ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER REFERRAL CENTER
EXPERT PLACEMENT - PERSONAL SERVICE
The Volunteer Referral Center (VRC) is a service organization with a dual role: serving both the needs of volunteers and not-for-profit agencies. As a matchmaker VRC matches volunteers with the non-profit agencies in NYC that need them. Last year, VRC made approximately 2500 referrals based on personal interviews to over 275 non-profit agencies in the five boroughs.
The services VRC provides are free to volunteers. Agencies pay a nominal initial registration fee to help cover administrative expenses.
We are volunteers too. Two employees and approximately 21 volunteers staff VRC. As a non-profit organization (501 c 3), our main funding comes from private donations while additional support is derived from corporations, foundations, and the registration fees paid by the non-profit agencies.
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
By phone: 212-889-4805
By fax: 212-679-5316
By mail: 161 Madison Avenue, Suite 5 SWNew York, NY 10016
VRC is a not-for-profit organization established to function as an effective liaison in the New York community between volunteers and nonprofit organizations in need of volunteer services. Such organizations include health and human services, arts and cultural institutions, and community services among others. The Volunteer Referral Center is committed to providing an effective service to refer as many volunteers as possible.
WHAT WE DO, AND HOW WE DO IT
What we do
VRC connects volunteers with the agencies that need them.
Thousands of people are anxious to donate their time and abilities but become frustrated because they don’t know where their talents are needed. At the same time, hundreds of NYC nonprofit agencies are seeking competent volunteers to enable them to carry on their very important work. As a service organization, VRC has a dual role: providing the solutions for both the volunteer and the nonprofit agencies. VRC is, in fact, a matchmaker. We assure a good agency-volunteer match by gathering pertinent information about both prospective volunteers and nonprofit agencies.
How we are different :
Last year, VRC conducted nearly 1000 personal interviews and made approximately 2500 referrals to over 275 nonprofit agencies in the five boroughs. The services we provide are free to volunteers.
VRC is a 501c3 organization. Its main funding comes from private donations while additional support is derived from corporations, foundations, and the registration fees paid by the non-profit agencies.
How we do it
Our personal approach is our strength.
Each person who expresses an interest in volunteering is given an appointment for a personal, in-depth interview with a trained volunteer interviewer. Interviews are conducted four days a week and evening sessions are held once a week.
When the volunteer arrives for an appointment, he/she completes a registration card. During the interview, the volunteer’s interests, skills, time availability and commitment are discussed. The interviewer explores those opportunities that seem appropriate for the potential volunteer.
When a suitable opportunity is decided upon, the interviewer attempts to arrange an appointment for the volunteer at the agency or agencies. If that is not possible, the volunteer is given sufficient information to make the appointment on his/her own. From that point on, the agency and volunteer work out the details of the job assignment. The interviewer does follow up with the volunteers to see if everything worked out.
Our nonprofit agencies
VRC has compiled information on several hundred nonprofit organizations throughout the five NYC boroughs. They range from A to Z and include agencies that provide services to people with Aids, to court monitoring organizations, homeless shelters, museums, services for the elderly and children as well as Zoos.
VRC began in 1976 as a project of the Yorkville Civic Council serving the needs for volunteers of social service agencies as well as health and cultural institutions of the Upper East Side. In the fall of 1989, based on demand for its services, VRC expanded its scope to include all of Manhattan. At this time, VRC became incorporated as a not-for-profit organization and moved to its present location on Madison Avenue at 33rd Street. In 1995, VRC again expanded its services to include the five NYC boroughs.VRC was founded and has flourished on the belief that volunteers not only enhance the programs they assist, but also benefit from the experience in several ways. They gain a broader perspective of the needs of the City and its people, become more informed citizens and more active advocates for community betterment and often improve their skills or learn new ones.
WE ARE VOLUNTEERS TOO
VRC relies heavily on the services of 21 volunteers, 20 of whom are interviewers. Other volunteers schedule appointments, compile statistics, raise funds, assist with benefit planning, conduct agency visits, and maintain agency relationships. Ten members of the Board of Directors also volunteer at VRC.
Board of Directors
Elaine Orr, President
Arline Brown, Vice President
Robert Price, Vice President
Laura Reid, Secretary
Alan Hirsh, Treasurer
Sherida Byron, Assistant Treasurer
Members: Nancy Carr, Ronald Carr MD, Priscilla Daniels, Carol Goldberg, Alice Greif, Roberta R. Hodgson, Mary Lambert, Julie J. Marks, Marjorie Martin, Prema Menon,Kathryn Pershan, Mary Schachne
Executive Director: Patricia Girardi; Director of Program Development: Eleanor Brilliant
Twice a year VRC publishes a newsletter. The newsletters contain interesting articles on volunteering, our Young Professionals Committee, VRC, and so on. You can read the newsletters online (PDF) by clicking on the links below.
To read our most recent annual report, please click here.
Our IRS 990 Form can be found on Guidestar (www.guidestar.org). Use the advanced search option to find us. A free registration with Guidestar is required to access the IRS 990 Form.
VRC respects your privacy and your information will be used only to assist your search for a volunteer position, or for the VRC to get in touch with you. It will never be sold or released to other organizations.
The Volunteer Referral Center · 161 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016 · 212-889-4805
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