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you’re giving of your heart and your spirit. We want a volunteer virus to spread across the country and never be stopped.” Killoran said Habitat for Humanity will be undertaking an aggressive neighborhood transformation effort the next four months from Peekskill to Port Chester. “I think our work has never been more vital. I’m proud of what we accomplished. We’re teaching America to build again,” he said. “We are in a war to stop anything substandard, take it back and rebuild communities so there is a place for all. Volunteers will dig this country out. It has to happen.” Habitat for Humanity is always looking for volunteers, from students to retirees. If interested, email Killoran at jim@habitatwc.org or visit Habitat’s website www.habitat.org.

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From emergency service personnel to dog walkers to school PTA moms, volunteers in communities everywhere are often the unsung heroes that make things run smoother and fill in gaps that otherwise would be gaping holes. National Volunteer Week, which was established in 1974 to inspire, recognize and encourage individuals to seek ways to get involved where they live, will be celebrated from April 15-21. Westchester County has no shortage of opportunities for people to lend a hand, a handful of which are showcased here.

Providing services to more than two million people annually sounds like a daunting task, but it’s a task the Food Bank for Westchester delivers, thanks to an army of volunteers. “They’re essential. We couldn’t do the work we do without the mob of volunteers that come through here,” said Executive Director Christina Rohatynskj. “We can never have enough volunteers.” Last year, 2,541 volunteers donated 14,000 hours to the Food Bank. “Imagine if we had to pay all these people?” Rohatynskj said. “It’s a huge value.” Food Bank distributes food to 227 member agencies throughout Westchester. Relabeling products that are donated is a time consuming effort that the majority of the volunteers help out with in the organization’s warehouse in Elmsford. “That’s a huge job,” Rohatynskj said. “When people do food drives we have to examine every item, like a can, so it’s not dented. Paper products can’t be torn or infested. Then they have to be repacked according to categories.” Rohatynskj said Food Bank has ongoing opportunities for its Family Repack days and Community Service Nights because hunger is a growing epidemic, not just among the unemployed and homeless, but increasingly with working families who just can’t seem to make ends meet. “We’ve been saying for the last two years that we’ve been seeing people asking for food who were donors. So many people have been affected by this economic downturn,” Rohatynskj said. “Many people we’re serving are working

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For Habitat for Humanity, a non-profit organization that is the sixth largest builder in Westchester and 14th in the world, volunteers are the lynchpin in its tireless quest to put an end to poverty. “Every week is volunteer week for us,” said longtime Executive Director Jim Killoran. “Volunteers are so essential to the success of this county and this country. We are more committed than ever to the spirit of volunteerism.” Over the last 30 years, Habitat for Humanity has completed 250 projects in Westchester, including senior and veterans housing and FEMA disaster construction, thanks, in part, to the approximately 200 volunteers that help out every week. “We’ve been a force. It’s our army of volunteers that are changing the face of substandard housing,” Killoran said. “My goal is having 500 volunteers a week. If everyone volunteered once a month we could end the face of poverty. They are the heart of our success. When you give of your time,

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Rosalia Nocerino (center) holds book she read to class at St. Peters Child Care in Yonkers. INSET: Junior League of Bronxville President Lisa Rao helps hand out food bags at St. Peters Child Care in Yonkers.

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someone who has been affected by this disease.” Support Connection signs up volunteers about four times a year. The next volunteer training session is June 1. Men are encouraged to volunteer since there is often a need for heavy labor. “We need people who are enthusiastic and have fundraising skills,” Quinn said. “We’re also looking to grow our board of directors with people who have a passion for the cause. We definitely have a far reach.” Support Connection can be reached by calling 914-962-6402 or by email at info@supportconnection.org. Its website is www.supportconnection.org.

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people. We’re entering into a new era in a new age. Anyone who is interested in fighting the anti-hunger movement is welcome to volunteer.” Interested volunteers should contact the Food Bank for Westchester at (914) 923-1100 or info@foodbankforwestchester.org.

SUPPORT CONNECTION Since 1996, Support Connection has been offering free, confidential support services to people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. Most of the counselors are cancer survivors who volunteer their time and expertise to individuals in need throughout the country. “Whether you’re young, old or in between we do really value the contributions that people make,” said Executive Director Katherine Quinn. “Our volunteers are extremely vital because they help us supplement our efforts and stuff that we can’t afford to have.” The largest volunteer effort for Support Connection is at its annual Support-A-Walk, which draws thousands of walkers, survivors and loved ones of cancer patients who lost their personal battles with the disease in an inspiring outdoors setting that is second to none. More than 200 volunteers, many school-aged, volunteer at the walk. “I have many young people who want to be involved in our cause,” Quinn said. “They really see the opportunity to help other people. Many people have their passion or they have

The Junior League of Bronxville, founded in 1948, is a non-profit organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. It has more than 350 active members from Bronxville, Eastchester, Mount Vernon, Tuckahoe and Yonkers. “The efforts of the many women of the JLB have had a lasting impact on all of the communities in our service area,” said JLB President Lisa Rao. “Our current programs spotlight our commitment to fighting hunger and improving nutrition in southern Westchester County, while focusing on the needs of at-risk children, families and the elderly.” Rosalia Nocerino has been an active JLB member for the last four years and co-chairs several outreach committees, including a group that teaches children at St. Peters Child Care in Yonkers and hands out food bags to needy families twice a month. “That always feels great when you see the impact you’re making,” said Nocerino, a mother of three. “You feel like you’re definitely giving back.” JLB is a member of the larger Association of Junior Leagues International. For more information, visit www.jlbronxville.org.

NEW ROCHELLE HUMANE SOCIETY/ PETS ALIVE WESTCHESTER If working with animals is preferred, there are many opportunities for volunteers at two no-kill shelters in Westchester. The New Rochelle Humane Society has about 50 active volunteers, adults and children, who walk dogs, play with cats, perform maintenance and fund raise. There are also about 30 foster care volunteers. “Volunteers are the lifeblood of any non-profit organization. Most organizations could not do without them and we’re certainly one of them,” said Toni Boelsen, director of development. “We’re always looking for dedicated volunteers.” The New Rochelle Humane Society, which has approximately 120 animals, rescues over 500 dogs and 900 cats annually and provides service to 17 communities. In Elmsford, Pets Alive Westchester, formerly the Elmsford Animal Shelter, is also looking for volunteers, ranging

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Friday and Saturday, March 23 & 24 at 8pm. Saturday and Sunday, March 24 & 25 Matinees at 2pm. Bryn Mawr Hall, 20 Buckingham Road, Yonkers, NY. (Off Tuckahoe Road or Lockwood Avenue) Tickets $15, children 10 and under $10. Order your tickets online and choose your own seats at www.actshows.org. Call for more information @ 914-391-6558. Actors Conservatory Theatre is a non-profit organization.

10am– 3pm. Free admission. Parking $5. Fresh local produce, cheeses and dairy products, meats and baked goods, and wine direct from farmers. Free entertainment by local musicians while you shop. Sponsored by Westchester County Parks and Friends of Westchester County Parks, Inc., and radio station 107.1 The Peak.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade McLean Avenue’s First Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday, March 24. The Parade kicks off at 1pm and goes down Bronx River Road heading west to Coyne Park. Join the McLean Avenue Merchants Association with your family in the first ever McLean Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade and then visit the shops; eat in the restaurants and see all there is to do on McLean Avenue. Please dress respectfully and behave appropriately.

Get the jump on the opposition and play the best hockey of your life at the Shoot the Sound 3 on 3 Adult Hockey Tournament. Begins Saturday, March 24 at 3:30pm in the Studio Rink at Playland Ice Casino in Rye. Registration required: deadline March 20. For more information, call Ike Kuzio at 914-328-1542. -

SUNDAY, APRIL 1 Have fun with the family ice skating indoors. 1:30pm to 5pm. Adults, $9; children 12 and under, $6. Discounts for County Park pass holders. 100 Playland Parkway, Rye, NY, 914-813-7059 ture Center. Celebrate spring! Hours 11am to 4pm. Visit our barnyard to meet our furry and feathered friends. Follow the herd on an animal parade. Join a naturalist to discover signs of spring from the forest to the pond to the Great Lawn. Search for eggs in a nature-inspired egg hunt. Egg hunt and other fun activities will run continuously throughout the day. Refreshments available for purchase. Fee if pre-registered by Saturday, March 31: Members $5, Non-members $10. Online pre-registration only; visit our website. Fee day of event: Members: $7, Non-members $12. 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale, 914-723-3470

MONDAY APRIL 9... 11 White Plains Hospital's Mall Walker Program The White Plains Hospital Center provides health care professionals twice a week to help those walking the mall for fitness. They monitor your pulse and answer questions, all for FREE. For seniors and everyone! Meet at the White Plains Galleria Mall (100 Main St, White Plains) at Macy's Fashion Level 2, from 9am to 10am. For information visit www.wphospital.org or call 914-681-1249.

THURSDAY, APRIL 12... 13, 14, 15 DISNEY'S PHINEAS AND FERB: The Best Live Tour Ever! Westchester County Center Showtimes: Thursday & Friday: 7pm, Saturday: 12pm, 3:30pm and 7pm, Sunday: 1pm & 5pm. Tickets can be purchased at the Westchester County Center box office, TicketMaster or ticketmaster.com or charge by phone 800-745-3000. A ticket is required for all children 2 years and older.Westchester County Center, 198 Central Avenue, White Plains. 914-995-4050

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Make your own scented body soaps and bath bombs for teens. White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Avenue, White Plains. Wednesday March 28, 4:30-5:30pm. FREE. No registration required. Many other great programs also available for teens and other age groups at no charge. For more information visit www.whiteplainslibary.org or call 914-422-1480.

Indoor Farmers Market at the Westchester County Center

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Amateur bowlers age 60 and older can enjoy a day of exercise and camaraderie on Monday, March 26, beginning at 12 noon at AMF White Plains Lanes, 47 Tarrytown Road, White Plains. Advance registration is required by Monday, March 12. Tournament fee is $12: includes lunch and free shoe rental. Trophies awarded for winners. Applications can be picked up at AMF White Plains Lanes, can be downloaded at parks.westchestergov.com or call 914-864-7056 to receive one by mail. Sponsored by Westchester County Parks and AMF White Plains Lanes.

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