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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

83 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Advisor

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization, they helped us meet our needs and a great experience for our employees. Julie was amazing

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization with great leadership for other non-profits, community groups, special causes and getting people to do the right thing. Very inspiring.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Matthew71

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended Leadership Westchester and was more than blessed. My life was literally changed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 3

We attended a "Board Speed Dating" night, but were unsuccessful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful experience, the staff is very warm and friendly. Volunteering never seemed so easy and fulfilling.