In 1997, the individuals comprising the Board of Directors decided to pursue the various requirements which would allow the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center to operate as an independent agency. With much support from the entire Baldwinsville community, the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center, Inc. was established in 1998. This year we are celebrating our twentieth anniversary. We are the only local, community-based Volunteer Center in Onondaga County. Living up to our mission statement “to encourage, support and empower volunteers to meet the needs of the Greater Baldwinsville Community,” the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center’s goal is to be a resource for volunteers and volunteer-based organizations; and to foster and promote the role of volunteers at the heart of our community. Although we are a small agency, we were able to impact our community during the past year in the following ways: • With the help of the Baldwinsville community, the Baldwinsville Christmas Bureau was able to provide 70 families a complete Thanksgiving dinner basket. • The Christmas Bureau, again with the help of many in the community, was also able to help 153 families including 334 children, enjoy a happy Christmas holiday! Families received a Christmas dinner, extra boxes of food for their cupboards, toys, stockings, clothes and coats, winter boots, books, and household supplies. • Our Mentoring Program, which matches a caring adult or high school student with an elementary school student, provided a mentor to over 50 students this past school year. They provide encouragement and that extra one-on-one support and attention weekly. • Our H.E.L.P. (Household Essentials for Living Pantry) Project continues to address the needs of families struggling to make ends meet through a coordinated effort to stock the Baldwinsville Community Food Pantry shelves with basic household and personal care supplies. • We coordinate an annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair, allowing representatives from over 20 area organizations to showcase their organizations to people interested in finding volunteer opportunities. • We coordinate a Vision Referral Program with the Baldwinsville Lions Club to provide eye exams and corrective lenses to children within the Baldwinsville Central School District. • We celebrate the important role that volunteers play in our community. Each year, we recognize the Man and Woman Volunteer of the Year for their achievements in the Baldwinsville community. This year, we honored David Greer and Gwen VanDerveer. We also recognize outstanding teens through the Marilyn Swete Memorial Outstanding Teen Volunteer Scholarship Award. This year’s award went to Ryan Micho. • And, of course, we are a resource for people looking to volunteer in the Baldwinsville community! We match volunteers with organizations that are looking for the invaluable help and support that volunteers provide. Please “Like Us” on our Facebook page and check out our website at www.bvillevolunteers.org for volunteer opportunities and special requests for urgent one-time volunteer needs. We are totally dependent on contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations. All funds raised stay in the Baldwinsville community and directly benefit Baldwinsville residents. Fundraising dollars support the programs we offer and sustain our part-time office. We ask you to show your support of the BVC by making a donation through this, our Annual Appeal. Feel free to donate to the Annual Appeal using our secure PayPal link on our website or mailing your donation to 8 Mechanic St., Baldwinsville, NY 13027. We appreciate any and all donations as we strive to provide volunteer services and promote volunteerism in the Baldwinsville Community. We hope that we can count on your support. Sincerely, Barbara Presley, BVC Board President
The B’ville Express Senior Transportation Program has an URGENT need for volunteers to transport seniors in your neighborhood to their appointments, helping them to remain independent while accessing essential services. B’ville Express drivers are utilized as often ( or as infrequent) as they want to volunteer. YOU TELL US! Volunteer drivers will register with the B’ville Express by calling Gina at the Canton Woods Senior Center, 315-638-4536, or by emailing RCARROLL@BALDWINSVILLE.ORG. Please help your senior neighbor and volunteer today! The B’ville Express is funded by the Onondaga County Department of Adult and Long Term Care Services.
Baldwinsville Lions Club
The Baldwinsville Lions Club is developing a new fund raiser that is hoped to become a new annual community event. It will be: “Lions Craft & Family Fun Fest” The event, scheduled for October 5 & 6, 2019 located in Diane Reeves Memorial Park will feature approximately 50 hand selected crafters (maybe more), each offering hand made goods; a food concession by Barney’s BBQ; face painting by Julie Cooper of Airfx Body Art; apple fritters and a family fun tent offering carnival games and children’s activities. The Baldwinsville Lions will also host a food concession offering soft pretzels and popcorn and apple cider milk shakes While this event will provide 2 full days of family fun and an opportunity to start your Christmas shopping early, it will also offer volunteer opportunities for several different stations throughout the festival. Volunteer opportunities will include children’s games operators, apple fritter crew members and, Lions food concession crew members. This is a new event for our community that we truly hope can be an annual event. Generally, funds raised by crafters rental space and the Lions food concession will support the community service activities of the Lions. However fund raising activities by other Baldwinsville not for profit organizations may be considered. If you are interested in volunteering for this event please send an E-mail to Jack Osinski at email@example.com
Congratulations to David Greer and Gwen Vanderveer!
They are the 2018 Man and Woman Volunteers of the Year!
The Baldwinsville Volunteer Center would like to thank you for your years of service to our community.
2018 Man and Woman of the Year Awards Dinner
This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 13th, at Pasta’s on the Green at Foxfire (Village Green).
The evening will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a Cocktail Hour, the Awards Program at 6:00 p.m. followed by a buffet dinner.
To make a reservation, anyone interested in attending the event can simply call the BVC and make a reservation. The dinner is $27/person, payable to the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center, and the payment can be mailed to the Center or paid at the door, if necessary.
Reservations should be made by April 4th.
The BVC would like to THANK our Partners and Sponsors of our 3rd Annual Casino Night on the Seneca 2018 fundraiser!
We appreciate your continued support for our organization and the programs we provide to the Baldwinsville community.
Our Partners are:
Our Sponsors are:
We would also like to THANK the following organizations for donating food:
The 2019 Marilyn Swete Memorial Scholarship
Open to any high school senior living in the Baldwinsville School District.
Volunteer activities performed during grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.
Both the quality and quantity of the volunteer work will be considered.
May 1, 2018.
Three member of the Baldwinsville Volunteer Center will evaluate the applications. Judges will be impartial but close enough to community services to make competent judgments. Parents of teen volunteers are ineligible to be on the judging committee. The judges will give greater consideration to volunteer activities beyond required commitments to school or religious affiliations.
The judges’ decision shall be based on time involved and commitment to volunteerism, answers to short essay questions, and letters of recommendation. The winner will be announced in May. A $1000 scholarship will be presented at a mutually convenient time. If the recipient is a Baker High School student, the award will be presented at the school during Moving Up Week.