On Tuesday May 9th 2017, ABCD held its annual Volunteer Appreciation Event – a celebration commending the dedication, time, and continued efforts of ABCD’s volunteers, interns, and community partners. Hosted by Madeline Eleazar, ABCD’s Volunteer Coordinator, and Angelina Camacho, Program Manager-Financial Futures Initiative, the celebration included remarks from staff and volunteers alike, certificate presentations, and ended with an assortment of pastries and refreshments.
In his opening address, President/CEO John J. Drew emphasized the fundamental work volunteers contribute which allows ABCD to “expand [its] reach.” The reception also highlighted the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), a partnership between ABCD, the city of Boston, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The program’s 115 volunteer tax preparers played a crucial role in returning nearly $10 million to low-income Boston area residents during the 2016 tax year. While congratulating the VITA volunteers, Nerissa Smith, IRS SPEC Territory Manager, stated, “[Volunteers] are the link between the taxpayer and the IRS.”
Special awards were also presented to several community partners for their continued support for ABCD programs. These institutions included: Boston College’s PULSE Program for Service Learning, Boston University’s Alianza Latina, Pegasystems, Simmons College’s Nutrition Department, Capital One, and Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation. Urban College of Boston (UCB), a two-year college offering Associate degrees, certificate programs, and continuing education courses, received special recognition for their role in providing interns and work study students to ABCD programs. Ardelia Lee-Hinton, a UCB Human Services Administration graduate, and the event’s Volunteer Speaker, was recognized for her contributions within the ABCD Youth Services Department and at the Roxbury/N. Dorchester Neighborhood Opportunity Center. She encouraged attendees to “take time to volunteer a couple of hours to help a senior [or] a couple of hours at a daycare to help a little child.”
Through their time and effort, volunteers have helped bring ABCD’s mission to life empowering disadvantaged people by providing them with the tools to overcome poverty, live with dignity, and achieve their full potential.
Thank you again to all our volunteers and interns for your hard work and accomplishments!