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Breakthrough New York: Celebrate National Volunteer Week!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alex Shyu
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Celebrate National Volunteer Week this Month
Annual event highlights importance of volunteering from April 21 - 27

Breakthrough Interview Day - April 2013
Volunteers and staff at an Interview Day in April
What will you do to make a difference on National Volunteer Week?
Since 1974, National Volunteer Week has focused attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service. It's a time to celebrate the people and organizations that do amazing work through service.
Volunteers are the bread and butter of Breakthrough New York. Over our 14 year history, we've been fortunate to receive the help of countless people who've walked through our doors to help our students. If you'd like to volunteer with us, click here to register for our upcoming training on May 5.
National Volunteer Week runs from April 21 to 27, and during this period we want to extend our thanks to the wonderful, passionate, creative, diligent, caring, and compassionate volunteers who've mentored, tutored, shepherded and elevated our charges.
I'm ecstatic about the role that volunteers have played in Breakthrough's history - and will play in its future. So let's spread the love this month, and here are three ways you can contribute:
Lend a hand.
Find a project in your community where you can devote time. At Breakthrough, we just completed our two Interview Days. We could not have accomplished the more than 200 interviews without dozens of volunteers who questioned all of these potential Breakthrough students. It wasn't a lengthy commitment, but these volunteers were committed to the long-term success of our students.
Lend an ear.
Listen to the needs of others - and respond. As we've learned at Breakthrough, many of our students have potential but need more guidance and support. Often, they need to talk with someone who understands the homework help or mentoring they need. That's why our high school volunteers, and college teacher interns are expert!
Lend a heart.
Small actions can yield big results. By showing others that you give selflessly and thoughtfully, they become motivated as well.
Together, we can inspire future generations of volunteers. So use National Volunteer Week not just to engender momentary goodwill but a longstanding commitment to help others to thrive.
Breakthrough always can use volunteers, as well. If you are interested in helping beyond the borders of this annual event, then visit our new website and find ways you can make a difference.
And, remember our new mantra: The world needs me to be successful. And that success often comes as a result of dedicated, passionate, and wonderful volunteers.
Happy volunteering!
Rhea Wong
Executive Director
Breakthrough New York

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