April 28, 2022
NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams today marked the end of National Volunteer Month by honoring volunteers through the “2022 Mayoral Service Recognition Program: Building Together for Tomorrow” for work done to help New Yorkers recover from the COVID-19 pandemic over the last year. At a virtual ceremony organized by NYC Service, Mayor Adams recognized volunteer and civic engagement efforts led by community-based organizations, businesses, and residents that have uplifted communities and fueled the city’s recovery.
“Service is what makes New York the city that it is, and, throughout the past two years, service has mattered more than ever,” said Mayor Adams. “Service has made our communities stronger and played a vital role in helping our city respond to and recover from the pandemic, and I want to thank every New Yorker who has served our city and helped their neighbors. And I know that by continuing to serve, we will move forward and ‘Get Stuff Done’ for New York.”
“New York City overcame the darkest days of the pandemic because of the selfless work of everyday volunteers,” said Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives Sheena Wright. “When COVID-19 tried to tear us apart, volunteers kept us and our city together. Thank you to the brave volunteers who answered the call for the betterment of our city.”
“Service is central to what it means to be a New Yorker,” said New York City Chief Service Officer Laura Rog. “As we have seen in the last year, the hundreds of thousands of volunteers and over 3,000 AmeriCorps members serving in New York City made a critical impact on the city’s recovery efforts. We thank them for their time and their efforts to support our city when it has been needed most.”
The Mayoral Service Recognition Program is an annual citywide celebration of volunteers and service members, recognizing efforts to build solutions in response to community challenges and meet residents’ most urgent needs. Among volunteer efforts highlighted during this year’s event were food donation initiatives, park cleanups, neighborhood beautification projects, and recreational classes for communities.
NYC Service received more than 200 nominations for the four awards categories. The awardees completed service projects in 2021 that directly impacted communities hit hardest by the pandemic and were selected for excellence in building community through service.
The 2022 Mayoral Service Recognition Awardees honored for exceptional service in 2021 are:
NYC Service builds partnerships to deepen and expand civic engagement through volunteer and service programs, creating sustainable change for the city's greatest needs. Over the last year, NYC Service united New Yorkers in service for a more equitable and inclusive city by connecting New Yorkers, community-based organizations, businesses, AmeriCorps members, and other institutions to address the most urgent issues communities experience. NYC Service directly supported hundreds of community-based organizations across the five boroughs by providing volunteer engagement capacity through a cohort of 100 AmeriCorps members, technical assistance, and tools, as well as more than 20 free trainings for nonprofit staff.
Fostering the importance of volunteerism as a strategy to support the city’s recovery and to rebuild communities hardest-hit by COVID-19, NYC Service infused 20 community-based organizations with $10,000 in funding for volunteer efforts and engaged 45 corporate employees at four partnering companies in skills-based volunteering campaigns to support 26 small businesses in addressing organizational capacity needs.
“South Queens Women’s March is a volunteer-led and intersectional organization working to foster women’s empowerment by dismantling patriarchy and gender injustice hyper-locally,” said Nirmala Singh, co-founder, South Queens Women’s March (SQWM). “We take to the streets to unify women and gender expansive people in our community and connect them to the tools and resources necessary to empower their own lives and thrive. I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition for SQWM, and commit to continue our fight to curb gender-based violence and promote gender equity in South Queens.”
“El Centro's devoted staff and volunteers make our work possible. With full hearts, we all stand alongside our community, doing whatever necessary to uplift, engage, grow with, and learn from the people we serve,” said Michelle Molina, co-executive director, El Centro Del Inmigrante. “There is no greater motivation than the prosperity of our community.”
"DREAM is incredibly grateful to be able to shine a light on all the work S. Katzman Produce has done for our communities throughout the pandemic,” said Richard Berlin, co-CEO, DREAM. “Their partnership, swift mobilization, and acts of service through the past two years provided our families with a sense of security and allowed us to further commit to the health and wellness of our students. Stefanie and the Katzman team continue to champion food access for the communities who need it most and we are proud to partner with them."
“As one of the largest produce wholesaler/distributors in the Northeast, our mission is to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for New Yorkers,” said Stefanie Katzman, executive vice president and fourth generation in her family’s business, S. Katzman Produce. “It’s a privilege to partner with DREAM to feed the students and their families, introduce children to fresh fruits and vegetables at an early age, and instill good eating habits early to promote good health.”
“Throughout the pandemic there has been a tragic increase in domestic violence cases,” said Sarit Katz, chair, Shalom Task Force Youth Outreach Board. “I am thankful to my fellow chairs on the Shalom Task Force Youth Outreach Board for their help and aid in preventing these cases. Together, we can make an impact, and it all starts in New York City.”