Volunteer New York! Announces NYS Assembly Grant for IT Upgrades

December 11, 2017

Assemblymember Shelley Mayer and Alisa Kesten, Executive Director of Volunteer New York!, stand with IT products purchased with the help of a NYS Assembly grant.

Westchester, NY – Volunteer New York! announced today that it was awarded a $5,000 grant from the New York State Assembly thanks to the work of Assemblymember Shelley B. Mayer (AD-90, Yonkers). The Westchester-based nonprofit is using the grant toward a technology upgrade initiative that will vastly expand the organization’s ability to expand volunteer opportunities in Westchester.

Volunteer New York! is a one-stop resource dedicated to encouraging volunteerism in Westchester and surrounding communities. The local nonprofit makes it easy for families and people of all ages to plug-in to local efforts that need volunteers for many causes including hunger relief, early educational success, and disaster relief. In 2016, Volunteer New York! inspired over 19,000 people to give back over 299,000 volunteer hours to more than 500 nonprofits, a contribution that is valued at over $8.1 million. The nonprofit was doing this work while operating on a computer server that is outdated and reaching the end of its useful life.

The $5,000 state grant secured by Assemblymember Mayer will allow the nonprofit to upgrade the server and capitalize on using Microsoft Office 365, which could not run on the old server. Through their 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, Volunteer New York! was accepted into Microsoft’s donation program, which provides it access to Office 365 free-of-charge. Notwithstanding this donation, Volunteer New York! has been unable to move to the Office 365 platform until the server is upgraded.

“I’m so pleased that we were able to assist Volunteer New York! with a grant of $5,000 that will facilitate a critical IT upgrade and considerably modernizing their computer platform in a way that will allow staff to focus on volunteer programs, not troubleshooting IT,” said Assemblymember Shelley Mayer. “Volunteer New York! does tremendous work by connecting volunteers to important work in our community. This grant will help Volunteer New York! focus on furthering its mission, and I am thankful the Assembly was able to contribute to their success.”

“This grant will have an immediate and strong impact on the ability of Volunteer New York! staff to connect and communicate effectively. Through this technology upgrade, the staff can be of even more effective in serving the nonprofits in our community and the people of all ages willing to roll up their sleeves to make a positive difference,” said Executive Director Alisa H. Kesten. “We are grateful for Assemblymember Shelley Mayer’s leadership in responding to our IT needs by helping us secure this grant.”

Volunteer New York! offers year round volunteering opportunities focused on many different causes. For more information on the nonprofit or to join a volunteer effort, visit their Web site.