New Yorkers Volunteer - Tell Us What You're Doing in Your Community!

New Yorkers Volunteer wants to help promote your organization’s stories of service and volunteer initiatives as part of the President and First Lady’s United We Serve campaign and website. Governor Paterson and the First Lady have been leading the charge to support the United We Serve campaign and elevate the level of volunteering in New York through the State’s service initiative – New Yorkers Volunteer!

The State Commission on National & Community Service would like to assist all organizations across the state interested in sharing amazing stories that your volunteers, employees, and national service members make happen every day by volunteering! The Governor and First Lady respect and appreciate the service commitment of all New Yorkers which provides critical services and helps to make our communities healthier, more environmentally sound, and economically stronger.

To help promote the good work your organization makes happen, please email us a summary of service projects you may have planned, or a follow up summary/press release of successful events with any photos you would like to share to The State Commission will feature these stories at, and organize them into a New York State service brief to share with the White House. Feel free to share as many stories as you’d like and be sure to visit to see if your story was posted!

Thank you in advance for your continued support and for making New York greater every day by volunteering!

Here are just a few amazing stories of service taking place across New York State...

Met Council, New York City

Met Council volunteers

As a top anti-poverty agency in NYC, helping 100,000 New Yorkers fight poverty each year with critical services, Met Council benefits from the generosity of hundreds of volunteers each year as they complete numerous, varied projects. Volunteers often help provide services and company for seniors living in Met Council’s housing sites, distribute food at shelters, and help in various projects for the aging, ailing and poor. Here are four examples of our recent, successful volunteer events.

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iMatter Surf Camp for Children with Autism

Instructor and student enjoy a nice day at the beach

It is with great enthusiasm that I share with you the success of a program that hundreds of New Yorkers volunteer with every single year. It is the iMatter Surf Camp for Children with Autism. The iMatter Surf Camp takes place every year at Cupsogue Beach in Westhampton, NY. The iMatter Surf Camp is sponsored by Community Options, Inc. which is a national nonprofit organization that develops community-based homes and entrepreneurial business opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

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James Shevlin, American Red Cross

James Shevlin hard at work for the American Red Cross

James Shevlin was as anxious as any parent for his son’s safety when his son went to serve in Iraq as a US Marine in 2003. As he related, “It’s scary when your child goes away and may possibly die. And the prospect of my son going missing was horrible.” A colleague at work had told him how the Red Cross had helped a family locate a missing soldier in Iraq. Shevlin was comforted to know that part of the mission of the Red Cross is to facilitate emergency communications between military personnel and their families through its Service to Armed Forces (SAF) program. And it inspired him to volunteer.

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Geron Holmes – Sunshine Prevention Center for Youth and Families

I would like to share a story of one of our volunteers at Sunshine Prevention Center for Youth & Families. His name is Geron Holmes. Geron has been involved at Sunshine Prevention Center for many years. He first came as a participant in the summer program as a young child. As he grew into his adolescent years, Geron faced many challenges in school and his community. He was required to perform community service hours as a consequence for negative behaviors and he was accepted to do the hours at Sunshine Center. He was responsible and respectful to all the Sunshine staff. At that time we began to see the needs for additional services for suspended youth. Geron was the inspiration behind the implementation of our new Prevention Not Suspension program (An Alternative Program for High Risk Youth).

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