The Long Island Volunteer Center is involved with many projects and programs throughout the year. Some highlights are:
The LIVOAD (Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) is a coalition of non-profit, government, and for-profit organizations in Nassau and Suffolk Counties committed to working together in the areas of disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. Members of the LIVOAD support each other through their collaborative planning efforts to identify potential needs of disaster victims and develop coordinated and efficient delivery of needed resources and services. Each VOAD member organization maintains its own autonomy while coordinating closely with others in four key areas:
- Planning for the needs of various populations post disaster
- Training agencies to facilitate effective relief work in all phases of disasters
- Convening member agencies in a coordinated response during disasters
- Partnering with government emergency response and recovery agencies and programs.
LIVC is a member agency of the LIVOAD and has been actively assisting the disaster effort by recruiting volunteers for disaster volunteer groups and health and human service agencies working in disaster, securing and supporting a Volunteer Recovery Center in partnership with AmeriCorps-St. Louis ERT which trains and equips volunteers, operating a warehouse to store tools and equipment and donations that assist LIVOAD agency needs, and convening/facilitating a volunteer management subcommittee that plans and coordinates volunteer response and supports disaster volunteer teams.
Prom Boutique has been in existence since 1995. Gowns, shoes and accessories are distributed to high school girls who need them in order to attend their proms or graduation events. LIVC reaches out to guidance counselors, youth organizations, social workers, then schedules collection dates and locations, and holds distribution events to invited groups throughout April and May. Each year information is posted at the end of March on LIVC's website. All donations are greatly appreciated.
April Letter Carriers' "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive
On the second Saturday in May, letter carriers pick up donated food from homes around the nation. Locally, volunteers help to sort and pack nonperishable items which are distributed to local food pantries, outreach centers and shelters.
SUMMER OF SERVICE
Outdoor environmental projects are the focus during the summer. Land & seashore preservation and maintenance one day projects are organized and posted on the website.
September 11 - National Day of Service honoring the memory of Long Islanders Make a Difference Day - is a national day of doing good in October. Find ideas, begin planning your project & ask your friends & family to join with you.
Holiday Wish Lists are gathered from nonprofit agencies serving children and families in need. Lists are posted on the website. .
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
National Day of Service - third Monday in January
YEAR ROUND INITIATIVES
The Speakers Bureau is a service of the Long Island Volunteer Center which offers the workplace, local nonprofit agencies, and community service organizations practical information relating to the impact that volunteerism can have throughout Nassau & Suffolk counties.
Our volunteer speakers are available to educate on desired topics and motivate workplace employees and community members to volunteer. Through experience, compelling stories and a thorough knowledge of the industry, our speakers will engage and educate audiences.
Whether assisting a nonprofit in building organizational capacity, working with businesses to develop an employee volunteer program, or addressing community and societal issues in order to bring about change, we are pleased to work with you.
For further information please email email@example.com or call Tenaya Parchment at 516-857-5028
View Speakers Bureau flyer.
Long Island Volunteer Enterprise
LIVE - Long Island Volunteer Enterprise - mobilizes volunteer teams from the corporate, academic and not-for-profit sectors to complete a one day project that will significantly improve the quality of life for many who live and work on Long Island.
In cooperation with the United Way of Long Island and the Long Island Volunteer Center, LIVE promotes corporate volunteerism on Long Island for the betterment of our community and helps renew Long Island's spirit, beauty and quality of life.
Workshops are offered to assist agencies to formalize internships for high school & college students. Networking is facilitated with local academia contacts.
LIVC supports local community volunteer fairs and events by staffing exhibits at libraries, colleges, businesses, and other community settings to provide volunteer resource and referral information to seniors, students, employees, and the general public.
Long Island Volunteer Hall of Fame
Created in 2001 as an outgrowth of the 2001 United Nations International Year of Volunteers, this is an annual recognition of "Individuals whose vision, dedication and drive, addressed a community need, and began a legacy of service to improve the quality of life for all Long Islanders". There are four categories:
- Founders of Nonprofit
- Next Generation Youth Awards
- Lifetime Achiever
- Inspirational Service Award
Nominations due are in September. The awards ceremony is held on Super Bowl Sunday at the Carlyle on the Green in Bethpage State Park.