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Mayor Spano Honors Yonkers Volunteers for Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service

Post Date:04/04/2018 5:01 PM

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YONKERS, NY – April 4, 2018 – Mayor Mike Spano today announced his selection of Yonkers volunteers for the sixth annual nationwide Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service, spotlighting the impact of national service and thanking those who serve in their communities. Mayor Spano today honored five local volunteers from the Yonkers community, specifically those who donate their time to a variety of charitable organizations, sponsored by Volunteer New York. The honorees contribute to Yonkers non-profit organizations, assisting those in the local community.

“Each year, I look forward to recognizing those individuals who volunteer and selflessly give of themselves to our community,” said Mayor Spano. “It speaks volumes when volunteers are willing to ensure that Yonkers is a more vibrant place to live. Their time and knowledge that they share with the many organizations is a reward in itself.”

Mayor Spano recognized the following volunteers for their years of service in Yonkers: 

·         Marvelene & Wilma Allen (Westchester Community Opportunity, Foster Grandparent)- Marvelene Allen assistant teaches on a daily basis. While working with first graders, students have made remarkable progress throughout the school year. The students who work with Ms. Allen have made improvements on progress reports, which have allowed students to master basic addition and subtraction.

Wilma Allen has improved the overall climate in her classroom. Her presence exudes love and support for the children. She reinforces new skills the students are learning by providing one-on-one support. Ms. Allen has made a tremendous, positive difference in the program for the past 7+ years. 

·         Marcia Spencer (Family Service Society of Yonkers)- For the past four years, Mrs. Spencer has assisted other grandparent and relative caregivers as a GrandPower Advocate.  She educates the public and elected officials about the needs of kinship caregivers, and advocates for services kinship caregivers need to raise relative children as well as changes in laws to help caregivers keep the children with their families and out of the foster care system.

·         Sarah Harrigan (JCY Westchester Community Partners)- Ms. Harrigan works with first graders and helps instill in them a sense of confidence in their ability to read.  She builds specific skills like reading fluency by using strategies which the children enjoy.  Sarah has also helped advocate for continued funding of JCY-WCP SMART and Summer Reading Buddies programs by coming to a legislative hearing where she spoke eloquently about the benefits of the programs.  

·         Eileen Finkelstein (Hudson River Museum)- Currently in her 19th year with the program, Eileen Finkelstein is a beloved Hudson River Museum Docent who has achieved the status of Emerita. Following her career as a classroom teacher, Eileen came to the Museum to continue her service to the children of Yonkers and its surrounding communities by leading tours at the Hudson River Museum.

Volunteer New York! is proud to join Yonkers’ celebration of national service and highlight the positive impact that Senior Corps members make both locally and throughout America,” said Alisa H. Kesten, Executive Director of Volunteer New York!. “Through our RSVP of Westchester program we engage so many of the City’s caring adults 55 years and older. It is clear that these are the volunteers who are getting things done locally while making an impact in the areas of education, health, economics and strengthening relationships with veterans.” 

The Mayors Day of Recognition for National Service is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service, joining mayors across the country to shine a spotlight on the positive impact of national service and thank those who serve in their communities. The five honorees were selected through their partnership with RSVP of Westchester through Volunteer New York. RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people aged 55 and older who give of their time and share their expertise to help solve local community concerns.