FSW Employee Receives Volunteer Center Award

June 28. 2011

Gerry Goldberg Named “Alumna of the Year” by The Volunteer Center of United Way’s  Leadership Westchester Program

TARRYTOWN – The Volunteer Center of United Way has selected Larchmont resident Gerry Goldberg, Director of Volunteers & Development Outreach for Family Services of Westchester (FSW), as the “Alumna of the Year” for its Leadership Westchester Program. On Thursday, June 21, Goldberg will be honored at the graduation ceremony for the current crop of 20 graduates of the prestigious Leadership Westchester program; Goldberg participated in the leadership training program in 2006. Deborah Wilson, Assistant Director of Development and External Affairs for FSW, is one of this year’s graduates.  Dr. Grant Mitchell, Commissioner of Community Mental Health, will deliver the keynote address at the graduation, which takes places from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Gateway Center of Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands Road in Valhalla.

For the past eight years, Goldberg has been matching volunteers with FSW’s 50 plus social service and mental health programs, which include Head Start, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Camp Viva, My Second Home, FSWorks, and AmeriCorps. Founded in 1954, FSW works with approximately 350 volunteers a year in its six locations throughout Westchester. Collectively these volunteers provide more than $500,000 in time to FSW each year.  Goldberg has also matched FSW with many corporations and organizations on its volunteer initiatives, including Goldman Sachs, Pepsi Research, Swiss Re, Credit Suisse, Steiner Sports, New York Life and Monroe College.

“We are delighted that Gerry is receiving this honor,” says Lynn Green, Vice President of Development for FSW. “Gerry works so hard to recruit and screen volunteers and then match them with the right program based on their interests and skills. Our volunteers provide much-needed services, helping the people who run our programs as well as the thousands of children, adults and families we serve,” adds Green.

Goldberg is also the outgoing co-president of Westchester Association for Volunteer Administration (WAVA). “As co-president of WAVA, Gerry has also been a stellar leader among professional colleagues who work to focus volunteer power on addressing critical issues in our communities,” said Alisa H. Kesten, Executive Director of The Volunteer Center.

Started in 1994, Leadership Westchester is a rigorous, six-month curriculum designed to sharpen the leadership skills of its participants and give them an in-depth understanding of how non-profits work. Based in Tarrytown, The Volunteer Center of United Way connects volunteers in Westchester and Putnam with non-profits throughout both counties. Last year, the organization connected more than 18,000 volunteers of all ages to 500 non-profits. The organization’s volunteers contributed more than 276,000 hours of service with an estimated value of $8.5 million.

To sign up to attend the graduation ceremony for the 2011 Leadership Program, contact amie@volunteer-center.org or call (914) 948-4452.