Long Island Volunteer Center &
Nassau County Firefighters Museum
6th Annual Blood Drive Helps Save up to 66 Lives
140 Comfort Kits for
Homeless Veterans also Created!
Event Recognized September 11th as a
National Day of Service & Remembrance with
47 volunteers lending a hand
Hempstead, N.Y. – September 14, 2016, The Long Island Volunteer Center (LIVC) and the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center in conjunction with Long Island Blood Services hosted a Blood Drive on Monday, September 12th from 2:00pm to 8:00pm. The Blood Drive was held at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum in Garden City as a poignant way for Long Islanders to pay tribute to 9/11 victims and heroes. In all, 22 pints were donated which, according to blood donor statistics, will help save the lives of up to 66 individuals.
Another feature of the commemorative Day of Service was assembling 140 comfort kits for homeless veterans served by Beacon House at the Northport VA. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) reports that one out of every six people in a U.S. homeless shelter is a veteran. The harsh reality is that those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces are 50 percent more likely to fall into homelessness than are other Americans.
Publishers Clearing House adopted the event as a corporate day of service while the LIU Post Long Island Volunteers Service Club secured the comfort kit items including toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, and socks among other personal necessities. Nassau Community College sent volunteers from their faculty, the Veterans Club, and the Nursing program to assist with the comfort kit assembly and wrote letters to veterans to accompany the kits thanking the veterans for their service and sacrifice. LIVC’s AmeriCorps Ready Corps member, Lindsay Ehrenpreis, handed out American Red Cross emergency kits to all blood donors and UPS emergency preparedness kits to volunteers who who assembled the comfort kits as a thank you for their participation. WBLI set up a remote display with music to “pump up the volume” for all things volunteer. The radio station also took photos to post and provided giveaways for event attendees.
A special aspect of the event unfolded when a representative of the Points of Light (www.pointsoflight.org), Eric Nankervis, Director of Disaster Services, visiting from Atlanta headquarters, presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award to LIVC’s Youth Programs Coordinator, Caitlin Bowe, who was surprised, delighted, and humbled all in the same instant. LIVC is a member agency of the Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service mobilizing millions of people to take action and change the world. (President’s Volunteer Service Award Presented to LIVC’s Caitlin Bowe at September 11 Commemorative Event)
As is their customary practice, Publishers Clearing House also got into the recognition “sweep” with a virtual knock on the door and presentation of a very large check with balloons on behalf of LIVC to Points of Light. The check represented the value of volunteer hours accomplished from 2011 through 2015 under the Volunteer Generation Campaign, a New Yorkers Volunteer initiative, which engaged LIVC as its regional volunteer center to raise the profile of volunteerism and increase the number of new volunteers to 153,000. Newsday tracked the progress through its monthly Volunteer Nation series. (www.newyorkersvolunteer.ny.gov)
The LIVC team (led by Simone Leo and comprised of Caitlin Bowe, Lindsay Ehrenpreis, Patricia Force, Megan Messano, Patricia Moynihan, Elisabeth Muehlemann, Diana O’Neill, Judi Sloan, and Rich Schneider) sends a hearty thank you to the 47 volunteers who assisted at the blood drive and comfort kit assembly service project and to the following contributors who helped make the event a touching reminder of what brings community together at the “intersection of passion and purpose” as touted by Points of Light:
American Red Cross
California Pizza Kitchen of Westbury
LIU Post Long Island Volunteers Service Club
Long Island Blood Services
Nassau Community College
Nassau County Firefighters Museum
New Yorkers Volunteer
Okorn Family Foundation
Points of Light
President’s Volunteer Service Award
Publishers Clearing House
Starbucks of Stewart Avenue in Garden City
If you would like to assist with efforts to address an urgent need for blood in our region:
Use this link to find a convenient blood drive: https://drm.nybloodcenter.org/PublicScheduler/ and enter your zip code
Use this link to host a blood drive and to find all the information you need to get started: http://nybloodcenter.org/support-us/host-drive-copy/
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