I hope I had a positive impact on the people I interact with while volunteering because I know for a fact they have a positive impact on me.
Staten Island, NY resident Monica White started volunteering as a child in elementary school. She’s been involved with a number of non-profit organizations throughout her school years, and really reenergized her passion for volunteering after being part of a college alumni group that participated in New York Cares Day. Almost 20 years later, Monica is still volunteering with New York Cares.
“The bulk of my volunteering is with New York Cares,” says Monica. “I've been a volunteer with them for more than 16 years. New York Cares gives me the opportunity to volunteer on numerous projects in a wide variety of areas. I serve on the New York Cares’ Speakers Bureau, where experienced volunteers lead the orientations of new volunteers. My work with the non-profit has also led me to volunteer with their community partners directly, organizations such as Bike NY, NY Road Runners, Maker Faire and my favorite, Meatloaf Kitchen a.k.a University Community Social Services.”
New York Cares is the largest volunteer network in New York City. Last year, 52,000 New Yorkers made the city a better place by volunteering in New York Cares programs at more than 1,100 nonprofits and schools – improving education, meeting immediate needs, and revitalizing public spaces.
“My main areas of focus are children’s education and hunger,” says Monica. “The students who are part of New York Cares' projects are often the same students who lack the resources needed to succeed, whether in school or at home. When the children are with me, I treat them as if they are my own and I try to make a positive impact in their lives. At Meatloaf Kitchen, volunteers prepare lunch from scratch every single Saturday, all year long. We treat guests to a hot, nutritious and filling meal, but we also love to spend time talking with everyone, being silly and making each other laugh. For me, that's one of the greatest joys of volunteering.”
When Monica isn’t volunteering, she likes to spend time using her hands to create things. She does all sorts of crafts, such as knitting and quilting, and loves to cook and bake. Monica’s favorite Cabot cheese is Cabot Extra Sharp Cheddar.