|The Stakeholders, Inc., Designated as a New York State Regional Volunteer Center|
For Immediate Release
The Stakeholders, Inc., Designated as a New York State Regional Volunteer Center and a HandsOn Network Affiliate of the Points of Light Institute
Albany, N.Y. 9/28/11— The Stakeholders, Inc., announced today that the organization has been designated as a Regional Volunteer Center (RVC) by the New York State Commission on National & Community Service. The Stakeholders is one of 10 organizations tapped to operate RVCs in defined regions across the state. The Stakeholders’ region is comprised of eight eastern New York counties: Albany, Schenectady, Rennselaer, Saratoga, Columbia, Greene, Washington and Warren.
Strategic initiatives tied to the RVC designation include identifying the current service landscape; training volunteer leaders for impact; engaging public, private and government partners; leveraging national service program resources to build capacity and sustainability; establishing a volunteer communications infrastructure; maximizing technology to meet volunteer agency needs; and supporting and coordinating National Day of Service projects.
Says Catherine M. Hedgeman, CEO of The Stakeholders, “The Stakeholders’ volunteer board of directors have worked extremely hard over the last three years to build a vibrant and sustainable organization committed to inspiring people to stake a personal claim in their community through civic engagement and volunteerism. We are extremely honored to be chosen to expand our mission and services from the immediate Capital District to an eight-county region of the Empire State.”
Said Mark J. Walter, Executive Director of the New York State Commission on National & Community Service, “We are committed to supporting the new Regional Volunteer Centers as they work together to harness the talents, passion and skills of New York residents through volunteering.” Susan Stern, Commission Chair, added, “Service to others and sacrifice for our nation is one of our most enduring traditions. While its importance is often most visible in the wake of crises, the need for humanitarian service is constant. It does not discriminate among states, communities or individuals who feel the educational, environmental, economic and physical impacts of diminished resources each day.”
The Stakeholders was also recently named an affiliate of the HandsOn Network of the National Points of Light Institute, supported by the George Bush Foundation. HandsOn Network, the volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute, is the largest volunteer network in the nation and includes more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers in 16 countries. HandsOn includes a powerful network of more than 70,000 corporate, faith and nonprofit organizations that are answering the call to serve and creating meaningful change in their communities. HandsOn affiliation will give The Stakeholders access to vital technology and other resources as they transition into and operate as a new Regional Volunteer Center.
Other Stakeholders programs include the eight-month Stakeholders Institute, which educates participants on regional philanthropy, arts and sustainability; special community projects, including this year’s I-787 redesign workshops; and the annual Get on Board Awards (a.k.a. The GOBYs) for excellence in volunteerism.
The Stakeholders is a non-profit organization founded on the belief that people are key to the sustainability of New York’s Capital Region…people like you! We seek to retain and attract residents, workers and visitors and foster regional pride by connecting individuals with area resources and providing enrichment through our programming on: