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.”