Around the Tiers, National Volunteer Week

By Chelsea Bishop

April 16, 2013 Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 7:44 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Broome County plans for several events around the area to celebrate National Volunteer Week April 20 - April 27.

National Volunteer Week activities are being sponsored by United Way of Broome County and the Southern Tier Regional Volunteer Center. There are four days of events:

1) Friday, April 19, Kick-Off Press Conference at Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, indoors, near J.C.Penney's, at 10:00 a.m. Debbie Preston, Broome County Executive, will be declaring National Volunteer Week in Broome County. There may be other local government representatives there as well to declare the week.

2) Tuesday, April, 23, Senior Volunteer Fair, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Center Court, Oakdale Mall in Johnson City. Sponsored by the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) as well as United Way.

3) Wednesday, April 24, SuperStorm Sandy Volunteer Recognition, followed by the Disaster & Emergency Preparedness Volunteer Fair. Joe Merrill, Chief of Staff, from Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo's Office and Kevin McCabe, from Governor Cuomo's Office, will be present to thank these volunteers from Broome and Tioga Counties, as well as to distribute Recognition Certificates. The American Red Cross, local Fire and EMS departments and the Rural Health Service Corps' SEMS Corps are additional sponsors.

4) The largest day of events and activities is Thursday, April 25, all day and evening, at the Riverwalk Hotel & Convention Center. A Low-Cost Training Event for those who work with volunteers will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sixteen training sessions of 40 minutes each will be provided, mostly on topics of volunteer management. These topics include Recruitment, Orientation, Support, Evaluation and Saluting of Volunteers. One session will be how to post Volunteer Opportunities on www.SouthernTierVolunteers.org, to recruit area volunteers. Another session will be about how to obtain the Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA) Credential. At the Noon Lunch, the Keynote Speaker will be Fran Barrett, the new Inter-Agency Coordinator of Non-Profit Services for New York State. From 3:00 to 6:00, there will be a Community Volunteer Fair featuring 26+ area non-profit organizations who are looking for volunteers. Finally, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. there will be a Volunteer Recognition Reception where volunteers will be recognized from the Rural Health Service Corps' AmeriCorps and VISTA members, RSVP volunteers, BU's Student United officers and other volunteers from local non-profit organizations.