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VOLUNTEER SERVICE BUREAU OF WESTCHESTER INC (dba Volunteer New York!)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, Voluntarism Promotion, Youth Development - Citizenship

Mission: For over six decades we have encourage adults to serve, youth to build character, families to bond, young professionals to excel as leaders, mature adults to stay engaged and businesses to address community needs.

Results: We've inspired more than 19,000 people to give back to more than 500 nonprofits. We are now one of 10 regional volunteer centers in the state.

Geographic areas served: Westchester and the Mid Hudson Valley Region

Programs: Leadership Westchester, RSVP of Westchester, Corporate Support, Community Days of Service, VIP, Professional support for Nonprofit Volunteer Coordinators, Volunteer Spirit Awards, and more

Community Stories

96 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

mckenna84

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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

Rating: 5

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

Rating: 4

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.

Sarp K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Kyran Leo J.

Advisor

Rating: 3

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

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My Sisters' Place has had a long and successful partnership with Volunteer NY! They are a strong supporter of our needs and have always sent us dedicated volunteers. It is a pleasure to work with the dedicated staff at VNY!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Professional, friendly and diverse, Volunteer New York! is a wonderful organization and partner for the Westchester community. 5 stars!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very organized group with a great work ethic. Always reliable partners and pleasant to work with.

John126

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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