New Rochelle Celebrates Volunteers With Luncheon

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Volunteers were celebrated at the Hugh A. Doyle Senior Center in New Rochelle.
Volunteers were celebrated at the Hugh A. Doyle Senior Center in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Various organizations were represented at the New Rochelle luncheon.
Various organizations were represented at the New Rochelle luncheon. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson praised the volunteers for their service.
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson praised the volunteers for their service. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Commissioner Bill Zimmerman shared a few words.
New Rochelle Parks and Recreation Commissioner Bill Zimmerman shared a few words. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson delivered a letter to one of his biggest fans.
New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson delivered a letter to one of his biggest fans. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Volunteers with the Foster Grandparents program in New Rochelle.
Volunteers with the Foster Grandparents program in New Rochelle. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Volunteers with the Montefiore and New Rochelle hospitals.
Volunteers with the Montefiore and New Rochelle hospitals. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Members of the Meals on Wheels program with New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.
Members of the Meals on Wheels program with New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Members of the Hugh A. Doyle staff with New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson.
Members of the Hugh A. Doyle staff with New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
The pin given to New Rochelle volunteers on Wednesday.
The pin given to New Rochelle volunteers on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
New Rochelle volunteer Mary Jane Reddington during her speech.
New Rochelle volunteer Mary Jane Reddington during her speech. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – New Rochelle came together at the Hugh A. Doyle Senior Center on Wednesday to celebrate the volunteers that help some of the city’s most vulnerable residents thrive.

The Doyle staff hosted a luncheon honoring volunteers from the New Rochelle and Montefiore hospitals, as well as the Meals on Wheels, Foster Grandparents and Meals on Wheels programs.

A crowd of nearly 200 was on hand to celebrate the volunteers, each of whom were called up in front of their peers and awarded a pin and letter from Mayor Noam Bramson celebrating their volunteerism.

Bramson expressed his appreciation for those that offer their time selflessly and even hand delivered a few letters, and hugs, himself.

“Thank you all for setting an example for every one of us, no matter of our age. Thank you for illustrating what this community is all about,” he said to the crowd. “The true reward of service is the good feeling you get in your own heart.” 

Every level of volunteerism, from the people that read to the elderly, to the maintenance workers at the hospitals and even those that water the plants at Doyle. The luncheon was part of a larger month long celebration, that included National Mayor’s Service Day on April 1, which Bramson honored.

The volunteers relished at having the spotlight turned around on them, with Mary Jane Reddington, a popular volunteer at both hospitals, taking the time to entertain and thank the crowd with an impromptu speech.

“It’s lovely to see so many regulars and volunteers,” she said. “I’ve always believed that we’ve all been blessed in so many ways. What we do here is just one way for us to return those blessings.”

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