New York Cares Announces Second Year Participants For The Volunteer Impact Partnership (VIP) Program

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Five local nonprofits selected as partners for an intensive three year volunteer impact study with the city's largest volunteer organization.

New York Cares, the city’s largest volunteer organization, today announced five New York City nonprofit organizations selected for the second year of its Volunteer Impact Partnership program (VIP). These organizations will participate in an intensive three year volunteer impact study with New York Cares to identify and measure the benefits of multi-level volunteer services on nonprofit capacity. The selected organizations will benefit by expanding and enhancing their programming through volunteer resources delivered by New York Cares. The program is free to the selected organizations.

The following organizations were chosen to join the New York Cares’ VIP Program in 2012:

  • The Door – a multi-service youth development agency that empowers young people aged 12-21 to reach their potential by providing a full range of integrated services, free of charge, in a diverse and caring environment. The Door’s comprehensive services include health care, legal assistance, career & education, counseling, arts, recreation, and nutritious meals.
  • Inwood House – established in 1830, Inwood House Maternity Residences and Family Support Programs serve pregnant and parenting teens in Manhattan, Jamaica, Queens and the Bronx. Inwood House’s youth development, teen pregnancy prevention programs serve 4,000 youth and young families from 22 program sites in New York City and New Jersey.
  • Jacob A. Riis Neighborhood Settlement House – a nonprofit organization that offers comprehensive services to the youth, adults and seniors of the Queensbridge and Ravenswood Houses and the overall Western Queens community as they build productive and self-sufficient lives.
  • KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) New York – a local affiliate of a national nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides free one-to-one recreational opportunities for children (5-21) with mental and physical disabilities.KEEN's mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities.
  • Yorkville Common Pantry – a nonprofit dedicated to reducing hunger while promoting dignity and self-sufficiency. YCP champions the cause of the hungry through food pantry and meal distribution programs, nutrition education, basic hygiene services and related services. YCP’s community based programs focus on East Harlem and other underserved communities throughout New York City.

New York Cares chose the five participating organizations through a competitive selection process.

A VIP Advisory Committee, featuring Eric Eckholdt, Executive Director of the Credit Suisse Americas Foundation; Joan Steinberg, President, Morgan Stanley Foundation; Diahann Billings-Burford, New York City Chief Service Officer; Pat Swann, Senior Program Officer at the New York Community Trust; and Marcia Brown, Director of Programs at the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York contributed to the selection process. Leading nonprofit consulting firm TCC Group will work with New York Cares to administer evaluation methodology. Partial funding has been provided by Gap Inc.

“New York Cares has been committed to maximizing the impact of volunteers at nonprofit organizations since our founding 25 years ago,” explained Gary Bagley, New York Cares Executive Director. “The VIP program is the next step in this journey and will enable us to better measure volunteer impact by taking a long-term approach to program development and evaluation. Volunteers are more than nice to have – they are absolutely critical to the success of our community and the social sector. We’re excited at the prospect of pushing that envelope further through the VIP program.”

“The VIP program is a great example of how a not for profit organization can help NYC Service meet our citywide mission to tap into the power of the people of New York City to tackle our most pressing challenges. New York Cares’ Volunteer Impact Partnership program aligns with the City’s goals to increase impact, volunteerism and nonprofit capacity,” said Diahann Billings-Burford, NYC Chief Service Officer.

Through VIP, selected partners will:

  • Work with a dedicated New York Cares team to develop tailored programming to meet the needs of communities served by the participating organization. New York Cares will deploy individual volunteers, corporate volunteers, and volunteers with professional skills (e.g., bilingual, marketing, finance, or technology skills) in integrated programs to expand each organization’s capacity to serve its constituents.
  • Work with New York Cares to create and implement a three year strategic plan that expands programming and organizational capacity.
  • Receive professional training on volunteer management, program design and evaluation.
  • Receive supplies related to this program at no cost.

New York Cares launched the VIP program in February, 2011. 2011 program awardees were Gallop NYC, Jewish Home Life Care, PS 188M, The Island School, Sunnyside Community Services, and Women in Need. These organizations are entering the second year of the three year program.

About New York Cares
New York Cares is New York City’s largest volunteer organization. Founded 25 years ago, New York Cares runs volunteer programs for 1,200 New York City nonprofits, city agencies, and public schools across the five boroughs. Last year, 54,000 New York Cares volunteers served on hands-on volunteer projects helping 400,000 New Yorkers in need. New York Cares offers a full range of volunteer programs that meet critical social needs, including helping children learn to read, preparing meals for homeless and housebound people, helping low income students get into college, and much more. For more information, visit newyorkcares.org .

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