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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 seven decades we have encouraged 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: Since 2010 we have helped to inspire more than 2.5 million hours of service, supporting over 1000 local nonprofits, valued at $72 million to our community.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year we inspired more than 26,000 volunteers to give back, supporting more than 500 local nonprofits with over 275,000 hours of service valued at $8.7 million to our community.

Geographic areas served: Westchester, Rockland and Putnam

Programs: Leadership Westchester, RSVP of Westchester, RISE (Supporting young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities), Corporate Support, Community-Wide Days of Service, Professional support for Nonprofit Volunteer Coordinators and Local Nonprofits, Volunteer Spirit Awards Annual Volunteer Recognition, Youth Volunteer Guidebook App and more . . .

Community Stories

107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Lisa Watson
Library Media Specialist
Student/Community Liaison
Alexander Hamilton High School
Elmsford, NY

carlla

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Valerie MC

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Rating: 5

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!


Danielle M.9

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Julie S.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.
Thanks again,
Allison

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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!

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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!