VOLUNTEER SERVICE BUREAU OF WESTCHESTER INC

Connect. Serve. Grow

aka Volunteer New York!   |   Tarrytown, NY   |  www.volunteernewyork.org

Mission

Volunteer New York!'s core mission is to inspire, mobilize, and equip individuals and groups to take positive action to address pressing challenges, support nonprofits and strengthen the quality of life in our community. Volunteer New York! is a one-stop resource devoted to increasing volunteerism in Westchester and our surrounding communities. We encourage adults to serve, youth to build character, families to bond, young professionals to lead, mature adults to share their wisdom and businesses to support our community. Through organized volunteer projects, as well as by connecting individuals to nonprofit organizations, Volunteer New York! helps people, businesses and groups take action to strengthen the quality of life in their community.

Ruling year info

1957

Executive Director

Jeanette Gisbert

Main address

220 White Plains Road 2nd Floor

Tarrytown, NY 10591 USA

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EIN

13-6165593

NTEE code info

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Volunteer New York!'s core mission is to inspire, mobilize, and equip individuals and groups to take positive action to address pressing challenges, support nonprofits and strengthen the quality of life in our community. We encourage adults to serve, youth to build character, families to bond, young professionals to lead, mature adults to share their wisdom and businesses to support our community. Through organized volunteer projects, as well as by connecting individuals to nonprofit organizations, Volunteer New York! helps people take action to strengthen the quality of life in their community. Last year we inspired more than 35,000 volunteers who helped contribute over 360,000 hours of service to 500 local nonprofits at a value of over $11.7 million to our community. Our values: At Volunteer New York!, we value community and we value volunteerism. Our beliefs: We believe that: • Everyone can serve • Volunteering is transformational • Relationships matter

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

National Days of Service

We participate in the 9/11 National Day of Service & Remembrance and the MLK Day of Service. During each, we engage hundreds of volunteers at dozens of projects through our region with a special emphasis on Westchester, Putnam and Rockland.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A national and international program connecting adult volunteers age 55 and over with the needs of nonprofit agencies in Westchester.

Population(s) Served
Adults

For existing nonprofit organizations, we provide support, referrals and benefits to help grow and develop toward mission. We also promote special event volunteer needs and direct skills based volunteers to serve.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Nine month intensive curriculum focused on professional development and personal growth with an emphasis on joining nonprofit boards.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We partner with companies large and small to develop meaningful community outreach efforts that address vital issues. Our staff customize high-impact corporate days of service and support new and burgeoning Employee Volunteer Programs to meet corporate responsibility goals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Held annually during National Volunteer Month in April, our prestigious volunteer recognition event and benefit honors the very best in volunteers and volunteerism in our area.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Volunteers have a valuable role in the community and can use that work to bolster their resumes. The JRTV program helps job seekers interpret their relevant volunteer experience to bolster their work histories while building social and human capital.

Candidates for JRTV include, but are not limited to adolescent job seekers, victims of domestic violence, persons with developmental and/or physical disabilities, persons recovering from substance abuse and persons who are unemployed.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Adults

The RISE program offers volunteer placements for young adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities -- to give them extra support and to ensure a successful experience as they gain skills volunteering, which can lead to better employment opportunities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Governor's ROSE Award for Service Excellence 2010

New York Governor David Paterson

Mid-Hudson Valley Regional Volunteer Center 2011

New York State Commission on National and Community Service

Affiliations & memberships

Hands On Network 2004

Points of Light Foundation 2004

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our most recent strategic planning process, completed in February 2019, set forth the following Priority Focus:

Retention of members of the Volunteer New York! community is the priority focus of this Strategic Plan. The volunteer is the primary stakeholder in our community. Ensuring a positive volunteer experience with one of our nonprofit partners, where the volunteer understands Volunteer New York!’s role and feels connected to us is essential to retaining the volunteer in the community and activating them to become a potential donor as well. Our community extends to other individuals beyond volunteers who are also important to retain. These stakeholders range from Leadership Westchester participants, financial supporters, our professional staff, and corporate partners to web site visitors who enter their email address and those who create a profile and sign up to get our e-newsletter. Under the framework of this Strategic Plan, Volunteer New York! will concentrate efforts to retain community members and strengthen their ties to the organization.

GOALS AND STRATEGIES

In order to promote retention over the next 3 years, Volunteer New York! will concentrate efforts to strengthen individuals' and volunteers' ties to the Volunteer New York! community aiming to increase their participation in our programs and services as well as their overall support (financial, in-kind, or volunteer) for the organization. These efforts will contribute to the overall sustainability of the organization.

Below are the goals and strategies for the next 3 years. An Appendix includes an implementation plan that details actions, implementation timeframe, and who is responsible.

Goal 1: Improve the Volunteer Experience with Volunteer New York!

At the heart of our work at Volunteer New York! is providing access to meaningful and quality volunteer experiences for individuals of all ages and abilities. Volunteer New York! will identify areas for improvement in the current volunteer experience and utilize technology and communications strategies to foster connectedness to the Volunteer New York! community and brand.

Strategy 1-A: Evaluate the current volunteer experience to identify strengths and weaknesses

Strategy 1-B: Implement technology solutions to enhance the volunteer experience and engagement of other individuals with the Volunteer New York! community

Strategy 1-C: Build a more cohesive and consistent communications routine for all programs and initiatives

Strategy 1-D: Implement concrete actions to build on strengths and address weaknesses identified in Strategy 1-A

Goal 2: Convert Individuals with Some Connection to Volunteer New York! to Take Additional Actions

Through extensive outreach efforts, thousands of potential volunteers and supporters are introduced to Volunteer New York! each year, and these connections are maintained in a Salesforce database. Volunteer New York! will concentrate efforts to convert these potential volunteers and supporters into active members of the Volunteer New York! community.

Strategy 2-A: Activate individuals with some connection to Volunteer New York! through predefined points of engagement

Strategy 2-B: Activate individuals with some connection to Volunteer New York! as well as volunteers to take additional action(s)

Goal 3: Strengthen Nonprofit Relationships to Improve Retention and Achieve Goals 1 & 2

Volunteer New York! serves the nonprofit sector by fostering connections and strengthening organizational capacity. Volunteer New York! relies on its nonprofit partners to provide positive volunteer experiences for the Volunteer New York! community as well as provide participation and impact data back to Volunteer New York!. Volunteer New York! will strengthen the nonprofit sector through knowledge exchange and strategic connections.

Strategy 3-A: Collaborate with nonprofits that offer quality volunteer opportunities and experiences

Strategy 3-B: Support volunteer managers to increase positive volunteer experiences

We have a talented and experienced staff and engaged board of directors. Our financials are in order and we have a firm commitment to smart and balanced growth.

Recent programmatic highlights include:

Our Readiness Thru Integrated Service Engagement (RISE) program engages individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in volunteer service to build community and job skills. We partner with several agencies that support individuals with IDD and provide weekly group volunteer opportunities, one-time day of service opportunities and referrals. The program opens doors for these agencies and supports volunteer managers to think about and expand opportunities for everyone to serve. RISE volunteers play an integral part in our internal volunteer program and continue to be a great volunteer source for us.

In the fall of 2018, Volunteer New York! hosted our 4th annual Board Speed Dating event and the 2nd annual board boot camp. This event has grown from an one-day speed dating event to including board member training in two boot camp mornings, so that potential candidates are better prepared to be a board member and evaluate options. Thirty-two people participated in Board Speed Dating and met with representatives from 17 nonprofits, resulting in 123 board connections that the nonprofits are exploring. We followed up with the participants and the nonprofits after three months and learned that 13 individuals have joined boards for 9 nonprofits. We will follow up again at the six month mark to see additional results. The 2017 event resulted in 20 board placements. Previously, our Executive Director would meet with individuals who expressed an interest in joining a board and make connections based on needs and interest. This process was time consuming and results in 7-10 board members placements a year. By focusing on board boot camp and speed dating, we are more impactful while freeing up staff time.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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VOLUNTEER SERVICE BUREAU OF WESTCHESTER INC

Board of directors
as of 11/30/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Valerie Mason Cunningham

Susan Kushner

Joseph Ali

PKF O'Connor Davies LLP

Valerie Mason Cunningham

Abbe Stein

No Affiliation

Jonathan Hotz

Michael Grossman

MAG Real Estate Advisors, Inc.

Joanne Taylor

Senior Helpers

Julia Emrick

Westchester County Association

Ally Gallin

No Affiliation

Jay Glassman

Jill Gottlieb

Northern Westchester Hospital

Joanne Kirkpatrick

Alissa Kosowsky

New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Robert Pisano

Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Steven Sonet

Levy Sonet Siegel LLP

Michael Welling

Meridian Risk Management

Rosemary Byrnes

WMCHealth

Kathy D'Agostino

Win at Business Coaching, LLC

Tara Fappiano

Attorney at Law

Ed Forbes

USA TODAY Network

Lew Koflowitz

Carmen Martinez-Lopez

Westchester Community College

Grant Mitchell. MD

Mount Sinai Beth Israel

David Ritacco

PCSB Bank

Amy Seiden

Mark Seiden Real Estate Team

Nancy Street

With You Designs, LLC

Felix Tapia

Robison Oil / Singer Energy Group

Daniel Zelem

Zelco Technology Advisors, LLC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/30/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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