ReServe welcomed close to 100 ReServists for “Blazing Trails: Celebrating 10 Years of ReServe,” a special appreciation breakfast held in honor of the milestone year on Friday May 6th, at the meeting rooms generously donated by Grant Thornton in Midtown Manhattan.
The event highlighted ReServe’s vital contributions to New York City nonprofits and public agencies. ReServe staff and Board Members were present to honor these dedicated professionals, along with special guests Deputy Mayor Richard Buery and Athena Moore, Northern Manhattan Director, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s office.
Deputy Mayor Buery’s keynote address warmly praised the transformative power of ReServe, which “helps the world’s greatest city continue to grow and prosper for all of its citizens.” Deputy Mayor Buery also noted that he had recommended the program to his own father, Richard Beury, who served as a ReServist with East Side Community Group for Senior Services, Inc. and was among write up for web sitethe guests.
Representing the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, Athena Moore, Director of the Northern Manhattan office, praised ReServists and exhorted them to continue helping the City government “contribute all that what we can bring to our diverse city.” She noted how the ReServists’ achievements evoked memories of her grandmother’s commitment to community, which in turn inspired Athena’s dedication to pursuing a career in public service.
A special awards ceremony followed, honoring four ReServists for their significant contributions to the community. ReServist Maria Hermans received a commendation for having achieved the longest continuing assignment, with nine years at Columbia Presbyterian/Weil-Cornell Hospital. ReServist couple Irma and Michael Smith received commendations for the most hours and years served as a married couple. Both have served with the organization since 2007. Finally, ReServist Michelle Arnot was honored for achieving the most Reservist assignments of any ReServist, with fourteen positions, ranging from Policy Associate to Event Planner.
The event featured a full breakfast buffet catered by chef Milton Sheppard of Fedcap, as well as an in-house photographer to provide ReServists with a headshot photo to use in their Linkedin profile. Attendees also enjoyed the announcement of eleven lucky ReServists who won door prizes.
A subsidiary of Fedcap Rehabilitative Services, ReServe is an innovative nonprofit that places professionals aged 55 plus with nonprofits and government agencies that need their expertise. Since its inception in 2005, ReServe has contributed more than 2,154,532 hours of service to 825 non-profit partners, providing a $21.5 million boost to local economies through the ReServists $10/hour stipend. Over the next ten years, ReServe aims to expand its engagement in the crucial social impact areas of health care, education, and poverty fighting.
To view an album of photos from the event, please visit the ReServe Facebook page.