Ninth Annual Long Island Volunteer Fair to Celebrate Make A Difference Day!
features over 40 participating agencies
Long Island, NY – October 5, 2016 – In celebration of Make A Difference Day, which was started in 1992, the 9th annual Long Island Volunteer Fair will be held at Nassau Community College from 10 am to 4 pm, Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Over 40 nonprofit agencies will be staffing exhibits in the College Center Building (CCB) Multi-purpose Room to recruit students, staff, and community members for a wide array of volunteer activities including opportunities to work with animals, youth or seniors, to help at museums, soup kitchens, or shelters, to join an emergency preparedness group, become an advocate for special needs, or protect the environment.
Sponsored by Newsday and organized by Nassau Community College (NCC) and the Long Island Volunteer Center, the fair provides a one-stop venue for attendees to connect to community needs, grow professional skill-sets, and pursue personal goals by giving back. A book drive to benefit The Book Fairies will be held and an emergency preparedness kit building service project will be conducted. The assembled emergency preparedness kits will benefit the Hempstead Boys and Girls Club. A food drive to benefit the NCC Food Pantry is specifically calling for the following items: granola bars, microwaveable meals, jarred sauce, crackers, peanut butter and jelly. Leo the Lion, Nassau Community College’s mascot, will be at the fair to cheer on volunteer engagement.
NCC President, Dr. W. Hubert Keen, will officially kick off the fair and recognize recipients of Beacon of Hope Awards to Kenny English, Marissa Hiruma, and Raquel Wolf Jadeja; President’s Volunteer Service Awards to NCC Student Veterans Roselle Able and Harrington Newman, and a Daily Points of Light Award to Jon Siebert of Friends of Long Island.
Door prizes (donated gift baskets) will be distributed every half hour for attendees to the event.
Now, more than ever, it is time for Long Island to reinvest in its future. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, Volunteering in America report, New York ranked last in the nation for volunteer participation rates. The Governor’s Commission on National and Community Service has made volunteerism a high priority issue. The upcoming 9th annual Long Island Volunteer Fair is one of the regional strategies in response to the state call to action. A collaborative effort with Nassau Community College, the fair supports the SUNY applied learning initiative to increase community service and opportunities for service learning and internships.
With appreciation to:
Association for Professional Volunteer Administrators
Corporation for National and Community Service
LIU Post Long Island Volunteers Service Club
Long Island Volunteer Center
Nassau Community College
Nassau County Office of Emergency Management
Nonprofit Voice 103.9 FM
Points of Light
St. Vincent de Paul
Teachers Federal Credit Union
From the Make a Difference Day National Sponsors:
TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) will partner with the Arby’s Foundation and Points of Light for Make A Difference Day. Make A Difference Day is one of the largest annual single-days of service nationwide. In their inaugural year of the partnership, the Arby’s Foundation will provide support for Make A Difference Day projects across the country. Points of Light is a longtime partner of Make A Difference Day.
“TEGNA’s purpose is to empower the people we serve and make a positive impact in our communities. Make A Difference Day provides us an opportunity to do just that,” said Gracia Martore, president and CEO, TEGNA. “Make A Difference Day proves that every person, no matter their age or background, and every action, no matter how big or small, can make a difference. We are grateful for the support of the Arby’s Foundation and Points of Light and look forward to working with them to further improve communities nationwide.”
“We are thrilled to be a partner for Make A Difference Day for the first time this year,” said Paul Brown, CEO, Arby’s Restaurant Group. “At Arby’s, we have six core values that have guided how we do business for decades. One of these values is Make a Difference. Our commitment to this value makes joining this volunteer program a natural fit. The entire Arby’s system is excited to see our Make a Difference value come to life at a national level next month as we come together to give back to the communities we serve.”
“Make A Difference Day has become an enduring tradition that brings people together, across differences, to help solve community problems,” said Tracy Hoover, CEO of Points of Light. “With projects throughout the country, it’s a great opportunity to start volunteering or, if you already volunteer, it’s a great time to invite a friend to join you.”
There is no charge to attend the fair and parking permits will be waived on fair day. For more information, contact the Long Island Volunteer Center at (516) 564-5482, e-mail email@example.com, or visit www.longislandvolunteercenter.org
About 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.