Volunteer New York!

Outstanding Nonprofit

(Left to right) Tony Fasciano, Katie Pfeifer, Alison Chader, Alisa Kesten (seated) and Rosie Samudio, Volunteer New York!

Photograph by Michael Polito

For more than 65 years, Volunteer New York! has made it a priority to drive volunteerism throughout Westchester, connecting local residents with hundreds of nonprofit groups. As an organization that prides itself on social consciousness, Volunteer New York! has a primary goal of addressing root causes of poverty such as education, homelessness, and hunger.

Yet, Volunteer New York! is about more than just ideas; it strives for results. Last year, the organization inspired more than 15,000 volunteers to give 240,000 hours of their time to some 500 local nonprofits—service valued at more than $7.2 million.

“Volunteer New York! is a nonprofit organization with the gravitas of a Fortune 500 company and the nimbleness of a startup,” says Executive Director Alisa Kesten. “This year we celebrated our 65th anniversary with a virtual birthday party that attracted participation from more than 65 business, media, nonprofit, and public leaders.”

The organization has built a strong legacy, but current members are still seeking new opportunities to promote volunteerism. Recently awarded as a “Top Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits.org for the third consecutive year, Volunteer New York! continues to hold true to its core values of service and dedication to issues within the community.

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