President’s Volunteer Service Award at the
Long Island Volunteer Center
September 11 Commemorative Event
Award presented by Eric Nankervis of Points of Light and
Diana O’Neill of Long Island Volunteer Center
Nassau County Firefighters Museum, Garden City, New York
2 pm, September 12, 2016
Garden City, NY; September 12, 2016 – An earned, not honorary, award. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes American citizens and legal residents of the country for volunteer service in bettering our communities and our world. Encouraging the public to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition, The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the most prestigious volunteer award currently associated with the White House. An initiative of the Corporation for National and Community Service on behalf of the President of the United States, the award program seeks to inspire by example, honoring the service of committed volunteers and sharing their achievements to encourage more Americans to volunteer. Recipients receive a personalized certificate, an official pin, and congratulatory letter from the President of the United States. The awards are made possible by the Long Island Volunteer Center’s national organization, the Points of Light, which is a certifying organization.
The Long Island Volunteer Center is recognizing Caitlin Bowe, our volunteer Youth Programs Coordinator, as part of the commemorative September 11 service event at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum.
Caitlin Bowe took on the Youth Programs Coordinator volunteer position in September 2015 with energy, enthusiasm, drive, and ingenuity. Concurrent with completing two service projects at the Northport VA homeless veterans’ residence (one an MLK National Day of Service event that HandsOn Network did a Facebook post promotion about), she did all the groundwork needed to create a service club at her university, the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. Below are details about club activities to date:
Youth Volunteer Coordination – LIU Post Long Island Volunteers Service Club
2/4/16- Officially a club at LIU Post
2/16/16- Made gift bags of donated supplies for the Northport VA Medical Center. Over 50 bags worth of supplies were created to distribute to 50 homeless veterans that temporarily reside at the Northport VA Medical Center. 15 volunteers helped create these bags in Humanities Hall at LIU Post.
2/19/16- Served hot meals and distributed over 50 bags of supplies to homeless veterans at Northport VA Medical Center. $500.00 worth of supplies were donated to the veterans. Six volunteers came to the Northport VA Medical Center to distribute meals and supplies to the veterans.
3/15/16- Bake sale in Hillwood Commons at LIU Post to benefit Prom Boutique. Eight people volunteered at this event and distributed receipts, Long Island Volunteer Center tee shirts, and literature about the non-profit organization as well as our club’s information. Several signed up to volunteer with us. At our previous bake sale, prior to the clubs creation, President Cline personally donated to us.
4/01/16- Shopping for dresses, jewelry, and heels for Prom Boutique at Nassau Community College. Dresses, clutches, and heels were purchased for Long Island High School Students who do not have the means to afford them. Four volunteers came to help purchase extra large dresses and heels size 11 and up.
4/05/16- Bake sale in Hillwood Commons at LIU Post to benefit Prom Boutique. $100.00 was raised and used towards Prom Boutique. Four volunteers helped bake and run the bake sale.
4/07/16- Dress collection drive at LIU Post. Distributed boxes in each of the dorm rooms on campus as well as Hillwood Commons for drop-off of dresses. Through donations from people at school, work, friends, and family we received 52 dresses, 32 shoes, and 6 clutches to be donated.
4/11/16- Alex and Ani Fundraiser at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City. Over 38 people attended the event and over $1,500.00 worth of merchandise was purchased. Of that amount, 15% of every purchase was donated to the Long Island Volunteer Center.
4/14/16- Prom Boutique at Nassau Community College. Five volunteers came to clean up after the Prom Boutique at Nassau Community College.
4/17/16- Admitted Students Day at LIU Post. Distributed paperwork, displayed pictures, and supplied baked goods on the table. Several were interested in joining the club.
For all this hard work, Caitlin was awarded The Elisabeth King Award in recognition of her involvement and dedicated leadership to the LIU Post Community at a Student’s Awards Ceremony/Reception held April 25. Additionally, she has been a member of the School of Health Professions and Nursing Dean’s List every semester and was also inducted into the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges National Honor Society for her academic achievements, leadership and volunteerism.
Caitlin was also interviewed by a Stony Brook University journalism student for an on-line article about her contributions to the prom boutique and organized a raffle fundraiser for LIVC’s volunteer celebration at a recent Paint Night. At today’s commemorative September 11 event, Caitlin organized the service project to create comfort kits for homeless veterans.
We all need someone to look up to. Volunteers are the backbone of the Long Island community, meeting critical needs and helping improve the quality of life for all Long Islanders. Caitlin Bowe is a shining example of the humanitarian spirit who brings out the best in everyone because she chooses to care and shares her time and talents to make a difference on Long Island.
About the Long Island Volunteer Center:
The LIVC is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round and its services are provided free of charge. The LIVC collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders. LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities. For more information, contact the Long Island Volunteer Center at 516-564-5482 or visit: www.longislandvolunteercenter.org