students. Her Be the Change program is inspiring and allows me to broaden the volunteerism I already do with my students. Thank you Jessica and Volunteer New York.
Library Media Specialist
Alexander Hamilton High School
When we were faced with high employee turnover, we reached out to Volunteer New York! to secure a pro bono consultant to conduct a survey of past employees to identify employee concerns. We secured a consultant who conducted that survey for us and issued a report with recommendations for what we could do to reduce turnover. Thank you Volunteer New York!
This review is of Volunteer New York. Volunteer New York is an important partner to our organization, JCY-Westchester Community Partners. They provide with a steady stream of great volunteers for our literacy mentorship programs. We are very grateful for their support, they are a wonderful organization!
The connections made. The service of amazing volunteers. The growth in providing for others less fortunate is a heartfelt and humbling expression of being presence in the moment-showing love for another. On September 8th at AFYA we had 30+ volunteers helping to sort, package and label the medical and hygiene supplies needed for victims of Hurrican Dorian. As the positive energy attracts positive energy, I was reunited with a friend whom I had not seen in over 15 years. And yes there she was helping, volunteering as the servant leader she is. The connections VNY! continues to have are all so valuable. They are priceless! Thank you VNY! it's my pleasure to serve as the Board Chair and more importantly to be a servant leader who loves to volunteer because of you VNY! Awesome experience which far exceeded my expectations! #911DAY!
Gramatan Village has consistently had an outstanding experience as an official host station for RSVP of Westchester. RSVP Director Wendy Armstrong could not be more helpful or accommodating in collaborating with us to meet the needs of the vibrant, older adults we serve. The enthusiasm that Ms. Armstrong has for her work is truly inspiring, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Volunteer New York! and RSVP of Westchester.
Volunteer NY! has been a wonderful resource for our young adults to find meaningful volunteer experiences. Lets all try to make this world a better place by searching their database and finding a not for profit that interests you! You will most certainly find meaningful opportunities and feel so good about helping others! Find your passion -search the VOLUNTEER NY! Website now!
The Westchester County Diaper Bank distributes diapers to families in need on a monthly basis. We continually receive donated diapers, which we repackage into a 1-week's supply. We place the diapers into a large zip lock bag then add a package of wipes along with two educational inserts. This work would not be possible without the help of volunteers from the community. We couldn’t fill our volunteer slots without the assistance of Volunteer New York! Each time we host an event, 20 or more people arrive to participate. These helpers learn about and spread the word about diaper need, and they often offer to host diaper drives. We attribute some of our growth to VNY! as their search mechanism is easy to use, and they publicize our events to an audience we wouldn’t otherwise reach.
Volunteer New York! is a phenomenal resource for finding meaningful volunteer and leadership development opportunities. They even hooked my nonprofit up with auditorium space for an upcoming event! Highly recommended.
For some time I have wanted to take a moment to thank all you, for all you do for the community.
I want you to know we found the speed dating event very helpful, we pursued 2 candidates . One, unfortunately accepted a board position at another nonprofit, but the other officially joined the WCA board in June. I look forward to next year as we are still searching for a treasurer.
Also, I really enjoyed the panel at Regeneron. It was a great opportunity to spread the work of WCA, but also hear and learn from colleagues.
I had worked with Volunteer New York in Westchester over the years, and I have always had a wonderful experience. Helping my clients find challenging volunteer opportunities in the community was so inspirational not only to them but also their peers. I now have the pleasure in working with the Rockland office, which is headed by Jessica Friedlander, who has been very helpful in getting my MHA Rockland Compeer posting for volunteers up and running. Thanks for all your help and encouragement!
Hello my name is veronica walters. I do volunteering at various places. On thursday I volunteer ed at the new rochelle high school. I was so welcomed by all the volunteers we worked as a team even tho it was our f i rst time. I also have to thank beth who helped me two weeks prio to the event. Thank yo u for having this service and I am so looking forwarf to volunteering in the future.
It is due to this agency that we are able to continue to do the work we do. They help us recruit volunteers, and are available whenever we have questions about using the database. They have even offered on-site visits to our locations when we really need some extra help. They are extremely passionate about what they do.
Review from Guidestar
My first interaction with Volunteer New York was when my school district's superintendent suggested I reach out. He thought that they could help identify volunteer opportunities for the high school students. I worked with Katie who was fantastic. In the end, we were able to use their fantastic site to post the volunteer opportunities so that students could sign up to volunteer on MLK Jr. Day of Service. It was from that point that I was hooked!
I met with Jennifer M. to discuss the organization at greater length. I then took advantage of a few volunteer opportunities and felt great about giving back.
She encouraged me to apply for Leadership Westchester and I'm in this year's class. I have enjoyed the class immensely.
All the staff I have met at Volunteer New York - Alisa, Jennifer, Katie, Jeannette and Tony - are truly amazing - thoughtful, smart and dedicated.
I am a member of the Class of 2018 of Leadership Westchester -this professional leadership development program offered by Volunteer New York is one not to be missed for any person looking to take the next step in their leadership journey. It has been transformative. This is just a small piece of the phenomenal work done by Volunteer New York, an organization that is so impressive in connecting non-profits and volunteers. Every initiative in which I have participated has been highly organized, inspiring, and fulfilling. The work they are doing is unmatched anywhere else.
Volunteer New York! is simply an amazing organization, both for individuals who want to volunteer, and for organizations in need of volunteers. I have experience working with volunteers who have signed up through VNY! and it is a seamless process. It creates meaningful connections for engaged folks, and it helps needy local organizations. Having supervised both individuals and groups in volunteer opportunities, and seen the tremendous work of volunteers, I can attest to the benefits it reaps for all.
I run a small not for profit in Westchester County called Destination: College. Our organization first met with Volunteer New York! about four years ago and they have been incredibly helpful to us ever since. Volunteer New York ! introduced us to a pro bono legal services organization in their network of partners and thanks to that organization ‘s help, we now have a great set of bylaws and a volunteer handbook. Volunteer New York! has sent wonderful volunteers our way and we are most grateful for that support as well. Their Volunteer Spirit Award Breakfast which we have attended for the past few years brings together over 600 people in the County who seek to make life better for all those who live here. Volunteer New York! runs that event, like every event of theirs I have been to, like clock work. This year they added a networking event to the breakfast that was also most useful to our organization. We can’t say enough great things about Volunteer New York! , its mission, its impact and its people.
We are a small non profit in Westchester County and have met and spoken with Volunteer NY! on several occasions in an effort to establish better practices for our organization and to obtain more volunteers. They have been nothing short of FANTASTIC on every level. Extremely responsive, organized and helpful. We cannot say enough good things about this organization and its staff. We are very grateful to them for the help they have provided us this year.
Volunteer NY! made our company's last minute holiday event a breeze. They simplified the process for us and helped us make a meaningful connection with our community. I highly reco using them!
Volunteer NY (VNY) has partnered with my firm for the past few years to organize volunteer events for our employees to work at The Children's Village (CV) in Dobbs Ferry. These events range from Holiday Celebrations to athletic competitions and artistic endeavors. VNY has been a wonderful partner in these events, helping to coordinate with CV as well as purchasing and organizing the supplies and activities. These events are as rewarding for the volunteers as the boys that participate and a great time is had by all.
Volunteer NY! has been a great partner to our company for many years. We received tremendous help on organizing community service events for tri-state area employees. They make volunteering easy and structured.
They have run several projects at our Audubon center over the years. They are always well organized and bring a groups of volunteers that really want to help. They have help us to accomplish many great things!
I've had such a wonderful experience with Volunteer NY! They carefully matched my experience and skills with wonderful agencies and an awesome project for a volunteer day that was sponsored by my employer. After the event, we kept in touch and the Volunteer NY! staff continued to open doors for me. They helped me take my volunteer role to the next level; they introduced me to another local agency where I was recently elected as a Board of Directors member. My leadership skills continue to grow and sharpen with these new opportunities and the best part is that I'm able to help others throughout all. I look forward to continuing to work with Volunteer NY! for a very long time!
Thank you to Volunteer NY! for providing volunteers to deliver meals for Meals On Wheels of Rockland County.
The volunteers from Volunteer NY! have always been kind, caring, and dedicated to delivering meals. Thank you for all you do!
I am the Pastor of the First Seventh-day Adventist Church of White Plains. We run a food pantry. We distribute Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, Can Foods, Choice Meats, Flowers and Love. these foods are contributed by Food Bank of Westchester, Trader Joe's of Scarsdale, Douglass DeCandia and other local farmers. Volunteers New York have forged a collaborative partnership with our pantry. They are consistent, effective, prompt and timely, professional, respectful, helpful and resourceful. They Work with care - love and dignity. Thank you Volunteer New York Especially Wendy, Hunger Coordinator. You deserve 5 stars, but our relationship has just begun and I know there is room for higher ratings. Yours Truly, Pastor Kyran Leo John With Sonya Ennis, Director of ACS Food Pantry.
Volunteer NY organized a fantastic experience for a group of our employees at the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester. We were able to maximize our time with the kids with activities that Volunteer NY organized for us ahead of time. It was a really impactful experience for our volunteers and we hope to do it again soon!
Volunteer NY! is staffed by some of the most dedicated and energetic people I have ever worked with. We at My Sisters' Place greatly appreciate our long term relationship with Volunteer NY! as they work tirelessly to help support our mission of assisting survivors of domestic violence. Whether they are working on volunteer projects or sending us capable volunteers we can always depend on the staff of Volunteer NY! to assist us in a caring and supportive manner.
United For The Troops (http://unitedforthetroops.org/) has been with Volunteer New York since 2010. They have been a tremendous resource for ideas, and sending us volunteers for our not for profit. We have always been confident in sending them people in our community and they have included us in many wonderful community projects.
Volunteer New York is a fabulous organization that has always been supportive of me professionally and personally. Recently I collaborated with Volunteer New York for a summer camp project for My Brother's Keeper in New Rochelle. I reached out to Volunteer New York as a resource and they gave me a referral to Camp Morty. The referral made a tremendous impact on the community of New Rochelle and Camp Morty. The camp's enrollment increased more than 50% from last year. Thank you Volunteer New York!
I recently interned for this amazing nonprofit and it was the best experience I've had interning so far. The dedication to the mission of VNY! that the staff showed was admirable. Being apart of that positive energy is something to definitely brag about. I was able to gain hands-on experience to the communications sector behind the nonprofit. From the moment my internship began to the 6 month mark, I felt a part of the team at VNY!. Thank you to all at VNY! for making my experience a great one!
Professional, friendly and diverse, Volunteer New York! is a wonderful organization and partner for the Westchester community. 5 stars!
I have been working with with Volunteer, New York! for 7 years. I have also been working with dozens of the not-for-profit organizations they help. Never have I heard a negative. Whenever the groups have reached out to Volunteer, New York!, the support to get, and keep volunteers was excellent, much appreciated.
For the last 5 years, I have participated in their Martin Luther King Day of Service. The 6 or 7 events at which I volunteered were well planned, well attended, and very worthwhile. The staff was always upbeat, helpful and accommodating.
Over the years, I have referred many organizations to them, and would not hesitate to do so going forward. It is one of the most professionally run organizations I have come across. And one of the most trusted.
Dealing directly with over 200 local non-profit organizations, I can attest to the invaluable service supplied by The Volunteer Center. Many organizations I deal with have no ability to get volunteer support for events or programs. The Volunteer Center lets them reach out to the community and bring in people who share the same values and concerns, and brings them together in a way where both sides benefit greatly. One of my first exposures to The Volunteer Center was at a 9-11 Day of Service volunteer event. Many of the small groups attending found desperately needed volunteers for their programs. Several I know in the animal rights field are very small groups, and were extremely grateful for the help and support. Keeping their program afloat is full time work, and the time and skill to get volunteers just isn't possible. The Volunteer Center gives them what they need to do their good works.
Review from Guidestar
Such a simple premise - matching eager volunteers with the non-profits who need their services - and yet so sorely needed. Many people say they'd love to help out more in their communities. Volunteer New York makes it exquisitely simple to do so. Whether you want to volunteer for a day (with your family, your colleagues, or solo), or establish a lasting relationship with a cause close to your heart (and in need of your skills), VNY helps make it happen.
I have worked with VolunteerNY for over a decade and they provide an easy and thorough connection to volunteer opportunities in three counties. Not only do they help individuals, they help other nonprofits in the area in get there volunteer opportunities publicized and connect them to each other. I would strongly recommend them to anyone looking to serve.
Patti Colombo, Manager of the RISE Program at Volunteer NY, reached out to us at the Arc of Westchester with a need of help for a 1-day volunteer project. Over the holidays, there were a massive donation of nearly 250 "sock bundles" (socks for the homeless wrapped around a water bottle) that needed to be delivered to The Sharing Community in Yonkers. We were more than happy to take this on.
The final result of this special project left me in awe. The volunteers were helpful and hands-on. What really left an impression on the volunteers, was having an understanding of how meaningful their hard work is. Patti took the time to explain to them the purpose of the tasks and how significant their work would be to others. This piece is very important as it instills motivation to complete the tasks and provides them with an improved well-being.
I'd like to quote the group leader working with the volunteers:
"It was perfect. They went into detail about the cause and the group was excited to help the less fortunate.”
The group leader also mentioned the volunteers were really interested in what they were doing and would like to do more.
This has been a wonderful experience for us! Thank you from the Choices Program at the Arc of Westchester!
What a great experience we had partnering with Volunteer New York on a Book Drive for our My Brother's Keeper New Rochelle initiative. Volunteer New York managed to have a moving company pick up books from many of the schools in our community, held a day-long drop-off of books for us at the local county center and then provided us with a dozen enthusiastic volunteers who helped us sort the thousands of books we received. With all the books that were donated, we were able to complete our Barbershop Reading program, set aside books for our 15 pop-up libraries and provide bags of books for 60 family daycare providers in our city. Thank you Volunteer New York!
Wonderful organization, they helped us meet our needs and a great experience for our employees. Julie was amazing
Great organization with great leadership for other non-profits, community groups, special causes and getting people to do the right thing. Very inspiring.
Volunteer NY! provides wonderful opportunities for doing good and amplifying the impact of your efforts by providing a platform to coordinate your activities with co-workers, family or members of your community and share the experience to inspire others. My first experience with VNY! was during the holidays, but they showed me that the spirit of generosity, giving and helping others is something that can be part of your life year-round.
Volunteer NY! is an incredible organization that promotes volunteerism in so many ways, First, their database of volunteer opportunities makes it so easy for potential volunteers to browse hundreds of listings to find the perfect volunteer job on their own. Second, they match corporate volunteer groups with non-profits who need help with specific projects, benefiting both the corporate employees with a meaningful volunteer experience, and the non-profit that gets its work done and meets a new group of supporters. Third, they actually create volunteer opportunities themselves with their Dr. Martin Luther King and September 11 Days of Service, lining up dozens of a great variety of volunteer projects to give people an opportunity to give back to the community to commemorate those occasions.
They also support non-profits in deeper ways. Their Leadership Westchester Program provides leadership training for people interested in taking their volunteerism to a higher level, and their new Board Speed Dating Event helps connect volunteers looking to become more deeply involved with a non-profit the opportunity to learn more about it.
Our organization, Furniture Sharehouse, has benefited greatly from our partnership with Volunteer NY! Many of our current warehouse volunteers came to us through the database listings. Our Executive Director is a graduate of the Leadership Westchester Program, and we have been the beneficiary of many of the Day of Service projects over the years.
Alisa Kesten and her incredible staff are committed to increasing volunteerism in a significant and meaningful way, benefiting Westchester's corporations, non-profits, those in need and those with time and talent to share to help them.
Yes She Can is a new nonprofit organization in Westchester County, NY. When I founded the organization I had very little experience in nonprofits. I was introduced to Volunteer NY and have benefited enormously from their guidance and support. Their volunteer database yielded wonderful volunteers for our organization. When Volunteer NY created their first "Board Speed Dating" event I jumped at the chance to participate. We were fortunate to meet many outstanding prospects and we now have one of the candidates on our board.
There's no other place in this county to get information about volunteer opportunities and good work being done here. The leadership Westchester program is a huge benefit to the whole county, because it's where leaders are made!
Wonderful experience, the staff is very warm and friendly. Volunteering never seemed so easy and fulfilling.
I worked with My Brother's Keeper sorting through books and setting up reading material for pop up libraries in my area. It was a cause that I greatly support and the other volunteers were truly invested as well.
Members of The Journal News editorial department spent half a day scraping and painting a 150-foot driveway railing recently. VNY was right with us, getting the proper materials in hand, working side by side and overseeing a smooth operation for the residents of a senior housing facility. All in all, the effort was rewarding and the teamwork smooth. Thank you.
This organization does an outstanding job of creating contribute meaningful experiences for volunteers by connecting them with a wide range of nonprofits.
I interned for about six weeks at the Volunteer New York! office and it was a very rewarding experience. The people working here are extremely kind and there is always so much to do. If anyone is looking for an internship I would highly recommend VNY! I was able to learn so much about how a non profit operates, and I had a lot fun doing it.
I had the privilege to intern at Volunteer New York! I immediately felt welcomed and valued into their vibrant and forward thinking culture. Volunteer New York! is particularly different in their approach to volunteerism as they have different departments that target particular social issues while making it easy for anyone to get involved in being part of the solution.
I was able to see and get involved in local corporate volunteer engagements and was happy to learn that public and private partnerships make a BIG difference in our communities.
If you are looking to get involved and influence social change in any capacity, Volunteer New York! is the place to go!
The most important skill I will take from my experience with VNY! is that spending your time doing something meaningful can really make a difference in someone’s life and in your personal life. Doing good truly makes you feel good. Volunteer New York has allowed me to completely implement all the social media skills I was taught to help effectively pass along the message of what volunteering means. I will use everything VNY! has taught me and transfer those skills into other jobs I may have one day. Social media can be overwhelming but it is a useful tool to have in today’s society and I have learned what an impact it can make for a company as well.
Volunteer New York! should be looked as a job recruiter but for volunteers. They are here to help YOU. Everyone goes above and beyond to help you find the best volunteer experience as well as take your qualities, talents and experiences into account. They assist you in every step along the way, all you have to do is say yes to volunteering!
We love to volunteer together. Volunteer NY has an opportunity for everyone! Thank you for all you do.
We are so grateful to Volunteer New York's support and promotion of our Birthday Giving Program! Hundreds of children benefited from the generosity of our Westchester neighbors all linked up by Volunteer NY! Kudos to your staff and team!!
Pam Koner, Founder
I have been volunteering for a little of over a year through Volunteer New York! It has been so rewarding to be able to give back to my community and meeting new people along the way who share the same vision.
The Volunteer of New York! Staff is passionate about the work they do which I have experienced at each event that I have attended. Their staff greets everyone with a smile and their excitement is shines through. Their staff is friendly, well organized, and extremely helpful. They have made me feel as part of a team that shares the same goal – to give back and help others.
Volunteer NY is an exceptional non-profit organization that provides a n extremely important service to non-profits and members of our community. It is a well-run organization and they assist with not only volunteer recruitment but also a host of resources for volunteers and those interested in volunteering.
Speed dating to match potential Board Members with non-profits was an excellent event. It was well run, generated enthusiasm and a great crop of individuals interested in volunteering time and talent.
The Volunteer Service Bureau of Westchester hosts a yearly Leadership program. I am a graduate of this program, Leadership Westchester (LW). This program identifies and trains leaders to carry out or participate in various volunteer opportunities upon graduation. I developed a job skills program for women in prison. I then started volunteering at a local prison. This has been a life changing event for me. I know this is also the case for other graduates of LW. I cannot thank the volunteer Service Bureau enough for providing me and others with tools we can use in our communities as active and effective volunteers.
Through LW and other programs that they run, the Volunteer Service Bureau connects community needs to willing individuals in the community. Their work is essential to a thriving community where so many volunteers are needed.
"Volunteer New York" recently held a really innovative event... or at least, I had never heard of it being done before. They called it "Board Member Speed Dating." It was a very informative, also fun event at which representatives from local not-for-profits sat at tables around the room, while members of the community who felt they might be in a position to join the organization's volunteer team circulated from one table to another in 12-minute increments. It was really well thought-out. I enjoyed each of my 5 "dates"!! and wish there were more hours in the day so I could follow up with them all. A GREAT way to quickly determine who you might like to volunteer with. Very professionally run: business attire, advance copies of resumes requested from us, prep info folders provided to us, brief social hour followed for networking and business card exchange. Fantastic event! I will definitely watch for it next year and enthusiastically recommend it to my personal network.
I had such a great time volunteering for VNY! Everyone is so passionate about the work they do and it is a very supportive environment. I had lots of fun promoting special events and would recommend that everyone volunteers and helps support the causes they care about!
We contacted Volunteer NY in the hopes of finding a volunteer for administrative type assignments. In a short time, i.e. we were contacted by a lovely young woman supremely qualified for our position. She has the right insights in to the sensitive type of work we do (supporting family caregivers in a hospital setting) coupled with a fabulous computer background. I am sure she will take on greater responsibilities as her many talents surface. We are so appreciative and so pleased!!