Gratefully acknowledging the many volunteers who dedicate their time, talents, and energy to make a difference in the community.
Happy Summer Volunteers! I hope you are all staying cool and hydrated as the temperatures have started to really heat up. It has been an extremely busy year for Hearts and Hands! In the first six months alone, you have driven close to 50,000 miles to help your neighbors with their transportation needs so they can lead independent and healthy lives. We have enrolled 91 new care receivers and onboarded 43 new volunteers during the first half of the year.
I want to thank each and every one of you for making a commitment to serve your community. Many of our volunteers come through word of mouth and see the work that you’re doing in the community. We’re fortunate to have so many amazing ambassadors! We have also onboarded two new employees over the last three months. I’d like to welcome Andrea Aldrich, who joined us in April as our Community Engagement Coordinator who has been hard at work enrolling new clients, training volunteers and fielding community questions. We also welcomed Ashley Carney, who joined the agency at the end of May and is our Director of Development. Her responsibilities include recruiting new volunteers, training new volunteers, and fostering engagement activities for our community.
With the new hires our hope is to return to our usual communication schedule of publishing agency updates and training Tuesday newsletters. We’ll also be sporting our monthly in-person hangouts again for volunteers who want to connect with each other and the staff. The real action takes place in the vehicles of our volunteers, so we cherish these in-person gathering times to connect with you!
I also want to remind everyone that the annual Give 716 campaign that is sponsored by Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres will be kicking off on Sunday, July 16 at 7:16pm and ending Monday, July 17 at 10:00 pm. If you, your church, family, friends, or colleagues, or work plan to donate to Hearts and Hands this is a perfect time to stretch your donation. There will be several windows of time where all donations will be matched by a variety of local foundations. A graphic of the schedule is in this newsletter. More information will be coming via email and as always stay tuned to our social media feeds.
For those of you who are joining us in our July coffee hour on July 13, I look forward to catching up with you!
Introducing the Staff
Meet our new Director of Development Ashley Carney. She comes to us with 5+ years of experience in the field. In her free time Ashley likes to spend time her with cats, family, and friends. Some of Ashley's hobbies include reading, working with different art mediums, and volunteering her time for a small Museum in Western New York called the Buffalo Presidential Center. Ashley serves as Membership Chair on the Board of Directors at the Buffalo Presidential Center.
Ashley is in charge of supervising our volunteer program, marketing and social media, as well as helping with fundraising. We are excited to see how Hearts & Hands will grow with Ashley joining our team. Welcome Ashley!
Meet our new Community Engagement Coordinator Andrea Aldrich. Andrea's job is to assist the organization by meeting with prospective clients to assess their needs and help them through the intake process so they can begin receiving services. She also helps process and train all of our new volunteers, to ensure that we have responsible and dedicated individuals working with our care receivers.
Before Andrea joined us here at Hearts & Hands, she attended Niagara Country Community College and graduated with an associate degree in accounting/business management. She also worked as a school secretary at George Southard Elementary School in the Lockport School District for 11 years. On top of her professional and educational background, Andrea has two children who are her greatest accomplishment and joy in her life. Welcome aboard Andrea, we are so happy to have you with us.
New Board Chairperson Nominated
Hearts and Hands is happy to present our new Board Chair, David J. Vitka. David has been on our Board of Directors since 2019 and has an impressive background with his educational and professional experience. David’s education includes a Master of Architecture degree from Washington University, Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Bridgeport, and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from The Catholic University of America. David serves Catholic Health in the areas of strategic master facility planning, project design and construction and corporate real estate portfolio facilities management as their Vice President for Facility Planning, Design & Construction since 2002. He maintains oversight for over 290 properties and 5.1 million square feet of space across the western New York region.
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