Volunteer New York! Announces the 2021 Return of Camp Vollo; Free Groundbreaking Virtual Volunteer Summer Camp

 

Volunteer New York! announced today that its lauded local civic engagement program “Camp Vollo” (volunteernewyork.org/camp) will return on July 12, 2021, as a free two-week virtual volunteer camp for youth ages 11-18 (though younger students are also welcome). Advanced registration is now available online.

“Camp Vollo is made for the members of Generation-Z who are not waiting to grow up to change the world. This is an inspired program, for an inspired generation,” said Tony Fasciano, Director of Communications for Volunteer New York!. “Every camper gets to choose and customize their camp experience, based on what they’re most passionate about. No two camp journeys will be the same.”

Camp Vollo—a blend of the words “volunteer” and “locally”—can be completed in just two weeks or across any 10 days of the camper’s choosing from July 12 through August 27. The program offers a series of custom DIY volunteer assignments to choose from which each includes unique goals to create a positive local community impact. These projects introduce campers to a variety of local nonprofits and create greater awareness about the current issues facing our community. 2021 Camp Vollo issue areas include community building, social justice, saving the planet, mental health, and civic engagement.

“This is one of the most exciting programs we have offered in our over 70-year history,” said Katie Pfeifer, Senior Director of Programs for Volunteer New York!. “It’s what parents and youth are asking for—even after many completed Camp Vollo last year. They want a way to get involved and get off the sidelines and use their voices to create change.”

Camp Vollo is free to all community members. A ‘donate what you wish’ option will be available for those interested in supporting future Volunteer New York’s! programming.

VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION:

Campers who successfully complete Camp Vollo by August 27, 2021, will receive a Changemaker Certificate, community service letter, and an exclusive invite to a Volunteer Project at a later date

HOW TO REGISTER FOR CAMP VOLLO:

Register online today for Camp Vollo 2021 at www.volunteernewyork.org/camp and to be notified as soon as camp opens July 12. For all questions, please contact Katie Pfeifer at katie@volunteernewyork.org or call 914-227-9303.

FREE PAPERCRAFT CAMP VOLLO BUS:

Participants will always have a seat on the bus to Camp Vollo. Campers are invited to download and have fun building a special commemorative Camp Vollo keepsake at: http://bit.ly/CampVollo-Bus

 

PHOTO CAPTION: A group of camp vollo youth with food donations they collected to support the critical local food insecurity crisis that reached record highs during the pandemic.

 

ABOUT VOLUNTEER NEW YORK!

The core mission of Volunteer New York! (volunteernewyork.org) is to inspire, mobilize, and equip individuals and groups to take positive action to address pressing challenges, support non-profits, and improve the quality of life in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam. For over 70 years the organization has encouraged adults to serve, youth to build character, families to bond, young professionals to lead, mature adults to share their wisdom, and businesses to engage through volunteerism.

Last year Volunteer New York! helped to inspire over 35,000 volunteers to take action and to coordinate over 360,000 hours of service that supported more than 500 nonprofits and local organizations, providing a value of $11.7 million back to our community.

The community of Corporate Champions who strongly supports the mission of Volunteer New York! include: Mastercard, Morgan Stanley, Regeneron, The Journal News & Lohud.com, WMCHealth, Con Edison, Entergy, 95.5 K-Love Radio, M&T Bank, NewYork-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital, PCSB Bank, PepsiCo, PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP, Retirement Transformed, Sterling National Bank, Harrison Edwards PR, MAG Real Estate Advisors, Inc., Robison Oil Corporation, IBM, TD Bank, Webster Bank

With additional and ongoing support from Westchester County and AmeriCorps Seniors.

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