At the United Way’s Volunteer Center’s 32nd Annual Volunteer Spirit Awards, capping off National Volunteer Week, nearly 400 people at the Hilton Rye Town honored eight outstanding award recipients to support the work of the organization as the central resource to support nonprofits and engage more New Yorkers in acts of volunteerism throughout our community.
Louis Thomason of Chappaqua received the Volunteer Spirit Award for Quality of Life, presented by United Way of Westchester and Putnam CEO Naomi Adler. Thomason uses the professional skills as a retired IBM engineer to help the staff and developmentally disabled clients of Richmond Community Services. In accepting the award Thomason said, “This vision of how technology could enrich lives and enhance the efficiency of the agency has been the driving motivation of the work I have been involved in.”
A group of teens from many local high schools who volunteer regularly for Neighbors Link in Mount Kisco received the New York Life Youth Group in Action Award. Students from Horace Greeley accepted on behalf of the entire Neighbors Link High School ESL Tutors Program. Every Tuesday night during the academic year students come together with adult Latino immigrants to study English and bridge the gap between two distinct cultures.