Give Grow. Thrive. CPDC Celebrates Volunteer Service Across its Communities
April 6-12, 2014 was National Volunteer Week. Each year, in honor of this national service holiday, CPDC celebrates volunteerism for the entire month of April. CPDC kicked off Volunteer Engagement Month on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 with its annual “Volunteer Recognition Ceremony,” an event that highlights the outstanding contributions of more than 300 volunteers serving across its communities. With the theme, “Give. Grow. Thrive.” resident volunteers demonstrated their commitment to giving of their time and talent to help CPDC communities grow and thrive. More than 80 volunteers were honored at the event, including 26 who received the “President’s Volunteer Service Award” for serving 100 or more hours, and 15 who received CPDC’s “Exceptional Volunteer Award” for serving 50 or more hours. Collectively, volunteers served 13,331 hours in 2013, representing a contribution of $442,882 in donated time and talent back to CPDC communities.
CPDC volunteers make a difference by volunteering as summer camp aids, lobby ambassadors, skills-based experts, etc. Volunteers also donate their time by instructing or hosting a variety of community classes and events (e.g., dance, yoga, language arts, poetry readings, book clubs, etc.). In 2013, CPDC residents were actively engaged, through volunteer service, and made the following contributions in their communities:
- The residents of Wardman Court hosted the “Clifton Street Community Gathering,” a block party that drew nearly 200 residents and community members. Volunteers prepared food, planned activities for youth, played music, and encouraged a safe environment for future events.
- Stony Brook residents “cleaned house” to further youth education when over 10 youth volunteers hosted a community-wide yard sale which they planned, organized, and executed to raise money for their education funds. Residents, friends, family, and CPDC staff all donated gently-used items to be sold at the event. The yard sale generated approximately $325. The proceeds were divided and deposited into individual education savings accounts for the youth.
- At The Overlook at Oxon Run, students were encouraged to strive for excellence when a group of 10 senior residents at the property organized and held a “Back-to-School Celebration.” The event was designed to connect seniors and families and to encourage the youth to strive for excellence by equipping them with much-needed school supplies. More than twenty families attended the celebration and close to 30 students received backpacks filled with supplies.
Looking for ways to serve? CPDC would be delighted to have you as a partner. Learn more about volunteer opportunities at CPDC. Get involved. Change a life.