The Millennium Volunteer Network’s (MVN) mission is to provide opportunities for employees to collaborate with one another while directly giving back to the community. In 2020, despite COVID-19 rendering most volunteer efforts remote, Millennium employees partnered with a variety of nonprofits to host six events. Partner volunteer networks include New York Cares, Project Renewal and iMentor. Here’s a summary of how MVN Americas and their nonprofit partners came together to give back in 2020:
At the only in-person event this year, employees showed off their board game and bingo skills with a game night at Project Renewal’s East Village Shelter in New York City. Project Renewal’s mission is to end the cycle of homelessness by empowering individuals and families to renew their lives with health, homes, and jobs.
Employees made digital cards to lift the spirits of residents at Isabella Geriatric Center. Founded in 1875, the Isabella Center provides residential and community-based services for elderly residents of New York City.
Employees made videos of themselves reading children’s stories. These videos were posted to an online learning library for New Alternatives for Children (NAC). NAC’s mission is to provide services in support of birth, foster, and adoptive families caring primarily for medically complex children.
Employees attended an iMentor information session and learned about their mentoring program. iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college and achieve their goals.
More employees participated in recording videos of themselves reading children’s stories for New Alternatives for Children.
In this final stretch of the year, employees will be purchasing gifts for underprivileged children for New York Cares’ Winter Wishes program. New York Cares is the largest volunteer network in New York City. This year, it is focusing on children in family shelters, public housing facilities and Title I public schools in Central Queens, the South Bronx and East Brooklyn.