FriYAY Feature: United Way of New York City Corporate Partners Celebrate National Volunteer Month

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“Volunteering always reminds me how much there is to be thankful for and just how much we can do personally for each other by the simplest task.” —Haley Buske, United Way of New York City volunteer from Hearst Magazines

We’re doing a “FriYAY” dance of thanks for our incredible corporate-partner volunteers. In celebration of April being National Volunteer Month, Buske is one of the many volunteers who’ve ditched their desks to help empower our low-income neighbors, and today we want to take a moment amidst all this make-a-difference commotion to spotlight their impact.  

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Hearst Give Back Day: Magazine Employees Subscribe to Impact    

On Friday, April 13, bad luck diminished when we were lucky enough to team up with our friends at Hearst for Hearst Give Back Day! During their make-a-difference morning, volunteers descended upon Mitchel Community Center in the Mott Haven community of the South Bronx, a place where families in our ReadNYC program enjoy afterschool programs and more.    

Hearst volunteers spruced up an afterschool activity room, re-organized the Center’s community library, painted book-themed canvases to deck out the Center’s walls, and made summer reading packs for ReadNYC families.  

ReadNYC is our signature collective impact program that is helping low-income families as a whole move from surviving to thriving. The program is built on a belief that getting a solid, quality education as a child is key to becoming a self-sufficient adult and caregiver. And for a child to get this type of education, they need strong schools, teachers, principals, parents, and neighborhoods. To empower children and communities, ReadNYC brings together corporations, government, philanthropy, and individuals to set and implement a comprehensive strategy that’s improving literacy rates and stabilizing homes.

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Comcast Cares Day: Trading High Speed for High Impact  

Earlier this month, we joined our friends from Comcast for Comcast Cares Day. Together, we served 300 warm meals to visitors at the New York Rescue Mission, a United Way of New York City FeedNYC partner, and we supported West Side Campaign Against Hunger’s supermarket-style food pantry. Comcast’s volunteer ventures critically helped our low-income neighbors achieve a most basic need—accessing the foods they need.

United Way of New York City’s FeedNYC team works to strengthen the capacity of New York City emergency food providers to distribute healthy, fresh food to underserved neighborhoods. The team addresses the nearly 3 million New Yorkers who regularly have trouble affording healthy food and the 1.4 million New Yorkers who don’t know from where their next meal will come.  

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FedEx Delivers Warm Meals   

On April 19, visitors at Trinity Services and Food for the Homeless, a FeedNYC partner organization, enjoyed 200 warm meals served by FedEx team members.

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TIAA’s Tiny Libraries Promise Big Impact  

On April 25, TIAA volunteers crafted 20 tiny libraries for our ReadNYC partner schools in the Mott Haven community of the South Bronx. Each library houses 30 books for ReadNYC students and their families to enjoy. This project was one of 100 that TIAA is completing in celebration of their 100th anniversary.

Are you itching to give back with your colleagues like our volunteers from Hearst, Comcast, FedEx, and TIAA? See how you can join our volunteer charge today!