Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves announce the grand opening of a new community volunteer center operated by the Social Services Volunteers of Nassau County, Inc. – a not-for-profit organization that provides assistance to families, children and the elderly. Located in the Special Activities Building at Parking Field 8 in Eisenhower Park, the 30 year old volunteer organization includes retirees, Junior and Senior High School students, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, businesses and grass roots non-profit organizations that provide a host of services to those most in need.
“Residents can spark change by volunteering their time and giving back to the community they love so much,” said County Executive Mangano. “My administration’s vision is to change lives for the better and the Social Services Volunteers of Nassau County are committed to giving of themselves, sharing burdens and helping solve those burdens so that life can shine. I thank all our volunteers for their dedication to building a better Nassau County and encourage residents to consider giving time back to this wonderful organization.”
Through fundraising and private donations from local companies, the neediest residents can receive school supplies, food, baby equipment, household items, holiday gifts, food baskets and toys. In addition, the Social Services Volunteers launched a ‘Dress To Impress’ program which provides men and women re-entering the work force with new and gently used business clothing for interviews. Sponsoring the Annual Holiday Party for the County’s foster children is also one of the Volunteers’ highlight events of the year.
Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves noted, “The DSS Volunteers are an inspirational group of dedicated individuals who have made a commitment to helping those who truly need assistance in the everyday activities of their lives. I applaud their commitment and dedication.”
Department of Social Services Commissioner Dr. John Imhof added, “For over 30 years the DSS volunteers have been such an integral part of the County and we are especially grateful to County Executive Mangano for offering the facility to Social Services Volunteers so they can expand to assist more Nassau County residents in need.”
For more information on becoming a Social Services Volunteer, please contact Lynne Campbell, Volunteer Coordinator, at (516) 227-7415 or visit http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/1927/Volunteer-Services.