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!