Volunteer Nominations Are Now Open

For the 39th Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards

On April 5, 2019 in Tarrytown, NY

Who are the volunteers that inspire you?

Nominate A Volunteer 

Download Nomination Guidelines | Nomination Deadline: November 19, 2018
**NOW AVAILABLE** Event Sponsorship Opportunities
For more information please contact Elisabeth Vieselmeyer
at 914-227-9307 or evieselmeyer@volunteernewyork.org



Watch our 2018 Volunteer Spirit Awards event featured in The Journal News: 


2019 Volunteer Spirit Award Categories


Education & Literacy Award

Honors volunteers dedicated to education and literacy through activities including, but not limited to, tutoring, adult literacy, library-based initiatives, early childhood education, and intergenerational programs.


Going Green Award

Honors volunteers who work to protect and beautify our environment and natural surroundings, advocate for the preservation of our planet and strive to instill these values for our community.


Quality of Life Award

Honors volunteers who work to improve the quality of life in the following areas, including, but not limited to, working to reduce illness, homelessness and poverty or assisting the disabled, elderly, and veteran populations, as well as those with substance abuse problems or mental disabilities.

Safe Community Award

Honors volunteers who work to provide, promote and improve safe behavior in areas including, but not limited to, emergency preparedness, disaster response and relief, First Aid, fire prevention, and internet safety.


Social Advocacy Award

Honors volunteers who advocate for and support the righting of injustice in our community in areas such as, but not limited to, human rights, minority rights, domestic violence, housing, and job preparedness.


Youth Leadership Award

Honors volunteers (age 21 years or under) for her/his/their outstanding volunteer service for a cause or nonprofit.

Transformation Award
Honors volunteers who have triumphed
over personal challenges or have been
transformed through their volunteer
service for a cause or nonprofit.

Board of Directors

Michael Grossman, Chair

Valerie Mason Cunningham, Vice Chair

Joseph L. Ali Vice Chair

Joanne Taylor, Treasurer

Ally Gallin, Secretary

Erica R. Aisner

Traci Bauer

Celia R. Brown

Jessie Cruz

Julia Emrick

Jay T. Glassman

Jay T. Glassman

Jill Gottlieb

Jonathan Hotz

Joanne Kirkpatrick

Susan Kushner

Alissa Kosowsky

Grant Mitchell, M.D.

Joel Mitchell

Cindy Ostrager

Robert Pisano, Jr.

Jared R. Rice, Esq.

Steven Sonet, Esq.

Felix Tapia

Marissa Weidner

Michael Welling


Abbe P. Stein, Esq., Ex Officio

Markham F. Rollins, III, Strategic Advisor

Marjorie Lang, Strategic Advisor



Go to #volspirit18 photo album


Thank You To Our 2019 Steering Committee

Joanne Kirkpatrick, Chair

Ally Gallin

Jean Glassman

Kourtney Ketterhagen

Susan Kushner

Abbe P. Stein. Esq




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