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•FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
Contact: Marlon Molina – 917-312-5395 marlon.molina.nyc@gmail.com
Samara Weiss – 646-274-6035, ext. 112 sweiss@bigsnyc.org

Bronx Volunteer Coalition and Bronx Museum of the Arts seek entries for a May 2013 exhibition highlighting volunteer-driven projects which have benefited the Bronx.

The Bronx Volunteer Coalition (BxVC) is a member-led coalition of Bronx organizations with a mission to increase volunteerism in the Bronx through information-sharing and collaboration among member organizations while acting as a hub for Bronx residents to give back to their community.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, a city-wide one-to-one mentoring organization has taken a lead role in the BxVC. “We are currently facing what we call a mentoring gap in the Bronx, where 29% of the children we serve reside in the Bronx, but just 5% of our mentors do. The Bronx Volunteer Coalition is going to help us close this gap,” says Michael Coughlin, Chief Quality Assurance Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC and a founding member of the Coalition.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, a member of the Bronx Volunteer Coalition, will host an exhibition to showcase the impact of Bronx volunteers in their communities. This will coincide with Bronx Week 2013 celebrations.

For the exhibition, community members are invited to share their stories of the difference volunteers have made in their neighborhoods for inclusion in the exhibit. Bronx artist and curator Jose Antonio Ojeda will review entries and follow up with submitted stories to create a show which creatively reveals the power of volunteerism in the Bronx. Information on the submissions procedure can be found at www.bxvc.org.

“Thousands of volunteers contribute to hundreds of organizations throughout the Bronx. Their work has a profound effect on the lives of many Bronxites. We want to celebrate their contribution and achievement,” says Marlon Molina, a founding member of the Bronx Volunteer Coalition.

Long-time Bronx volunteer and another founding member of the coalition, Iris Ramirez says, “Volunteering in my community has been a rewarding experience – improving the lives of Bronx residents and changing my life in a positive way. I’m grateful that my contributions and the contributions of my fellow volunteers will be acknowledged and hope that many more people can join us to help uplift the Bronx.”